The tech news cycle never slows down. This week, we report on the release of the Arduino IoT Cloud, which you might find useful if you are planning new Internet of Things applications, as well as a new Internet transmission record and yet another threat from hackers — “vishing.” 
Updates on Arduino IoT Cloud, Vishing, and More

Arduino IoT Cloud Released

Last week, Arduino announced the release of Arduino IoT Cloud, which offers an "end-to-end solution that makes building connected projects easy for makers, IoT enthusiasts, and professionals from start to finish." The Arduino IoT Cloud's features and functions include the following: auto-generated code, simple onboarding, and an easy to use mobile dashboard. Users can sign up for free or select a $6.99 plan with additional features, including the ability to connect more devices and more data storage.

UCL Engineers Set ’Net Transmission Record

University College London (UCL) engineers recently broke the world Internet speed record. Last week, we learned the UCL team logged an astonishing 178-terabits-per-second data transmission rate. At that speed, UCL says, it is possible download the full Netflix content library in under 1 second. "The record, which is double the capacity of any system currently deployed in the world, was achieved by transmitting data through a much wider range of colours of light, or wavelengths, than is typically used in optical fibre," it reports

Vishing Attacks on Rise During COVID-19 Pandemic

Another threat to keep in the back of your mind — "vishing." According to a recent US FBI and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) report, the threat of phone phishing — the combination of voice and phishing, or vishing — has been increasing over the past few months. The scams target "corporate employees to gain access to their company’s internal systems," the agencies said. Hackers use the tactic to gain users' personal information. Want to learn more about this detail-harvesting scam? Read on

Double-Digital North American Semi Equipment Growth

SEMI reports that semiconductor equipment manufacturers logged $2.59 billion in billings for July 2020. That is 11.8% higher billings in July 2020 compared to June 2020, and it is a 27.6% increase over July 2019, the group notes. Back in February, industry reported $2.3 billion.

Q3 Foundry Revenue Looks Strong

TrendForce anticipates strong year-on-year Q3 growth in foundry revenue. According to the firm's  latest report, "the strong momentum from downstream clients has in turn brought about a stable growth in foundries’ capacities and wafer input orders." TSMC revenue is expected to grow by 21% in Q3. Samsung is likely to increase 4%. GlobalFoundries is looking at -3% growth in revenue. 

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