Major players in the music industry are planning to use microSD cards to let consumers buy and transport music without being dependent on a PC or Internet connection. A new format, slotMusic, will carry pre-loaded DRM-free MP3 music from artists associated with EMI Music, Sony BMG, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group. Best Buy and Wal-Mart will be selling albums in time for the holiday season. microSD cards are supported by cell phones, notebook computers and other equipment, giving users broad access to music that's free from Digital Rights Management controls. SanDisk Corp. is among those that will provide slotMusic entertainment.
Days after a massive, distributed denial-of-service attack took down dozens of major websites around the country, ARM Holdings plc is rolling out a pair of new processor architectures aimed at shoring up IoT security.
Dow Chemical and several other companies have launched a program in Omaha, Neb. to divert about 36 tons of plastics from landfills in its first phase, and convert it into energy used for cement production.
Both traditional automation companies and startups are developing technologies to improve processes on the factory floor, while smart sensors and other IoT-related technologies are improving how products are handled during transport and across the supply chain.
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