May 17, 2020

Volkswagen partners with Microsoft to develop cloud software

Microsoft
Azure
Volkswagen
Cloud
Sophie Chapman
2 min
Microsoft to use Azure and IoT Edge for Volkswagen Automotive Cloud
Volkswagen AG, the German automotive manufacturer, has partnered with the US-based technology company, Microsoft.

The companies will develop the Volksw...

Volkswagen AG, the German automotive manufacturer, has partnered with the US-based technology company, Microsoft.

The companies will develop the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud, which they claim will be one of the largest clouds dedicated to the sector.

The cloud will be built using Microsoft’s Azure and IoT Edge services as the foundation.

From 2020, five million of the German firm’s vehicles will be connected to the ecosystem, which will enable fleets of cars to work as mobile Internet of Things (IoT) hubs.

“The strategic partnership with Microsoft will turbocharge our digital transformation,” remarked Dr. Herbert Diess, Volkswagen AG’s CEO.

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“Volkswagen, as one of the world’s largest automakers, and Microsoft, with its unique technological expertise, are outstandingly well-matched. Together, we will play a key role in shaping the future of auto-mobility.”

As part of the deal, Volkswagen is set to establish a new office for automotive cloud development, to be located near Microsoft’s headquarters in the US.

“Volkswagen is harnessing technology to digitally transform and deliver innovative new connected car services to its customers,” added the CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella.

“The world’s leading companies run on Azure, and we are thrilled that Volkswagen has chosen Microsoft. Together we will reimagine the driving experience for people everywhere.”

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Jun 24, 2021

Legend: John McAfee

McAfee
Cybersecurity
Intel
2 min
A controversial figure, John McAfee is credited with starting an entire technology industry around cybersecurity

John McAfee is credited with starting the entire cybersecurity industry. In 1987, he set up McAfee Associates and released VirusScan. Previous antivirus programs had been released, but McAfee’s was the first with mass appeal and was soon a day zero (or at least day one) installation for Windows users as well as corporate clients.

McAfee: divisive

But McAfee was also a hugely divisive character. He dismissed his own software, claimed he never used it, and rejoiced when Intel bought McAfee and took his name off “the worst software on the planet.” He was anti-tax, pro-drugs, anti-war and pro-free trade. He was also a tireless crusader for cyber awareness, and set up a political party called the Cyber Party in order to make a bid for the office of president of the US.

“I am now everlastingly grateful to Intel for freeing me from this terrible association with the worst software on the planet”

McAfee: born in the UK

McAfee was born in Gloucestershire, UK, but moved to Salem, Virginia, where his American father (his mother was English) shot himself when McAfee was 15. McAfee worked at NASA, Univac, Xerox, Computer Sciences Corporation, Booz Allen Hamilton and Lockheed. It was while working at the latter he was given a copy of Brain, the first computer virus for PC, and began to engineer a defence.

McAfee: controversy

Controversy dogged McAfee. He was implicated as a ‘person of interest’ in the search for a neighbour who had been shot. He married a prostitute. He claimed a cocaine baron was writing his biography. He was arrested for possession of an unlicensed weapon and for manufacturing drugs in Belize (later released without charge). There were various other arrests (mainly weapons related) but not much would stick until McAfee’s anti-tax stance caught up with him. 

McAfee: arrest

He fled the US as tax authorities turned up the heat on at least four years of non payment of tax and was arrested (again) in Spain in October 2020 at the behest of the US Department of Justice. Charges for fraudulently promoting cryptocurrencies were soon added and he was formally indicted in March 2021. In June 2021, the Spanish National Court authorised McAfee’s extradition to the US, and McAfee was found dead in his cell just hours later in what is widely believed to be a suicide.

McAfee: death

Even in death, McAfee courted controversy, having announced that if he was ever found to have committed suicide, it would mean he had been murdered. A slew of conspiracy theories mushroomed in the hours after his death was announced. It’s just what he would have wanted.

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