Google has had a fairly quiet seven days, but still managed to find a flaw in Trend Micro’s security software, appoint a new head of the firm's virtual reality (VR) division and boast about its public cloud offering.
The company also saw figures of the number of failures and accidents its driverless cars have suffered, which were surprisingly low given the immaturity of the technology.
Google's driverless cars had 272 failures and 13 accidents in 14 months
Google’s driverless cars suffered 272 failures and were involved in 13 accidents between September 2014 and November 2015, according to data released by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
The drivers monitoring the cars had to seize control of the vehicle nearly 300 times when the autonomous technology failed, but the figure is relatively small given the 424,331 miles of testing over the 14-month period.
Trend Micro rolls out emergency patch to fix password manager security flaw
Google’s Project Zero team uncovered a security flaw in Trend Micro’s password manager feature in its antivirus software, forcing the security company to release an emergency patch.
The vulnerability could have been exploited by hackers looking to view encrypted passwords and execute malicious code.
Google Cloud has knives out for Amazon, claiming 41 percent price difference
The INQUIRER reported that Google described its public cloud as the leader in price and performance.
The quoted figures suggest that Google is 15 to 41 percent cheaper than Amazon Web Services for compute power, despite using four cores consistently instead of varying according to demand.
Google beefs up VR business in bid to challenge HTC and Oculus
The INQUIRER reported that Google appointed a new chief executive to its VR division to boost the company’s efforts in the technology.
Clay Bavor, former vice president of product management for Google Cardboard, will head up the company’s VR division.
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