Jeff Kagan | |

AT&T recently filed a response to the security and alarm companies' complaint that shutting down their 3G network at this time will have a negative impact on their industry. AT&T said this complaint is unwarranted and also said that it needs to shutdown 3G to help 5G grow. That’s only one side of the argument, however, and most users, investors and companies do not understand the ramifications. In fact, AT&T does not seem to understand how this shutdown will hurt them as well.

Kimberly Redmond | |

A security flaw in software designed by BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB) has left almost two million cars, as well as countless devices in the medical, automotive and energy sectors, vulnerable to hackers, two federal agencies warned.

On Tuesday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued advisories regarding the vulnerability, which affects older but still widely used versions of one of BlackBerry’s flagship products, an operating system called QNX.

Kimberly Redmond | |

Renesas Electronics Corporation, a key automotive semiconductor supplier, said Tuesday that its plant in northeastern Japan damaged by a March 19 fire will now be back online by mid-June rather than its previous target for the end of May.

The Japanese chipmaker said it has procured “all necessary equipment to return to pre-fire production capacity,” which will be installed and operational by mid-June. Renesas anticipates production capacity of t...

Reuters | |

The global semiconductor chip shortage will cost automakers $110 billion in lost revenues this year, up from a prior estimate of $61 billion, consulting firm AlixPartners said, as it forecast the crisis will hit the production of 3.9 million vehicles.

The chip crunch has driven home the need for automakers to be "proactive" right now, and create "supply-chain resiliency" longer term to avoid disruptions in the future, the firm said on Friday.

Kimberly Redmond | |

Renesas Electronics Corporation, a key automotive semiconductor supplier, said one of its plants in northeastern Japan damaged by a fire in March will be running at full capacity by the end of May.

On Monday, Renesas said it restarted partial production over the weekend at the Naka plant and will gradually ramp back up to 100% output by the end of May and should reach its previous shipping volumes by early July.

Reuters | |

U.S. President Joe Biden met with executives from major companies on Monday to discuss the global chip shortage that has hit automakers and spurred Intel Corp to announce it plans to make chips for car plants at its factories in the next six to nine months.

During the meeting, Biden said he had bipartisan support for legislation to fund the semiconductor industry. He previously announced plans to invest $50 billion in semiconductor manufacturing and research as part of his drive to rebuild U.S. manufacturing under a $2 trillion infrastructure plan.