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GM and Toyota face setbacks in EV shift 

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General Motors (GM) and Toyota find themselves at the forefront of significant challenges amid the ongoing electric vehicle (EV) revolution.

The paradigm shift towards EVs is proving to be an uphill battle for these automotive giants, as the market tilts towards sustainable alternatives.

While competitors swiftly adapt to the burgeoning EV landscape, GM and Toyota appear to be grappling with a slower transition. Struggling to keep pace with rivals embracing electric mobility, both companies are witnessing a decline in market share. Investors are closely monitoring their performance as traditional combustion engine models lose favour, and consumers increasingly demand eco-friendly options.

Despite historical prominence in the automotive industry, GM and Toyota are now facing the risk of being overshadowed by more agile and forward-thinking counterparts. The urgency to overhaul their strategies and accelerate EV adoption is evident, as consumers align with brands committed to reducing carbon footprints.

In this pivotal moment, the focus shifts to whether GM and Toyota can navigate the EV transition successfully, securing their positions in the evolving market.

Further to this General Motors (GM) has announced a strategic shift in its automotive priorities, opting to significantly reduce investments in self-driving technology while intensifying efforts in the electric vehicle (EV) sector. The decision reflects a broader industry reevaluation, acknowledging the challenging road ahead for autonomous vehicles.

This move follows a trend in the automotive landscape, with GM joining other major players in acknowledging the complexity and high costs associated with developing reliable self-driving capabilities. Instead, the company plans to double down on electric cars, aiming to position itself at the forefront of the rapidly expanding electric vehicle market.

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Without drastic change, global IT outage will hit again

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Elements of Friday’s global IT outage have occurred before and until more contingencies are built into networks, and organisations put better back-up plans in place, it will happen again.

A widespread Microsoft outage is affecting Australia’s supermarkets, banks, telecommunications companies.

There are also reports of outages in Japan and the United States.

The ongoing widespread outage is reportedly related to US-based cybersecurity provider CrowdStrike. Its ‘Falcon sensor’ is installed on many business computers to gather security data.

In a statement to Ticker News, StickmanCyber said:

“Multiple StickmanCyber security engineering and our 24×7/365 security operations teams across the country support reports that this outage is related to a CrowdStrike update. 
 
“It is our understanding that any business running versions 7.15 and 7.16 are affected by the outage, but 7.17 seems to be ok. We are waiting on official advisory from CrowdStrike on these findings but doing our best to help affected customers. It’s a lesson to always update your software, but obviously this is an extreme example. IT security tools are all designed to ensure that companies can continue to operate in the worst-case scenario of a data breach, so to be the root cause of a global IT outage is an unmitigated disaster.
 
“Crowdstrike support is offering a workaround to customers. It claims users may be able to fix the issue by booting windows in safe mode or in the Windows Recovery Environment and deleting a file named “C-00000291*.sys”.   

“CrowdStrike is aware of reports of crashes on Windows hosts related to the Falcon sensor,” the company said in a statement on its website.

“Symptoms include hosts experiencing a bugcheck\blue screen error related to the Falcon sensor. Our engineering teams are actively working to resolve this issue and there is no need to open a support ticket.

“Status updates will be posted below [on the Microsoft websit€0 as we have more information to share, including when the issue is resolved.”

Laptops down

Thousands of users across the world reported problems with Microsoft services to Downdector.com, a website that tracks service disruptions.

Microsoft laptops suddenly restarted across Australia on Friday afternoon.

Outage website Downdetector shows issues across companies including NAB, Bendigo Bank, Telstra, CBA, Google.

Microsoft response

As users take to social media to complain, Microsoft reported a service outage for its Microsoft 365 apps and services, affecting businesses and users across the world.

“We’re investigating an issue impacting users ability to access various Microsoft 365 apps and services,” Microsoft 365 Status said on X early Friday.

Microsoft didn’t respond immediately to a request for comment.

Frontier airlines

 

The outage forced low-cost airline Frontier to cancel some flights. “Our systems are currently impacted by a Microsoft outage, which is also affecting other companies,” Frontier said in a statement. “We appreciate your patience.” The carrier said it would offer refunds to affected passengers.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Frontier asked it to pause the airline’s departures across the U.S. Thursday night. The ground stop was later lifted. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It said it is “observing a positive trend in service availability” as it continues to mitigate the problem.

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