This month’s roundup of news from the technology sector includes Marriott defines scope of breach; a look at 2019’s big consumer electronics; and more.
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Marriott updates scope of data breach
After announcing in early December that the legacy Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide reservations systems were subject to a yearslong breach impacting up to 500 million people, Marriott International has revised down the total number of affected users to a maximum of 383 million and provided additional breakdowns of what records were leaked, according to a news release from the company.
The breach included 5.25 million unencrypted passport numbers along with 20.3 million encrypted passport numbers. A total of 8.6 million encrypted payment card numbers were also included in the breach, but Marriott officials noted there is no sign hackers got their hands on encryption keys or the components need to access encrypted data.
CES provides window into 2019 tech trends
It’s the season for the annual Consumer Electronics Show, which also means a lot of opining on the major new technologies that will impact consumers’ lives in in 2019. CNN took a look at the technologies that are highlighting this year’s CES, including 5G cellular networks, robotics, further growth in voice controls and artificial intelligence.
Similarly, The Wall Street Journal writes that 2019 will be the year of 5G, along with big impacts from new Apple software and tech companies like Amazon moving into physical retail spaces.
Whitbread piloting battery power for properties
In an effort to cut energy usage, Whitbread is trying out the usage of a five-ton lithium ion battery at the Gyle Premier Inn at Edinburgh Park in Scotland that will charge during non-peak hours for the energy grid, according to a report from the BBC. The technology, which charges in two hours and can power the hotel and its restaurant for three hours on a charge, is expected to save the property £20,000 ($25,439) per year.
“Batteries are of course everyday items, more commonly associated with powering small household goods like the TV remote control, so it's incredibly exciting to launch the U.K.'s first battery-powered hotel—an innovation which will save money, ensure security of supply and support the transition to a more flexible grid," said Cian Hatton, Whitbread’s head of energy and environment.
Compiled by Sean McCracken.