Tag: AWS

Amazon Forecast hits general availability

Forecasting events at scale given a set of variables is a capability most companies would find useful, for obvious reasons. Fortunately for them, Amazon’s made the science of prediction a bit more accessible with Forecast, a fully managed service that uses AI and machine learning to deliver highly accurate forecasts. It’s now generally available through […]

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Reliance’s Azure cloud partnership poses threat to Amazon and Google in India

(Reuters) — India’s Reliance Industries on Monday announced a partnership with Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform, in a move that deepens the offerings of its Jio telecoms unit while posing a direct challenge to rival cloud services providers such as Amazon.com and Alphabet’s Google. As part of the 10-year alliance, Jio will build data centers across […]

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Amazon announces general availability of AWS Lake Formation

Businesses with large data sets on their hands can rest a little easier tonight — at least if they’re Amazon Web Services subscribers. Amazon this evening announced that AWS Lake Formation, a fully managed service that facilitates the building, securing, and management of data lakes, is now generally available. Customers with instances in the US […]

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Amazon launches Neural Text-To-Speech and newscaster style on AWS Polly

Not to be outdone by Google’s WaveNet, which mimics things like stress and intonation in speech by identifying tonal patterns, Amazon today announced the general availability of Neural Text-To-Speech and newscaster style in Amazon Polly, its cloud service that converts text into speech. As Amazon Web Services tech evangelist Julien Simon noted in a blog […]

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AWS and Udacity launch DeepRacer machine learning course and scholarship

Amazon Web Services (AWS) often describes DeepRacer League, which launched in November 2018 at the tech giant’s AWS re:Invent 2018 conference, as the world’s first autonomous racing league open to everyone. But entering the tournament entails devising an algorithm that can successfully drive a 1/18th scale car around a track, which requires a firm grasp […]

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AI Weekly: Highlights from VentureBeat’s AI conference Transform

This week, VentureBeat held its largest AI conference in company history. Front and center were startups tackling compelling challenges as well as executives from the largest AI companies in the ecosystem, like Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Amazon. With seven stages and over 1,000 people over two days, it’s tough to follow everything that happened, but […]

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AWS AI VP: Developers drive all innovation in technology

In a wide-ranging discussion today at VentureBeat’s AI conference Transform in San Francisco, AWS AI VP Swami Sivasubramanian declared “Every innovation in technology is going to be driven by developers.” Sivasubramanian made the statement while talking about growing demand for machine learning engineers and internal efforts at Amazon to train more employees to use machine […]

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Microsoft beats Amazon and Google to opens its first cloud region in the Middle East

Microsoft has become the first of the “big three” public cloud providers to open a region in the Middle East. From today, Microsoft Azure and Office 365 will be available from datacenters located in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) — one in UAE North (Dubai) and one in UAE Central (Abu Dhabi). Microsoft will open […]

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Amazon will serve any government agency with facial recognition technology, so long as it’s legal

(Reuters) — The head of Amazon.com Inc’s cloud computing division on Monday said the company would work with any government agency that followed the law, in contrast with rival Microsoft Corp, which has touted its rejection of controversial sales. “We will serve the federal government, and they will have to use the technology responsibly,” Andy […]

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Amazon launches Personalize, a fully managed AI-powered recommendation service

Delivering personalized experiences to customers just got easier, thanks to Amazon. The Seattle company today announced the general availability of Amazon Personalize, an AWS service that facilitates the development of websites, mobile apps, and content management and email marketing systems that suggest products, provide tailored search results, and customize funnels on the fly. It’s in […]

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AWS launches Textract, machine learning for text and data extraction

Need to extract content from a document quickly and automatically? You’re in luck if you’re an Amazon Web Services (AWS) customer. Amazon today announced the general availability of Textract, a cloud-hosted and fully managed service that uses machine learning to parse data tables, forms, and whole pages for text and data. It’s available today in […]

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AWS managed services provider Mission raises $15 million

Los Angeles-based Mission, a managed AWS services firm formed in 2018 from the merger of three consulting companies (Reliam, Stratalux, and G2 Tech Group), today announced that it’s raised $15 million in equity financing from Great Hill Partners and other limited partners, with undisclosed additional capital to fund acquisitions should they arise. CFO Stewart Armstrong […]

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How Amazon’s facial recognition ambition could stunt Alexa’s development

In debates now raging in the U.S. Congress and in legislatures around the country, China has been repeatedly invoked as the boogeyman, including by a senator introducing national AI legislation this week and a San Francisco lawmaker ahead of a vote to ban facial recognition software last week. But fears of a dystopian AI future […]

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