Tag: category-/Business & Industrial

FlightHub and tech working together to improve the customer experience

Presented by FlightHub As consumers become accustomed to the convenience and sense of empowerment created by advances in technology, the travel industry is being impacted in a major way.  In response to the increased demand from customers for time-sensitive information and more control over their own destiny, many companies are focused on developing artificial intelligence […]

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Tilting Point acquires mobile game monetization platform Gondola

Mobile game publisher Tilting Point has acquired in-game offer and video ad optimization platform Gondola, bolstering its ability to offer developers a shot at extending the time that gamers play a given title. It’s a small deal, and the purchase price was not disclosed. But it could make a big difference in how game developers […]

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Invoca raises $56 million to apply AI and analytics to voice calls

It’s predicted that the annual number of mobile phone calls to businesses will reach 169 billion by 2020, and that click-to-call — web integrations enabling real-time calls — will influence more than $1 trillion in U.S. consumer spending by next year. In fact, RingCentral reports in a recent survey that 70% of respondents use click-to-call […]

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Netflix shares jump as subscribers grow ahead of Disney and Apple war

(Reuters) — Netflix added slightly more paying subscribers than Wall Street expected in the third quarter, a relief to investors who had worried the company might fall short just as Disney and Apple prepare to ramp up the streaming video wars. The results for July through September represented a rebound from the previous quarter when […]

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If you haven’t been impressed by RPA yet, look again

The market for robotic process automation (RPA) has grown rapidly over the last decade with adoption often driven by business users excited by the opportunity to achieve cost savings and process improvement without the usual headaches of big technology projects. Despite this popularity with business users, many IT professionals have derided RPA as being no […]

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Modern cloud communications platforms are changing how work gets done

Presented by Dialpad There’s a new workplace reality, and it demands the kind of digital transformation too many businesses are dragging their feet in addressing. Work has become agnostic in device and location, with employees increasingly working remotely or embracing the ability to tap into their files and tasks from anywhere they are in the […]

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Apply now to speak at Transform 2020, the premiere AI event for business leaders

VB’s Transform is the most important AI event of the year for business and technical leaders, and it’s earned that reputation because of the quality of our content and the caliber of speakers. Transform 2020 takes place July 15-16 in San Francisco, and the application to be a part of its stellar roster is now […]

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Automattic nabs Vivint CFO to chase steep revenue growth

Fresh from its gargantuan $300 million series D funding round, Automattic has announced that it has hired a new chief financial officer (CFO) as part of a plan to transform into a company that generates “tens of billions” of dollars in revenue. The WordPress.com parent company has lured Mark Davies away from his CFO role at […]

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Quantemplate raises over $12 million for AI insurance and reinsurance data solutions

Quantemplate, a startup providing self-service, cloud-based automated data solutions for insurers and reinsurers, today revealed that it raised over $12 million in a recent funding round led by Route 66 Ventures and Transamerica Ventures, with participation from Anthemis Group, Allianz X, and Insight Catastrophe Group. The raise brings the New York- and London-based company’s total […]

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Mira marries NLP with computer vision to create a rich, search-powered shopping experience

Empowered by AI technologies, Mira wants to create a more enriching buying experience that combines millions of consumer product reviews, side-by-side comparisons, and click-through purchasing into a single unified interface. For the moment, Mira is centered around shopping for beauty products — giving users a means of asking advice from other consumers who have similar […]

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Zoom rolls out AI-powered transcripts, note-taking features, and more

Conferencing solution company Zoom announced a slew of new features this week at its Zoomtopia 2019 conference in San Jose, California — 300 in total, to be exact. Among the highlights are AI-powered transcripts and meeting notes in Zoom Meetings, in addition to a Zoom Rooms people counter informed by facial recognition. On the Zoom […]

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Herow closes $18.6 million round for developers and marketers to serve contextual messages in mobile apps

Herow, a French startup that helps marketers and app developers engage with mobile users with contextual messaging, has said that it closed a $18.6 million series B round of funding from Xerys Fund, Siparex, and Calao Finance. In truth, Herow has only raised a fresh $8 million in funding, given that it apparently closed its […]

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Simon Segars interview — Arm’s CEO on competitive threats, custom instructions, and a far-off IPO

Simon Segars, CEO of the Cambridge, England-based Arm, took the stage at last week’s Arm TechCon 2019 event in San Jose, California to tell the company’s ecosystem of partners about its future plans. Arm designs the underlying architecture and semiconductor chip components for its partners, who license the technology and put it into a wide range […]

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How the cloud is reshaping end-user computing

Presented by Nutanix In today’s world, many organizations have incorporated public cloud services into their workspace strategy. It is very common to see Salesforce used for CRM, Slack for collaboration, Google Drive for file sharing, and Okta for identity management. Let’s not forget Microsoft Office365 and Google Apps have reinvented the modern workspace. And there […]

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Learn to love your regulated future: A message from Wall Street to Silicon Valley

Move fast and break things: It’s a philosophy that many in the tech world have adopted as their mantra, long after Mark Zuckerberg immortalized it as the unofficial motto of Silicon Valley. Innovation is the lifeblood of the technology industry, but what happens when new technological paradigms “break things” and there’s shattered glass on the […]

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Tech IPO stumbles beg the question: Why are startup internal controls so poor?

The recent WeWork IPO debacle is only the latest in a string of initial public offerings that have failed to deliver the desired result for their parent companies. Put simply, investors and employees wanted a big exit. Instead, the company faces the prospect of bankruptcy. The company’s failed IPO serves as a “canary in the […]

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AI startups stand out at Comcast Lift Labs Accelerator 2019

This evening in Philadelphia, Comcast NBCUniversal’s Lift Labs Accelerator showcased the 11 companies in its second-ever class during a demo day in front of investors and the local tech community. The event marked the finale of the program’s 13-week program, during which each startup worked with Techstars’ bench of industry experts and Comcast brands including […]

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PC shipments grew in Q3 2019 thanks to Windows 10 refresh

The PC market grew between 1% and 3% in Q3 2019, according to research firms Gartner and IDC. After six years of quarterly PC shipment declines, 2018 was mixed, with negative, flat, and positive quarters. 2019 is doing slightly better: Q1 was negative but Q2 and Q3 were positive. Gartner and IDC analysts pointed to […]

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Governance and compliance in a hybrid cloud era

Presented by Nutanix As some cloud workloads move back on-prem, enterprises look to automation tools to maintain policy adherence and to keep data safe across cloud boundaries. It’s no secret that enterprise IT teams favor hybrid cloud environments because they provide flexibility. They provide the flexibility to choose the best infrastructure for each business application. […]

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