Tag: category-/Computers & Electronics/Software

Microsoft is closing down asset platform Remix 3D

Microsoft is getting rid of its answer to Sketchfab and Google Poly early next year. Remix 3D, the company’s online hub for storing 3D assets, will be ‘retiring’ on January 10, 2020. A message at the top of the site’s page confirms as much. In an FAQ, the company instead suggests users turn to its […]

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From context to solution, using AI to keep your customer happy

Companies have delved into building bots and other virtual agents that can help support their customers. But at Transform 2019 today, Ryan Lester, senior director of customer experience technologies at LogMeIn, declared that companies must not think about AI from a bot perspective, but from multiple perspectives. The current environment is ripe for better customer […]

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Creating bots is easy — scaling them is another matter

The use of AI is helping streamline the development of software robots that automate many boring tasks. The field of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) has seen a major boom thanks to the use of AI tools that make it easier to streamline the development of software robots. At Transform 2019 this week, experts weighed in […]

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Signavio raises $177 million for business process modeling tools

Signavio, a Berlin- and New York-based provider of business transformation solutions, today revealed that it closed (pending regulatory approvals) a $177 million growth equity round led by Apax Digital, with participation from DTCP. The capital infusion, which comes on the heels of the ten-year-old company’s $17.5 million series B last March, brings Signavio’s total raised […]

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Google launches Android Q Beta 5 with gestural navigation updates

Google today launched the fifth Android Q beta with gestural navigation updates. If you’re a developer, you can start testing your apps against this release by downloading it from developer.android.com/preview. The preview includes system images for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, […]

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Tier IV raises $100 million to develop open source software for driverless cars

Tier IV, a Japan-based driverless car software maintainer and provider, this week announced the closure of a $100 million round led by Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance, with participation from Yamaha Motor, KDDI, JAFCO, and Aisan Technology. The fresh capital brings the company’s total raised to nearly $130 million following seed rounds totaling $28 million, and […]

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Amazon releases Alexa Presentation Language 1.1 in beta

Just ahead of the July 4 holiday, Amazon released the latest version of Alexa Presentation Language (APL), the suite of tools designed to make it easier for developers to create “visually rich” skills for Alexa devices with screens. APL 1.1 — which is now in beta — comes after APL 1.0’s beta launch in October […]

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GAN Paint Studio uses AI to add, delete, and modify objects in photos

AI and machine learning hold incredible promise for post-production image editing, if new research is any indication. Engineers at Nvidia recently demoed an AI system — GauGAN — that creates convincingly lifelike landscape photographs from whole cloth, while Microsoft scientists last month proposed a framework capable of producing images and storyboards from natural language captions. […]

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Microsoft’s Flipgrid rolls out automatic transcription, AR tools, and Code.org content

It’s been roughly a year since Microsoft acquired Flipgrid (formerly Vikdu), an education-focused platform aimed at students and teachers, and the latter’s dev team evidently hasn’t lightened its workload since. Flipgrid kicked off the FlipgridLive 2019 convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in style this morning with a slew of new features that’ll roll out to customers […]

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Abbyy’s data capture SDK uses AI to onboard customers through mobile websites

Abbyy, the Russian tech company known for its document conversion and optical character recognition (OCR) software, has introduced a new software development kit (SDK) to make it easier for companies to capture customers’ data input. The Mobile Web Capture SDK builds on the company’s existing data capture SDK for native mobile apps by extending the […]

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Google brings Dialogflow bot support to Hangouts Chat

Google today announced that developers can use Dialogflow to make automated bots for Hangouts Chat, Google’s Slack-like tool for G Suite customers. Dialogflow and its prebuilt natural language understanding engine can make conversational actions for Google Assistant and power bots for Slack, Facebook Messenger, Twitter, and other platforms. Google’s G Suite is currently used by […]

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Bitrise raises $20 million for mobile continuous integration and delivery

Bitrise, a five-year-old startup developing continuous integration and delivery solutions for mobile platforms, today revealed that it’s secured $20 million in series B financing led by Partech. The round, which saw contributions from new investor Zobito and existing investors OpenOcean, Y Combinator, and Fiedler Capital, brings Bitrise’s total raised to over $40 million following a […]

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Microsoft researchers use GANs to generate images and storyboards from captions

AI that can sketch images corresponding to descriptions is a thing that exists, thanks to the talented folks at Microsoft Research, the University of Albany, and JD AI Research. In a paper (“Object-driven Text-to-Image Synthesis via Adversarial Training“) scheduled to be presented at the IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR […]

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tvOS 13 beta 2 adds iOS-style picture-in-picture feature

Apple spotlighted only a handful of updates to the Apple TV’s operating system, tvOS 13, at WWDC two weeks ago, and one didn’t make the list: picture-in-picture support, a feature introduced in iOS 9 four years ago. With today’s release of tvOS 13 beta 2, however, a picture-in-picture viewer has appeared out of nowhere (via […]

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How Microsoft is tackling cloud gaming with Project xCloud

Microsoft took the wraps off its Project xCloud cloud gaming service this week without a lot of fanfare. At the company’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) gaming event in Los Angeles, the company devoted a couple of minutes to the cloud within a 90-minute broadcast on the future of gaming. But Kevin LaChapelle, general manager of […]

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Apple Maps hands-on: Look Around and folders bring depth to iOS and iPadOS 13

Apple’s Maps application has come a long way since its inauspicious 2012 launch, which blackened the company’s eye and cost it a key executive. Over the next six years, Apple refined the app with new 2D and 3D maps, much-improved driving directions, and tools to navigate transit systems, all in the name of improving its […]

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IBM’s Watson Studio AutoAI automates enterprise AI model development

Deploying AI-imbued apps and services isn’t as challenging as it used to be, thanks to offerings like IBM’s Watson Studio (previously Data Science Experience). Watson Studio, which debuted in 2017 after a 12-month beta period, provides an environment and tools that help to analyze, visualize, cleanse, and shape data; to ingest streaming data; and to […]

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Voice Control hands-on: Deep OS navigation for iPads, iPhones, and Macs

When Apple debuted Siri with 2011’s iPhone 4S, it effectively stopped work on a useful but more limited feature that had arrived with the iPhone 3GS only two years earlier: Voice Control, a speech recognition system that enabled users to make phone calls and play songs by just saying them to early iPhones — even […]

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Microsoft debuts new AI capabilities in Power BI, makes PowerApps portals generally available

It was only a few weeks ago that Microsoft announced enhancements heading to Power BI and PowerApps, its no-code business analytics service and web apps design platforms, respectively. But that didn’t stop it from unveiling yet another set of features during the Microsoft Business Applications Summit in Atlanta, Georgia this week, where the company took […]

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Privitar raises $40 million to help companies protect sensitive data

Privitar, a software startup that helps enterprises and other organizations engineer privacy protection into their various data projects, has raised $40 million in a series B round of funding led by Accel, with participation from Partech, Salesforce Ventures, IQ Capital, and 24Haymarket. Founded out of London in 2014, Privitar is designed to allow companies to […]

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