Tag: category-/Computers & Electronics

With upcoming iOS 14 changes, shifting from waterfall to ad bidding is a no-brainer

“In 2021, we’ll be saying goodbye to waterfalls,” said Wai Quai Chong, strategic partner manager at Facebook. At the “Saying Goodbye to Waterfalls” panel, Mary Kim, Head of Growth at Game Hive, and Alfred Fung, CEO at Fun-Gi Games, joined Chong to discuss why ad bidding matters — and why it’s important for developers to […]

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Google Cloud boosts security with general availability of zero-trust BeyondCorp Enterprise

With enterprises rapidly reconfiguring their workforces and IT systems, new complexity is being introduced that risks expanding security vulnerabilities. Throw into the mix the growing resources being devoted to cyberattacks, and the global pandemic has created conditions that are ripe for hackers to exploit. To counter that, over the past year Google has been releasing […]

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Computer vision researchers develop city-scale smart tracking platform

Surveillance cameras already dot or blanket major cities, but it’s not necessarily easy to continuously track a person or object moving through multiple locations and cameras. Now researchers from the Indian Institute of Science are applying advanced artificial intelligence algorithms to this complex challenge, creating a software platform called Anveshak — Hindi for “investigator” — that […]

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Researchers propose Porcupine, a compiler for homomorphic encryption

Homomorphic encryption (HE) is a privacy-preserving technology that enables computational workloads to be performed directly on encrypted data. HE enables secure remote computation, as cloud service providers can compute on data without viewing highly sensitive content. But despite its appeal, performance and programmability challenges remain a barrier to HE’s widespread adoption. Realizing the potential of […]

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Reflect brings automated no-code web testing to the cloud

Every company is now a software company, or so we’re told, meaning they have to employ designers and developers capable of building websites and apps. In tandem, the much-reported software developer shortage means companies across the spectrum are in a constant battle for top talent. This is opening the doors to more automated tools that […]

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Soci raises $80 million to power data-driven localized marketing for enterprises

Soci, a platform that helps brick-and-mortar businesses deploy localized marketing campaigns, has raised $80 million in a series D round of funding led by JMI Equity. The raise comes at a crucial time for businesses, with retailers across the spectrum having to rapidly embrace ecommerce due to the pandemic. However, businesses with local brick-and-mortar stores […]

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OpenDrives raises almost $20 million to advance its data storage solutions

OpenDrives, which provides network-attached storage solutions for enterprise clients, has raised a series B funding round. The company did not disclose the exact amount but reports that the round approaches $20 million and was led by IAG Capital Partners. OpenDrives plans to use the capital for product development, including introducing high-performance computing hybrid cloud storage […]

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Microsoft researchers tap AI for anonymous data sharing for health care providers

Using images to build diagnostic models of diseases has become an active research topic in the AI community. But capturing the patterns in a condition and an image requires exposing a model to a rich variety of medical cases. It’s well-known that images from a source can be biased by demographics, equipment, and means of […]

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AlphaICs raises $8 million for AI-at-the-edge processors

AlphaICs has raised $8 million in funding for artificial intelligence processors for edge computing. The money came from Emerald Technology Ventures and Endiya Partners. The Milpitas, California-based company was started in 2016 by Vinod Dham, a former Intel executive known as the “father of the Pentium.” He teamed up with younger chip designers to develop […]

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Verizon picks Unity as 5G MEC partner for 3D enterprise apps and games

Verizon’s 5G network needs highly responsive 3D content to drive demand, and Unity’s powerful 3D engine eases the process of creating that content — so a just-announced partnership between the top U.S. cellular company and popular development platform makes plenty of sense. The more interesting part is that the companies are collaborating to create new […]

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StackPulse exits stealth with $28 million to automate incident response and remediation

StackPulse, an automated incident response platform aimed at developers and site reliability engineers (SREs), has emerged from stealth today with $28 million in funding. The raise comes hot on the heels of a slew of high-profile system outages, including from Slack and messaging app Signal, which suffered downtime this month, and the mighty Microsoft and […]

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OpenAI’s text-to-image engine, DALL-E, is a powerful visual idea generator

Once upon a time in Silicon Valley, engineers at the various electronics firms would tinker at their benches and create new inventions. This tinkering was done, at least in part, to show to the engineer at the next bench so they could both appreciate the ingenuity and inspire others. Some of this work eventually made […]

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Feature store repositories emerge as an MLOps linchpin for advancing AI

A battle for control over machine learning operations (MLOps) is beginning in earnest as organizations embrace feature store repositories to build AI models more efficiently. A feature store is at its core a data warehouse through which developers of AI models can share and reuse the artifacts that make up an AI model as well […]

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The Biden administration must re-evaluate Chinese 5G data security

The Biden administration faces no shortage of existential challenges when it takes power next week — COVID-19, the fragile domestic economy, damaged federal agencies, civil rights, and a nationwide insurrection are certainly the top five. But regardless of where it ranks in the top ten, America’s economic war against Chinese tech companies merits immediate attention, […]

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The AI Incident Database wants to improve the safety of machine learning

The failures of artificial intelligent systems have become a recurring theme in technology news. Credit scoring algorithms that discriminate against women. Computer vision systems that misclassify people with darker skin. Recommendation systems that promote violent content. Trending algorithms that amplify fake news. Most complex software systems fail at some point and need to be updated […]

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Oqton raises $40 million to apply AI to additive manufacturing

Oqton, a startup developing a factory operating system that integrates engineering software with manufacturing hardware, today raised $40 million. The company says the funds will be used to further develop Oqton’s platform while expanding its commercial partnerships in markets including additive manufacturing, robotic welding, and CNC machining. The additive manufacturing market is exploding, with Reports […]

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Stacklet raises $18 million to improve data governance as cloud adoption soars

Stacklet has raised $18 million as the developer of a governance platform rushes to meet the demand from companies expanding their cloud footprints. Venture firm Addition led the funding round which also included investment from Foundation Capital and Liam Randall, who joined the company as vice president of business development. The startup just came out […]

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SurveyMonkey aligns with ServiceNow on digital business transformation

ServiceNow and SurveyMonkey today announced that they have teamed up to make it simpler for organizations to employ surveys and better gauge the impact digital business transformation initiatives are having on their organization. As a consequence of the alliance, business leaders will be able to better understand how employees and end customers perceive any change […]

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No-code development platform Webflow raises $140 million at a $2.1 billion valuation

Webflow, a cloud-based no-code website development and hosting platform used by major enterprises such as Allianz, Rakuten, Zendesk, and Dell, has raised $140 million in a series B round of funding co-led by Accel and Silversmith. Alphabet’s CapitalG growth fund also participated in the round as a new investor, with Webflow now valued at $2.1 […]

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Turtle Beach acquires Neat Microphones to capture more gamers and podcasters

Gaming headset maker Turtle Beach said today it has acquired Neat Microphones​, a maker of high-quality USB and analog microphones. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. It could put Turtle Beach in a better position to address growing markets such as gaming, streaming, podcasting, recording, and audio conferencing. If 2020 taught us anything, it’s […]

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Molecula raises $17.6 million for its AI feature store technology

Molecula, which is developing a cloud-based feature store for AI and machine learning workloads, today announced it has raised $17.6 million. The company says the proceeds will be put toward accelerating the launch of its managed cloud service and bolstering its sales and marketing efforts. Enterprises embracing an AI-first strategy must contend with federating, pre-aggregating, […]

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Here debuts enterprise XR- and 5G-ready 3D models of 75 major cities

Formerly owned by Nokia, digital map maker Here Technologies has spent the last several years working to refine and broaden the use of its location platform, after working for years to win users from Google Maps, Apple Maps, and TomTom. Today, Here announced that it’s offering high-definition 3D models of 75 major cities to enterprise […]

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CockroachDB creator Cockroach Labs raises $160 million at a $2 billion valuation

Cockroach Labs, the software company best known for the open source, cloud-native distributed SQL database CockroachDB, has raised $160 million in a series E round of funding led by Altimeter Capital. This takes the New York-based company’s valuation to $2 billion, more than double its valuation at its series D round last May. Founded by ex-Googlers […]

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Stanford researchers design accelerator chip that speeds up AI inferencing

Researchers at Stanford have developed hardware that can run AI tasks quickly and energy-efficiently by harnessing special-built chips. A paper published in Nature Electronics describes the chips, each of which have data processors built next to their own memory storage, which leverage algorithms to meld eight separate cores into one AI processing engine called the […]

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HP’s Alex Cho: The PC isn’t dead. It’s essential.

HP Personal Systems had a banner year in 2020, but not for the usual reasons to do with the health of the PC industry. Rather, it was the pandemic that drove people into their homes for work, with the subsequent need for adequate computing technology. I spoke with Alex Cho, president of HP Personal Systems, […]

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F5 Networks’ acquisition of Volterra foreshadows a fight for the network edge

A battle for control over emerging edge computing applications is heating up as enterprise IT organizations begin to move toward processing and analyzing data as close as possible to where it is being generated and consumed. The latest salvo in that contest is F5 Networks’ approximately $500 million acquisition of Volterra. Volterra provides a platform […]

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Blue Prism launches venture fund to expand global use of cloud RPA

Last April, robotic process automation firm Blue Prism bolstered its own balance sheet with a $124 million financing round, enabling the maker of enterprise-class software robots to expand its suite of AI agents and dashboards. Now the company is launching a venture fund to bring RPA technologies to new clients, starting with the Asia-Pacific region […]

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‘AR cloud’ will drive the next generation of immersive experiences

Imagine: You’re walking down the street in an unfamiliar city and decide to stop for lunch. You put on your augmented reality (AR)-enabled glasses and look around you, and certain restaurants’ ratings and recent reviews appear overlaid on their storefronts. After you select a restaurant and sit down, you put the glasses on once again […]

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Quantum Metric raises $200 million to help enterprises build digital products faster

Quantum Metric, a platform that helps companies improve their websites and apps by gleaning continuous real-time feedback from end users, has raised $200 million in a series B round of funding led by Insight Partners. This gives the Colorado Springs-based company a valuation of “just above” $1 billion. Founded in 2015, Quantum Metric uses what […]

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Lacework raises $525 million to automate cloud security and compliance

Lacework, a four-year-old developer of automated containerized workload defense, intrusion detection, and compliance solutions, today announced that it closed a $525 million funding round valuing the company at over $1 billion. CEO Dan Hubbard said the capital, which comes after a year in which Lacework saw revenue grow 300%, will accelerate Lacework’s product development efforts […]

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Glia raises $78 million to digitize customer service interactions

Customer service startup Glia today announced it raised $78 million. The funds will be used to expand departments across its organization, the company says, with a focus on product development and strategic acquisitions. Multimodality is fast becoming the norm in the $350 billion customer service industry. According to research published last year by Vonage company NewVoiceMedia, three-quarters of […]

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