Tag: Cloud

IHS Markit: Cloud gaming earned $387 million in 2018, and could grow to $2.5 billion by 2023

Cloud-based gaming is starting to heat up. In a new report from market research firm IHS Markit, cloud gaming earned $387 million in 2018, and the company predicts that number will balloon to $2.5 billion by 2023. The massive number helps put into perspective why the industry has seen a sudden surge in cloud gaming […]

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Microsoft wants to apply AI ‘to the entire application developer lifecycle’

At its Build 2018 developer conference a year ago, Microsoft previewed Visual Studio IntelliCode, which uses AI to offer intelligent suggestions that improve code quality and productivity. In April, Microsoft launched Visual Studio 2019 for Windows and Mac. At that point, IntelliCode was still an optional extension that Microsoft was openly offering as a preview. […]

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Identity platform provider Auth0 raises $103 million at a valuation of $1 billion

Online data breaches are on the rise, and it’s no great mystery why. In a recent survey conducted by LastPass, 59% of respondents said they reused passwords across multiple accounts and more than half said they hadn’t changed their password in the past year. About 95% of cybersecurity breaches are attributable to human errors like […]

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Robin raises $20 million to manage conference rooms and workstations

Robin Powered, a Boston, Massachusetts-based provider of cloud-based workplace scheduling and management software, today announced that it’s secured $20 million in series B funding led by Tola Capital, with participation from existing investors Accomplish and FirstMark and new strategic investor Allegion Ventures. The fresh capital follows on the heels of an $18 million round in […]

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Siemplify raises $30 million to streamline security tool management

Siemplify, a New York and Tel Aviv security orchestration platform provider, today announced that it’s secured $30 million in series C funding led by Georgian Partners, with participation from existing investors 83North, G20 Ventures, and Jump Capital. It comes after three blockbuster years for the company, which notched 1,000% year-over-year growth in 2017, 280% growth […]

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Clinc raises $50 million to bring conversational AI to cars, banks, and kiosks

Clinc, a four-year-old AI startup based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, today announced that it’s secured $52 million in series B financing led by Insight Partners, with participation from DFJ Growth and existing investors Drive Capital and Hyde Park Venture Partners. The mammoth round is over eight times the size of the company’s $6.3 million series […]

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ProBeat: Microsoft and Sony deal validates Google Stadia

News broke yesterday that Sony and Microsoft are kissing in a tree, working on AI and cloud technology. The new Microsoft and Sony partnership has the two companies working on cloud-based gaming services together. In other words, the duo has given Google’s Stadia its first validation. I don’t mean this simply because Stadia is a […]

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Cloudflare-supported BinaryAST promises dramatically faster JavaScript apps

You’re not imagining things: Some JavaScript web apps are quite slow, owing to egregiously high startup, parsing, and data transfer overhead. According to HTTPArchive, which periodically crawls popular websites and records information about fetched resources, the average page requires 350KB of JavaScript (10% of pages exceed 1MB). And once these pages are transferred, JavaScript engines […]

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Sony and Microsoft, kissing in a tree, working on AI and cloud technology

The sky is falling. Hell has frozen over. So I suppose it only makes sense that longtime gaming rivals Sony and Microsoft (who’s also getting closer to Nintendo) announced that they’re working together to improve each other’s products. But that doesn’t mean you’ll be playing on a PlayStationBox (or XBoxStation?) console any time soon. Instead, […]

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Google’s Live Transcribe is getting sound events and transcription saving

Google today announced new features for its speech recognition transcription tool Live Transcribe: sound events and transcription saving. The news is being shared today to line up with Global Accessibility Awareness Day and the update is “coming next month.” Google released Live Transcribe in February. The tool uses machine learning algorithms to turn audio into […]

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Ossia and T-Mobile pilot wireless-charging asset trackers in Walmart warehouses

True wireless charging at a distance has arrived — you just can’t buy it yet. But companies like Ossia are making progress, buoyed by industrial and enterprise players. In September 2018, the Bellevue, Washington-based startup said it would team up with Walmart to help the retailer cut costs in its thousands of stores, Ossia’s fourth […]

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Revenue Analytics raises $11 million to predict product pricing with AI

Imagine you’re a retailer with a diverse clientele. To whom should you extend a promotion when a product isn’t flying off the shelves, and how steep should the discount be? Atlanta, Georgia-based Revenue Analytics would argue that machine learning algorithms hold the answer to those questions. That shouldn’t be surprising — AI has been the […]

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OpenFin raises $17 million to modernize financial terminals

OpenFin, a London and New York company developing what it calls the “operating system (OS) of finance,” today announced that it’s raised $17 million in series C financing led by Wells Fargo, with participation from Barclays and existing investors Bain Capital Ventures, J.P. Morgan, and Pivot Investment Partners. The influx of funds follow a $15 […]

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U.S. adds Huawei and affiliates to trade blacklist

(Reuters) — The U.S. Commerce Department said on Wednesday it is adding Huawei Technologies and 70 affiliates to its so-called “Entity List” – a move that bans the telecom giant from buying parts and components from U.S. companies without U.S. government approval. U.S. officials told Reuters the decision would also make it difficult if not […]

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Microsoft announces latest AI for Accessibility grant recipients

Microsoft’s AI for Accessibility, which was unveiled in May 2018, is the Seattle company’s second so-called AI for Good program. It follows on the heels of — and was largely modeled after — the company’s AI for Earth, which provides training and resources to organizations looking to tackle problems relating to climate, water, agriculture, and […]

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Microsoft open-sources key Bing Search search algorithm

Keyword queries make up a diminishing portion of web searches, believe it or not. Thanks to tools like Google Lens and Bing Visual Search, computer vision algorithms drive more than their fair share, as do the natural language processing models underpinning intelligent assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant. The increasing mix of media is one […]

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D-Wave releases lower-noise quantum processor on its Leap cloud service

D-Wave Systems today announced the availability of a lower-noise D-Wave 2000Q processor in its Leap cloud service. The lower-noise processor promises “improved performance, precision, and impact on quantum effects.” To back its claims, D-Wave published research based on the spin glass application featured in Science last year. The experimental results confirm a positive correlation between […]

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Tealium raises $55 million to track your behavior on the web

Ever heard of tags? In the context of webpages and emails, they’re embedded data-collection tools written in JavaScript — think cookies for ad targeting or affiliate link performance trackers. Tags are useful for webmasters, advertisers, and marketers alike, but without an agreed-upon standard by which to manage them, they can quickly become unwieldy. That’s where […]

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VMWare acquires Bitnami to bolster its app packaging tools

San Francisco-based virtualization company VMWare today said that it’ll acquire Y Combinator graduate Bitnami, an app packing solutions provider, for an undisclosed sum. The two companies announced the deal in coordinated press releases this morning. “We realized that, if we wanted to continue to grow, we would have to raise money, as building an enterprise […]

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Solera Health raises $42 million to match chronic conditions with treatment plans

Solera Health, a Phoenix, Arizona-based company that connects customers with evidence-based, non-medical wellness programs, today announced that it has raised $42 million in a series C round led by HCSC Ventures, with participation from BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners/Sandbox Advantage Fund, Adams Street Partners, and SJF Ventures. The round, which follows an $18.3 million series B […]

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