Tag: Cloud

PerceptIn to launch an autonomous vehicle pilot in Indiana in early 2020

Self-driving cars are coming to Indiana, courtesy Santa Clara, California-based PerceptIn. The startup today announced that it’s relocating its headquarters to the IoT Lab accelerator in Fishers, a suburb of Indianapolis, to launch an autonomous vehicles pilot program, creating 50 new jobs by 2022. As a part of the deal, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation […]

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My Storytime lets parents record bedtime stories through Google Nest devices

Since 2001, more than 2 million children in the U.S. have had a parent deployed by the military at least once, and more than 900,000 have experienced the deployment of one or both parents multiple times. United Through Reading, an organization dedicated to connecting military families through read-aloud experiences, estimates that those children collectively miss […]

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Automation Anywhere raises $290 million at a $6.8 billion valuation

Robotic process automation (RPA), or bots that can be programmed to perform tedious and mundane tasks, is undergoing a period of explosive growth. Deloitte reports that 53% of companies have begun deploying it and that 78% of adopters will invest more in RPA the next three years. In fact, assuming the current trend continues, it’s […]

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Route raises $12 million to track packages with AI

It’s a busy time of year for ecommerce retailers — perhaps the busiest by the numbers. An estimated 165.8 million people shopped between Thanksgiving Day and Cyber Monday in 2018, and each purchased an average of 16 gifts during that time frame. Collectively, their haul came in billions of packages delivered through the mail system, over […]

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Microsoft Teams’ giddy growth looks impressive, but it doesn’t tell the full story

Microsoft announced some pretty notable growth stats for its Teams collaboration software this week, revealing that it now claims 20 million daily users — an increase of nearly 55% on the 13 million it reported back in July. To use two alternative team collaboration platforms for context, Slack recently announced that it now has 12 […]

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Kubernetes: The key ingredient IT needs to accelerate today’s data science

Presented by Domino Data Lab At organizations everywhere, there has never been a greater need to draw meaningful insights from data. This phenomenon has catapulted data scientists into mission-critical roles, and it is even empowering “citizen data scientists” — people at the departmental level who may not have formal data science training — to work […]

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Google integrates Assistant deeper into Calendar, brings smarter grammar suggestions to Docs

Google is rolling out a handful of new AI-powered features for G Suite users around the world, spanning Docs, Google Assistant, Calendar, and more. The announcements were made as part of the annual Google Cloud Next conference in London, which so far this week has heralded some interesting news tidbits, including a bunch of new […]

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Google kicks off Assistant on the Web with movie ticket purchases

Earlier this year at its I/O 2019 developer conference, Google revealed that Google Duplex, its AI chat agent that can arrange appointments over the phone, would expand to the mobile web to handle things like car rentals and movie ticket bookings. Mum’s been the word since September, when select users reported seeing a Duplex-powered service […]

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Google Docs is getting Smart Compose to help G Suite users write faster

Google has announced plans to bring its AI-powered Smart Compose feature to Google Docs users as part of G Suite. The company announced its intentions as part of its annual Google Cloud Next conference in the U.K. capital earlier today. By way of a quick recap, Google first debuted Smart Compose for Gmail last year, serving […]

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Microsoft for Startups and Nvidia’s Inception team up to accelerate AI startups

Microsoft for Startups and Nvidia’s Inception program for AI startups are coming together to better serve scaling businesses that use AI or machine learning. Starting today, eligible Nvidia Inception startups can get up to $120,000 in Azure cloud credits and sell their products alongside Microsoft’s sales team and its partners. Concurrently, any Microsoft for Startups […]

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CloudFactory raises $65 million to prep and process data sets

AI and machine learning algorithms require data. Lots of data. But the bulk of that data is of no use if it isn’t first labeled by human annotators. This predicament has given rise to a cottage industry of startups, including Scale AI, which recently raised $100 million for its extensive suite of data labeling services. […]

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Google Cloud gets new security smarts across data encryption, network security, and more

Google has announced a number of notable new tools and services as the internet giant doubles down on enterprise security across its cloud products. The announcements were made at the U.K. incarnation of its annual Google Cloud Next conference in London. Decrypt The first of these new tools, which will be launching in beta shortly, […]

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End user computing trends, predictions, and best practices for 2020 (VB Live)

Presented by Nutanix Desktop as a service (DaaS) and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is disrupting end user computing, with companies like Google and Microsoft getting into the mix. For a look at the latest developments in VDI and DaaS, emerging use cases and more, don’t miss this VB Live event. Register here for free. A […]

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Superpedestrian raises $20 million for durable electric scooters

Electric scooters accounted for 45.8% of the 84 million micromobility trips taken in 2018, according to a survey published by the National Association of City Transportation. But while they’re ubiquitous, they’re not created equal. A piece published by Quartz found that Bird escooters in Louisville, Kentucky completed an average of 70 trips over 85 miles […]

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Google Stadia’s data use is over 100MB per minute at 1080p

Google Stadia is every bit the data hog that everyone was expecting. The service warns that it can use between 4.5GB and 20GB of data per hour. Where you’ll fall within that range depends on the quality of the video feed you get from Stadia. But I didn’t want to just take Google’s word for […]

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Pensa Systems raises $10 million to deploy inventory-tracking drones in retail stores

There are perhaps few retail tasks more time-consuming than taking stock of merchandise. Figuring out which products are in stock and which stock is likely to run low is a never-ending battle, as shoppers spend an estimated 40 billion hours picking things off shelves. It’s also error-prone — employees regularly misplace an estimated one in […]

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Microsoft announces Confidential Computing for Kubernetes, IPv4/IPv6 dual-stack, and KEDA 1.0

At KubeCon North America in San Diego today, Microsoft announced several Kubernetes updates. The company is bringing Confidential Computing to Kubernetes, supporting both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses for the same Pods; releasing KEDA 1.0; and debuting Azure Event Grid support for CloudEvents 1.0. Kubernetes is an open source container-orchestration system for automating application deployment, scaling, […]

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ZecOps raises $10.2 million to automatically detect and remediate cyberattacks

Juniper Research pegs the number of digital records that will be stolen in 2023 at 33 billion, compared with the 12 billion stolen in 2018. As recently as 2017, the U.S. outranked all other countries in the volume of ransomware attacks, according to Symantec. And analysts elsewhere estimate that the cybercrime economy has grown to $1.5 trillion in annual profits and […]

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Xiaomi’s Xiao AI assistant passes 49.9 million users

Today marked the kickoff of Xiaomi’s annual Mi Developer conference in Beijing, and the tech giant wasted no time announcing updates across its AI portfolio. It took the wraps off of the latest release of Mobile AI Compute Engine (MACE), its open source machine learning framework, and it demoed an improved version of its Xiao […]

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Clumio raises $135 million for cloud data backup and recovery tools

There are few catastrophes more disruptive to a business than data loss, and unfortunately, the causes can be myriad. In a recent survey of IT professionals, about a third (31%) pegged the blame on hardware or system failure, while 29% said their companies lost data because of human error or ransomware. It’s estimated that upwards […]

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Hopper’s Price Freeze taps AI to identify and lock in airfare deals

Hopper, the Cambridge- and Montreal-based company behind the eponymous flight and hotel booking platform, today launched a tool designed to help customers lock in airfares for up to a week. It’s dubbed Price Freeze, and as the name implies, it “freezes” deals to hold a given price for up to seven days. Prize Freeze is […]

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IntSights raises $30 million to detect and remediate cyberthreats

IntSights, a threat intelligence and protection platform developer headquartered in New York with offices in Amsterdam, Boston, Dallas, Singapore, Tel Aviv, and Tokyo, today announced that it’s raised $30 million in a series D fundraising round led by Qumra Capital with participation from undisclosed previous backers. It brings the company’s total raised to date to […]

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