Tag: Cloud

What’s next for big data after a turbulent 2019?

When thousands of data scientists and business analysts converge on New York next week for the year’s main data industry event, Strata, they will be looking for answers to the current chaos in our business and technological ecosystem. We’ve seen tectonic shifts in the data and analytics space in 2019, fueled by a seemingly endless […]

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Google’s Key Moments provide shortcuts to video highlights

Ever spend entirely too much time trying to find a pivotal scene in a video clip you watched ages ago? We’ve all been there. While transcripts ease the burden somewhat, footage isn’t exactly skimmable like text. Until now. Today, Google announced the rollout of a new feature — Key Moments — designed to surface shortcuts […]

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Google Fi gets $70 unlimited mobile plan plus free Google One membership

Google has announced a new unlimited Google Fi plan that gives subscribers near-unfettered access to SMS, calls, and data for a set monthly fee. Google Fi Unlimited, as the plan is called, offers completely unlimited calls and texts, while data is effectively unlimited, though with one notable caveat — speeds will be throttled after 22GB […]

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OpenAI and DeepMind teach AI teamwork by playing hide-and-seek

The age-old game of hide-and-seek can reveal a lot about how AI weighs decisions with which it’s faced, not to mention why it interacts the way it does with other AI within its sphere of influence — or its proximity. That’s the gist of a new paper published by researchers at Google parent company Alphabet […]

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Microsoft Teams now supports Oracle digital assistant

Oracle’s digital assistant is now available in Microsoft Teams, the cloud hosting and services provider announced today. Oracle’s AI assistant got several other updates today, including the ability to interact via voice commands, enterprise-grade security for voice recordings, and the ability to respond to more complex voice commands. The news was announced today at Oracle’s […]

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The competitive advantage of intelligent digital workspaces (VB Live)

Presented by Nutanix Xi Frame The cloud is making IT more agile, but at the same time, more and more complex. Learn how intelligent digital workspaces and tools like desktop-as-a-service can simplify user work syles without adding complexity, lower costs and make your users more productive when you join this VB Live event! Register here […]

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Telstra extends mobile plan to Google Nest devices

If you’ve been itching to place calls with your Google Nest (formerly Google Home) devices using a mobile plan, now’s your chance. Australian operator Telstra this morning announced that it’s the first carrier to offer outbound calling on Google Nest speakers and smart displays. Subscribers can ask Google Assistant to make calls from a Mini, […]

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GitLab raises $268 million at a $2.7 billion valuation

DevOps powerhouse GitLab has raised $268 million in a series E round of funding led by Goldman Sachs and Iconiq Capital, with participation from both new and existing investors including Y Combinator Continuity Fund, in what is likely to be the company’s final fundraising effort before going public next year. Additionally, GitLab said it is […]

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Pinterest’s Lens can now recognize 2.5 billion home and fashion objects

In 2017, Pinterest debuted Lens in beta, an online/offline visual search tool that taps AI to identify objects captured from Pins or by a smartphone and suggest related themes and products. Lens went on to launch broadly and contribute substantially to the over 600 million searches performed across Pinterest’s mobile apps and browser extensions, an […]

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LinkedIn launches Skill Assessments for coding, design software, and business tools

In May alongside a veritable slew of other features, LinkedIn previewed Skill Assessments, a library of 10-15 minute tests users can take to validate the skills they’ve listed on their LinkedIn profiles. This week marks the broad launch of Skill Assessments in select categories, with more to roll out in the months ahead. “At LinkedIn, […]

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Pico and ZeroLight demo Boundless XR, untethered VR streaming from PCs

In the very near future, virtual reality headsets will increasingly ditch their cables in favor of next-generation wireless alternatives that stream low-latency, high-bandwidth visuals to their screens. Today, Pico Interactive and ZeroLight are publicly demonstrating Qualcomm’s wireless enabling technology Boundless XR, which will soon “untether” PCs using either Wi-Fi or 5G. Similar to Intel’s WiGig […]

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Trulioo raises $52.8 million to verify customers’ identities

Vancouver-based Trulioo, a startup that provides electronic identity and address verification for 5 billion people and 250 million business entities in 195 countries, today announced that it’s raised $70 million CAD (about $52.8 million) in funding. It included $60 million CAD in a series C round led by Goldman Sachs with participation from Citi Ventures, […]

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Fieldwire raises $33.5 million to digitize construction sites

The construction industry has not historically been renowned for its efficiency. Various reports indicate that construction is among the lowest-performing sectors in terms of productivity — partly attributable to its lack of digitization. And that is why we’ve seen a slew of startups and investors take up the mantle and try to catapult the $12 […]

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Trigo raises $22 million to challenge Amazon Go with automated grocery stores

The days of supermarket queues are numbered. That’s if Amazon and a slew of well-financed startups’ recent activities are anything to go by. Amazon’s cashierless automated stores are expanding everywhere, while emerging competitors such as Standard Cognition and Grabango are raising sizable sums to bring cashierless technology to more supermarkets. The general idea is this: […]

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Greenlight raises $54 million for a debit card that teaches kids financial literacy

Kids have to learn financial literacy sometime — or should, depending on your parenting philosophy. The ones who don’t risk becoming dependent on family and friends for basic necessities well into adulthood. According to a survey by Ameriprise Financial, more than half of baby boomers say they’ve allowed their adult children to move back home […]

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VMRay raises $10 million for real-time malware monitoring and mitigation tools

VMRay, a Bochum, Germany-based provider of automated malware analysis and detection tools, today announced that it’s raised $10 million in series B funding led by Digital+ Partners with participation from eCapital. The capital infusion brings the company’s total raised to $13.36 million (€12 million), following early investments from eCapital and High-Tech Gruenderfonds. Cofounder and CEO […]

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Salesforce debuts Manufacturing Cloud and Consumer Goods Cloud

Salesforce, the San Francisco software juggernaut that’s made hundreds of billions of dollars developing solutions targeting analytics and customer service, this week revealed that it’s doubling down on two key segments: manufacturing and consumer goods. The company today took the wraps off of Manufacturing Cloud and Consumer Goods Cloud, a pair of new products designed […]

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Scaling the edge’s wall: A new take on an old problem

This article is part of a series on the subject of edge computing that was made possible with funding from Intel. This coverage remains entirely independent, with no input from Intel on how this article was reported or written. Anyone who has ever scaled a network understands the problem, either current or coming, of the […]

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Microsoft improves conference room audio with AI that taps multiple mics

It’s always frustrating when conference room audio doesn’t reliably reach parties who’ve dialed in remotely. Poor acoustics and interference invariably contribute to reduced clarity and crispness on the other end of the line, which is why scientists at Microsoft’s Speech and Dialog Research Group recently proposed a system that bolsters audio quality by tapping the […]

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AI Weekly: Hurray for boring AI

I keep having the same conversation with companies that want to brief me about their latest AI-related news. It goes something like this: They have some new feature or improved stats or fresh achievement that’s specific to their business. It’s a great win for them internally, but not exactly the most compelling news in and […]

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