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WhatsApp to launch dedicated chat apps for businesses

Facebook-owned messaging platform WhatsApp is testing new features for businesses that would allow them to chat with customers more officially. The messaging service revealed last week that it has started placing green badges next to a business contact, indicating that the business is legit and verified by WhatsApp. Eventually, WhatsApp plans to use the verification component as part of a… Read more →

Robotics in business: Everything humans need to know

YakobchukOlena | istock.com Introduction One kind of robot has endured for the last half-century: the hulking one-armed Goliaths that dominate industrial assembly lines. These industrial robots have been task-specific — built to spot weld, say, or add threads to the end of a pipe. They aren’t sexy, but in the latter half of the 20th century they transformed industrial manufacturing… Read more →

Sun set: Oracle closes down last Sun product lines

see this Stacking up the cloud vendors: AWS vs. Microsoft Azure, IBM, Google, Oracle It’s not easy tracking the girth of public cloud providers amid run rates, as-a-service sales projections, and a lack of transparency. Here’s how AWS stacks up against Microsoft Azure, IBM, Google, and Oracle. Read More Officially, Oracle hasn’t said a thing. Unofficially, if you count the… Read more →

Which brands topped the social media Movers and Shakers list in 2017?

Apple Watch: Its time will come It does seem that new products and those within sectors such as technology that are considered to be the “hottest” are the ones consumers are talking about most. However, this is more of a myth than fact. New York-based data, analytics, and insights company Engagement Labs has identified the top 10 brands that saw… Read more →

Video of man getting beaned by robot demonstrates need for novel safety mechanisms

Researchers at Germany’s Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics have developed inflatable airbags to protect humans from their robot coworkers. It sounds like a funny problem, but it’s a real concern in light manufacturing. Amid the fanfare, freak outs, and hype over the coming robot revolution, prognosticators often forget about the long transition ahead. In some industries, such as components manufacturing,… Read more →

Hurricane Irma: Storm trackers and other survival tools for mobile and desktop users

Video: Apps to help with disaster preparation Note: This was originally published in September 2010. As Hurricane Irma strengthened into a Category 5 storm, we updated the article to reflect current content. I live in South Florida. And while I have no desire to live anywhere else, tropical storms, hurricanes and otherwise lousy weather are a seasonal fact of life… Read more →

HPE to acquire consulting firm Cloud Technology Partners

Hewlett Packard Enterprise on Tuesday said that it plans to acquire consulting firm Cloud Technology Partners (CTP). Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available. Founded in 2010, CTP offers consulting, design and operational advisory services for enterprise clients. The company says its services are cloud agnostic and touts expertise across all the major cloud platforms including Amazon Web… Read more →

Lilium raises $90 million in funding to make our taxis fly

Lilium Lilium has raised $90 million in Series B funding to build all-electric flying taxis. Led by Tencent, the funding round is centered on Lilium‘s vision of building viable five-seat all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) jets suitable for use as zero-emissions air taxis. While traditional taxi firms and mobile booking companies such as Uber and Lyft fight over the… Read more →

Why I’m now using Android and might skip the iPhone 8

(Image: ZDNet) I could forgive you for not reading this piece. The 10 best smartphones of 2017 so far Samsung just revealed the new Galaxy S8 while all the rest of the major announcements have been completed over the past two months. Read More This is exactly the kind of article I hate reading from other people, because of its… Read more →

Rise of passive investing could harm Silicon Valley startups

For decades it’s been known that index funds such as the S&P 500 outperform the vast majority of actively managed mutual funds picking stocks. Wall Street’s algorithms finally noticed and now vast amounts of money have moved into index funds and they continue to do so at an increasing volume. A recent report from Bank of America showed that Franklin… Read more →