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AI is more than automation on steroids, it amplifies human innovation

Artificial intelligence has a lot of promising applications, especially for scaling complex tasks — be it within IT infrastructure or within business processes — to mass-production levels. At the same time, AI shouldn’t be looked upon as automation on steroids — it succeeds where it amplifies human activities and creativity, and needs to be designed accordingly. Photo: Joe McKendrick This… Read more →

Samsung’s $26 billion bet

At more than 50 years of age, the semiconductor market is still sprightly, with growth this year in the 20 percent range. And with high growth comes short supply, which is why DRAM and flash prices have risen this year. Samsung, which already produces around half the world’s supply of both commodities, plans a dramatic increase – almost 2.5x –… Read more →

Samsung’s $26 billion bet

At more than 50 years of age, the semiconductor market is still sprightly, with growth this year in the 20 percent range. And with high growth comes short supply, which is why DRAM and flash prices have risen this year. Samsung, which already produces around half the world’s supply of both commodities, plans a dramatic increase – almost 2.5x –… Read more →

As Alibaba ramps up, Amazon loses the plot in Asia

Amazon Singapore customers get Prime service, but no longer enjoy free global shipping on its US site. Amazon is finally making moves to extend its online ecosystem to some markets in Asia-Pacific, but its efforts so far appear haphazard–with limited services and range–giving Alibaba, which has been aggressively expanding in this region, even more room to storm into the lead…. Read more →

The Atlantic warns of backlash against more diversity in tech

The Atlantic magazine is coming to San Francisco next week to host a conference as part of a long running campaign to improve diversity in US tech companies. The Washington, D.C. based media company is warning about a backlash to greater diversity in the tech sector. some in the industry have questioned whether efforts to turn the tide have gone… Read more →

Apple close to acquiring Shazam: Report

Apple is close to acquiring Britain-based Shazam, the app that allows users to identify music and movies, according to TechCrunch, Bloomberg,and Recode. The deal for Shazam is reportedly worth as much as $400 million and could be announced as soon as Monday. It’s not immediately clear how Apple intends to incorporate Shazam’s technology and team into its current product offerings…. Read more →

Jony Ive is back to managing design at Apple

Apple’s design guru Jony Ive is back to managing the design team, after taking a two-year hiatus from day-to-day operations to work on the company’s “next big product” as chief design officer. “With the completion of Apple Park, Apple’s design leaders and teams are again reporting directly to Jony Ive, who remains focused purely on design,” an Apple spokeswoman told… Read more →

Google pauses removal of apps that want to use accessibility services

Getty Images Google is pausing its decision that cracks down on apps on the Google Play Store using the Android Accessibility API for anything other than its intended purpose, the company told developers in an email. ANDROID SECURITY Google has an Android security problem Security is everyone’s responsibility, not just those with the cash to upgrade. Read More Google will… Read more →