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Apple developing advanced heart monitor for new Apple Watch: Report

(Image: Jason Cipriani/ZDNet) Apple is working to beef up its Apple Watch with more health features. According to Bloomberg, Apple is planning to include a more advanced heart monitor in future versions of the smartwatch. Fitbit Ionic review Tops the Apple Watch with fitness focus, long battery life, detailed sleep tracking The Fitbit Ionic brings integrated GPS, onboard storage for… Read more →

Nokia, Huawei strike multi-year patent licensing deal

Video: The Nokia 3310 is back and so is Snake Nokia announced Wednesday a multi-year patent license agreement with China smartphone maker Huawei. see also China’s flagship smartphone serves up Apple and Samsung’s secret sauce Inside the Huawei P9 is a glimpse into the future of the smartphone industry. Read More Nokia didn’t provide specifics of the deal, calling them… Read more →

Microsoft brings back PhotoSynth in its Pix app for iOS

Photosynth — Microsoft’s technology for stitching photos together to create striking panoramas — is back. Credit: Microsoft Microsoft announced in 2015 that it was halting support for its PhotoSynth app, which was developed by its defunct Live Labs. (Microsoft officials said in this week’s blog post that Photosynth was created in 2008 and decommissioned in 2017.) But on December 20,… Read more →

How much are businesses actually investing in AI?

istock Constellation Research is conducting a survey to find out how much businesses are investing in AI and how those investments might impact the organization. No hype, just fact: Artificial intelligence in simple business terms AI has become one of the great, meaningless buzzwords of our time. In this video, the Chief Data Scientist of Dun and Bradstreet explains AI… Read more →

Disney’s hideous Trump robot is a perfect illustration of the uncanny valley problem facing robot designers

There’s a new addition to Disney World’s Hall of President’s attraction: An animatronic President Trump. EXECUTIVE GUIDE Robotics in business: Everything humans need to know An executive guide to the technology and market drivers behind the $135 billion robotics market. Read More In a year of deep division, contentious politics, and escalating tensions, it’s nice to find something everyone seems… Read more →

Oh Apple, you really need to rethink how you do things

The ink is barely dry on the piece I wrote earlier this week about how Apple needs to do better in 2017 when it comes to light that the company has done another boneheaded thing. Must read: Apple seems to have forgotten about the whole ‘it just works’ thing on techrepublic Windows 10: Here are the big new features to… Read more →

Software not the focus in APAC digital transformation: SAP

Organisations in Asia-Pacific are focused on being able to operate digitally and adopt innovative technology faster, and they want to do so regardless of whether it is on an enterprise software stack or in the cloud. The market had moved on from debating about the merits of enterprise software against cloud applications, according to Scott Russell, SAP’s Asia-Pacific Japan president,… Read more →

Walmart reportedly exploring cashier-less stores

Wolterk, Getty Images (File photo) Walmart is exploring an in-store shopping experience without checkout lines or cashiers, called Project Kepler, according to Recode. The retail giant is also testing a high-end delivery service, as it looks to compete with Amazon in an e-commerce focused world. Read this E-commerce will make the shopping mall a retail wasteland There is a sickness… Read more →

Apple: Some older iPhones slowed to prevent battery issues

Apple said Wednesday it intentionally slows down performance on some older iPhone models due to shutdown issues that can be caused by aging lithium-ion batteries. see also Everything you need to know about charging your iPhone X or iPhone 8 Using the supplied cable and charger isn’t the best way to charge your new iPhone X or iPhone 8. But… Read more →

Solving Silicon Valley’s diversity problem

The Atlantic magazine, based in Washington, D.C. organized a free, well-attended one-day conference in San Francisco on improving diversity in the US tech industry. It might seem strange that an East Coast publisher is trying to solve Silicon Valley’s inclusivity problem. But clearly Silicon Valley needs help. It is doing a very bad job. Countless Uber scandals, countless office harassment… Read more →

Security firm Keeper sues news reporter over vulnerability story

News site Ars Technica. (Screenshot: ZDNet/CBS Interactive) Keeper, a password manager software maker, has filed a lawsuit against a news reporter and its publication after a story was posted reporting a vulnerability disclosure. Dan Goodin, security editor at Ars Technica, was named defendant in a suit filed Tuesday by Chicago-based Keeper Security, which accused Goodin of “false and misleading statements”… Read more →