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IBM appoints new president for Brazil operation

IBM has promoted company veteran Tonny Martins to take over as president for its Brazil operations. Martins had been leading the Big Blue’s Mexico office since 2016, leading the local adoption of Watson in the healthcare sector and blockchain in insurance. Apple, acquisitions, and adherence: Inside IBM’s Watson Health unit After its first six months in existence, is IBM’s Watson… Read more →

Worried about your job? AI can beat humans in converting leads to sales

Video: Spanish banks turning to bot apps for customer queries Whilst some chatbots are primitive in their responses, more and more AI assistants are proving their worth. Special Feature Special report: The future of Everything as a Service (free PDF) SaaS had a major impact on the way companies consume cloud services. This ebook looks at how the as a… Read more →

Amazon turns over record amount of customer data to US law enforcement

Law enforcement requests for Amazon’s cloud customers has gone up, but the company still won’t say if Echo has been wiretapped. (Image: CNET/CBS Interactive) Amazon has turned over a record amount of customer data to the US government in the first-half of last year in response to demands by law enforcement. The retail and cloud giant quietly posted its latest… Read more →

5G takes center stage at CES 2018 with actual deployments later

By the time CES 2018 wraps up it’s likely that you’ll hear the term “5G” so much that it’ll seem like next-generation speedy wireless service is already here. 5G is progressing, but let’s not get carried away. 5G refers to the fifth generation wireless broadband technology based on the 802.11ac standard. Speed and coverage for 5G will be better than… Read more →

Life in Code, book review: The programmer’s tale

Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology • By Ellen Ullman • Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux • 306 pages • ISBN: 978-0-374-53451-6 • $27 One of my favourite books from 1997 is Ellen Ullman’s collection of essays, Close to the Machine. Ullman began her adult life as an aspiring writer, diverted into software engineering for a decade or three,… Read more →

Uber’s Travis Kalanick to sell $1.4bn stake to Softbank

File Photo Travis Kalanick is planning to sell 29 percent of his shares in Uber in a deal which would net the former CEO roughly $1.4 billion. As reported by Bloomberg, people with knowledge of the matter said the shares are destined to go to Softbank and a consortium of investors which plan to buy equity in the ride-hailing service… Read more →

Coinbase dismisses rumors of Ripple trading launch

File Photo Coinbase has quashed rumors that cryptocurrency Ripple (XRP) is due to make its debut on the trading platform. Recent rumors suggested that Coinbase was considering adding the cryptocurrency to the platform, which would give users the chance to buy and sell the asset. on techrepublic Windows 10: Here are the big new features to look out for in… Read more →

Apple products you shouldn’t buy in 2018

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CES 2018 likely to feature a heavy dose of blockchain, cryptocurrency

CES 2018 will be best known for its gadgets, electronics and applications for the Internet of Things (IoT), but you can expect blockchain technology as well as cryptocurrency to be a major headliner. CNET CES 2018: Complete coverage CNET editors scour the 2018 International CES for the hottest new tech gadgets. Read More Cryptocurrencies such as Ripple and Bitcoin are… Read more →

Apple: App Store customers spent $890 million Christmas week

Apple said Thursday its App Store had a record breaking holiday season, with customers spending over $890 million in a seven-day period starting Christmas Eve. To kick off 2018, Apple also shared customers made $300 million in purchases on New Year’s Day. “We are thrilled with the reaction to the new App Store and to see so many customers discovering… Read more →

Garmin launches Alexa-controlled infotainment platform

Garmin announced Thursday an Intel-based infotainment platform for automotive manufacturers to embed in their products. For customers, Garmin’s infotainment offering will bring Amazon Alexa, wireless rear-seat navigation, and other conveniences while driving or riding. CNET CES 2018: Complete coverage CNET editors scour the 2018 International CES for the hottest new tech gadgets. Read More Garmin is trying to take a… Read more →

Smart speakers are now the fastest-growing consumer technology

Smart speakers are now the kings of consumer technology, according to a new report from Canalys. The research firm posits that smart speakers have become the fastest growing consumer technology in recent times, surpassing market share gains of AR, VR and even wearables. This year, smart speaker shipments in the US are expected to reach 38.4 million units. Worldwide, that… Read more →