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Google adds AI, collaboration tools to G Suite via Hangouts Chat

Google is adding bots, artificial intelligence and integrations between G Suite and Hangouts Chat in a bid to up its collaboration game. According to Google, Hangouts Chat is generally available and Docs and Calendar will get more AI features. These features in G Suite are critical given how rivals are coming at collaboration from different angles. For instance, Microsoft is… Read more →

Warren Buffett is now almost out of IBM and heavily into Apple

Warren Buffett invested heavily in IBM in 2011, when the two companies had roughly the same annual revenues, but completely different trajectories… Investor Warren Buffett spent decades avoiding technology stocks, so he attracted a lot of attention when he bought shares in IBM. It was seen as a vote of confidence in the struggling company’s strategy, which was reassuring to… Read more →

PC device shipments dropped 2.7 percent last year: IDC

The market for personal computing devices remains in flux as global shipments dropped 2.7 percent in 2017, according to the latest data from IDC. The research firm has a broad classification for personal computing devices (PCDs), with the market including traditional PCs (desktop, notebooks and workstations) as well as both slate and detachable tablets. IDC posits that the decline was… Read more →

Microsoft rolls out more AI-infused healthcare services, software

While Amazon and Apple are looking at healthcare from the employee-consumption side, Microsoft is focusing on using its cloud assets to meet the needs of researchers and doctors. Credit: Microsoft Last February, Microsoft announced it was creating a new healthcare-focused research unit, Healthcare NExT. On February 28, a week ahead of the HIMMS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) medical… Read more →

Eliminating storage failures in the cloud

must read What is cloud computing? Everything you need to know from public and private cloud to software as a service An introduction to cloud computing from IaaS and PaaS to hybrid, public and private cloud. Read More With the advent of disk mirroring over 35 years ago, data redundancy has been the basic strategy against data loss. That redundancy… Read more →

Rakuten to release own cryptocurrency as it looks to enhance loyalty platform

Rakuten has unveiled plans to unleash its own blockchain-based cryptocurrency as part of efforts to transform its 15-year-old loyalty rewards programme, Rakuten Super Points. The Japanese e-commerce giant had issued some 1 trillion Super Points, estimated to be worth US$9.1 billion, since the platform’s inception in 2003. It currently issued between US$2 billion and US$2.5 billion, said Rakuten’s CEO and… Read more →

Asus announces ZenFone 5 family: Apple iPhone X clones running Android priced at half the cost of the iPhone

Is that an iPhone X in your hand? Nope, it’s a ZenFone 5 running Android. One of the reasons I continue to carry an Apple iPhone X is the minimal top, bottom, and side bezels that give me a all-screen experience. However, I also enjoy using Android and soon there will be a couple of options for an Android device… Read more →

Amazon Ring acquisition: Made not for smart homes, but for deliveries

On Tuesday, Amazon acquired Ring in a deal estimated to be worth $1 billion. Ring is a smart doorbell system complete with motion sensors and video stream features. SECURITY Revealed: How one Amazon Kindle scam made millions of dollars For years, thousands were tricked into buying low-quality ebooks. Read More When connected up to a smartphone or tablet, Ring can… Read more →

After conquering smartphones, Xiaomi disrupts India’s TV market

In 2014, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi was a novelty. It attracted rave reviews for its Redmi line of stylish, value-added phones that thirsty Indian consumers lapped up via its exclusively online sales. But it was still just that — a novelty. By 2017, it had done the unthinkable by conquering the Indian market for smartphones by taking the battle to… Read more →

After conquering smartphones, Xiaomi disrupts India’s TV market

In 2014, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi was a novelty. It attracted rave reviews for its Redmi line of stylish, value-added phones that thirsty Indian consumers lapped up via its exclusively online sales. But it was still just that — a novelty. By 2017, it had done the unthinkable by conquering the Indian market for smartphones by taking the battle to… Read more →

eBay acquires Qoo10 Japan e-commerce platform

eBay on Tuesday announced it has acquired Giosis’ Japan business, that includes its Qoo10.jp e-commerce site. As part of the deal, eBay will relinquish its investment in Giosis’ non-Japanese businesses. eBay and Giosis didn’t share additional terms of the deal. eBay said it expects the deal to close in the second quarter of 2018. Jooman Park, SVP of eBay’s Asia… Read more →