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Cisco buys July Systems to bolster indoor location services

Cisco on Tuesday announced that it plans to buy Burlingame, Calif.-based July Systems. Financial terms were not disclosed. July Services makes a location services platform for use in large indoor spaces, like malls and airports. Its cloud-based subscription offering comes with data-driven behavioral insights, contextual rules engine and APIs. The startup has partnered with Cisco for several years, an OEM… Read more →

Oracle beats Q4 estimates on solid cloud services growth

Oracle reported better-than-expected fourth quarter financial results on Tuesday, giving its stock price a bump after hours. The company’s non-GAAP net income for Q4 2018 was $3.41 billion, with non-GAAP earnings per share coming to 99 cents. Total revenues rang up to $10.9 billion. A year prior, Oracle delivered non-GAAP earnings of 89 cents a share on revenue of $10.9… Read more →

Google’s WearOS battle with Android to hand smartwatch crown to Apple’s watchOS

Apple’s WatchOS will continue to be the leading smartwatch platform through 2022, but largely because Google’s WearOS will compete with another one of the search giant’s creations–Android. IDC released its global wearable device projections through 2022 and the standards require a bit of a double take. Note how Wear OS and Android are in a virtual tie in 2022 and… Read more →

​Is the Indian government developing a tool for mass surveillance of its citizens?

Video: Google provides public Wi-Fi to 400 Indian train stations With less than a year left for the general elections in India, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government hopes to deploy a “social media analytical tool” that will create digital profiles of citizens. Read also: Why Walmart could get severe indigestion from its Flipkart acquisition According to a tender floated a… Read more →

Amazon brings Alexa to hotels

Amazon is finally bringing Alexa to the hotel room. The e-commerce giant announced Tuesday the launch of Alexa for Hospitality, a specialized version of the voice assistant that integrates into popular hotel software systems for guest services. Housed inside of an Echo device, Alexa for Hospitality is functionally identical to the Alexa used in homes, except tailored to a hotel’s… Read more →

GraphQL for databases: A layer for universal database access?

Video: Microsoft is building a ‘world graph’ for geographic data Airbnb, Coursera, Docker, GitHub, Twitter, Uber, and, of course, Facebook, where it was invented. These are some of the organizations where people use GraphQL solutions, as presented in last week’s GraphQL Europe, and if you’re one to be impressed by name-dropping, this should get your attention. Read also: From graph… Read more →

Portland kicks off smart city initiative with traffic sensor safety project

Portland, Oregon Mayor Ted Wheeler, joined by private and public sector partners, launches Portland’s Traffic Sensor Safety Project. Portland, Oregon officials claim its city has some of the best bike data in the United States — data revealing how many people ride bicycles, where they’re going and what streets they’re using. Their collection of that data, however, has been as… Read more →

Nvidia makes Kubernetes on GPUs available

At the CVPR (Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition) conference on Tuesday, Nvidia announced new deep learning tools for both researchers and developers, including a release candidate version of Kubernetes on Nvidia GPUs that’s available to developers for feedback and testing. Kubernetes on Nvidia GPUs lets developers and DevOps engineers build and deploy GPU-accelerated deep learning training or inference applications on… Read more →

Lenovo bets big on liquid cooling going mainstream, launches Neptune

Liquid cooling in the data center has typically been reserved for high-performance computing, but Lenovo is making a bet–via a set of technologies called Neptune–that it’ll go mainstream. Neptune represents Lenovo’s approach to liquid cooling and include a variety of approaches. The techniques include using Rear Door Heat Exchangers, Direct to Node liquid cooling as well as hybrid cooling that… Read more →

New robots reduce human error in life science labs

Andrew Alliance, a Swiss company that makes liquid-handling robots for life sciences labs, just closed a $14 million C-round. It’s the latest evidence of a relatively new trend toward automation in the hard sciences, which have been slower than many other industries to embrace automation technology. That may seem odd. Laboratories are high tech places, after all, and in an… Read more →

WHO sees gaming addiction as mental condition, opens door for smartphone, social media disorders

The World Health Organization’s move to enter gaming disorder as an addiction worthy of the International Classification of Diseases is going to create ripple effects for the technology industry. WHO included gaming disorder in the draft of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). The ICD is the bible of medical conditions and basically legitimizes conditions. In an FAQ, the organization… Read more →