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How Momentum helps retailers create the ultimate shopping experience

Switzerland-based loyalty program infrastructure company Momentum Protocol is creating a one-stop shop for consumers to earn, redeem, and manage their loyalty points on the blockchain. Momentum Protocol is an application that personalizes the retail ecosystem by partnering with businesses to provide good consumer experience. Also: Best Black Friday 2018 deals: Business Bargain Hunter’s top picks The ecosystem gives businesses the… Read more →

Microsoft’s new Windows 10 19H1 test build adds new light theme, more updating and printing options

Not everyone is a Windows dark-theme fan. (Hard to believe, I know.) For those who prefer to go to the light, Microsoft is introducing a new Windows Light theme — plus a number of additional settings tweaks in its latest Windows 10 19H1 test build. Credit: Microsoft That Windows 10 test build, No. 18282, which Microsoft is rolling out to… Read more →

New iPhone sales may be showing some signs of weakening, but that might not be a bad thing for Apple

Is interest in new iPhones waning? The data suggests that it might finally be happening. And it might be good news for Apple. Must read: iOS 12.1: Tips and tricks to help you get the most from your iPhone or iPad While only Apple has the real figures – and Apple won’t be disclosing unit sales in future financial statements… Read more →

Which industry defies millennial turnover rates? (Hint: It’s not tech)

Millennials have frequently reported low professional engagement, resulting in resumes a mile long and high turnover rates for their former employers, but some industries are bucking the trend. Denver, Colo.-based insurance technology company Vertafore has released results from its fifth annual Millennials in Insurance survey. Also: Best Black Friday 2018 deals: Business Bargain Hunter’s top picks It polled 1,252 insurance… Read more →

Elastic tackles containers and APM in the new 6.5 release

The company now known as Elastic is releasing today the 6.5 version of its stack that facilitates monitoring log data at the container level and escalates rivalry with APM vendors. The new features further differentiate the company’s product stack from the pure open source implementations offered by many third parties. For enterprises, container abstraction for log monitoring for the moment… Read more →

Researchers discover seven new Meltdown and Spectre attacks

A team of nine academics has revealed today seven new CPU attacks. The seven impact AMD, ARM, and Intel CPUs to various degrees. Two of the seven new attacks are variations of the Meltdown attack, while the other five are variations on the original Spectre attack –two well-known attacks that have been revealed at the start of the year and… Read more →

​OpenStack: Beyond the cloud

At OpenStack Summit in Berlin, the OpenStack Foundation revealed more of its plans for its projects beyond the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud. These projects are: Kata Containers, a secure container approach; Zuul, a continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) system; Airship, a front-end to Kubernetes; and Starling, an edge-computing cloud stack. Also: Best Black Friday 2018 deals: Business Bargain Hunter’s top… Read more →

Microsoft acquires AI and bot development house XOXCO

Microsoft is acquiring conversational AI and bot development software vendor XOXCO Inc. for an undisclosed amount. Microsoft announced its acquisition plans on November 14, the same day it is going public with a number of other AI product and service announcements. Austin, Texas-based XOXCO was founded in 2008. Since 2013, the company has been working on conversational AI. Among its… Read more →

Power BI delivers AI power

Machine learning (ML) is exciting technology, but it can be hard for non-specialists to take advantage of it. Microsoft has a lot of irons in the ML fire too, what with the pre-trained all-purpose ML models that are part of Azure Cognitive Services; the developer and data scientist-friendly Azure Databricks and the all-purpose and operations-oriented Azure Machine Learning (Azure ML),… Read more →

Intel rolls out Neural Compute Stick 2

Intel on Wednesday is rolling out the Neural Compute Stick (NCS) 2, the second iteration of its popular self-contained AI accelerator. With this version, the NCS offers better performance, as well as scalability and a path to production. The NCS comes in a USB format, making it easy to compile, tune and accelerate neural networks at the edge. No cloud… Read more →

Hunt finally submits to My Health Record arm-twists as opt-out window extended

(image:, Getty Images/iStockphoto) “Today the Government worked with the Senate crossbench to extend the opt-out period for My Health Record,” said health minister Greg Hunt in a statement on Wednesday afternoon. He confirmed that the opt-out period, due to end this Thursday, will now end on January 31. This gives Australians nearly seven more weeks to opt out of… Read more →