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This is the year to invest in humans, as backlash against chatbots and AI begins

For some time, the burning question has been: Will robots replace humans? While the proliferation of robotic process automation (RPA) has reduced headcount in the back office, it’s a different story for customer service and sales. In a Forrester survey, 46 percent of companies said sales and marketing are leading the investment in and adoption of AI systems, followed by… Read more →

NRCC officials hacked during 2018 election

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) said Tuesday that it was the victim of a cyber intrusion during the 2018 campaign season. As first reported by Politico, the email accounts of four senior aides at the orgnanization were surveilled for several months. “The NRCC can confirm that it was the victim of a cyber intrusion by an unknown entity,” Ian… Read more →

Want to switch from iPhone to Android? It can be done, but it’s going to be painful

What would Steve Jobs think of the 2018 Apple? Steve Jobs was never one to leave anyone in any doubt as to what was on his mind, and thanks to hundreds of hours of keynotes, speeches, and interviews, we can get an insight into what he … Source Article from https://www.zdnet.com/pictures/want-to-switch-from-iphone-to-android-it-can-be-done-but-its-going-to-be-painful/#ftag=RSSbaffb68Want to switch from iPhone to Android? It can be… Read more →

Microsoft open sources key Windows UX Frameworks, launches first Visual Studio 2019 preview

Microsoft is making three of its most popular Windows frameworks — Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Windows Forms and the Windows UI XAML Library (WinUI) available under open source licenses. And the company is launching the first public preview of Visual Studio 2019 today, December 4. Microsoft is making a number of developer-related announcements today, timed with the company’s annual Connect();… Read more →

Microsoft open sources the inference engine at the heart of its Windows machine-learning platform

Microsoft is using its annual Connect(); developers conference to make a number of AI-related announcements, including the open sourcing of one of its key pieces of its Windows Machine Learning (Windows ML) platform. Credit: Microsoft Microsoft is open sourcing the Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX) runtime, officials said today, December 4. The ONNX runtime is an inference engine for machine-learning… Read more →

Azure Cosmos DB gets cheaper, Azure Machine Learning gets smarter

At the Microsoft Connect() event today, the Redmond-based software (and market cap) juggernaut is making a series of technology announcements, covering a broad range of its product and service portfolio. But, to me, it’s the Azure data, analytics and AI story that gets richer today. That’s because two compelling services on the Azure cloud have each been revamped. And the… Read more →

Want to boost customer engagement? Invest in data integration, metadata, data governance, says Informatica

You may have heard about the Open Data Initiative. It’s a collaboration between Adobe, Microsoft, and SAP, with the aim of facilitating data to be exchanged and enriched across systems, making it a renewable resource that flows into intelligent applications. This may sound quite generic, but as a few people have pointed out, it really is all about customer data…. Read more →

Over 20,000 PCs infected with new ransomware strain in China

Over 20,000 Chinese users have had their Windows PCs infected with a new strain of ransomware that encrypts their files and demands a 110 yuan (~$16) ransom. The ransomware is exclusively targeting the Chinese internet space, and there’s no threat to international users, at least yet. This is because the person/group behind this threat are exclusively using Chinese-themed apps to… Read more →

Why is Russia so good at getting women into technology?

A stubborn brother and 3,000 Russian rubles were all it took to convince Elena Tverdokhlebova to go into science and technology. “I was 10 years old when my brother, who was studying for the university admissions exams, gave me a math problem to solve,” she says. He was jumping around the living room offering her 100 rubles, then 1,000, and… Read more →

A night-vision treat catapult and what it means for the maturing home automation market

Every pet owner knows the creeping guilt of being away longer than expected while Fido stays home. Now, with the push of a button, you can launch a treat across your living room and watch your pet scramble for it on a night vision camera. Not satisfied? You can also deploy a robotic ball programmed to evade capture. Signs of… Read more →

Microsoft reportedly looking to ditch Edge for Chromium

Microsoft could soon shift to a Chromium-based browser in Windows 10, according to Windows Central. The publication says the project is called Anaheim, and speculates that it would appear in the 19H1 development cycle. Should the reporting be true, it would be the final capitulation of a company that straddled the internet, and attempted to stop it from developing further,… Read more →