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BMW wants you to buy its self-driving car so you can have sex in it

The aphrodisiac power of self-driving. (Screenshot: ZDNet) You’re likely salivating over the idea of a fully self-driving car. No, not like those Teslas that seem to define the word autonomous in, to some ears, a slightly ambiguous way. I’m thinking of the sorts of cars in which you’ll sit back, relax, and work all the way to the office. The… Read more →

Amazon launches Voice Interoperability Initiative — without Google, Apple or Samsung

How to voice-shop with Alexa and get early access to deals ZDNet breaks down all of the ways that Amazon Prime members can use Alexa to shop, find the best deals, track their packages, and more when shopping on Amazon. Read more: Amazon on Tuesday announced a new initiative enabling Alexa to play nice with Cortana, Einstein Voice and… Read more →

Amazon event: The devices we expect and what’s left for Alexa to conquer

How to voice-shop with Alexa and get early access to deals ZDNet breaks down all of the ways that Amazon Prime members can use Alexa to shop, find the best deals, track their packages, and more when shopping on Amazon. Read more: At its Seattle headquarters on Sept. 25, Amazon plans to unveil its latest devices and services. The… Read more →

Microsoft: Windows 10 now on more than 900 million devices

A little more than a week ahead of its Surface and services fall event in New York City, Microsoft is updating its Windows 10 numbers. As of today, September 24, Microsoft officials say that there are more than 900 million devices running Windows 10. Microsoft shared the news via a tweet from Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of the Modern… Read more →

Windows 10 updates drag down software customer satisfaction scores for Microsoft: ACSI

Customer satisfaction with personal computers is slowly on the rise, but Microsoft’s missteps with Windows 10 updates are dragging down consumer perceptions of software. According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index’s Household Appliance and Electronics Report 2018-2019, satisfaction with software for desktops and laptops fell 1.3% to an ACSI score of 78, wiping out gains from a year ago. Meanwhile, consumer… Read more →

‘No source code for evil': Developers pressure Chef Software to cut ties with ICE

Microsoft employees ask the company to stop working with ICE Concern over harmful applications of AI once again sparks an employee protest — this time at Microsoft. With thousands of immigrant children separated from their parents under President Donald Trump’s anti-immigration policies, the US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has made many enemies. At the same time, software companies like… Read more →

Russian state hackers rarely share code with one another

Russia’s state-sponsored hacking groups rarely share code with one another, and when they do, it’s usually within groups managed by the same intelligence service, a new joint report published today reveals. This report, co-authored by Check Point and Intezer Labs, is a first of its kind in its field. The two companies looked at nearly 2,000 malware samples that were… Read more →

Tools and Weapons, book review: Tech companies, governments and smart regulation

Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age • By Brad Smith and Carol Ann Browne • Hodder & Stoughton • 368 pages • ISBN 9781984877710 • £20 Why are technology companies talking so much these days about political and social issues like climate change, immigration and LGBTQIA rights? It’s not just because millennial employees expect… Read more →

Cloudera Data Platform launches with multi/hybrid cloud savvy and mitigated Hadoop complexity

The Cloudera Data Platform (CDP) architecture Credit: Cloudera Cloudera Data Platform (CDP) is launching today. It’s a watershed release and brings existential changes to Hadoop and Big Data overall. It’s the culmination of several developments, including Cloudera’s merger with its erstwhile rival, Hortonworks. And the pressure to deliver it has been intense. Also read: Cloudera, Hortonworks merge in deal valued at… Read more →

Social, collaboration software market to nearly double through 2023, says Gartner

Workplace apps: What IT deploys vs. what the staff really uses As collaboration tools like Slack and Teams become more popular, collaboration across the enterprise will inevitably evolve, and companies need to be strategic about deployment. special feature How to Optimize the Smart Office New technologies are optimizing today’s offices for better collaboration, improved productivity, energy efficiency, and employee health…. Read more →

Ultimaker launches Ultimaker S3, Ultimaker S5 Pro Bundle

3D printing: How it impacts your business How do 3D printers work? What’s the impact on our economy? How expensive are they compared to traditional manufacturing? We take a three-dimensional look at the world of additive manufacturing. Read more: Ultimaker launched the Ultimaker S3, a professional grade 3D printer that’s aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises as well as… Read more →

Dell rolls out new data protection storage appliances and capabilities

Dell Technologies on Tuesday is introducing new appliances under its PowerProtect DD brand, the next generation of its Data Domain protection storage appliances. In addition to the new hardware, Dell is adding new capabilities to its cyber recovery product, as well as to Dell EMC PowerProtect Software.  The updates are designed to meet the growing data protection needs of the… Read more →