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Salesforce rolls out new low-code services for building AI-powered features

Salesforce on Wednesday announced an expansion of Einstein Platform Services, which is designed to help developers tap into Salesforce’s Einstein artificial intelligence platform. Previously, Einstein Platform Services comprised APIs for vision, sentiment and intent. Now, it includes low-code services that let Salesforce administrators or developers build AI-powered tools for translation and optical character recognition (OCR).  executive guide What is AI?… Read more →

Atlassian Q3 solid, shares down on mixed guidance

Collaboration and productivity software company Atlassian delivered better-than-expected third quarter financial results on Wednesday buoyed by strong customer momentum. The company grew its customer count on net by 5,803 for the quarter. It ended Q3 with a total customer count on an active subscription or maintenance agreement basis of 144,038. Nonetheless, mixed Q4 guidance sent the company’s shares down more… Read more →

Robot dogs pulling a semi truck? Here’s the deal

Another week, another viral hit from Boston Dynamics. Our favorite bringers of the robot apocalypse are out with a video featuring a sled team of Spot Minis, the quadrupedal robot slated to become Boston Dynamics’ first commercial product.  Instead of a sled, the little yellow dogs were pulling a semi truck in neutral. Boston Dynamics is well known for its… Read more →

Cyber-security firm Verint hit by ransomware

The Israel offices of US cyber-security firm Verint have been hit by ransomware, according to a screenshot taken by a Verint employee that started circulating online earlier today. “There is currently a critical issue affecting the on premise Email and Green zone VDI [Virtual Desktop Infrastructure] services,” read a warning message that was displayed earlier today on Verint employees’ computers…. Read more →

SAP veteran Robert Enslin joins Google Cloud

SAP veteran Robert Enslin is joining Google Cloud as president of global customer operations. Former SAP veteran Robert Enslin is joining Google Cloud as its new president of global customer operations, the company announced Wednesday. Enslin begins on April 22 and will report to the new Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian. He’s replacing Paul-Henri Ferrand, who “has decided to take… Read more →

Apple iPhone unit sales expected to decline again, even as some models shine

Apple slashes production runs due to weak demand for latest models It seems that Apple is having a hard time forecasting what the demand for new iPhones will be, and is being forced to slash production orders as a result. With Apple’s second quarter earnings on deck next week, analyst predictions for iPhone unit sales are predictably rolling in. Most… Read more →

Brazil stimulates academia and business link in emerging tech initiative

The Brazilian government has launched a tender to find projects based on emerging technologies as the latest stage of a project aimed at bridging the business and academic worlds. The program, dubbed TechD, is a public-private partnership with funding of 18 million reais ($4.6 million). The latest stage of the program is looking for startups, incubated projects, IT companies or… Read more →

Microsoft is readying a Surface Hub 2 display

Credit: Microsoft Many Surface users have been asking Microsoft to make a standalone Surface-quality display for a few years now. On April 17, officials confirmed that such a device — a Surface Hub 2 display — is in the works.  From Microsoft’s blog post about its Surface Hub 2S devices:  “Later this year, we will also offer Surface Hub 2… Read more →

Microsoft Surface Hub 2S: Pricing, specs, availability

Credit: Microsoft Microsoft is ready to start shipping its Surface Hub 2S conferencing system. On April 17, officials teed up the new Surface Hub 2S devices by revealing the pricing, SKUs, specs, and availability dates. The Surface Hub 2S will be available starting in the US in June, officials said. The device — with an 8th-generation Core i5 processor inside… Read more →

Lunar lander crashes into moon. Did an archive of earth books survive?

A team of experts is trying to ascertain whether a special collection of digitized books sent into space on a disc archive is intact after an unmanned moon landing went off course last week. Israel company SpaceIL was attempting to become the first private company to successfully touch down on the moon, but its Beresheet spacecraft lost power on descent… Read more →

Why Qualcomm’s return to the iPhone is a huge win for Apple customers

How 5G will affect market providers Tonya Hall sits down with Ben Edmond, CEO and founder of Connected2Fiber, to discuss how emerging technologies are driving a reinvented network. This week, after years of open litigation, Apple and Qualcomm finally decided to bury the hatchet, just as the two were entering a possible new phase of continuing lawsuits in US federal… Read more →