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Microsoft is readying AI-powered Azure digital inking services

Credit: Microsoft (from Build 2018) Microsoft slowly has been trickling out information on some of the Build 2019 sessions happening at its early May developer conference. One of the posted sessions that hits a lot of bingo buzzwords is “Azure Ink: Building for the Web, Fueled By Cloud AI.” Microsoft already offers developers access to Windows Ink interfaces as part… Read more →

Slack brings Shared Channels to Enterprise Grid, intros ‘bridge’ to email

Workplace collaboration platform Slack is holding its annual Frontiers conference this week and with it comes a slew of new product features and tools within the Slack platform. Key updates include a feature that creates a two-way bridge between email and Slack, an update on the availability Shared Channels, new tools that aim to simplify the automation of repetitive tasks… Read more →

Facebook sets aside $3B in Q1 to cover legal fees related to FTC probe

Facebook published its first quarter financial results on Wednesday, notifying investors that it accrued a $3 billion legal expense in Q1 2019 related to an ongoing US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigation. The FTC probe is ongoing and could cost Facebook anywhere between $3 billion and $5 billion, the company said. The social media giant reported diluted earnings per share… Read more →

Microsoft’s commercial cloud revenue hits $38.4 billion run rate in Q3

Microsoft reported strong third quarter results as its commercial cloud revenue hit a $38.4 billion run rate. The software and cloud giant reported third quarter net income of $8.8 billion, or $1.14 a share, on revenue of $30.6 billion, up 14 percent from a year ago. Wall Street was expecting Microsoft to report fiscal third quarter revenue of $29.84 billion… Read more →

Security flaw lets attackers recover private keys from Qualcomm chips

Logo: Qualcomm // Composition: ZDNet Devices using Qualcomm chipsets, and especially smartphones and tablets, are vulnerable to a new security bug that can let attackers retrieve private data and encryption keys that are stored in a secure area of the chipset known as the Qualcomm Secure Execution Environment (QSEE). Qualcomm has deployed patches for this bug (CVE-2018-11976) earlier this month;… Read more →

A standard for storing big data? Apache Spark creators release open-source Delta Lake

Using big data to create value for external customers and internal teams Zhe Zhang, manager of Core Big Data at LinkedIn, discusses open source deep learning and artificial intelligence tools used at LinkedIn. In theory, data lakes sound like a good idea: One big repository to store all data your organization needs to process, unifying myriads of data sources. In… Read more →

Databricks unveils new open source project to clean up data lakes

During our 2018 year ahead predictions, we forecast that cloud storage would become the de facto data lake. The dilemma is that cloud storage was designed for just that – storage. But increasingly, business analysts and data scientists want to get access to that data. With Athena, AWS made data in S3 queryable. ChaosSearch turned your Amazon S3 storage into… Read more →

Microsoft to join MLflow project, add native support to Azure Machine Learning

Microsoft has been serious about helping data scientists track and manage their machine learning experiments for some time now. For example, the company’s Azure Machine Learning (Azure ML) cloud service has supported the logging of experiments, including iterative runs with varying algorithms, hyperparameter values, or both. While Azure ML has had its own framework for such experiment monitoring and tracking, at last… Read more →

Google Fit arrives on iOS: Focused activity on two smart goals

First look: Apple Watch Series 4 Apple Watch Series 4 adds more health monitoring and larger customizable screens. Late last summer Google released a major update to Google Fit with a focus on a couple of key metrics developed in partnership with the American Heart Association and World Health Organization. Today, Google announced that same revamped platform is now available… Read more →

Congress sends letter to Google for details on Sensorvault location tracking database

US legislators have sent an open letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai asking for details about Sensorvault, an internal Google database that keeps track of users’ historical geo-location details. Members of the US House Energy and Commerce Committee want Google to reveal what exact user information the company has been collecting inside this database, and who else has access to… Read more →

AT&T Q1 mixed, but the company adds wireless smartphone subscribers

Your business must develop 5G use cases now MWC2019: More bandwidth, less latency and data processing at the edge will help 5G boost mobile workers. Special feature How 5G Will Transform Business 5G will be popularized via telecom carriers and the marketing of wire-cutting services, but the biggest impact and returns will come from connecting the Internet of things, edge… Read more →