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Cisco, Microsoft expand networking partnership

Cisco and Microsoft announced Tuesday plans to extend their existing partnership around network connectivity to cloud-based applications. Specifically, the companies will integrate Cisco’s software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) with Microsoft’s Azure Virtual WAN and Office365 — a move that they say will improve connectivity from branch offices to Microsoft’s cloud and optimize Office 365 experiences. Last year, Cisco announced that… Read more →

New Relic beats Q2 estimates

New Relic published its second quarter financial results on Tuesday, beating market estimates.  The company’s non-GAAP net income per diluted share was 24 cents, compared to 20 cents per diluted share a year prior. Revenue came to $145.8 million, compared to $114.9 million a year ago. Wall Street was looking for earnings of 15 cents per share on revenue of… Read more →

Kamerka OSINT tool shows your country’s internet-connected critical infrastructure

Image: Wojciech A Polish security researcher has created an open-source intelligence (OSINT) gathering tool that indexes information about sensitive internet-connected devices and plots their approximate location on a map. The researcher says he created the tool as a way to allow organizations to scan their networks and identify vulnerable equipment, but the tool also has its dark side, as it… Read more →

FCC publishes approval of merger of T-Mobile and Sprint

The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday published its formal approval of the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint. The FCC approved the $26 billion merger in a closed-door vote last month, with both Democrats on the commission voting against the deal. “The Commission found that the transaction will help close the digital divide and advance United States leadership in 5G, the… Read more →

Mobileye, Intel’s fastest-growing business, explains its big bet on robotaxis

Two years after Intel acquired Mobileye for $15 billion, the Israel-based company, which produces autonomous vehicle (AV) technology, is Intel’s fastest-growing business on an annualized basis. On Tuesday, Mobileye leaders explained how the company plans to keep growing with expanded forays into data monetization and the nascent robotaxi market. By 2030, robotaxis are projected to have a total addressable market… Read more →

Seven out of ten Americans have chatbot fatigue

What do we want in our interactions with brands when we need to contact customer support or sales teams?  A recent report shows that the rise of the AI chatbot is not progressing as well as hoped.  Recent research from New York, NY-based outsourcing company CGS shows how AI impacts the customer experience. executive guide What is AI? Everything you… Read more →

President Xi calls for a strong development of blockchain in China: What’s next?

Blockchain: it could be ten years before businesses start reaping the benefits of the technology ZDNet’s Daphne Leprince-Ringuet says that after much hype, analysts say that blockchain technology is still a long way from wide scale deployment – and is currently too immature to deliver on its promises. Read more: Special feature Special report: How blockchain will disrupt business… Read more →

UPS completes first residential drone deliveries from a CVS Pharmacy

UPS on Tuesday announced that its drone delivery subsidiary, UPS Flight Forward, has completed the first residential drone deliveries of prescription medications to consumers. The deliveries included a drone delivery from a CVS pharmacy directly to a consumer’s home, and another delivery of prescription drugs to a different customer in a nearby retirement community.  UPS said the revenue-generating deliveries were… Read more →

Shopify launches new email marketing tool for SMBs

E-commerce SaaS provider Shopify is releasing a new email marketing tool for merchants new to the business of marketing.  The tool will let merchants create, run and track email marketing campaigns natively inside Shopify Marketing. It offers customizable email templates that can import existing brand assets and product content from merchants’ stores, and emails are sent using the merchant’s domain… Read more →

Kaspersky identifies mysterious APT mentioned in 2017 Shadow Brokers leak

Image: Sebastiaan Stam Special feature Special report: A winning strategy for cybersecurity (free PDF) This ebook, based on the latest ZDNet/TechRepublic special feature, offers a detailed look at how to build risk management policies to protect your critical digital assets. Read More In 2017, a mysterious group of hackers known as the Shadow Brokers published online a data dump called… Read more →

iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 productivity secrets

I’m amazed how many features Apple builds into iOS, and then just leaves them hidden for me to find. Here are a crop of tips and tricks for working with words on your iPhone or iPad. All of these are spectacularly useful, and once you’ve used them a few times you’ll be amazed how easy and natural they feel. Must… Read more →