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Sat, 19 Aug 2017 17:07:47 -0700

Merged VR: Augmented Reality Cubed

There is considerable development activity at the high end of hardware and content creation for virtual reality and augmented reality, as well as such AR aliases as mixed reality, extended reality and others. Most industry investment is aimed at leading-edge gaming and industrial application development. However, the low-end of the market is also worth looking at.
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:07:05 +0200

Report: Apple to Funnel Megabucks Into Original TV Content Development

Apple reportedly has decided to put more than $1 billion toward the acquisition and development of original programming, part of a long-awaited rollout of a new television and film experience. The investment will leverage Apple's thus far underwhelming Apple TV business, bolstering its core video and music library to fulfill the promise of disrupting traditional television and film studios.
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:33:30 +0200

Gadget Ogling: Trending Hot Plates, Toys for Future Coders, and a Ringy Dingy Ring

If you've looked at Facebook for more than a minute over the last few years, there's no question that you'll have encountered a top-down, perfectly filmed food video from BuzzFeed's Tasty channel. The cooking clips are enormously popular on the social network, racking up billions of views a month. Now BuzzFeed is trying to monetize its success in a new way. Enter the Tasty One Top, a hot plate that seeks to make cooking simpler.
Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:15:37 +0200

CoreOS Tectonic Platform Aims to Free the Cloud

CoreOS on Thursday announced the general availability of the Kubernetes container management Tectonic platform on Microsoft's Azure cloud. The Tectonic platform enables enterprises to run Kubernetes on a single platform across various cloud and bare metal environments. Prior to this release, the Tectonic platform was available on Amazon Web Services and bare metal servers.
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:02:00 +0200

How Tech Could Help Creators Look Before They Leap

The folks who made The Emoji Movie apparently were worried about its Rotten Tomatoes score -- it had earned a 0 percent rating at one point, based on a scattering of early reviews -- so they stopped critics from publishing further reviews until just before previews began running. The result was a great opening day, but attendance fell off sharply because, well, the movie sucked.
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 20:08:32 +0200


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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 02:13:13 +0200


Austin GigaTECHs App Competition Bridges Gap Between City and Local Innovators

In an effort to foster a new generation of apps that use ultra-fast connections to bolster municipal government, Austin, Texas, is hosting its first GigaTECHs App Competition, an event for which it has now released a list of 11 finalists.

Two winners from this field will get seed funding following a final pitch to judges on Thursday, Aug. 31, with the amount of distributed cash totaling $38,000. The reward will mark the culmination of an event that started in early June at the ATX Hack for Change day of civic hacking, with a total of 26 entries. Developers were asked to focus their work on local transportation, education, clean energy, health and public safety.

Austin’s competition is part of a nationwide initiative that’s being led by US Ignite, a nonprofit organization out of Washington, D.C., that strives to spur next-generation apps that would be foundational elements for smart communities powered by ultra-fast, programmable fiber and wireless networks.

“We wanted to really be as inclusive and broad as possible with our ideas, with our teams and with our app ideas,” said Charles Purma, an IT project manager with Austin. “We didn’t really want to dictate from the city’s perspective or from US Ignite’s perspective. We wanted to give some broad ideas, but really it was driven by the community.”

Purma also said that the city was initially hoping for 10 applicants and was thrilled to get 26 solid entries, all of which have the potential for improving the lives of not just Austinites, but of residents of other cities that will share the apps. Following the competition, the two winning teams are expected to use the seed money to build out prototypes. The award money will be broken down into chunks, distributed once the developers hit certain progress targets. To this end, the teams will establish timelines for deliverables. In addition to cash, the city plans to give the winners expertise.

“We really want to set up our teams for success, so they’ll have some design and user research folks at their disposal,” Purma said.

The finalists are:

1AustinSol - A New Community Approach to Solar submitted by Scott Nguyen's Team BloxMob submitted by Joseph Fischer and Sean Bauld Cognitive Roadway Knowbot (Carnak) submitted by Lynn Riley's Team Farm to City submitted by Ryan Pasca's Team JoeVolunteer Keeping Austin Weird and Much Kinder! submitted by Chip Franks' Team Just-in-time VR Training for Ambus EMS Personnel submitted by Scott Smith's Team Med reconciliation + incentives & blockchain submitted by Hector Torres' Team M.Y. H.O.M.E. submitted by Jerry Blackwell's Team The Path to Python: A guide for middle schoolers submitted by Julia Lamorelle's Team PenPal Schools VR Field Trip to the USA submitted by Joe Troyen's Team Accelerating world's mission toward Zero Hunger submitted by Nitin Vignesh Bati

The finalists apps are wide ranging and roundly impressive in their ambition and scope. One of note is the Just-in-time VR Training for Ambus EMS Personnel, which takes a bit of explaining.

As unfortunate as it is, most major population centers at one time will face a large-scale emergency event with potential for many causalities, and when they do, emergency responders are often brought in from nearby jurisdictions to render aid. In Central Texas, this is done along with a massive vehicle, a combination of a bus and an ambulance aptly called an ambus.

With this in mind, once a year officials generally use a presentation via PowerPoint to train paramedics and others who use the ambus. While the optimal solution would be training through sustained exposure to the actual equipment, this isn’t always an option. So, one tech company is building a VR platform that would allow responders to train within the ambus from anywhere.

The idea is that with this app, these responders would be able to familiarize themselves all over again with the ambus the day of an event for which they are needed by using virtual reality, possibly even by using their mobile devices while they speed toward an incident site. Through virtual reality, the app can even go so far as to simulate situations like hurricanes with high winds or school violence with active shooters.

“It’s one thing to look at a PowerPoint or walk through the ambus without any kind of stress situation going on to learn where all the equipment is,” said Grayson Lawrence, an associate professor of communication design at Texas State University who is a member of the team developing it. “It’s another thing if we can put them under increasingly stressful situations in a virtual environment. We can train them in a more realistic way.”

Lawrence said that even if his team’s app doesn’t win the competition, the process of competing has been beneficial, because the city has facilitated interactions between the developers and the people who would use it in the field, which has helped them hone what they are working on. While the app could be ready for testing in two to nine months, the team says that in order to ultimately make it viable, they’ll need commercial interest from a large private company, which is more likely to take place with support from Austin.

Basically, the app competition is a mutually beneficially relationship for the participants who get access to the city’s resources and for the city, which due to the nature of government is not able to focus as much as would be ideal on new ideas and innovation.

“We’re operational folks,” said Ted Lehr, an IT data architect with the city of Austin. “In terms of thinking outside the box and trying to do something edgy, the city, you could say, doesn’t have the mission to do that.”

But an apps competition can help the city reach out to academia and the private sector, both of which do.


Fri, 18 Aug 2017 04:00:00 PDT

Study: Government Should Think Carefully About Those Big Plans for Artificial Intelligence

Government is always being asked to do more with less — less money, less staff, just all around less — and that makes the idea of artificial intelligence (AI) a pretty attractive row to hoe. If a piece of technology could reduce staff workload or walk citizens through a routine process or form, you could effectively multiply a workforce without ever actually adding new people.

But for every good idea, there are caveats, limitations, pitfalls and the desire to push the envelope. While innovating anything in tech is generally a good thing, when it comes to AI in government, there is fine line to walk between improving a process and potentially making it more convoluted.

Outside of a few key government functions, a new white paper from the Harvard Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation finds that AI could actually increase the burden of government and muddy-up the functions it is so desperately trying to improve.

Hila Mehr, a Center for Technology and Democracy fellow, explained that there are five key government problems that AI might be able to assist with reasonably: resource allocation, large data sets, expert shortages, predictable scenarios, and procedural and diverse data.

And governments have already started moving into these areas. In Arkansas and North Carolina, chatbots are helping the state connect with its citizens through Facebook. In Utah and Mississippi, Amazon Alexa skills have been introduced to better connect constituents to the information and services they need. 

Unlike Hollywood representations of AI in film, Mehr said, the real applications for artificial intelligence in a government organization are generally far from “sexy.” The administrative aspects of governing are where tools like this will excel.

Where it comes to things like expert shortages, she said she sees AI as a means to support existing staff. In a situation where doctors are struggling to meet the needs of all of their patients, AI could act as a research tool. The same is true of lawyers dealing with thousands of pages of case law. AI could be used as a research assistant.

“If you’re talking about government offices that are limited in staff and experts," Mehr said, "that’s where AI trained on niche issues could come in.”

But, she warned, AI is not without its problems, namely making sure that it is not furthering human bias written in during the programming process and played out through the data it is fed. Rather than rely on AI to make critical decisions, she argues that any algorithms and decisions made for or as a result of AI should retain a human component.

“We can’t rely on them to make decisions, so we need that check, the way we have checks in our democracy, we need to have checks on these systems as well, and that’s where the human group or panel of individuals comes in,” Mehr said. “The way that these systems are trained, you can’t always know why they are making the decision they are making, which is why it’s important to not let that be the final decision because it can be a black box depending on how it is trained and you want to make sure that it is not running on its own.”

But past the fear that the technology might disproportionately impact certain citizens or might somehow complicate the larger process, there is the somewhat legitimate fear that the implementation of AI will mean lost jobs. Mehr said it’s a thought that even she has had.

“On the employee side, I think a lot of people view this, rightly so, as something that could replace them," she added. "I worry about that in my own career, but I know that it is even worse for people who might have administrative roles. But I think early studies have shown that you’re using AI to help people in their work so that they are spending less time doing repetitive tasks and more time doing the actual work that requires a human touch.”

In both her white paper and on the phone, Mehr is careful to advise against going whole hog into AI with the expectation that it can replace costly personnel. Instead she advocates for the technology as a tool to build and supplement the team that already exists.

As for where the technology could run affront of human jobs, Mehr advises that government organizations and businesses alike start considering labor practices in advance.

“Inevitably, it will replace some jobs,” she said. “People need to be looking at fair labor practices now, so that they can anticipate these changes to the market and be prepared for them.”

With any blossoming technology, there are barriers to entry and hurdles that must be overcome before a useful tool is in the hands of those best fit to use it. And as with anything, money and resources present a significant challenge — but Mehr said large amounts of data are also needed to get AI, especially learning systems, off the ground successfully.

“If you are talking about simple automation or [answering] a basic set of questions, it shouldn’t take that long. If you are talking about really training an AI system with machine learning, you need a big data set, a very big data set, and you need to train it, not just feed the system data and then it’s ready to go,” she said. “The biggest barriers are time and resources, both in the sense of data and trained individuals to do that work.”


Fri, 18 Aug 2017 02:48:00 PDT

Chicago Looks to Fill New Digital Experience and Design Director Position

The city of Chicago is looking to fill a new type of position within its executive ranks: a digital experience and design director. The idea is that whoever is picked for the role will be able to boost digital engagement and access across the city’s online assets.

The job announcement comes roughly four weeks after the mayor officially tapped Danielle DuMerer to lead the Department of Innovation and Technology. DuMerer, who originally served in a number of the technology positions with the city, replaced former CIO Brenna Berman as interim CIO in April, and was officially confirmed to the role in June.  

Duties for the executive-level position include: defining and leading user experience practices; establishing document and design standards; leading the creation of user-centric digital tools to help departments achieve their engagement goals; continuing improvement through the use of data and analysis; monitoring and adapting to trends in the city’s online user behavior; and delivering projects within cost and time limitations.

Pay for the new position will range between $98,664 and $109,632. It is unclear exactly when the posting closes.


Fri, 18 Aug 2017 02:30:00 PDT

Verizon to Build Public Safety Communications Network to Rival FirstNet, AT&T

On Aug. 16, Verizon announced that it plans to build and operate a private network dedicated to public safety communications, targeting the same customers AT&T gains under the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) contract awarded at the end of March — and which several states have already opted in to.

According to a press release, Verizon is committing to build a dedicated public safety core that will operate separately from its commercial core, and give first responders priority access to the company's 2.4-million-square-mile 4G LTE network.

Though the company urged the FCC in a July filing to tell states that FirstNet isn’t their only option for a wireless network for public safety workers, Verizon's current announcement states that its public safety network solution does not require that states opt out of FirstNet — nor does it require access to any federal funding provided to FirstNet or any financial commitment from states to support network deployment.

"We’ve proposed a network solution we believe will achieve the mission of FirstNet, as well as maintain the competitive nature of the communications marketplace," wrote Michael Maiorana, senior vice president, Public Sector for Verizon on LinkedIn. "Competition and choice are important to public safety because they drive innovation and competitive pricing, and give first responders the flexibility to choose the communications solutions that best meet their needs and the needs of their communities."

Verizon says that it's fully funding the creation of this dedicated public safety network core — and will make available multi-band devices that will provide access to Band 14 spectrum and enable full interoperability with any Band 14 radio access networks (RANs) deployed by FirstNet.

"By building our own private network core dedicated to public safety users and providing them with enhanced priority services, including pre-emption, when they need it (at no charge), we can ensure our public safety customers have the opportunity to weigh all their options as they make their important communications network decisions," Maiorana wrote. "The security we build into our commercial networks, combined with the inherent security advantages of our private core dedicated to public safety, will help protect first responders’ communications."

The resulting multi-carrier environment, he continued, "would give first responders the ability to choose between the two largest national networks to achieve the best network reliability, greatest innovation and best pricing for their communications services."


Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:15:00 PDT

Smart City Competition Seeks Startups, Companies with Eye on Public Sector

Entrepreneurs and others from the tech community are gearing up for the Smart City Fall 2017 Cohort session in Herndon, Va., next month.

The event, organized by the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) and the Smart City Works Actuator, begins Sept. 13 and is an expansion of the spring 2017 pilot program that was launched in March.

Applications will be accepted until all available slots are filled, organizers say. 

"We strongly encourage the applicants to apply as soon as possible but we will consider new applications until the point that all slots are full," said Kevin May, marketing and communications director for CIT, a Herndon-based, non-profit corporation that helps and invests in next-generation technology companies. "After our cohort is selected for this session, all new applicants would be considered for future sessions."

The program, he noted, is designed to provide participating companies with the skills and resources to become successful in an ever-changing and highly-competitive industry.

“The application process is highly competitive," May added. "Our management team fields applications and inquiries from dozens of startups from across the globe that are interested in participating in the actuator program."

Each class of companies that is accepted into the cohort goes through a 90-day program where they are coached on all aspects of creating a successful business.

“Our program brings together industry experts, veterans, buyers and customers into a platform that supports the rapid launch of the next generation of smart infrastructure companies,” said May. “At the end of the program, we host a Demo Day where we invite over 150 mentors, investors and industry experts to hear the companies' polished pitches.”

The spring event narrowed the field down to six companies that specialized in one of three high-demand sectors: transportation, construction techniques and public safety/resilience. The request spawned a competitive selection process that brought submissions from startups and entrepreneurs located across the world. The six companies selected were:

Greater Places – Arlington, Va. UnomicEdge – Arlington, Va. Integrated Health Solutions – Washington, D.C. Infraccess – New York Capital Construction Solutions – Chicago PlanIT Impact – Kansas City, Mo. The Fall Cohort is calling for entries from six areas: Transport – Solutions that reduce costs, extend serviceable life, reduce congestion, improve parking, improve inter-modalities, facilitate multi-modal transportation (car, train, bus, bike, pedestrian) and ubiquitous mobility, or leverage smart, autonomous and intelligent transportation solutions to improve the transportation infrastructure network. Resilience and Public Safety – Solutions and/or IoT technologies that address the safety and security of the urban public; that mitigate the impact of rising sea levels, extreme weather events, or other natural or man-made shocks; that protect critical infrastructure; or those solutions that allow cities to be more livable and sustainable. Of particular interest are unmanned aerial systems suitable for indoor use and indoor sensing suites that can deliver building renderings and post event change detection using video, imagery or other technologies. Additionally, solutions that provide sustainable-energy-based, clean-drinking water.  Construction Techniques – Solutions that improve the design, construction or maintenance of infrastructure; reduce lifecycle costs or improve safety, schedules or margins.  Urban Data and IoT Technologies - Solutions that utilize community, city, state, national or global data sets to better understand and solve for the most pressing urban issues; that utilize Blockchain methodologies to improve the value, use and trust of infrastructure data sets and supply chains; or that leverage IoT technologies and devices to improve urban outcomes.   Energy – Solutions that use metering, controls and IoT applications to reduce usage and waste of energy; alternative and renewable energy sources; alternative and improved transmission and distribution of energy sources; and smart lighting as a central core of intelligent services. Caring Cities – This fall CIT has reserved up to two slots in its cohort for qualifying not-for-profit organizations focused on at-risk communities. While the emphasis on smart cities is traditionally on reducing congestion, improving public safety and facilitating sustainable energy use, other critical challenges of growing urban communities for those most in need — the poor, the disabled, the homeless and those without access to the Internet — are sometimes ignored. Organizations with disruptive high-impact solutions to support those most in need are encouraged to apply as well.

Interested applicants are encouraged to visit f6s.com/smartcityworks/apply for more details and to fill out the online application.


Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:30:00 PDT


Research & Technology in the EU

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 02:07:49 +0200


EU looks to develop supercomputers in Europe
The EU Commission has launched a consultation calling for opinions on the future development of supercomputing, aiming to create a European initiative on high performance computing.
Wed, 09 Aug 2017 23:43:00 +0200

BarTender® Named a Top Logistics Technology Solution Provider
Seagull Scientific announced today that CIO Applications magazine has selected Seagull's BarTender® software for the publication's prestigious list of the top 25 logistics technology solutions providers.
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:44:19 +0200

Innovative Business Solutions and Smart Financing
Fit for Health 2.0 in collaboration with Berlin Partner and the European IPR Helpdesk is organising a full-day training taking place in Berlin on 12th October 2017.
Tue, 18 Jul 2017 18:16:19 +0200

Still no solution regarding patents on plants and animals
The 38 Contracting States of the European Patent Office (EPO) at their meeting in The Hague decided to strengthen prohibitions in European patent law in regard to the breeding of plants and animals.
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 23:30:18 +0200

Horizon 2020 Proposal Development
How to turn your innovative project proposals into winning concepts and put together competitive proposals in response to Horizon 2020 calls? Understand the essential elements of turning your innovative project ideas into competitive Horizon 2020 proposals.
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 14:12:51 +0200

 
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Sat, 19 Aug 2017 17:07:49 -0500


Hollywood's Cybercrime Pains Are Bigger than Movie Leaks
Piracy is a long-running and even routine issue for Hollywood, whether it's street vendors hawking bootleg DVDs on street corners or video uploaded to file-sharing sites like Pirate Bay. Now cybercriminals are also putting embarrassing chatter and other company secrets at risk.

The reputational risk from leaked email is much more difficult to calculate than any financial risk from piracy. "In some ways, that risk can be higher because you have no way of knowing what's in those emails," said Erik Rasmussen of Kroll Cyber Security.

The cataclysmal event in the back of everyone's mind is the Sony hack in 2014 . While unreleased movies were leaked, what's remembered is the chaos unleashed amid a network shutdown and the disclosure of derisive comments about such well-known actors as Angelina Jolie and Leonardo DiCaprio and racially insensitive remarks about then-President Barack Obama.

Although the recent HBO leaks so far have fallen well short of the damage inflicted on Sony, there were concerns early on that hackers were setting the stage for an embarrassing sequel for Hollywood.

Piracy Still a Problem

While the attention is on leaked emails, that's not to say Hollywood isn't worried about piracy.

On online forums where criminals "advertise their ill-gotten gains," there is now entertainment content "popping up as basically sections of these websites," Rasmussen said.

Some people believe that video leaks can help gin up media and viewer attention for a show or movie, but leaking shows and movies does hurt Hollywood's take, especially if it happens before the official release, Carnegie Mellon professor Michael Smith said.

In a 2014 analysis, Smith and his co-authors concluded that a movie's box-office revenue dropped 19 percent, on average, when it was leaked ahead of the theatrical release, compared with a leak after the movie hit theaters. The research was part of a Carnegie Mellon initiative funded...
Sat, 19 Aug 2017 09:12:39 -0500

Former Uber CEO Lashes Out at VC Firm Benchmark Capital
Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is skewering a lawsuit filed by a former ally, describing it as a malicious attempt to sever his remaining ties to the widely used ride-hailing service that he co-founded.

Kalanick lashed out in legal documents filed late Thursday in response to a Delaware Chancery Court lawsuit filed against Uber last week by one of its major investors and a former Kalanick supporter, Benchmark Capital.

The acrimony sets the stage for what could be a bitter battle pitting the pugnacious Kalanick against Benchmark, a major Silicon Valley venture capital firm. Benchmark has seen its 2011 investment of $12 million in Uber grow into a stake now worth more than $7 billion, based on recent valuations of the company.

Uber is being thrust into the crossfire at a time it is trying to recover from revelations of rampant sexual harassment within the company and allegations that it stole trade secrets from a Google spin-off, Waymo, to build self-driving cars. The San Francisco company is also still looking for a new CEO to replace Kalanick, who resigned in late June under pressure from Benchmark and other investors worried about Uber's direction.

Benchmark alleges Kalanick has been interfering in the CEO search and manipulating Uber's board in a scheme to bring him back as the company's leader.

After his resignation as CEO, Kalanick re-appointed himself to Uber's board as part of special powers that gives him control over three board seats. Benchmark now wants those powers taken away, contending they were given to Kalanick under false pretenses.

In his filing, Kalanick contends that Benchmark had secretly plotting against him, and launched its plan to oust him from Uber "at the most shameful of times" -- shortly after his mother was killed and his father critically injured in a boating accident on May 27.

Benchmark had no...
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:15:19 -0500

Alleged Yahoo Hacker Agrees To Face Charges in U.S.
A Canadian man accused in a massive hack of Yahoo emails agreed Friday to forgo his extradition hearing and go face the charges in the United States.

Karim Baratov was arrested in Hamilton, Ontario, in March under the Extradition Act after U.S. authorities indicted him and three others, including two alleged officers of Russia's Federal Security Service. They are accused of computer hacking, economic espionage and other crimes.

An extradition hearing for the 22-year-old Baratov had been scheduled for early September, but he signed documents before a Canadian judge Friday agreeing to waive it.

His lawyer, Amedeo DiCarlo, said that does not amount to an admission of guilt.

DiCarlo said the move will accelerate the legal process and was the best way to speed up discussions with the U.S. prosecutor. U.S. marshals will soon be sent to fetch Baratov and take him to California, he added.

U.S. law enforcement officials call Baratov a "hacker-for-hire" paid by members of the Federal Security Service, or FSB, considered the successor to the KGB of the former Soviet Union. He has Kazakh origins, arrived in Canada in 2007 and became a citizen in 2011.

Alexsey Belan, one of the other suspects, is on the FBI's list of most wanted cybercriminals and has been indicted multiple times in the United States. It's not clear whether he or the other two defendants, Dmitry Dokuchaev and Igor Sushchin, will ever step foot in an American courtroom because the United States does not have an extradition treaty with Russia.

The indictment identifies Dokuchaev and Sushchin as officers of the FSB. Belan and Baratov were allegedly directed by the FSB to hack into the accounts.
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:18:43 -0500

Why Did Infosys CEO Suddenly Resign?
Infosys, one of the largest multinational IT services and consulting companies, is currently without a permanent CEO and managing director after the abrupt resignation of Vishal Sikka.

Three years ago, Dr. Sikka became the first non-founder to lead the 36-year-old company, which is based in India. Sikka has a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University and joined Infosys as CEO after 12 years with enterprise software-maker SAP.

In his letter today to the board of directors, Sikka wrote that his decision followed months of "false, baseless, malicious and increasingly personal attacks" that have hurt Infosys' ability to focus on growth and innovation. He also cited recent business challenges created by geopolitical developments, including U.S. leadership by President Donald Trump and last year's Brexit vote in the U.K.

Founded in 1981, Infosys has built a large global presence with nearly 200,000 employees, active in 45 different countries. The company's consultants help organizations with strategies for digital transformation, hands-on engineering and application development, knowledge management, and business process management.

In a followup statement issued today, the company's board of directors said it had accepted Sikka's resignation and appointed U.B. Pravin Rao, the chief operating officer, as interim CEO and managing director. The board said it plans to appoint a permanent replacement for Sikka "no later than March 21, 2018."

Drumbeat of Distractions 'Undermining Good Work'

"We have achieved much in the last 3+ years [during Sikka's time as CEO], and for sure we can all be proud of the powerful seeds of transformation that have already been sowed," Sikka said in his resignation letter. "But, the distractions that we have seen, the constant drumbeat of the same issues over and over again, while ignoring and undermining the good work that has been done, take the excitement and passion out of this amazing journey."...
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:34:46 -0500

Apple Unveils Upcoming iOS 11 iPad Capabilities in New Videos
With the release of the final public version of iOS 11 just about a month away, Apple yesterday posted a series of YouTube videos highlighting some of the operating system's coming capabilities for the iPad.

The six new videos demonstrate how iPad users with iOS 11 will be able to do things such as drag and drop multiple images at once, quickly mark up and send email attachments, and open more than one live window at a time for easier multitasking.

Set to be released sometime next month, iOS 11 will be the "biggest software release ever for iPad," according to Apple. The latest developer and public beta versions of the operating system became available earlier this week.

Dock: 'A Foundational Change'

One of the new features arriving with iOS 11 is the Dock, which Apple has called "a foundational change for the iPad." Resembling a task bar, the Dock displays icons of recently used apps and can be customized to provide quick access to users' favorite tools.

In its new preview video about the Dock, Apple demonstrates how users can touch and hold any icon in the bar to quickly view recently opened files in that application. The company added that Dock is "spring-loaded." That means, for example, that after touching and holding any file, a user can swipe up from the bottom of the iPad screen to open the Dock and instantly include that file in an app such as Messages for easy sharing.

Files, another new app coming with iOS 11, will provide a single location for accessing all of a user's files and folders, whether they're located on the iPad itself or stored in the cloud.

"With iOS 11, your stuff is all in one place," according to the Files preview video. "You can even make and...
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:49:08 -0500



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Sat, 19 Aug 2017 17:07:51 -0700

Merged VR: Augmented Reality Cubed

There is considerable development activity at the high end of hardware and content creation for virtual reality and augmented reality, as well as such AR aliases as mixed reality, extended reality and others. Most industry investment is aimed at leading-edge gaming and industrial application development. However, the low-end of the market is also worth looking at.
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:07:05 +0200

Report: Apple to Funnel Megabucks Into Original TV Content Development

Apple reportedly has decided to put more than $1 billion toward the acquisition and development of original programming, part of a long-awaited rollout of a new television and film experience. The investment will leverage Apple's thus far underwhelming Apple TV business, bolstering its core video and music library to fulfill the promise of disrupting traditional television and film studios.
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:33:30 +0200

Gadget Ogling: Trending Hot Plates, Toys for Future Coders, and a Ringy Dingy Ring

If you've looked at Facebook for more than a minute over the last few years, there's no question that you'll have encountered a top-down, perfectly filmed food video from BuzzFeed's Tasty channel. The cooking clips are enormously popular on the social network, racking up billions of views a month. Now BuzzFeed is trying to monetize its success in a new way. Enter the Tasty One Top, a hot plate that seeks to make cooking simpler.
Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:15:37 +0200

CoreOS Tectonic Platform Aims to Free the Cloud

CoreOS on Thursday announced the general availability of the Kubernetes container management Tectonic platform on Microsoft's Azure cloud. The Tectonic platform enables enterprises to run Kubernetes on a single platform across various cloud and bare metal environments. Prior to this release, the Tectonic platform was available on Amazon Web Services and bare metal servers.
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:02:00 +0200

How Tech Could Help Creators Look Before They Leap

The folks who made The Emoji Movie apparently were worried about its Rotten Tomatoes score -- it had earned a 0 percent rating at one point, based on a scattering of early reviews -- so they stopped critics from publishing further reviews until just before previews began running. The result was a great opening day, but attendance fell off sharply because, well, the movie sucked.
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 20:08:32 +0200


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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 00:28:10 +0200


How hackers are targeting the shipping industry
Weak defences are leaving cargo vessels vulnerable to cyber-attacks, say experts.
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:02:34 GMT

Australia blocks another 59 popular pirate sites
The latest court decision brings the total of blocked domains to 340.
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:56:39 GMT

Chinese 'cyber-court' launched for online cases
The court will specialise in internet-related cases as the number of online disputes rises.
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:11:47 GMT

Reddit launches its own video hosting platform
One of the world's largest websites has not let users post their own videos directly before.
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:36:45 GMT

Google's stance on neo-Nazis 'dangerous', says EFF
A digital rights group criticises action taken by Google, GoDaddy and Cloudflare against the Daily Stormer.
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:09:22 GMT


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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 02:07:54 +0200


AI revolution will be all about humans, says Siri trailblazer
It's 2050 and the world revolves around you. From the contents of your fridge to room temperature—digital assistants ensure your home runs smoothly. Your screens know your taste and show channels you want to see as you enter the room. Your car is driverless and your favourite barman may just be an android.
Sat, 19 Aug 2017 03:09:44 EDT

Hollywood's hacking pains are bigger than movie leaks
Piracy is a long-running and even routine issue for Hollywood, whether it's street vendors hawking bootleg DVDs on street corners or video uploaded to file-sharing sites like Pirate Bay. Now cybercriminals are also putting embarrassing chatter and other company secrets at risk.
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:20:01 EDT

China opens its first 'cyber court'
China's first "cyber court" was launched on Friday to settle online disputes, as the legal system attempts to keep up with the explosion of mobile payment and e-commerce.
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:00:04 EDT

Alleged Yahoo hacker in Canada agrees to extradition to US
A Canadian man accused in a massive hack of Yahoo emails agreed Friday to forgo his extradition hearing and go face the charges in the United States.
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:40:04 EDT

Study finds 'modest correlation' between journalists' social networks and ideology of their news content
In a new study, an interdisciplinary team of Northeastern University researchers has found a "modest correlation" between a journalist's Twitter network and the ideological dimensions of his or her news content. The researchers emphasized that while their work doesn't show causation, it does represent "a crucial first step toward greater critical examination of emerging patterns of media bias."
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:00:04 EDT



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