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Google and Goldman Sachs are two of the most active investors in blockchain firms: Report

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Samsung is playing catch-up with Apple's Siri and the Google Assistant

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Microsoft responded quietly after detecting secret database hack in 2013

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Why Google is terrified about Alexa, and what it's doing in response

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Traders bet on obscure e-commerce stock in speculation over bitcoin's blockchain technology

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Iowa courts accept paper filings amid computer system outage

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Ubuntu Insights: LXD Weekly Status #19

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Big announcements at Samsung Developer Conference
SAN FRANCISCO, CA. – During the Samsung Developer Conference (SDC) 2017 on Wednesday, Samsung Electronics shared their vision for a more connected world with widely accessible and open Internet of Things (IoT) platform. They also announced they will unite their IoT services under SmartThings, the next generation Bixby – Bixby 2.0 with a software development kit (SDK) – and their advancements in augmented reality (AR)   Read More ...
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Apple and GE are writing software to help detect when jet engines could fail
Apple and General Electric say they are working together to make it easier to write software that can track power plants and jet engines on Apple's iPhones and iPads. The companies have come up with a tool for app developers to connect Apple's iOS operating system more easily to Predix, the cloud-based software at the heart of GE's effort to turn itself into a "digital industrial" company   Read More ...
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The Sonos One is the best speaker that has Amazon Alexa built-in
The Sonos One is the best speaker I've ever heard with Amazon Alexa built-in, but you don't need to upgrade if you already have Sonos speakers in your house. I spent the last week or so with the Sonos One, adding it to an existing set of Sonos speakers in my house, and I think it's exactly where Sonos needed to take its line of speakers   Read More ...
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DeepMind’s Go-playing AI doesn’t need human help to beat us anymore
Google's AI subsidiary DeepMind has unveiled the latest version of its Go-playing software, AlphaGo Zero. The new program is a significantly better player than the version that beat the game's world champion earlier this year, but, more importantly, it's also entirely self-taught. DeepMind says this means the company is one step closer to creating general purpose algorithms that can intelligently tackle some of the hardest problems in science, from designing new drugs to more accurately modeling the effects of climate change   Read More ...
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Amazon's next big bet is letting you communicate without a smartphone, says Alexa's head scientist
The next big function to take off on Amazon's Echo devices will be voice or video calling — which is a way Alexa can reduce the need to have your smartphone on your at all times, the VP and head scientist at Alexa Machine Learning said. "When you can drop in on people who have given you access — so I can drop in and call my mom in her kitchen without her picking any device — it's just awesome   Read More ...
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Google and Goldman Sachs are two of the most active investors in blockchain firms: Report
Google and Goldman Sachs are two of the most active corporate investors in blockchain companies, according to a report. Blockchain is the underlying technology behind cryptocurrencies like bitcoin. But it is also being developed for use in a variety of industries from finance to insurance, promising cheaper and faster processes. The number of corporate investors in blockchain companies hit a record high of 91 this year, just behind the 95 venture capital firms in the space, according to a report by data firm CB Insights published Tuesday   Read More ...
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Samsung is playing catch-up with Apple's Siri and the Google Assistant
Samsung knows its Bixby virtual assistant needs to be smarter. The company announced version 2.0 of the assistant on Wednesday at its developer conference in San Francisco. Among the upcoming improvements, Bixby will be able to recognize different people speaking to it. That feature has recently come to the Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers, which come with Alexa and the Google Assistant, respectively   Read More ...
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A new ETF uses IBM’s AI technology to help it pick winning stocks
In 2011, the computer system Watson easily defeated its human competitors in three rounds of the quiz show Jeopardy. A new exchange-traded fund argues it’ll do something similar on Wall Street. The AI Powered Equity ETF which launched on Wednesday, uses the big-data processing abilities of IBM’s Watson to develop a portfolio of stocks that its sponsors argue will be able to offer results that aren’t only better than what human stock pickers would be able to deliver, but also the overall market   Read More ...
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Facebook's 'React Native' Has Changed the Rules of App Development
Share Add to Technology digital platform Facebook's 'React Native' Has Changed the Rules of App Development With this new cross-platform app, you can spend more time meeting users' needs and less time worrying about your choice of smartphone.   Read More ...
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Do you enjoy solving complex problems in Data? Do you have a passion for building scalable, beautiful solutions? Caserta is looking to expand our team by bringing in talented Big Data Solutions Architects with a passion for solving unique problems with the latest in data intelligence. What you'll be doing: As a Caserta Big Data Solutions Architect, you'll work in small agile teams to deliver innovative solutions with the latest in modern architecture across the US   Read More ...
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Microsoft responded quietly after detecting secret database hack in 2013
FILE PHOTO: A promotional video plays behind a window reflecting a nearby building at the Microsoft office in Cambridge, Massachusetts, US on May 15, 2017. (Reuters) Microsoft Corp’s secret internal database for tracking bugs in its own software was broken into by a highly sophisticated hacking group more than four years ago, according to five former employees, in only the second known breach of such a corporate database   Read More ...
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A.I. company CEO: Big data is not a visualization problem, it's a human scale problem
It's no secret that big data is becoming central to almost every industry, but Ajeet Singh, the founder and CEO of private business-intelligence player ThoughtSpot, still sees some obstacles. It's easy to use comprehensive tools like Tableau Software's offerings to bring data to the average worker, Singh said, but most companies still require professional help to make sense of the information   Read More ...
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Crypto venture firm Blockchain Capital is raising $150 million for two funds
Blockchain Capital, one of the first venture firms to specialize in bitcoin and crypto projects, is setting out to raise $150 million in two funds, with plans to invest in companies and emerging cryptocurrencies. The firm, based in San Francisco, said in SEC filings on Monday that each fund is raising $75 million. To date, Blockchain Capital IV has raised $60 million and Blockchain Capital Parallel Fund IV has raised $25 million   Read More ...
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Microsoft Windows 10 update bets on bigger role for 3-D
The company on Tuesday started rolling out its latest bundle of updates to the Windows 10 operating system with features clustered around a bet that people will use their PCs to experience 3-D virtual worlds. Dubbed the Fall Creators Update, the package will make its way in waves to the more than 500 million Windows 10 users starting this week. Business users have the ability to delay updates   Read More ...
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Microsoft's big new Windows 10 update rolls out today; here's what's new
Microsoft rolled out its big new Windows 10 Fall Creators Update at 1 pm Eastern today. It includes plenty of new features, but the biggest is support for new Mixed Reality headsets that are sold by Microsoft partners including Samsung, Dell, Lenovo, HP and Acer. They're Microsoft's big take on virtual reality and provide a new way to interact with software, including games and apps   Read More ...
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Why Google is terrified about Alexa, and what it's doing in response
Amazon's early lead in the home is a problem for Google — and not just because Alexa is outselling Home by a wide margin. In the new world of voice-powered computing, Amazon is rolling out popular features like skills and reminders that take users entirely out of Google's massive ecosystem. Late last month, Google added reminders to its home assistant, a long-awaited feature that lets consumers get voice prompts to walk their dog or take out the trash   Read More ...
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Here are 4 top software stock ideas from Cowen
Cowen shared with its clients the firm's best software stock picks going into third-quarter earnings season. The firm cited the performance of the iShares North American Tech-Software ETF, which is up 38 percent this year through Monday, beating the S&P 500's 14 percent gain. "Growth fundamentals remain healthy in software, and the perceived secular winners continue to lead the pack with respect to share price performance," the firm's software research team wrote Tuesday   Read More ...
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Traders bet on obscure e-commerce stock in speculation over bitcoin's blockchain technology
Speculation in digital currency bitcoin is apparently spilling over into an obscure e-commerce stock. Shares of Overstock.com closed up nearly 11.6 percent Tuesday after briefly surging more than 14 percent. The stock has hit four-year highs on mounting excitement around the company's venture into blockchain, the technology behind bitcoin. "I think the new story for Overstock is that we should anticipate this kind of volatility that historically was limited to when the company reported earnings," Tom Forte, analyst at DA Davidson, said in a phone interview   Read More ...
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Google’s Pixel 2: Built for artificial intelligence
The phone sets itself apart with promises to bake in Google’s powerful artificial-intelligence technology for quick and easy access to useful, even essential information. But much of the neat stuff will come later. The phone coming out Thursday is more of a teaser. To be sure, the Pixel 2 is a solid phone. It’s not as elegantly designed as an iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy phone   Read More ...
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Iowa courts accept paper filings amid computer system outage
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The electronic system used by lawyers, judges and clerks to file Iowa court records is temporarily out of service statewide. Court system spokesman Steve Davis said the Electronic Data Management System had spotty availability Monday and went down statewide all day Tuesday. He says security patches that were installed Friday "caused or exacerbated system performance issues" and that hacking isn't suspected   Read More ...
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Iowa courts accept paper filings amid computer system outage
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The electronic system used by lawyers, judges and clerks to file Iowa court records is temporarily out of service statewide. Court system spokesman Steve Davis said the Electronic Data Management System had spotty availability Monday and went down statewide all day Tuesday. He says security patches that were installed Friday "caused or exacerbated system performance issues" and that hacking isn't suspected   Read More ...
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Google’s Pixel 2 gives you the best of Android — if you can find it
Google’s Pixel 2 is the company’s latest attempt at a branded smartphone that it hopes can take on Apple’s iPhone, as well as a variety of smartphones running Google’s own Android operating system. The 5-inch Pixel 2 and 6-inch Pixel 2 XL are almost identical in terms of their features and basic specifications — the screen size is really the main difference between them   Read More ...
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BRIEF-Intel says to ship Intel Nervana Neural Network Processor before 2017-end
* Intel says it will ship silicon for Neural Network Processing, the Intel Nervana Neural Network Processor, before the end of 2017- statement * Intel says it is collaborating with Facebook to share Facebook's technical insights to bring new generation of AI hardware to market- statement Source text: Further company coverage:   Read More ...
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Garmin just put Alexa in the car
Amazon wants its Alexa voice assistant to be everywhere -- even in the passenger seat of your car to help with directions. Its own devices, such as the Amazon Echo speaker, have brought Alexa to living rooms and kitchens. The Amazon Tap makes Alexa portable, and the forthcoming Echo Spot lets Alexa serve as your alarm clock. Now, Garmin -- maker of GPS devices and wearables -- has created a mini Alexa gadget specifically for the car   Read More ...
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How Microsoft’s top-secret database of bugs got hacked
Transcript >> What would Microsoft do if its top secret database keeping tracks of bugs in its software was broken into? Such bugs vulnerabilities in software are coveted by spies and hackers who use them to create hacking tools. Well, it turns out they were hacked and they hid this breach for four years, and even set up a small team of security engineers to deal with it   Read More ...
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Exclusive: Microsoft responded quietly after detecting secret database hack in 2013
(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp’s secret internal database for tracking bugs in its own software was broken into by a highly sophisticated hacking group more than four years ago, according to five former employees, in only the second known breach of such a corporate database. The database contained descriptions of critical and unfixed vulnerabilities in some of the most widely used software in the world, including the Windows operating system   Read More ...
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Windows 10 update, Surface Book 2 unleashed: Microsoft pushes creativity
When Microsoft last updated Windows 10 this past spring, the company said its vision was “to empower the creator in all of us.” Microsoft is sticking with that mantra and approach with the release of Windows that starts rolling out Tuesday, dubbed the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. And yes such updates are coming more frequently. Windows, of course, no longer just applies to the venerable operating system at the core of your personal computer   Read More ...
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Microsoft rolls out new Windows 10 update and laptops
Microsoft has begun rolling out an update to its Windows 10 operating system, hoping to spark enthusiasm for its virtual- and augmented-reality ambitions. The Windows 10 update became available Tuesday. Several of Microsoft's partners - Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo - are simultaneously launching their first "Windows Mixed Reality" headsets Tuesday. Samsung is also releasing one early next month. Microsoft is also announcing a new generation of laptops in its Surface line   Read More ...
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Microsoft rolls out new Windows 10 update and laptops
Microsoft has begun rolling out an update to its Windows 10 operating system, hoping to spark enthusiasm for its virtual- and augmented-reality ambitions. The Windows 10 update became available Tuesday. Several of Microsoft’s partners — Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo — are simultaneously launching their first “Windows Mixed Reality” headsets Tuesday. Samsung is also releasing one early next month. Microsoft is also announcing a new generation of laptops in its Surface line   Read More ...
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Moving the Windows 10 Taskbar by Hand
How do you move the taskbar to a different side of the screen on a Windows 10 tablet? I tried dragging it with my finger, and nothing happened. If a finger drag does not budge the taskbar, you can use a system setting, but you should make sure the taskbar is unlocked first. To do that, press and hold your finger on an empty section of the Taskbar (or right-click) until the menu with the Taskbar Settings item pops up   Read More ...
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Microsoft rolls out new Windows 10 update and laptops
Microsoft has begun rolling out an update to its Windows 10 operating system, hoping to spark enthusiasm for its virtual- and augmented-reality ambitions. The Windows 10 update became available Tuesday. Several of Microsoft's partners — Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo — are simultaneously launching their first "Windows Mixed Reality" headsets Tuesday. Samsung is also releasing one early next month. Microsoft is also announcing a new generation of laptops in its Surface line   Read More ...
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Microsoft’s Windows 10 update bets on a bigger virtual-reality role for PC
Microsoft is trying to nudge laptop and deskbound computers to interact with the three-dimensional world. The Redmond company plans on Tuesday to start rolling out its latest bundle of updates to the Windows 10 operating system, features clustered around a bet that people will use their PCs to experience 3-D virtual worlds. Dubbed the Fall Creators Update, the package will make its way in waves to the more than 500 million Windows 10 users starting this week   Read More ...
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BRIEF-Riot Blockchain to acquire majority interest in Tess Inc
Oct 17 (Reuters) - Riot Blockchain Inc * Riot Blockchain to acquire majority interest in Tess, a blockchain development company * Entered into a definitive purchase agreement to acquire a 52% ownership interest in Tess Inc Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:   Read More ...
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RPT-INSIGHT-Microsoft responded quietly after detecting secret database hack in 2013
(Repeats to additional customers with no changes to text) By Joseph Menn Oct 17 (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp’s secret internal database for tracking bugs in its own software was broken into by a highly sophisticated hacking group more than four years ago, according to five former employees, in only the second known breach of such a corporate database. The database contained descriptions of critical and unfixed vulnerabilities in some of the most widely used software in the world, including the Windows operating system   Read More ...
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Ubuntu GNOME Shell in Artful: Day 15
Since the Ubuntu Rally in New York, the Ubuntu desktop team is full speed ahead on the latest improvements we can make to our 17.10 Ubuntu release, Artful Aardvark. Last Thursday was our Final Freeze and I think it’s a good time to reflect some of the changes and fixes that happened during the rally and the following weeks. This list isn’t exhaustive at all, of course, and only cover partially changes in our default desktop session, featuring GNOME Shell by default   Read More ...
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Ubuntu Insights: LXD Weekly Status #19
Introduction This past week, part of the team was back in New York for more planning meetings, getting the details of the next 6 months, including LXC, LXD and LXCFS 3.0 fleshed out. The rest of the team made good progress on some smaller feature work, started working on console attach for LXD, looked into SR-IOV passthrough of network cards and infiniband devices and fixed a good chunk of bugs in LXD and LXC   Read More ...
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U.S. makes renewable energy software open source
As a longtime proponent of open source solar photovoltaic development, I am happy that the U.S. National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) has shared all the source code for System Advisor Model (SAM), its most powerful renewable energy economic analysis software. SAM is now SAM Open Source. It is a performance and financial model designed to help make decisions about renewable energy   Read More ...
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Microsoft responded quietly after detecting secret database hack in 2013
(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp’s secret internal database for tracking bugs in its own software was broken into by a highly sophisticated hacking group more than four years ago, according to five former employees, in only the second known breach of such a corporate database. The database contained descriptions of critical and unfixed vulnerabilities in some of the most widely used software in the world, including the Windows operating system   Read More ...
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IBM has a new blockchain for banks to speed up cross-border payments
IBM has developed a blockchain platform that allows banks to rapidly clear and settle payment transactions around the world. Big Blue said Monday it has worked with a number of international banks including Spain's BBVA, Indonesia's Bank Danamon and Australia's National Australia Bank. Blockchains are groupings of data maintained by a disperse network of computers rather than a centralized mainframe. Data is secured through encrypted 'blocks' and accessed via a peer-to-peer network   Read More ...
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Huawei launches first smartphone with its own AI chip to challenge Apple's iPhone X
Huawei launched a new flagship smartphone Monday, the first to contain its own artificial intelligence (AI) chip that could help it compete with Apple and Samsung. The Huawei Mate 10 series of high-end devices includes the Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro and special edition Porsche Design Mate 10. Key features include: 5.9-inch display on Mate 10 and six-inch screen on Mate 10 Pro Leica dual-lens camera with color and monochrome sensors Big battery with fast charging capabilities Google's latest Android 8   Read More ...
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