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Hey American business, here's how to use blockch ... sorry – we've been shut down • The Register

Hey American business, here's how to use blockch ... sorry – we've been shut down • The Register | Technology Business | Scoop.it
NIST delays advice and is very, very sorry about 2013 crypto SNAFU...
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Tall, slim models are coming to take over dumpy SSD territory • The Register

Tall, slim models are coming to take over dumpy SSD territory • The Register | Technology Business | Scoop.it
We don't need oblong boxes designed for round disks any more...
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We've built a 4G drone tracking system, beams Vodafone • The Register

We've built a 4G drone tracking system, beams Vodafone • The Register | Technology Business | Scoop.it
And how is sir implementing that geofencing idea?
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10 Artificial Intelligence Stocks to Watch for Marketers

10 Artificial Intelligence Stocks to Watch for Marketers | Technology Business | Scoop.it
It’s amazing the way marketing has grown over the past 20 years. It all started when the internet caused a massive shift from outbound to inbound practices. Companies such as HubSpot led the charge, revolutionizing marketing technology and and building a multi-billion dollar business along the way.. Artificial intelligence is the next big opportunity on the marketing horizon, and innovators have already started taking advantage of it. While many of the AI companies we talk about are privately held startups, there are also plenty of publicly traded companies that are developing AI capabilities. Here are 10 companies pushing the limits of AI in marketing. If you’re looking for stocks of companies that use AI, these could be a good place to start your research. Keep in mind: this isn’t designed to be investment advice. We haven’t performed due diligence on these opportunities, and past performance is no guarantee of any type of return. 10 AI Stocks to Watch for Marketers 1. HubSpot (HUBS) was an early innovator in the inbound marketing space (they actually coined the term “inbound marketing”), so it’s no surprise that they’re also pioneers in AI marketing. They doubled down on their AI commitment last year by acquiring Kemvi and Motion AI. Kemvi offers machine learning to help sales reps keep up on what's happening with buyers/prospects, and Motion AI will serve as a base for HubSpot to create intelligent chat bots. 2. Salesforce (CRM). We mentioned in a previous post that Salesforce has gone all in on AI. In September 2016 they announced Salesforce Einstein, an AI platform that integrates to multiple aspects of their business—sales, marketing, analytics, community services, and more. They’ve shown an impressive commitment to this new technology, as Einstein was created through 9 different acquisitions and significant capital contributions (their R&D expense has gone from around $600 million in 2014 to $1.2 billion in 2017) Related Read: Why Salesforce Went All-In on AI 3. Amazon (AMZN) is hard at work creating the consumer experience of the future, and AI is part of the reason they’ve had such notable success. Between their AI-powered convenience stores, the popular AI platform Alexa (which now does keyword research), and the technology they’re running behind their giant ecommerce business, we can expect Amazon to continue to push the limits of AI. 4. Microsoft (MSFT) is no newbie to pioneering revolutionary technology, and they seem determined to also lead the charge in this new field. They’ve started integrating AI into each of their already popular solutions for example, using their virtual assistant Cortana and communication platform Skype to process and deliver information in chat boxes. Additionally, they’ve made machine learning algorithms available on their cloud computing platform Azure. 5. NVIDIA (NVDA) has found multiple applications for their AI technology in marketing, especially in the retail industry. One cool use case powered by NVIDIA is GOFIND, which allows users to snap a picture of a retail item they like; the system then finds them a similar product online. 6. Adobe (ADBE) has developed an array of AI and machine learning technologies named Adobe Sensei, which the company has paired with its creative products to simplify the marketer’s task of delivering an excellent digital experience. Sensei can understand the structure and meaning of documents and images, as well as offer intelligent features that speed up the production of creative assets. 7. Google (GOOG) is an AI company at its core, confirmed by a statement from their CEO that AI is “like electricity” in their eyes. They’re weaving AI in to all of their businesses, such as advertising, but that only touches the surface of what they’re capable of. Just a few years ago, a seemingly insurmountable feat for AI technology was to beat humans in the game Go, a complex board game. Google created a machine that beat the game’s most talented champions, but that wasn’t enough—they then created another system, AlphaGo Zero, that beat that system with just a few days of training. 8. IBM (IBM) offers Watson as an AI platform for business. It’s capable of all kinds of things, but here’s one that’s especially relevant to marketing: Watson accurately answers 15,000 questions a day. It can be used to learn more about your marketing or business data—and surface insights humans might normally miss. 9. Facebook (FB) has grown into an incredible platform for marketing/advertising, and it owes much of this success to its AI capabilities. The social media giant has an entire arm dedicated to AI research and is on the leading edge of developing some incredible (even scary) technology. Related Read: How Facebook Uses Artificial Intelligence 10. Apple (AAPL) was unusually quiet for themselves at the start of the AI revolution, but they’ve since grown into a major player, using deep learning to improve Siri and offer an intelligent consumer experience across their devices. Keep Up With the Times You’ll want to keep your eye on these stocks as the AI tech market continues to grow. Leading marketers today are the ones who made an early and effective transition from outbound to inbound. Likewise, the future’s leading marketers will be those who understand and utilize AI capabilities. Subscribe to the Marketing AI Institute to receive more exclusive insights about artificial intelligence, machine learning, and marketing!
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Apple Launches Its Cheapest iPad With Pencil Support

Apple Launches Its Cheapest iPad With Pencil Support | Technology Business | Scoop.it
Tim Cook announced a new 9.7 inch cheapest iPad with Apple Pencil support retailing for $299 for teachers and students and $329 for the general public.
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Facebook suspends Cambridge Analytica co-founder - Mar. 19, 2018

Facebook suspends Cambridge Analytica co-founder - Mar. 19, 2018 | Technology Business | Scoop.it
Christopher Wylie previously worked for Cambridge Analytica, the controversial data firm that worked for Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
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The $35,000 watch co-designed by the father of the iPod

The $35,000 watch co-designed by the father of the iPod | Technology Business | Scoop.it
Tony Fadell, one of the inventors of the original iPod, helped design a $35,000 mechanical wristwatch with a unique feature: it never loses the time.
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Suspected Austria bitcoin fraud sparks Europe-wide probe

Suspected Austria bitcoin fraud sparks Europe-wide probe | Technology Business | Scoop.it
Authorities investigating a suspected bitcoin-related scam centred in Austria have asked Interpol to help determine whether there might be perpetrators - and victims - of the scheme across Europe.
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Are Microservices the Stuff of Application Development Dreams?

Are Microservices the Stuff of Application Development Dreams? | Technology Business | Scoop.it
ARE MICROSERVICES THE STUFF OF APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT DREAMS? WHAT ARE MICROSERVICES, ANYWAY? The idea behind microservices is nothing new, really. Like SOA, and like so many things in business and life, it’s about simplifying wherever possible and reusing instead of rebuilding.
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How Blockchain Technology Can Help B2B Companies Become More Profitable

How Blockchain Technology Can Help B2B Companies Become More Profitable | Technology Business | Scoop.it
How long the blockchain transition will take is anyone’s guess, but it’s gaining momentum. Increased trust, security and efficiency will always help B2B companies compete. Blockchain can build all three.
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18 For '18: Technology Predictions For The New Year

18 For '18: Technology Predictions For The New Year | Technology Business | Scoop.it
With technology continuing to advance, enterprise companies are beginning to see a real future in dealing with their data.
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Top 10 Tech Trends For 2018

Top 10 Tech Trends For 2018 | Technology Business | Scoop.it
As Nostradamuses everywhere whip out their crystal balls and begin their annual exercise, predicting the next Big Idea/Theme for 2018, we’re going to give you our top 10 predictions, based on a more rigorous and systematic approach.
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The Real Reason Red Hat Is Acquiring CoreOS

The Real Reason Red Hat Is Acquiring CoreOS | Technology Business | Scoop.it
The addition of the CoreOS technology and team to Red Hat’s already extensive expertise with Kubernetes, in the overall context of hybrid IT, gives it perhaps the most credible and comprehensive modern enterprise infrastructure today.
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Exploring Flash beyond the performance • The Register

Exploring Flash beyond the performance • The Register | Technology Business | Scoop.it
What really matters in choosing an all-flash array is a wider view of performance and price than a simple look at I/Os per second (IOPS). Handily, this information is available in the Storage Performance Council (SPC) benchmarks, which provide solid guidance on choosing a flash array vendor. The SPC-1 benchmark looks at storage-array performance, the response time at varying percentages of workload and the price/performance. Each system's configuration is fully described and priced, with relevant software and hardware settings details included so that users can be sure the performance is reproducible. A look at the benchmark results over time shows how performance has evolved from the time when the disk-array’s IOPS and response time were gated by disks' spin speeds and seek times to the remarkably improved response time and IOPS of the all-flash array. The numbers are impressive, with a $2.37m Huawei array, for example, achieving three million-plus IOPS at a cost of $0.79/IOPS; a NetApp $1.5m array scored 2.4 million IOPS at a cost of $0.62/IOPS. However, these are not affordable systems for typical enterprise businesses wanting primary data storage. If we set a bar of $250,000 for all-flash array cost, then the picture changes. The best-ranked systems are achieving more than 500,000 SPC-1 IOPS – levels that were unheard of in the days of the disk array when 250,000 IOPS was a hero number. An HP StoreServ 8450, costing $126, 558.24, was rated at 545,164.29 IOPS in March 2016. A Fujitsu Eternus AF650 S2 all-flash array scored 620,153 SPC-1 IOPS in January this year. A NetApp E-Series EF570 achieved 500,022 IOPS in September 2017. The chart above ranks classic storage array systems like these on the SPC-1 benchmark by their raw IOPS numbers. What is also remarkable is the improvement in price, with no loss of raw performance, as flash technology has matured. It started out as two-dimensional or planar NAND, with 1bit/cell SLC technology. Capacity doubled, with 2bits/cell MLC technology, albeit with cell access speed and endurance not as good as SLC flash. Then it worsened as cell capacity increased again with 3bits/cell (TLC) flash. Each capacity increase lowered the cost of flash. Advances in controller technology, flash management software and simple over-provisioning countered the performance disadvantages of MLC over SLC flash and TLC over MLC, so that solid-state drive-level performance generally increased. In the past three or four years three-dimensional flash has arrived, with flash chips having multiple layers to increase capacity further. There were drives using 32 layers, then 64 layers currently being introduced, and 96 layers in prospect. The drive level capacity increases have been dramatic: the 8TB and even 15TB drives now available offer a great advance on earlier sub-1TB drives. We can see the effect of this capacity improvement reflected in the SPC-1 price/performance data. Here is a chart ranking many storage arrays, including hero number ones, by the dollar cost of their SPC-1 IOPS. The improvement has been huge. In February 2012, almost six years ago, an Eternus DX80 S2 produced 34,995.02 SPC-1 IOPS at a cost of $2.25. The numbers were good for that time. Today, an all-flash Eternus, the AF250 S2, leads the price/performance ranking with an $0.10/SPC-1 IOPS cost, more than 22 times better. The greater affordability of flash means that SSD-based arrays are preferred over HDD arrays for the primary data storage used in mission-critical business operations. Enterprise use is soaring, as fast 15,000rpm disk drives are replaced by SSDs with higher capacity. Seagate’s Enterprise Performance 2.5-inch disk drive, for example, holds 300GB, 600GB or 900GB of data and has a 315-215MBps transfer rate. A modern SSD is almost laughably faster. A Samsung PM1633a, also in a 2.5-inch form factor, holds up to 15.36TB of data and has sequential read/write bandwidth of up to 1.3/1.35GBps through its 12Gbit/s SAS interface. Its latency is in the region of 100 microseconds, compared with the disk drive’s millisecond rating. Even with small capacity SSDs the use of deduplication, removing redundant repeated strings of data bits, can increase their effective capacity by up to five times or more. An example of this can be seen in Fujitsu’s 5U Eternus AF650, with its up to 192 SSDs providing capacities of 2,949TB raw, 14,745 TB effective, assuming a 5:1 data reduction ratio. Another example is the Eternus AF250, which has up to 48 SSDs in its 2U enclosure, with 737TB raw/3,686 TB effective capacity. This translates to smaller storage arrays. The number of rack units needed to store data can be reduced three, four or more times by moving to all-flash arrays Deduplication would slow data access with disk-drive arrays, so if the 2U AF250 was replaced by disk drives with the same effective capacity it would need 767 Seagate 600GB Enterprise Performance drives. As well as taking up more space, a disk drive need more power than a flash array because the drives have to be spun and the read/write heads moved, which also means the disk drive array needs more cooling. Assuming a storage array is not replaced for five years, it will probably be expanded during that period. Every extra drive array drawer will take up more space than the equivalent flash array drawer and will need more power and cooling. The use of enterprise SSD is expected to soar. In IDC’s Marketscape Worldwide All-FlashArray 2017 Vendor Assessment report Eric Burgener, the analyst’s research director for storage, states: “All-flash arrays are dominating primary storage spend in the enterprise, driving over 80 per cent of that revenue in 2017.” Today’s all-flash arrays offer an unbeatable mix of raw performance, capacity and lifetime operational costs for primary storage. Where disk drive arrays score is in bulk capacity storage, the secondary or nearline storage use cases where data access performance is not as important. All-flash arrays are less effective in that area – for now. Who knows what might happen in a few years’ time with 96-layer 3D NAND and beyond, twinned with QLC (4bits/cell) technology? This article was supported by: Fujitsu
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9 of The Most Mind Blowing Technological Innovations of Today

9 of The Most Mind Blowing Technological Innovations of Today | Technology Business | Scoop.it
Whether it’s car phones or talking robots, the latest and greatest in technology has always captured the imagination. The rate of innovation is so fast, though, it can be hard to keep up with everything that’s out there.
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Employees Optimistic About Working With AI

Employees Optimistic About Working With AI | Technology Business | Scoop.it
New data from EY suggests that most employees are optimistic about their future working alongside artificial intelligence.
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All Cars In Europe Can Now Call The Police Themselves

All Cars In Europe Can Now Call The Police Themselves | Technology Business | Scoop.it
Under a new European Union law, automobile manufacturers must equip all new car types with eCall, a system that automatically calls emergency services after an accident. But there are privacy concerns about the system, which tracks a vehicle's location and puts a microphone inside the car.
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Cisco's 'Hybrid Information-Centric Networking' gets a workout at Verizon • The Register

Cisco's 'Hybrid Information-Centric Networking' gets a workout at Verizon • The Register | Technology Business | Scoop.it
The ten-year odyssey from concept to product continues
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Elon Musk overhauls Boring Company concept to focus on mass transit - Mar. 9, 2018

Elon Musk overhauls Boring Company concept to focus on mass transit - Mar. 9, 2018 | Technology Business | Scoop.it
Elon Musk's plan to dig a web of tunnels under Los Angeles -- aimed at combating the city's notorious traffic jams -- just got a huge update.
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Preparing for our posthuman future of artificial intelligence | KurzweilAI

Preparing for our posthuman future of artificial intelligence | KurzweilAI | Technology Business | Scoop.it
(credit: iStock) By David Brin “Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that
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The FBI, CIA and NSA say American citizens shouldn't use Huawei phones - Feb. 14, 2018

The FBI, CIA and NSA say American citizens shouldn't use Huawei phones - Feb. 14, 2018 | Technology Business | Scoop.it
Top officials testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday.
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Google Analytics: How to Know If Your Marketing is Working : Social Media Examiner

Google Analytics: How to Know If Your Marketing is Working : Social Media Examiner | Technology Business | Scoop.it
Social Media Marketing Podcast 133, in this episode Christopher Penn will talk about how to use Google Analytics to improve your marketing.
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Drone Technology: The Good, The Bad And The Horrible

Drone Technology: The Good, The Bad And The Horrible | Technology Business | Scoop.it
Always consider the risk that just because technology can be deployed does not necessarily mean it should be deployed.
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Western Digital's CIO Modernizes Technology In The Face Of Two Major Acquisitions

Western Digital's CIO Modernizes Technology In The Face Of Two Major Acquisitions | Technology Business | Scoop.it
Most executives charged to integrate three multi-billion dollar companies at once would think of it as a headache. To Western Digital's CIO Steve Phillpott it was an opportunity. Since change would impact two-thirds of employees, why not invest in best-of-breed solutions wherever possible.
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Why technology will never (fully) replace salespeople

Why technology will never (fully) replace salespeople | Technology Business | Scoop.it
And how, by recognizing how technology empowers both buyers and sellers, the best salesmen will gain access to new insights and improve their output.
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