1. Articles in category: Cutting-Edge Tech

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    1. IBM Accelerates Open Database-as-a-Service on IBM Power Systems

      IBM  announced a new Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) toolkit on Power Systems optimized for open source databases, including MongoDB, EDB PostgreSQL, MySQL, MariaDB, Redis, Neo4j, and Apache Cassandra to help deliver more speed, control, and efficiency for enterprise developers and IT departments. The new platform gives database administrators and developers the ability to easily deploy a fully configured private cloud with automated provisioning for open source database services. 

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    2. Adaptive intelligence for improved human-robot interactions with patients

      Humans are collaborating with unlikely partners to improve infectious disease environments. They are partnering with robots. Human-robot interaction (HRI) is the study of the interactions between humans and robots. This field is multidisciplinary and covers human-computer interaction, artificial intelligence, robotics, natural language understanding, design and social sciences.

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    3. Baidu is making its self-driving car platform freely available to the automotive industry

      Baidu is opening its self-driving vehicle platform in a bid to help drive the development of autonomous cars. The Chinese internet giant today announced its Apollo project that will see its platform, including vehicle platform, hardware platform, software platform and cloud data services, opened to help others in the industry, particularly car manufacturers, to develop autonomous vehicles.

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    4. How artificial intelligence is revolutionizing healthcare

      There’s currently a shortage of over seven million physicians, nurses and other health workers worldwide, and the gap is widening. Doctors are stretched thin — especially in underserved areas — to respond to the growing needs of the population. Meanwhile, training physicians and health workers is historically an arduous process that requires years of education and experience. Fortunately, artificial intelligence can help the healthcare sector to overcome present and future challenges.

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    5. Wal-Mart launches emerging tech incubator

      Wal-Mart Stores is creating what it's calling a technology incubator in Silicon Valley that's focused on technologies that will change how people shop. Dubbed Store No. 8, named for an Arkansas location where Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton tested new store features, the new venture will try out and possibly invest in technologies like virtual reality, drone delivery and autonomous vehicles. Don't get your hopes up about shopping in the world's coolest Wal-Mart. This will not be an actual store.

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    6. Blockchain can help secure medical devices, improve patient privacy

      Blockchain can help secure medical devices and improve patient privacy, but the key is proper implementation, according to a top security pro at Partners Healthcare. The downsides would include mistrust of the technology because of blockchain’s potential performance problems, and its association with ransomware and use as payment for illegal items on the Dark Web, Partners’ Deputy CISO Esmond Kane told the SecureWorld audience last week in Boston. On the other hand, the decentralized, encrypted public ledger could have a wealth of applications in healthcare.

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    7. YouTube’s automatic captioning system can now describe sound effects

      YouTube has long had an automatic captioning system that, thanks to Google’s machine learning advances in recent years, has gotten pretty good at automatically transcribing spoken words in a video. As the company announced today, its technology is now able to take this a step further by also captioning some of the ambient sounds like [LAUGHTER], [APPLAUSE] and [MUSIC]. For now, the automatic effects captioning is actually restricted to those exactly these three sounds. The reason for this, Google says, is that these are also exactly the sounds that most video producers manually caption right now.

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    8. 5G progress at Ericsson could help enterprises work worldwide

      The Swedish network giant Ericsson will have a lot of prospective 5G equipment to show to gearheads at Mobile World Congress later this month, but the future cloud capabilities it demonstrates may be just as important for a subscriber’s experience. In addition to fast broadband speeds, Ericsson’s technologies for next-generation networks will be able to guarantee enterprises the same type of service around the world and shift applications to the edge of a network to shrink transmission delays, the company said in an MWC preview on Wednesday.

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    9. Leveraging the Next Generation of Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

      SIEM (Security Information and Event Management) happens to be one of those InfoSec technologies that is discussed ad infinitum, yet the majority of those discussing the technology have trouble visualizing how SIEM can be an effective ally for protecting enterprise systems. After all, SIEM has become somewhat shrouded in mystery and has transformed from a technology that just correlates security logs, into a technology that can take action to actually alleviate security problems.

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    10. Old networks can hobble IoT, even in tech paradise

      IoT isn’t all brand-new, cutting-edge technology. In fact, some of it’s already suffering through painful upgrade cycles.A case in point is the system that tells transit passengers in the tech hub of San Francisco when the next train or bus will arrive. The NextMuni system, based on the third-party platform NextBus, recently began sending out wildly inaccurate forecasts on many lines.

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    11. Honda’s NeuV is a mini electric concept car with emotional intelligence

      Honda is another carmaker focused on supplementing the driving experience with an emotional, AI-based component. The NeuV, Honda’s latest concept which it unveiled at CES on Thursday, is a city-friendly lightweight electric car that has Honda’s Automated Network Assistant (HANA), built with SoftBank, on board to help personalize the driving experience. 

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    12. Predicting the Top 10 tech developments for 2017

       Predicting the future is more art than science, yet it’s always an interesting exercise to engage in as a new year comes upon us. Now that we’ve left a difficult though significant year in the technology business here are Bob O’Donnell's predictions for the Top 10 tech developments of 2017. Bob is the founder and chief analyst of Technalysis Research LLC, a technology consulting and market research firm. Mobile app installs will continue to decline, AI-based bots will move to mainstream and Amazon’s Echo will become the critical component in smart homes are some of ...

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    13. The 11 biggest tech acquisitions of 2016

      Unlike IPOs, 2016 was pretty active for tech M&A. The year resulted in $612.9 billion in global tech deals, according to Dealogic, which made it the second best year for acquisitions. It nearly kept up the pace of record-setting 2015, where we saw $691.4 billion in tech transactions across the world. A confluence of factors led to consolidation amongst semiconductors and enterprise tech.

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