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    1. Android 6.0 Marshmallow Review: Google Outsmarts Apple By Guessing Your Next Move

      Google’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow integrates the best of Apple’s iPhone, writes Joanna Stern. Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android have been battling for mobile supremacy for years, but at this point, good luck telling the cutthroat enemies apart. This week’s release of Google’s latest version of Android 6.0—nicknamed “Marshmallow”—is even more proof of that. Many of Android M’s best features and tweaks come from Apple’s iOS. And here’s a shocker: The best stuff in Apple’s latest? That came from Android. 

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    2. Why blockchain heralds a rethink of the entire banking industry

      Blockchain, the distributed ledger technology behind bitcoin, is both a threat and an opportunity for financial services – and the banks are taking it very seriously.  When more than 8,000 financial services professionals from around the globe gather together, you can get a pretty good feel for what’s causing a buzz in the banking world. This year’s Sibos event – one of the biggest in the industry’s calendar – had one word more than any other reverberating throughout Singapore’s Marina Bay conference centre: Blockchain.

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    3. Android Marshmallow Has Arrived–Here's Why You'll Want It

      It’s been four months since we learned about the forthcoming release of Android Marshmallow, fka Android 6.0. Today, it begins rolling out to Nexus phones, and soon...the world. What will this much-hyped software release bring to your phone? Marshmallow will arrive installed on Google’s new Nexus 5X and 6P, of course, but the new release will also start showing up on older Nexus devices today, including 5, 6, 7, and 9. 

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    4. 3D Modeling Startup BioDigital Launches An API For The Human Body

      Imagine a reality where surgeons practice difficult procedures on virtual renditions of their patients before walking into the operating room, and professional athletes review their exact muscle movements on a 3D game tape after they walk off the field. Now that BioDigital, a 3D human body modeling startup, is releasing its API to the public, this is possible.

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    5. Skype’s Star Trek-style translator is now available to all Windows users

      Microsoft has today added its Star Trek-style translator to Skype for Windows. With live translation available for six voice languages (English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin and Spanish) and 50 messaging languages, it’s a big step in breaking down barriers in communication. Released for preview in December 2014, Skype has been taking feedback from users and tweaking the service before integrating it into the main app.

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    6. An Autonomous Shuttle Is Using Public Streets For the First Time–Here's How It Drives

      This fall, a city in the Netherlands will become the first to allow fully autonomous shuttles regularly on its public roads–in the form of a small bus carting people between two towns. They’re called WEpods, and they’re only large enough to fit six people comfortably. It’s a project of the town of Wageningen, which is in the central part of the Netherlands where farming is big business. 

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    7. Virtual Reality In Healthcare: Where’s The Innovation?

      Virtual reality is no longer just about video gaming; it holds promise as nothing short of revolutionary for just about every other industry, as well. Since 2012, there has been an incredible explosion of interest and hype around mass market virtual reality (VR) thanks to head mounted display (HMD) products in development like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Gear VR and Google Cardboard.

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    8. Apple launches 'Switch to iOS' app for Android users

      It really should surprise no one that the first app Apple built for Android helps you ditch the platform. In addition to launching iOS 9 today, Apple also released Switch to iOS, a new Android app that helps users of Google’s mobile operating system switch to Apple’s mobile platform by moving their data for them. Aside from Beats Music for Android, which Apple acquired, this is the company’s first Android app — you can download it now from Google Play.

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    9. Nine of the World’s Biggest Banks Form Blockchain Partnership

      Nine of the world’s biggest banks, including Goldman Sachs and Barclays, have joined forces with New York-based financial tech firm R3 to create a framework for using blockchain technology in the markets, the firm said on Tuesday. It is the first time banks have come together to work on a shared way in which the technology that underpins bitcoin — a controversial, Web-based “cryptocurrency” — can be used in finance.

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    10. Cognitive technology and the automation of everything

      The automation of knowledge work has the potential to drastically change business by creating a new class of “digital labor." Automating key aspects of highly skilled knowledge work is primed to become one of the most disruptive forces since the Industrial Revolution. And the cost saving opportunity that cognitive-powered RPA (Robotic Process Automation) introduces can be enormous — in some cases cutting up to 75 percent. By not having to constantly retrain an entire workforce or hire more people, a company frees up assets.

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    11. What makes a DevOps unicorn?

      An unknown person once said, "Sometimes the only thing that people see is what you did, when in fact they should be looking at why you did it." This is a critical perspective when it comes to understanding DevOps unicorns such as Netflix, Etsy, Amazon, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, ING group and a handful of other companies that are known as leaders in their use of optimized DevOps practices, and organizational and business outcomes.

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    12. Intel's latest IoT move heats up the race for low-power networks

      While mobile operators often claim bragging rights to the fastest smartphone connections, another rivalry is heating up around networks that aren't fast at all: Their claim to fame is that they don't suck up power.On Friday, Intel said it would work with cellular heavyweights Ericsson and Nokia to commercialize NB-LTE (Narrow-Band LTE), a variant of the latest cellular technology that uses a small amount of radio spectrum to efficiently carry small amounts of data.

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    13. UK CIOs lament lack of IT support for cloud services

      Research from ElasticHosts suggests most cloud users are unhappy with the level of tech support they receive from their providers. Moving to the cloud has left three out of four users feeling dissatisfied with the level of service and support they receive, research claims. According to a poll of 200 UK CIOs, commissioned by cloud hosting provider ElasticHosts, 93% are now using off-premise technologies, but 75% feel making the move has forced them to make sacrifices in service and support.

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    14. Apple Launch Highlights: What You Need to Know

      “It’s been an incredible year for Apple, we are really firing on all cylinders,” Apple CEO Tim Cook told the crowd at the start of Wednesday’s Apple launch event. “We are about to make some monster announcements.” Here’s a recap of some of the biggest news to come out of the presentation - iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, iPad Pro, Apple TV, Apple watch, and more. 

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    15. Philippines' roadmap aims for 500 startups by 2020

      The government of the Philippines is eager to emulate its success in BPO in the IT startup sector. The Philippines’ Department of Science and Technology (Dost) has launched a roadmap for digital startups in a bid to turn the country into a global startup hub. The roadmap will serve as a framework for developing the country’s startup ecosystem and to engage members of the public and private sector, said Monchito Ibrahim, deputy executive director of the Dost information and communications technology office (ICTO).

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    16. IT Is in the Midst of a Fundamental Shift

      IT is being driven by business needs, demands and requirements in today’s digital, online and on-demand world. Are you prepared? IT is undergoing a fundamental transformation, and during this change CIOs are expected to implement mobility, cloud and BYOD initiatives while shoring up their organization’s security. IT departments are now being driven by growing business needs, and the CIO’s seat at the executive round table has never been so critical to a company’s success.

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    17. BlackBerry Drops $425M to Try to Lure Corporate Clients Back

      BlackBerry is trying to regain its footing by managing devices instead of selling them. Today BlackBerry announced that it has agreed to acquire mobile security company Good Technology for $425 million in cash. Good’s technology will complement BlackBerry’s existing BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) product, a tool for managing corporate devices including BlackBerry handsets as well as Android and iOS gadgets, and for encrypting email and messages.

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    18. Google Dreams of a World After Apps but It’s a Nightmare for Rivals

      "In an app world, Google is nothing."

      With one search algorithm tweak this week, Google rekindled deep-seated fears that it is doing its damnedest to nuke apps. Maybe. Google earns more money when people are on the mobile Web, not in apps. Publicly, the company has voiced support for solving the nagging problems of apps, discovery and dormancy. Internally, however, chatter is less about crippling apps than imagining a world beyond them.

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    19. Technology And Data Are Spurring A Clash Of Travel Titans

      There’s no way to put this gently, so here it goes: The rapid advancement in digital technology is transforming the cozy world of travel retail into an all-out war for customers. And that’s a good thing for you and me as travelers, because it will ultimately mean more selection, better customization and, potentially, lower prices.

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