Google is developing a new open source operating system called Fuchsia, which seems designed to work across a wide range of devices.The first of Google's operating systems not to be based on the Linux kernel, Fuchsia remains somewhat of a mystery in terms of its end goals.It could be simply an experiment on the part of Google, but even if this is the case, Fuchsia's existence points to the company's ambitions to create a scalable operating system that can be used on phones, desktop PCs, and Internet of Things devices.The OS itself contains features such as user modes and a capability-based security model, supports advanced graphics plus ARM and 64-bit Intel-based PCs, and is based on Google's Dart programming language.According to Google's Travis Geiselbrecht we should also see Fuchsia running on a Raspberry Pi 3 in the near future.Those with enough technical knowlege who want to give the new software a try on their computer or a virtual machine can head over to the official site, though, there's not a lot of information available at this time.
Google is developing a brand new operating system that's quite a departure from its previous offerings.The open source project was discovered on GitHub with the description Pink Purple Fuchsia a new Operating System .Unlike Google s other OSes such as Android and Chrome OS, Fuchsia isn t based on the Linux Kernel; instead, it uses the new Magenta Kernal, which is designed to power Internet of Things devices and compete against commercial embedded operating systems such as FreeRTOS and ThreadX, according to Android Police.However, Magenta is easily scalable so it can work on things like smartphones and desktop/laptop PCs.Fuchsia supports both 32-bit and 64-bit ARM CPUs, 64-bit PCs, user modes, and a capability-based security model.It uses Google s in-house Dart programming language and the Flutter user interface framework, suggesting that Fuchsia is built with Material Design in mind.
Phones with wireless charging are cool.The technology saves you the hassle of dealing with those pesky cables — just drop it on a pad and watch everything light up.However, there are a few drawbacks to keep in mind.Wireless charging usually takes longer than using a cable and makes phones difficult to use while charging.Wireless charging is mainly available on high-end phones with glass backs — metal and wireless charging don’t mix.Not every flagship has the technology, but more and more manufacturers are hopping on the bandwagon.
Building on its past home entertainment controls, Logitech is launching the Logitech Harmony Express universal remote control with built-in Amazon Alexa voice recognition capability.The addition of integrated voice allowed Logitech’s designers to completely rethink the Harmony experience.“It’s quite a bit different from the previous Harmonies, as there are quite a bit fewer buttons,” said Ian Crowe, director of products for Harmony at Logitech, in an interview.“It’s much simpler, yet has many of the same capabilities of the previous ones.We accomplish that through putting Alexa directly into the product itself.”The Harmony Express is available immediately in the U.S. on and for $250, and it will be available in Best Buy
The Chinese government has been using a private company jointly owned by a U.S. investment firm and its Chinese counterpart to expand its surveillance and telecommunications capabilities using American technology, The Wall Street Journal reports.While the U.S. government basically bans American companies from exporting satellite technology to foreign governments like China, there have been no controls put in place on how bandwidth from launched satellites is used once those satellites are in orbit.Based in Hong Kong, AsiaSat isn’t subject to the same sort of export controls and regulations that the U.S. places on companies headquartered in mainland China, which has allowed the company to acquire U.S. satellites.The U.S. and China are in a highly public contest over who will control the future of networking technologies — with the U.S. accusing China’s leading commercial telecommunications vendors of collaborating with the Chinese government to spy on partners.Since at least 2011, Citic has touted Chinese intelligence branches and armed services as customers of its satellite company’s services, according to the Journal’s reporting.In other marketing materials, Citic’s satellite company has touted its link to government agencies — as a tool to link national broadcasters to far flung towns and cities across the sprawling nation.
SAN FRANCISCO – Slack has partnered with cloud video communications vendor Zoom in a move designed to bolster video capabilities for Slack users.Zoom – which, like Slack, is preparing for a stock market listing – competes with Cisco Webex, Skype for Business (now part of Microsoft Teams), Google Hangouts Meet and others, with its Zoom Meetings software.The company also has offerings for conference rooms and phone systems.Zoom had revenues of $330.5 million in 2019, according to its pre-IPO S-1 filing, an increase of 118% from the previous year.Raúl Castañón-Martínez, a senior analyst at 451 Research, called the Slack/Zoom integration “very significant and potentially disruptive” for both the unified communication as a service (UCaaS) and team collaboration software markets.In addition to Zoom, Slack integrates with a variety of video communications firms including BlueJeans,, Webex Meetings, and LogMeIn’s GoToMeeting.
AI is revolutionizing industries, products, and core capabilities with dramatically enhanced experiences.AI use cases are expanding beyond big data and out of the cloud.Thanks to the increasing sophistication and processing capacity of modern devices, artificial intelligence is moving to the edge, powering up mobile, machines, vehicles, and connected things across the spectrum and in every industry.That means we’re also seeing a level up in the capabilities of AI, from computer vision to natural language processing, from the medical field — where an AI system can detect melanoma better than human doctors — to robotic vacuums smart enough not to fall down the stairs, instant translation on our devices, and more.For instance, image analysis and speech recognition are incredibly sophisticated — an algorithm can identify objects in a scene, but couldn’t put all those elements together to determine why something is occurring, or what might happen next.In order to realize the true potential of artificial intelligence and machine learning, to pursue even more sophisticated applications and more of that fascinatingly near-miraculous functionality, scientists are getting busy on various fronts.
Kony DBX Customers Can Now Access Micronotes’ AI Solution to Engage with Digital Banking Customers, Validate Their Financial Needs, Improve Loyalty, and Generate SalesAUSTIN, Texas & BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 30, 2019–Kony, Inc., the leading provider of digital banking and low-code platform solutions, and Micronotes, the leading provider of artificially intelligent marketing automation for digital banking, have teamed up to bring Micronotes’ advanced patented solution to financial institutions using the Kony DBX platform.Available immediately in all regions, the Micronotes’ solution will be fully integrated with Kony DBX to provide institutions with a seamless ability to engage with digital banking users in ways that advertising and chatbots cannot match.These conversations – which take just seconds – enable institutions to validate customers’ needs and make appropriate offers that generate qualified leads, which are automatically sent to the front lines for rapid and intelligent action.These interactions help institutions better understand their existing customer base and cross-sell financial services such as loans, CDs, and refinancing opportunities.
Microsoft is introducing new artificial intelligence capabilities for developers on the company’s Azure cloud platform.An enhancement to Azure Cognitive Services, called “Decision,” provides user-specific recommendations for better decision-making.Azure Cognitive Services is a collection of APIs to intelligent algorithms that developers can tap to perform image recognition, speech recognition, natural language processing, anomaly detection, and other intelligent tasks.Decision adds a service called Personalizer, which leverages reinforcement learning to offer users specific recommendations to assist with decisions.Azure Search also gaining AI capabilities, via a cognitive search capability that uses Cognitive Services algorithms to extract insights from structured and unstructured content.In addition, Microsoft is previewing a capability that allows developers to store AI insights gained from cognitive search.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 is one of, if not the best, all-around smartphone on the market right now.We’re running both phones through a range of photography situations, including High Dynamic Range (HDR), low light, zoom, and wide-angle scenarios.Although given the Galaxy A7’s larger 24MP sensor, we might have expected a bigger discrepancy in detail capture.We can see the same overexposure issue in this second image, particularly if you pay attention to the whites of the windowpane.Both of these Samsung Galaxy handsets boast an HDR option and both produce similarly excellent results.Without HDR, the cactus is covered in shadow, making it impossible to discern the spines and textures.
Build 2019 is no different: Microsoft previewed new Visual Studio features for remote work, unveiled the .NET roadmap, and launched ML.NET 1.0.Two notable features were Visual Studio Live Share, a real-time collaboration tool included with Visual Studio 2019, and Visual Studio IntelliCode, an extension offering AI-assisted code completion.At Build 2019, Microsoft shared that IntelliCode’s capabilities are now generally available for C and XAML in Visual Studio 2019 and for Java, JavaScript, TypeScript, and Python in Visual Studio Code.The company also previewed an algorithm that can locally track your edits — repeated edit detection — and suggest other places where you need that same change.The company today announced a private preview for three such new capabilities: Remote-powered developer tools, cloud-hosted developer environments, and a browser-based web companion tool.Enter Visual Studio Remote Development, an alternative to using SSH/Vim and RDP/VNC, which lets Visual Studio users connect their local tools to a WSL, Docker container, or SSH environment.
Alexa is officially hands-free for Windows 10 PCs starting this week.According to an emailed press release from Amazon, the online retailer and technology company released a new version of its Alexa app for Windows 10 PCs, and its most notable feature is that Windows 10 users now have hand-free access to Amazon’s flagship voice assistant.The new version of the Alexa app was released on Monday, May 6.The hands-free feature of the app, essentially allows users to access Alexa “regardless of whether the app is running in the foreground or background.” The push-to-talk feature will still be available for those who prefer to use that instead of the hands-free option, as users are able to “toggle between hands-free Alexa and a push-to-talk experience at any time.”The updated Alexa app will also include support for playing music through Pandora.The Alexa app was first made available for Windows 10 PCs in November.
University of Illinois researcher Amy LaViers has introduced a new point of view from which to observe robotic capabilities in her paper, "Counts of Mechanical, External Configurations Compared to Computational, Internal Configurations in Natural and Artificial Systems," published today in PLOS ONE, a leading interdisciplinary research journal.LaViers leads the Robotics, Automation, and Dance (RAD) Lab, which specializes in the development of expressive robotic systems.In more dynamic situations however, natural systems are more likely to outperform a robot.The performance of controlled tasks, for example, much of what is seen in a warehouse, can be easily quantified, but when it comes to the more complex situations there hasn't been a good way to do so.Such a transistor count gives a static bottleneck for computational capacity of computers, ignoring dynamic aspects of processor speed, for example.Moreover, she linked computation and mechanization in a robot to internal and external state changes, respectively, in a natural organism.
Microsoft’s next version of the .Net software development framework will be .Net 5, and it will be the only branch of .Net going forward.Due in November 2020, .Net 5 will follow the release of open source .Net Core 3.0, which is currently in a beta release stage and due to be generally available in September 2019.From the start .Net Core has been a multi-platform version of .Net, whereas the original .Net Framework runs only on Windows.Now that .Net Core 3.0 has closed much of the capability gap with .Net Framework 4.8, .Net 5 becomes the next step forward from .Net Core.Code and project files will look and feel the same, and there will be access to the same runtime, API, and language capabilities.The goals of .Net 5 include:
While you might have trouble actually buying one thanks to lithium-ion battery shortages (or canceling your order if you don’t feel like waiting), that’s not stopping Audi from promoting the fast charging capabilities of the e-tron.Audi says the e-tron can charge to 80% capacity in as little as a half hour.That’s pretty fast, and in line with Tesla’s latest Models S and X, which also support 150kW charging.Audi says a 100km (62 mile trip) would require only ten minutes charging time.However where the e-tron charging technology shines is in its capability to achieve a full charge quickly.Where competing electric vehicles take hours to fully charge, the e-tron can do it in as little as 50 minutes.
In an effort to help businesses easily add artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to their applications, Appian has announced a new service called Appian AI which will allow its customers to add AI to any application built on its platform.While the company already offers integrations for most major AI platforms, Appian AI will include AI services directly powered by the Google Cloud Platform.Appian AI is included in the Appian Platform for free though additional charges may apply with increased usage levels.By integrating AI capabilities such as image recognition and sentiment analysis into human workflows, the company's new service can help transform the customer experience, optimize internal operations and reduce costs.Appian AI makes implementing AI capabilities simple for organizations who can use its no-code Connected System integration to create AI-powered business applications.Since Google's AI is directly integrated into its platform, businesses will no longer have to contract with Google as a third-party provider, thus saving the time and money.
Zendesk has announced that it has acquired the Montreal-based company Smooch which provides a platform to help connect businesses with customers across a wide variety of messaging platforms both on the web and on mobile.The acquisition will help the customer service software company deliver the best omnichannel experiences by connecting conversations between businesses and their customers on any messaging channel with support for the world's leading messaging apps including WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.Currently Smooch is one of the largest providers of WhatsApp Business integration and Zendesk customers will soon be able reach the app's 1.5bn users to manage service interactions and engage with customers directly through Zendesk Chat as part of its early access program.Beyond the bot: why AI in customer service means more than just chatbotsFounder, CEO and chairman of Zendesk, Mikkel Svane praised Smooch's progress in advancing the conversational experience, saying:“We live in a messaging-centric world, and customers expect the convenience and interactivity of messaging to be part of their experiences.
Fujifilm follows up its 50-megapixel mirrorless medium-format GFX 50S and 50R models with the 102MP GFX100, both the least- and most-Fujifilm-like camera the company's delivered in quite a while.It's pure Fujifilm in the way it matters: very X-T3-like autofocus with fast-for-its-class continuous shooting, 4K video capture, plus the desirable five-axis sensor-shift image stabilization capability that it briefly debuted in last year's X-H1 but didn't appear in subsequent cameras.Oh, and the camera is the first to incorporate a medium-format BSI (backside illuminated) sensor, the architecture now used by many of the cameras shipping today which enables better low light sensitivity and the performance necessary to shoot 4K video or focus tracking while continuous shooting.Whether or not it's worth it depends on a lot of unknowns, including the sensor's dynamic range, image quality and general performance.Just like stepping up from a mainstream camera with an APS-C-size sensor to a larger full-frame model, upping from full-frame to medium format provides benefits like shallower depth-of-field for a given lens aperture and (usually) broader dynamic range because of the larger sensor, even though they cram more pixels into the sensor.In the short time I got to use it, the autofocus seemed quite snappy.
In the same way that VR startups like InsiteVR and GeoPogo have found thriving uses in architecture, engineering, and construction, AR is poised to create new opportunities for real estate companies.Data visualization leads the wayModern real estate tech companies like Zillow and Trulia were born from the capability to aggregate and present data about homes and neighborhoods to home buyers in a dynamic visual format.Tim Correia, the general manager and senior vice president at Trulia, explains that “in the earlier days of the internet, there was no source for buyers to obtain reliable information on their own.The key innovation that led to real estate’s first wave of disruption was aggregating and communicating that data in an intuitive and interactive way.”The rise of elite ‘full stack’ brokerage teams
Quick-Turn Printed Circuit Board Manufacturer Provides Rapid Production of Technologically Advanced Product Designs and Value-Added Global Program ManagementLOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 4, 2019–Angeles Equity Partners, LLC (“Angeles”), a private investment firm focused on value creation through operational transformation, today announced the acquisition of APCT, Inc., a leading manufacturer of highly reliable, quick-turn printed circuit board (PCB) prototypes with global production management capabilities.Angeles is partnering with APCT management with the aim of accelerating the company’s profitable growth, pursuing accretive bolt-on acquisitions, expanding global production capabilities, and driving systems integration and investment.View the full release here:“APCT is a leading provider of advanced quick-turn PCB prototypes for many of the world’s leading aerospace and defense, industrial, and consumer electronics companies,” said Timothy Meyer and Jordan Katz, Co-founders and Managing Partners of Angeles Equity Partners.