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AI Weekly: Watson Health and semi-autonomous driving failures show the dangers of overpromising AI

VentureBeat | Jan. 21, 2022, 5:30 p.m.

AI technologies can fall short of their promise, as news from this week about Watson Health and semi-autonomous driving systems showed.

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Omdia's Andreas Olah on IoT and edge services for 5G

Light Reading | Jan. 21, 2022, 10:30 a.m.

Andreas Olah explains how service providers can deliver AR/VR, edge computing, IoT and intelligent automation capabilities as-a-service to enterprise customers, and how both parties can benefit from the as-a-service delivery model.

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How Anonybit plans to crack honeypots storing identity data

VentureBeat | Jan. 21, 2022, 9 a.m.

Anonybit dices up sensitive identity data into anonymized bits that are distributed throughout a peer-to-peer network of nodes.

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Do You Know How to Get to the Self-Driving Future?

Wired | Jan. 21, 2022, 8 a.m.

This week, we ask two autonomous vehicle experts what’s next for the tech.

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Zero-trust trends for 2022

VentureBeat | Jan. 20, 2022, 5:27 p.m.

Demand for endpoint security visibility and control will grow faster than the market, leading all zero-trust priorities in 2022. Improving Identity and Access Management (IAM) effectiveness, hybrid cloud integrations, and automating patch management will follow. Cloud-first zero trust platforms have won the enterprise because of the cost savings, speed, and scale they deliver over legacy […]

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3 really interesting jobs you can apply for this week

VentureBeat | Jan. 20, 2022, 4:40 p.m.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again… our job board really is booming with brilliant job opportunities right now!

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An early bet on Solana and others has led to a new, $500M fund for Foundation Capital

TechCrunch | Jan. 20, 2022, 4:23 p.m.

Foundation Capital, an early-stage venture firm with offices in Palo Alto and San Francisco, has been around for 27 years, in many iterations. It has been sprawling, it has been small, it has thrived, it has teetered. In 2022, it’s in expansion mode once again. Three years after closing its ninth fund with $350 million […]

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AirBuddy 2.5 for macOS adds better Bluetooth control for some non-Apple headphones

The Verge | Jan. 20, 2022, 3:19 p.m.

AirBuddy 2.5 has a new “Proximity Engine” v2 that should detect and hand off peripherals faster. | Image: Buddy Software A new version of AirBuddy for macOS Monterey is available starting today, adding the option to quickly shift some non-Apple Bluetooth headphones and other devices between Macs and iPhones. The original AirBuddy app for macOS that launched in 2019 was a simple solution to let AirPods interface with your Mac just as seamlessly as they already did on iOS devices — complete with the animated pop-up many iPhone users are accustomed to seeing.AirBuddy 2.5 takes advantage of new under-the-hood macOS Monterey changes to enable things like low battery notifications, switching from transparency mode to noise-canceling on AirPods that are not even currently outputting sound from the Mac, and easy control over automatic switching between devices. This version also lets power users take advantage of more actions in the Shortcuts app and create automation (to check battery level or quickly connect and disconnect) and profiles. A complete list of the actions that can be performed is published on the release notes.AirBuddy now works with some third-party devices in macOS Monterey, such as the Sony WF and WH series headsets. These devices don’t have Apple’s W1 or H1 chip, so functionality is limited. They are only shown while connected to the Mac, but can be pinned to the list for quick connection. Battery alerts can also be configured for such devices, as long as they provide battery information to macOS.This one was a “never gonna happen” item on my list, until Apple decided to start showing battery information for some third-party Bluetooth devices in macOS Monterey Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) January 18, 2022The Verge was provided a beta release to try out the new features, so we installed it on a Mac running the latest version of macOS Monterey and another Mac running macOS Big Sur (both systems are M1). I had access to a pair of Sony WF-1000XM3 wireless earbuds and some LG neckbuds and was able to add them to my devices in AirBuddy on macOS Monterey. Unfortunately, this and some other features did not work in Big Sur since this is a beta release specifically designed for Monterey. The developer plans to release AirBuddy 2.5 for older macOS versions next week. Screenshot: Umar Shakir / The Verge The LG Tone HBS800 neckbuds also worked! The hero feature of the new AirBuddy is a faster connection switch using what developer Guilherme Rambo (a former 9to5Mac writer) is calling Proximity Engine 2.0 — “a complete overhaul of the AirBuddy Bluetooth Low Energy stack that talks to your AirPods, faster and more reliable than ever.” From our testing, AirPods and Beats Solo headsets popped up within a second, which feels faster than how it shows up on iPhones.AirBuddy is not the only app with Bluetooth handoff abilities, but AirBuddy feels more like an OS feature and not an app. Image: Umar Shakir / The Verge My Beats Solo with W1 chip show up just like it would on iOS. For context on why it appears as the Club Collection blue color, I transplanted the parts of the broken Beats Solo 3 into the body of the special edition Space Gray Beats Solo 2. For me, the most useful feature is easily handing off the Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad to a second Mac (available in the previous version of AirBuddy as well). I’m currently working on two MacBook Air M1s, and to swap my Keyboard and external Trackpad between them, I plug a USB-C hub into the computer I want to work on and rely on the Lightning charge cable to re-sync to the other computer. It sounds cumbersome but I’m quick about it. And with Apple further delaying Universal Control (which lets you drag and drop files and windows between two Macs while also using one set of peripherals), AirBuddy is a good wireless KVM-ish type of solution for me, right now. Screenshot: Umar Shakir / The Verge A warning for beta users that configured battery alerts may need to be set up again (and assurance that the bug isn’t in the final release). If you’re wondering what Show me a Puppy does, it links to this delightful picture of a zoomy Corgi pup. The 2.5 update is available for free to anyone who has purchased AirBuddy 2.0 (as an automatic update on macOS Monterey, with older OSes receiving them next week). For new customers, the price is $9.99 — higher than the minimum $5 charge for the original version but the same price since the 2.0 release.

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Pay Misty for me

TechCrunch | Jan. 20, 2022, 2:15 p.m.

I’ve met with Misty’s founders a number of times over the years, often in hotel suites at CES where the company was showing off their humanoid robot’s latest capability. The firm started life in mid-2017, as a spinoff of Sphero, which was dealing with its own growing pains at the time, moving from entertaining robots […]

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Advanced driver assistance tech in cars today won’t pass IIHS’ new safety rating

TechCrunch | Jan. 20, 2022, 2:07 p.m.

Not a single advanced driver assistance system offered in today’s new vehicles would meet pending safety criteria being developed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, according to the organization. The nonprofit that is funded by auto insurance companies said Thursday that its new rating program will evaluate the safeguards that vehicles with “partial automation” […]

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How Fleet brings open source to enterprise device management

VentureBeat | Jan. 20, 2022, 9:05 a.m.

Fleet allows companies to "ask questions" about their servers and laptops wherever they are -- using simple SQL queries.

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Mercedes-Benz acquires stake in lidar maker Luminar, will use its sensors for future autonomous vehicles

The Verge | Jan. 20, 2022, 9 a.m.

EMBARGO: June 15, 2021, 10:30am ET | Photo by Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge Mercedes-Benz announced it will integrate Luminar’s lidar sensors into future production vehicles to enable autonomous driving capabilities. The German automaker is also taking an equity stake in the Orlando, Florida-based company, acquiring a total of 1.5 million shares. Based on Luminar’s share price of $13.45 at market close January 19th, Mercedes-Benz is purchasing approximately $20.2 million worth of shares, or less than 1 percent of the company. Lidar, a key ingredient in autonomous driving, is a laser sensor that uses near-infrared light to detect the shapes of objects. This helps autonomous vehicles “see” other objects on the road, like cars, pedestrians, and cyclists, all without the help of GPS or a network connection. Mercedes-Benz says it plans to integrate Luminar’s lidar sensors into its production vehiclesMercedes-Benz says it plans to integrate Luminar’s lidar sensors into its production vehicles, but there’s a lot that we still don’t know. The automaker declined to share a timeline for integrating Luminar’s lidar into its vehicles, which models would be getting the laser sensor, or what kind of autonomous capabilities it would enable. Mercedes-Benz has said that its model year 2023 S-Class and EQS sedans will come with the automaker’s Drive Pilot advanced driver assistance system, which it describes as capable of Level 3 automation. Mercedes claims to be the first to “secure internationally valid system approval for conditionally automated driving (SAE Level 3) – marking a milestone in automotive development.” The feature will only be available in Germany, though, and not the US. Level 3, as defined by the Society of Automotive Engineers, means the driver’s supervision is not required in a highly controlled setting, like on certain mapped highways. The driver still needs to be ready to take control at a moment’s notice, leaving it somewhere in a nebulous zone between Level 2 advanced driver assist systems, like Tesla’s Autopilot, and Level 4 fully driverless vehicles, like Waymo’s autonomous taxi service in Phoenix, Arizona.A lot of companies are claiming to release Level 3 capable vehicles in the coming years. Volvo, which is also using Luminar’s lidar in its upcoming electric vehicles, said its Ride Pilot will enable its vehicles to drive themselves on certain highways without any human supervision — though the company is only planning on enabling the feature in California once it receives authorization from the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles. A lot of companies are claiming to release Level 3 capable vehicles in the coming yearsMost AV companies, including Waymo, Argo, and Cruise, have said they are skipping Level 3 and working exclusively on Level 4 technology. The reason is that Level 3 is seen as being potentially dangerous, given the likelihood that drivers will be confused about when they need to takeover control of the vehicle. There is also a data sharing angle to Mercedes’ new partnership with Luminar. The company’s CEO, Austin Russell, said the ability to collect data from Mercedes’ vehicles will ultimately help improve his company’s autonomous vehicle software. Russell noted that Waymo, the AV company under Alphabet, has one of the the largest AV fleet in the world, with hundreds of vehicles operating in suburban Phoenix, Arizona. He said the ultimate goal was to have “hundreds of thousands of vehicles” on the road around the world gathering data on road conditions and traffic, enabling companies like Luminar to launch autonomous vehicle features in a broader range of markets. “It takes not just hundreds, but hundreds of thousands of vehicles to actually be able to get to the global level of data that’s needed”“It takes not just hundreds, but hundreds of thousands of vehicles to actually be able to get to the global level of data that’s needed, and not just in one specific suburban area,” he said. “Also you don’t have to pay drivers. It’s people that are driving the cars already that allow it to continue to improve and get better and better and better.”This isn’t the first time that a Daimler-owned company has bought shares in Luminar. Daimler Trucks, a division of Mercedes-Benz’s parent company, also bought a minority stake in the company in 2020. Luminar has secured commitments from a number of companies to purchase its lidars. In addition to Mercedes-Benz, the company has deals with Volvo, Audi, Toyota Research Institute, Intel’s Mobileye, Airbus, and two Chinese companies: automaker SAIC and AV operator Pony.ai. Luminar may even have a partnership with Tesla, despite Elon Musk’s vocal derision of lidar as a “crutch” and a “fool’s errand.”

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Pulp and Paper Industry’s Adoption of Digital Technologies Will Be Worth US$3.6 Billion at the End of the Decade

ABI Research | Jan. 20, 2022, 8:30 a.m.

Pulp and paper producers face twin challenges. First, the gigantic machines converting wood pulp into paper-based products are a single point of failure. Second, the industry is embracing sustainability by the difficult task of incorporating recycled paper into production while retaining the required quality levels. These challenges are fueling investment in process control software and data analytics to avoid unplanned downtime. Global technology intelligence firm, ABI Research finds that this adoption will grow by a 7% CAGR between 2021 and 2030 and result in a US$3.6 billion spend at the end of the decade.“Paper usage is changing with demand for newsprint and printed paper on the decline while sales of tissues and paper-based medical products are rising rapidly. Technology suppliers can help mills plan for adjustments and retain overall equipment effectiveness.” explains Michael Larner, Industrial and Manufacturing Principal Analyst at ABI Research.Overall ABI Research forecasts that pulp and paper mills will be spending US$3.6 billion on digital technologies in 2030. Spending on IoT devices and the supporting platforms that, for example, support efforts to prevent unplanned downtime will be worth US$1 billion in 2030 with spend on data analytics to evaluate and optimize the production processes forecasted to be worth US$370 million. The foundations for the upswing in the flow of data will be investments in connectivity (forecasted to reach US$450 million in 2030) and network services (US$30 million in 2030). While all the technology investments need to be underpinned by robust cyber security, which is forecasted to be the highest growing spending area (CAGR 8.7%), being worth US$120 million at the end of the decade.Technology providers helping mills extract and make sense of data from their machines include AspenTech, dataPARC, Eigen Innovations, Seeq, and Senseye, while Emerson, Honeywell, and MRPeasy look to help mills design their operations.“Paper needs to be smooth and of a consistent thickness to meet customer requirements. In addition, pulp and paper mills can be crippled by unplanned downtime as dust blocks up machines’ filters or the paper breaks as it’s being rolled or moves through the machine. The size of the machinery and speed of production provide important test cases for technology suppliers. To meet these challenges, production facilities will increasingly look to predictive maintenance and quality automation.” Larner concludes.These findings are from ABI Research’s Digitalization in the Pulp and Paper Industry application analysis report. This report is part of the company’s Industrial and Manufacturing research service, which includes research, data, and ABI Insights. Based on extensive primary interviews, Application Analysis reports present in-depth analysis on key market trends and factors for a specific application, which could focus on an individual market or geography.

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Amazon’s first clothing store lets you summon clothes to the fitting room

The Verge | Jan. 20, 2022, 6:41 a.m.

Image: Amazon Amazon Style is a new kind of physical store from the online shopping giant that will focus on clothing, footwear, and other fashion accessories, the company announced today. It’s due to open at The Americana at Brand shopping mall in Los Angeles later this year, where it will be Amazon’s “first-ever physical apparel store.”In line with Amazon’s existing retail locations, the new Amazon Style store is packed to the gills with shopping tech. Amazon says clothes racks will feature QR codes, which customers can scan to see available sizes, colors, customer ratings, and product details. Then, with a tap of a button, selected items will be sent to a fitting room to try on without having to first rummage through racks. Amazon will also send additional items its algorithms think you might like. A promotional video shows how Amazon’s app will alert customers when a fitting room is ready. Image: Amazon A video shows Amazon’s app alerting a customer when their fitting room is ready. The fitting rooms will also feature touchscreens of their own, so customers can request more items be brought to them. Items can either be purchased in store or saved to the Amazon Shopping app to buy at a later date. Alternatively, customers at home can use the app to find clothing they want, before having them delivered to the Amazon Style store to try on in person. The store will support Amazon One, a technology that lets you pay for items by using the palm of your hand for identity verification. Image: Amazon Fitting rooms are equipped with touchscreens that can be used to request more clothes. Conspicuously absent is any mention of Amazon’s “Just Walk Out” technology, which it’s previously used in its own Amazon Go and Amazon Fresh stores, as well as an increasing number of external stores, to allow customers to pick up items and walk out without needing to pay for them at a register.Amazon says its new store is far more space-efficient, with Amazon Style able to offer “more than double the number of styles” as a traditional store of a similar size. But if it works, it also sounds like it could remove some of the pain points of in-store shopping, like having to awkwardly walk about a store half-clothed in search of a different size. Although it appears to rely heavily on automation, Amazon says its new Style store will still have traditional employees, who will be focused on customer service, delivering items to fitting rooms, helping customers at checkout, managing back-of-house, and processing payments.

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McAfee and FireEye merger produces XDR provider Trellix

TechHQ | Jan. 20, 2022, 6:35 a.m.

Trellix will deliver XDR solutions with focus on accelerating technology innovation through machine learning and automation. The post McAfee and FireEye merger produces XDR provider Trellix appeared first on TechHQ.

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Aruba forecasts WiFi 6e, SASE to dominate enterprise in 2022

TechHQ | Jan. 20, 2022, 6:11 a.m.

2022 will likely be another transformative year for technology and innovation impacting businesses, big and small. But of course, the bigger the company, the more likely they are to require or incorporate enterprise-scale solutions. In fact for 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader (for Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure), Aruba, the widescale adoption of WiFi... Read more »The post Aruba forecasts WiFi 6e, SASE to dominate enterprise in 2022 appeared first on TechHQ.

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SaaS Labs raises $42 million for its business automation platform, acquires CallPage and Atolia

TechCrunch | Jan. 19, 2022, 9:08 p.m.

SaaS Labs has raised $42 million in a new financing round, less than three months after closing its previous funding, and acquired two startups as it looks to aggressively grow its automation platform that serves sales and support teams at small and medium-sized businesses. Sequoia Capital India led SaaS Labs’ Series B round. Base 10 […]

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Epson reveals two updated SCARA robots

The Robot Report | Jan. 19, 2022, 8:45 p.m.

Epson's new SCARA robots tout an all-in-one design that has a built-in controller in the robot's base with power for end-of-arm tooling.The post Epson reveals two updated SCARA robots appeared first on The Robot Report.

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Barcoding Inc. Launches IntelliTrack, an Enterprise Inventory and Asset Tracking Platform

Supply Chain Brain | Jan. 19, 2022, 3 p.m.

Barcoding Inc., a supply chain automation and innovation company, announced the launch of its next-gen enterprise asset and inventory tracking platform, IntelliTrack.

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Mobile Core Network (MCN) growth to slow due to slow roll-out of 5G SA networks

IEEE Communications Society Tech Blog | Jan. 19, 2022, 2:30 p.m.

The slow uptake of 5G Standalone (SA) networks is decreasing the growth for the overall Mobile Core Network (MCN).  Dell’Oro Group [1.] forecasts worldwide MCN 5-year growth will be at a 3% compounded annual growth rate (CAGR). “The cumulative revenue forecast for the period 2022 to 2026 is over $50 billion. The overall revenues and... Read more →The post Mobile Core Network (MCN) growth to slow due to slow roll-out of 5G SA networks appeared first on Technology Blog.

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Report: 92% of IT decision-makers think process automation is ‘vital’

VentureBeat | Jan. 19, 2022, 1:40 p.m.

IT decision-makers support investing in process-related tech and expect their orgs to prioritize applying automation across operations.

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