Stu Downes

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Robot is the Boss: 4 Ways You'll Soon Be Working With Robots

We are living in an era where artificial intelligence (A.I.) will play a significant role in our path forward. Entrepreneur Elon Musk warns that A.I. …

This former CIA analyst has signed big deals — and $40 million in new funding — for his internet monitoring startup

Tim Junio knew as a high school student that he wanted to join the CIA. He even wrote as much in his college application to Johns Hopkins University, where he would go on to nab both his undergraduate and master’s degrees before heading to the University of Pennsylvania to complete his PhD. (Hungry …

Startups

Microsoft launches Azure Event Grid, a fully managed event routing service

Microsoft announced a new product in its Azure line-up in preview today that will make it easier for developers to build event-based applications.<p>The Azure Event Grid makes events (like uploading a picture or video, clicking a button, updating a database, etc.) first-class Azure objects. Event Grid …

Cloud Computing

We need to seriously rethink how we communicate at work

Google engineer James Damore recently found this out to his cost after colleagues leaked a Google Doc he shared about the company's approach to diversity, leading to his eventual dismissal.<p>Of course, misjudged workplace missives are hardly new. Even your out-of-office message can go viral if you're …

The Workplace

Amazon’s suit against former AWS VP hints at bigger move into workplace collaboration

Amazon is one of the most notoriously tight-lipped companies in the tech industry when it comes to discussing its future plans. But it has tipped its …

Experts predict when AI will exceed human performance

Rightly or wrongly, one industry after another is falling under its spell, even though few have benefited significantly so far.<p>And that raises an interesting question: when will artificial intelligence exceed human performance? More specifically, when will a machine do your job better than …

Artificial Intelligence

American military backs an entirely new kind of processor

Virtually every processor you see is based on the same basic (Von Neumann) computing model: they're designed to access large chunks of sequential data and fill their caches as often as possible. This isn't the quickest way to accomplish every task, however, and the American military wants to …

Your Windows firewall may be useless as malware can bypass it

Microsoft says Intel has been informed of the vulnerability.<p>Hackers may be able to use Intel's Active Management Technology (AMT) to bypass Windows' …

How Apple’s Siri will soon help you make payments and track personal finances

At WWDC this week, we learned about ways Apple plans to make Siri smarter, many of which have to do with your money. Starting with iOS 11, Siri will be able to help you complete money transfers, as well as helping you stay on top of your checking, savings, and credit card accounts.<p>“Users will now …

Apps

Scientists are creating drones that fly in sync with each other

Engineers at University of Pennsylvania are developing drones called ‘SWARMS’ that can autonomously coordinate with each other using infrared cameras …

Microsoft signs deal to acquire Israeli security firm Hexadite

Hexadite will work as part of Microsoft's Windows and Devices Group.<p>Microsoft on Thursday, 8 June said it had signed an agreement to acquire …

Intel is preparing to spoil everyone else’s fun

Intel, comfortably the largest manufacturer of desktop processors, is no stranger to throwing its weight around to protect its core business. It has …

Chatbots VS Humans: Who Will Win the War?

That chatbots are emerging faster than ever is an undeniable fact. Since 2016, chatbots have becoming increasingly more common, largely owing to the fact that major messaging platforms have embraced them.<p>Chatbot developers and related startups are heralding the dawn of a new era but many remain …

Alphabet sells off 'BigDog' robot maker Boston Dynamics to Softbank

Firm acquired by Japanese company was put up for sale in early 2016 after Google’s parent company cooled on its military connections<p>Google’s parent company Alphabet has sold robotics firm Boston Dynamics to Japan’s Softbank for an undisclosed sum, over a year after putting it up for sale.<p>As part of …

AI’s $37 billion market is creating new industries

Artificial intelligence (AI) is already trending, and it’s still heating up.<p>There are countless applications for AI — everything from procuring better search results to diagnosing complex medical conditions.<p>Developers and engineers are pooling their resources to create the best AI algorithms they …

iOS 11 turns the iPad into a legit Mac replacement

<i>Updated 27 June, 2017: This post now includes details about the iOS 11 public beta.</i><p>Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote this June was so packed that even two-and-a-half hours didn’t seem like enough time. And yet the biggest announcement wasn’t new hardware, or a new app. It was an …

Apple unveils Business Chat, which brings customer service and shopping into iMessage

Apple just unveiled Business Chat, its bid to turn iMessage into a communication platform that can compete with Facebook Messenger – and perhaps, make iMessage one of the main ways you interact with businesses.<p>The company quietly announced the service earlier this week with an update to its …

Health in iOS 11 & watchOS 4: Diabetes management, insulin delivery, CoreBluetooth, new Workout data & more

<b>New for Health in iOS 11 & watchOS 4:</b> Apple is introducing a handful of new features for diabetes management as the Apple Watch gains the ability to connect directly to Bluetooth Low Power devices like those used for glucose monitoring.<p>Alongside the new diabetes management features, app developers …

Apple Watch

10 tools based on AI that will change your freelancing career

Is your career endangered by AI?<p><i>The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race…. It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be …

How to Prepare the Next Generation for Jobs in the AI Economy

Most of us regard self-driving cars, voice assistants, and other artificially intelligent technologies as revolutionary. For the next generation, however, these wonders will have always existed. AI for them will be more than a tool; in many cases, AI will be their co-worker and a ubiquitous part of …

Windows 2-in-1 devices lead tablet sales increase in Australia

Overall tablet sales in Australia increased slightly in 2H 2016, with Windows 2-in-1 tablets experiencing a substantial 60 percent growth in the …

HomeKit could make your house an Apple customer for life

HomeKit is on a mission to democratize home automation. But if today's consumers won't bring it into their homes, tomorrow's might find it already …

Review: Microsoft Surface Studio

Not long after Satya Nadella took over Microsoft, he laid out his plan for the company. "We want to move from people needing Windows, to choosing …

What Is 5G, and When Do I Get It?

Look at the top corner of your phone screen. Right now, it probably reads 4G LTE, and you're probably fine with that. But soon—and we're talking …

Watson helps treat heart disease by looking at medical images

IBM's Watson technology has helped doctors before, but usually by poring through databases before offering its advice. Now, it's ready to look at the patients themselves -- or rather, their body scans. It's following up on past promises by launching Watson Clinical Imaging Review, its first …

'Windows as a service' means big, painful changes for IT pros

Everything you know about Windows deployment is undergoing wrenching changes. For IT pros who've grown accustomed to "set it and forget it" as a …

This wearable device can turn any surface into a keyboard

There are a lot of gimmicky takes on the classic QWERTY keyboard — from colorful devices that look like old-school typewriters to a foldable thing …

The 10 Work Apps to Watch in 2017

Odds are you're going to see more of these apps in the workplace this year.<p>The apps we use at work and in our personal lives are always changing. It's almost impossible to predict which ones will be popular tomorrow, since more than 1,000 apps are introduced every day. While reviews and downloads …