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Microsoft overtakes Salesforce as top Software as a Service provider

Cloud research company Synergy Research Group has announced that Microsoft has overtaken long time leader Salesforce as the top Software as a Service …

Facebook's iOS app now uses AI to help the blind 'see' photos

In an effort to improve the social networking experience for users with visual impairments, Facebook has introduced a new feature in its iOS app to help them ‘see’ photos.<p>With the help of AI, the app automatically generates a description of each photo a user comes across. When they’re using a …

iOS Apps

SXSW Interactive 2016: Surprising Trends And Big Changes In Technology

Every March, Austin Texas holds South By Southwest Interactive (SXSWi), with an estimated 30,000 attendees this year in 2016. Dignitaries, scientists, politicians, entrepreneurs, marketers, programmers, and folks from every walk of life converge to make SXSWi what it is: A massive and exciting …

Smart Cities

Behavior Science Discovers Productivity Boosters

<i>(Photo: New employees arrive at the campus of Amazon in Seattle. Ruth Fremson/The New York Times)</i><p><b>Behavior Science Discovers Productivity Boosters--and you already know two of them.</b><p>There are some people who pretend at productivity, whose résumés appear impressive until you realize their greatest …

Behavior

This robot keyboard will catapult Microsoft into the artificial intelligence race

The humble keyboard hasn't changed much since it was first invented. Even the jump from physical keyboards to the digital ones you use on your smartphone still look virtually identical — save for the new emoji keys we've grown accustomed to punching into a text message or tweet.<p>But for years now, …

Artificial Intelligence

Is this app the call center of the future?

I cringe when an automated telephone system answers my call.<p>Why do we still have to pick up the phone to call airlines, cable companies or banks? Soon, we won't have to, if entrepreneur Richard Smullen has anything to say about it.<p>Smullen, 36, heads up Pypestream, a stand-alone messaging app that …

Customer Service

Collaborative Overload

Collaboration is taking over the workplace. As business becomes increasingly global and cross-functional, silos are breaking down, connectivity is increasing, and teamwork is seen as a key to organizational success. According to data we have collected over the past two decades, the time spent by …

Management

iPad Pro sales may be off to a disappointing start

Apple may be hoping that the iPad Pro can help turn around its flagging tablet sales, but according to a new report sales are off to a somewhat disappointing start — with just 49,000 units selling in the first month in Apple’s much-emphasized China region.<p>It is likely that the high price of the …

"Sms me, mail me of stuur me een appje, maar bel me alsjeblieft niet op"

Op de Business Insider Ignition 2015 conferentie die vorige week in New York plaats vond, verraste en amuseerde een 8-koppig panel van 14- tot …

Goldman Sachs thinks Microsoft is making a comeback — here's why

Goldman Sachs has published a 22-page research note looking at Microsoft's business and its opportunities. The research, titled "Righting a Wrong," upgrades Microsoft stock from a Sell rating to Neutral.<p>The research note goes into detail, analysing all of Microsoft's core businesses, including …

Microsoft

The 9 startups that secretly run the Internet

Sure, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft are tech titans, making billions by selling web hosting and other services to the biggest businesses in the world.<p>But they can't be everywhere. And there are plenty of startups that help the web run smoothly, behind the scenes, in ways you don't even realize.<p>Here …

Startups

The innovators: this solar table charges your phone without direct sunlight

Using dye-sensitised solar cells, household objects can harvest energy from indirect light and store it<p>The kitchen table has been the place where many new inventions and ideas have been sketched out, but rarely has it been the source of innovation itself.<p>With an orange-striped surface on its steel …

Clean Energy

Houzz Brings New Collaboration Tools To Its iOS Apps

Houzz, the popular service for giving you house envy and connecting you with the right home professionals to cure it, is launching an interesting new feature for its iOS users today. The new Sketch feature makes it easier for homeowners to annotate photos on the service to discuss their remodeling …

iOS

SnapLogic Raises $37.5 Million To Help Legacy Data Play Nicely In The Cloud

SnapLogic, a company that helps connect data from legacy applications to the cloud or to a centralized internal data lake, announced a $37.5 million round today.<p>Investors include Microsoft and Silver Lake Waterman, the growth capital arm of Silver Lake along with existing investors Andreessen …

Startups

International Space Station astronauts explain how they use Microsoft's HoloLens

Ever wondered how the HoloLens might be able to help you when you’re falling at 7.6 kilometers per second 400 km above the Earth? Well wonder no …

Research suggests this is the best music to listen to for optimal productivity

Oftentimes we have innumerable distractions at work competing for our attention.<p>Luckily, music can help get us back on a more productive track.<p>Studies out of the University of Birmingham, England, show that music is effective in raising efficiency in repetitive work — so if you're mindlessly …

Time Management

Here’s what the world will be like in 2045, according to DARPA’s top scientists

The world is going to be a very different place in 2045.<p>Predicting the future is fraught with challenges, but when it comes to technological advances and forward thinking, experts working at the Pentagon's research agency may be the best people to ask.<p>Launched in 1958, the Defense Advanced Research …

DARPA

This app lets you draw digital connections between physical objects

'A digital screwdriver that allows you to manipulate how things behave'<p>Whether we like it or not, more and more of the world's objects are coming online. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC standards are all being used make everything from your car to your smoke alarm digitally connected. The problem is, how …

Internet of Things

Technology's biggest untapped market is elderly care

For the first time in history, 14pc of the world is over 65. How can technology assist them cheaply and efficiently?<p>In the opening episode of Channel 4’s hit sci-fi TV show “Humans” we meet George Millican, an ageing academic, who has recently had a stroke and has no family. Millican lives with his …

Adidas created this 3D-printed shoe out of the plastic waste we throw in the ocean

Adidas and Parley for the Oceans, an organization dedicated to reducing plastic waste in oceans, have collaborated to create a 3D-printed shoe made out of recycled ocean plastic.<p>The shoe is just a prototype, but the goal is to demonstrate how the industry can "rethink design and help stop ocean …

Oceans

An AI algorithm can draw letters as well as a human

Researchers claim to have made a breakthrough in artificial intelligence by giving machines cognitive powers similar to humans. The team from MIT, York University and the University of Toronto first trained an algorithm to draw characters in 50 languages by studying the required pen strokes. Once …

Artificial Intelligence

Making The Case For Drones In Commercial Markets

Today at TechCrunch Disrupt London 2015, the CEOs of Sky Futures, Verifly and Airware took the stage with TechCrunch writer Frederic Lardinois in an attempt to explain how drones can be used other than for taking selfies. But, before that can happen, common sense regulation is needed, the panel …

Drones

Powered Exoskeletons Could Replace Wheelchairs One Day

Author: Chelsea Leu. Chelsea Leu Science<p>Date of Publication: 12.09.15.<p>Time of Publication: 9:00 am. 9:00 am<p>When you hear the word exoskeleton, you …

Robotics

Google says its quantum computer is more than 100 million times faster than a regular computer chip

Google appears to be more confident about the technical capabilities of its D-Wave 2X quantum computer, which it operates alongside NASA at the U.S. space agency’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California.<p>D-Wave’s machines are the closest thing we have today to quantum computing, which …

Quantum Mechanics

Tiny wireless sensor never needs a battery

The internet of things is a nice idea, but there's one big catch: you have to power all those smart devices, which is no mean feat when some of them might not even have room for a battery. Dutch researchers think they have a solution, though. They've built an extra-small (2 square millimeters) …

Wireless

Streaming video, audio account for 70% of U.S. broadband usage

In case you ever doubted the dominance of streaming in the U.S, a new study will make you a believer.<p>Streaming audio and video account for 70.40% of …

Streaming

Microsoft researchers predict 16 scientific advancements for 2016

In a rather utopian compilation, Microsoft has asked 16 of its "future tech" employees - most of them from Microsoft's Research division - to offer …

A Series Of Unfortunate Tech Predictions - Artificial Intelligence and IOT are inseparable

We’ve been thinking about the Internet of Things all wrong.<p>Big data analytics for IOT software revenues will experience strong growth, reaching $81 billion by 2022 says Strategy Analytics<br>• Smart Cities will use 1.6 billion connected things in 2016 says Gartner<br>• By 2025 IOT will be a $1.6 trillion …

Artificial Intelligence