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For Warehouse Workers, Technology Starts to Look More Like Home

Smartphones, apps and even emojis are finding their way to logistics operations as companies look to lure workers raised on mobile tech<p>By<p>Erica E. Phillips<p>Erica E. Phillips<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@eephillips_wsj<p>Erica.Phillips@wsj.com<p>PERRIS, Calif.—When Bert Hooper brings on new workers at …

Mobile Technology

Atlanta projected to spend at least $2.6 million on ransomware recovery

The ransom was never paid, the city confirms. The payment portal was pulled offline by the attacker.<p>Atlanta is setting aside more than $2.6 million …

Ransomware

To beat porch thieves, Amazon slips packages in car trunks

(Reuters) - Not content to stop at slipping packages inside customers' front doors, Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) on Tuesday started a new program to deliver packages to its members' parked cars.<p>The world's largest online retailer is rolling the program out in 37 U.S. cities for customers with newer …

Smart Homes

Walmart's New Mobile POS Tech is Making Spring Easier

Walmart is testing a new mobile point of sale (POS) program called Check Out With Me in the Lawn & Garden Centers of more than 350 Walmart stores …

eCommerce

Walmart Is Getting Suppliers to Put Food on the Blockchain

Walmart Inc. is getting suppliers to put food on the blockchain to help reduce waste, better manage contamination cases and improve transparency.<p>The …

Blockchain

IDC'S TECHNOLOGY & TRENDS MAGAZINE - WEEK OF 4/20

IDC'S TECHNOLOGY & TRENDS MAGAZINE - WEEK OF 4/20/18<p>By Stephen Clifford | A Review of the Week's Events Impacting Consumer and Enterprise …

Worldwide ICT Spending Including New Tech Expected to Exceed $5.6 Trillion in 2021, According to New IDC Black Book

Worldwide information and communications technology (ICT) spending is expected to exceed $5.6 trillion in 2021 with growth accelerating through the …

Internet of Things

The New Paradigm for IT Business and Financial Metrics: Enabling Next-Generation IT

This IDC Presentation addresses the growing recognition that IT needs a new way of structuring and addressing the connection between IT and the …

Digital Transformation

Comcast partners with Independence Health to create digital health company

Companies say the cross-sector partnership will create open source platform that it hopes other tech companies will use to innovate.

Digital Health

IDC TechBrief: Visibility Solutions for the Retail Enterprise

This IDC TechBrief describes visibility platforms for experiential retail. Visibility is being enabled in experiential retail to connect the dots …

Customer Experience

IDC Perspective: A Vertical View of the IoT Platform and Solution Market

This IDC Perspective provides a vertical view of the IoT platforms and solutions market."Increasingly, IDC sees IoT buyers looking to partner with …

Internet of Things

IDC MaturityScape: Digitally Enabled Thinking Supply Chain 1.0

This IDC study describes the IDC MaturityScape for digitally enabled thinking supply chain. It provides a framework for executive leadership, IT, and …

Manufacturing

Lessons Learned from 20 Mobile Application Deployments

This IDC Perspective provides feedback from Fortune 1000 organizations on the key lessons learned through deploying their mobile applications. …

Mobile

Robots Continue Attempting to Master Ikea Furniture Assembly

These robots are slow, careful, and successful, making them way better than humans at assembling an Ikea chair Image: NTUApparently, one of the …

Robotics

Exclusive: Facebook to put 1.5 billion users out of reach of new EU privacy law

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - If a new European law restricting what companies can do with people's online data went into effect tomorrow, almost 1.9 billion Facebook Inc users around the world would be protected by it. The online social network is making changes that ensure the number will be much …

Privacy

Target Continues to Expand Its Fulfillment Options

Following successful pilots, Target is scaling curbside pickup and same-day home delivery of in-store purchases. Learn the details of the retailer’s …

eCommerce

Amazon is quietly rolling out its own Geek Squad to set up gadgets in your home

The new service is aimed at educating customers about “the smart home” — and, naturally, about Alexa.<p>For 15 years, Best Buy’s Geek Squad installation and repair service has served as one key advantage over Amazon that the e-commerce giant seemed unlikely to match.<p>But over the last few months, …

eCommerce

Amazon reveals Prime number for the first time: 100M members globally and counting

Amazon’s fast-shipping Prime program has more than 100 million members worldwide, the company said this afternoon, revealing the figure for the first …

eCommerce

Alibaba confirms self-driving car tests, joining Baidu and Tencent in China’s autonomous car race

The autonomous driving market in China now has a major new player after Alibaba Group confirmed it has been conducting self-driving vehicle …

China

Data firm leaks 48 million user profiles it scraped from Facebook, LinkedIn, others

Exclusive: Profile data was scraped without user consent or knowledge to "build a three-dimensional picture" on millions of people.<p><i>Video: Scraped and</i> …

Security

Home Depot is launching its biggest tech hiring spree ever to protect its lead over Amazon

The home improvement retailer will add more than 1,000 technology hires this year.<p>With a stock price that has increased 135 percent over the last five years, Home Depot remains one of the few giant brick-and-mortar retailers to find success in the age of Amazon.<p>Now, the $200 billion home …

Home Depot

SAP Puts Bullseye On Salesforce.com, Launches Plan To Become #1 In CRM

<i>(Note: After an award-winning career in the media business covering the tech industry, Bob Evans was VP of Strategic Communications at SAP in 2011, and Chief Communications Officer at Oracle from 2012 to 2016. He now runs his own firm, Evans Strategic Communications LLC.)</i><p>CLOUD WARS — Betting it can …

CRM

Amazon has shelved a plan to sell drugs to hospitals, and insiders say there are two reasons why

Amazon Business, which sells bulk items to business customers, has shelved its plan to sell and distribute pharmaceutical products after considering …

Health Care

SAP Sheds Light on Their Connected Assets Strategy at SAP-Centric EAM and SCM

During the week of March 26, 2018, more than 1,000 customers, partners, media, and industry analysts attended SAP Centric in Austin, Texas, to show …

SCM

BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network

Consultation next month following plan to shift Brits over to VoIPBT is forging ahead with plans to shut its traditional telephone network in …

Net Neutrality

A.I. Researchers Are Making More Than $1 Million, Even at a Nonprofit

SAN FRANCISCO — One of the poorest-kept secrets in Silicon Valley has been the huge salaries and bonuses that experts in artificial intelligence can command. Now, a little-noticed tax filing by a research lab called OpenAI has made some of those eye-popping figures public.<p>OpenAI paid its top …

Artificial Intelligence

NBA Video-Game League to Stream Exclusively on Amazon's Twitch

The National Basketball Association’s new professional video-game league signed a multiyear broadcast contract with Twitch, the streaming service …

Basketball

Tesla and Waymo are taking wildly different paths to creating self-driving cars

Autonomous cars won’t happen without tons of data, but Tesla and Waymo have a big head start<p>There’s a race happening right now that stretches from Silicon Valley to Detroit and back: who can make a self-driving car that behaves better than a human driver? It’s a far harder task than it sounded even …

Autonomous Cars

Japanese companies see big things in small-scale industrial robots

TOKYO (Reuters) - A two-armed robot in a Japanese factory carefully stacks rice balls in a box, which a worker carries off for shipment to convenience stores. At another food-packaging plant, a robot shakes pepper and powdered cheese over pasta that a person has just arranged in a container.<p>In a …

Robotics

Exclusive: Chat is Google’s next big fix for Android’s messaging mess

How the successor to SMS will take on iMessage<p>A top-tier Android phone can cost upwards of a thousand dollars, and for that money, you’ll get some amazing features. It will have a stellar screen, top-flight camera, gobs of storage, and an absolutely atrocious texting experience.<p>It’s a problem. In …

Android News