p Microsoft is doubling down on the cloud, using its BUILD 2017 developer event to hammer home the idea that in a mobile- and cloud-first world, data crunching comes first.Hopes of new Surface hardware were dashed at day one of the annual conference, with the software behemoth instead focusing on Cortana, Artificial Intelligence, the IoT, and how best to organize the cloud when the levels of data being generated are growing exponentially.The day one keynote kicked off with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announcing that there are now 500 million active Windows 10 devices being seen every month.The milestone comes as Office 365 sees 100m monthly active commercial users; 90-percent of the Fortune 500, Microsoft says, now runs on the company’s cloud.The traditional paradigm of cloud computing, Nadella points out, has been data getting shuttled from wherever it’s created – be that a factory floor, your car or home, or a hospital or farm – up into a centralized server somewhere.Microsoft’s next phase, though, is a more intelligent cloud, recognizing that often the data wants to stay where it’s created.
p Virtual reality and augmented reality are still in their infancy./p p Despite this forward movement, there are signs that not all is well in the world of make-believe./p p Today, the Brabant Development Agency (BOM) has released a survey that reveals a wide discrepancy between developers’ revenue ambitions and their financing needs.In order to raise this level of investment, companies typically need to have the ambition to achieve at least $10 million in revenue within five years.However, the average developer in the survey expects their firm to generate “only” $1.3 million./p p “When the financials are not compelling enough, developers will have to show other reasons why investors should invest in them,” Coen Sanderink, business developer at BOM, told VentureBeat.
p Microsoft wants Windows 10 PCs to work as smart home hubs, according to a new report.The software giant reportedly is working on a "HomeHub" feature for Windows 10 that will let PCs interact with and control smart home devices, as well as let families share access to calendars and apps, according to The Verge.Microsoft is "tentatively planning" to support popular smart home vendors Philips Hue, Nest, Insteon, Wink and Samsung's SmartThings, the publication said.Users reportedly will be able to make voice commands using Microsoft's Cortana voice assistant, and The Verge said Microsoft has been working with PC makers like HP and Lenovo to create computers for the holidays that support the new home feature.Another big change will be " a new welcome screen that includes an 'always on' digital corkboard to let families use to-do lists, calendars and notes," The Verge said.It added that the welcome screen is designed for "kitchen PCs" (do people commonly have PCs specifically for their kitchens?
p CMI:n perustaja Martti Ahtisaari haluaa luopua CMI:n hallituksen puheenjohtajuudesta ensi syksynä.Puheenjohtajuudesta luopuminen jättää Ahtisaarelle nykyistä enemmän aikaa keskittyä CMI:n rauhantyön tukemiseen neuvonantajana ja asiantuntijana.Ahtisaari esittää seuraajakseen puheenjohtajana Suomen entistä pääministeriä Alexander Stubbia.Presidentti Ahtisaari perusti CMI:n vuonna 2000.Hän on siitä lähtien eli 17 vuotta toiminut hallituksen puheenjohtajana.Näin Ahtisaari pystyy tukemaan uutta puheenjohtajaa siirtymäkauden aikana, ja CMI turvaa toimintansa tulevaisuuden mahdollisimman hyvin.
p HandBrake’s developers are warning Mac users about a possible malware infection after downloading the popular video transcoding app.The dev team spotted the issue Saturday, and note users who downloaded the app between 14:30 (UTC) on May 2 and 11:00 (UTC) on My 6 have a 50/50 chance of infection.The malware is a variant of OSX.PROTON, a remote access tool (RAT) sold on cybercrime forums all over the web.The RAT has the typical feature set of other RAT programs, including keylogging, remote access (including root access), the ability to grab screen shots, steal files, or execute shell commands.To obtain admin privileges, it needs your password, which many unknowing downloaders provided under the guise of downloading additional video codecs.Fortunately, it’s relatively easy to spot.
p /p p If you want to see the color drain from somebody's face, ask them how much money they make — it's one of the great taboos of/p p At the marketing analytics company SumAll, however, the question will be seen more as a matter of inefficiency: Why can't you just/p p Since it was founded five years ago by tech entrepreneur Dane Atkinson, SumAll has made it company-wide policy to publish
p has created a mock Hollywood style film trailer as part of its marketing efforts to promote its upcoming summer of sport.The 'Fuel Your Summer' spot promotes Eurosport’s broad portfolio of sports across cycling, tennis, athletics, swimming, football and motor racing.The promo stars athletes who will feature in its coverage over the coming months including tennis champion Roger Federer as ‘the Artist’, Tom Kristensen as ‘Mr Le Mans’, Eric Cantona as the ‘Godfather’ and the fastest man in the world – ‘The Man of Speed’ - Usain Bolt.The thriller starring some of the biggest names in the world of sport, only on Eurosport!— Eurosport (@Eurosport) May 8, 2017The spot uses an array of typography, borrowing from genres including westerns, horror films and action films to compare the upcoming sporting events to films such as Indiana Jones, Back to the Future and the Terminator.
p Mom is the best.Whether she’s the mother of your children or the one who raised you, she’s been there through it all—the good, the bad, and the snotty—and for that, we celebrate her.We’ve put together a list of gifts so you don’t have to show up empty-handed this Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 14th.Maybe she’s all about the latest gadgets; maybe she still calls you for basic tech support (“How do you turn this dang thing on?”).Either way, we’ve got you.Just don’t forget the handwritten card telling her you love her.
/p p So it was with pleasure yesterday that I heard Ryan Graciano, Credit Karma‘s chief technology officer, tell me, “The term ‘AI’ is definitely extreme on the hype factor.And that I’d say is deserving of a lot of hype.” /p p Graciano and I were onstage at Collision in New Orleans, discussing the ways Credit Karma uses big data and ANI to do something very well: namely, provide free credit scores to more than 60 million people while amassing a data set that provides insight into roughly one-fifth of America’s household debt.Graciano sees the consumer trust earned by his company as a competitive advantage./p p For AI coverage, send news tips to Khari Johnson and guest post submissions to John Brandon.Please enjoy this video from Collision, “Using big data to inspire consumer confidence.” /p p /p p /p p Bonsai raises $7.6 million to help companies build their own AI /p p AI startup Bonsai has raised $7.6 million to grow its platform that simplifies open source machine learning library TensorFlow to help businesses construct their own artificial intelligence models and incorporate AI into their business.Bonsai also announced today the opening of an early access program to build and deploy AI models with the Bonsai platform.
p Google will pay €306m (£259m) to settle a tax dispute in Italy and end a criminal investigation into whether it avoided paying the full amount on its revenues in the country for more than a decade.The agreement resolves a series of disputes including a criminal probe that saw police accuse Google of booking around €1bn of revenues from Italy in Ireland between 2009 and 2013.The sum, announced on Thursday, also closes other disputes dating between 2002 and 2015.The company said the agreement is in addition to taxes already paid in Italy over the period.The payment that Italy has secured is significantly higher than the £130m that Google agreed to pay the Treasury last year for a decade of underpaid taxes, and is the latest crackdown from Europe.George Osborne, the chancellor at the time, was criticised for letting Google off easy.
p Qubes is once again regretting how long it's taken to abandon Xen's PV hypervisor, disclosing another three bugs including host escape vulnerabilities.The most serious bugs are in PV (paravirtualization) memory handling, XSA-213 and XSA-214.“An attacker who exploits either of these bugs can break Qubes-provided isolation.in a Web browser or networking or USB stack, then the attacker would be able to compromise a whole Qubes system” Qubes says in this note.The bug in XSA-213 only affects 64 bit x86 systems and relates to how root and user mode page tables are handled by 64-bit PV guests.“If such an IRET hypercall is placed in the middle of a multicall batch, subsequent operations invoked by the same multicall batch may wrongly assume the guest to still be in kernel mode”, Xen explains, with the result that the guest could get writable access to the wrong root page table.
p Potato chips and fizzy water aren't going to do it when you have hungry and thirsty Jedi Masters, Wookiees, Sith Lords, Jawas, Imperial stormtroopers and bounty hunters hanging around.Here's some inspiration for May the 4th munchies that will keep you and your guests from turning into ravenous rancor monsters.These French confections are strong with the Force (and buttercream), thanks to cookie blog Semi Sweet Designs.Update, May 2, 2017:Added new Star Wars treats.The Great Pit of Carkoon is also known as the Sarlacc Pit that gobbled up bounty hunter Boba Fett, but this less scary Great Pit of Carkoon Bundt Cake (video) from YouTuber Jennifer Landa is made with yummy yellow cake mix, a bundt cake pan, gingersnap cookies, white frosting, slivered almonds, gummy worms, toothpicks, semi-sweet chocolate chips, strawberries, food coloring and a spatula.Bake your bundt cake as directed, then the fun begins with decorating.
In addition to our Sunday App of the Week feature, we also summarize some of our favorite B2B sales & marketing posts from around the Web each week.We’ll miss a ton of great stuff, so if you found something you think is worth sharing please add it to the comments below.In the meantime, here are some B2B Reads we love:How Empathy Will Grow Your Sales and Marketing PipelineIt’s becoming harder to connect with your customers.Less, But Better: 4 Practical Ways to Create Enough Engaging Content
China’s largest fixed-line telecommunications operator China Telecom on Thursday reported a 4.5 per cent jump in net profit thanks to a steady increase in the number of 4G users and a rise in mobile service revenues.The company’s net profit jumped to 5.35 billion yuan (US$775 million) for the first quarter of the year, compared to 5.12 billion yuan in the same period last year.China Telecom’s mobile subscribers grew 3 per cent to 222 million in the first quarter, of which over 62 per cent are 4G subscribers.Operating revenue for the telecom provider grew 5.8 per cent year on year to 91.43 billion yuan.China’s telecommunications operators are expected to feel the squeeze on revenues this year after the Chinese government called for a reduction in tariffs.In March, Premier Li Keqiang’s call for the telecommunications sector to “raise speed, drop prices” by removing domestic roaming fees and levelling out local and long-distance domestic call charges.
Over a week has passed since Star Wars Celebration, but some of the super cool happenings are still coming to light.This story of a young Jyn Erso, for example, as well as this video of John Boyega sneaking up and surprising fans.The video was done for Force for Change, a worthy charity that’s giving away some really great prizes.But more than that, seeing the pure joy (or terror) on the faces of those fans is why Star Wars is so popular.So few things touch people on such a personal level and you can truly tell that the quick moments each of these fans shared with Boyega, who was running around Celebration like a mad man, meant the world to these people.What do I mean about Boyega running around like a mad man?
Amazon Prime is closing in on Costco, as membership numbers soar.There are now roughly 80 million Amazon Prime members in the US, as of March 2017, according Consumer Intelligence Research Partners estimates.That's a 37.9% increase from the 58 million members Amazon had at this time last year.Costco, meanwhile, reported in March that it had 88.1 million total card holding members.For a long time, analysts argued Costco was "Amazon-proof."In December 2015, Deutsche Bank's Paul Trussell wrote in a note to investors that Costco would remain unaffected by the e-commerce giant due in part to the budget retailer's membership model.
Verizon has announced the launch of a new Unlimited Plan for its prepaid customers.This builds upon the company’s recent launch of an Unlimited plan for post-paid customers; through it, Verizon prepaid subscribers receive unlimited data, text and minutes.The service isn’t without fine print, however, and those contemplating a transition to this new prepaid plan should read carefully before signing up.The new Verizon Unlimited Prepaid plan cost $80/month and supports unlimited talk to numbers in Canada and Mexico.Prepaid services offer some benefits over post-paid plans, primarily the lack of a credit check — and therefore a minimum credit requirement — to get service.This prevents subscribers from sharing their phone’s data connection with other devices and from using their phone as a broadband modem for a laptop or desktop.
Chinese company’s dual-camera phone — Ulefone Gemini — will be soon getting a beta version of Android 7.0 Nougat, meaning the stable build isn’t too far away; let’s learn more about it!The Ulefone Gemini has been launched back in mid February with a full metal body, 13MP main camera and 5MP secondary one.The phone is powered by a MediaTek 6737T CPU clocked at 1.5GHz, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.There’s also a front-facing fingerprint scanner a gyroscope and a 3250mAh capacity battery.Ulefone have promised to update the Gemini to Android Nougat in a few months, now they’re still working on fixing various bugs but they plan on releasing a beta build in about a month.Ulefone also promised the Gemini will be faster and have better camera performance with the new OS, really exciting news for Gemini’s owners.Join GizChina on TelegramCurrently Ulefone are running a promotion where the Ulefone Gemini is on sale for $120.99 with a free phone stand, case and tempered glass screen protector.At the same time the Ulefone Power 2 with its massive 6050mAh battery is sold for $169.99, the Armor 2 for $147.19 and the Ulefone Tiger — a 5.5-inch phone with 4200mAh battery — will set you back $85.99.Head over to their AliExpress store to check out all the deals.