All posts on September, 2017


Informatica brings AI to GDPR compliance, data governance

Companies that are scrambling to comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) have a new tool to consider: Informatica’s Compliance Data Lake, unveiled this week at the Strata Data Conference in New York.

With the new software, Informatica is bringing machine learning to bear on compliance issues, aiming to give enterprises a comprehensive view of compliance-related data stored not only in geographically dispersed databases but also in email, social media, instant messages, financial transactions and other non-traditional sources.

The idea is to provide more accurate compliance analytics and reporting to ensure and prove adherence to critical regulations like the GDPR.

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Perovskite solar cells reach record long-term stability, efficiency over 20 percent

Scientists have greatly improved the operational stability of perovskite solar cells by introducing cuprous thiocyanate protected by a thin layer of reduced graphene oxide. Devices lost less than 5 percent performance when subjected to a crucial accelerated aging test during which they were exposed for more than 1,000 hours to full sunlight at 60°C.

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Twitter to Test Drive Double-Wide Tweets

Twitter has announced a limited test to double the maximum tweet size to 280 characters. Twitter has been struggling to boost user engagement, and its tweet character limitation has been the subject of a longstanding debate among customers and company insiders. One reason for the possible change is to correct for the information imbalance between Asian and western language characters.

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A notch too far: The unfortunate irony of the bezel-less phone

Let me just start by apologizing for daring to criticize something that’s clearly both magical and revolutionary.

I know, I know: With its snazzy new iPhone X, Apple just “innovated” the bezel-less smartphone. (It also “innovated” wireless charging — er, sorry, AirPower — along with fast charging, high-quality OLED displays, and gesture-based controls, among other things. But we’ll focus on the bezels for now.) And hey, I’m certainly not one to get in the way of a good buzzword. 

While this column is ostensibly about Android, though, there’s no denying that Apple’s take on the design trend du jour is bound to have an impact on all parts of the mobile spectrum. With a variety of low-bezel phones already available in the Android ecosystem and plenty more certain to appear in the months ahead, Apple’s approach to the concept is likely to become relevant to us all at some level — whether directly or indirectly.

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Zoho Cliq is the latest group chat tool to rival Slack and Microsoft Teams

Zoho has unveiled the latest challenger to Slack and Microsoft Teams with the launch of Cliq — a team messaging tool that integrates into its range of business apps.

The core features found in Cliq will, for the most part, be familiar to users of established workplace collaboration tools, with group chat, file-sharing, video and voice call functionality. Separate channels can be set up for discussions with individual teams or around specific projects.

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Pre-Order the New Echo, Echo Plus, or Fire TV Here – Deal Alert

The 2nd generation Echo costs just $99, and has a 2.5” downward-firing woofer and 0.6” tweeter powered by Dolby to deliver crisp vocals and dynamic bass throughout the room. You can play music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more. With Amazon Music, you can search by lyrics, time-period, or let Alexa pick the music for you. You can also listen to audiobooks from Audible, podcasts, radio stations or news briefs. Make calls, set alarms and timers, ask questions, check your calendar, weather, traffic, and sports scores, manage to-do and shopping lists, control smart home devices, and more. Multiple Echo devices around your house work together — ask Alexa to play your favorite music on all Echo’s, or different styles in different rooms. The new Echo won’t ship until October 31, but if you order now and select 2-day shipping, you’ll have it on your doorstep the day it’s released. See it on Amazon here.

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What Apple’s new push into AR means for your business

I clicked on a 3D desk and placed it into my real office. The colors were not quite right, so I tried a different one. Eventually, everything looked perfect.

I was using the new IKEA Place app running on an iPhone 8 Plus. The phones use a new A11 Bionic processor that is powerful enough to handle the real-time 3D graphics overlays on top of a real-time photo, and it works remarkably well for imaging an office layout.

As is usually the case for me, I started thinking about how augmented reality (AR) on the iPhone could be used in other ways. The phone is fast and popular — it’s a massive footprint. (Apple will likely sell many millions of iPhone 8 and 8 Plus phones in the next few months.) AR is catching on finally, mostly with people who want the tech to work smoothly and without any goggles, add-ons or fuss.

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