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Sennheiser HD 650 headphones are $180 off, and the week's best deals in tech

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5 Alexa skills to try this week

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A lot of Alexa skills available today were made especially to keep you healthy. WebMD can help you diagnose an illness, Track by Nutritionix can monitor your diet, and the American Heart Association‘s skill can tell you what to do if you’re having a heart attack. Here’s a few more health-related skills drawn from Trending and New Skills categories in the Alexa Skills Marketplace. In recent Alexa news, Alexa can now make orders with two-hour delivery service Amazon Prime Now, and a government trial program was announced this week to use intelligent assistants like Alexa to connect citizens with services and businesses with data. New to the Alexa Skills Marketplace, the Dr. A.I. skill listens to the symptoms you have like fever, rash, or headache, and asks for a description or details. Then the …

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NYC Sanitation Department miraculously reunites woman with lost wedding ring

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MANHATTAN (WABC) — A Manhattan woman learned a valuable lesson about being careful with her wedding ring. She threw it away by mistake, but thanks to the New York City Sanitation Department she got it back. “I kind of felt really helpless,” said Shannon Lombardo, lost ring. A symbol of the pledge they made for eternity literally went out with the trash when Shannon accidentally threw her wedding ring and band away. “I had just cleaned them and I had them in a paper towel. I think I got distracted with the kids, it’s hard to figure out, and I think I just crumpled it up, and I didn’t feel the weight of them and I threw them out,” Shannon …

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Amazon will start collecting sales tax nationwide starting April 1st

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Amazon is using the Nintendo Switch as the latest piece of bait for Prime memberships

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Self-driving car expert and Project Cars exec to speak at GamesBeat Summit

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Our newest speakers for our upcoming GamesBeat Summit event are Ted Chong, chief commercial officer at Project Cars maker Slightly Mad Studios, and Laszlo Kishonti, CEO of self-driving car software maker AImotive. You could call them the odd couple at our GamesBeat Summit 2017: How games, sci-fi, and tech create real-world magic. GamesBeat Summit 2017 will take place on May 1 and May 2, 2017, at the historic Claremont resort hotel in Berkeley, Calif., just a short distance from San Francisco. You can secure your seat here. Register today and receive 20 percent off current ticket prices. Use the code Deantak. Above: Laszlo Kishonti, CEO of AImotive, shows off the company’s test car in Mountain View, Calif. Image Credit: Dean Takahashi Chong has been at …

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Walmart wants to help you watch your old DVDs and Blu-Rays online in HD

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Get out your old DVDs and Blu-Rays that are gathering dust at home. Walmart said Thursday that people can now use its Vudu app to convert their existing DVDs and Blu-Rays into digital movies that they can watch online. Vudu is Walmart’s video streaming service that it bought in 2010 for a reported $100 million. Unlike other online streaming services like Netflix or Amazon Prime, Vudo customers pay no monthly subscription fee, but can instead rent or buy individual titles to watch online. In order to convert disks into digital, Vudo users scan the barcodes on the DVD or Blue-Ray boxes with the Vudo apps, and then choose whether to convert the disks into standard or high-quality streaming files. A …

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Moto G5 Plus review: a new value champion

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Watch Amazon’s Prime Air drone make its first demo delivery in the US

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Alcatel A30 and Moto G5 Plus are the newest ad subsidized Amazon Prime exclusive phones

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Twitter is being unbundled before our eyes

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Thinfilm’s tiny printed NFC labels enable brands to connect with consumers via smart packaging

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Norwegian tech firm Thinfilm figured out a way to print tiny electronics chips on plastic surfaces, creating tiny smart labels to put on the Internet of things, or smart and connected everyday objects. While others are making extremely powerful chips, Thinfilm is going wide. It is adding a little bit of intelligence to a lot of things. When I last caught up with Thinfilm’s people (whose formal name is Thin Film Electronics, traded on the Norwegian Stock Exchange), they were working on a different product. They had a super-thin, rewritable printed memory, which was a storage product that was printed onto a flexible plastic surface. The company licensed this technology to Xerox, which began printing the memory devices in a …

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Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak joins $9.5 million investment into ‘robotic digitization’ startup Ripcord

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A new so-called “robotic digitization” company launches to the public today with funding from some notable backers. Tapping robotics, machine vision, and artificial intelligence, Ripcord is striving to create what it calls the “truly paperless workplace,” and today it announced its formal launch alongside $9.5 million in funding from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), with participation from Apple cofounder Steve Woniak, Lux Capital, and Legend Star. Based in Hayward, California, Ripcord’s machines scan, index, and categorize paper records to make them searchable through companies’ existing systems via the cloud. To initiate the process, companies pack their records into boxes and affix with barcoded labels that contain metadata that’s permanently associated with the records through their transportation into digital form. Upon receipt, Ripcord unboxes the files and passes …

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Spreadshirt Spotlight: Illustrative Art is Alive & Well

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The secret success from one of Spreadshirt’s designers, Mudge Studios BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 23, 2017– Spreadshirt, the e-commerce platform for spreading ideas on something tangible, proudly highlights designer Mudge Studios in their ongoing recognition series that showcases the best and brightest from their global creators. As a talented and successful designer with exceptional illustration skills, Mudge Studios will inspire other creative designers to share their ideas with a global audience via a Spreadshirt hosted shop or through Spreadshirt marketplaces. The artistic genius behind “Mudge Studios” is U.S. based illustrator, Allen Mudgett. Just like the other 70,000 plus creators on the Spreadshirt platform, he enjoys the ease of selling in both his own shop and in the marketplace channel. The publishing process is …

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Plarium and Fox Interactive debut Rio: Match-3 Party mobile game

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Plarium and Fox Interactive are launching new mobile game, Rio: Match-3 Party, for Android and iOS devices. The title combines match-3 puzzle mechanics with the animated bird cartoon world of Rio. Plarium has more than 250 million registered users, and it hopes to add more with the release of the Rio game. Players will explore the jungles of the Amazon and the streets of Rio de Janeiro as they help Blu, Jewel, Nico, Pedro, and the rest of the Rio gang throw the parties in Brazil has ever seen. The title includes 15 hours of fully-voiced interactive character dialogue including Jesse Eisenberg returning as Blu. “Rio combines the signature AAA production values and depth of Plarium’s flagship mobile titles with …

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JC Penney store closings latest sign that ecommerce may finally be devastating brick-and-mortar retail

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This week J.C. Penney released details of its plans to shutter 138 stores out of 1,014 locations, and to cut 5,000 retail jobs. That is part of the ongoing reinvention of a company that seemed to be on the verge of collapse just a few years ago. The company says physical stores remain vital to its business, allowing it to let customers order online and pickup at a store. But what’s clear is that the company, now profitable again, is going to make to with a let less physical locations. And J.C. Penney is not alone. Despite the success of a company like Apple in retail, or the experimental stores of Amazon, the fact remains that physical retail in the …

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The latest data centre developments set to transform the industry

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On a recent visit to Schneider Electric‘s global Innovation and R&D centre in St Louis, Missouri, The Stack heard from Victor Avelar who works as Director and Senior Research Analyst at the company’s Data Centre Science Centre. From innovations in power and cooling to the introduction of AI and analytics, the expert discussed the emerging IT trends that will define the modern data centre. Below, he provides a summary of his current areas of research. Role of the micro data centre Beyond its potential for edge computing, Avelar considers a future data centre model which would see businesses deploy a series of micro data centres in aggregate to form a distributed IT estate, delivering the equivalent capacity of a single …

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Floyd is a startup betting the world needs Heroku for deep learning

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A startup called Floyd has developed a cloud service for deep learning, a trendy type of artificial intelligence that entails training artificial neural networks on data and then getting them to make inferences about new data. Yesterday Floyd’s founders talked about their product onstage at Silicon Valley accelerator Y Combinator’s demo day. Floyd is seeking to build out a marketplace rich with data sets and algorithms. But at its core, it’s a managed service for training neural networks and then running machine-learned models on an ongoing basis. In that sense, it competes with existing machine learning services from public clouds like Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and of course the market-leading Amazon Web Services (AWS), on which Floyd is itself …

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It’s time to ditch your innovation lab

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A half decade into Corporate America’s love affair with innovation, it’s time to admit it’s not working. Innovation labs have become vehicles for marketing, not innovation. Dubbed “hipster money pits,” labs can torpedo morale (only the cool kids get to take part) and sap resources. No wonder Nordstrom downsized its innovation lab two years ago. Ad agency Ogilvy closed Ogilvy Labs last summer. Many others have abandoned theirs, too: Microsoft’s Silicon Valley Research Lab (shut down in 2014), Disney’s research lab (shut down in 2016), Turner’s Media Camp (shut down in 2014), Coca-Cola’s Founders Initiative (shut down in 2016), The New York Times’ R&D Ventures (shut down in 2013), and Adecco’s Ignite Lab (shut down in 2016). Why? Let’s start with the name. A lab is a …

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The Best iPhone Screen Protectors

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A glass screen protector can’t guarantee that you won’t break your iPhone’s screen. But it can prevent the screen from getting scratched, and scratches can affect glass’s structural integrity and make cracks more likely. Glass is more protective than film, and it comes closer to the look and feel of the iPhone’s own display. We found Yootech’s Tempered Glass Screen Protector for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to be just as good as TechMatte’s amFilm. Like the amFilm, it comes in a package of two, and everything about it is so similar that we suspect they may be made on the same production line—though when it comes to fitting larger phones, the Yootech offering is only for the 7 …

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Samsung’s Bixby Hopes the World Needs Another Voice Assistant

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Details about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 are leaking so heavily they’re causing water damage. The latest spy shots suggest the curvy flagship phones do away with the home button on the front. But the new phones won’t be entirely touchscreen-operated. This week, Samsung announced there will be a dedicated button for summoning Bixby, the company’s brand-new voice assistant. Bixby represents a major reboot for S Voice, the voice assistant you probably forgot Samsung already has. Introduced in 2012 with the Galaxy S III, S Voice was largely a “me-too” voice platform that launched the year after Siri. It wasn’t terrible, it just didn’t distinguish itself. But Bixby will (eventually) feature advanced AI that could leapfrog Alexa, Google Assistant, and …

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Sears has “substantial doubt” about its future

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Sears, once the monolith of American retail, says that there is “substantial doubt” that it will be able to keep its doors open. Company shares, which hit an all-time low last month, tumbled more than 12 percent Wednesday. Sears has been a member of the retail dead pool for years, but until this week the company had not openly acknowledged its tenuous existence, said Ken Perkins, who heads the research firm Retail Metrics LLC. Sears has long maintained that by balancing the sale of key assets while at the same time enticing customers with loyalty programs, it would eventually turn the corner. Yet industry analysts have placed the staggering sums of money that Sears is losing beside the limited number …

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How Chinese smartphone maker Huawei plans to crack the U.S.

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Five years ago, Chinese telecommunications equipment giant Huawei sold barely 1% of mobile phones worldwide. It has since grown quickly, becoming the third-largest seller for the past two years. And it reached that level while being almost entirely shut out of the U.S. market. That’s not for a lack of trying. An initial strategy of cozying up to Google flopped and a more recent attempt based on selling unlocked phones via online retailers did little to move the needle. Now Huawei is facing up to one of the big realities of the U.S. phone market: most phone sales still go through the carriers. As first reported by the web site The Information, Huawei is trying to work out a deal …

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Intel’s Bold Plan to Reinvent Computer Memory (and Keep It a Secret)

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Intel just unleashed a new kind of computer memory it believes will fundamentally change the way the world builds computers. But it won’t tell the world what’s inside. The company calls this new creation 3D XPoint—pronounced “three-dee cross-point”—and this week, after touting the stuff for a year-and-a-half, Intel finally pushed it into the market. You can think of the new technology as a computer building block that can serve more than one purpose—a single thing that can replace several others. But the new tech also serves as a way for Intel to shift multiple markets in its favor. That’s probably why it won’t say what the memory is actually made of. Certainly, Intel doesn’t want others duplicating the technology, which …

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Who has the power to stop massive, IoT-fuelled botnet attacks? All of us

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Jeff Finn, CEO of zvelo, asks whether there are enough incentives for consumers to be concerned about the security of their IoT devices… For customers purchasing Internet of Things (IoT) devices – a group that either includes or will include just about every one of us soon enough – it’s easy to get excited about the idea of smart light bulbs, speakers, thermostats, power outlets, and a host of other convenient, connected hardware the market offers. The chief selling point of most IoT devices is their functionality and simplicity, enabling us to control or track everything in our lives with our voices or our phones. Affordability is also a key driver of sales for many of these connected gadgets, which …

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Femtech startup Elvie raises $6 million for its kegel tracker

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Pelvic floor muscles aren’t the “sexiest” part of a woman’s intimacy, but they are crucial to her sexual health and well-being. Kegel exercises, which help maintain these muscles, aren’t new, but Elvie found a way to make them slightly more amusing by developing a kegel tracker connected wirelessly to an app. The London-based startup announced today that is has raised an additional $6 million in funding. Pelvic floor problems, such as urinary incontinence, can occur when the pelvic floor muscles are stretched, weakened, or too tight. Although women can experience this at an early age, it’s usually more common after certain life stages such as pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause. “When healthy and toned, the pelvic floor is vital as it …

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Now you can easily save web articles to your Kindle on iOS

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Now you can easily save web articles to your Kindle on iOS – The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem(‘chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c’) === ‘yes’) { d.documentElement.className += ‘ fonts-loaded’; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = [“https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css”]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = ‘all’; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host=”https://volume.vox-cdn.com”;var Chorus=Chorus||{};Chorus.windowLoaded=!1,Chorus.AddScript=function(o,n){var t=document.createElement(“script”);t.async=!0,t.type=”text/javascript”,t.src=o,”function”==typeof n&&(t.onload=n);var e=document.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0];return e.parentNode.insertBefore(t,e),t},Chorus.ready=function(o){“loading”!=document.readyState?o():document.addEventListener?document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”,o):document.attachEvent(“onreadystatechange”,function(){“loading”!=document.readyState&&o()})},Chorus.OnLoad=function(o){if(Chorus.windowLoaded=!0)return void o();var n=window.onload;”function”!=typeof window.onload?window.onload=o:window.onload=function(){n(),o()}},Chorus.OnLoad(function(){Chorus.windowLoaded=!0}); dataLayer = [{“Network”:”theverge”,”Community”:”theverge”,”GA Primary ID”:”UA-26533115-1″,”GA CrossDomains”:”theverge.com”,”Content ID”:”14782691″,”Entry Groups”:”front-page:apple:tech:amazon”,”Author”:”Rich McCormick”,”Last Time Updated”:”2017-03-22 00:43″,”Hour of Update”:”00″,”Publish Date”:”2017-03-22 00:41″,”Hour of Publish”:”00″,”Demand Post”:”no”,”All Chorus Categories”:”theverge:theverge:front-page:apple:tech:amazon”,”Content Type”:”article”,”chartbeat_domain”:”theverge.com”,”chartbeat_zone”:”172968584/verge”,”chartbeat_authors”:”Rich McCormick”,”Logged in Status”:”Logged Out”,”Day of Week”:”wednesday”,”Hour of Day”:”00″}]; window._umbel = window._umbel || []; (function() { var d = new Date(); d.setDate(d.getDate() + …

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4 fixes for Amazon Alexa’s most common problems

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Amazon’s Echo products — including Echo, Tap, and Dot — are impressive, to say the least. There’s just something amazing about being able to talk to your technology and do your normal, everyday tasks literally without lifting a finger. “Alexa, turn on my lights!” When it works as advertised and your lights really do turn on, it’s something to behold. You can also do a variety of things like change the color of your smart bulbs, raise or lower the temperature, or even lock your front door if it’s outfitted with a smart lock. It would appear I’m not the only one who has a soft spot for my Alexa device. The Dot was the best-selling device on Amazon.com from …

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Hybrid cloud storage company Avere Systems raises $14 million from Google, Western Digital, others

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Avere Systems, a hybrid cloud data storage company based in Pittsburgh, has closed a $14 million series E round of funding from new investor Google, in addition to existing investors Menlo Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Tenaya Capital, and Western Digital Capital. Founded in 2008, Avere Systems helps enterprises establish a system that blends on-premises and public cloud data storage, and offers a mix of software and hardware-based services. While countless companies have already migrated to the cloud, enabling a scalable data storage system that grows and contracts based on demand, there are benefits to keeping some things “in-house” — it enables faster data-transfer speeds, for starters, and it can often be better for privacy. So with “hybrid,” some tasks can be …

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Xbox Live is down for many — Microsoft is working on a fix

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You may have trouble playing games or signing onto Xbox Live. Microsoft’s online gaming service is down across Xbox One, Xbox 360, and other devices, according to the Xbox Live Status site. On social media, dozens of people are complaining that they cannot access certain games, apps, and other content on their Xbox devices. While some people are encountering errors attempting to get logged in at all, others are having issues specifically booting up games. This downtime is also preventing video apps like Netflix, Amazon Video, and Hulu from working. On the Xbox Live Status page, Microsoft confirms that core services are down as well as purchases and content usage. At 10:45 a.m. Pacific time, the company noted that it …

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Wal-Mart launches incubator lab to house startups

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(AP) — Wal-Mart is launching an incubator lab focused on projects in robotics, virtual and augmented reality, and artificial intelligence as it aims to compete more aggressively with Amazon. The so-called Store No. 8 will be located in Silicon Valley and marks the latest attempt by the company’s new head of e-commerce operations, Marc Lore, to speed up innovation at the company. Wal-Mart… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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Olga Kay, chatbot fatigue, and the power of finding your niche — VB Engage

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In this week’s episode, Stewart and Travis discover that AI and chatbots are a roller coaster. On the ride to the top, a new bot marketing company promises to close the loop and help chatbots pay their way, while on the rapid drop Facebook is pulling back from chatbots after news of massive failure rates. Our interview this week is with the irrepressible Olga Kay, one of the original YouTube stars and founder of MooshWalks, who teaches us a thing or two about how to find your niche and leverage it for incredible success. It’s an interview you won’t want to miss. By listening to this episode of VB Engage, you will hear: Welcome to VB Engage episode 44! [0:10] …

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Coming This Spring to C.I.A. All-Access, Sponsored by Samsung

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CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY ERIC SCHWORTZ / GETTY Things can get really boring here at the Company, but all-new footage of hacked Americans is the perfect way to break up the monotony of everyday spy work. Here’s a list of fresh new faces coming soon to our database, C.I.A. All-Access: David BuckleyAvailable March 22nd This sad sack from Cleveland just bought a brand-new Samsung TV during a Presidents’ Day sale, so now we have access to his entire life, the majority of which is spent directly in front of the television! Single at the tender age of thirty-one, he’s a working man on a mission to find love. David watches “Shark Tank” every night around 10 P.M., so tune in then to …

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Facebook’s Epic Data Blast Is Good for Everyone—Especially Facebook

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Engineers recently tested a new way of sending information across a trans-Atlantic internet cable, showing it could push two-and-a-half-times more data through this pipe than current methods. They claim the tests set a record for this kind of intercontinental connection, a key component of the modern internet. But the record isn’t as interesting as who ran the test: Facebook. Using hardware designed by researchers at Bell Labs—the iconic R&D shop now owned by Nokia—Facebook ran these tests across optical fiber it owns inside an undersea cable called America Europe Connect, which stretches from New York to Ireland. “Experiments commissioned by Facebook are setting records. That’s something new,” says Jonathan Kahn, a Stanford University engineering professor who specializes in optical communications. …

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Voice assistants are funnier than we give them credit for

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You can now order emergency booze and food using Prime Now on Alexa

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Amazon extends Alexa’s voice-shopping smarts to include Prime Now 2-hour deliveries

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Amazon is today expanding the capabilities of its digital assistant, Alexa, by allowing shoppers to order items through Prime Now using nothing but their voice. The internet giant has allowed people to purchase items on Amazon using Alexa for a while already. Initially it was limited to reordering items someone had previously bought, and this was later opened up to millions of items through Amazon Prime — the company’s $99 annual membership scheme. And now it’s being extended to include Prime Now, meaning users can order goods for delivery within a two-hour window by saying: “Alexa, order [item] from Prime Now.” This doesn’t extend to things like laptops and other bigger, bulkier items, it’s more about daily essentials that are available locally, …

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Walmart is bringing a tech incubator to Silicon Valley

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Walmart wants to drastically speed up its development of retail tech. To do that, the discount retailer announced on Monday it was launching Store No 8, an innovation cluster whose entrepreneurs will be free from the diktats of its Bentonville, Arkansas headquarters and Wall Street’s short attention span, to develop the retail tech Walmart needs in order to modernize over the next five to ten years. And, more crucially, the tech is aimed at helping it fight back against rivals like Amazon.com. Store No 8 will be located in Silicon Valley and will house startups wholly owned by Walmart but run independently. It’s the latest manifestation of the new, dynamic culture Walmart is looking to instill into its e-commerce strategy …

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Databerries raises $16 million to help brick-and-mortar retailers target smartphone users with ads

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Databerries, a mobile advertising platform aimed at offline merchants, has announced a $16 million round of funding led by Index Ventures, with participation from ISAI, Mosaic Ventures, and a handful of angel investors. Founded out of Paris, France, in 2014, Databerries allows brick-and-mortar retailers to target consumers with mobile ads based on places they’ve previously visited, in what it calls “Real Life Targeting.” So, a retailer can target shoppers who have previously visited the store, and try to entice them back, while it can also target those who have been to a competitor’s outlet. The platform launched back in December 2015, and Databerries says that it now works with more than 100 retailers, including Toys R Us and McDonald’s. With Real Life Targeting, marketers can see exactly how many …

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Nintendo is shipping more Switch systems to U.S. retailers this week

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Nintendo’s red-hot Switch is difficult to find at retailers, but you may have another chance to grab one this week. GameStop is confirming that it’s getting in a new shipment of Nintendo Switch consoles on Wednesday, March 22. Like usual, the company won’t sell these systems through its online store. Instead, you’ll have to head into your local GameStop that day to see if they have one for you. Amazon, Target, Best Buy, and other major retail chains should also get new shipments around the same time. Nintendo has already surpassed 1.5 million Switch systems sold, according to industry intelligence firm SuperData Research. That’s three-quarters of the 2 million hardware units that Nintendo planned to ship into stores before the …

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IBM launches a cold storage service 5 years after AWS

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At its Interconnect conference in Las Vegas today, IBM announced the launch of IBM Cloud Object Storage Cold Vault, a service for storing data that only needs to be served up occasionally. The service is available now. A cold storage service with “pay as you use” pricing, called IBM Cloud Object Storage Flex, will become available in the second quarter of this year, IBM said in a statement. The thing is, these services are becoming available nearly five years after the biggest public cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS), introduced a cold storage service. Amazon Glacier arrived in August 2012. The No. 2 public cloud, Microsoft Azure, added a Cool Blob storage option last year. Google, who operates the No. 3 …

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Microsoft and Nvidia introduce hyperscale GPU framework for the AI-driven cloud

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Microsoft has revealed blueprints for a joint project with Nvidia that is intended to bridge the conceptual and practical gap between GPU-based computing and the cloud, and to open up new possibilities for machine learning programs to run in more generic and commercialised workloads than are currently common. The HGX-1 hyperscale GPU, a prototype of which was on display at Microsoft’s stand at the Open Compute Summit at Santa Clara, is intended to form part of Microsoft’s Project Olympus, which recently made headlines by committing to ARM CPUs, in a radical departure from Intel X86. The two companies have compared the advent of HGX-1 to the revolution that ATX brought to the PC motherboard market, claiming that the ability to …

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Amazon to build new data centre campus in Oregon

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Amazon is planning to build a new data centre complex in Hermiston, Oregon, which will host four data centre facilities over 120 acres of land. The e-commerce giant recently bought the plot which sits in the same area as its two existing data centre sites in eastern Oregon, at Port Umatilla and Port of Morrow. Through a holding company called Vadata, Amazon began its data centre footprint expansion along the Columbia River in 2011 to provide backup and disaster recovery in case of service failure at one of its site. For its latest venture, Jim Footh, real estate manager at Vadata, wrote to the Umatilla County Planning Department explaining that the firm cannot create ‘redundancy and risk aversion by developing …

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eBay announces Guaranteed Delivery service for U.S. shoppers

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Ecommerce giant eBay is continuing its longstanding battle with Amazon with the news that it’s rolling out a new “Guaranteed Delivery” service for shoppers. Arriving in the U.S. this summer, eBay will allow some sellers to offer a “3 days or less” option, which will enable buyers to filter search results by items that promise delivery within a set period of time. The company notes that sellers “must meet a required set of shipping standards to participate,” though eBay is a little vague on what that actually means. A FAQ on the upcoming service does say that those who “currently meet their handling time and delivery promises” will have the option to participate in Guaranteed Delivery, and to prepare for the launch sellers …

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Samsung officially unveils Bixby, its new AI assistant for mobile and IoT

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Apple gave us Siri, Microsoft gave us Cortana, Amazon gave us Alexa, Google gave us, um, Google, and now Samsung has officially introduced its new AI-powered assistant to the world. After months of speculation that its new mobile assistant would be called Bixby, Samsung has now confirmed that it will indeed be called Bixby, which Samsung says is “fundamentally different” to the myriad voice-powered assistants already out there, according to a press release. It says Bixby is different because it will be able to support “almost” every task that the app is capable of through normal means, i.e. through the touchscreen. This does of course make sense, given that it can be confusing knowing which commands are voice-enabled, though the fact that …

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Zelda-inspired hack lets you control your smart home with an ocarina

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Zelda-inspired hack lets you control your smart home with an ocarina – The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem(‘chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c’) === ‘yes’) { d.documentElement.className += ‘ fonts-loaded’; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = [“https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css”]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = ‘all’; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host=”https://volume.vox-cdn.com”;var Chorus=Chorus||{};Chorus.windowLoaded=!1,Chorus.AddScript=function(o,n){var t=document.createElement(“script”);t.async=!0,t.type=”text/javascript”,t.src=o,”function”==typeof n&&(t.onload=n);var e=document.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0];return e.parentNode.insertBefore(t,e),t},Chorus.ready=function(o){“loading”!=document.readyState?o():document.addEventListener?document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”,o):document.attachEvent(“onreadystatechange”,function(){“loading”!=document.readyState&&o()})},Chorus.OnLoad=function(o){if(Chorus.windowLoaded=!0)return void o();var n=window.onload;”function”!=typeof window.onload?window.onload=o:window.onload=function(){n(),o()}},Chorus.OnLoad(function(){Chorus.windowLoaded=!0}); dataLayer = [{“Network”:”theverge”,”Community”:”theverge”,”GA Primary ID”:”UA-26533115-1″,”GA CrossDomains”:”theverge.com”,”Content ID”:”14743775″,”Entry Groups”:”front-page:smart-home:tldr:tech”,”Author”:”James Vincent”,”Last Time Updated”:”2017-03-20 06:58″,”Hour of Update”:”06″,”Publish Date”:”2017-03-20 06:58″,”Hour of Publish”:”06″,”Demand Post”:”no”,”All Chorus Categories”:”theverge:theverge:front-page:smart-home:tldr:tech”,”Content Type”:”article”,”chartbeat_domain”:”theverge.com”,”chartbeat_zone”:”172968584/verge/tldr”,”chartbeat_authors”:”James Vincent”,”Logged in Status”:”Logged Out”,”Day of Week”:”monday”,”Hour of Day”:”07″}]; window._umbel = window._umbel || []; (function() { var d = new Date(); d.setDate(d.getDate() + 365); …

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PlayFab taps IBM’s Watson AI to understand why gamers keep playing

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IBM and PlayFab are teaming up to deliver better insights about gamers based on analysis from IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence platform. Seattle-based PlayFab provides backend services for connected games on mobile devices and PCs. It provides things game developers need to run their games — like player data storage, player relationship management, tournaments, in-game commerce, and leaderboards. IBM will take that data, crunch it, and come up with insights that help developers run their games better. It’s a new way for IBM to participate in what market researcher Newzoo says is a $91 billion market. PlayFab, founded in 2014, already has more than 600 live games, with 45 million players and 2.9 billion game sessions. Atari’s Rollercoaster Tycoon Touch launched …

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Can Chuck Schumer Check Donald Trump?

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Seen as a pragmatist, Schumer hopes to reclaim populism for the Democrats.CreditIllustration by Barry Blitt On a morning not long after Michael Flynn, having lied about conversations with the Russian Ambassador, was forced to step down as national-security adviser, but before Jeff Sessions, having lied about conversations with the Russian Ambassador, was forced to recuse himself from any Justice Department investigation involving the Trump campaign, Chuck Schumer rose from his desk on the floor of the United States Senate to reflect on the state of the union. “We are in a moment of profound unease about the stability of the executive branch of our government,” he began. “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. “I’ve been in Congress a …

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Amazon’s pilot for Oasis raises more questions than it answers

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AI is going to kill seat-based SaaS models

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I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I’ve broken the terms of use for SaaS software and shared a license before. Surprised? My guess would be no … because you’ve probably done it too. In general, per-seat licensing has been a great way for SaaS companies to charge a subscription and collect reliable revenue. It’s helped companies like Salesforce, Zoom, and Box grow into large, successful organizations. But there’s also no question that this success and revenue reliability comes at a cost, where pricing is not tied directly to how much a customer uses a service. In short, seat-based subscription models have lots of problems but have been “good enough” for a long time. However, as more …

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Why Samsung wants to build a ‘corporate-wide AI voice system’

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Samsung’s reach stretches across nearly every part of the home, from appliances to televisions, computers, tablets, light bulbs, and smartphones. And the company isn’t stopping there — it’s also extending itself into third-party connected devices through its SmartThings offering. And as it builds out an ecosystem for the home, the next step is to offer a way for consumers to communicate with the devices in a way that feels normal. “At a greater level, you have to think about how to make the voice technology easy to use and user-friendly so everyone embraces the technology,” remarked Won-Jin Lee, Samsung’s executive vice president for its video display business. In an interview with VentureBeat, he explained the way to accomplish this is with …

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Walmart could soon use drones to deliver purchases

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Walmart may use drones like in-store messenger pigeons. The retail giant was granted a patent this week for a system in which drones would shuttle products between different departments inside its stores. The idea is to free customers from having to walk across its super-sized emporiums to find what they want and from having to wait while employees return from far-away storerooms. Ultimately, Walmart believes that drones “can greatly improve the customer experience without overburdening the human associates of the facility.” Waiting, the filing said, “can contribute to reduced customer satisfaction.” The drones would mostly avoid buzzing above customers’ heads by being routed over shelves instead of store aisles, according to the patent filing. But the filing did leave the …

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Alexa is not coming to an office near you

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If you’ve recently had your first interaction with a voice-based personal assistant like Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri, you might get the sense that artificial intelligence is just a few years away from being able to talk and act like a human. It will soon be capable of managing our schedules, troubleshooting technical issues, or even holding conversation. According to a recent Wall Street Journal piece titled “Alexa and Cortana May Be Heading to the Office,” many businesses share that hope. One startup profiled in the piece uses “an Amazon Echo attached to the office ceiling for such tasks as adding events to their calendars,” while another is building a virtual assistant to set meetings on behalf of human users. …

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Amazon’s new Outfit Compare feature will judge your clothing for you

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Warner Bros. names game veteran Russell Arons as Machinima boss

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Warner Bros. said it has named Russell Arons as general manager of Machinima, the digital video entertainment company that Warner acquired in November. Arons was previously senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. She will run Machinima, a multi-platform programming service with a global community of gamer, comic, and hero fans. She will work with Chad Gutstein, Machinima’s current CEO, on a multi-week transition plan, after which he’ll leave the company to pursue entrepreneurial projects. In her new role, Arons will lead all of Machinima’s creative, marketing services, data analytics, business development and operations, as well as the Machinima network. “Russell is a terrific creative executive with exceptional audience experience and brand building capabilities,” said Craig Hunegs, president of business and strategy …

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ProBeat: Google could have easily avoided the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ brouhaha

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Google found itself in hot water yesterday when Google Home’s My Day feature ended its spiel with Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, which opens in theaters this week. The company dug itself a deeper hole when its first statement began with “This isn’t an ad.” Users on the ad-supported internet then proceeded to lose it. Here’s the thing. I believe Google. I believe that the company didn’t intend for this particular snippet to be an ad. I believe Google was experimenting with different options for its My Day feature. It doesn’t surprise me that Disney apparently didn’t pay Google for the experiment. But, I also think the purpose of this experiment was to test how ads could work on Google …

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How Adobe used its huge data bank to build Sensei, an AI tool for creatives

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There’s mounting competition over AI and bots among the tech giants. Amazon touts Alexa, Google has its Assistant, Microsoft has Cortana. But at Adobe, an often overlooked player in this contest, it’s all about Sensei. Launched last fall, Sensei is a series of AI services and a voice-powered virtual assistant being added to more than 30 Creative Cloud (formerly Creative Suite) apps and services like Photoshop and Premiere. Some Sensei services are already available, like the ability to change a facial expression with Face Aware Editing in Photoshop, while others, like the ability to control Photoshop with your voice, are still prototypes. Sensei will be able to talk you through how to edit photos and videos like a pro because Adobe has tracked millions of photo and video …

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Why Spotify could be about to limit some music to its Premium service

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Less than two weeks after Spotify passed the 50 million paid subscriber mark, reports are now surfacing that the music-streaming giant is considering putting more limits in place for the free service. So far, the $9.99 monthly Spotify subscription has offered a number of additional features compared to the free incarnation, including no ads, offline access, and on-demand access to any Spotify song on mobile and desktop — free users can only access shuffle mode on their mobile phones. But now Spotify is reportedly renegotiating its deals with the record labels as it readies its IPO, which is looking increasingly likely will be next year. Part of these discussions, according to the Financial Times, has involved cutting the fees Spotify pays artists / labels …

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Siri’s Not Even the Best iPhone Assistant Anymore

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Apple’s Siri may not be the most capable voice assistant, or the most beloved. In the race to dominate the next generation of interfaces, though, Siri had one key advantage: a cushy home on hundreds of millions of iPhones. Now, however, Amazon has snuck Alexa onto iOS—making this look more and more like a blowout. What makes Alexa on iOS so intriguing isn’t just that it’s there, but where. There was already an Alexa app, a rudimentary utility app that let users fiddle with the settings on their Amazon Echoes. And there have been a handful of third-party paid apps that brought some Alexa voice functionality to the iPhone. Now, though, Alexa will live inside the main iOS Amazon app, …

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Here’s why Irish entrepreneurs’ eyes are smiling on St. Patrick’s Day

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There are a lot of mature and emerging tech hubs around Europe now. But there remains an unusually tight link between Ireland’s tech economy and Silicon Valley. Of course, this has been controversial at times, with companies like Apple accused of using Ireland as a tax haven. But whatever the original motivations on either side, the relationship seems to have expanded considerably. In fact, 220 U.S. West Coast companies now have operations in Ireland, according to stats released today by IDA Ireland, the country’s investment agency. Among the more notable U.S. tech companies with Irish campuses: IBM, Google, Airbnb, Dropbox, Fitbit, and DocuSign. Just in the past year: Fitbit and Slack opened European HQs in Dublin. Amazon, Oracle and LinkedIn all …

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Despite shift toward enterprise apps, Oracle’s still betting big on databases

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Oracle has built a massive enterprise applications business over the decades: It bought PeopleSoft for $10 billion in 2004, Siebel Systems for nearly $6 billion the following year, and closed a $9.3 billion purchase of NetSuite a few months ago. Despite that, the company clearly still sees databases as Oracle’s bedrock, which is why it’s critical that, moving forward, those databases run on Oracle’s nascent cloud infrastructure. And that’s just what’s going to happen, Oracle cofounder and chief technology officer Larry Ellison said on Wednesday, claiming the company’s new-and-improved infrastructure can run its databases better and faster than anyone else’s cloud infrastructure. Ellison’s remarks came on Oracle’s third quarter earnings call Wednesday night. From the call: Generation two of Oracle’s …

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Alexa takes on Siri with latest Amazon app update

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Amazon is taking Alexa to iOS in their latest app update.

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Panel will buck the status quo at GamesBeat Summit

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Our next speakers for our upcoming GamesBeat Summit event will talk about “Bucking the status quo: Redesigning leadership for diverse talent, perspectives, and products.” They will speak at our event entitled GamesBeat Summit 2017: How games, sci-fi, and tech create real-world magic. GamesBeat Summit 2017 will take place on May 1-2 at the historic Claremont resort hotel in Berkeley, Calif., just a short distance from San Francisco. You can secure your seat here. Use “VB6” at checkout for 10 percent off. The speakers on the panel include Megan Gaiser, the CEO of Spiral Media; Rami Ismail, the cofounder of Vlambeer; Guy Bendov, the CEO of Side-kick Games; and Asra Rasheed, the producer at Disney. The moderator will be Asi Burak of Power Play. Here’s what …

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Amazon brings Alexa to the iPhone

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Digital Realty invests $22M in data centre expansion

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Digital Realty, the international data center solutions provider, has announced plans to expand its Atlanta data center offerings with a new facility, representing a $22 million USD investment. The new facility will comprise 18,000 square feet of raised floor space, located near the company’s primary data center campus in Atlanta. The two locations will communicate through a high-speed fiber connection. The dual-campus model will provide customers with access to 150 cloud, IT, infrastructure and network providers, helping to provide clients with a supported transition to cloud services. Digital Realty also boasts a Service Exchange, which may be utilized to access Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services in any existing zone in the United States from the Atlanta facility. The Digital Realty …

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Amazon puts Alexa inside its main iPhone app

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Starting today and rolling out to all iPhone users next week, you can talk to Amazon’s intelligent assistant Alexa while using the Amazon app. Naturally, the voice assistant is able to shop and track packages, but it can also do most of the things Alexa can do like tell a joke or give weather updates. It also lets people play music, control Internet of Thing (IoT) devices, and grants Amazon app users access to more than 10,000 skills. At launch, Alexa in the Amazon app will not come with access to the Door Lock API. First made available late last month, the Door Lock API allows users to lock (and eventually unlock) doors with smart locks made by companies like Vivint and Kwikset. Changes to settings still …

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2 Long Islanders Nabbed in $12M Theft Ring

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Two Long Islanders were among a dozen suspects arrested for their alleged roles in a sophisticated crime ring that stole $12 million in electronics and ink cartridges from stores in 28 states and then sold the stolen goods online, prosecutors said. Kevin Cerrato, 22, of Elmont, and 53-year-old Roger “Captain Rog” Ringhiser of Long Beach were charged Wednesday in Manhattan court with enterprise corruption, money laundering, criminal possession of stolen property and conspiracy. Investigators dubbed the 10-month probe culminating in a 41-count indictment “Operation Sticky Fingers.” “Retail theft is becoming increasingly organized, with crime rings preying on businesses and creating a vicious cycle that ultimately harms consumers, when the costs are passed on in the form of higher prices,” New …

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Oracle’s cloud gamble pays off

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In its third-quarter financial statement, Oracle Corporation announced better than expected earnings, showing that the decision to focus on cloud business has so far been a success. Total revenues reported were up 2% from last year, to $9.2 billion. This increase appears to be largely due to cloud business, as Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) combined revenues increased by 73% over last year, topping $1 billion of the total revenue numbers. Factoring in Oracle’s Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) business brings the total cloud revenues to $1.2 billion dollars. Over the past 18 months, Oracle changed their primary business model to focus on cloud offerings. In 2015, the company sold off $426 million in software …

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AliveCor raises $30 million for its credit card-sized heart monitor and app

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Gadgets are fun to use, but they rarely get FDA clearance to be marketed as medical devices. AliveCor wants to change that with a tiny EKG monitor that connects to an app. The medtech company announced today that it has raised an additional $30 million in funding to help track heart-related conditions. AliveCor’s Kardia Mobile is a sleek, credit card-like device that connects wirelessly to the Kardia app, which is available on both iOS and Android. Users vary, according to AliveCor CEO Vic Gundotra. “They are either people with or at risk of a chronic heart condition, individuals who have a family history of heart disease, or those who are simply health-conscious,” he wrote in an email to VentureBeat. Users …

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Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3 tablet will cost $600, with preorders starting March 17

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Last month, Samsung introduced the Galaxy Tab S3, the latest tablet to focus on productivity. While some specifications were already released, the price and availability hadn’t been revealed until now. The company has officially announced that the Tab S3 will be sold for a retail price of $600, with preorders beginning on March 17. The device will be sold through Samsung.com, Best Buy, Amazon, and other retailers, starting March 24. The Tab S3 also supports a Pogo keyboard, which can be purchased separately for $130, starting March 24. At $600, the price could give people pause, especially as its predecessor started out at $400. The Galaxy Tab S3 is the latest in a series of tablets that goes as far …

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Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3 will be available on March 24th for $599.99

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Rally in Washington Square Park planned; Trump suffers second travel ban defeat

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HONOLULU — A federal judge blocked President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban hours before it was to take effect, marking the second time courts have thwarted Trump’s efforts to freeze immigration by refugees and citizens of some predominantly Muslim nations. The move comes during a “week of resistance” in New York, organized by Faith in New York and supporters. At 6 p.m. Thursday, a rally is planned at Washington Square Park with a group of religious leaders. Afterwards, 20 protesters plan to shut down the street as a form of civil disobedience as they march to 201 Varick St. The faith leaders involved represent 90 congregations and more than 25 faith-based organizations. The march and rally are part of Faith …

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Ransomware authors burying payloads deeper in installer packages

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According to new research from Microsoft’s security labs, ransomware creators are becoming more innovative in their determination to bury malicious payloads inside what appear to be regular and valid installer mechanisms. According to Microsoft, the malware authors are obscuring malicious content by mimicking apparently benign installer components – elements which lie far deeper in an installer assembly than has been the trend in recent years, and which are likely to be increasingly resistant to the efforts of anti-virus or other heuristics-based procedures designed to attempt to identify malware. Authors use Nullsoft Scriptable Install Systems (NSISs) to deploy malware, but Microsoft note one particularly radical development in their methodology of late: ‘The most significant change,…is the absence of the usual randomly …

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Rally in Washington Square Park planned after Trump suffers second travel ban defeat

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HONOLULU — A federal judge blocked President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban hours before it was to take effect, marking the second time courts have thwarted Trump’s efforts to freeze immigration by refugees and citizens of some predominantly Muslim nations. The move comes during a week of resistance in New York, organized by Faith in New York and supporters. At 6 p.m. Thursday, a rally is planned at Washington Square Park with a group of religious leaders. Afterwards, a march to 201 Varick St., is planned where 20 protesters plan to shut down the street as a form of civil disobedience. The faith leaders involved represent 90 congregations and more than 25 faith-based organizations. The march and rally are part …

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Amazon tries to lure Alexa developers with AWS credits

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Amazon plans to pay coders so they can improve the company’s Alexa digital assistant. Developers who build so-called skills for Alexa can now apply to receive $100 in promotional credits that they can use for the retail giant’s cloud computing service, Amazon Web Services, the company said Wednesday. In order to build an Alexa skill—like the ability for Alexa to answer a particular question or perform a digital task—coders need to use AWS as their computing environment, where they can create the necessary software. If the developers’ skills are popular, Amazon said it would also give them an extra $100 each month to help subsidize their rising AWS bills. Amazon currently lets developers use a free version of AWS to …

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Microsoft confirms Azure storage issues around the world

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Microsoft today disclosed that the storage tier from its Azure public cloud is facing issues in data center regions across the globe. Other services are also having issues as a result of the storage errors. “Starting at 22:42 UTC on 15 Mar 2017, customers using Storage may receive failure notifications when performing service management operations – such as create, update, delete – for resources hosted in this region,” Microsoft said on its Azure status page. “Other services that leverage Storage may also be experiencing impact. Retries may be successful. In addition, a subset of customers in East US may be unable to access their Storage accounts. Engineers have identified a possible fix for the underlying cause, and are applying mitigations …

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Judge in Hawaii puts Trump's revised travel ban on hold

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GREENBELT, Maryland — Hours before it was to take effect, President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban was put on hold Wednesday by a federal judge in Hawaii after hearing arguments that the executive order discriminates on the basis of nationality. The ruling came as opponents renewed their legal challenges across the country, asking judges in three states to block the executive order that targets people from six predominantly Muslim countries. More than half a dozen states are trying to stop the ban, and federal courts in Maryland, Washington state and Hawaii heard arguments about whether it should be put into practice early Thursday. U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson decision prevents the executive order from going into effect, at least …

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Vint Cerf: Musings on birthing the internet, AI, and wishing for the Star Trek computer

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More than 44 years ago, the internet was created, and certainly there’s no shortage of events that have occurred to transform one of the world’s most important technological breakthroughs. From websites to emails, banner ads, social media, connected devices, artificial intelligence, smartphones, cloud computing, on-demand services, cyber attacks, and bots, the internet has been incredibly mutated into what renowned technologist Vint Cerf calls “a reflection of the society we live in.” For the father of the internet, a title which he shares with Bob Khan, Cerf isn’t surprised by the evolution of his creation, but believes too few worldwide suffer without proper access to it. And as Google — where Cerf currently works as chief internet evangelist — Facebook, and …

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AG: 'Operation Sticky Fingers' breaks up massive retail theft ring

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MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS, Manhattan (WABC) — Authorities broke up what they are calling a massive decades-old retail crime ring based in Manhattan Wednesday morning. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a 41-count indictment involving a dozen people who allegedly infiltrated New York and 27 other states across the country to steal electronics and other items to be resold online. Operation Sticky Fingers reportedly netted 5,300 stolen items and millions of dollars across more than half the country, and in all, 12 people are under arrest, accused of raking in $12 million. The suspects are identified as: 1. 64-year-old Richard Rimbaugh, AKA “The General”2. 62-year-old George Athanasatos, AKA “The Field Marshall”3. 31-year-old George Rapatsouleas, AKA “Skipper,” AKA “Nipplehead”4. 35-year-old Krissylee Harris, AKA “Princess”5. …

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2 LIers charged in organized crime ring bust: Schneiderman

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Two Long Islanders were indicted in a take-down of what authorities are calling “Operation Sticky Fingers,” authorities said. The 10-month investigation resulted in the indictment of 12 alleged members of a massive retail theft thing, according to Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. Roger Ringhiser, known in the ring as “Captain Rog,” of Long Beach, and Kevin Cerrato, known as a “Seargant,” of Elmont, were among those charged. If convicted, each defendant faces between eight and 25 years behind bars. Investigators seized more than 5,300 stolen electronics and ink cartridges from the alleged ringleader, Richard Rimbaugh, the “crew manager,” George Athanasatos and others, according to Schneiderman. Investigators also seized more than $7.7 million dollars from the defendants’ homes and financial institutions …

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Larry Ellison talks smack about AWS again, claims Oracle cloud is faster and cheaper

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Oracle cofounder, chairman, and chief technology officer (CTO) Larry Ellison is back at it, saying negating things about Amazon Web Services (AWS), the undisputed leader of the public cloud infrastructure market. Today in Oracle’s quarterly earnings statement, in which the company claimed that cloud revenues including cloud infrastructure totaled $1.2 billion, up 62 percent year over year, Ellison’s canned quote is mostly just shit talking AWS: Both our SaaS and PaaS businesses are doing great, but I’m even more excited about our second generation IaaS business. Our new Gen2 IaaS is both faster and lower cost than Amazon Web Services. And now our biggest customers can run their largest and most demanding Oracle database workloads in the Oracle Cloud — …

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Our preliminary agenda for GamesBeat Summit 2017

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Here’s the preliminary agenda for our GamesBeat Summit 2017 event coming on May 1 and May 2 at the historical Claremont resort hotel in Berkeley, California. The event is GamesBeat Summit 2017: How games, sci-fi, and tech create real-world magic.You can secure your seat here. Use “VB6” at checkout for 10 percent off. We think we’ve built a unique slate of speakers and experience that you won’t find at any other event. We’re excited that most of the key slots are filled, and we’re in talks with various parties to fill the rest of the slots and bring you a great conference on the inspiration cycle that is happening between science fiction, video games, and real-world technology in Silicon Valley and …

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A Protest Musical for the Trump Era

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Timbers specializes in offbeat revisionist fantasies about historical figures.CreditPhotograph by Pari Dukovic for The New Yorker Five actors gathered in a room on Lafayette Street, in downtown Manhattan, to start rehearsing a new work for the Public Theatre, “Joan of Arc: Into the Fire.” Written by David Byrne, formerly of the Talking Heads, the show recast the enduring, improbable story of Joan—a teen-age girl in medieval France who experienced divine visions, led an army to defeat an occupying power, and was burned at the stake for heresy—as a rock musical that spoke to the current political moment. It was early January, and, that morning, U.S. intelligence officials had arrived at Trump Tower to brief the President-elect, Donald Trump, on the …

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You can now use Alexa to control your Roomba

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The future of banking will come from a 200+ year-old bank

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Presented by Pivotal What compels someone to leave Amazon, one of the titans of this new-age industry, for a financial institution? Ask Brad Miller, Head of Global Digital and Cloud Technology at Citi, who spent five years at “The Everything Store” as General Manager for the e-commerce platform, and he’ll tell you about the “very rare” opportunity to influence the culture of a bank that’s over two hundred years old. Miller took the position at Citi in 2015 because he was inspired by the prospect of transforming how Citi builds software and thinks about banking. With financial startups cropping up in every corner of the world, no big bank can afford to sit back and relax. As Miller puts it: “I really …

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Spreadshirt is Minting Millionaires in 2017

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Face of a Partner That Powers the Platform BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 15, 2017– Spreadshirt, the print on-demand e-commerce platform for spreading ideas on something tangible, overhauled their commission structure mid last year to make the payout larger for Sellers. The changes take full effect in calendar year 2017 and have created record-breaking opportunities for top Sellers to earn over $1 million per year, selling their merchandise on over 200 products – from t-shirts to phone cases and everything in between. To date, Spreadshirt has paid out over $70 million in commissions making their model the most rewarding and lucrative structure in the global print on demand industry. Spreadshirt Sellers are able to earn over 60% of the product price, so their …

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You can now order food from GrubHub with Alexa

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Flow raises $13 million to optimize online global sales

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Flow wants to help brands and retailers go global — online. The startup, which provides software for businesses to improve their international ecommerce sales, announced today it received $13 million in a funding round led by Bain Capital Ventures. Merchants integrate their websites with Flow’s API in order to customize their display catalog, prices, and taxes to reflect local currencies. Flow also provides several international payment options and shipping carriers to choose from. Above: Example of a website using Flow. Image Credit: Flow “Our technology has fundamentally improved conversion rates of retailers who typically lose customers to the fears and uncertainties of cross border commerce,” said Rob Keve, cofounder and CEO of Flow, in a statement. The startup, which just …

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iRobot updates Home app with Roomba Clean Map reports, promises Amazon Alexa skill in Q2 2017

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iRobot today announced an update to its iRobot Home app: its Roomba vacuum cleaners are getting new Clean Map reports. You can download the new version now from Google Play and Apple’s App Store. iRobot also announced plans for integration with Amazon Alexa voice activated control. That feature, which allows customers to start, stop, and pause Roomba cleaning jobs with voice commands, is scheduled to arrive for U.S. customers in Q2 2017. iRobot gave an example of a possible command: “Alexa, ask Roomba to begin cleaning.” The iRobot Home app works with the Roomba 960 and Roomba 980 vacuum cleaners. As these robots clean, they build a map of the home. Clean Map reports, available in the app’s History tab, …

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How to take AI far beyond gaming

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Venture capital investments in artificial intelligence (AI), one of the biggest technological trends these days, are booming. The year 2016 saw almost ten times more funds invested in the space than 2012 did. Virtual and augmented reality (AR/VR), sometimes associated with the creative side of AI, also became a hot topic: More than $1.8 billion was invested in AR/VR, compared with just $86 million in 2012. Applying AI to solve tasks normally considered creative has historical precedent. For example, procedural generation has been used to draw textures, produce 3D models, and automatically generate large amounts of content in video games since the 1980s. Moreover, gaming has contributed significantly to the whole AI landscape. Revenues generated by game developers allowed chip makers …

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Things to Know: 'Bathroom bill' poised to clear Texas Senate

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AUSTIN, Texas – (AP) — A North Carolina-style “bathroom bill” in Texas won preliminary approval Tuesday in the state Senate over the objections of big businesses including Amazon and American Airlines, celebrities such as Lady Gaga and warnings from the NFL and NBA. But the bill, which requires transgender people to use public bathrooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificate, still faces big obstacles that could ultimately derail the proposal in the Republican-controlled Legislature. Here’s where the hot-button measure stands and what’s ahead: ___ AN EARLY SENATE VOTE Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who was the Texas chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign last year, has put what he calls “The Texas Privacy Act” at the top …

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Nintendo Switch’s traffic data proves new consoles are the lifeblood of retail

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We are coming off a major console launch, and an event like that can significantly affect the business of selling games. And retailers that are prepared for it can take advantage of that to boost its web traffic and its sales, and that’s exactly what happened with the Nintendo Switch. Every major retailer in the United States saw an increase in their web and mobile traffic from Nintendo’s site and from searches for the Switch, according to analytics firm SimilarWeb. GameStop and Toys ‘R’ Us traffic peaked over a 30-day period on the Nintendo Switch’s March 3 launch day. Nintendo.com also sent a surge of clicks to GameStop, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart — but Amazon and Toys ‘R’ Us …

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How branded utility is the new marketing when it comes to voicebots

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Every company wants to find ways to be more relevant in their customers’ lives, whether that means making their online shopping experience more personalized or providing exceptional service. When Domino’s Pizza introduced Amazon Echo ordering capabilities, it addressed a tangible consumer benefit: the ability to order their favorite pie without lifting a finger. Domino’s is just one example of how companies are using artificial intelligence (AI) to drive consumer engagement and awareness by offering a discrete utility to customers. While AI might feel like a fringe — and perhaps somewhat futuristic — marketing tactic, home devices like Amazon Echo (now in 8 million homes) and Google Home are bringing these types of experiences to the mainstream. With more consumers springing for home …

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Dyadic Security raises $12 million to virtualize cryptographic keys

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Dyadic Security, which provides cloud-based security software, announced today new funding of $12 million. The startup helps businesses encrypt and decrypt data with virtual cryptographic keys rather than dedicated hardware. “A cryptographic key is a digital string of bits,” Avner Mor, CEO and cofounder of Dyadic Security, wrote in an email to VentureBeat. “This string of bits is extremely sensitive, as it allows encrypted data to be transformed into plain data and vice versa. Thus who holds the key holds the data.” Dyadic’s software allows companies to store, manage, and use cryptographic keys on servers, laptops, smartphones, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices, either on premises or in the cloud. “Traditionally, the only way to provide clear guarantee for the …

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Innovium raises $38.3 million for fast data center networking chips

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Silicon Valley startup Innovium has raised a funding round of $38.3 million to accelerate the commercialization of Teralynx, its fast data center networking chip family. San Jose, Calif.-based Innovium is making a family of chips that can transfer data at a range of 3.2 terabits per second to 12.8 terabits per second. Innovium is unveiling its chip designs today for what it calls the world’s highest-performance and most scalable Ethernet switch chips. Such chips are aimed at moving data around at lightning speeds in data centers. Economics, agility, and flexibility are rapidly driving customers to move IT to the public and private cloud. Intel predicts that 70 percent to 80 percent of all server systems will be deployed in “large scale data centers” …