Introducing Amazon SNS FIFO – First-In-First-Out Pub/Sub Messaging

When designing a distributed software architecture, it is important to define how services exchange information. For example, the use of asynchronous communication decouples components and simplifies scaling, reducing the impact of changes and making it easier to release new features. The two most common forms of asynchronous service-to-service communication are message queues and publish/subscribe messaging: With […]

Facebook Promises Privacy Reform. Critics Aren’t Convinced

Additionally, Protti says that the privacy reviews include examinations of topics like transparency, user controls, and data retention policies where applicable. Despite years of near-constant privacy controversy and that record FTC fine, Protti and Egan both maintain that Facebook already built all of its software with privacy in mind from the start, but that the […]

Intel revenues drop 4% to $18.3 billion for Q3 2020 as competition heats up

Intel reported earnings that matched Wall Street’s expectations during what was another tumultuous quarter for the world economy. For the third quarter ended September 30, the big PC chipmaker posted non-GAAP earnings per share (EPS) of $1.11 a share on revenue of $18.3 billion, compared with non-GAAP EPS of $1.42 a share on revenue of […]

Episerver acquires Optimizely to create advanced digital experience platform

Digital experience platform provider Episerver has announced that it is acquiring experimentation and optimization company Optimizely.  The acquisition will enable Episerver to help customers optimize every user touchpoint. According to the cmopany, customers will be able to do more testing with greater ease than ever before. “While every B2B and B2C company is online today, […]

iOS 14.1 makes 5G only a little less confusing than Android 11

It’s easy to describe early 5G networks right now as messy: under-built, inconsistently performant, and quite likely to confuse potential users. All of the major carriers now portray 5G as a journey, not a destination, and since customers won’t necessarily find 5G signals wherever they go, initial attempts to squeeze them for extra monthly 5G […]

AI researchers urge tech go beyond scale to address systemic social issues

For a long time, the definition of success for startups and Big Tech companies alike has been synonymous with three words: hockey stick growth. To scale is to be capable of speedy growth of users and revenue. According to a paper published in recent days by Google senior research scientist Alex Hanna and independent researcher […]

Researchers find high error rates in commercial speech recognition systems

Some automatic speech recognition (ASR) systems might be less accurate than previously assumed. That’s the top-level finding of a recent study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, the Poznan University of Technology in Poland, the Wrocław University of Science and Technology, and startup Avaya, which benchmarked commercial speech recognition models on an internally created dataset. […]

Amazon Prime Day 2020 – Powered by AWS

Tipped off by a colleague in Denmark, I bought the LEGO Star Wars Stormtrooper Helmet, which turned out to be a Prime Day best-seller! As I like to do every year, I would like to share a few of the many ways that AWS helped to make Prime Day a reality for our customers. Back […]

WhatsApp to offer in-app purchases, cloud hosting services

By Katie Paul SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc on Thursday said its WhatsApp messaging app would start to offer in-app purchases and hosting services, as it moves to boost revenue from the app while knitting together e-commerce infrastructure across the company. The world’s biggest social media company has been trying to boost sales from […]

Microsoft and MITRE release framework to help fend off adversarial AI attacks

Microsoft, the nonprofit MITRE Corporation, and 11 organizations including IBM, Nvidia, Airbus, and Bosch today released the Adversarial ML Threat Matrix, an industry-focused open framework designed to help security analysts to detect, respond to, and remediate threats against machine learning systems. Microsoft says it worked with MITRE to build a schema that organizes the approaches […]