Slack could quickly become Salesforce’s golden goose

Last week, news broke that Salesforce was thought to be in advanced talks to acquire Slack. This inevitably fuelled much excitement and debate, not least because of the scale of the potential acquisition. Slack’s market capitalization was about $17 billion before the news broke and jumped to almost $23 billion soon after. And with Saleforce’s […]

Keeping your data lake clean and compliant with Amazon Athena

With the introduction of CTAS support for Amazon Athena (see Use CTAS statements with Amazon Athena to reduce cost and improve performance), you can not only query but also create tables using Athena with the associated data objects stored in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). These tables are often temporary in nature and used […]

How Mark Kelly used conversational AI to help win a Senate seat

Conversational artificial intelligence has rapidly smartened and scaled since chatbots first entered mainstream social media in 2016. The first few iterations of chatbots on Facebook Messenger were simple, enabling restaurant reservations, flower deliveries, and other structured calls to action. Now, roughly one U.S. presidential term later, conversational experiences are increasingly intuitive. The AI technologies behind […]

While mainland America struggles with covid apps, tiny Guam has made them work

As covid-19 cases spiral out of control in the US, states are scrambling to fight the virus with an increasingly stretched arsenal. Many of them have the same weapons at their disposal: restrictions on public gatherings and enforcement of mask wearing, plus testing, tracing, and exposure notifications. But while many states struggle to get their […]

Xbox update begins rolling out with new dynamic backgrounds and more

Microsoft has an update for Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One that is going live starting today. This patch adds new customization features as well as tags to indicate games you own that use certain next-gen optimizations. “This month marked the start of the next generation of console gaming on Xbox with the release of […]

Auditing, inspecting, and visualizing Amazon Athena usage and cost

Amazon Athena is an interactive query service that makes it easy to analyze data directly in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) using standard SQL. It’s a serverless platform with no need to set up or manage infrastructure. Athena scales automatically—running queries in parallel—so results are fast, even with large datasets and complex queries. You […]

Apache TVM reaches ASF top-level status

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has announced Apache TVM is now a Top-Level Project. Apache TVM is an end-to-end open deep learning compiler stack for CPUs, GPUs and specialized accelerators. Reaching top-level status means the project has graduated from Apache’s incubation program and meets specific ASF requirements.  Apache TVM started as a research project at […]

Empire of Sin review — Beating Al Capone at his own game

I’ve been trying my hand as a gangster, trying to make crime pay in Empire of Sin, a strategy video game about being a mobster in Chicago during Prohibition. It’s the first game from the collaboration of developer Romero Games and publisher Paradox Interactive. Empire of Sin comes out on December 1 on PC via […]

Zebra’s enterprise AR glasses add XMReality Remote Guidance software

Augmented reality headsets are becoming important tools for enterprises, enabling frontline workers to instantly access reference data as they’re in the field. Today, industrial AR headset maker Zebra announced that it will upgrade its smart glasses with Remote Guidance software developed by XMReality, a Swedish knowledge sharing company with nearly 100 enterprise customers in 60 […]