Deepfake queen to deliver Channel 4 Christmas message

The five-minute message will refer to a number of controversial topics, including the decision by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to leave the UK. It will also allude to the Duke of York’s decision to step down from royal duties earlier this year after an interview he gave to the BBC about his relationship […]

Why some countries suspended, replaced, or relaunched their covid apps

This spring, while the US government was spinning its wheels on an official covid-19 response, countries around the world were rolling out national contact tracing apps. Beginning with Singapore in mid-March, more than 40 countries have launched digital exposure notification systems, to varying degrees of success. Our Covid Tracing Tracker logs each country’s app and […]

McAfee Security Innovation Alliance 2020 MPOWER Awards

McAfee, the device-to-cloud cybersecurity company, announced the winners of its distinguished SIA Partner Awards. The 2020 awards recognize partners who demonstrated innovation, strategic value, and market leadership in their respective market segments which are a complement to the McAfee solution portfolio. 2020 has been a difficult year for everyone that has required organizations to be […]

Nuro becomes first company to receive commercial autonomous vehicle permit from California DMV

Hours after announcing that it acquired self-driving truck startup Ike, Nuro revealed it’s the first company to receive permission from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to charge a fee and receive compensation for its driverless delivery service. Unlike the autonomous testing licenses the California DMV previously granted to Nuro and others, which limited […]

Data marketplaces will open new horizons for your company

The coming years will see a massive business strategy change driven by a radical increase in data accessibility. Companies that leverage data marketplaces early on will be tomorrow’s giants. An early signal of the economic forces data marketplaces bring can be seen in the emergence of Snowflake. Back in September, Snowflake debuted on the public […]

Honeywell lays down $1.3 billion to drive AI and IoT into life sciences

Honeywell announced yesterday it will acquire Sparta Systems for $1.3 billion to gain control of quality management software (QMS) that the company is promising to augment with machine learning algorithms and other AI capabilities. Within the life sciences sector, Honeywell is also pledging to integrate the TrackWise Digital QMS software from Sparta with internet of […]

How Riot Games is gunning for its second big esport with Valorant

Riot Games spent a decade building League of Legends into a huge esports phenomenon. And with the first-person shooter game Valorant, the company hopes that it now has a second big game to grow its esports business. The game sprang from the company’s 10th-anniversary announcement a year ago, when the company disclosed 10 games and […]

Digital accessibility lawsuits increased by 23% in 2020

This year, a large number of businesses added new stores, websites, and digital content to serve their customers, but accessibility initiatives did not keep up. In 2020 the number of digital accessibility lawsuits increased by 23%, amounting to almost 10 lawsuits everyday, according to a new report from UsableNet, a digital accessibility company. In addition […]

Hong Kong online banks to spread wings, offering business loans and wealth management

By Alun John HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s new online-only banks plan to venture into business lending and wealth management, seeking more lucrative avenues beyond basic savings accounts and transfer services, senior executives said. Eight such banks started this year and as of November had taken more than $1 billion in deposits and attracted […]