Pindrop raises $90M to bring its voice-fraud prevention to IoT devices and Europe

December 05, 2018 at 01:06PM When it comes to how humans communicate with each other or with machines, voice is a major interface, with growth in the latter fuelled by the rise of artificial intelligence, faster computing technology and an explosion of new devices — some of which only, or primarily, work with voice commands. But theContinue reading “Pindrop raises $90M to bring its voice-fraud prevention to IoT devices and Europe”

Salesforce wants to deliver more automated field service using IoT data

December 05, 2018 at 01:00PM Salesforce has been talking about the Internet of Things for some time as a way to empower field service workers. Today, the company announced Field Service Lightning, a new component designed to deliver automated IoT data to service technicians in the field on their mobile devices. Once you connect sensorsContinue reading “Salesforce wants to deliver more automated field service using IoT data”

Cove.Tool wants to solve climate change one efficient building at a time

December 04, 2018 at 08:01PM As the fight against climate change heats up, Cove.Tool is looking to help tackle carbon emissions one building at a time. The Atlanta-based startup provides an automated big-data platform that helps architects, engineers and contractors identify the most cost-effective ways to make buildings compliant with energy efficiency requirements. After raisingContinue reading “Cove.Tool wants to solve climate change one efficient building at a time”

Microsoft and Docker team up to make packaging and running cloud-native applications easier

December 04, 2018 at 04:30PM Microsoft and Docker today announced a new joint open-source project, the Cloud Native Application Bundle (CNAB), that aims to make the lifecycle management of cloud-native applications easier. At its core, the CNAB is nothing but a specification that allows developers to declare how an application should be packaged and run. With this,Continue reading “Microsoft and Docker team up to make packaging and running cloud-native applications easier”

FortressIQ raises $12M to bring new AI twist to process automation

December 04, 2018 at 03:32PM FortressIQ, a startup that wants to bring a new kind of artificial intelligence to process automation called imitation learning, emerged from stealth this morning and announced it has raised $12 million. The Series A investment came entirely from a single venture capital firm, Light Speed Venture Partners. Today’s funding comesContinue reading “FortressIQ raises $12M to bring new AI twist to process automation”

Fivetran announces $15M Series A to build automated data pipelines

December 04, 2018 at 02:26PM Fivetran, a startup that builds automated data pipelines between data repositories and cloud data warehouses and analytics tools, announced a $15 million Series A investment led by Matrix Partners. Fivetran helps move data from source repositories like Salesforce and NetSuite to data warehouses like Snowflake or analytics tools like Looker.Continue reading “Fivetran announces $15M Series A to build automated data pipelines”

Forethought scores $9M Series A in wake of Battlefield win

December 04, 2018 at 02:00PM It’s been a whirlwind few months for Forethought, a startup with a new way of looking at enterprise search that relies on artificial intelligence. In September, the company took home the TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield trophy in San Francisco, and today it announced a $9 million Series A investment. It’s prettyContinue reading “Forethought scores $9M Series A in wake of Battlefield win”

AWS wants to rule the world

December 02, 2018 at 05:46PM AWS, once a nice little side hustle for Amazon’s eCommerce business, has grown over the years into a behemoth that’s on a $27 billion run rate, one that’s still growing at around 45 percent a year. That’s a highly successful business by any measure, but as I listened to AWSContinue reading “AWS wants to rule the world”

DoJ charges Autonomy founder with fraud over $11BN sale to HP

November 30, 2018 at 03:23PM UK entrepreneur turned billionaire investor, Mike Lynch, has been charged with fraud in US over the 2011 sale of his enterprise software company. Lynch sold Autonomy, the big data company he founded back in 1996, to computer giant HP for around $11BN some seven years ago. But within a yearContinue reading “DoJ charges Autonomy founder with fraud over $11BN sale to HP”

Enterprise AR is an opportunity to “do well by doing good”, says General Catalyst

November 30, 2018 at 11:21AM A founder-investor panel on augmented reality (AR) technology here at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin suggests growth hopes for the space have regrouped around enterprise use-cases, after the VR consumer hype cycle landed with yet another flop in the proverbial ‘trough of disillusionment’. Matt Miesnieks, CEO of mobile AR startup 6d.ai, conceded the spaceContinue reading “Enterprise AR is an opportunity to “do well by doing good”, says General Catalyst”

New AWS tool helps customers understand best cloud practices

November 29, 2018 at 10:19PM Since 2015, AWS has had a team of solution architects working with customers to make sure they are using AWS services in a way that meets best practices around a set of defined criteria. Today, the company announced a new Well Architected tool that helps customers do this themselves inContinue reading “New AWS tool helps customers understand best cloud practices”

AWS announces a slew of new Lambda features

November 29, 2018 at 08:34PM AWS launched Lambda in 2015 and with it helped popularize serverless computing. You simply write code (event triggers) and AWS deals with whatever compute, memory and storage you need to make that work. Today at AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas, the company announced several new features to make it moreContinue reading “AWS announces a slew of new Lambda features”

AWS launches a managed Kafka service

November 29, 2018 at 06:24PM Kafka is an open source tool for handling incoming streams of data. Like virtually all powerful tools, it’s somewhat hard to set up and manage. Today, Amazon’s AWS is making this all a bit easier for its users with the launch of Amazon Managed Streaming for Kafka. That’s a mouthful,Continue reading “AWS launches a managed Kafka service”

Asana, a work management platform, nabs $50M growth round at a $1.5B valuation

November 29, 2018 at 01:00PM Asana, a service that teams and individuals use to plan and track the progress of work projects, is doubling down on its own project: to shape “the future of work,” in the words of co-founder and CEO Dustin Moskovitz. The startup, whose products are used by millions of free andContinue reading “Asana, a work management platform, nabs $50M growth round at a $1.5B valuation”

AWS is bringing the cloud on prem with Outposts

November 28, 2018 at 07:54PM AWS has always been the pure cloud vendor, and even though it has given a nod to hybrid, it is now fully embracing it. Today in conjunction with VMware, it announced a pair of options to bring AWS into the datacenter. Yes, you read it correctly. You can now putContinue reading “AWS is bringing the cloud on prem with Outposts”

AWS Textract brings intelligence to OCR

November 28, 2018 at 06:42PM One of the challenges just about every business faces is converting forms to a useful digital format. This has typically involved using human data entry clerks to enter the data into the computer. State of the art involved using OCR to read forms automatically, but AWS CEO Andy Jassy explained thatContinue reading “AWS Textract brings intelligence to OCR”

AWS announces new Inferentia machine learning chip

November 28, 2018 at 06:13PM AWS is not content to cede any part of any market to any company. When it comes to machine learning chips, names like Nvidia or Google come to mind, but today at AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas, the company announced a new dedicated machine learning chip of its own calledContinue reading “AWS announces new Inferentia machine learning chip”

AWS launches new time series database

November 28, 2018 at 05:38PM AWS announced a new time series database today at AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas. The new product called DynamoDB On-Demand is a fully managed database designed to track items over time, which can be particularly useful for Internet of Things scenarios. “With time series data each data point consists ofContinue reading “AWS launches new time series database”

AWS launches a managed blockchain service

November 28, 2018 at 05:41PM It was only a year ago that AWS CEO Andy Jassy said that he wasn’t all that interested in blockchain services. Clearly something has changed over the course of the last year because today, the company is launching two new blockchain services: Quantum Ledger Database and Amazon Managed Blockchain. AsContinue reading “AWS launches a managed blockchain service”

AWS Lake Formation makes setting up data lakes easier

November 28, 2018 at 05:14PM The concept of data lakes has been around for a long time, but being able to set up one of these systems, which store vast amounts of raw data in its native formats, was never easy. AWS wants to change this with the launch of AWS Lake Formation. At itsContinue reading “AWS Lake Formation makes setting up data lakes easier”

AWS tries to lure Windows users with Amazon FSx for Windows File Server

November 28, 2018 at 04:55PM Amazon has had storage options for Linux file servers for some time, but it recognizes that a number of companies still use Windows file servers, and they are not content to cede that market to Microsoft. Today the company announced Amazon FSx for Windows File Server to provide a fully compatibleContinue reading “AWS tries to lure Windows users with Amazon FSx for Windows File Server”

AWS launches a base station for satellites as a service

November 27, 2018 at 08:38PM Today at AWS Re:invent in Las Vegas, AWS announced a new service for satellite providers with the launch of AWS Ground Station, the first fully-managed ground station as a service. With this new service, AWS will provide ground antennas through their existing network of worldwide availability zones, and data processingContinue reading “AWS launches a base station for satellites as a service”

Red Hat acquires hybrid cloud data management service NooBaa

November 27, 2018 at 04:06PM Red Hat is in the process of being acquired by IBM for a massive $34 billion, but that deal hasn’t closed yet and, in the meantime, Red Hat is still running independently and making its own acquisitions, too. As the company today announced, it has acquired Tel Aviv-based NooBaa, an early-stageContinue reading “Red Hat acquires hybrid cloud data management service NooBaa”