Time: ‘The Capabilities Are Still There.’ Why Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower Christopher Wylie Is Still Worried

October 08, 2019 at 08:34PM In March 2018, Christopher Wylie blew the whistle on Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that worked for the Trump campaign. Cambridge Analytica, the Canadian data scientist revealed, had illegally obtained the Facebook information of 87 million people and used it to build psychological profiles of voters. Using cutting-edge research, CambridgeContinue reading “Time: ‘The Capabilities Are Still There.’ Why Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower Christopher Wylie Is Still Worried”

Tesla ‘Smart Summon’ Software Under Government Scrutiny For Possible Safety Problems

October 5, 2019 at 04:15AM The new software ignited a storm of social media videos demonstrating the utility and flaws of a feature that allows drivers to summon their driver-less cars. Tesla ‘Smart Summon’ Software Under Government Scrutiny For Possible Safety Problems…

Microsoft, Adobe and SAP prepare to expand their Open Data Initiative

March 27, 2019 at 05:00PM At last year’s Microsoft Ignite conference, the CEOs of Microsoft, Adobe and SAP took the stage to announce the launch of the Open Data Initiative. The idea behind this effort was to make it easier for their customers to move data between each others’ services by standardizing on a commonContinue reading “Microsoft, Adobe and SAP prepare to expand their Open Data Initiative”

Chef launches deeper integration with Microsoft Azure

September 25, 2018 at 02:52PM DevOps automation service Chef today announced a number of new integrations with Microsoft Azure. The news, which was announced at Microsoft Ignite conference in Orlando, Florida, focuses on helping enterprises bring their legacy applications to Azure and ranges from the public preview of Chef Automate Managed Service for Azure toContinue reading “Chef launches deeper integration with Microsoft Azure”

The 7 most important announcements from Microsoft Ignite today

September 24, 2018 at 09:39PM Microsoft is hosting its Ignite conference in Orlando, Florida this week. And although Ignite isn’t the household name that Microsoft’s Build conference has become over the course of the last few years, it’s a massive event with over 30,000 attendees and plenty of news. Indeed, there was so much newsContinue reading “The 7 most important announcements from Microsoft Ignite today”

Microsoft, SAP and Adobe take on Salesforce with their new Open Data Initiative for customer data

September 24, 2018 at 02:49PM Microsoft, SAP and Adobe today announced a new partnership: the Open Data Initiative. This alliance, which is a clear attack against Salesforce, aims to create a single data model for consumer data that is then portable between platforms. That, the companies argue, will provide more transparency and privacy controls forContinue reading “Microsoft, SAP and Adobe take on Salesforce with their new Open Data Initiative for customer data”

Microsoft Azure gets new high-performance storage options

September 24, 2018 at 02:01PM Microsoft Azure is getting a number of new storage options today that mostly focus on use cases where disk performance matters. The first of these is Azure Ultra SSD Managed Disks, which are now in public preview. Microsoft says that these drives will offer “sub-millisecond latency,” which unsurprisingly makes themContinue reading “Microsoft Azure gets new high-performance storage options”

Microsoft hopes enterprises will use want to use Cortana

September 24, 2018 at 02:01PM In a world dominated by Alexa and the Google Assistant, Cortana suffers the fate of a perfectly good alternative that nobody uses and everybody forgets about. But Microsoft wouldn’t be Microsoft if it just gave up on its investment in this space, so it’s now launching the Cortana Skills KitContinue reading “Microsoft hopes enterprises will use want to use Cortana”

Microsoft updates its planet-scale Cosmos DB database service

September 24, 2018 at 02:00PM Cosmos DB is undoubtedly one of the most interesting products in Microsoft’s Azure portfolio. It’s a fully managed, globally distributed multi-model database that offers throughput guarantees, a number of different consistency models and high read and write availability guarantees. Now that’s a mouthful, but basically, it means that developers canContinue reading “Microsoft updates its planet-scale Cosmos DB database service”

Microsoft wants to put your data in a box

September 24, 2018 at 02:00PM AWS has its Snowball (and Snowmobile truck), Google Cloud has its data transfer appliance and Microsoft has its Azure Data Box. All of these are physical appliances that allow enterprises to ship lots of data to the cloud by uploading it into these machines and then shipping them to theContinue reading “Microsoft wants to put your data in a box”

Microsoft Teams gets bokeh and meeting recordings with transcripts

September 24, 2018 at 02:00PM If you’ve ever attended a video meeting and wished that the speakers used really expensive cameras and lenses that allowed for that soft classy background blur of a portrait photo, then Microsoft wants to make that wish come true. The company announced a number of updates to Microsoft Teams today,Continue reading “Microsoft Teams gets bokeh and meeting recordings with transcripts”

Microsoft’s SQL Server gets built-in support for Spark and Hadoop

September 24, 2018 at 02:00PM It’s time for the next version of SQL Server, Microsoft’s flagship database product. The company today announced the first public preview of SQL Server 2019 and while yet another update to a proprietary database may not seem all that exciting at first glance, Microsoft is trying to do a fewContinue reading “Microsoft’s SQL Server gets built-in support for Spark and Hadoop”

Yubico’s new security keys now support FIDO2

September 24, 2018 at 12:00PM Yubico, the company behind the popular Yubikey security keys, today announced the launch of its 5 Series keys. The company argues that these new keys, which start at $45, are the first multi-protocol securities keys that supports the FIDO2 standard. With this, Yubico argues, the company will be able toContinue reading “Yubico’s new security keys now support FIDO2”

Adobe gets its company, snaring Marketo for $4.75 billion

September 20, 2018 at 09:07PM A week ago rumors were flying that Adobe would be buying Marketo, and lo and behold it announced today that it was acquiring the marketing automation company for $4.75 billion. It was a pretty nice return for Vista Equity partners, which purchased Marketo in May 2016 for $1.8 billion inContinue reading “Adobe gets its company, snaring Marketo for $4.75 billion”