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Google’s hardware team absorbs Nest to co-develop products

CBS Interactive Alphabet on Wednesday announced it will fold Nest into its Google hardware team, instead of operating the smart home device maker as a separate division like it has for two years. The move aims to make it easier for Google to add artificial intelligence software like Assistant into new Nest products. CNET Smart Home Guide From connected light ...

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Industrial firms must embrace digital as they evolve from grease to code

Video: Industrial equipment manufacturers reporting difficulties with Meltdown and Spectre patches In volatile market conditions, conservative industrial giants must move faster to survive. This digital transformation of traditional manufacturing firms cannot — and must not — simply be about making existing industrial processes more efficient. They must recognize the opportunity to use digital as a way to create more sustainable ...

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Cognizant aims to retrain its massive employee base for digital transformation, multiple skills

Cognizant has labor on its mind as it aims to retrain its employee base as its business is increasingly driven by digital services. The company’s fourth quarter earnings conference call illustrated how managing its labor resources better–and layering in automation–is key to its goal to improve non-GAAP operating margin to 22 percent in 2019 over time. Cognizant reported a strong ...

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​Windows 10 laptops: HP just updated its best-sellers with new premium features

Image: HP Inc HP Inc has updated its best-selling business line — the HP EliteBook 800 series — with new security and collaboration tools previously only offered on premium models. The company has also added new features to its ZBook 14u/15u mobile workstations and introduced a new Thunderbolt dock. HP said the new devices use the premium design previously used ...

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Singapore designates area for drone tests, explores new tech for air traffic management

The Singapore government has set aside a designated area on the island in which drones can be tested and signed several partnerships to explore the use of new technologies to improve air traffic management. The One-North district, which served as an R&D hub, was unveiled as the country’s first drone estate to provide an area where organisations and research institutions ...

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ACCC says multinationals generally easier to deal with than financial services

A House of Representatives committee has heard that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has generally butted heads more with financial services providers such as Visa than multinational tech giants operating locally such as Google and Amazon. Addressing the Standing Committee on Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources and its inquiry into impacts on local businesses in Australia from global ...

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NBN appoints Telstra alum as business customer officer

Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) company has announced appointing a new chief customer officer for its Business arm following the retirement of John Simon. Paul Tyler, who will begin the new role on February 19, had previously served as group MD of Telstra Business. His Sydney-based NBN role will see him become a member of the executive committee, reporting directly ...

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​Snapchat’s Q4 shows signs of a company growing up

Snap delivered a fourth quarter that was a bit of a shock as revenue came in higher than expectations. The company, which has been a Wall Street punching bag since going public, reported a fourth quarter net loss of $349.98 million on revenue of $285.7 million, up 72 percent from a year ago. Daily active users were up 8.9 million, ...

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A flaw in Hotspot Shield can expose VPN users, locations

VPN: Why you should hide your IP address A security researcher has found a way to identify users of Hotspot Shield, a popular free virtual private network service that promises its users anonymity and privacy. Hotspot Shield, developed by AnchorFree, has an estimated 500 million users around the world relying on its privacy service. By bouncing a user’s internet and ...

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AMD EPYC powers new Dell EMC PowerEdge servers

AMD EPYC Dell EMC is adding three single- and dual-core AMD EPYC servers to its PowerEdge line up. Must read: Apple products you shouldn’t buy in 2018 There are three new EPYC 7000-series powered servers added. PowerEdge R6415 Single socket Specially tuned for edge computing Up to 32 high performance Zen cores Up to 2TB memory capacity Up to 10 ...

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