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Microsoft partners with Accenture and Avanade to build vertical AI services

Microsoft is partnering with Accenture and Avanade to build custom AI services tailored for customers in specific industry verticals. The partnership, announced May 22, builds on custom virtual-support agents that Microsoft has been developing for customers like HP and Macy’s. That custom agent work, which Microsoft dubbed “Dynamics 365 AI solutions,” doesn’t have anything to do with Dynamics 365, Microsoft’s ... Read More »

Apple reveals latest government data demand figures

(Image: file photo) Apple’s latest transparency report is out. New figures in the company’s second biannual transparency report for 2017 show that Apple received 29,718 demands to access 309,362 devices in the second-half of the year. Data was turned over in 79 percent of cases. The number of demands are down slightly on the first half of the year, but ... Read More »

Amazon Prime saves blockbuster sci-fi show The Expanse from obscurity

Update: Amazon boss Jeff Bezos has confirmed that The Expanse will return on Amazon Prime, though as yet there’s no fixed date for season four. Our original story continues below… The Expanse has been around for three seasons now and was Syfy’s big push into creating a blockbuster science-fiction TV show.  Big money did mean, however, that the show would ... Read More »

Mobile industry ‘shouldn’t wait’ for 5G to roll out small cells

“if you take anything away with you today, then it’s don’t wait for 5G to plan for small cells,” was the cry of one speaker at SWCS World in London this week. It was hardly surprising to hear such a plea at a small cell-focused event, where many of the speakers have a vested interest in shifting their wares to ... Read More »

Solo sequel? A Boba Fett Star Wars movie is in the works

It’s been rumored for as long as Disney has had the rights to the Star Wars franchise, but we may be finally about to see a standalone Boba Fett film from the sci-fi galaxy far, far away. According to the Hollywood Reporter, James Mangold, director of the fantastic X-Men spin-off movie Logan, is set to helm. It’s also expected that ... Read More »

The Acer Predator Helios 500 is a gaming laptop that’s overclockable in all the right places

The Acer Predator Helios 500 is a gaming laptop designed for extreme gamers. Not infinitely wealthy ones, such as the lucky 300 who bought a limited-edition $8,000 Predator 21 X, but reasonably well-financed ones who could instead “settle” for a model that offers an overclockable GPU and a few overclockable CPU options as well. That’s just the beginning. We saw ... Read More »

Amazon’s Echo privacy flub has big implications for IT

Amazon has confirmed a report that one of its Echo devices recorded a family’s conversation and then messaged it to a random person on the family’s contact list, who is an employee of a family member. But Amazon, in a statement emailed to Computerworld, confirmed every privacy advocate’s worst nightmare with its explanation: “Echo woke up due to a word ... Read More »

Mobility startups: Apply to exhibit for free as a TC Top Pick at Disrupt SF ‘18

Mobility is one of the most rapidly advancing technologies going, and we’re searching for the rising stars of early-stage mobility startups to apply as a TC Top Pick for Disrupt San Francisco 2018 on September 5-7 at Moscone Center West. It’s a competitive application process, but if TechCrunch editors designate your company as a Top Pick, you get to exhibit ... Read More »

CommerceDNA wins the TechCrunch Hackathon at VivaTech

It’s been a long night at VivaTech. The building hosted a very special competition — the very first TechCrunch Hackathon in Paris. Hundreds of engineers and designers got together to come up with something cool, something neat, something awesome. The only condition was that they only had 24 hours to work on their projects. Some of them were participating in ... Read More »

InVision design tool Studio gets an app store, asset store

InVision, the startup that wants to be the operating system for designers, today introduced its app store and asset store within InVision Studio. In short, InVision Studio users now have access to some of their most-used apps and services from right within the Studio design tool. Plus, those same users will be able to shop for icons, UX/UI components, typefaces ... Read More »

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