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Microsoft Invests $50 Million in AI for Earth Program

Microsoft announced Monday that it would invest $50 million in a program that provides cloud-computing services and other resources to organizations working on climate change and environmental technology. The Redmond company’s AI for Earth program launched in July with $2 million, awarding grants to universities, companies and nongovernmental organizations that ... Read More »

Internet Founding Fathers Join in Net Neutrality Repeal Protests

More than 20 internet pioneers and leaders including the “father of the internet,” Vint Cerf; the inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee; and the Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak have urged the FCC to cancel its vote to repeal net neutrality, describing the plan as “based on a flawed ... Read More »

IoT, AI, and Drones for Disaster Management

Hurricane Harvey hit southeast Texas this past weekend, bringing 30+ inches of rain and devastating flood waters. This is the worst hurricane to hit the U.S. in ten years and the extent of the damage is still unknown, with tens of thousands of Texan residents displaced. While the storm itself ... Read More »

American and Other Airlines To Ban Smart Bags

Major U.S. airlines are moving to ban smart luggage due to safety concerns over their lithium-ion batteries. American Airlines released a statement Dec. 1 asking customers to remove their batteries from their smart luggage because of “safety management and risk mitigation” beginning Jan. 15, 2018. “Smart bags contain lithium battery ... Read More »

Is IoT forming New Competitive Advantage for Commercial Real Estate?

When you think about competitive advantages in commercial real estate, you don’t necessarily think about access to data. But access to actionable data has revolutionized many industries and is becoming a real competitive advantage in most of them. Data is no longer reserved for scientists and accountants. Data-driven operations have ... Read More »

Diaper Duty: Mark Zuckerberg Taking Month of Parental Leave

Mark Zuckerberg is taking parental leave for the month of December, the Facebook CEO announced Saturday. Zuckerberg previously took a month-long leave immediately after the August 2017 birth of his second daughter, August. “I’m going to take advantage of Facebook’s option to take leave in parts,” the CEO said at ... Read More »

Tech Titan War: Google Blocks YouTube on Amazon Devices in Bitter Feud

Google is pulling its popular YouTube video service from Amazon’s Fire TV and Echo Show devices in an escalating feud that has caught consumers in the crossfire. The decision to block YouTube is retaliation for Amazon’s refusal to sell some Google products that compete with Amazon gadgets. That includes Google’s ... Read More »

Google Doodle Celebrates 50 Years of Kids Coding

Google is marking the 50th anniversary of children learning how to code with the release of a new Doodle that acts as an interactive video game. Google’s homepage features the game made by Google and researchers from MIT Scratch! whose mission involves “developing new ways for new kids to express ... Read More »

Persistent features among leading players in ‘Zinnov Zones 2017’

Persistent Systems has been positioned among the leading players for Enterprise and Consumer Software in ‘Zinnov Zones 2017 – Product Engineering Services’ Report. The company has been positioned in the leadership zone for ‘Enterprise Software’ and ‘Consumer Software’ for the fifth consecutive year. Persistent Systems is a global company specializing ... Read More »

Qualcomm Seeks Partial Ban on iPhone X, Apple Countersues

The ongoing intellectual property rights conflict between Apple and Qualcomm took another turn Wednesday, when Apple filed a countersuit against the chipmaker in U.S. District Court in California. On Wednesday, Apple filed a countersuit in the ongoing dispute asserting that Qualcomm has infringed on eight of its patents related to ... Read More »