Tag: Enterprise

BlackBerry, IBM, Microsoft, and others join Android Enterprise Recommended initiative

About a year ago, Google announced the Android Enterprise Recommended program. It includes a list of Android devices that are ideal for business use and comply with certain guidelines (running a recent version of Android, supporting zero-touch enrollment, etc.). For companies looking to deploy a large number of phones, Google also now has a set […]

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Badger will deploy robots to nearly 500 Giant, Martin’s, and Stop and Shop stores in the U.S.

Fleets of robots will head to grocery store aisles later this year, thanks to a partnership between Kentucky-based Badger Technologies and Retail Business Services (RBS), the division of Ahold Delhaize that provides services to Food Lion, Hannaford, and other brick-and-mortar brands. The two today announced that Badger’s roving Marty bots, which […]

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Automattic announces Newspack, a next-gen news publishing platform backed by Google

WordPress.com parent Automattic has announced a new publishing platform for news sites, designed to help small to medium-sized publications generate more revenue. The initiative, which is called Newspack by WordPress.com, is launching in partnership with News Revenue Hub and Spirited Media. Interestingly, Newspack is backed by $2.4 million in funding from […]

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Breakdown of biggest VC raises in Midwestern states in 2018

As the new year gets underway, 2018’s fundraising numbers are rolling in, allowing us to get a snapshot of how the Midwest’s top startups fared. It was a good year for the Midwest, which we define here as Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. Here is a list of […]

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CrowdAnalytix raises $40 million for crowdsourced AI algorithms

Designing, training, and validating sophisticated machine learning algorithms can suck up a lot of hours — particularly if you’re dealing with sparse datasets. This has given rise to a cottage industry of crowdsourced data science, led by Google’s Kaggle and companies like Topcoder. And the market’s growth potential is getting […]

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Gartner and IDC: HP and Lenovo shipped the most PCs in 2018, but total numbers fell

The PC market is still declining, according to research firms Gartner and IDC. While the two agreed on that 2018 was negative, they disagreed on who shipped more PCs: HP or Lenovo. As with the year before, Dell was indisputably third. Both firms continue to be optimistic about the PC […]

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OneLogin raises $100 million to help enterprises manage access and identity

Not every startup manages to reach — or exceed — $100 million in financing. Those that do join an exclusive group  of fundraisers and can enjoy a massive vote of confidence from the venture capitalists and angels who help put them there. As of this morning, OneLogin is the latest […]

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Amazon extends its Key delivery service to third-party smart locks and garage doors

Won’t be around to accept a package? If the order’s from Amazon, you needn’t worry. Months after it began making deliveries to the trunks of select GM and Cadillac vehicles in 37 cities via Key In-Car, the Seattle company is introducing new ways for mail carriers to leave packages at homes […]

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Bosch details connected robot lawnmower, gesture-sensing kitchen projector

Bosch, the Gerlingen, Germany-based smart devices conglomerate that produces everything from dishwashers to CCTV cameras, had a lot to talk about during its keynote presentation at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show on Monday. Most of it involved the internet of things. Some of it involved artificial intelligence (AI). And all […]

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Organic growth vs. acquisitions: Which makes more sense? 

2018 was a banner year for tech mergers and acquisitions, including IBM’s $34 billion purchase of Red Hat (the largest software acquisition ever), Broadcom’s $18.9 billion buyout of CA Technologies, and Microsoft’s $7.5 billion deal for GitHub. Despite geopolitical and economic uncertainty, most observers are optimistic about continued robust prospects for M&A activity in 2019. “There […]

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German politicians’ data published online in massive breach

(Reuters) — Personal data and documents from hundreds of German politicians and public figures including Chancellor Angela Merkel have been published online in what appears to be one of Germany’s most far-reaching data breaches. A preliminary analysis showed the data had been obtained through “wrongful use of log-in information for […]

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Alphabet’s Verily raises $1 billion to make health care smarter

Google’s Verily, the health technology subsidiary of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, today announced that it’s secured $1 billion in financing led by Silver Lake, with participation from Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and “other global investment management firms.” It comes two years after Verily took in $800 million of outside capital from […]

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AI predictions for 2019 from Yann LeCun, Hilary Mason, Andrew Ng, and Rumman Chowdhury

Artificial intelligence is cast all at once as the technology that will save the world and end it. To cut through the noise and hype, VentureBeat spoke with luminaries whose views on the right way to do AI have been informed by years of working with some of the biggest […]

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Placer.ai analyzed New Year’s Eve 2017 foot traffic to find the most popular destinations

It’s New Year’s Eve, and if you live in the States, there’s a good chance you’ll spend the final minutes before midnight watching a 12-ton bright, glowing geodesic dome descend from a 141-foot flagpole in Times Square. New Yorkers have been ringing in the New Year with fireworks and a giant […]

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Dell returns to public markets after 6 years

(Reuters) — Dell returned to public markets on Friday, nearly six years after the company’s founder and Chief Executive Officer Michael Dell took it private in what was then the biggest buyout since the financial crisis of 2008. The computer maker is trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the […]

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Customers compare the noise from Alphabet spinout Wing’s delivery drones to a chainsaw

Wing, a graduate of Google parent company Alphabet’s X R&D lab, aims to develop drones that might one day be used to deliver packages to customers’ doorsteps. The only problem? They’re too noisy. According to The Wall Street Journal, Wing’s parcel-carrying drones, which were deployed in a rural area of southeastern […]

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White House mulls executive order to ban Huawei and ZTE equipment in U.S.

(Reuters) — President Donald Trump is considering an executive order in the new year to declare a national emergency that would bar U.S. companies from using telecommunications equipment made by China’s Huawei and ZTE, three sources familiar with the situation told Reuters. It would be the latest step by the […]

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Samsung’s C-Lab takes the wraps off 8 new products, including an AI-driven desk lamp

Samsung’s Creative Lab — or C-Lab, for short — opened its doors in 2012, and over the past six years, the internal incubator’s birthed innovations like smart glasses for the visually impaired, wearable 360-degree camcorders, and virtual reality home furnishing apps. (Samsung employees get a year off from their regular […]

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3 tech companies whose terrible 2018 you missed: Snap, Yelp, and IBM

So much went so spectacularly wrong in so many ways for tech companies in 2018 that it was hard to keep track of all the horror shows. Some fails were so epic — like those of Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Tesla — that they deserve their own postmortem. But these […]

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13 European companies acquired by U.S. tech giants in 2018

As in previous years, a number of big acquisitions went down in the technology realm in 2018, and Europe was a popular destination for U.S. companies looking to bolster their technological arsenal. Here’s a quick look back at some of the transatlantic deals that happened this year. Spektral (Denmark) In October, […]

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ProtonMail now lets you import emails in bulk from Gmail, Yahoo, and others

Encrypted email startup ProtonMail is making it easier for users to import their emails from other providers, in a move that could help stoke use of ProtonMail’s service. Additionally, the company will also enable users to backup their emails locally by exporting them to their hard drive. The Swiss firm has […]

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Heartland Tech Weekly: What Middle America’s startups need to grow in 2019

This week, I wrote about some of the highs and lows the Heartland experienced this year in its quest to land more tech jobs and businesses. The good news: this year proved that there’s a healthy concentration of tech companies in places like Ann Arbor, Columbus, and Salt Lake City that are employing several hundred people […]

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