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IBM report projects evolution of phishing, ransomware and spoof tech
"The amount of exposed records that we're seeing today means that cybercriminals are getting their hands on more keys to our homes and businesses.”
Global smart home market set for rapid growth in near future
The valuation of the global industry has doubled since 2017, and is set to reach $158 billion in the next four years.
Global smart speaker market experiences 45% growth
“Low-priced devices are vital growth drivers for smart displays and heated competition ahead of the Q4 shopping season is expected."
Gartner: Wearable device spending to total US$52 billion in 2020
Competition from lower-cost smartwatches will reduce average selling prices by 4.5% in 2021.
realme smartphones launch into Aussie market
The Oppo-supported up-and-comer has announced the release of four devices, three of which include quad-camera, all under $500.
UPS drone delivery heralds new era in parcel logistics
UPS has sent a warning shot to Amazon with its newly approved drone delivery fleet.
Amazon announces new Echo products, including Alexa features
Amazon has launched a new line-up of Echo devices, enabling users to access Alexa at home in different ways, as well as a range of Alexa features.
AWS EC2 strengthens compute power for ML applications
Amazon EC2 will leverage G4 instances to boost resources required to tackle computationally demanding tasks that could benefit from additional GPU acceleration.
Google slips further down the ranks in smart speaker market
"For Baidu to replace Google to become the world's second largest smart speaker vendor, is no small feat."
Magic Quadrant gives insight into ongoing Cloud Wars
Microsoft and Google join top dog AWS in the Leaders quadrant, while Alibaba Cloud, IBM and Oracle are coming up as Niche Players.
IBM, VMware, F5 lead GlobalData's hybrid cloud theme
All three companies gained 5 out of 5 for the hybrid cloud theme in GlobalData’s Thematic Scorecard for the cloud services sector.
Gartner outlines top five public cloud IaaS providers worldwide
The total market, which swelled with 31.3% growth in 2018 to a total of $32.4 billion, is displaying strong signs of consolidation as the dominant players swoop in.
Big Tech firms in the spotlight over data privacy
“Once deemed consumer champions, Big Tech now appears to be the new dark side of capitalism, arguably presenting a bigger risk to society than bankers were."
Google, Apple, Amazon financial moves could impact NZ
The tech giants are encroaching on financial services and threatening incumbents, says FintechNZ.
Amazon admits storing Alexa recordings until users take action
Amazon’s Alexa voice service is storing all user voice recordings and transcripts on its servers by default – and people who want to delete those recordings must do so manually.
Gartner: Cloud set to take over the database market
On-premises database management system revenue continues to decrease as the market shifts to the cloud.
How one man used AI to curb his cat's murderous instincts
Ben Hamm is an Amazon employee who was tired of being an accessory to murder – and he used technology to help curb the problem.
How brands can use Alexa to build customer engagement
"Don’t try to recreate your app on voice. Ask, what can I do better on a voice user interface than an app?”
Versent and Insentra partner to grow managed services
The partnership will create a complete service offering and single point of contact for businesses requiring both AWS and Microsoft support.
GlobalData: Automated home device spend to hit $75bn by 2025
According to the company’s latest report, much of that growth will be driven by two types of devices: smart thermostats and smart speakers.
10 ways disties can stay relevant in the age of Amazon
Australian distributors have nothing to fear in the Amazon economy - they simply need to understand the value they can offer and put modern tools.
Adobe & Amazon: Making merchants' stores a lot more powerful
Magento Commerce branded stores for Amazon sellers features native integration with Amazon merchant tools including Amazon Pay and Fulfillment by Amazon. These provide the convenience of secure payments and speedy shipping services for buyers.
Amazon still safely ahead of chasing pack in cloud infrastructure market
Despite Microsoft, Google, Alibaba and Tencent all substantially outpacing the overall market, Amazon is still clearly in front.
AI helps Amazon Alexa ignore its own name
One of the frustrating things about calling a smart home assistant Alexa - a name that's also common amongst many humans - is that sometimes, technology is too nosy for its own good.