When 34-year-old engineer and inventor Dmytro Kostyk founded his Internet of Things (IoT) company Kodisoft in 2003, he knew there was a rough journey ahead. "In Ukraine, you have a top supply chain, but to get something here in the country, you have to move mountains," he says. More than a decade and a half later though, Kodisoft has helped transform the dining experience for customers and restaurateurs alike with its interactive table technology, which is now used by 19 restaurants in cities including Kyiv, Barcelona, London and Dubai. These interactive dining tables can be used for ordering food and drinks, summoning restaurant staff and paying the bill, but also offer entertainment features like music, children's games and the ability to share photos and videos with other guests. SEE: Developers wanted: Companies are hiring, and these are skills they're looking for To date, Kodisoft has sold more than 1,000 of its smart tables which are now used in shopping … [Read more...] about Despite huge challenges, this country is trying to build its own start-up ecosystem
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Google has launched a new series of workshops which aim to teach teenagers how to tackle “fake news” and “hate speech.” “Internet Citizens” will be run by Google’s YouTube in cities across the United Kingdom for those between the ages of 13 and 18. The workshops “are intended to raise awareness around issues such as tolerance, empathy and abuse online,” according to The Guardian . “Nearly all of us will have come across comments or content online that shocked or even offended us, sometimes leaving us feeling isolated or powerless to change the conversation,” said YouTube’s head of public policy , Naomi Gummer. “And for young people in particular, this sense of vulnerability can be heightened if it’s difficult to judge whether a piece of content is real, especially when something is shared on social media by a trusted friend. That’s why we’re launching Internet Citizens.” “This is just one part of our commitment to a better web… Alongside this, we are exploring more … [Read more...] about Google Launches Anti-‘Fake News’ and ‘Hate Speech’ Workshops for Teens
Global firms working on brand cryptocurrencies take a cue from Facebook's Libra case Watch Now Facebook's plan to take over the world of cryptocurrency and online payments has not had the most auspicious start. Given Facebook's massive customer reach, encompassing billions of users, it was no surprise that the social network would consider a move into finance in order to expand its influence further and beyond the revenue steams offered by data collection, analytics, and targeted advertising. The first punt, Messenger payments, failed to capture the interest or imagination of users in areas including the UK and France, leading the tech giant to close the person-to-person (P2P) payments system in some countries , despite a successful rollout in the United States. SEE: How blockchain will disrupt business (ZDNet/TechRepublic special feature) | Download the free PDF version (TechRepublic) Enter Libra, a proposed cryptocurrency project announced … [Read more...] about PayPal backs out: what does this mean for the future of Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency?
The new era of broadcast is here — and it’s powered by NVIDIA. A rising demand for entertainment content, combined with the shift to streaming platforms, means traditional broadcast workflows need to evolve. To take advantage of the latest capabilities driven by AI and accelerated computing, broadcasters must transition to flexible, software-defined infrastructure. NVIDIA is working with partners to meet these demands, bringing the future of production and distribution to viewers around the world. NVIDIA RTX GPUs and low-latency NVIDIA Networking products are driving the latest trends in broadcast, including AI, real-time graphics and virtual production. AI Takes Broadcast to New Heights AI-accelerated technologies are helping enhance the experience for content creation, distribution and consumption. With AI, broadcasters can use advanced capabilities like recommender systems, gain deeper insights into content and viewership, and automate repetitive tasks to enhance … [Read more...] about Discover the Future of Broadcast With AI and Accelerated Computing
An analysis of data from the Q2 hiring market suggests that tech salaries flattened in 2021 as more employers brought on junior candidates to meet demand. Hiring platform Hired analysed more than 525,000 interview requests and 10,000 job offers between January 2019 and June 2021 and found the average US tech salary was $152,000 in 2021, a slight decrease of 1.1% compared to last year. It attributed this to increased pressure on hiring pipelines driven by the pandemic and the ensuing 'Great Resignation', which has seen employees quitting their jobs at record rates. This has led to heightened competition for software developers and other specialist tech workers, and "significantly shorter hiring cycles" as companies battle to meet demand: 30 days to hire in the U.S. and 34 days in the U.K., down 25% on average from a year ago. SEE: Tech skills: Four ways you can get the right mix In order to meet this demand, organizations are bringing on less experienced – and, … [Read more...] about Rising demand for developers is creating some unexpected consequences
The New South Wales government is looking for an organisation to host a new semiconductor hub that will be dedicated to propping up local companies focused on semiconductor design and IP. The plan to build a new semiconductor hub comes off the back of a recommendation by the state's Chief Scientist and Engineer Office after it conducted a study into the country's semiconductor scene. In the study, Sydney Nano Institute deputy director James Rabeau said there are currently no major Australian companies whose core business is in semiconductor design or development. With the semiconductor industry in Australia being quite limited, a government representative clarified that the goal behind creating the semiconductor hub was not to create a new major semiconductor fab as there are "significant capital and non-capital barriers in Australia". "Rather, [the hub] is focused on supporting existing NSW and Australian semiconductor companies (especially in semiconductor design and IP, but … [Read more...] about NSW government wants to create semiconductor hub focused on design and IP