Bots are becoming one of the most popular trends in the modern technology ecosystem. Driven by popular messaging platforms like Facebook Messenger or Slack, bots are establishing new principles in user experience and user-to-system communications. However, with explosive growth comes new challenges, and the bot technology ecosystem is certainly facing a few hurdles as it transitions from early to mainstream adopters. Among the potential challenges of current bot technology, nothing is more concerning than the high levels of fragmentation in the market.Fragmentation is a necessary evil in fast-growing tech markets. From one perspective, fragmentation is a clear sign of innovation in a particular technology space. At the same time, too much fragmentation can stall the growth in the development of a technology sector when no vendor gains enough market share to take innovation to the next level. Fragmentation is typically considered to be riskier in platform markets like mobile, cloud or … [Read more...] about Fragmentation could be the Achilles’ heel of bot technologies
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posted on 19 Jul 2014, 18:21 16 1. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014) LOL at Samsung saying it has the best hardware! posted on 19 Jul 2014, 18:31 27 3. ajac09 (Posts: 1482; Member since: 30 Sep 2009) Better then apples. posted on 19 Jul 2014, 18:36 12 8. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013) That's what those wannabes think. 50. techperson211 (Posts: 1280; Member since: 27 Feb 2014) And you're a PRO? Then don't be a whiner. 17. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014) Samsung hastily put together an announcement that Galaxy S5 will have a 64bit processor after Apple’s Sept 10 announcement on iPhone5S and A7. Then Samsung back tracked 2 days later to say it would be misguided to produce a 64bit mobile processor. It was apparently that Samsung was caught surprised by the A7 and responded in a conflicting manner. 28. kryme (Posts: 406; Member since: 24 Oct 2013) samsung prolly shook their … [Read more...] about Comments for : Humor: What IBM and Apple’s deal really does to the rest of the industry
One of the most spectacular advances in modern science has been the rise of machine vision. In just a few years, a new generation of machine learning techniques has changed the way computers see. Machines now outperform humans in face recognition and object recognition and are in the process of revolutionizing numerous vision-based tasks such as driving, security monitoring, and so on. Machine vision is now superhuman.But a problem is emerging. Machine vision researchers have begun to notice some worrying shortcomings of their new charges. It turns out machine vision algorithms have an Achilles’ heel that allows them to be tricked by images modified in ways that would be trivial for a human to spot. These modified pictures are called adversarial images, and they are a significant threat. “An adversarial example for the face recognition domain might consist of very subtle markings applied to a person’s face, so that a human observer would recognize their … [Read more...] about Machine Vision’s Achilles’ Heel Revealed by Google Brain Researchers
You may know that stand up desks are all the rage these days. Call them stand-up desks, standing desks, or sit-stand desks,, they all allow you to sit part of the day and stand part of the day. You can still get your work done and check items off that long to do-list of yours, all while keeping you healthier. Because sitting is not awesome for you.Did you know that sitting for too long at a time can slow your blood circulation and cause your body harm? It can not only put you at a bigger risk for herniated lumbar disks, one recent study concluded that watching a single hour of TV can take off 21.8 minutes of your life. Now imagine what sitting at work for eight or more hours can do to you! That’s a scary thought.Crank-ups desks require you to manually raise and lower them with a handle. These are less expensive and still awesome. You can also get pop-ups platforms for your existing desk that allow your computer to rise with you. And motorized desks are the easiest and geekiest! I … [Read more...] about The ups and downs of standing desks, and 3 beginner mistakes to avoid
While almost any time of the year is a great time for a weekend trip to Las Vegas, these trips seem to multiply in the warmer months because guess what; summer season is also wedding season. There are plenty of other good reasons to jet off to Vegas for a weekend of fun and relaxation, but bachelor and bachelorette parties seem to be the most-used excuses. Unless you are the non-partying type, a weekend in Vegas usually means days of lounging by the pool in sweltering heat and evenings of drunken debauchery. In between there will likely be opportunities for shopping, seeing the sights if it’s your first time in Vegas, and expensive cuisine. We’ve got you covered with all the essentials you’ll need for a quick few days in Sin City, no matter your reason. Clockwise from top leftLightweight shirt If you’ve never been to Vegas you will learn one thing very quickly: The weather (unless you go in winter) usually feels somewhat akin to a hot, dry oven, so … [Read more...] about Gear Guide: Ultimate Las Vegas weekend packing list
To a small-business owner, choosing technology can be daunting. On one hand, the latest gadgets can glitter like a well-stocked toy store, with vendors promising to put a company on the cutting edge. On the other, budget constraints mean purchases must pay for themselves in the long run.So, what is the best way to ensure that technology outlays will be money well spent? Although answers to this question can vary widely based on a firm's industry niche, employee base and maturity, experts say that for every growing business, there is a perfect technology recipe. The key is finding and exploiting it.Les Wanninger, a professor at the University of Minnesota, said small businesses should start by identifying what their customers want them to do better. Chances are that salespeople or employees who handle complaints already know what these things are, he told the E-Commerce Times."The important thing is to align that purchase with what your customers most want you to do, rather than what a … [Read more...] about E-BUSINESS SPECIAL REPORT Low-Cost High-Tech Blueprints for Small Biz
Well it seems no matter how loudly we here in the Linux blogosphere try to hum a happy tune or discuss cheerful FOSS matters, we just can't seem to drown out the shouts and screams coming from those standing too close to the Systemd Inferno.Stand back, people! It's dangerous!The embers, of course, had been hot for some time already before the blaze flared sky-high a few months ago. Now, the conflagration appears to be completely out of control.Need proof? Two words: Debian fork.That's right: Debian, the granddaddy of Linux distributions and embodiment of everything so many FOSS fans hold dear, may be forked, and it's apparently all because of Systemd.A more upsetting development would be hard to conceive. "Debian today is haunted by the tendency to betray its own mandate, a base principle of the Free Software movement: put the user's rights first," explained the anonymous developers behind the Debian Fork site. "What is happening now instead is that through a so-called 'do-ocracy,' … [Read more...] about LINUX BLOG SAFARI Debian’s Civil War: Has It Really Come to This?
Oracle's high-stakes bid for PeopleSoft, announced Friday, seemed to come out of nowhere."I absolutely did not" expect this to happen, Forrester analyst Byron Miller told the E-Commerce Times. "I got a phone call at 6:15 a.m. [Friday] from Oracle from analyst relations, saying they were going to make an announcement at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time."Yankee Group senior analyst Kosin Huang also told the E-Commerce Times that the announcement also took her by surprise."I think it stunned everybody, since it followed on the heels of PeopleSoft's planned acquisition of J.D. Edwards," Huang said, adding that many industry observers saw that acquisition as a positive step for those companies.What is really behind Oracle's sudden attempt to acquire PeopleSoft? Is it a serious offer or just a show of gamesmanship in the tight ERP/CRM market?In a surprisingly blunt statement, PeopleSoft president and CEO Craig Conway called Oracle's actions "atrociously bad behavior from a company with a history of … [Read more...] about Inside Oracle’s High-Stakes PeopleSoft Grab
Every technology-aware being -- plus the U.S. courts -- agrees that Microsoft dominates the software business.In the consumer and business office suite markets, Sun Microsystems' free, online Star Office distribution doesn't seem to have made a dent, despite its sophistication and interoperability with Microsoft's Office package. Aside from Star Office, there's so little competition out there that it's safe to assume that you've never heard of them.In the operating system arena, despite Apple's recent resurgence and the fact that the Windows ME "upgrade" is merely an incremental, expensive and questionable improvement on Windows 98, there doesn't seem to be any rush on the part of consumers -- except for the computer cognoscenti -- to adopt alternative operating systems, such as Linux.Not to mention the fact that with its Internet Explorer browser, Microsoft has all but creamed the competition in that arena as well.So, will Microsoft continue to be the seemingly impregnable software … [Read more...] about Is E-Commerce Microsoft’s Achilles’ Heel?
At first, I was surprised to see the flurry of blog and comment traffic recently over Scott Forstall, the Apple "CEO-in-waiting," as portrayed by a new book about Apple coming out next week.I thought, What's wrong with current CEO Tim Cook? Is he going somewhere? Didn't he just get a bunch of new compensation packages worth hundreds of millions of dollars? And weren't some of these packages designed to keep top Apple management working at Apple?I thought, Where is this coming from? Why is this getting attention?And then it hit me. First, this appeared to be a carefully packaged promotional excerpt designed to catch attention and drum up excitement for the book, which is Adam Lashinsky's Inside Apple: How America's Most Admired - and Secretive - Company Really Works. The book comes on the heels of the widely popular authorized biography Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.But why did it catch so much attention? Is Forstall that amazing? He's been on the stage at Apple's announcements before, … [Read more...] about OPINION What If Cook Really Isn’t a Product Guy?