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    1. Tableau unveils high-scale Hyper engine, previews self-service data-prep and 'smart' capabilities

      Tableau unveils high-scale Hyper engine, previews self-service data-prep and 'smart' capabilities

      Video: The data ownership land grab is on Tableau Software is the Apple of the analytics market, with a huge fan base and enthusiastic customers who are willing to stand in long lines for a glimpse at what's next. Last week's Tableau Conference in Las Vegas proved that once again with record attendance of more than 14,000. The Tableau fan boys and fan girls were not disappointed, as the company detailed plenty of new capabilities.

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    2. Alibaba to invest $15b in R&D through new global program

      Alibaba to invest $15b in R&D through new global program

      ZDNet Japan Alibaba to invest $15b in R&D through new global program Under the new research program, called the Alibaba DAMO Academy, the ecommerce giant will invest $15 billion in 'breakthrough' technologies. 0 Alibaba Group has announced the launch of a global research program and its plan to invest $15 billion in R&D through the program over the next three years.

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    3. ​LG opens smart home platform to developers

      ​LG opens smart home platform to developers

      ​LG opens smart home platform to developers LG Electronics has opened the API of its smart home platform SmartThinQ to developers. 0 LG Electronics has opened a dedicated website for its smart home platform SmartThinQ for developers. Developers can visit the site to apply for a partnership, and if successful, will gain access to the platform's application programming interface (API). If approved as a partner, their services and products can also carry the "Works with SmartThinQ" branding.

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    4. What is cloud computing? Everything you need to know from public and private cloud to software-as-a-service

      What is cloud computing? Everything you need to know from public and private cloud to software-as-a-service

      What is cloud computing? Everything you need to know from public and private cloud to software-as-a-service Updated: An introduction to cloud computing from IaaS and PaaS to hybrid, public, and private cloud. Video: Cloud storage - your best options What is cloud computing in simple terms? Cloud computing is the delivery of on-demand computing services -- from applications to storage and processing power -- typically over the internet and on a pay-as-you-go basis.

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    5. Alation adds cloud storage access from hybrid environments

      Alation adds cloud storage access from hybrid environments

      ZDNet Japan Alation adds cloud storage access from hybrid environments Making file system and streaming data more directly accessible has been a holy grail, especially for organizations looking at cloud deployment. Now that Amazon has opened the door to S3 cloud storage with Athena and Redshift Spectrum, Alation is expanding its data catalog to offer similar access that can extend to hybrid environments.

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      Mentions: Amazon Teradata EMR
    6. Salesforce Einstein turns one with a bevy of new features

      Salesforce Einstein turns one with a bevy of new features

      ZDNet Japan Salesforce Einstein turns one with a bevy of new features Salesforce also announced the launch of a $50 venture million fund that will invest in startups focused on artificial intelligence. Read More Salesforce's Einstein artificial intelligence platform celebrates its one-year anniversary this week and the CRM giant is marking the occasion with the launch of several new features.

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      Mentions: Intel EVP
    7. More artificial intelligence, fewer screens: the future of computing unfolds

      More artificial intelligence, fewer screens: the future of computing unfolds

      We are approaching the day when user interfaces and user experience (UI and UX) will mean much more than working through screens on devices. It may not involve screens at all. Photo: Joe McKendrick That's the word from Accenture, which spells out, in a recent report , the rise of AI as the new purveyor of UI and UX. Developments such as autonomous vehicles and voice-activated home assistants are just early examples surfacing that suggest more screenless computing is on the horizon.

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      Mentions: Berkeley Intel Google
    8. ​Kakao AI platform to go in Posco, Gs smart homes

      ​Kakao AI platform to go in Posco, Gs smart homes

      South Korean mobile chat giant Kakao has signed cooperation agreements with construction companies POSCO E&C, POSCO ICT, and GS E&C to build apartments for smart homes that use the Kakao I AI platform, the companies announced. With POSCO E&C and its IT service affiliate POSCO ICT, Kakao will co-develop a chat-based home control service to allow users to control their home from the outside, the companies said.

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      Mentions: Hyundai
    9. Doc.ai launches blockchain-based conversational AI platform for health consumers

      Doc.ai launches blockchain-based conversational AI platform for health consumers

      Doc.ai launches blockchain-based conversational AI platform for health consumers Healthcare consumers will be able to discuss pathology results with a machine. Walter De Brouwer, co-founder and CEO, Doc.AI Image: Supplied Palo Alto-based artificial intelligence startup Doc.ai has announced the US launch of its blockchain-based conversational AI platform on Thursday.

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    10. As AI floods the market, which chatbots deliver the best ROI for enterprises?

      As AI floods the market, which chatbots deliver the best ROI for enterprises?

      The current discussion on chatbots is at a crescendo. Industries from retail to healthcare all plan to include chatbots in 2017. But does adding AI to your service delivery workflow deliver a positive ROI? Inbenta , a Foster City, Calif.-based natural language chatbot and search platform company, released a report showing proof that leveraging AI and NLP (Natural Language Processing) solutions such as chatbots in enterprise organizations add significant value to the organisation.

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    11. Tableau acquires startup ClearGraph for natural language processing

      Tableau acquires startup ClearGraph for natural language processing

      ClearGraph founders Andrew Vigneault and Ryan Atallah are joining Tableau. Business intelligence firm Tableau announced Wednesday it's acquiring ClearGraph, a three-year-old startup that uses natural language processing to search enterprise data. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Tableau plans to integrate ClearGraph's technology into Tableau's products, enabling smart data discovery and data analysis.

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      Mentions: Palo Alto New York
    12. Adobe steps up AI-powered personalization efforts with Adobe Target

      Adobe steps up AI-powered personalization efforts with Adobe Target

      ZDNet Japan Adobe steps up AI-powered personalization efforts with Adobe Target Adobe is using its AI and machine learning platform to bolster its customers' ability to personalize offers and interfaces. 0 Adobe is adding artificial intelligence-powered personalization tools to its premium version of Adobe Target. Kevin Lindsay, head of product marketing for Adobe Target, said the platform will be able to provide real-time in-store offers, boost engagement and scale across screens.

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    13. Explore one of the most exciting frontiers in tech in this bundle (​ZDNet Academy)

      Explore one of the most exciting frontiers in tech in this bundle (​ZDNet Academy)

      Explore one of the most exciting frontiers in tech in this bundle (​ZDNet Academy) This 4-course bundle deep dives into deep learning and artificial intelligence. 0 No one can predict the future, but it sure seems to be headed in the direction of machine learning. From self-driving cars to natural language processing, The Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence Introductory Bundle will get you up to speed with the basics of one of the most exciting and growing fields in tech.

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    14. IBM defends Watson, cognitive computing, AI efforts amid analyst questions

      IBM defends Watson, cognitive computing, AI efforts amid analyst questions

      Video: IBM Watson in less than two minutes Don't pick on Watson. IBM didn't mention Jefferies analyst James Kisner by name, but it was clear CFO Martin Schroeter was trying to knock down the analyst's critique of Watson point by point. Following IBM's second quarter earnings , Schroeter talked about Watson becoming easier to implement and finding more use cases in enterprises.

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    15. Baidu steps up AI efforts with Kitt.ai acquisition, Nvidia partnership

      Baidu steps up AI efforts with Kitt.ai acquisition, Nvidia partnership

      ZDNet Japan Baidu steps up AI efforts with Kitt.ai acquisition, Nvidia partnership Kitt.ai is known for its conversational language engine called ChatFlow and a customizable "hotword" detection platform named Snowboy. Chinese search engine giant Baidu is expanding on its AI efforts with the acquisition of a Seattle-based startup and a partnership with US chipmaker Nvidia.

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      Mentions: Bosch Baidu
    16. AI is not yet a slam dunk with sentiment analytics

      AI is not yet a slam dunk with sentiment analytics

      ZDNet Japan AI is not yet a slam dunk with sentiment analytics Despite advancements in AI and natural language processing, science is still catching up to the art in sentiment analytics. Speed up your old PC When we look at how big data analytics has enhanced Customer 360, one of the first disciplines that comes to mind is sentiment analytics. It provided the means for expanding the traditional CRM interaction view of the customer with statements and behaviors voiced on social networks.

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      Mentions: Japan New York NLP
    17. Personal virtual assistants will become part of the enterprise IT ecosystem: Unisys

      Personal virtual assistants will become part of the enterprise IT ecosystem: Unisys

      Unisys team testing an Amazon Echo that is integrated with enterprise systems. Image: Supplied There is a significant opportunity for organisations to integrate personal virtual assistants such as Amazon's Alexa, Microsoft's Cortana, and Apple's Siri into their enterprise systems, according to IT services firm Unisys. Similar to the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement, Unisys is betting that personal virtual assistants will become part of an organisation's IT ecosystem.

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    18. 'One machine learning model to rule them all': Google open-sources tools for simpler AI

      'One machine learning model to rule them all': Google open-sources tools for simpler AI

      Google hopes its Tensor2Tensor library will help accelerate deep-learning research. Image: Google Google researchers have created what they call "one model to learn them all" for training AI models in different tasks using multiple types of training data. The researchers and the AI-focused Google Brain Team have packaged up the model along with other tools and modular components in its new Tensor2Tensor library, which they hope will help accelerate deep-learning research.

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    19. China on WannaCry: It wasn't us, honest

      China on WannaCry: It wasn't us, honest

      WannaCry caused chaos across the globe. Image: File photo Chinese security firms have hit out against suggestions that last month's global WannaCry ransomware outbreak can be blamed on China. The WannaCry ransomware epidemic hit over 300,000 PCs around the globe , using worm-like capabilities to spread and infect Microsoft Windows machines -- including many in China.

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    20. What it takes to build artificial intelligence skills

      What it takes to build artificial intelligence skills

      What it takes to build artificial intelligence skills An AI repertoire is a unique blending of programming, data science and business knowledge. | Topic: Artificial Intelligence Artificial intelligence, AI, is all the rage these days -- analysts are proclaiming it will change the world as we know it, vendors are AI-washing their offerings, and business and IT leaders are taking a close look at what it can potentially deliver in terms of growth and efficiency.

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