AI for everyone – How companies can benefit from the advance of machine learning

This article titled “Wie Unternehmen vom Vormarsch des maschinellen Lernens profitieren können” appeared in German last week in the “Digitaliserung” column of Wirtschaftwoche. When a technology has its breakthrough, can often only be determined in hindsight. In the case of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), this is different. ML is that part of …

The truth about Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil is 131-year-old fake news

Groundhog Club handler John Griffiths holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, last year. (Gene J. Puskar/AP) In attempting to explain why thousands of people visit a wooded hollow in western Pennsylvania every Feb. 2 to watch a groundhog predict the weather — a discipline not typically associated with large rodents — an academic journal …

The cloud ate my homework

In mid-August I got an email athat made me do a real double-take.  The subject line read:  Legacy Service End of Life – Action Required.  Action Required: Legacy Service End of Life Dear Kim, We’ve been analyzing customer usage of Joyent’s systems and noticed that you are one of the few customers that are still on …

Apple Discounts BeatsX, Solo3 Wireless, and Powerbeats3 Wireless by $30 to $60

Apple has discounted its BeatsX, Solo3 Wireless, and Powerbeats3 Wireless headphones by $30 to $60 for a limited time in the United States. Apple’s discount on Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones also applies to the newer “Neighborhood Collection” colors. Apple’s deals match those frequently offered by authorized resellers like B&H Photo Video, which has BeatsX and …

Trust will make or break cloud ID management services

ZDNet’s John Fontana has written about the Webinar on Identity Management as a Service hosted last week by Craig Burton of Kuppinger Cole.  The session began with a presentation by Craig on the revolutionary impact of the API economy in shaping the requirements for cloud identity.  Then I spoke about the characteristics of Identity Management as a Service as they were shaping the industry and, …

How to Prevent Other HomePod Users From Affecting Your Apple Music Recommendations

Apple’s HomePod speaker is best enjoyed when linked to an Apple Music subscription, since this allows you to make the most of Siri’s enhanced music smarts and its DJ-like role as a personal music curator, or “mixologist”, as Apple calls it. As Apple Music subscribers will know, the streaming service learns your music preferences based …

A Decade of Dynamo: Powering the next wave of high-performance, internet-scale applications

Today marks the 10 year anniversary of Amazon’s Dynamo whitepaper, a milestone that made me reflect on how much innovation has occurred in the area of databases over the last decade and a good reminder on why taking a customer obsessed approach to solving hard problems can have lasting impact beyond your original expectations. It …