Chinese start-up gets children coding

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Makeblock is one of the rare Chinese tech companies finding commercial success outside of China. Source: CNN Gadgets Date: September 17th, 2019 Link to video: https://www.cnn.com/videos/business/2018/11/26/shenzhen-china-makeblock.cnn-business Discussion Is it important to know how to code? We are in the middle of a “low-code revolution”. Low-code means that you don’t code from scratch, but “code” by… Read more »

How tiny satellites could transform weather forecasting

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CubeSats are small enough to fit into the spare space around rocket payloads meaning they are a more affordable alternative to conventional satellites. Source: BBC Future Date: September 17th, 2019 Link to video (with 15 second advert lead-in): https://www.bbc.com/news/av/technology-49552894/how-tiny-satellites-could-transform-weather-forecasting Discussion The video here is about hand-sized satellites transforming weather forecasting. What else could a network… Read more »

Is “New Stack” the Future of Business Software

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In the digital era, businesses now rely on a staggering number of critical applications to support their operations, so the need for rapid, flexible software development is directly connected to business success. Application updates are more frequent than ever, change is continuous, and everyone expects tomorrow’s functionality today. This need to improve—and improve faster—has pushed… Read more »

The Gig Economy Is Under Attack, But Not for the First Time

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Moving quickly against Silicon Valley’s brilliant 21st Century labor arbitrage, California’s state senate approved legislation on Wednesday intended to reclassify many more workers as employees. Just a day after passage by the state assembly, the vote sent the bill, known simply as AB5, that could restructure much of the so-called gig economy to Gov. Gavin… Read more »

Huawei chief offers to share 5G know-how for a fee

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Huawei’s chief executive has proposed selling its current 5G know-how to a Western firm as a way to address security concerns voiced by the US and others about its business. Ren Zhengfei said the buyer would be free to “change the software code”. That would allow any flaws or supposed backdoors to be addressed without… Read more »

Alarmed By Deepfake Videos, Facebook Creates Contest to Detect Them

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Alarmed by the rise of realistic fake videos created with artificial intelligence, Facebook is funding a competition to find ways to automatically detect these counterfeits. The competition, called the Deepfake Detection Challenge, will be overseen by the Partnership on AI, a non-profit group whose members include many leading technology companies, non-governmental organizations, and research bodies. Microsoft will… Read more »