It's a Whole New World With Alexa


Voice computing is replacing the graphical user interface, Shawn DuBravac, chief economist of the Consumer Technology Association, said early this year at CES. Digital assistants will be integrated into many household objects, he noted. About 5 million voice-activated digital voice products had been sold as of January, and Bravac estimated 5 million more would be sold this year. Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant software captured 88 percent of the global intelligent home speaker market in the last quarter of 2016, according to Strategy Analytics.

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Photobucket angers a lot of its users with sudden payment demand

Photobucket has upset a large chunk of its user base after suddenly demanding $400 a year for embedding images in third-party sites. Even worse, currently hosted images have been removed from sites until payment is received.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/07/05/photobucket-angers-lot-its-users-with-sudden-payment-demand.html

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Where FinancialForce Fits


FinancialForce held its first big time user conference in Las Vegas last week, headlined by new CEO Tod Nielsen. The company seems to be telling us that it is adjusting course in an effort to create a new category aligned with enterprise resource planning, but very much for this century. The key concept is services, which must be explained. We’ve grown accustomed to accessing Things as a Service. This model has helped to broaden the markets for relatively expensive goods, enabling more people to access them.

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iOS 11 can stop creepy apps like Uber from constantly tracking your location

As anyone who closely follows Apple can attest, the company tends to harp on user privacy whenever it touts new software features.

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Can artificial intelligence help thwart ransomware?

In the future, security systems could use artificial intelligence to monitor user behavior, track activity, suggest when there may be a danger, and even mount an attack against the ransomware purveyors, effectively rendering the deadline malware client inoperable.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/05/18/can-artificial-intelligence-help-thwart-ransomware.html

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The Mac’s user share just fell to a five-year low

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Apple’s user share is dropping, despite the recent launch of new MacBook Pro models. Is the company headed back towards less than five percent of the PC market?

The post The Mac’s user share just fell to a five-year low appeared first on ExtremeTech.

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How to Fix (Hopefully) the MacBook Pro's Battery Life Problem

In the past few days, Apple’s new MacBook Pro has provoked heated complaints in user forums from consumers disappointed with their new laptops’ battery life.

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Twitter says it will ban Trump if he violates hate-speech rules

Like all companies, Twitter has a set of user guidelines. These rules also apply to one Donald J. Trump, and Twitter is putting him on notice. No hate-speech on their servers, or else.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/12/05/twitter-says-it-will-ban-trump-if-violates-hate-speech-rules.html

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Aviso CEO K.V. Rao: Humans, Machines and Magic


“CRM is a mature industry, but it’s fundamentally not moving the needle for the user, for the subscriber — the sales rep or manager. It’s fundamentally recording your activities, but it doesn’t really let you commit with confidence to drive the right outcomes,” said Aviso CEO K.V. Rao. Predictive analytics “can help you find the right content faster. That’s what the state-of-the art is for sales. You’re trying to understand what deals to work on to meet your target and make money, and that’s what predictive analytics can do.”

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/83994.html?rss=1

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Yahoo confirms 500 million accounts compromised in huge data breach

Yahoo has confirmed that hackers stole information from at least 500 million user accounts in what it describes as a “state-sponsored” attack.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/09/22/yahoo-confirms-500-million-accounts-compromised-in-huge-data-breach.html

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Governments are requesting more Twitter user data than ever before

Twitter’s latest biannual transparency report shows an increase in user data requests from governments, with the U.S. demanding the most info.

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Harlequin Romances Customers


I recently read a user story about how Harlequin — a publisher of romance novels — keeps its customers loyal. It has embraced several ideas that work really well, including emphasizing a consciousness of customer loyalty, keeping things simple, and focusing on personalizing relationships and engagement. Consciousness is relatively easy, but someone high on the org chart has to be willing to say, “This is important.” In the customer realm, being conscious of working to maintain relationships is about as important as it gets.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/83869.html?rss=1

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