Alibaba acquires Israeli VR startup Infinity Augmented Reality

Infinity Augmented Reality, an Israeli virtual reality startup, has been acquired by Alibaba, the companies announced this weekend. The deal’s terms were not disclosed. Alibaba and InfinityAR have had a strategic partnership since 2016, when Alibaba Group led InfinityAR’s Series C. Since then, the two have collaborated on augmented reality, computer vision and artificial intelligence […]

The ethics of internet culture: a conversation with Taylor Lorenz

Taylor Lorenz was in high demand this week. As a prolific journalist at The Atlantic and about-to-be member of Harvard’s prestigious Nieman Fellowship for journalism, that’s perhaps not surprising. Nor was this the first time she’s had a bit of a moment: Lorenz has already served as an in-house expert on social media and the […]

Our 9 favorite startups from Y Combinator W19 Demo Day 2

Heathcare kiosks, a home-cooked food marketplace, and a way for startups to earn interest on their funding topped our list of high-potential companies from Y Combinator’s Winter 2019 Demo Day 2. 88 startups launched on stage at the lauded accelerator, though some of the best skipped the stage as they’d already raised tons of money. […]

Horizon IT system trial suspended after Post Office accuses judge of bias

In a shock move, the Post Office has questioned the impartiality of the judge overseeing the High Court trial about its controversial Horizon IT system and called for him to be removed from the case. The trial has been suspended until 3 April, to allow the Post Office to make its application, and for the […]

UK government at odds over Huawei threat

Findings to be carefully considered He went on to outline the work conducted through the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) and the associated Oversight Board, and said the findings of the Oversight Board would be carefully considered in the review. “We have serious concerns surrounding the ability of both state and non-state actors to chain […]

All change: What can suppliers and IT buyers expect from G-Cloud 11?

The eleventh iteration of the G-Cloud framework is on course to go-live in July 2019, with the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) due to start accepting supplier applications from Monday 25 March. Government procurement chiefs at CCS confirmed the move in a brief Twitter post earlier this week, while a follow-up post on its website states […]

How Salesforce paved the way for the SaaS platform approach

When we think of enterprise SaaS companies today, just about every startup in the space aspires to be a platform. That means they want people using their stack of services to build entirely new applications, either to enhance the base product, or even build entirely independent companies. But when Salesforce launched, the company’s Platform […]

How Centrica used GDPR and Pegasystems to reward loyal customers

Utility provider Centrica, the parent company of British Gas, has developed a loyalty programme to reward its long-term customers. The project, which is part of an IT modernisation programme, includes a system built on Pega cloud and Hadoop to provide unified business processes, technology and customer experience. Describing the nature of customer experience in utilities at […]

How 5G can start a brand new era for the virtual RAN

Supplier options for virtual RAN Mobile operators have a number of vRAN suppliers to choose from, including incumbents such as Ericsson, Nokia, Huawei, Samsung and ZTE. Smaller suppliers include Altiostar Networks Inc., Asocs, Mavenir Systems Inc. and Saguna. Yet vRAN lacks depth and breadth in terms of its independent software vendor ecosystem — only the […]

Getting it right this time: Why the strategy is not about delivery for NHSX

I recently spent a day with a senior team of a multinational pharmaceutical company, who had requested some executive education on digital thinking. They were trying to make sense of the buzzwords – wearables, bots, financial technology (fintech), health technology (healthtech), government technology (govtech), and big tech. There was a general sense of unease that […]

Which order management system features can improve customer service?

Data sharing a critical feature for order management software The main idea behind integrated systems like ERP, manufacturing execution software and CRM is that information has value beyond the immediate task that an application addresses, and sharing that information multiplies its value. In a similar way, order management system features that enable integration and data […]

Interview: How the DWP Dojo innovates

Creating an innovation engine “Across all of DWP, we want everyone to think about the citizen. We want everyone to think about how we deliver our services to our customers,” says Villamil. This means that, from an innovation perspective, the team needs to assess the potential of emerging technologies to understand how they can be […]

3 types of AI recruiting tools HR can use to find top talent

Artificial intelligence and machine learning have made notable progress into HR departments over the last 18 months. The market for AI recruiting tools, in particular, has expanded. Why? “Automation, baby!” said Joel Cheesman, a well-known observer of talent acquisition technology and co-host of the recruiting-focused Chad Cheese Podcast. Because of AI, “entire conversations can happen […]

Facebook’s AI couldn’t spot mass murder

Facebook has given another update on measures it took and what more it’s doing in the wake of the livestreamed video of a gun massacre by a far right terrorist who killed 50 people in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Earlier this week the company said the video of the slayings had been viewed […]