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RingCentral Launches in Germany with New Data Center and Residency


RingCentral, Inc., a leading provider of global enterprise cloud communications, collaboration, and contact center solutions, announced that its unified communications platform including team messaging, video meetings, and cloud phone system will now be available in Germany with a new data center in Frankfurt, and a new office in Hamburg, Germany. As RingCentral continues its global expansion efforts, Germany remains a key strategic location for the company. The new data center will also give users access to local phone numbers and emergency services in compliance with local laws and regulations. RingCentral will offer customers local data storage, the ability to register endpoints in-country and keep voice and video call media local. The new datacenter will also give users access to local phone numbers and emergency services in compliance with local laws and regulations.

Volkswagen's self-driving cars are about to hit a new city


Germany is taking on the U.S. (and China) when it comes to autonomous vehicles. On Wednesday, Volkswagen and Hamburg announced a self-driving pilot program on the city's streets. While many cities and states in the U.S. have been testing robo-cars for years, Germany only recently approved testing. Munich has been an autonomous hot spot thanks to BMW's research center, but now a nearly 2-mile stretch of Hamburg will allow a fleet of five e-Golf vehicles to drive the streets. SEE ALSO: Microsoft partners with BMW to build car systems in'smart factories' There will be safety drivers behind the wheel testing out Level 4 automation, which is almost fully autonomous, but still requires a human in some rare instances, such as unplanned street closures or severe weather.

Validation Studies Confirm High Accuracy of Novel HART AI-Driven Blood Tests


Prevencio Inc. announced data confirming the high accuracy of its artificial intelligence (AI)-driven, multiple-protein HART CVE Test for predicting cardiovascular events (CVE) and HART CAD Test for diagnosing coronary artery disease (CAD). Researchers believe these findings, presented at the 2019 American College of Cardiology (ACC) Scientific Sessions, March 16-18 in New Orleans, demonstrate the robustness and accuracy of these tests. The new data, from two additional hospitals, confirm results previously published from Massachusetts General Hospital and James Januzzi, M.D. HART CVE data was presented as "Validation of a Novel AI-driven Multi-biomarker Panel for Accurate Prediction of Incident Cardiovascular Events in Patients with Suspected Myocardial Infarction." The study was conducted by the University Heart Center in Hamburg, Germany and led by Dirk Westermann, M.D., Ph.D., head of the Structural Heart Program. In this study, 748 patients presenting to the emergency room suspected of having a heart attack were followed for one year to assess future cardiac events, including heart attack and cardiac death.

Could Big Data Replace the Creative Director at the Gap?


If you're not into fashion, you may not recognize that name, but Karl Lagerfeld is to fashion as Wayne Gretzky is to hockey as Mick Jagger is to rock and roll as Steve Jobs is to consumer tech. He is, according to industry insiders, nothing less than a fashion god. Born in Hamburg, Germany in 1938, he designed his first line of clothing at the tender age of 17. His meteoric rise is legendary among creative directors and today at 83, he still has tremendous influence in the fashion world as creative director at Chanel and Fendi. Lagerfeld proved over decades that he had the creative vision to know what consumers would want next before they even knew themselves. He once said, "I am not a marketing person. I don't ask myself questions.

Emerging From The Dense, Digital Fog – An Interview with Dr. Ulrich Kampffmeyer


Dr. Ulrich Kampffmeyer is the Managing Director of Project Consult in Hamburg, Germany and a renowned expert on digital transformations, business intelligence and enterprise content management. I had the opportunity to sit down with him in May and discuss the GDPR, artificial intelligence and social issues emerging from the dense, digital fog we all find ourselves in. Ulrich, you write and teach extensively about the cultural and social changes in work environments that are a direct result of the emergence of digital transformations. Now that data is at the fingertips of everyone, what changes should society expect that the business world may have already? The pace of digital transformation accelerates day by day. Cloud technologies, artificial intelligence, IoT and other developments are happening so fast that there is a danger they'll get out of control.

Amazon AI speaker throws 'her own party' in empty flat, forcing police to break in

The Independent - Tech

A man says Amazon's AI assistant threw its own "party" at his flat in the early hours of the morning, forcing the police to intervene. Oliver Haberstroh, who lives in Hamburg, says his Alexa-enabled speaker started playing music at full-blast in the early hours of the morning, when nobody was at home to control it. Police had to break into his sixth-floor flat in order to investigate the disturbance, which was reported to them by Mr Haberstroh's neighbours. The voice-controlled speaker started playing music between 1:50am and 3am. Mr Haberstroh says he was on a night out at the time.

trivago acquires AI platform tripl from Hamburg, Germany - Peter von Stamm


The acquisition will enhance trivago's product with personalization technology which uses both Big Data and a customer-centric approach. Founded in 2015, tripl has developed an algorithm to give tailored travel recommendations by identifying trends in users' social media activities and comparing it with in-app data of like-minded users. The AI-driven product imitates the way a travel agent would recommend hotel experiences relevant to the customer, and combines it with the ease of online services. Following the acquisition, the former CTO and creator of the tripl algorithm, Hendrik Kleinwächter, will join trivago's development team to continue breaking new ground in personalization. Founded in 2005 and headquartered in Düsseldorf, Germany, trivago is a global hotel search platform, focused on reshaping the way travelers search for and compare hotels.

Volkswagen just gave electric trucks a huge jolt


Volkswagen's commitment to electric vehicles just got even larger, both in its scope and the size of the vehicles. Volkswagen Group, the parent company of big-name automakers like VW, Audi, and Porsche, just outlined plans to electrify bigger vehicles like trucks and busses. VW Truck & Bus division head Andreas Renschler told Bloomberg the Group will commit 1.4 billion euros (about US$1.7 billion) by 2022 to develop EV drivetrains and other tech, along with autonomous systems and cloud-based fleet management. The news came during Volkswagen Group'sInnovation Day event in Hamburg, Germany, which showcased the latest developments from the Truck & Bus division. The heavy-duty vehicles expand VW's EV offerings beyond the buzzy Microbus and sporty Tesla-killer concepts we've seen from its brands thus far.

This Delivery Robot Isn't Just Charming. It's Stuffed With Pizza


Domino's can't wait for the high-tech future. The global chain has dropped pies from the skies with drones. It's working to let you order from any gadget you can hook up to the internet. It launched an artificial intelligence platform. Starting today, when the hungry masses in Hamburg, Germany order from Domino's, it may not be a fellow in a car or on a bike making the delivery, but an autonomous, cooler-sized machine, casually rolling down the sidewalk.

Scientists are building an army of tiny cancer-fighting robots


Scientists have worked for years to incorporate robotics into delicate medical procedures. They've given us tiny devices that can inject drugs into a person's eye or bend to operate on hard-to-reach areas. Now, they've come up with a way to potentially fight cancer using a magnetized swarm of microscopic robots. Researchers at Phillips Innovative Technologies in Hamburg, Germany have created a way to manipulate each robot in a swarm individually and assign them specific tasks using magnetic fields. The scientists presented their findings on Feb. 15th in the Journal Science Robotics.