The developmental trajectory of future apps will be heavily influenced by AI and machine learning, says a new report by F5 Networks, released ahead of the annual EMEA F5 Agility conference in Barcelona, Spain. The Future of Apps study, commissioned to The Foresight Factory, says developments in artificial intelligence and machine learning are likely to include more personalised, predictive services in areas such as cognitive health and finance. EMEA is already poised for the next wave of advances in AI, says the report. Nearly a third of surveyed respondents across Europe and South Africa say they use voice commands on their mobile devices. Already, some 10,000 third-party voice enabled apps are available for use with Amazon's Alexa at the end of Q1 2017.
Enter Industry 4.0, where every sector matters.Economic Development Board Welcome to Industry 4.0, the new age where smart technology and smart appliances are moving us closer and closer to a fully digitized society. Potentially valued at almost $4 trillion by 2020, studies show that businesses everywhere will be able to benefit by embracing the fourth industrial revolution. What is Industry 4.0 ("i4.0") Industry 4.0 is not a new technology, nor is it a new business structure. It is our society's current trend of data exchange and automation in the creation and development of new technologies.
Sometimes the upgrades are gentle, other times, like with the arrival of iOS 7 when every icon was changed and the look of the software given a massive overhaul, it's almost unrecognisable. This year is somewhere in between. There are updates to some of the shortcut icons (the Maps icon now includes the circular Apple Park HQ on it!) But this year there are plenty of alterations you'll notice. The biggest changes, arguably, are on the iPad, but there are so many of these I'll come back to them separately.
Intelligent personal assistants have the real potential to transform our daily lives in the nearest future. At least this is what Gartner says in its report on the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2017. For businesses, this means an excellent opportunity to refine their offers and improve customer experience, providing smarter and more effective ways to handle routine tasks. The great thing about Intelligent apps is that they can become integrated with almost every area of a customer's life. Over the last few years, more and more smart connected devices have been hitting the market, and all these gadgets are usually augmented with digital conversational interfaces.
Starting September 2019 in the European Union, a large portion of online payments greater than €30 (currently about $35) will require multifactor authentication. Consumers will need to use two of three things to verify transactions: something they know, like a password; something they have, like a digital device, perhaps a USB token, that identifies them; or something they are: biometric data. Proofs based on physical characteristics, like fingerprints and faces, are slowly becoming more common. This legislation will likely cause them to surge. Most consumers using biometrics will likely do so on their phones, many of which already have technology that payment-service providers will use to verify payments--such as Apple Inc.'s Touch ID fingerprint sensors or Face ID facial-recognition software on its iPhones.