Google Maps will help you park in 25 more cities

Engadget

Back in January, Google rolled out a "parking difficulty" icon in Maps which, as its name suggests, explains how hard it will be to find a spot for your vehicle. While useful, it was only available in 25 US cities, including New York and San Francisco. Today, it's being expanded to a further 25 locations around the globe: Alicante, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Cologne, Darmstadt, Dusseldorf, London, Madrid, Malaga, Manchester, Milan, Montreal, Moscow, Munich, Paris, Prague, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Sao Paulo, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Toronto, Valencia and Vancouver. Just pop in your destination and you'll see a limited, medium or easy symbol near the bottom of the screen, next to the estimated journey time. The ratings are based on "historical parking data," according to Google, and a smidge of "machine learning magic."


AWS introduces additional regions, worldwide delivery for SNS

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Amazon Web Services' Simple Notification Service (SNS) message delivery capability has now been made available in a total six regions, allowing for the delivery of mobile notifications to phones in more than 200 countries. SMS delivery, having previously only been available in the US East (Northern Virginia) region, has now been expanded to US West (Oregon), Europe (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and Asia Pacific (Singapore) regions. In addition, SNS can now be used to send SMS delivery notification messages to mobile phones in countries that include Australia, Denmark, Fiji, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Paraguay, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom, all of which offer anti-spoofing Sender ID support. Further countries without Supports Sender ID include Argentina, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, Ghana, India, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, the Philippines, Qatar, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, and Vietnam. Along with the extra regions, additional features include giving AWS users the ability to set spending limits on a per-account, per-month basis; the ability to send messages to a mobile without having to subscribe the number to an SNS topic; and logging the delivery status for SMS messages.


AI Standards Development

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The upcoming meeting of the Joint Technical Committee of International Standards Organisation (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in Japan will provide the forum for the further development of international AI Standards. SC42 consists of 28 Participating countries and 13 Observing countries from all over the world. Participating countries include Ireland representatives nominated by National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) and Australia (SA), Austria (ASI), Belgium (NBN), Benin (ANM), Canada (SCC), China (SAC), Denmark (DS), Finland (SFS), France (AFNOR), Italy (UNI), Japan (JISC), Korea, Republic of (KATS), Luxembourg (ILNAS), Malta (MCCAA), Netherlands (NEN), Norway (SN), Russian Federation (GOST R), Singapore, (SSC), Spain (UNE), Sweden (SIS), Switzerland (SNV), Uganda (UNBS), United Kingdom (BSI) and United States (ANSI). Standardisation has been a driving factor in the creation of the European Unions Digital Single Market. European standards help to eliminate technical barriers to trade contributed to the implementation of European legislation and the development of sustainable industrial policy.


Upcoming Practical Data Science courses in London, Chicago, Zurich, Oslo and Stockholm

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If you'd like to learn how to run R within Azure Machine Learning and SQL Server, you may be interested in these upcoming 4-day Practical Data Science courses, presented by Rafal Lukawiecki from Project Botticelli. In this classroom-based course, you will learn machine learning, data mining, some statistics, data preparation, and how to interpret the results. You will also learn how to formulate business questions in terms of data science hypotheses and experiments, and how to prepare inputs to answer those questions. Rafal will share his decade of hands-on experience while teaching you about Azure Machine Learning (Azure ML) which is the foundation of Cortana Analytics Suite, and its highly-visual, on-premise companion, the SQL Server Analysis Services Data Mining engine, supplemented with the free Microsoft R Open and Microsoft R Server software. By the end of this course you will be able to plan and run data science projects.


AI Has Reached a Critical Tipping Point Says Synechron's Ben Musgrave

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Based in the Big Apple itself (New York), Synechron is one of the fastest-growing digital, business consulting & technology services providers. Since they opened their doors in 2001, Synechron has been expanding at a rapid rate. They now operate in 18 countries around the the world, and has a marked presence in the US, Australia, Canada, UK, Japan, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, Singapore, UAE, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Italy, France, and India. With the AI Summit London drawing ever closer (it's only one week away!), we spoke to Ben Musgrave, who is Synechron's Business Development Manager, in order to understand how one of the event's key sponsors is deploying AI today and how they plan to in the future. We started off our conversation with Musgrave – who'll be delivering a keynote speech at the AI Summit London – how they are currently involved in the AI-space.