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.
Waste disposal is a huge challenge for major cities. Today, government administrations in smart cities like Singapore, Dubai, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Tokyo, Melbourne, Seattle, Chicago and Seoul have provided a massive push to incorporate technology into every aspect of their cities. The waste disposal process in many of these cities has transformed into a highly smart operation management activity. Today, civic waste management of any smart city is an interplay of on-field devices, or sensors, networked together to generate millions of data points; data thus obtained is then ingested into a cloud platform and fed through complex analytical frameworks to analyze and then to derive sensible, actionable inferences to better serve the citizens of that city. The whole process is automated with almost zero human interference.
Countries all over the world are restricting their citizens' internet access, building online borders, and fragmenting the network, with negative consequences for human rights, education, and even the global economy, according to security researcher Stefan Tanase. "Less than three decades after the Berlin Wall collapsed and ended an era of division between the East and the West, the world seems on the brink of making the same mistakes over again, only this time we're making these mistakes in the cyberspace," Ixia's Tanase told a TEDx talk in Bucharest, Romania, last week. The researcher, who has been working in cybersecurity for more than 10 years, argued that internet borders not only promote segregation, but have an impact on innovation, creativity, technology, and economy, slowing down progress on every level. China's measures to regulate the internet domestically, dubbed the Great Firewall, boosted the internet censorship trend, and countries such as Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam followed. Most of them are determined to maintain or even build up their targeted surveillance capabilities, the researcher told ZDNet in an interview before his talk, and some of them are using malware to spy on activists, lawyers, and journalists.
An estimated 7 million drones will be flying in the skies by 2020; Claudia Cowan reports on the new technology being developed to keep airports safe. But some people either don't care or use drones to intentionally disrupt airport operations. Last December, drone sightings at London's Gatwick Airport forced a three-day shutdown, and canceled flights left thousands of stranded passengers scrambling. No one has been arrested in the case, and this past April, investigators said it could have been an inside job. In recent months, suspected or confirmed drone activity has grounded flights in Dubai, New Zealand, Israel, and at Newark Airport in New Jersey.
Synechron the global financial services consulting and technology services provider, has announced the launch of its AI Data Science Accelerators for Financial Services, Banking and Insurance (BFSI) firms. These four new solution accelerators help financial services and insurance firms solve complex business challenges by discovering meaningful relationships between events that impact one another (correlation) and cause a future event to happen (causation). Following the success of Synechron's AI Automation Program – Neo, Synechron's AI Data Science experts have developed a powerful set of accelerators that allow financial firms to address business challenges related to investment research generation, predicting the next best action to take with a wealth management client, high-priority customer complaints, and better predicting credit risk related to mortgage lending. The Accelerators combine Natural Language Processing (NLP), Deep Learning algorithms and Data Science to solve the complex business challenges and rely on a powerful Spark and Hadoop platform to ingest and run correlations across massive amounts of data to test hypotheses and predict future outcomes. The Data Science Accelerators are the fifth Accelerator program Synechron has launched in the last two years through its Financial Innovation Labs (FinLabs), which are operating in 11 key global financial markets across North America, Europe, Middle East and APAC; including: New York, Charlotte, Fort Lauderdale, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Serbia, Dubai, Pune, Bangalore and Hyderabad.