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Cyber Monday weekend is here: All the best deals to shop right now

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These early Cyber Monday 2020 price drops on the Amazon Fire stick, Apple AirPods are more are some of the best we've seen—shop our top picks.

Driving business opportunities at the Edge - TechHQ


Edge computing presents organizations with a significant leap in business opportunity. Much has been written about the benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT), but it is now clear that these benefits can only be truly realized with Edge computing. Limiting your organization to only adopting central cloud computing simply won't support your future IoT needs. Today, every organization needs to be a digital organization, powered by data, running in a multi-cloud world. Recognizing that multi-cloud actually begins at the point of data creation – the Edge – the value in the future is in combining Edge computing with IoT.

Kamua's AI-powered editor helps marketers embrace vertical video


A new AI-powered video-editing platform is preparing for launch, designed to help businesses, marketers, and creators automatically transform landscape-shot videos into a vertical format suitable for TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat, and all the rest. Founded out of London in 2019, Kamua wants to be aligned with tools such as Figma, a software design and prototyping tool for product managers who lack certain technical skills. For Kamua, the goal is democratizing the creative and technical processes in video editing. "Kamua makes it possible for non-editors to directly control how their videos look in any format, on any screen, in multiple durations and sizes, without the steep and long learning curves, hardware expense, and legacy workflows associated with editing software suites," Kamua CEO and cofounder Paul Robert Cary told VentureBeat. Kamua, which was available as an alpha release since last year before launching in invite-only beta back in September, is now preparing for a more extensive roll-out on December 1, when a limited free version will be made available for anyone without any formal application process.

2021 will see the spread of AI and automation in the workplace


Businesses are always looking to optimize and streamline services to cut costs. The coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic calamity caused by it have put even more pressure on enterprises to innovate and do more with less. Andy Watson, senior vice president for Asia, Pacific, Japan, and Greater China at SAP Concur, says many organizations will turn to automation and AI in 2021 as a way to address key business pain points and simplify cumbersome processes. "Automation will become essential, not extra. As businesses maintain hybrid remote-working models and anticipate other potential disruptions in 2021 and beyond, the role of automation and AI use cases in the workplace will grow," Watson said in an email interview. "These may include enabling efficient day-to-day communications between knowledge workers doing their jobs from home and automating invoicing and expenses to keep valued partners paid and to preserve budgets."

Upskill Your Employees with the Skills Companies Need Most in 2020


Video continues to be top-of-mind for companies because the consumers have an insatiable appetite for watching videos. Cisco estimates that video will account for 82% of global internet traffic in 2022.

Technology and the Planet – supporting sustainability from the palm of your hand - IBM Blogs - Canada


Last week the Canadian government tabled legislation as part of its climate action plan to meet and exceed Canada's emissions reduction targets. This followed comments made two days earlier by the Bank of Canada's Governor in which he cautioned that climate change will have a profound impact on our economy. A survey conducted by IBM last month shows that the majority Canadians agree – 73% believe the advancement of clean technologies and artificial intelligence are important in ensuring economic growth. The survey also reveals that most people are keen to integrate more technology into their personal lives if it would support planetary health – 74% of Canadians said they are willing to adopt technology solutions to help live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. So, while countries around the world – including ours – work towards the 2050 net zero emission goal and implement other innovative'good tech' measures to combat climate change, how can we do our part with the technology we use every single day?

Widespread Amazon cloud service outage disables Roombas, Ring doorbells, even Christmas lights

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A large-scale outage on Amazon's cloud service this week wreaked widespread havoc on websites and software services. In addition to disabling Flickr, Adobe and the Washington Post's website, the outage of Amazon Web Services (AWS) on Wednesday caused Roombas, Rokus, Ring doorbells and other smart household appliances to stop functioning. The issue, which impacted the US East-1 region, sent Twitter users into a tizzy. 'My f---ing doorbell doesn't work because AWS us-east-1 is having issues,' tweeted one disgruntled Ring user. 'I... can't vacuum... because us-east-1 is down,' complained Geoff Belknap, Chief Information Security Officer for LinkedIn.

[D] Why you shouldn't get your Ph.D.


I just want to share some of the observations I've made throughout my "journey". Maybe my experience differs completely from others, but after talking with my colleagues about these things, I don't think I am unique in how I feel about getting a Ph.D. First off, they take way too long and cost way too much and for very little reward at the end. And they are also kind of a scam. I have some friends who've shared horror stories of Professors outright refusing to let their students graduate, holding them "hostage". I'm sure others are aware of this happening.

Black Friday 2020: The best Nest and Ring video doorbell deals right now

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Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. Chances are, you'll be having a lot of packages delivered to your home over the holidays and for the foreseeable future. If you're worried about your deliveries getting swiped by "porch pirates," a smart doorbell can bring you some peace of mind. Some of the best smart doorbells we've tested are from Ring and Google Nest, and there are some great deals to be found today on those models. We've found the very best of those deals and listed them here for you.

Black Friday 2020: The best GameStop deals

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Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. Video games and consoles are often hot ticket items during Black Friday, especially as gaming gets more expensive over time. For any gamers out there hoping to nab some incredible deals for their favorite platforms--whether it be Xbox One, PS4 or Nintendo Switch (sorry, the Xbox Series X and PS5 aren't discounted)--GameStop is usually the first place to look. Get expert shopping advice delivered to your phone. Sign up for text message alerts from the deal-hunting nerds at Reviewed.