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Frost & Sullivan Names IntelliVision the 2017 Entrepreneurial Company

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IntelliVision, a pioneer and leader in AI/Deep Learning video analytics software for smart cameras, announced today that it has been named the 2017 Entrepreneurial Company of the Year for Security Intelligence and Video Analytics by leading analyst firm Frost & Sullivan. "Video analytics and intelligence functions will remain the most in-demand security technology segment for customers looking to modernize their security operations and increase overall efficiency," said Danielle VanZandt, security industry analyst with Frost & Sullivan. "IntelliVision's advanced analytics and intelligence technologies, coupled with its ability to deploy inside the camera, on-premise servers, or on the cloud put it well ahead of its competition in this field." "We are honored to receive this award from Frost & Sullivan," said Vaidhi Nathan, IntelliVision's CEO. "It is a vindication of our many years of research, development and customer service in the growing field of AI-based video analytics for smart cameras."


Assessing the Barriers to AI

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is the next technology to enter the hype cycle, and while it will most certainly have an effect on IT operations, the details as to how it will be implemented and how to generate a maximum return on investment are still unknown. At the moment, of course, the key challenge is overcoming the significant barriers to deployment, which include not only disruption to legacy architectures but to long-established business cultures as well. According to a recent study by Vanson Bourne on behalf of Teradata, a good 80 percent of enterprises are currently investing in AI, with telecommunications firms, professional and customer service providers and financial institutions leading the charge. While most outfits believe that the technology will produce significant ROI over the next decade, only about one-third see the need for additional investment over the next three years in order to remain competitive. At the same time, issues like the lack of advanced IT infrastructure and the need for AI-related skillsets in the workforce are seen as major barriers, as are the ever-present budgetary concerns.


CERT: These emerging technologies bring new risks

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Emerging technologies are finding their way into everyday life as they mature and gain acceptance. But that doesn't mean they're without risk. The CERT Division of the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University once again has updated its list of technologies that might present challenges from an information security and safety perspective. In its Emerging Technology Domains Risk Survey, CERT examines a variety of trends that can provide a lot of benefits to people and businesses, but also pose risks that need to be addressed. Some of these areas are moving ahead so quickly in adoption that companies have not had a chance to completely evaluate their implications.


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Qualcomm is continuing to place emphasis on the wearables segment, with senior director of Product Management for Qualcomm Atheros Pankaj Kedia telling media that the chip giant will be "doubling" its play in the market. "We have seen public announcements from some of our competitors that they are exiting the wearables space; Qualcomm is doubling our investment, because we are winning today and we intend to continue," Kedia said during the Qualcomm 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong. Over the next two to three years, you will really see growth around all of this." Kedia said Qualcomm has a cyclical relationship in wearables market growth, increasing its investments alongside growth while in return driving the market with these investments. "Because we are investing in wearable-specific chipsets, we are able to drive market growth, and we are able to do that in a leadership fashion where a majority of wearables shipping today are based on Qualcomm," he said.


Apple responds to Sen. Al Franken's Face ID concerns in letter

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Apple has responded to Senator Al Franken's concerns over the privacy implications of its Face ID feature, which is set to debut on the iPhone X next month. In his letter to Tim Cook, Franken asked about customer security, third-party access to data (including requests by law enforcement), and whether the tech could recognize a diverse set of faces. In its response, Apple indicates that it's already detailed the tech in a white paper and Knowledge Base article -- which provides answers to "all of the questions you raise". But, it also offers a recap of the feature regardless (a TL:DR, if you will). Apple reiterates that the chance of a random person unlocking your phone is one in a million (in comparison to one in 500,000 for Touch ID).


Fall of Raqqa no end game for U.S. as Islamic State, other extremist threats persist, spread

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WASHINGTON – The imminent fall of the Islamic State's de facto capital leaves America a multitude of tasks to restore stability in the Middle East, starting with pockets of remaining IS resistance in Syria and Iraq. Then there are the more deeply rooted problems, not fixable by guns or bombs, that allowed extremism to rise and flourish: Syria's civil war and Iraq's intractable political, religious and ethnic disputes, which turned violent again this week. The challenge is more than the U.S. can handle alone. It likely will keep some troops in Iraq for years to come to train and advise the army, police and other members of security forces that imploded when IS fighters swept across the Syrian border and captured Mosul in June 2014. The militants also have footholds in Afghanistan and beyond.


Apple has a lot to say to Al Franken about Face ID on the iPhone X

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The iPhone X will change everything when it arrives next month. It'll herald in a brave new notch-filled world with no home buttons and Face ID, a new face-recognition technology that unlocks the phone when you look at it. Mere weeks away from launch and a month after Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) penned a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook voicing privacy concerns over Face ID, Apple has finally responded to his questions in what's clearly a move to pacify any lingering fears over its new biometric technology. SEE ALSO: Why you'll be forced to buy a case for your iPhone X Apple provided Mashable with a copy of the letter Cynthia Hogan, the company's VP for Public Policy, sent to Sen. Franken. On behalf of Apple, Hogan reiterates how Face ID works using the iPhone X's TrueDepth camera and sensors to scan and analyze a user's face based on depth maps and 2D images it creates.


Ground-to-Cloud Data Science puts Machine Learning at your Fingertips

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There's no doubt in my mind that machine learning (ML) as part of a data science strategy can help revolutionize many aspects of everyday life. Below I highlight a few examples of how different industries are able to leverage machine learning for competitive differentiation and customer benefit. There are tens of thousands of daily published journals and papers across the world. It is impractical for every clinician to read and absorb these. ML can help identify patterns and correlations that humans alone would otherwise miss -- possibly resulting in diagnosis and treatment plans that are suboptimal.


Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is here: Should you upgrade now?

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Windows 10 after two years: Was the upgrade worth it? After a little more than two years, Microsoft has finally settled into a rhythm with its new, fast-paced development cadence for Windows 10. Check Settings System About to see full details about the current Windows 10 installation. What Microsoft's marketers are calling the Fall Creators Update (officially version 1709) begins arriving on desktop PCs today via Windows Update and will soon be available for download at all the usual places. The final build number for this release is 16299.


After huge yet unclaimed bombing deadly to over 300, Somalia fears renewed al-Shabab onslaught

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KAMPALA – As the toll rises above 300 from one of the world's deadliest attacks in years, the al-Shabab extremist group has sent a powerful signal that the international focus on extremism can't afford to overlook the African continent. Saturday's truck bombing on a crowded Mogadishu street showed that al-Shabab, targeted for years by U.S. airstrikes and tens of thousands of African Union forces, has once again made a deadly comeback. Pushed from Somalia's capital in recent years, al-Shabab has retreated mostly to rural areas of the country's south, where the fragile central government can't assert its authority and local fiefdoms are in charge. From there, Africa's deadliest Islamic extremist group has continued to plan guerrilla-style attacks like Saturday's truck bombing in the capital, Mogadishu. While demonstrating al-Shabab's resilience in the face of new military offensives by the U.S. and Somalia in recent months, the attack also highlights the shortcomings of U.S. drone strikes in a politically fraught country with a weak military and even weaker police, analysts told The Associated Press.