China robot industry developing fast, but risks oversupply in low-end segment

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China has strong demand for robots, but locally robot production took up only 26.7% of its demand in 2015. The industry is growing rapidly, but a more standardized industry is required if products are to be more reliable.To meet the demand, China firms have geared up development of robots with government incentives in recent years and the use of robots has extended from manufacturing to other sectors. But the development of China’s robotic industry faces two risks: over investment in low-end robots with low added values, and consequently oversupply, according…

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Facebook will launch group chatbots at F8

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Facebook will reveal at its F8 conference a new class of group bots that work inside Messenger group chats. These group bots can keep users informed about real-time news such as a sports game’s progress, e-commerce deliveries and more, according to three sources familiar with the development of the feature. Facebook is already working with top chatbot makers to prepare for the launch. Facebook will open up APIs to allow more developers to start building group bots, too. When asked for comment, a Facebook spokesperson said “we don’t comment on…

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Google Translate mobile apps now available for users in China

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Google has reintroduced its Translate mobile apps to China, where they can now be accessed and used without the need for software to bypass local censorship. Google left China more than seven years ago when it redirected its local search engine to Hong Kong and many of its services are censored in the country. Today’s low-key relaunch marks the first time it has revived a service specifically for users in China. The google translate apps will be maintained by Google’s joint-venture in China, which runs the services it has remaining there, and will be subject…

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Cloud Foundry launches its developer certification program

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Cloud Foundry, a massive open source project that allows enterprises to host their own platform-as-a-service for running cloud applications in their own data center or in a public cloud, today announced the launch of its “Cloud Foundry Certified Developer” program. The Cloud Foundry Foundation calls this “the world’s largest cloud-native developer certification initiative,” and while we obviously still have to wait and see how successful this initiative will be, it already has the backing of the likes of Dell EMC, IBM, SAP and Pivotal (the commercial venture that incubated the Cloud…

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Android O will make notification customization easier.

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Android has never been well known for having the most user-friendly settings options. Google has rolled out the first developer preview of Android O, the next version of its Android operating system. With Google’s new OS, users be able to customize ringtones, alarm, and notification settings from the phone itself with files that have been downloaded from the web, email, or a cloud storage service.  The new OS is still in early stages and has been made available in the form of first developer preview for Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P,…

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Samsung Aims To Expand Contactless Payment Reach

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Samsung is looking to expand its contactless payment reach, as they have just announced earlier today that they’re joining the Contactless Companion Platform (CCP) initiative, along with ecosystem partners Smartlink and Ingenico.  Like Android Pay and Apple Pay, CCP relies exclusively on near field communications (NFC), and not Samsung’s proprietary Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST), to deliver payment information from a user’s device to a point-of-sale payment terminal. CCP would help Samsung expand the reach of contactless payments beyond Samsung Pay-compatible devices. Potential payment devices could include anything from a payment card…

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Instagram to become a Challenge to Yelp

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Instagram, the photo-sharing application owned by Facebook Inc., will soon let people book appointments with businesses, part of an effort to expand the app’s consumer uses. People will be able to set up a haircut, for example, by going to a salon’s Instagram profile and clicking on a button to schedule it. The move could challenge companies like Priceline Group Inc.’s OpenTable and Yelp Inc.  The new feature, set to roll out in the next couple months, will give the photo-sharing application’s more than 1 million active advertisers a more…

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Microsoft finalizes its custom version of Windows 10 for China

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Microsoft’s supremo for China has told state-owned China Daily that Redmond’s ready roll out version of Windows 10 with extra security features demanded by China’s government. “We have already developed the first version of the Windows 10 government secure system. Alain Crozier, CEO of Microsoft Greater China noted that it has been tested by three large enterprise customers. China’s government previously banned Windows 8, citing security concerns, and launched an anti-monopoly probe against Microsoft. They as well cited claims that there may be hidden back doors in the operating system. The…

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Cyber crime is fastest growing economic crime

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Cyber crime is perceived as the fastest growing fraud risk (40%), followed by bribery and corruption (36%)around the globe. The UK has seen a double-digit rise in economic crime against corporates in the past two years, with 55% of organisations affected up 11% since 2014 and well above the US (38%) and China (28%). Globally, the economic crime rate has remained largely static at 36%, according to the survey of more than 6,000 respondents in 115 countries. The survey found that 60 % of economic crime in the UK was…

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Microsoft, Adobe build on cloud partnership

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Microsoft & Adobe have announced a new partnership that will see the two companies use and promote each other’s cloud services. The two tech firms are integrating some aspects of their sales and marketing software, building on the cloud-computing partnership. Under the new partnership, Adobe will be using Azure for its Marketing Cloud, Document Cloud, and Creative Cloud services. Microsoft in turn will make Adobe Marketing Cloud its preferred marketing service for customers of its new Dynamics 365 Enterprise edition. Microsoft is investing in its Dynamics suite in a way…

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