On the pilot episode of TechRepublic's Business Technology Weekly podcast, hosts Dan Patterson and Ant Pruitt discuss innovations in AI, why big data and privacy are often at odds, and how a sporting goods company is changing ecommerce.
- Will the next iPhone be curved? Apple pushes ahead with bendable display research | Nick Heath A fresh Apple patent reveals tech that might be able to bend without breaking. Apple released a series of patent filings related to touchscreens on mobile devices. The filings could imply larger, curved, and maybe even bezel-free screens on future iPhones, iPads, and various Apple wearable devices.
- MIT shows how AI cybersecurity excels by keeping humans in the loop | Hope Reese Artificial intelligence systems developed by MIT's Computer Science and AI Lab are able to predict cyberattacks better than humans or machine learning platforms. Government institutions, non-profits, and business all face a growing number of cybersecurity threats. The MIT AI platform might be able to provide better security at lower cost than existing systems.
- UK surveillance bill will force tech companies to disclose new products before they launch | Zack Whittaker The UK government is taking steps that would compel tech and communication companies to fork over critical product information to the police. To better help law enforcement agencies get ahead of technology trends, the law would force companies to disclose "products and services in advance of their launch."
- How Pepper the robot will become newest crew member of Costa Cruise Line | Hope Reese Pepper is a four-foot robot tuned to understand human emotions. Pepper helps cruise ship customers by providing useful travel information, entertainment, and customer service functions. The robot is seen as a "full crew member" and also assists the staff by providing feedback on everything from customer satisfaction to ship system information.
- Intel cuts 12,000 jobs as it bets on IoT, data center over PCs | Larry Dignan Sad news. Intel is undergoing a big restructure and cutting 12 thousand jobs in the process. The company is often criticized for missing the mobile tech trend. The good news is that the restructure will be complete next year, and Intel is betting big on the Internet of Things. The company expects big things for the IoT and hopes to save $750 million this year and $1.4 billion by mid-2017.
- Why Dick's Sporting Goods decided to play its own game in ecommerce | Larry Dignan Retail giant Dick's Sporting Goods has an entrenched and successful e-commerce relationship with eBay. Now the company is building e-commerce tech in-house and betting big on data. The stakes are high, and the benefits are huge for retailers like Dick's. In this cover story learn how the future of retail is no longer about retail and is all about experiences for the customer that blend physical and virtual commerce.
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Dan is a Senior Writer for TechRepublic. He covers cybersecurity and the intersection of technology, politics and government.