As the largest social media platform, Facebook has gone ahead of other competitors in conversational AI technology. On Monday this week, Facebook launched its purchase of an AI startup Ozlo, which aims at boosting its conversational AI efforts. Previously, Ozlo had rolled out a consumer-facing app (an AI assistant) and a suite of APIs. With the deal, Ozlo team would join Facebook together to continue its natural language processing researches.
On August 1st, Microsoft announced that it now is testing a new feature for Windows 10, and that is the built-in eye tracking feature, called Eye Control. It allows users to control Windows 10 features with their own eyes. According to Microsoft’s blog post, this Eye Control is focused on empowering the disables to operate an on-screen keyboard, mouse, as well as text-to-speech experience with their eyes. At present, this Eye Control is only available for testers.
Just yesterday, the website security market had a big event which might change the rankings of the companies in the industry. Symantec said in a blog post that its website security unit as well as related PKI solutions was purchased by DigiCert, a leading company offering scalable identity and encryption for enterprise. Both companies have disclosed that this deal is closed with $950 million and a 30% stake in DigiCert as the deal close. Symantec gets rid of the troubles that Google distrusts its SSL certificate in the third quarter of 2018, by seeking for a new owner for its website security business. Also, DigiCert buying its website security unit and PKI solutions will enhance its products for enterprise. This is a win-win transaction.
Chinese tech firm Xiaomi is reported that it toppless Fitbit and Apple, and becomes the top of the wearable provider ranks for the first time. Being the largest wearable vendor in the world, Xiaomi occupies 17.1% market share and totally shipped 3.7 million units in its second quarter of 2017. In the same quarter of 2016, it captured 15% market share and shipped 3 million units. Currently, it is targeting the shipments of minimum 100 million smartphones in 2018.
After the first Release Candidate for SQL Server released two weeks ago, Microsoft announced SQL Server 2017 Release Candidate 2 (RC2). In Microsoft’s announcement, it called the SQL 2017 RC2 as an important release. It continues SQL Server development and also enhances SQL Server performance for Windows, Linux, Docker and Mac containers. At present, RC2 is available to test only. Microsoft also provides developers with the updated developer tutorials which can assist them to install SQL Server 2017 across Windows, Linux, Docker and Mac.