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The Evolution of Software Creation: IDPs and the Future of Development

Codegiant

Introduction Software development tools have come a long way. From basic code editors to complex suites, these tools have evolved to meet the growing challenges of software projects. Today, we're seeing a significant shift towards Integrated Development Platforms (IDPs). These platforms are reshaping how we develop, deploy, and maintain software.

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Liquid AI, a new MIT spinoff, wants to build an entirely new type of AI

TechCrunch

An MIT spinoff co-founded by robotics luminary Daniela Rus aims to build general-purpose AI systems powered by a relatively new type of AI model called a liquid neural network. The spinoff, aptly named Liquid AI, emerged from stealth this morning and announced that it’s raised $37.5 million — substantial for a two-stage seed round — […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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6 generative AI hazards IT leaders should avoid

CIO

OpenAI’s recent announcement of custom ChatGPT versions make it easier for every organization to use generative AI in more ways, but sometimes it’s better not to. Two AI safety summits in as many weeks on both sides of the Atlantic raised questions about the potential dangers of AI, but neither the science fictional threats of killer robots nor the oddly specific guidelines on exactly which AI models are likely to be regulated will seem particularly helpful to organizations grappling with how to

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Your mobile password manager might be exposing your credentials

TechCrunch

A number of popular mobile password managers are inadvertently spilling user credentials due to a vulnerability in the autofill functionality of Android apps. The vulnerability, dubbed “AutoSpill,” can expose users’ saved credentials from mobile password managers by circumventing Android’s secure autofill mechanism, according to university researchers at the IIIT Hyderabad, who discovered the vulnerability and […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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Reimagined: Building Products with Generative AI

“Reimagined: Building Products with Generative AI” is an extensive guide for integrating generative AI into product strategy and careers featuring over 150 real-world examples, 30 case studies, and 20+ frameworks, and endorsed by over 20 leading AI and product executives, inventors, entrepreneurs, and researchers.

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How the cloud and AI will help more companies become future proof

CIO

When speaking with IT leaders from the world’s largest companies about their greatest business challenges, there’s one thing I hear often. They all want to be future proof, where their operations become more flexible and resilient so they can bounce back faster to unforeseen challenges. It’s easy to see why. In a world where macroeconomic uncertainty has become the new normal, being future-proof is no longer a ‘nice to have’.

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Delivering value through IT at Village Roadshow

CIO

More is expected of a CIO these days, and it’s debatable whether that’s a change for the better or not. But according to Michael Fagan, chief transformation officer of Australian cinema and theme park company Village Roadshow, the positive change of the role is about being less focused on cost and more around value-added delivery. Village Roadshow owns and operates, on one hand, theme parks on the Gold Coast, like Warner Brothers Movie World, SeaWorld, and Wet and Wild, among others, and on the

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CISA says US government agency was hacked thanks to ‘end of life’ software

TechCrunch

U.S. cybersecurity agency CISA has warned that unknown hackers broke into the servers of a federal government agency by taking advantage of a previously known vulnerability in software that no longer receives updates — meaning the agency couldn’t have patched it even if it wanted to. On Tuesday, CISA released an advisory detailing two separate […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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How gen AI is joining the holiday shopping season

CIO

Retailers are pushing their customer service and supply chain systems to new limits in anticipation of record spending this holiday season. Increasingly, they’re relying on generative AI to help them deliver on rising demand. Just a year after the release of ChatGPT, gen AI is generating value in many different industries, including retail. Salesforce predicts gen AI will account for $194 billion in global online spend during this holiday season.

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Meta launches a standalone AI-powered image generator

TechCrunch

Not to be outdone by Google’s Gemini launch, Meta’s rolling out a new, standalone generative AI experience on the web, Imagine with Meta, that allows users to create images by describing them in natural language. Similar to OpenAI’s DALL-E, Midjourney and Stable Diffusion, Imagine with Meta, which is powered by Meta’s existing Emu image generation […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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Entity Resolution Checklist: What to Consider When Evaluating Options

Are you trying to decide which entity resolution capabilities you need? It can be confusing to determine which features are most important for your project. And sometimes key features are overlooked. Get the Entity Resolution Evaluation Checklist to make sure you’ve thought of everything to make your project a success! The list was created by Senzing’s team of leading entity resolution experts, based on their real-world experience.

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Generative AI in enterprises: LLM orchestration holds the key to success

CIO

This article was co-authored by Shail Khiyara, President & COO, Turbotic, and Rodrigo Madanes, EY Global Innovation AI Leader. The views reflected in this article are the views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the global EY organization or its member firms. Many enterprises are accelerating their artificial intelligence (AI) plans, and in particular moving quickly to stand up a full generative AI (GenAI) organization, tech stacks, projects, and governance.

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US senator warns governments are spying on Apple and Google users via push notifications

TechCrunch

U.S. senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has warned in a letter to the Justice Department that unidentified governments are spying on Apple and Google phone users through their push notifications. The letter says his office received a tip last year that government agencies in foreign countries were “demanding” push notification records from the tech giants.

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The Fruits of Failure: 7 Successful Ways of Looking at Every Loss

CEO Insider

Failure. Mistake. Miscalculation. These words have a nasty reputation, most especially when mixed with growth-focused business and professional leadership. According to conventional wisdom, failure is simply the absence of success. So if success is the ultimate goal, then failure, mistakes, and miscalculations should be defined as wholly negative and avoided at all costs.

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Google unveils AlphaCode 2, powered by Gemini

TechCrunch

Alongside its Gemini generative AI model, Google this morning took the wraps off of AlphaCode 2, an improved version of the code-generating AlphaCode introduced by Google’s DeepMind lab roughly a year ago. AlphaCode 2 is in fact powered by Gemini, or at least some variant of it (Gemini Pro) fine-tuned on coding contest data. And […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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When Designing Employee Learning Programs, Less Is More

Harvard Business Review

People now expect personalized experiences from websites, apps, and social media, yet organizations’ approach to learning programs and related content typically feels overwhelming, indiscriminate, and, above all else, impersonal. Since this overabundance of learning options seems to be the norm, learning and development leaders need to pause and reflect on something behavioral scientists have known for decades: Less is more.

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Five-month-old Indian AI startup Sarvam scores $41 million funding

TechCrunch

Sarvam AI has come out of stealth mode and announced it has raised $41 million as the five-month old Indian startup races to build a suite of full-stack generative AI offerings. The $41 million funding raise is across the Seed and Series A financing rounds. Lightspeed led the Series A round, whereas it co-led the […] © 2023 TechCrunch. All rights reserved.

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What to Do When Stakeholders Have Competing Visions

Harvard Business Review

It’s not uncommon for multiple stakeholders within companies to have differing visions or even competing agendas. In this article, the authors offer strategies for how to get everyone on the same page — and what to do if the confusion persists. Sometimes a simple one-on-one is all that’s needed to clear confusion and identify a workable set of success criteria for everyone.

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Sydney-based generative AI art platform Leonardo.Ai raises $31M

TechCrunch

Sydney, Australia-based Leonardo.Ai is the one of the latest generative AI startups to raise funding. Today, the AI art production platform for consumers and enterprise users announced a $31 million USD round from investors including Blackbird, Side Stage Ventures, Smash Capital, TIRTA Ventures, Gaorong Capital and Samsung Next. Founded last year, Leonardo.Ai’s founders say that […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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A Tale of Two Case Studies: Using LLMs in Production

Speaker: Tony Karrer, Ryan Barker, Grant Wiles, Zach Asman, & Mark Pace

Join our exclusive webinar with top industry visionaries, where we'll explore the latest innovations in Artificial Intelligence and the incredible potential of LLMs. We'll walk through two compelling case studies that showcase how AI is reimagining industries and revolutionizing the way we interact with technology. Some takeaways include: How to test and evaluate results 📊 Why confidence scoring matters 🔐 How to assess cost and quality 🤖 Cross-platform cost vs. quality tr

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Strategy, Not Technology, Is the Key to Winning with GenAI

Harvard Business Review

The explosion of AI startups in dozens of sectors masks something many of them share: They are increasingly built on top of standardized technology from a few AI giants like OpenAI, Google, and Meta. This puts a premium on strategy over proprietary technology. Companies who use these tools will need to think about how they’ll create value beyond the technical features they offer and what they will do to stand out from the pack.

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OurSky lands $9.5M seed to build out developer platform for space data

TechCrunch

A developer platform for the…sky? That’s the vision of OurSky, a startup founded last year that’s aiming to make space observational data more accessible via a software platform and global telescope network. The company announced that it closed $9.5 million in seed funding led by Upfront Ventures alongside Oceans Ventures, Venrex Investment Management, Marlinspike Partners, […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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Coexisting With AI: The Future of Software Testing

DevOps.com

If 2023 was the year of artificial intelligence (AI), then 2024 is going to be the year of human coexistence with the technology.

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Meta AI adds Reels support and ‘reimagine,’ a way to generate new AI images in group chats, and more

TechCrunch

Alongside other AI updates announced today, Meta AI, the company’s generative AI experience, is gaining new capabilities starting today, including the ability to create new AI images when prompted as well as support for Reels, among other things. The former, a feature called “reimagine,” allows users in group chats to have more fun by recreating […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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Monetizing Analytics Features

Think your customers will pay more for data visualizations in your application? Five years ago, they may have. But today, dashboards and visualizations have become table stakes. Turning analytics into a source of revenue means integrating advanced features in unique, hard-to-steal ways. Download this white paper to discover which features will differentiate your application and maximize the ROI of your analytics.

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How to Leverage Kubernetes' New CronJob API for Efficient Task Scheduling

Dzone - DevOps

Kubernetes' CronJob API is a pivotal feature for automating regular tasks in a cloud-native environment. This guide not only walks you through the steps to use this API but also illustrates practical use cases where it can be highly beneficial. Prerequisites A running Kubernetes Cluster (version 1.21 or later) kubectl Command Line Tool Basic Kubernetes knowledge (Pods, Jobs, CronJobs) Understanding the CronJob API The CronJob resource in Kubernetes is designed for time-based job execution.

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Meta’s AI characters are now live across its US apps, with support for Bing Search and better memory

TechCrunch

Earlier this year, Meta introduced a set of AI characters, including those based on real-life celebs including the likes of Paris Hilton, Mr. Beast, Kendall Jenner, Tom Brady, Charli D’Amelio, Snoop Dog, and others, which users could chat with across Meta’s apps. Today, the company announced its 28 AI characters are fully rolled out across […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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Why and How to Transition to SaaS Cloud Enterprise Applications

Dzone - DevOps

Many CEOs and CIOs have grappled with whether to migrate their applications from on-premise (the traditional route) to public cloud-based infrastructure. With an increasing array of cloud services available today, organizations can subscribe to a combination of different cloud services with their portfolio, including a mix of public, private, or hybrid cloud services.

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Respeecher’s ethics-first approach to AI voice cloning locks in new funding

TechCrunch

Ukrainian synthetic voice startup Respeecher is finding success despite not just bombs raining down on their city, but a wave of hype that has raised up sometimes controversial competitors. A new $1M in funding should help the company add a few studios to its media and gaming clients. Respeecher is perhaps best known for being […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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Revolutionizing Contact Centers: Next-Gen Tech for Enhanced CX

Speaker: Liran Meir Frenkel, Performance Management and RPA Sr Product Marketing Manager at NICE; Harpreet Makan, Practice Director at Everest Group; & Santhosh Kumar, Practice Director at Everest Group

As contact centers navigate the challenges of delivering excellence within budget constraints and adapting to evolving employee expectations, optimizing agent tasks becomes crucial. Discover a holistic approach across three pillars - people, process, and technology - that is essential to excel in this dynamic landscape, and explore how next-gen technologies such as generative AI, performance analytics, and process intelligence play a pivotal role in transforming contact centers into advanced CX

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Continuous Testing in the Era of Microservices and Serverless Architectures

Dzone - DevOps

The pursuit of speed and agility in software development has given rise to methodologies and practices that transcend traditional boundaries. Continuous testing, a cornerstone of modern DevOps practices, has evolved to meet the demands of accelerated software delivery. In this article, we'll explore the latest advancements in continuous testing, focusing on how it intersects with microservices and serverless architectures.

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Bluesky says it will allow users to opt out of the public web interface after backlash

TechCrunch

Bluesky is changing course by allowing users to opt out of a change that would expose their posts to the public web. Last month, the company announced its decentralized alternative to Twitter/X would soon open up a public web interface allowing anyone to view the posts on its platform, even if they didn’t have an […] © 2023 TechCrunch. All rights reserved.

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The Art and Science of Container Security

Dzone - DevOps

In the ever-evolving landscape of cloud-native computing , containers have emerged as the linchpin, enabling organizations to build, deploy, and scale applications with unprecedented agility. However, as the adoption of containers accelerates, so does the imperative for robust container security strategies. The interconnected realms of containers and the cloud have given rise to innovative security patterns designed to address the unique challenges posed by dynamic, distributed environments.