Day: May 16, 2020

With pandemic-era acquisitions, big tech is back in the antitrust crosshairs – TechCrunch

With many major sectors totally frozen and reeling from losses, tech’s biggest players are proving themselves to be the exception to the rule yet again. On Friday, Facebook confirmed its plans to buy Giphy, a popular gif search engine, in a deal believed to be worth $400 million.

Facebook has indicated it wants to forge new developer and content relationships for Giphy, but what the world’s largest social network really wants with the popular gif platform might be more than meets the eye. As Bloomberg and other outlets have suggested, it’s possible that Facebook really wants the company as a lens into how users engage with its competitors’ social platforms. Giphy’s gif search tools are currently integrated into a number of messaging platforms, including TikTok, Twitter and Apple’s iMessage.

In 2018, Facebook famously got into hot water over its use of a mobile app called Onavo, which gave

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How to implement augmented analytics–data science experience not required for users

Using augmented analytics can help you pull insight from your big data–but approach it with caution.

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Conversations about big data and analytics have emphasized the importance of leveraging data for the past decade. What hasn’t been discussed as often is the need to leverage the ability of people to understand data and apply this understanding to the business.

The need to democratize data usage and understanding beyond traditional dashboards and reports has been a major driver of augmented analytics, which Gartner defines as “the use of machine learning (ML) and natural language processing (NLP) to enhance data analytics, data sharing, and business intelligence.”

SEE: Cheat sheet: Data management (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

What is augmented analytics?

Instead of waiting for a data scientist or an IT specialist to assemble complex data models and algorithms to query data, an end user without formal background in data science

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How to update business information with Google My Business, Gmail, and Google Sites

These three Google tools can help you keep customers informed as your company’s hours and offerings change.

As business hours and offerings evolve, customers need easy access to current information. That’s especially an issue as businesses comply with government mandates during COVID-19 containment efforts. 

The following tools let you update your business info for Google Maps and Search, create multiple custom Gmail signatures, and add an announcement banner in Google Sites. Even if you don’t otherwise use Google tools, most business owners or managers should make sure Google My Business content is accurate.

SEE: Google Sheets: Tips and tricks (TechRepublic download) 

How to update Google My Business information

Businesses may sign up for free, to ensure the accuracy of information that Google displays in Google Maps and Search drawn from Google My Business is accurate. The information includes content customers want: Your business location, hours, and contact information. Google Assistant

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Professional networking tips for the age of remote work and social distancing

Developer relations specialist Wesley Faulkner explains how to avoid the biggest professional networking mistakes people make and how to effectively make contacts when everyone’s working from home.

Professional networking can be a challenge during the best of times, and doing it in the age of remote work and social distancing can seem impossible. But it’s not. On this episode of 
Dynamic Developer
, I had a chance to talk with Wesley Faulkner about the biggest mistakes developers (or anyone) make when networking and how to successfully make those all-important professional contacts as telecommuting becomes more the rule than the exception. Wesley is a public speaker, developer relationship specialist, worked as a social media and community manager for Atlassian and held a variety of roles at AMD, Dell, and IBM. He’s also a founding member of the government transparency group Open Austin and ran for Austin City Council in 2016. So,

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Geoprocessing-enabled COVID-19 map aids resource allocation amid pandemic

A new spatially enabled coronavirus map leverages multiple data models to more aptly pinpoint areas in need of limited medical equipment and resources.

Months after the initial cases of COVID-19, the pandemic continues to spread around the globe. During that time, a seemingly infinite scroll of coronavirus infographics and forecasting models detailing ways to “flatten the curve” have become evening news mainstays. In lieu of a vaccine, these models exist as the only feasible front-line strategy to mitigate the spread of the virus and salvage any semblance of a functional healthcare system in the months ahead.

Recently, we had a chance to speak with Lauren Bennett who is the spatial analysis and data science software development lead at Esri. Bennett’s team of geographers and statisticians are working to transition this armamentarium of models into sophisticated mapping solutions to aid coronavirus response efforts. Did we mention there are lots of models?

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Voice control: Speaking is better than swiping during the coronavirus

A survey shows that people are worried about privacy and security when using voice control but they like not having to touch anything.

Using your voice instead of your hands to control the devices all around you sounds like the way to go during the coronavirus pandemic.

A small survey by Syntiant found that people are turning to this method of interacting with devices more frequently with Generation Z the most likely to increase the use of speech control  due to COVID-19. At least 50% of all other generations have tried out voice control with 81% of Gen Z and Millennials doing so compared with 68% of Generation X and 51% of Baby Boomers. Half of survey respondents list privacy and security as their top concerns for using voice recognition.

SEE: Coronavirus: Critical IT policies and tools every business needs (TechRepublic Premium)

Kurt Busch, CEO of Syntiant, predicts that

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