Month: June 2020

Strap in — a virtual Tour de France kicks off this weekend on the online racing platform Zwift – TechCrunch

The pandemic has wreaked havoc on all manner of professional sports this year, and cycling has not been immune. For example, the best-known race on the planet, the Tour de France, normally staged in July, has had to be pushed back to August 29 through September 20.

That doesn’t mean that the world — and professional cyclists — can’t enjoy world-class racing this summer. In fact, beginning this coming weekend, 23 top men’s teams and 17 women’s teams will participate in a virtual version of the event that’s being hosted by six-year-old Zwift, after it was chosen by the official race organizer of the real tour, Amaury Sport Organization (ASO), as its partner on the event.

It’s a coup for the Long Beach, Calif.-based, venture-backed company whose multiplayer video game technology is used by both amateur and pro cyclists and that, according to Outside magazine, is now the biggest 

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3 strategic business focuses for the remainder of 2020

While the year is more than half over, and COVID-19 has thrown plans into disarray, there are still strategic imperatives that are worth focusing on.

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To say 2020 has been an “unconventional” year just might be the understatement of the decade. If your organization does planning on a calendar-year basis, you likely diligently crafted a technology strategy for the year in the waning days of 2019, and then promptly threw it out the window in March as the world attempted to respond to the coronavirus.

SEE: Video teleconferencing do’s and don’ts (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

There are glimmers of normalcy returning to the world, with remote working operating reasonably well at most companies, and people around the world gradually emerging from lockdown. While you are probably still “firefighting” more often than usual, now that we’re more than halfway through 2020, it’s worth revisiting the key components

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Google has launched a new healthcare API to combat COVID-19

Joe Corkery, Google Cloud product management director, explains how the new API will help developers scale healthcare solutions.

Dan Patterson, senior producer for CNET and CBS News, spoke with Joe Corkery, director of product management, healthcare and life science, Google Cloud, about the use of machine learning in healthcare applications. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.

Joe Corkery: The Google Cloud Healthcare API is an application, or basically an application layer that we built to enable healthcare data interoperability, to enable healthcare organizations, healthcare application developers, to share a wide variety of different types of healthcare data types. In particular, it’s focused on medical record and medical imaging data, supporting DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) data for medical imaging, as well as HL7v2 (Health Level Seven International, version 2) messages as well, and the FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) records for clinical data. It helps

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Indian startups diversify their businesses to offset COVID-19 induced losses – TechCrunch

E-commerce giant Flipkart is planning to launch a hyperlocal service that would enable customers to buy items from local stores and have those delivered to them in an hour and a half or less. Yatra, an online travel and hotel ticketing service, is exploring a new business line altogether: Supplying office accessories.

Flipkart and Yatra are not the only firms eyeing new business categories. Dozens of firms in the country have branched out by launching new services in recent weeks, in part to offset the disruption the COVID-19 epidemic has caused to their core offerings.

Swiggy and Zomato, the nation’s largest food delivery startups, began delivering alcohol in select parts of the country last month. The move came weeks after the two firms, both of which are seeing fewer orders and had to let go hundreds of employees, started accepting orders for grocery items in a move that challenged

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US visa freeze is latest reason to build remote-first – TechCrunch

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While the US tech industry relentlessly tries to do business with the rest of the world, this week it became further embroiled in national politics. High-skill immigration visas have been suspended until the end of the year by the Trump administration, precluding thousands of present and future startup employees and founders from coming to the US and building companies here.

Instead, the suspension is another accelerant to the global remote work trend that had already been a thing for many of us this decade, that has just been pushed to the mainstream because of the pandemic. For anyone trying to find great people to hire, the next funding check, or new markets, virtual solutions are often the only solutions available today.

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Tableau’s roadmap: Deeper Salesforce integration, Einstein integration, and easier visualizations

Francois Ajenstat, Chief Product Officer at Tableau, talked with Bill Detwiler about how the integration with Salesforce is going post acquisition, the product roadmap for Tableau, and how data visualizations can help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s been a year since Salesforce announced the acquisition of data visualization company Tableau. In the run up the TrailheaDX 2020 virtual event, I had a chance to speak with Francois Ajenstat, Chief Product Officer at Tableau, about what’s happened in the last 12 months and take a look at the Tableau and Salesforce Analytics product roadmap. The following is an edited transcript of the interview. You can also listen to the interview on TechRepublic’s Dynamic Developer podcast.

Bill Detwiler: So let’s start with the acquisition. It was completed, I guess, at least in the US in August, and then as we were talking right before we began recording, in the UK

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