Day: October 7, 2020

NVIDIA announces cloud-based video conferencing platform to assist virtual teams

AI-enabled features such as gaze correction and facial adjustment provide a more natural face-to-face feel to virtual collaboration, the company says.


In recent months, organizations around the globe have transitioned to remote work due to the coronavirus. At the same time, many schools and universities have also adopted online learning curricula to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus this fall. As a result, video conferencing has replaced traditional in-person experiences ranging from work to social activities, although these virtual platforms come with their own drawbacks and limitations. On Monday, NVIDIA announced a cloud-based video conferencing platform, Maxine, to enhance remote work, online learning, and more. This includes artificial intelligence (AI) features to provide a more natural in-person experience to virtual meetings.

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“Video conferencing is now a part of everyday life, helping millions

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Helsinki rides the Slush wave toward a booming startup future – TechCrunch

In September 2020, Helsinki’s City Council approved plans for an expansion of the existing “Maria 01 Campus,” a former downtown hospital complex. Even before it starts spreading its acreage, the facility is already home to 120 startups and 12 venture capital funds. The campus is owned by the biggest startup conference in the Nordics, Slush, the City of Helsinki and Helsinki Enterprise Agency and is slated to become one of the largest, if not — possibly — the largest tech startup campus in Europe, at 70,000 square meters (or 75,3473 square feet) by 2023.

The scale of the project speaks to the confidence and ambition of the Helsinki startup ecosystem, which has grown immeasurably over the last 10-15 years.

The fact that Slush, a conference, is involved is no accident. The event is a nonprofit created by the university. This has enabled it to scale to one of

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5 lessons project managers can learn from the first 2020 US presidential debate

While projects aren’t the same as politics, there are similarities. Here are ways to become a better manager by learning from the debates.

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Last week’s 2020 US Presidential Debate offered important lessons that can help project, program, and portfolio managers improve their effectiveness when communicating. Here are five ways you can learn to be a better leader.

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1. Be aware of distractions

Distraction was a key element in the first presidential debate and likely served as a means of confusion for listeners. It blanked the entire debate and made it difficult for the audience and the two candidates. The result was a lost opportunity to share their intended messages and plans for the future with stakeholders.

Distraction can be a strategy of some to reduce the effectiveness of others. Project leaders should

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Photos: Turn a new leaf with the best Zoom backgrounds for fall

A fall canopy

Virtual backgrounds are a popular addition to the standard Zoom room experience. In recent months, we’ve created galleries for nature loverssci-fi enthusiastsStar Wars Day, and more. Now that the summer has changed to fall, we’ve curated a dedicated gallery for autumn. Without further ado, here are the best Zoom backgrounds for fall.

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