Microsoft has struggled to gain ground for its digital assistant, Cortana, and is seeking out alternative venues to expand its popularity, per company vice president David Ku. In addition, the company hopes to increase Cortana use via a partnership with Amazon.
Nvidia released a generation of chip technology, called Turing, which is targeted for use in the graphics industry. The chips include a "ray tracing" feature, which allows designers to view how light rays would naturally fall in a scene and see changes in real time.
Microsoft has released Azure Stack for Azure Government, aiming to help federal agency customers address regulatory, connectivity and latency challenges. Experts say the offering could be part of a push to secure the Department of Defense's $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract.
Shake Shack will revisit its plan to introduce self-ordering kiosks, tweaking the model from one it abandoned amid customer complaints last year. This time, the chain will add kiosks at select locations while also retaining cashiers, and customers will have the option to pay with cash.
YouTube is trying to highlight new features such as paid memberships and enhanced chats by paying major sums to its biggest stars for using them, according to sources. The new options come in response to complaints YouTube didn't offer any way other than advertising to make money.
Foxconn Technology reported a 2.2% decline in profits for the second quarter despite continued demand for iPhones. The company reported a net profit of $566.7 million as of June 30.
Infineon Technologies will collaborate with China's JD Group to develop an internet of things ecosystem for more efficient and more secure IoT offerings. The JD.com website is the largest online retailer in China.
Under the Defense Authorization Act, government agencies will be barred from using technology from certain Chinese tech firms, including Huawei and ZTE. Agencies will also be responsible for allocating funds for companies that must replace technology under the new directive.
Members of the Communications Workers of America, Verizon's union, have approved a four-year labor contract with the carrier. Under the deal, nearly 34,000 employees will receive more retirement benefits and wage increases.
As many companies undergo a digital transformation, organizations are in need of employees who are skilled in data analytics, machine learning, cybersecurity and software, writes ZK Research principal analyst Zeus Kerravala. Leaders should also consider automating routine tasks or moving functionality to the cloud to allow IT professionals more time to focus on learning new skills for the digital transformation, he adds.