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Microsoft Launches Spatial Analytics, Other AI Services at Ignite

Microsoft rolled out an array of new AI services during its Ignite conference today, including Spatial Analysis, a new offering that uses computer vision algorithms to detect and count the number of people in a room. Read more…

Pachyderm Gains Microsoft Funding, Launches Hub

A startup launched as a Hadoop alternative in the form of a container-based big data platform continues to attract investors to its open source data science framework. Pachyderm Inc. said this week its $16 million Ser Read more…

Microsoft and Intel Test Malware Protection Through Computer Vision

The world of malware protection has come a long way since the wild west of the early 2000s, when Trojans lurked behind every download. The malware threats that loom now are more advanced – and more evasive. Now, resear Read more…

Can Artificial Intelligence Help Pinch Poachers?

From elephants and rhinos to sea turtles and lemurs, poaching is quickly driving many endangered species to the brink of extinction. Often, governments and activists struggle to effectively monitor vast expanses of land Read more…

GitHub Hardens Supply Chain with a Query Engine

The GitHub code repository hosting service has moved to shore up its supply chain with a deal to acquire Semmle, creator of a semantic code analysis engine that allows developers to scan large codebases for vulnerabiliti Read more…

As Cloud Grows, Is Resistance to AWS Futile?

If you're looking to build a big data application in 2019, it would be foolish not to check out what Amazon Web Services can offer. Whether you're looking for Hadoop-style processing, graph and time-series databases, or Read more…

Hadoop 3.0 Likely to Arrive Before Christmas

It's looking like big data developers will get an early holiday present as work on Hadoop version 3.0 nears completion. And while Hadoop 3.0 brings compelling new features, including a 50% increase in capacity and upward Read more…

Microsoft Chases General AI with New Research Group

Microsoft today unveiled Microsoft Research AI, a new research and incubation hub that's slated to take on some of artificial intelligence's biggest challenges, including the creation of a general AI, the field's Holy Gr Read more…

Tumultuous Times for BI and Analytic Tool Vendors

My, what a week it was for business intelligence (BI) and analytic tools. First, industry darling Tableau Software (NYSE: DATA) lost half its market capitalization following earnings that disappointed Wall Street, which Read more…

Microsoft Releases Deep Learning Toolkit

Microsoft has released to the open source community a set of internal GPU-powered tools designed to boost the performance of artificial intelligence technology used for computer speech recognition. In a blog post, Mic Read more…

Microsoft Delves Deeper Into Worker Analytics

The universe of data analytics categories continues to expand, and Microsoft said it is again buying into one of the newest: organizational analytics. The office software giant announced Thursday (Sept. 3) it is acqui Read more…

Microsoft Unites Analytics Under ‘Cortana,’ Adds Spark Support

Microsoft today unveiled a new suite of hosted analytic services named after Cortana, the software giant's personal assistant software for smartphones. Meanwhile, the company is prepping to begin support for Apache Spark Read more…

NOAA Launches Big Data Project

A big data project launched by the U.S. Commerce Department brings together major cloud analytics vendors and the Open Cloud Consortium to develop infrastructure needed to access the more than 20 terabytes of satellite w Read more…

Microsoft Scales Data Lake into Exabyte Territory

Microsoft today announced its Azure Data Lake, an HDFS-compatible data repository designed to store vast amounts of structured and unstructured data for customers who want to analyze or explore it later with their choice Read more…

Big Data So Easy a Caveman Could Do It?

Let's face it: big data isn't easy. If you're building a big data application today, you're up to your eyeballs in things like R and Java, MapReduce and Pig, and Storm and Kafka. There's a reason data scientists are so h Read more…

Microsoft Readies Major Push Into Big Data

Microsoft has a lot of irons in the fire. Always has and always will. But judging from its recent acquisition of Revolution Analytics, the early success of its hosted machine learning service, and the forthcoming public Read more…

Can Microsoft Become the McDonald’s of Hadoop?

Microsoft last month officially took the wraps off its Hadoop service, dubbed Windows Azure HDInsight Service. Now that the Hortonworks-based offering is GA, Microsoft is gearing up its incredibly audacious plan to reach no fewer than one billion users with its big data platform. Has Microsoft lost it? Or is the plan just crazy enough to work? Read more…

Data Center Building Boom Comes to Iowa

If you're a tech giant and you're looking for a place to build a new data center, there's a good chance that a location in Iowa will be on your short list. Several billion-dollar data center projects are in the works in Iowa, which offers relative security from natural disasters, tax incentives, and a thriving clean energy industry. Read more…

Microsoft’s New Smart Cities Program Leverages Tech Innovation

Microsoft last week launched CityNext, a new "smart cities" agenda to help municipalities use big data, cloud, and mobile technologies to improve the efficiency of existing processes, cut costs, deliver higher environment sustainability, and make information more available to people. Read more…

Bringing Dark Data to Light

One of the chief challenges of big data, especially where established science and research is concerned, is bringing what is called “dark data” – the data that is hidden in tables and texts of the massive stores of scientific journals – to light. A research team is working on this problem combining several research areas into a potentially powerful tool. Read more…

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