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Improving customer experience is top digital transformation objective for half of manufacturers

68 per cent of manufacturing and engineering companies are confident about change as industry 4.0 advances. London, UK – 23 April, 2018 – Britain’s manufacturers finished 2017 with the strongest three months of growth since 2014, according to the most recent Read more…
Tags: Europe, Business, Seo, It, Britain, Engineering, Manufacturing, London UK


Techstars Anywhere Inaugural Class Takes Virtual Graduation Walk

From Adelaide to Toronto, the Techstars accelerator that began in Boulder, CO, runs 39 programs in 27 cities around the world—with the prerequisite that admitted startups must relocate, if necessary, to the city where their three-month program is based. Today, however, the inaugural class of the 40th program—Techstars Anywhere—is graduating after completing an online Demo Day that capped the past three months of the program’s first “virtual accelerator.” “We started Techstars Anywhere so ...
Tags: Startups, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Toronto, Trends, Web, It, People, Software, Innovation, San Diego, Adelaide, TechStars, Halifax Nova Scotia, Boulder CO, National blog main


‘It: Chapter 2’ Gets a New Cinematographer

It: Chapter 2 is quickly coming together, in front of and behind the camera. As more cast members are added, so too are crew members who will help bring the horror sequel to life. The latest addition is Checco Varese, who will be the It 2 cinematographer, replacing It cinematographer Chung-hoon Chung. I’ve been riding high on all the recent It: Chapter 2 news, so it was only a matter of time before something curbed my enthusiasm. And here we are: Collider reports that director Andy Muschiett...
Tags: Jessica Chastain, Movies, Horror, Stephen King, It, Sequels, Adaptation, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Warner Brothers, Varese, Chung, Collider, Pennywise, Muschietti, Andy Muschietti


5 Takeaways From Robo Madness 2018 at iRobot

A who’s who of robotics and artificial intelligence experts gathered at iRobot’s headquarters in Bedford, MA, last week. The occasion was Xconomy’s fourth annual Robo Madness conference, and you can check out photos from the event here. Here are five things we learned from the discussions: 1. Watch your interns and office cleaners—they’ll go on to great things. Joe Jones, co-inventor of the Roomba (now CTO of Franklin Robotics), used to be in charge of vacuuming the iRobot office, circa 1...
Tags: Startups, Hardware, Jobs, Boston, Trends, Strategy, It, People, Vc, Software, Robots, Venture Capital, Autonomous Vehicles, Smart Home, Logistics, Roomba


WinMagic’s Latest Software Delivers Unified Encryption and Key Management with a Single Pane of Glass

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada — April 18, 2018 — WinMagic, a leading encryption solutions provider, today announced the launch of its latest software release, SecureDoc 8.2. Purpose-built for a new, unified approach to encryption and key management, SecureDoc 8.2 will enable industry-leading data Read more…
Tags: Seo, It, Mississauga Ontario Canada, News Trends, ConsumerTechnology


BenevolentAI Raises $115M For Drug Discovery, Pegs Valuation at $2.1 Billion

BenevolentAI, one of the companies vying to improve healthcare through artificial intelligence analysis, says it has raised $115 million to accelerate its drive to discover new drugs by studying disease processes at the molecular level. The London-based company, which has offices in New York and Belgium, says the new capital brings its current valuation to $2.1 billion. The money was raised from new and earlier investors—most from the United States. But BenevolentAI named only one—prev...
Tags: Google, Deals, Startups, New York, London, Ge, Internet, Drugs, Entrepreneurship, Cancer, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, It, Vc, Software


Robo Madness 2018: Homecoming—The Photos

View the Slideshow We had a blast at our fourth annual Robo Madness conference in the Boston area, and we hope you did, too. The theme this year was homecoming—the idea that robotics and artificial intelligence have started to seep into our lives and homes, and are poised to have big, transformative effects on business and society wherever you look. The theme had a double meaning: this year’s event took place at the headquarters of iRobot, the venerable company that has pioneered robotic...
Tags: Startups, Hardware, Boston, Trends, It, People, Vc, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Robots, Venture Capital, Irobot, Sense, Nea, Affectiva, Consumer Technology Association


Cyberwar Theme Resounds At RSA; Tech Giants Unveil Joint Strategy

The RSA Conference, one of the cybersecurity industry’s largest annual events, opened in San Francisco this week amid a barrage of unsettling news, as both nations and companies drew boundary lines and formed alliances in a cyber universe that seems increasingly combative. In the United States, a growing awareness of the weaponization of cyber skills, from sophisticated hacking to the mere posting of social media messages, has required strategic thinking not only from national defense age...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Startups, Mobile, Facebook, Hardware, Microsoft, Internet, Entrepreneurship, France, Nokia, Bt, San Francisco, Trends, Social Media


‘Night Court’ Star Harry Anderson Dead at 65

Harry Anderson, the magician-turned-actor who presided over the NBC sitcom Night Court, has died at age 65. Anderson passed away on Monday at his home in Asheville, North Carolina, according to Variety. His cause of death is unknown, though authorities have ruled out foul play. Anderson was best known for his starring role as the quirky Judge Harry Stone in Night Court, which ran on NBC from 1984 to 1992. The actor earned consecutive Emmy nominations for his performance as the eccentric, kin...
Tags: Death, Hbo, Comedy, Movies, Nbc, Abc, California, Stephen King, It, Chicago, Dave, Manhattan, Cbs, Harry, Rhode Island, Anderson


Xconomy Forum Rides Wave of Big Data/Big Bio Startups in San Diego

As the Xconomy Forum on Big Data Meets Big Biology draws near, one of the best arguments for understanding the significance of the convergence of data science and the life sciences may lie in what came out of the 2013 sale of San Diego’s EcoATM. Founded by several veterans of the wireless semiconductor industry, EcoATM created a business where there wasn’t one for recycling smartphones and other electronic devices. The company developed automated kiosks that would scan a device and use an...
Tags: Startups, Mobile, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Big Data, Cancer, Trends, Web, It, People, Devices, Software, Data Science, Innovation, Venture Capital, San Diego


DemandJump Raises $6M for Marketing Tech Focused on Where, Not Who

DemandJump, the Indianapolis-based marketing software startup, has raised a $6 million Series A round of financing. Investing in the round were Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest Fund, Flyover Capital, Cultivation Capital, 4G Ventures, Sigma Prime Ventures’ managing director Bob Davoli , and Hyde Park Venture Partners. Since the company was founded in 2015, it has raised $8.6 million in total. In a press release, J.D. Vance, author and managing partner of the Rise of the Rest Fund, said, “We ...
Tags: Startups, Entrepreneurship, Trends, Indiana, Indianapolis, Analytics, It, Vc, Software, Innovation, Venture Capital, Steve Case, Shop.org, Vance, Vera Bradley, Marketing Technology


Here’s everything we know about ‘It: Chapter 2’ so far

A second film based on Stephen King's It hits theaters in September 2019. Here's everything we know about It: Chapter 2, which is set 27 years after the events of 2017's box-office blockbuster, It. The post Here’s everything we know about ‘It: Chapter 2’ so far appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Stephen King, Trends, It, Home Theater, Pennywise, Movies & TV, It: Chapter 2


On Eve of RSA, Fortanix and Cybereason Talk Encryption, Cyberwar

Ambuj Kumar says he’ll face a higher hurdle than the other nine finalists in the RSAC Innovation Sandbox Contest on Monday, when he’ll have three minutes to convince judges that his startup, Fortanix, deserves to win the prestigious competition. The Sandbox contest is one of the kick-off events at RSA Security’s huge annual conference in San Francisco. Kumar says Fortanix’s approach to cybersecurity is unique, so he’ll first have to explain what it is before he can persuade the judges tha...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Facebook, Hardware, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Ipo, Softbank, San Francisco, Trends, Web, It, Cybersecurity, Ransomware, Artificial Intelligence, Software


InterVision Buys Bluelock, Plans to Grow Disaster Recovery Services

Bluelock, the Indianapolis “disaster-recovery-as-a-service” startup, has been acquired by InterVision, a managed IT consultancy headquartered in St. Louis, MO, and Santa Clara, CA. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Bluelock CEO Christopher Clapp says he and one of the company’s founders will be using Bluelock’s sale “as an opportunity to do a graceful exit.” The rest of Bluelock’s 60-person team will join the new organization, he says. “The intent is to make [Bluelock’s ...
Tags: Startups, Entrepreneurship, Cloud Computing, Trends, Indiana, Indianapolis, It, Innovation, Santa Clara, Acquisitions, Consultants, Clapp, St Louis MO, National blog main, National top stories, San Francisco blog main


San Diego VC Funding Hits $547.2M in Q1; Ideaya Leads Top 10 Deals

Venture capital investors sank $547.2 million into 37 startup companies throughout San Diego County during the first three months of 2018, maintaining roughly the same level of venture funding seen in recent quarters, according to the Venture Monitor Report. The amount of capital invested in the San Diego area was up slightly from the $541.2 million invested during the final three months of 2017, according to Venture Monitor data. It was almost 4 percent higher than the $526.7 million inv...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Funding, Trends, Web, It, Vc, Software, Healthcare, Innovation, Venture Capital, San Diego, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Biotech, Seattle, San Diego County


Multi-Platform Proof Your Church

There hasn’t been a time in history the Church has had this much tech at its disposal. We have many platforms, tools, and solutions for similar problems. Each with a different approach and options. Each hardware and software options, come with solutions and challenges. The first conundrum is choice. “What tech to use? What is the most cost-effective?” Some of the questions present challenges. One challenge that could bog us down is being ‘locked in’. Going with a solution or combination of solut...
Tags: Apple, Kingdom, Seo, It, Don, Multi Platform Proof Your Church, Learning Church


Expectations Rise on Q1 Surge in Venture Funding; and Top 10 Deals

Venture capital investors poured more than $28.2 billion into U.S. companies during the first three months of 2018—marking the strongest single quarter in at least a dozen years, according to the Venture Monitor Report released today by Seattle-based PitchBook and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). The $28.2 billion that PitchBook counted in the first quarter was a third higher than the $21.3 billion that VCs deployed in the previous quarter and two-thirds more than the $16....
Tags: Startups, Lyft, Uber, Hardware, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Trends, IPOs, Web, It, People, Devices, Vc, Innovation, Venture Capital, Mergers & Acquisitions


Saïd Business School launches Future of Real Estate Initiative

Saïd Business School, University of Oxford has launched the Oxford Future of Real Estate Initiative to research and predict the changes faced by the industry over the next decade. Led by Professor Andrew Baum – real estate industry veteran and Read more…
Tags: Education, Seo, It, Property, Retail, Construction, Saïd Business School, News Trends, Saïd Business School University of Oxford, Andrew Baum


Xconomy Roadmap 2018: Top 15 Innovation Areas to Watch

View the Slideshow With the first quarter in the books, it’s time to step back and lay out Xconomy’s editorial map for the rest of the year. As readers know, we strive to cover a wide range of innovation sectors, from tech and life sciences to healthcare and education—all with a mix of on-the-ground reporting, daily news stories, in-depth features and analysis, and events and conferences. It’s a daunting task, made more daunting by today’s short news cycles and media saturation on certai...
Tags: Security, Startups, Transportation, Leadership, Hardware, Education, Privacy, Finance, Cancer, Trends, Strategy, E-commerce, It, Cybersecurity, Vc, Artificial Intelligence


James Murray from the Impractical Jokers talks about the future of VR

James Murray is a funny man. A producer, actor, and writer, Murray is best known as Murr on the show Impractical Jokers. I spoke to him for a Technotopia interview about the future of TV, VR, and media and he has a lot to say. His dream? To offer immersive experiences to his audiences using VR, a dream that he thinks is still far off. Until the VR experience is out-of-the-box easy, he said, there isn’t much hope for the medium. He’s a funny guy and this is one of my favorite interviews. Technoto...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gadgets, Film, Fiction, Tech, It, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Series, John Biggs, Murray, Murr, James Murray, Technotopia, Impractical Jokers


Facebook’s Data Disaster & Your Church Member Data [Podcast #205]

We kick-off this episode with John Wilkerson’s comments he shared regarding our podcast a few weeks ago — Publisher vs InDesign? — and then dive head-first into the Facebook data disaster drama. What can Church Techs and leaders learn from all of this? Jeremy refers to his recent blog post on the subject (you can read that here) and we all realize that church data security is serious business. Talk to us on @ChurchMag using #cmagcast, send us an email at [email protected], or submit your though...
Tags: Security, Facebook, Podcast, Seo, Web, It, John, Jeremy, John Wilkerson, Facebook 's Data Disaster amp


Sensorpro announce a new capability to help marketing teams meet GDPR requirements

Now Marketers can easily design a Subscriber experience with signup forms, welcome emails and website code that can be used right away. “GDPR is important to our pan-European deployment,” said Sam Giles, Applications Analyst at WD40. “The Sensorpro GDPR capability Read more…
Tags: Advertising, Marketing, Seo, It, Pr, News Trends, Sensorpro, Sam Giles


‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Tops the Most Profitable Movies of 2017

Box office reports are easy to parse through, but what about the overall net profit of a movie? And when you factor in production and marketing costs, what do the lists of highest-grossing movies really look like? According to the new reports about the 2017 most profitable movies, not too different than what you’d expect. Deadline released its annual list of most profitable movies, gauging the films’ budgets and how much studios actually made on them. Unsurprisingly, Star Wars: The Last Jedi...
Tags: Movies, Sci-fi, Disney, It, Sequels, Sony, Box Office, Beauty and the Beast, Lucasfilm, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, WB, Thor: Ragnarok, Comic Book/Superhero, Action/Adventure, Wonder-Woman, Spider-Man: Homecoming


RSA Security Agrees To Buy Behavioral Analytics Startup Fortscale

RSA Security, a Bedford, MA-based business division of Dell Technologies (NYSE: DVMT) announced on Thursday a pending deal to acquire Fortscale, a cybersecurity startup that uses behavioral analysis to detect network intrusions. RSA Security, a global cybersecurity provider for businesses, said it plans to incorporate Fortscale’s technology into a new version of its service, the RSA NetWitness Platform. Terms of the acquisition weren’t disclosed by the two companies. San Francisco-based F...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Web, It, Cybersecurity, Vc, Innovation, Financing, Intel Capital, Rsa Security, Cyberattacks


How Do Self Driving Cars See? [Video]

Self Driving cars are one of those technologies of the moment. They seem to be everywhere with many big name companies investing in their development. But how do self driving cars see? Or what technology powers a self-driving car? Well, in this 360 4k video, Waymo shows some of the technology behind their self-driving cars in a really immersive way. [Video via YouTube] Self Driving Cars from Waymo In case you weren’t aware, Waymo is the company that was previously part of Google and has bee...
Tags: Google, Seo, It, Waymo


After a Year of Growth Milestones, Duo Security Opens Detroit Office

Duo Security, a cybersecurity startup based in Ann Arbor, MI, announced today that it is opening a new office in Detroit to accommodate the company’s rapidly growing business. Duo plans to immediately relocate 30 employees from the company’s engineering, information services, and product teams to work downtown in Bamboo Detroit’s co-working space. By the end of the year, Duo plans to expand to fill the entire 9,000-square-foot space on Bamboo’s sixth floor. “Detroit has always moved the w...
Tags: Startups, Entrepreneurship, Trends, It, Cybersecurity, Two-factor Authentication, Software, Innovation, Detroit, Duo Security, Ann Arbor, National blog main, National top stories, San Francisco blog main, Texas blog main, Detroit blog main


Virta Health Hauls in $45M to Expand “Diabetes-Reversing” Software

Virta Health, a startup that is taking a software approach to treating diabetes rather than pills or injections, has raised $45 million in funding to support its technology. San Francisco-based Virta says its software “reverses” diabetes through behavioral changes that reduce the biological measures of the disease. The company’s software platform, accessible via a mobile app, helps the patient track blood sugar, carbohydrate intake, and other indicators. The Virta starter kit includes a s...
Tags: Startups, San Francisco, Trends, Investing, It, Software, Diabetes, Venture Capital, Type 2 Diabetes, Obvious Ventures, Creandum, Venrock, Caffeinated Capital, Founders Fund, Life Sciences, National blog main


How Next-Gen Chipmakers Are Raising Money, Taking On Tech Giants

The advent of big fundraising rounds for startup chip innovators—a class shunned by most venture capital firms only a few years ago—seems to mark a turnaround in recent VC attitudes about semiconductor investments. But it turns out VCs weren’t the only driving force behind the change in fundraising prospects for the young companies now inventing chips suited for artificial intelligence tasks, and daring to compete with giant chipmakers such as Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) and Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA...
Tags: Apple, Google, Deals, Startups, Transportation, Hardware, Microsoft, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Softbank, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Web, It, Intel


What Churches Can Learn From Facebook Data Controversy

Have you heard about the Cambridge Analytica controversy, better known by mass media as the Facebook data leaks? If you look into the details of this, data was not leaked, but it most definitely was mishandled and privacy lost. I want to take a look at this controversy of protecting user data with the lens of the Church and come up with some best practices that churches need to implement today if they want to avoid catastrophe. Note: this is in no way comprehensive, but at almost a thousand word...
Tags: Security, Facebook, Church, Seo, Web, It, Cambridge Analytica, Dream City Church, Facebook Data Controversy


Straight Outta Wisconsin, LynxBio Wins EvoNexus Best Demo Vote

A startup team from the University of Wisconsin that moved to San Diego in January to advance their technology for optimizing treatment regimens for cancer patients won the audience vote for best pitch at the EvoNexus Spring Demo Day last week. Lynx Biosciences co-founder and CEO Chorom Pak said her startup has developed microfluidic technology that uses live cancer cells to determine how multiple myeloma patients would respond to different treatment regimens. The Wednesday evening pitch ...
Tags: Startups, Entrepreneurship, Cancer, Funding, Trends, Web, It, Devices, Software, Innovation, San Diego, Wireless, Biotech, Financing, Qualcomm, Life Sciences