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Boursorama recruits IBM for hybrid cloud strategy
IBM has won a five-year hybrid cloud contract with French bank Boursorama. A subsidiary of Société Générale, Boursorama is recognised as a pioneer in online brokerage and online banking. It will use IBM's cloud services to deliver new features to its 1.7 million customers. The partnership includes renewed efforts around cybersecurity in the cloud.
Apple unveils new robotics for recycling process
Apple is to significantly expand its recycling programme and will use robotics to dissemble its products. Known as 'Daisy', the robots are able to disassemble 15 different iPhone models at the rate of 200 per hour, recovering even more important materials for re-use. Once materials have been recovered from Daisy, they will be recycled back into the manufacturing process.
Facebook building its own voice assistant
Facebook is set to rival Alexa and other voice assistants with its own native product. Its Portal video chat screen is currently built with integrated Alexa but Facebook wants an alternative. Any new solution will work across its portfolio of AR/VR products. According to reports, the project has been in action since the beginning of last year.
Wells Fargo to make CTO change
One of the world's largest banking institutions, Wells Fargo, is bringing in a new Chief Technology Officer (CTO), it has been revealed. Former CTO Scott Dillion left his role last month, according to CIO Dive. In an investor call, intertim CEO and President, C. Allen Parker, said the company's new CTO and CISO are to report to head of technology Saul Van Beurden, who started earlier this month.
Saleforce to acquire MapAnything
Salesforce is to acquire MapAnything, a location-based intelligence software built natively on the Salesforce Platform. MapAnything integrates map-based visualisation, asset tracking and route optimisation to drive efficiency for field sales and service teams and deliver a better customer experience. Salesforce said it would help improve field sales and employee productivity for clients.
HCL Technologies strengthens ties with Google Cloud
HCL Technologies has bolstered its cloud services portfolio through a renewed partnership with Google Cloud. HCL has become a Google Cloud premier partner, enriching its hybrid cloud service offering. The partnership will see HCL build a Google Cloud Centre of Excellence, which will be embedded in its worldwide Cloud Native Labs.
Amazon to shut down e-commerce services in China and focus on cloud
Amazon is to close its e-commerce operations in China to focus on selling AWS services in the country. Its online store holds just a 0.6% market share in China in the face of competition from the likes of Alibaba and It will now close in July this year. An Amazon spokesperson said it would continue to grow in China through its global store as well as AWS.
Cisco creates co-innovation partnership with Dimension Data
Cisco has expanded its partnership with Dimension Data to deepen collaboration on advanced technologies. Solutions will be developed for joint clients in the key fields of 5G, IoT and blockchain. The two companies have worked together for 28 years. “Innovation doesn’t happen in a vacuum; it requires diverse skill sets and multiple points of view," said Dave Ward, Cisco's CTO.
PathAI has raised $60 million in new finding round
PathAI, an artificial intelligence-powered technology for pathology, has raised $60 million in funding. The round was led by new investor General Atlantic, a leading global growth equity firm, with strong participation from General Catalyst and other existing investors. It will use finds to enhance offerings to existing partners, and drive improvement of its flagship pathology research platform.
Apple looking at suppliers for self-driving car sensors
Apple is in talks with multiple vendors for its self-driving car ambitions. It is looking for a supplier of lidar sensors, an essential component of autonomous vehicles. Apple is also building its own lidar division as part of 'Project Titan'. It is aiming to create smaller, cheaper and mass produced lidar units. The company has made key hires in this area, poaching staff from Tesla and Google.
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