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AI -- separating the reality from the hype to deliver better solutions [Q&A]

Artificial intelligence is making its way into more and more areas of our lives. But how much of this is hype and how much is genuine innovation? And can improved AI learning models deliver better commercial solutions? We spoke to Ben Lamm, CEO of Hypergiant Industries, a company at the cutting edge of solving problems with AI, to find out. BN: AI seems to be a buzz phrase in everyone's marketing at the moment, how can we distinguish the genuine from the hype? BL: You should assume a solid major

20 Jan 2020 7:28 pm
How to find and use the free screen recorder tool in Windows 10

When you need to take a screenshot, you can just hit Print Screen, or use Windows 10's Snipping Tool. But what about if you want to record a video of your desktop? It might surprise you to learn that Window 10 has a screen recording tool built in. For some reason, Microsoft has chosen not to make much of a fuss about it, but for people in the know, it is an amazingly useful tool. Read on to learn the secret! See also: Microsoft pledges to patch Internet Explorer bug that is being actively exploi

20 Jan 2020 4:35 pm
How machine learning is set to be a major disruptor in the 2020s [Q&A]

Over the last decade we've seen significant advances in AI and machine learning. But there's more on its way, with ML set disrupt almost every industry sector in the decade to come. We spoke to Eric Loftsgaarden, VP of Data Science and co-founder of consulting services company Atrium to find out how ML can be used to set businesses apart from their competitors and give start ups an edge in traditional industries. BN: What makes machine learning potentially so disruptive? EL: Machine learning can

20 Jan 2020 3:47 pm
Microsoft pledges to patch Internet Explorer bug that is being actively exploited

Microsoft says it is working on a fix for a serious security vulnerability in Internet Explorer. The bug affects versions 9, 10 and 11 of the browser in Windows 7, 8.x, 10, Windows Server 2008 and 2012. The memory handling bug can be exploited by an attacker to run malicious code on a target computer, but despite its severity, Microsoft is unlikely to release the fix before next month's Patch Tuesday. News of the vulnerability comes just days after Microsoft ended support for Windows 7. See also

20 Jan 2020 3:20 pm
Giveaway: Win a Logitech Pro Personal Video Collaboration Kit (a $399 value)

When you need a webcam, you can never go wrong with Logitech. Its cameras have long been considered some of the best models to get. Best of all, Logitech has many webcams at different price points, allowing anyone to get a model that fits into their budget. For instance, the Logitech C720 is one I often recommend for those low on cash, as it can be had for under $20 and it offers solid 720p performance. You can then opt for a 1080p model, such as the Logitech C920S, for a bit more cash, or go al

19 Jan 2020 8:27 pm
CRM is no longer enough say leading software companies

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems are no longer enough for the digital era, according to more than 200 software companies. In a declaration published as an open letter in yesterday's Wall Street Journal, the Platform of Independents set out its belief that companies should never be locked into CRM suites, and that building better products, respecting customer privacy, and making smarter business decisions requires more than a one-size-fits-all approach to their technology stacks. Th

17 Jan 2020 7:22 pm
The top creative trends for 2020 revealed

Individuals, brands, marketers and creatives looking to make a splash this year need to make sure their content -- be it images or videos -- is fresh and relevant. Shutterstock has analyzed data gathered over a 12-month period from billions of customer searches for photos, illustrations, footage, and music, and produced a report predicting the styles that are set to dominate this year. The three major creative trends for 2020 include: The Roaring 2020s -- a century after the loud and lavish 1920

17 Jan 2020 6:23 pm
Best Windows 10 apps this week

Three-hundred-and-sixty-ninein a series. Welcome to this week's overview of the best apps, games and extensions released for Windows 10 on the Microsoft Store in the past seven days. Microsoft launched a new tool this week to help customers find the perfect Windows 10 computer. As always, if I've missed an app or game that has been released this week that you believe is particularly good, let me know in the comments below or notify me via email. Discounts this week The following list is a select

17 Jan 2020 4:17 pm
Microsoft releases Windows 10 Build 19546 with new Graphing Mode in Windows Calculator

Its been a big week for Microsoft this week. Windows 7 reached its end of life, and the NSA discovered a major flaw in Windows 10, which thankfully has been fixed as part of the software giants Patch Tuesday. Not as exciting, but always interesting, Microsoft has also now released a new Windows 10 build for Insiders on the Fast ring. The second Insider Preview flight of 2020, Build 19546, gains one major new feature -- Graphing Mode in Windows Calculator. Microsoft explains: Today, were updating

17 Jan 2020 4:10 pm
Golden Globe winner '1917' leaks onto the internet

Every year around this time, a number of high profile movies -- Oscar contenders in particular -- leak onto the internet in the form of DVD screeners. Some years only a small amount of these pirate screeners appear, but this year is proving to be a bumper one, with lots of major movies leaking, such as Frozen 2, Knives Out, Little Women and JoJo Rabbit, all of which are still in cinemas. Today, Golden Globe winner 1917 joins the list. 1917, from director Sam Mendes, is set during the First World

17 Jan 2020 3:47 pm