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Alexa gets better at understanding your requests

Amazon Alexa has tens of thousands of voice apps — skills, in Amazon’s vernacular — contributed by third-party developers. Usually, building said skills requires supplying examples of customer requests (e.g., “Order my usual”) together with the actions to which those requests should map, which are used to train the AI …

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Huawei announces its first operating system, HarmonyOS

Ever since the Trump administration’s export ban on Huawei threatened the company’s Android phones, Huawei has been making claims that it didn’t really need Android and could start its own operating system if it needed to. Today, Huawei’s saber-rattling reached a new volume with the announcement of “HarmonyOS,” Huawei’s home-grown …

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Uber, losing billions, freezes engineering hires

Enlarge / Dara Khosrowshahi, shown here in 2013, is CEO of Uber. Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg via Getty Images Uber is freezing hiring for software engineers and product managers across its US and Canadian workforce, the company acknowledged to Bloomberg on Friday. The shift was reported by Yahoo earlier in the day. …

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How to Develop a Clearly Defined Cloud Strategy

Cloud adoption is picking up steam and for a good reason. There are myriad advantages to running a business in the cloud and fewer risks than ever before. According to a LogicMonitor survey, 83% of enterprise workloads will be cloud-based by 2020. While the odds are good that your business could reap significant …

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Ajit Pai loses another court case as judges overturn 5G deregulation

Getty Images | Marilyn Nieves One of Ajit Pai’s attempts to eliminate regulation of 5G deployment has been overturned by federal judges. The Federal Communications Commission last year approved an order that “exempted most small cell construction from two kinds of previously required review: historic-preservation review under the National Historic …

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