As technology turns more and more towards innovation through cloud computing, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Through various methodologies, companies and businesses are able to adapt and grow despite the otherwise turbulent digital market. This week we see how Google pushes the limits of AI-based tech, Amazon strives to make a mark in the video game streaming market and more. Discover the latest and hottest Weekly Cloud Trends below.

Cloud AI Can Help You Survive the Storm

The waters of today's business scene are murky and relentless. Companies strive to weather the storm through digital transformation, embracing the public cloud and new technologies. Bearing that in mind, diverse innovative tech is flooding the market in the form of cloud-native artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) services. Businesses are working hard to use these technologies solve incredibly challenging problems. Some of these problems include ending the pandemic. That’s where the power of AI comes into play. Check out the following snippet: You can use pre-packaged AI services and models from major cloud providers to do such things. For example, Google Cloud’s AI-enabled services include:
  • Recommendations AI – To deliver highly personalized product recommendations.
  • Vision AI – To derive insights from images in the cloud.
  • Dialogflow – To build virtual agents and other conversational experiences.
Read more at Forbes.

Oracle’s TikTok and Zoom Deals Won’t Move Cloud Market Share Needle Significantly

The year 2020 has seen a big boost for the cloud infrastructure market, which topped an impressive $30 billion last quarter. Regardless, "Oracle is struggling with market share in the low single digits. It is hoping that the Zoom and TikTok deals can jump start those numbers, but trying to catch the market leaders Amazon, Microsoft and Google, never mind several other companies ahead of it, is going to take a lot more than a couple of brand name customers." “Oracle’s cloud infrastructure services growth has been consistently below overall IaaS and PaaS market growth rates so its market share has [actually] been nudging downward. Zoom may be a good win but it is unlikely to move the needle too much — and remember Zoom  also buys cloud services from AWS,” John Dinsdale, chief analyst at Synergy Research Group, explained. Read the full story at TechCrunch.

Amazon's Luna Cloud Gaming Already Seems Much Different to Google Stadia

Cloud gaming is becoming a huge deal. With the ongoing health crisis, the tech market is making a huge turn towards cloud services and cloud computing in general. It's been a year that Google launched its cloud-based console, Stadia. Now, Amazon is keen to take its own stab at cloud gaming. The recently uncovered Amazon Luna service is going to make a stand on the streaming games market. To sum up, we now have Google Stadia, Microsoft's Game Pass Ultimate, Sony's PlayStation Now and Amazon's Luna, all competing in the games streaming race. Amazon Luna features a controller similar to what Google created for its Stadia console. Luna also has Alexa available on it, and a range of features and apps available. Read the full story at CNet.

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Date(s) - 01/01/1970
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

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600 5th ave. NY, NY
In this week’s Hentsu tech news round-up we talk gaming, cloud computing, the impact COVID-19 had on the market and more. To check out previous weekly news stories, head over to our main blog page.

How to Diagnose and Treat Machine Learning Models Afflicted by COVID-19

We have seen endless reports about COVID-19 disrupting the lives of millions of people worldwide. In addition, the global pandemic is affecting businesses, companies and technology in general. The scoop now is that there was a major impact on a variety of machine learning (ML) models, which are utilized by businesses to predict human behavior. Now the goal is to thoroughly examine ML models to gain the knowledge to further update models and new business rules. Such efforts already yielded massively positive results. Here's a snip: “The economic disruption of COVID-19 has been unprecedented in its swiftness, upsetting supply lines, temporarily closing retail stores and changing online customer behaviors. It has also dramatically increased unemployment overnight, increasing financial stress and systemic risks of both individuals and businesses. It is forecasted that global GDP could be affected by up to 0.9%, on a par with the 2008 financial crisis. While the nature of our recovery is unknown, if the 2008 crisis is any indicator, the impact of COVID-19 could be felt for years, through both short-term adjustments and long-term shifts in consumer and business behaviors and attitudes.” Discover more over at TechCrunch.

The Official PlayStation 5 Launch Date and Price Revealed

Yes, we are fully aware this particular piece of tech news is not specifically related to cloud computing, machine learning or quantum computing. However, Sony's upcoming PlayStation 5 represents the next chapter in the video game industry. Still, we did mention that certain features of the new gaming hardware will include cloud functionality. Anyhow, countless gamers are fired up and waiting for the console's launch. Sony finally confirmed the launch date as well as the price, via their offical PlayStation blog. Here's the word: "As we have just announced in our PS5 Showcase, we’re only a couple of months away from launching the next generation of play. Starting on November 12, PS5 will be available in seven key markets: the U.S., Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea. The global rollout will continue on November 19 with launches throughout the rest of the world*, including Europe, Middle East, South America, Asia and South Africa. PS5 Digital Edition will be available for a recommended retail price (RRP) of $399.99 USD/$499 CAD/¥39,980/€399.99/£359.99 (MSRP), and PS5 with an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive will be available for an RRP of $499.99 USD/$629 CAD/¥49,980/€499.99/£449.99 (MSRP). Pre-orders will be available starting as early as tomorrow at select retailers, so please check with your local retailer." Read more over at the PlayStation Blog.

SMBs Using Cloud See 15-20% Reduction in Operational Costs: NASSCOM

There are more positive stories emerging during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Digital transformation of companies and industries is indeed taking place. But how is the industry and technology changing? Well, there are three technologies that keep pushing the industry forward — cloud computing, big data analytics and cybersecurity. It appears that “A National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), IT industry body, study shows that small and medium businesses (SMBs) that adopted cloud have seen 20-25 per cent increase in productive gains and 15-20 per cent reduction in operational cost.” What’s more, "Of the over 1000 SMBs surveyed, as much as 60 per cent said they have adopted cloud, though about half being at early stage of adoption. In sector-wise adoption, technology-first segments, including e-commerce, IT-BPM firms, lead in cloud adoption followed by BFSI, media and entertainment, retail, automotive, healthcare and manufacturing as the other emerging verticals." Read more at Entrepreneur.

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Date(s) - 01/01/1970
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Location

600 5th ave. NY, NY
Have you ever heard that cloud computing benefits PC gaming? Well, it's about time you have. Today's dose of tech news shows exactly what kind of efforts MS is making to enhance the benefits of cloud computing for gamers. We also take a peek at what's going on in the financial sector, where we see huge financial players including BoA partnering with IBM for "confidential" computing services. Enjoy the Hentsū’s weekly tech news round-up!

Bank of America, Daimler, and Apple Partnering with IBM for Confidential Computing Services

It appears that there's going to be a push to provide public cloud services with production-ready confidential computing capabilities able to protect data, applications, and processes. Word is that for two years, IBM has been deploying confidential computing capabilities in the IBM Cloud and Rohit Badlaney, vice president of IBM Z Hybrid Cloud, said it is the only public cloud with "production-ready confidential computing capabilities able to protect data, applications and processes." Badlaney adds: "We've had tremendous success over the last four to five years in generalizing and commercializing the confidential computing technology into an entire family of cloud services. Our point of view on confidential computing is that the trusted execution environment is interesting but you want to surround it with a set of services that also leverage the same kind of underlying hardware and software innovation in confidential computing." Find out more over at TechRepublic.

Microsoft Wants to Take on Amazon in Connecting Satellites to the Cloud

The latest scoop is that technology giant Microsoft is aiming to challenge Amazon in bringing a service that connects satellites directly to the company’s cloud computing network. The news comes after the company filed documents with the Federal Communications Commission last month. Now, the FCC authorized MS to perform proof-of-concept demonstrations. This particular strategy places MS in direct competition with Amazon. Back in November 2018 Amazon launched a similar AWS Ground Station service. “If the demonstrations result in significant market interest, Microsoft will file an application for regular earth station authority with the International Bureau (IB) to support future commercial operations,” the company stated. Check out the full story at CNBC.

MS Flight Simulator 2020 Realizes the True Next-generation Potential of Azure Cloud Computing in PC gaming

This is definitely not the first occasion we’ve seen that cloud computing holds great potential for gaming. Now, Microsoft shares its vision to push the benefits of Azure Cloud a bit more towards the gaming scene. Here's the word: "The core of Microsoft Flight Simulator lies within Microsoft Azure. From its hyper realistic flight handling to gorgeous visuals, Microsoft’s cloud computing elevates the game into a technical marvel. In order to 'somewhat accurately' create every inch of the entire globe with incredible detail, Microsoft Flight Simulator uses data from Bing Maps to generate 3D models including terrain, roads, vegetation, buildings and other real world materials. Using an internet connection, the game streams all of these two petabytes worth of data in real time." Read more at TechRadar.

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Date(s) - 01/01/1970
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

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600 5th ave. NY, NY
Join us as we browse through a selection of fresh and exciting news stories. Hentsu's weekly tech news roundup takes a peek at the latest and hottest topics within the current technology scene, the economy, gaming and, of course, the cloud.

Global Economy is Tanking, the Cloud Thrives

COVID-19 may have brought the world to its knees, but people are coping and surviving. Once again, the greatest cloud providers are rising to the occasion as the entire globe hops on the online bandwagon. In short, a majority of businesses are looking more prosperous as they migrate to the public cloud environment. And it’s not the first time we’ve heard this. “Demand from travel and hospitality companies is down, but cloud usage to power gaming, videoconferencing, and remote learning has spiked up. Telehealth provider Amwell, an Amazon cloud customer, has seen video health visits increase more than tenfold due to Covid-19, serving as many as 45,000 per day.” Also, “That new demand has sharpened the appetite for chips, disks, and networking gear—the physical components that power the cloud. Microsoft’s chief financial officer, Amy Hood, told investors last month that the company expects to spend more on cloud computing infrastructure due to increased demand spurred by Covid-19.” News via Wired.

Businesses Set to Spend Big on Cloud this Year, Security Projections Shift

As more and more companies turn to cloud adoption, security spending to is also set to grow 2.4% to reach $123.8 billion in 2020, which is a bit down when compared to last year’s projections. With cloud-based delivery models helping protect a bulk of security in the industry, growth is slower but investable. Have a peek: “Cloud infrastructure was found to be the biggest driver of this rise, with over three-quarters (76 percent) increasing their use of platforms such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure….” “Cloud spending has soared in 2020 so far due to the increased need for remote working capabilities brought on by the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, but this trend is set to continue even as workers begin to return to the office, according to a survey by Snow Software.” News via TechRadar UK.

Apple Is Building the Perfect Laptop for Remote Work

The world is changing, the economy is reshaping, and the modern-man's stay-at-home workplace is now the "new normal." As a result, the biggest manufacturers and IT companies are adapting to this situation fast. Apple is no exception. Right now they are devoted to creating and launching the new “perfect laptop.” Yep, tech industry giant is expected to officially make the switch to in-house ARM processor-powered Macs. The announcement is most likely going to occur during WWDC 2020, which is just around the corner. The ARM-based chips “are the same processors that power the iPhone and iPad. Before you wonder why Apple would stick a smartphone processor in a laptop, it's worth mentioning that it wouldn't be the first (Samsung and Microsoft already do) and that the A12Z and A13 chips in Apple's devices are as powerful as the processors in many laptops.” News via Inc.

PlayStation 5 Announced, Featuring Cloud Functionality

Last week Sony finally uncovered the full details and the appearance of their upcoming console, the PlayStation 5. One of the more interesting moments is Sony promising to dish out two version on the market – one with a 4K UHD Blu-ray Drive and the other that’s going to be digital only (in other words, you order your games, movies and apps online and directly to the console, as the current trends dictate). Another cool piece of info is that the PS5 was confirmed to offer cloud functionality: "We are cloud-gaming pioneers,' PlayStation hardware architect Mark Cerny explained to Wired when asked about cloud functionality, "our vision should become clear as we head towards launch.” Meanwhile, “game sizes should smaller or, at least, better optimized. Due to the SSD-only solution with the PS5, developers will no longer need to duplicate data to make a standard 5400 RPM read faster.“ Learn more about the new PS5 console at EG.

Date/Time

Date(s) - 01/01/1970
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Location

600 5th ave. NY, NY