The discount department store is starting to accept returns of Amazon orders at 10 of what will eventually be 82 of its Chicago and Los Angeles stores.
The tie-ups, which were first announced last month, give Amazon added distribution for its growing portfolio of consumer gadgets as well as a free return option for its customers that don’t want to deal with the hassle of packing and shipping orders they don’t want.
For Kohl’s, the moves amount to a risky bet that the additional customer traffic resulting from the deal will outweigh the downside of strengthening Amazon, which has increasingly become a threat to every mid-market and low-price department store.
FDA Selects Box To Help It Modernize IT Infrastructure
Box on Wednesday announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has selected the cloud content management company to help it modernize its technical infrastructure.
While the Box deployment will not be agency-wide, it is a strategically important deal for Box, given its growing presence in both the government and life sciences sectors.
The initial deployment should be relatively quick, but Box plans to work with the FDA as it develops new integration requirements and new Box use cases evolve.
"Many customers are asking us to become that connective tissue so people across agencies can work securely with each other, and have situational awareness where and when they need it," Hashmi continued.
Apple Continues Rolling Out Indoor Maps Of Airports In IOS 11
The recently added airports include O'Hare International and Midway International in Chicago, McCarran International in Las Vegas, Miami International, Minneapolis–Saint Paul International, and Oakland International.
The feature has also been available for Philadelphia International Airport and San Jose International Airport since iOS 11 was in beta.
When searching for these airports, Apple Maps users can tap "look inside" or simply zoom in to view terminals, boarding gates, security checkpoints, airline check-in desks, baggage claim carousels, information kiosks, restrooms, stores, restaurants, parking garages, and even escalators, elevators, and stairs.
Apple is also adding indoor maps to shopping malls, making it easier to find the exact location of stores, restaurants, restrooms, escalators, elevators, and stairs on each floor.
Mozilla To Document Cross-browser Web Dev Standards With Google, Microsoft, Samsung, And W3C
Mozilla has announced deeper partnerships with Microsoft, Google, Samsung, and web standards body W3C to create cross-browser documentation on MDN Web Docs, a web development documentation portal created by Mozilla.
MDN Web Docs first came to fruition in 2005, and it has been known under various names in the years since, including the Mozilla Developer Network and Mozilla Developer Center.
MDN’s stated mission is:…to provide developers with the information they need to easily build projects on the open web.
Kony Announces Next Generation Digital Banking Solutions To Drive Customer-First Experiences
Introduces New Digital Banking Platform and Suite of Apps to Help Banks Deliver Unique Omnichannel Experiences with Greater Agility, Security, and Flexibility
Kony, Inc., the leading enterprise mobility and digital applications company today announced its Next Generation Digital Banking solutions to help banks and credit unions deliver exceptional customer-first experiences across any channel, in a cost-effective manner.
“Banks and credit unions are committed to meeting the escalating expectations for a seamless, “customer-first” experience,” said Thomas E.
Kony’s Next Generation Digital Banking Platform is the industry’s first purpose-built platform for digital banking that allows banks to deliver exceptional customer experiences seamlessly and securely across all of its banking services and channels.
Alphabet Will Turn Toronto Into A Living Laboratory Of Urban Design
Keep Calm and … Massively Increase Investment in Artificial Intelligence
The report, coauthored by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, concludes that “AI offers massive gains in efficiency and performance to most or all industry sectors, from drug discovery to logistics.”
The technology “can be integrated into existing processes, improving them, scaling them, and reducing their costs, by making or suggesting more accurate decisions through better use of information,” it adds.
Track Your Dog’s Health With This Collar That’s Like A Fitbit For Pets
This Kickstarter campaign is bringing wearable fitness trackers to man's best friend with the Waggit collar and app — essentially a Fitbit for dogs.
Waggit tracks your dog's vital signs of temperature, heart rate, and breathing rate and can learn her baseline resting state the longer she wears her Waggit collar.
According to the Kickstarter page, the Waggit thermometer tracks both her body temperature and ambient temperature so if there's a heat wave or a cold snap coming through, you'll know to bring her inside.
Veo Robotics Raises $12 Million To Help Machines And Humans Collaborate More Efficiently
Veo Robotics, which is building a smarter, more intuitive robotics system for industrial applications, announced today that it has secured $12 million in funding.
Founded in 2016, the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based startup provides AI-powered software that tells machines how to act and respond to humans in a manual labor setting.
“Our system builds a unified, semantic representation of what is happening in the workcell — where the robots are, where the people are, where the workpieces are,” wrote Veo Robotics cofounder and CEO Patrick Sobalvarro, in an email to VentureBeat.
Sobalvarro and his team are trying to reduce the manual labor humans shoulder in industrial work settings, leaving the heavy lifting to the robots.
ZTE’s Axon M Flip Smartphone May Kick Off Foldable Trend
So it's surprising that ZTE, known mostly as a budget phone make, is the company looking to kick-start a new wave of innovation in phones."This is a new direction," said Linda Sui, an analyst at Strategy Analytics.
We've already seen hints of foldable phones from other handset makers.
It doesn't bode well that AT&T is the exclusive US partner for the Axon M -- those previous three phones all received a big push from the carrier with little impact.
The phone couldn't adequately handle the two screens, resulting in a buggy, laggy mess.
Wattpad’s Storytelling App, Now With 60M Monthly Users, Adds A Subscription Service
Wattpad, the company behind a suite of apps for reading and sharing stories – including a fairly popular “chat fiction” app Tap, a rival to Hooked – is today adding its first ever subscription plan for its flagship application.
The service will cost $5.99 per month, or $60 per year, the company says, and will be available to the company’s now over 60 million monthly global users.
Today, those users spend over 15 billion minutes per month reading the app’s original stories.
Members who upgrade to Wattpad Premium will have ads removed both when browsing the web and mobile web, and will see a new theme in the native mobile app.
AppDynamics Announces Business IQ Updates, IoT And Network Visibility
AppDynamics on Wednesday is announcing a series of updated and new offerings, with the aim of giving CIOs the tools to contribute more to strategic business decisions."As CIOs get organizations to become more progressive and more agile, what they're looking for is a different kind of leadership," Prathap Dendi, GM of Business iQ at AppDynamics, said to ZDNet.
The updated version of Business iQ also comes with a tool called "experience level management" (XLM), which enables businesses to create custom experiences for certain segments of customers.
Meanwhile, the latest update of App iQ includes a new tool called KPI (Key Performance Indicator) analyzer, which uses machine learning to automate the analysis of application performance.
Intel Shipping Nervana Neural Network Processor First Silicon Before Year End
This week at the Wall Street Journal’s D.Live 2017, Intel unveiled their Nervana Neural Network Processor (NNP), formerly known as Lake Crest, and announced plans to ship first silicon before the end of 2017.
Under development for the past three and a half years, the NNP originated as the Nervana Engine deep learning ASIC, which was announced in May 2016 and had all the marquee features of the NNP: HBM2, FlexPoint, cacheless software memory management, and a high-speed interconnect.
In terms of the bigger picture, while the past year has seen many announcements on neural network hardware accelerators, it is important to note that these processors and devices operate at different performance levels with different workloads and scenarios, and consequently machine learning performance consists of more than a single operation or metric.