huawei to manufacture blockchain enabled smartphones

World’s third-largest mobile handset manufacturer Huawei is in talks with Sirin Labs to authorize an operating system that runs blockchain apps. They intend to create a smartphone that would run blockchain-based apps in parallel with Android apps.Switzerland-based Sirin Labs is presently working to develop its own blockchain-based smartphone based on SIRIN OS called Finney which would be available in the market after the second half of current year for about $1,000. According to Sirin Labs’ spokesman Nimrod May, they have received pre-orders for



hybrid cloud - the new pilot of it industry

NTT Communications Corporation announced on the basis of a recent survey of 1500 CIOs and IT managers of large enterprises in financial services, manufacturing, distribution, and logistics sectors that just 16% of the enterprises use just one cloud, with 66% already planning a strategy in place for a hybrid approach. A further investigation by 451 Research also revealed that the companies which are new to cloud adoption prefer a single cloud due to challenges like migration, complexity, security and operational efficiency. But around 84% of the firms use multiple


B3 Group Celebrates Milestone 10-Year Anniversary in 2018

B3 Inc

Leesburg, VA, February 7, 2018 - B3 Group, Inc, a fast-growing Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and HUBZone health IT firm providing end-to-end technology support services to the federal government and enterprise customers, today announced that 2018 marks the beginning of a milestone 10-year anniversary. The company plans to celebrate this milestone year with employees, partners and customers.The company was founded by Brad Palmer in 2008, after several years of independent consulting, serving both public and federal clients.


Government Contractor Patriot Group International (PGI) Named One of the Best Places to Work in Virginia


Patriot Group International (PGI) was named the third best company to work for in the 2018 Best Places to Work in Virginia, an annual list created by Virginia Business and Best Companies Group that recognizes the best employers in the Commonwealth. This year marked PGI’s first appearance on the list in the small employer category which is comprised of companies with less than 100 employees.The statewide survey and awards program is designed to honor the best places of employment in Virginia, benefiting the state's economy, workforce and businesses.




Bellevue, WA. (February 2, 2018) - Apptio, Inc. (NASDAQ: APTI), the business management system of record for hybrid IT, today announced it has completed the acquisition of Digital Fuel SV, LLC, a provider of IT business management (ITBM) tools. With the acquisition of Digital Fuel from global investment firm Skyview Capital, Apptio further extends its leadership of the $6 billion Technology Business Management (TBM) market. Today’s acquisition broadens Apptio’s customer base across both strategic and enterprise segments in the Global 10,000 and adds new


Spaulding Ridge to Acquire Plan Rocket Consulting, Expanding Services to Include Anaplan’s Connected Planning Platform

Spaulding Ridge

Spaulding Ridge, a leading provider of advisory and cloud technology services, announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Plan Rocket Consulting, a leading provider of Anaplan connected planning implementation services.The acquisition is the first for Spaulding Ridge, which was recently founded by noted industry leader Jay Laabs, and it will form the foundation of Spaulding Ridge’s performance management practice.


Online Platform for Freelance Field Service Technicians Redefines Labor

Kyle Buzzard

With the launch of a newly optimized website, Techadox announces the arrival of their contingent labor platform. Techadox services a community comprised of field service technicians and businesses seeking solutions to their specialized IT projects.Through Techadox, businesses can connect to this expansive community of talented, capable IT professionals with the means to find solutions across diverse industries. Retail, communications, healthcare, and education are just some of the fields Techadox technicians service.


Growing Impact of Emerging Technologies Examined in CompTIA Research Briefs


Amid a wave of hype around emerging technologies three specific trends are showing the potential to help businesses transform the way they operate, according to a series of research briefs published by CompTIA, the leading technology industry association.To varying degrees, artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain and virtual reality (VR) / augmented reality (AR) are staking out a more prominent role in the digital operations of organizations, the publications reveal.


Kodak-from Instant Print Cameras to Cryptocurrency


Las Vegas, NV, Thursday, January 11, 2018 --For over a century, Kodak has empowered people to capture and share their moments. At CES 2018, Kodak is leveraging decades of imaging expertise with new innovative technologies to push the business forward, integrating digital and analog experiences that inspire the creative in everyone.Located at LVCC South Hall 1, #20612, the Kodak booth features the company’s wide range of brand licensed products including cameras, 3D printers, drones,


Accenture Report Highlights What Patients Want in New Treatments; Two-Thirds Say: Better Outcomes, Not Brands


When launching new products, pharmaceutical companies should focus more on evidence-based solutions than just the product or brand, according to a new report from Accenture (NYSE: ACN) on product launches in the pharmaceutical industry.Among the key findings in the report, titled “Product Launch: The Patient Has Spoken”: Brands are not major influencing factors when patients consider new pharmaceutical products. More than two-thirds (69 percent) of patients surveyed said the product’s benefits – i.e., treatment outcomes


Nanowear Named Innovation Champion of the Accenture HealthTech Innovation Challenge


Nanowear has been named the Innovation Champion of the Accenture (NYSE: ACN) HealthTech Innovation Challenge, which pairs leading-edge startups with prominent health and life sciences organizations to develop innovative technology solutions that improve the way people access and manage healthcare.Nanowear, based out of New York City, received the award for its cognitive heart failure (CHF) monitoring device called SimpleSense. It is a non-invasive


Intel CEO Addresses Security Research Findings during 2018 CES Keynote Address


In opening remarks during his 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) keynote on Monday, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich addressed the industry regarding the recently reported security research findings. Krzanich said:

“Today is a day when we all come together to celebrate the lifeblood of our amazing industry – and that’s really about innovation. But before we start, I want to take a moment to thank the industry for coming together for another purpose


Intel Shooting Star Drones Set to Dazzle Audiences for the First Time on the Las Vegas Strip


Intel is bringing the first drone light show to the Las Vegas Strip this week with nightly performances at the iconic Fountains of Bellagio during CES 2018. Audiences will experience the magic of Intel technology as a fleet of 250 Intel® Shooting Star™ drones light up the sky, integrated with the Fountains of Bellagio to a licensed rendition of the song “Stargazing” by artist Kygo.


JDA Partners with AWESOME-Focusing on Women’s Leadership in Supply Chain

Jda Software

Scottsdale, Ariz. – January 04, 2018 – JDA Software Group, Inc. is proud to announce it has partnered with AWESOME (achieving women’s excellence in supply chain operations, management, and education), the most active and prominent organization focused on advancing women’s leadership in supply chain and beyond. As part of this partnership, JDA will serve as the host sponsor for the AWESOME 2018 Supply Chain Symposium, an event that will immediately follow JDA’s annual customer conference, FOCUS 2018, in Orlando in May.


Fluke Accelix integrates CMMS, SCADA and condition monitoring with eMaint 11.4.5


Fluke recently unveiled an updated version of its eMaint™ computerized maintenance management software (CMMS) with improvements that include the integration with Fluke Connect® Condition Monitoring software and SCHAD™ Automatic Meter Reading (AMR). This enables full integration with data acquisition (SCADA) systems and supervisory control. eMaint 11.4.5 offers companies an integrated system that will drastically improve the way equipment health is monitored as well as how well maintenance operations, resources and compliance are managed.


Visa Survey Reveals Consumers Are Ready to Say Goodbye to Passwords


A new Visa survey of 1,000 Americans exploring awareness and perceptions of biometric authentication confirms that consumers continue to have a strong interest in new biometric technologies that make their lives easier. New forms of authentication, such as fingerprint, facial, and voice recognition, can make unlocking accounts and payments much easier and more convenient than traditional passwords or PINs - which are difficult to type onto tiny keyboards, easy to forget, and can be stolen.


Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium Selects Oracle to Streamline Operations


The Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium (GMHEC) has selected Oracle Cloud Applications to modernize critical finance and human resources business processes to increase customer service levels while reducing administrative costs. With Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud, Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Cloud and Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Cloud, GMHEC will be able to empower faculty, staff, and students to embrace modern best practices, drive institutional innovation and optimize the


Samsung Announces World’s First Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) 1.3 Certified System-on-Module

Samsung ARTIK

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today announced Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) 1.3 certification for the Samsung ARTIK™ 05x series of modules, the first system-on-module family to be certified using new OCF standards for trust and connectivity for IoT. With the ARTIK™ 05x series, companies can quickly build Wi-Fi™ enabled edge products that meet OCF standards for interoperability, and take advantage of the ARTIK™ platform’s built-in hardware and software solutions to ensure reliability, safety and privacy for connected products.


Skava joins HPE-driven Cloud28+ to offer new hybrid cloud retail solutions

Arish Ali

Infosys (NYSE: INFY), a global leader in consulting, technology and next-generation services, today announced its membership as a technology partner in the Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)-driven Cloud28+ community and digital platform. By leveraging the Cloud28+ community’s vast network of service providers, Skava, a wholly owned subsidiary of Infosys, aims to expand its market presence in countries where business and regulatory considerations call for private and hybrid cloud deployments working with local partners.


Sears Holdings Announces Incremental Liquidity Actions To Enhance Financial Flexibility

Sears Holdings

Sears Holdings Corporation ("Holdings," "we," "us," "our," or the "Company") (NASDAQ: SHLD) announced today it has entered into an agreement to extend the maturity of its existing term loan, which originally was to mature in June 2018 (the "Term Loan"), to January 2019, with the option to further extend the maturity to July 2019. During the fourth quarter, the Company paid down the Term Loan by $325 million, reducing the outstanding balance to approximately $400 million and bringing our total Term Loan repayment during 2017 to approximately $570 million.


Viant Announces Collaboration With GlaxoSmithKline, Imaginea, World Wildlife Fund for Nature, an Oil and Gas Supermajor, and a Global Consumer Packaged Goods Leader


Viant, an Ethereum blockchain-based supply chain platform, is announcing a collaboration with innovative global companies to accelerate the deployment of blockchain-based supply chain systems.

Viant, a ConsenSys company, is a next-generation blockchain-based platform for modeling business processes, tracking assets and building transparent flexible supply chains of the future. The platform leverages cryptographic security,


Halo and Open Systems Join Forces to Deliver Performance Analytics Through Leading Enterprise Planning Platform


Partnership Creates Unique Rapid Deployment Business Analytics for Mid-Market

Halo announced today its partnership with Open Systems, Inc., entering into a supply and service agreement that grants Open Systems access to the full range of Halo's supply chain analytics and business intelligence solutions. Halo's advanced portfolio of products will enable Open Systems to expand its current service offering to a new and existing customer base.


eGain announces integration with Salesforce

Ashu Roy

Sunnyvale, CA (December 19, 2017): eGain (NASDAQ: EGAN), the leading provider of cloud-based customer engagement solutions, today announced its integration with

“Businesses are increasingly layering customer engagement systems on top of systems of record such as CRM for differentiation and innovation,”


Fingerprints and Linxens Are Partnering on the Next Technology Breakthrough for Contactless Biometric Payment Cards

Thomas Rex

World-leading biometrics company Fingerprint Cards (Fingerprints) is proud to partner with Linxens, a global leader in the design and manufacture of microconnectors for smartcards and RFID Antennas & Prelams®. In this cooperation, targeted towards card manufacturers, Linxens is bringing a new high performing contactless fingerprint-on-card Prelam® to the market and Fingerprints is providing the recently announced T-Shape™ sensor module.

With an annual market of 4 billion smartcards for the financial services, eGovernment and access-control markets, of which 50% are contactless, the benefit of biometrics is enormous in terms of increasing security without compromising speed and ease of use for consumers.


Perry County Memorial Hospital Partners with Novarad for PACS

Fred Trovato

TELL CITY, Ind.(December 12, 2017) – Novarad Corporation, a leader in the development of medical imaging software, has recently entered into contract with Perry County Memorial Hospital of Tell City, install its PACS.

“We feel privileged to support Perry County Memorial Hospital with greater functionality and scalability as they grow to serve even more patients,” Fred Trovato, Global Senior Vice President of Sales at Novarad said.


It's All About (The) Leadspace Raises $21M Series C Funding to Fuel Growth, as AI Continues to Transform B2B Sales & Marketing


• B2B organizations, following in the footsteps of consumer brands, are increasingly using big data and AI to drive more targeted relevant engagement and faster growth

• Leadspace’s unique Audience Management Platform - combining data management and predictive analytics - drives powerful results for leading B2B customers such as Microsoft, Marketo and RingCentral

• Series C funding led by Arrowroot Capital and JVP will support continued AI product leadership and customer growth in US and Israel


The Blockchain Startup Skychain is Going to Revolutionize Digital Medicine


Neural network-based artificial intelligence has already demonstrated its impressive capabilities by diagnosing diseases on par with the best healthcare professionals. However, the development of the AI-in-medicine market is hindered by two major obstacles: It’s difficult to gain access to big data required for training medical neural networks, and there is no infrastructure enabling doctors and patients to access such networks.

Skychain can solve these problems and revolutionize the AI-in-medicine market! Skychain’s key components are its Data Marketplace and AI Marketplace.


Santas On Strike Outside Dallas Walmart, Demand Walmart Bring Back Holiday Pay


Dallas, TX – Today, Making Change at Walmart (MCAW), in partnership with United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1000, joined Santas, Grinches, and Walmart workers for a rally outside a Dallas Walmart Supercenter to demand the retailer bring back the holiday pay it eliminated in 2016. According to a 2014 statement by Walmart, the retailer spent over $70 million in holiday pay, which is now being taken away from workers during what is supposed to be “the most wonderful time of the year.”


Tesla Is Fabricating Its Own Chip For Autopilot

Elon Musk

8 December- CaliforniaROCKETS & ELECTRIC CARSindustrialist Elon Musk has set about reinventing one after another. Thursday, he added another ambitious project to the list: Future Tesla vehicles will run their self-driving AI software on a chip designed by the automaker itself.

“We are developing customized AI hardware chips,” Musk told a room of AI experts from companies such as Alphabet and Uber on the sidelines of the world’s leading AI conference. Musk claimed that the chips’


The Arise Platform Ends Year in Record Territory

Daren Gonzalez

Arise Virtual Solutions Inc., the leader in on-demand customer management solutions, is ending the year on a high note as a result of a record number of new client wins and call center users. These wins have positioned Arise for rapid revenue growth in 2018.

"With an on-demand platform that uniquely enables industry leading flexibility and quality across the United States, Canada, and Europe, we're experiencing a surge in clients and call centers engaging with Arise as the platform economy gains traction," said Daren Gonzalez, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing.


Pwnie Express Adds New CTO to Management Team

Matthew Williamson

Dr. Matt Williamson Joins IoT Security Company

Today, Internet of Things (IoT) security leader Pwnie Express announced the hiring of Matthew Williamson as Chief Technical Officer. Williamson brings more than 15 years of experience in computer security and data science to Pwnie. He will report directly to Pwnie Express CEO Todd DeSisto.


ZynBit Introduces Sales Process Analytics with ZynCal


ZynBit introduces a new way to analyze sales cycles and create workflow efficiency.By mapping the customer journey to meetings and opportunities, sales executives can more accurately predict revenue based on deal progress. With ZynCal, sales reps can fill their calendars with qualified customer meetings while sales managers gain real time insight into opportunity stages.


Miele - Secured Connected


The appliance manufacturer Miele, located in East Westphalia, with its headquarter in Gütersloh, Germany (https:\\ became member of the OPC-Foundation. The advantages are obvious:

Miele has decided to consequently use the OPC UA Standard in their device manufacturing. The integrated security providing encryption and signing is comprehensively implemented throughout Miele.


CLPA announces OPC UA companion specification for new "CSP+ for Machine" technology at SPS/IPC/Drives 2017

Linus Torvalds

Verl, 05.12.2017 (PresseBox) - The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA), in association with the OPC Foundation, has announced an OPC UA companion specification for the CLPA’s new “CSP+ for Machine” technology to further ease the implementation of Industry 4.0 type applications.

CSP+ for Machine is an extension of the CLPA’s existing “CSP+” (Control & Communication System Profile) that provides easy network configuration and maintenance by offering profiles that describe each device on a CC-Link IE or CC-Link network. CSP+ technology has been established for some time and provides easy drag and drop network configuration


Linux 4.14 arrives and Linus says it should have fewer 0-days

Linus Torvalds

Which is nice as it's the next long-term release and gets Linux into the GPU game

Linus Torvalds has given the world version 4.14 of the Linux Kernel.

Torvalds announced the new release with his usual lack of fanfare, but with a couple of interesting nuggets of news.

He opened by saying “it is probably worth pointing out how the 0day robot has been getting even better (it was very useful before, but Fengguang has been working on making it even better, and reporting the problems it has found).”


Shipping Software Leader Pacejet Attracts New Capital to Support Rapid Growth


Pacejet, the leading software platform bringing enterprise business shipping to the cloud, announced today that it has closed a new multi-million dollar funding round led by Plymouth Growth Partners of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The new capital enables Pacejet to accelerate its growth strategy and to broaden its outreach to global businesses seeking to transform the shipping function from a necessity to a competitive advantage.


Future-proof Hotel Marketing And Immersive VR Transport Prospective Guests

Anna Singleton

In order to entice a guest to spend money and visit a hotel, marketing experts during the last five years have all had to look toward the evolving Virtual Reality technology.

The old ways of the property tour experience still exist, but it’s the state-of-the-art breathtaking technology that can really sell a hotel or luxury property to an excited prospective vacationer.

The VR tour is designed to be best experienced with a headset. By creating such state-of-the-art presentations for hotels and luxury real estate, VR real estate marketing companies have raised the bar forever and have transformed the way properties are shown to potential guests, renters, and buyers.


Metavine’s Crowd Machine Unveils Their Vision For The Next Evolution of Blockchain


First To Market With A Full Blockchain Developer Stack To Fully Decentralize Apps of The Future

San Jose, 16 November 2017 - Craig Sproule, a veteran developer, and the Metavine Lab responsible for the highly sophisticated Metavine Genesis™ product, have today unveiled a prototype for the next evolution of blockchain and the creation of fully decentralized applications called Crowd Machine.

Designed to marry the current fragmented components of the blockchain ecosystem currently holding back


IBM, Packet Clearing House and Global Cyber Alliance Collaborate to Protect Businesses and Consumers from Internet Threats


NEW YORK, November 16, 2017 – IBM Security, Packet Clearing House (PCH) and The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) today launched a free service designed to give consumers and businesses added privacy and security protection as they access the internet. The new Quad9 Domain Name System (DNS) service helps protect users from accessing millions of malicious internet sites known to steal personal information, infect users with ransomware and malware, or conduct fraudulent activity.


Singletree Technologies Releases Browser Version of Intellimas®, a Data Management Application for the Enterprise

Singletree Technologies

Singletree Technologies has released version 5.0 of Intellimas®, a software application which helps businesses manage mission critical business processes and replace the variety of spreadsheets being used throughout the enterprise.

SUMMIT, N.J., Sept. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Singletree Technologies, an innovative supplier of software to Retail and Wholesale companies, has announced the latest release of Intellimas®, an application that eliminates inefficient functions


Equus Computer Systems Releases New Nobilis i1612D Modular All-in- One PC

Equus Computer

All-in-one bundle delivers smaller footprint, greater flexibility, and increased maintenance ease

Equus Computer Systems, Inc., one of America’s largest manufacturers of custom hardware solutions, announces the release of the unique new Nobilis i1612D Modular All-in-One PC. The new product, an all-in-one bundle with choices of different monitors, Next Unit of Computing (NUC) small form factor PCs, accessories, and cabling, enables Equus and its partners to provide customers with the exact all-in-one PC that they need.


Artificial Intelligence (AI) is more important to IoT than Big Data insights, says GlobalData


For enterprise software, operational efficiency trumps superfluous features. When it comes to optimising these applications, however, particularly for the Internet of Things (IoT), enterprises need to focus their efforts on the basics of business optimization rather than insight driven innovation.

A recent GlobalData survey of 1,000 IoT professionals revealed a heavy reliance on traditional business intelligence (BI) software. 40% of those surveyed ranked business intelligence platforms well above all other means of analysing data.


One Hour Translation: 280% surge in cyber-security translations from English in the first half of 2017

Yaron Kaufman

One Hour Translation, the world’s largest online translation agency, surveyed around 71,000 translation projects about cyber-security during 2016 and 2017,The survey showed that governments and companies all over the world are equipping themselves with the best insights available in the English-speaking world to prepare themselves for a rise in cyber-security threats

The growing wave of cyber-attacks that is shaking countries all around the world caused a surge in demand for translations in the cyber-security field in 2017. The target languages of cyber-security practitioners include surprising languages such as Danish. One Hour Translation, the world’s largest online translation agency, examined around 71,000 English translation projects in 2016 and 2017 and found that the number of cyber-security translation projects in the 14 most popular languages jumped 280% in the first half of 2017 compared with the first half of 2016.


Getting to Iconic


A global survey of more than 550 senior executives across 30 countries and territories reports that 91 percent of “iconic” companies — those that maintain both the highest levels of customer experience (CX) satisfaction and have world-leading brand recognition — deploy Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions to increase customer satisfaction, compared to 42 percent of companies in their fields overall.

The new report from MIT Technology Review is sponsored by Genesys


NRGene Delivers Major Breakthrough in Sunflower Genome


Comprehensive data provide an unprecedented picture of sunflower traits

NRGene, the worldwide leader in genomic assembly and analysis, has created a previously unattainable version of the sunflower genome for a cooperative of scientists from Canada, the United States, France, and Israel. The NRGene-produced genome is more comprehensive than any existing version.

“The depth and breadth of this analysis significantly accelerates our research


Patriot Group International (PGI) Honored as 2017 Contractor of the Year

Patriot Group International

Chantilly, Va. (November 2, 2017) – Patriot Group International (PGI) was named 2017 Contractor of the Year ($25M to $75M annual revenue) by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce (Northern Virginia Chamber), The Voice of Business in Northern Virginia™ and Professional Services Council (PSC).

The award was presented at the 15th Annual Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards™, the premier awards program honoring the leadership, innovation and commitment to excellence of the individuals and businesses in the region's government contracting sector


Binary Tree announces new service: Domino on Azure

Binary Tree

KENDALL PARK, N.J. – More and more enterprises are moving from IBM Notes to Microsoft 365 or Exchange without retiring their Domino application servers. To solve this issue, Binary Tree, a leader in enterprise digital IT transformations, launched its newest managed service, Domino on Azure to help move an enterprise’s Domino applications to the Microsoft Azure Cloud.

For enterprises and their IT department retiring their Domino servers


Location3’s LOCALACT Platform Meets Growing Need for Franchises to Maximize Customer Traffic and Dominate Their Local Markets

Localact | Location3

Franchisees in FSR, QSR and Fitness are Seeing Show Strong ROI and Increased Store Visits Following Deployment

Denver, CO. - October 31, 2017 - Location3, the digital marketing agency that delivers enterprise-level strategy with local market activation, today announced it has steadily expanded LOCALACT deployments since the public launch of its platform in September. Clients, including Anytime Fitness, FASTSIGNS, and HoneyBaked Ham, are using LOCALACT to successfully drive customers


Cyber Deception Company Cymmetria Delivers Legal “Hack Back” Technology to Accelerate Incident Response


Advanced threat hunting capabilities contain attacks as they happen

Tel Aviv & New York, October 24, 2017 – Cymmetria, a developer of comprehensive cyber deception solutions, has added a standalone “Hack Back” incident response product, MazeHunter, which complements its flagship product, MazeRunner deception technology.

MazeHunter provides Cymmetria’s customers with an advanced threat hunting capability,


Facebook Turns to Augmented Realty to Transform Social Networking

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg recently at Facebook’s F8 developer conference gave his support to the new technology trend that aims to make Smartphone cameras the first augmented realty platform. Zuckerberg talked about how the future of communication will be more visual, with cameras as the key interface between the real and virtual world.

With the growing popularity of Snapchat among young users, Facebook had to initiate some kind of strategy to maintain its hold over the social networking world. The ‘Camera Company’ as Snapchat likes to call itself has intensified its battle with Facebook by adding new updates to its augmented realty lenses that allow users to transform their surroundings into three-dimensional augmented reality objects such as rainbows, flowers, clouds etc.

Current uses of photo enhancements on Snapchat and Instagram or games such as Pokémon Go represent "the beginning of a new platform" in AR, Zuckerberg said. Industry experts have questioned why Facebook had to look up to snapchat for inspiration before entering the augmented realty world. The social networking giant has nearly copied every one of Snap's significant features like the stories function and the filters and lenses that add animated effects.

The five year old startup that builds its own augmented-reality apps has continued its rapid rise as an image messaging and multimedia mobile company. But, Facebook’s idea of hiring outside developers to build augmented-reality applications can prove problematic for Snapchat. "Even if we were a little slow to add cameras to all our apps, I'm confident we'll push this forward," Zuckerberg said, making Facebook’s new stand on AR plarforms clear.

It will be interesting to see what new AR applications Facebook and Snapchat plan come up with to remain relevant in the social media market. Both companies may have been pitted against each other, but aren’t they fundamentally different. Facebook lets users publicly share images and content while Snapchat is more of a private messaging platform.


Can Uber Risk Losing Top Leaders, When Its Revenues are Dipping?

Uber had decided to part ways with Sherif Marakby, a senior executive who played a key role in the company’s self-driving program. A former vice president of global vehicle programs at Uber, Marakby helped the tech company in the adoption of self-driving cars. Marakby joined Uber after a 25 year stint at Ford Motor Co., where he served as Ford’s director of global electronics and engineering. Marakby move to Uber also initiated the coming together of Silicon Valley upstart Uber and Motor giant Ford.

“Self-driving is one of the most interesting challenges I’ve worked on in my career, and I’m grateful to have contributed to what will soon be a safer future for everyone," Marakby said in a statement. The company is tight lipped about the reasons that led to his departure, but has confirmed that Marakby is not leaving because of the company policies. Uber is going to miss Marakby’s deep experience and knowledge of the automotive industry, an Uber spokesperson said in a statement to TechCrunch.

The departure is the latest of several high-profile exits from the company. The company also lost 20 of its top engineers last November. Uber has seen some of its biggest names quit the company in a span of months. Leaders like former president Jeff Jones to former head of communications Rachel Whetstone, to Gary Marcus, head of Uber’s AI Lab have all left the company.

Uber was recently sued by Google’s Waymo for stealing some of its self-driving technology. The battle between Uber and Google has not any given indication to slow down. Not long ago, the companies were working together on key projects. Adding to the crisis is serious accusations of sexual harassment from a former female employee and a video showing Chief Executive Travis Kalanick misbehaving with an Uber driver.