Cubic Telecom gets $46.5M to connect cars and other devices globally

 As automakers ramp up their connected car initiatives, a company that has built a solution to link vehicles up to mobile networks globally has raised a significant round of funding from a group of investors that includes Audi and Qualcomm.
Cubic Telecom, a startup out of Dublin, Ireland, that has built a virtual networking solution that lets cars (and other devices) automatically connect to… Read More

Fall Creators Update hitting the home straight with focus on stabilization

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The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, aka version 1709, is due to be finished next month. Accordingly, the builds released to the Windows Insider Program are now heading toward stabilization, with bug-fixing the priority.

This has a somewhat greater significance than was the case for prior Windows 10 updates because of the “Skip Ahead” scheme Microsoft introduced a few weeks ago. Most members of the Insider Program will continue to receive Redstone 3 builds and head toward stabilization and finalization for the Fall Creators Update release. Those who opted in to the (limited) Skip Ahead group, however, will imminently be switched to a different Windows branch. This branch will begin development of the Redstone 4 release that’s due in March 2018.

Once the Fall Creators Update release is out, all Insiders will be moved to the Redstone 4 branch, and the program will continue as before.

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Lumity raises $19M to simplify employee health care choices

 As companies get bigger and bigger, their needs are going to change — including, probably most importantly, their options for health care as their employee base expands and the costs of those plans start to balloon. But the end result is that employees could be presented with a confusing set of plans to pick from without a whole lot of guidance. There’s where Lumity comes in.… Read More

Microsoft launches a new archival storage option for Azure

 Microsoft introduced a new storage option for its Azure cloud computing platform in preview today: the Azure Archive Blob Storage. This will give developers a cheaper alternative for the long-term storage of large amounts of archival data like logs, raw camera footage, audio recordings, transcripts and medical documents and images. This new tier joins the existing hot and cool blob storage… Read More

Forward Networks nets $16M to help prevent network outages

 As IP networks continue to grow and become ever more complex, and people become ever more dependent on them staying up all the time, a startup that is building software tools to help administrators keep networks running has landed a round of funding. Forward Networks — a startup that only emerged from stealth last November and has built a platform aimed at service providers and… Read More

Microsoft Brainwave aims to accelerate deep learning with FPGAs

 This afternoon Microsoft announced Brainwave, an FPGA-based system for ultra-low latency deep learning in the cloud. Early benchmarking indicates that when using Intel Stratix 10 FPGAs, Brainwave can sustain 39.5 Teraflops on a large gated recurrent unit without any batching. Microsoft has been pouring resources into FPGAs for a while now, deploying large clusters of the¬†field-programmable… Read More

Salesforce slides past its $10B annual run rate target

Marc Benioff, chairman and chief executive officer of Salesforce.com Inc. Earlier this year it looked as though Salesforce was starting to position itself as a company that would hit $10 billion in annual revenue run rate later this year — and, if all seems well, it looks like it may hit that target. Salesforce reported its second-quarter earnings today, saying it brought in $2.56 billion in revenue on earnings of 33 cents per share. This is a beat on both… Read More