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IBM, VMware, F5 lead GlobalData's hybrid cloud theme
All three companies gained 5 out of 5 for the hybrid cloud theme in GlobalData’s Thematic Scorecard for the cloud services sector.
Gartner outlines top five public cloud IaaS providers worldwide
The total market, which swelled with 31.3% growth in 2018 to a total of $32.4 billion, is displaying strong signs of consolidation as the dominant players swoop in.
Big Tech firms in the spotlight over data privacy
“Once deemed consumer champions, Big Tech now appears to be the new dark side of capitalism, arguably presenting a bigger risk to society than bankers were."
Google, Apple, Amazon financial moves could impact NZ
The tech giants are encroaching on financial services and threatening incumbents, says FintechNZ.
Amazon admits storing Alexa recordings until users take action
Amazon’s Alexa voice service is storing all user voice recordings and transcripts on its servers by default – and people who want to delete those recordings must do so manually.
Gartner: Cloud set to take over the database market
On-premises database management system revenue continues to decrease as the market shifts to the cloud.
How one man used AI to curb his cat's murderous instincts
Ben Hamm is an Amazon employee who was tired of being an accessory to murder – and he used technology to help curb the problem.
How brands can use Alexa to build customer engagement
"Don’t try to recreate your app on voice. Ask, what can I do better on a voice user interface than an app?”
Versent and Insentra partner to grow managed services
The partnership will create a complete service offering and single point of contact for businesses requiring both AWS and Microsoft support.
GlobalData: Automated home device spend to hit $75bn by 2025
According to the company’s latest report, much of that growth will be driven by two types of devices: smart thermostats and smart speakers.
10 ways disties can stay relevant in the age of Amazon
Australian distributors have nothing to fear in the Amazon economy - they simply need to understand the value they can offer and put modern tools.
Adobe & Amazon: Making merchants' stores a lot more powerful
Magento Commerce branded stores for Amazon sellers features native integration with Amazon merchant tools including Amazon Pay and Fulfillment by Amazon. These provide the convenience of secure payments and speedy shipping services for buyers.
Amazon still safely ahead of chasing pack in cloud infrastructure market
Despite Microsoft, Google, Alibaba and Tencent all substantially outpacing the overall market, Amazon is still clearly in front.
AI helps Amazon Alexa ignore its own name
One of the frustrating things about calling a smart home assistant Alexa - a name that's also common amongst many humans - is that sometimes, technology is too nosy for its own good.
Amazon puts a 'Ring' on smart home surveillance
Ring’s slick products and marketing have certainly helped it to become synonymous with security systems like video doorbells, security cameras, floodlights, and smart home security automation.
Amazon tools empower SMBs for sales success
Amazon invests billions of dollars each year on infrastructure, tools and services designed for the SMB market, helping them to reach new customers and sell new products online.
Alexa could be the voice of your car soon
As luxury car brands move away from their own voice assistants to partnering with Google or Amazon, we may find Alexa riding with us all soon.
IDC: Smart home market only getting stronger
Smart speakers have moved into people’s homes and are ready to pay off as smart networks begin to spread throughout the household.
2degrees jumps on the bundle bandwagon with Amazon Prime
Following the trend set by Vodafone and Spark, 2degrees is trying to lure customers into a contract with the promise of access to streaming content.
Amazon, Google, and Alibaba fuel booming smart speaker market
While these vendors have had great success in the market, other vendors like Samsung, Huawei, and Apple have failed to capitalise.
NZ companies ill-prepared for new digital marketing era
Kim Voon claims New Zealand companies need to get off their bums and get on with adopting new marketing tech or face being left behind by their global peers.
Hyperscale data centres surging globally, 132 more on the way
The relentless demand for more data has seen a spike both in the size and number of hyperscale data centres.
Is Supermicro innocent? 3rd party test finds no malicious hardware
One of the larger scandals within IT circles took place this year with Bloomberg firing shots at Supermicro - now Supermicro is firing back.
The 2018 Canalys APAC Channels Forum keynote
There was a lot to unpack at the Canalys APAC Channels Forum keynote. This long-form piece tries to cover all the most relevant points for A/NZ.