IBM Bluemix wants to take the drudgery out of devops

From InfoWorld: With Bluemix, IBM set out to create a cloud environment rich with tools that developers could then harness to their benefit. Next step for IBM: Make it easy to string together and use those tools in common workflows, without reinventing the wheel with each new project.

That’s the idea behind IBM Bluemix Continuous Delivery, which provides devops teams with end-to-end, preconfigured toolchains for many common tasks, as well as the ability to create new toolchains for future development needs.

Pokemon Go gets new Pokemon as Sprint stores become hubs

From CNET: Sprint is giving Pokemon trainers a reason to come into its stores.

The nation's fourth-largest wireless carrier is partnering with Niantic, the developer behind the smash hit Pokemon Go, to turn more than 10,500 Sprint, Boost Mobile and Sprint-RadioShack stores into PokeStops and Gyms.

The new deal takes effect December 12, which is when Niantic will share more details about new Pokemon coming to the game. Niantic CEO John Hanke teased that while some creatures would emerge that day, others would come later.

US Supreme Court leaves gap in Samsung-Apple patent ruling

From PC World: The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled in favor of Samsung Electronics and its backers in the industry in a design patent dispute with Apple, when in a 8-0 decision it said that “the term 'article of manufacture' is broad enough to embrace both a product sold to a consumer and a component of that product, whether sold separately or not.”

Apple Music surpasses 20 million subscribers

From CNET: Apple Music appears to be growing on listeners.

The music subscription service has surpassed the 20 million subscriber milestone just 18 months after its launch, Billboard reported Tuesday. That number represents growth of 15 percent since the company announced in September it had accumulated 17 million paying customers since it launched in June 2015.

How Amazon's AI-powered store might work its magic

From InfoWorld: Amazon Go sounds like the ultimate retail experience: No checkout lines, no registers. Just walk in, grab what you want, and leave.

But what’s most eye-opening about the retail and cloud giant’s first foray into a brick-and-mortar presence is Amazon's claim that its “Just Walk Out” store is powered by “the same types of technologies used in self-driving cars: computer vision, sensor fusion, and deep learning.”

YouTube pays music industry $1 billion from ads

From CNET: YouTube, the music industry's enemy No. 1 earlier this year, said Tuesday it has paid more than $1 billion in advertising revenue to artists, labels and publishers in the last 12 months.

The milestone, released in a blog post by business chief Robert Kyncl, is a stab at mending fences by Google's giant video site. Or, at least, it's hoping convince some critics in the music industry that YouTube's massive amount of free, ad-supported music listening is a valuable complement to music subscriptions, the industry's main area of growth right now.

Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and YouTube will share terror content info

From PC World: Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Google's YouTube have agreed to share with one another identifying digital information of violent terror content that they find on their platforms.

When they remove "violent terrorist imagery or terrorist recruitment videos or images" from their platforms, the companies will include in a shared industry database the hashes, or unique digital fingerprints, of the content.

5G is here from AT&T, for one business customer

From CNET: AT&T said Monday it's offering a trial run of 5G service for a business customer, marking the first time the next-generation cellular network will be used in trials that involve a real customer. Intel will be the customer, using the 5G service in its Austin, Texas offices. The development marks another milestone in a heated race to bring 5G to regular users, even though the official protocols for the new network aren't expected to be finalized until 2020.

AWS looks to take the drudge work out of data analysis

From InfoWorld: Amazon Web Services is looking to make it easier, and more efficient, for enterprises to analyze their data in the cloud.

“Eighty percent of what we call analytics is not analytics at all but just hard work,” said Werner Vogels, chief technology officer at, speaking during a keynote speech this morning at the AWS re:Invent cloud conference in Las Vegas.

Google's new Trusted Contacts app puts safety first

From CNET: Google is trying to reinvent the emergency contact form for the smartphone era.

The search giant on Monday unveiled a new app called Trusted Contacts, which aims to keep you safe in dicey situations -- anything from a natural disaster to a walk home on a dark street.


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