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Purism Takes on Secure Smartphones

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"Freedom-respecting computer manufacturer" Purism announces what it calls the "world's first encrypted, open platform smartphone"-- the Librem 5, a phone able to make encrypted calls hiding the user's number.

Librem 5The device is also able to send encrypted texts and emails, as well as set up a VPN for web browsing. It is compatible with 2G, 3G and 4G connections with any GSM, UMTS or LTE network, and even carry hardware kill switches for the microphone, camera, wifi/Bluetooth and baseband.

The OS of choice is PureOS, the Purism-developed Debian GNU/Linux derivative. It should also be able to run most GNU+Linux distributions. And in case the user wants even more control, Librem will release the device source code, making it open for editing.

How to Sell More B2B-- via Amazon Business...

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Amazon Business will run a workshop at IFA Global Markets, Station Berlin, Sept. 3-6th.

Amazon BusinessNow sellers can expand their B2B sales via Amazon Business and benefit from new features that tailor offers to the needs of business customers--offers like business-specific pricing, quantity discounts and exclusive business offers.

The free workshop (registration required, limited to 40 at a time) will show you how to get new business customers using Amazon Business-- and how to tailor your business offers and increase your sales conversion.

Amazon Business wants you to benefit from higher visibility of your business offers and from lower fees on high volume transactions.

CoreOS Adds Azure Support to Tectonic

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Container management vendor CoreOS releases an update on the Tectonic platform--- Tectonic 1.7.1, adding support for the Microsoft Azure cloud to the Kubernetes-based open-source system.

Core OSTectonic 1.7.1 follows the June 2017 release of Kubernetes 1.7, and adds the latest version of "pure, upstream" Kubernetes. Kubernetes was initially a Google open-source project, before it was taken over by the Linux Foundation's Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) in July 2015. It started off as Linux-only, but found its way to other platforms, including Microsoft Azure, through the efforts of organisations such as CoreOS.

“We want to make Microsoft Azure the most open and flexible cloud for enterprises and ISVs to build and manage the applications their customers need,” Microsoft says. “Tectonic on Azure is an exciting advancement, enabling customers to use CoreOS’ enterprise-ready container management platform to easily manage and scale workloads to build and manage these applications on Azure.”

Slack Integrates With EMM

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In a move to add further security and policy management to the cloud-based messaging application Slack announces integration with 21 enterprise mobility management (EMM) platforms.

SlackSuch integration comes through collaboration with the open standards group AppConfig, as well as EMM providers VMware Airwatch, MobileIron and Blackberry Good. As a result, admins get the capability to ensure only approved devices (as in those complying with internal policies) can sign in to organisation Slack accounts.

"As more work moves to mobile, admins need a way to provide people in their company with the tools and devices they want to use-- without compromising security or policy requirements," the company says. "This is especially important at large enterprises where admins may have to manage how thousands of employees-- and their devices-- access sensitive data.”

Qualcomm Buys into AI With Scyfer

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Qualcomm announces the acquisition of Scyfer, a machine learning startup based in the Netherlands, in order to bolster its artificial intelligence capabilities.

Qualcomm AI“We started fundamental research a decade ago, and our current products now support many AI use cases from computer vision and natural language processing to malware detection on a variety of devices-- such as smartphones and cars-- and we are researching broader topics, such as AI for wireless connectivity, power management and photography,” Qualcomm says.

The company adds its research in AI covers fields including neural network techniques for semi-supervised and unsupervised training such as generative adversarial networks (GANs), distributed learning and privacy protection, network optimisation for on-device applications (including compression, inter-layer optimisations and sparsity optimisations) and specialised hardware architectures to accelerate machine learning tasks.

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