Microsoft's coding for noobs hits 1.0, decompiling to C# in Visual Studio, and Windows 10X makes its debut... on Mac

The Register | February 17, 2020

Roundup While Windows wobbled under the weight of patches, the Microsoft gang updated development tools and buffed up a lure for startups among other shenanigans in this past week. Small Basic Online turns 1.0 Microsoft's introduction to programming, Small Basic Online, has reached version 1.0 with a bucketload of updates to the editor. In an effort to get users ready for the world of the Visual Studio IDE, the Small Basic team has made it a bit easier to check out available objects and methods through the Libraries Pane. The web interface also improves "auto filling" to pop in elements such as parenthesises and end quotes as well as an array of cleaner icon designs and hints when hovering over an object.

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Claris Engage 2020: Honoring 25 years of meeting business challenges with cutting-edge custom software.

Claris | July 31, 2020

Apple subsidiary Claris International Inc. welcomes the global Claris Community to a free, virtual Engage 2020 conference on August 4th and 5th. Although the COVID-19 pandemic prevented a traditional in-person event, it accelerated the demand for software-powered innovation known as "digital transformation." The Claris Community, using Claris' leading low-code software platform, meets annually to share ideas and best practices to enhance the "Built on Claris" custom apps they create for businesses, education, and government."For 25 years, Engage has been the premier event that empowers our community to connect, learn, and innovate," says Claris Chief Executive Officer Brad Freitag. "With demand for new custom applications rising, and the gap in trained developers widening, our low-code platform is more needed and relevant than ever. We are proud to see our customers rely on Claris to quickly and cost-effectively solve their unique problems, while being supported by a community unmatched in the industry. It is the strength of this community that enabled us to respond together to the COVID-19 crisis. Our community volunteers committed over 5,000 hours to help cities deliver life-saving PPE, schools transition to distance learning, and businesses meet unprecedented challenges.

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Aspinity Redefines Always-on Power Efficiency with First Analog Machine Learning Chip

Aspinity | February 16, 2022

Aspinity, the pioneer in analog machine learning chips, today launched the first member of its analogML family, the AML100, which is the industry’s first and only tiny machine learning (ML) solution operating completely within the analog domain. As such, the AML100 reduces always-on system power by 95%, allowing manufacturers to dramatically extend the battery life of today’s devices or migrate walled powered always-on devices to battery - opening whole new classes of products for voice-first systems, home and commercial security, predictive and preventative maintenance, and biomedical monitoring. Minimizing the quantity and movement of data through a system is one of the most efficient ways to reduce power consumption, but today’s always-on devices don’t have that capability. Instead, they continuously collect large amounts of natively analog data as they monitor their environment and digitize the data immediately, wasting tremendous system power processing data that are mostly irrelevant to the application. In contrast, the AML100 delivers substantial system-level power-savings by moving the ML workload to ultra-low-power analog, where the AML100 can determine data relevancy with a high degree of accuracy and at near-zero power. This makes the AML100 the only tinyML chip that intelligently reduces data at the sensor while the data is still analog and keeps the digital components in low power mode until important data is detected, thereby eliminating the power penalty of digitization, digital processing, and transmission of irrelevant data. We’ve long realized that reducing the power of each individual chip within an always-on system provides only incremental improvements to battery life. That’s not good enough for manufacturers who need revolutionary power improvements. The AML100 reduces always-on system power to under 100µA, and that unlocks the potential of thousands of new kinds of applications running on battery.” Tom Doyle, founder and CEO, Aspinity. Inside the AML100 The heart of the AML100 is an array of independent, configurable analog blocks (CABs) that are fully programmable within software to support a wide range of functions, including sensor interfacing and ML. This versatility delivers a tremendous advantage over other analog approaches, which are rigid and only address a single function. The AML100, however, is highly flexible, and can be reprogrammed in the field with software updates or with new algorithms targeting other always-on applications. The precise programmability of the AML100’s analog circuits also eliminates the chip-to-chip performance inconsistencies typical of standard analog CMOS process variation, which has severely limited the use of highly sophisticated analog chips, even when the inherent low power of analog makes it better suited for a specific task. About Aspinity Aspinity is the world leader in the design and development of analog processing chips that are revolutionizing the power- and data-efficiency of always-on sensing architectures. By delivering highly discriminating analog event detection, Aspinity’s ultra-low power, trainable and programmable analog machine learning (analogML) core eliminates the power penalty of moving irrelevant data through the digital processing system, dramatically extending battery life in consumer, IoT, industrial and biomedical applications.

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Conversica Announces Fundraising Intelligent Virtual Assistant

Conversica | July 28, 2020

Conversica, Inc., the leader in Intelligent Virtual Assistants helping organizations attract, acquire and grow customers at scale, announced today it is equipping development teams and organizations to drive personalized engagement with donors, surface new donation interest, and nurture repeat giving among its existing donor base with the launch of a new fundraising Intelligent Virtual Assistant.According to the 2018 Fundraising Effectiveness Report, 50 percent of donors don’t contribute to an organization after their first year of donations. In tough times instigated by COVID-19, it’s more important than ever for fundraisers to retain donors and develop relationships that will result in lasting engagement. Today’s fundraising organizations may not have dedicated employees responsible for both identifying prospective donors and cultivating relationships with current donors to maintain a reliable source of funding to keep their organizations afloat. In fact, development roles typically have high-turnover, making it challenging to build advocacy with donors.

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NICE inContact CXone Wins UK National Innovation Award for Digital-First Innovation

NICE inContact | July 22, 2020

NICE inContact, a NICE business, and the leader in cloud contact center, today announced that is has been selected as the winner in the Innovations in Cloud Contact Centers category of the 2020 UK National Innovation Awards® for NICE inContact CXone, the world’s leading cloud customer experience platform. The UK National Innovation Awards®, presented by the Directors’ Club United Kingdom, recognize business technology innovations from around the world for their impact on customer experience, employee engagement or operational performance.

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