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Interview: How AI is revolutionising software maintenance

Artificial intelligence is transforming how programmers write and maintain their code. Developers are using AI to manage legacy software, allowing them to move forward and work on new projects.

Bug in software used by 130 airlines creates check-in chaos

A "network issue" caused worldwide flight delays on Thursday as a passenger management system used by dozens of airlines went offline. A technical problem with the software forced crowded airports to issue manual boarding passes, creating long queues.

Microsoft announces Office 2019 as alternative to cloud software

Microsoft has announced a new version of its Office desktop productivity suite that will arrive late next year. Office 2019 is likely to be the last perpetual Office edition as Microsoft pushes users to move to its cloud-based Office 365 workspace.

Energy storage — The need for reliable software modeling tools

One of the biggest issue facing grid-based energy storage today is its availability and one of the reasons it hasn't taken off at a more rapid pace is the bankability of energy storage technology.

How to eliminate social bias from artificial intelligence?

Boston - Artificial intelligence is being used to make more decisions that affect our daily lives: whether we get a loan, to mark an exam paper, to analyze evidence in a court case and so on. What happens if the software is socially biased?

Does Microsoft's massive Office 365 spell the end for startups?

Microsoft's efforts to make Office 365 the only cloud solution businesses could mean it's "curtains" for rival startups. The CEO and co-founder of data transfer company Egress said startups are being threatened by Microsoft's rapid cloud expansion.

Facebook discretely fields China photo-sharing app

San Francisco - Facebook's interest in China has led it to discretely create a photo-sharing application released there without the social network's brand being attached.

Pharmaceutical cleaning validation simplified with new software

Washington - The company Quascenta has simplified cleaning validation for active pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturers through a new software package called eResidue. Cleaning validation is a key process, and it avoids cross-contamination.

Ergonomically intuitive software reduces office desk injuries

Austin - At work injuries can occur in unexpected ways. As well as ‘hard’ health and safety concerns, like going up a ladder, injuries can occur from adopting a poor posture at a desk. Part of this can arise from the types of software that people are using.

New software edits voices like text

A new type of software is set to revolutionize audio recordings of the human voice. The software allows the user to add or replace a word in an audio recording of a human voice.

New open software allows diagnosis of genetic diseases

Genetic diseases are difficult to diagnose and the accuracy (or otherwise) of the diagnosis impact upon patient health. To help with this a new open-source software tool called Mendel, MD has been launched.

Software detects sarcasm on social media

The American Technion Society reports on a novel piece of software designed to detect whether comments made on social media are 'sarcastic' or laden with irony. Such a tool could help those with learning difficulties.

Is your mobile device spying on you?

Technologists have reported that malicious websites and dubious installed apps can be configured to spy on users of mobile devices by high jacking information collected from motion sensors.

Google Docs phishing scam doused after catching fire

San Francisco - A 'phishing' scam that tricked people with what appeared to be Google Docs links was doused by the internet giant after spreading wildly.The purpose of the scam, and the culprits behind it, remained unknown late in the day.

Facebook looking at behavior to weed out fake accounts

San Francisco - Facebook said it has started weeding out bogus accounts by watching for suspicious behavior such as repetitive posts or torrents of messages.

Germany to use speech software to determine origins of refugees

Germany plans on using speech analysis software to help determine refugees' countries of origin. The software will be tested within the next two weeks.

Censorship tool built as Facebook eyes China: report

San Francisco - Facebook has built a tool for geographically censoring posts at the leading social network as it seeks a path back into China, The New York Times reports.

Russia targets Microsoft in latest anti-trust probe

Moscow - Russia's antitrust authority on Thursday said it had opened an investigation into Microsoft for allegedly abusing its dominance in the antivirus software market.

Rob Bernshteyn's book 'Value as Service' says this is the model Special

The CEO of the software company Coupa, says the next major disruption facing businesses is a new business model that is evolving to a new standard. It will be where companies must offer a clear and quantifiable long-term value in order to compete.

Google Chrome now runs 15 percent faster on Windows

Google has announced that it has sped up the performance of its Chrome web browser on Windows by up to 15 percent. The improvements have come from incorporating Microsoft technology that allows the code to run more efficiently.

Facebook has a new plan to conquer offices: Workplace by Facebook

Facebook has been attempting to get businesses to use various forms of its service to improve their productivity for several years. This week, it announced Workplace by Facebook, a new effort which it hopes will finally convince companies to use Facebook.

Moscow to replace Microsoft software with Russian alternatives

Moscow - The city of Moscow has announced it will replace Microsoft software with programs made within Russia. The decision was made after a call from President Vladimir Putin to reduce the country's dependency on foreign software, a potential security risk.

Apple's iOS 10 update leaves iPhones and iPads unusable

Apple has apologised to customers and admitted that yesterday's rollout of iOS 10 went less smoothly than anticipated. A significant number of iPhone and iPad owners complained their devices were "bricked" by the update, an issue Apple says is now fixed.

Microsoft's new open source mission sees PowerShell come to Linux

Microsoft is continuing its commitment to supporting other platforms by bringing its previously Windows-exclusive PowerShell scripting language to Linux and Mac OS X. It has also open-sourced PowerShell as part of its new company-wide open ethos.

PlayStation 4 getting a UI refresh and folders with new update

Sony has announced a substantial software update for the PlayStation 4 that includes a refresh of the console's visual feel and improved library management features. Codenamed Shingen, the update carries the version number 4.00 and is in preview now.

Accountancy software company Sage hit by data breach

The major U.K. software company Sage has been compromised in a data breach with personal information relating to 280 businesses being affected.

Pokemon hunt leads to glory for Google-born Niantic

San Francisco - Born in Google's shadow, Niantic strode into the spotlight with a mobile internet spin on hunting Pokemon but can the obsession with the game lead to long-term financial success?

Microsoft says Windows 10's next big update won't be until spring

After launching the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft has announced there will be no further feature updates for the operating system this year. Instead, it's planning two major releases for 2017 that will add new capabilities to the OS.

Windows 10 upgrade offer has ended but you can still get it free

Microsoft ended the Windows 10 free upgrade offer on July 29, preventing Windows 7 and 8.1 users who haven't moved to the new OS from doing so for free. A workaround has been discovered, letting you claim a free upgrade should you change your mind today.

Microsoft Word to become your writing assistant with new update

Microsoft has announced two major new features coming to Word in an upcoming update. Researcher enables you to research information with automatic citation from within Word. Editor is a personal "writing assistant" to improve your writing style.
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