Edge computing is coming, and businesses aren’t ready

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Almost three-quarters (72%) of IT leaders are already using edge computing to provide innovative services, according to Intel.   Klaus Vedfelt / Getty Images From ultra-connected autonomous cars to low-latency AR, VR and gaming: to remain competitive in the digital age, businesses will have little choice but to fully embrace the new opportunities that come with the deployment of edge computing, according to a new report published by Intel. Almost three-quarters (72%) of IT leaders are already using edge computing to provide innovative services, according to the chip giant, whether that is to create new products, open new revenue streams or boost efficiencies.  "Businesses can no longer afford to ignore the edge," says the report, stressing the...

Alibaba’s winning cloud formula is coming under pressure

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Alibaba investors have banked on cloud computing to drive significant growth, as competition in the company’s main e-commerce business heats up. In recent months, however, the cloud unit has parted ways with a major customer, was given the cold shoulder by some Chinese government clients and has overhauled its organizational structure, people familiar with the matter said. Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. reported last week that cloud computing revenue grew 37% in the quarter ended March 31 from the same period a year earlier, the slowest quarterly growth since it went public on the New York Stock Exchange in 2014. The company said the slowdown was due to the loss of a major Chinese internet client’s international business due to “non-product related requirements." That client was ByteDance Ltd., the owner of the social-video app...

Universal Matter Smart Home Control Is Coming To Your Google Gadgets

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Google is officially bringing the near-universal smart home control standard, dubbed Matter, to its self and Nest-branded gadgets. And that’s going to include Android devices, reports indicate. That’s following an announcement made by the company in conjunction with this year’s Google I/O 2021 event.For clarity, Matter is a standard being developed by Google alongside Apple, Amazon, Samsung, the Zigbee Alliance, and other companies. Including the most recent addition to the group, Nanoleaf. In effect, the standard seeks to take control of smart devices more universal.So, whether a user is controlling their smart home from an Android, Fire, or iOS device, via the plethora of available apps and services, or directly from a smart speaker or hub, they will be able to control other gadgets that are using Matter standards under the hood. That’s...