Chindata Gained 14.5% in IPO. Not All the Tech Debuts Did So Well.

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With all eyes on the IPOs of Palantir Technologies and Asana, Chindata Group Holdings is leading a trio of small technology startups that are making their market debuts.

Both Palantir, the data-analytics company backed by Peter Thiel, and Asana, a cloud software provider, are direct listings. These deals differ from traditional initial public offerings in that the investment bankers act more as financial advisors, rather than underwriters. Companies in a direct listing don’t create new shares or sell them to the public; they just begin trading.

Asana (ticker: ASAN) opened at $27 Wednesday, above its $21 reference price. Palantir set a reference price of $7.25 Tuesday., but hadn’t begin trading by early afternoon. Designated market makers typically use the reference price to help set the opening trade in a direct listing, according to the New York Stock Exchange said. Both Palantir and Asana are launching their IPOs

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Galvanize Debuts Part-Time Software Engineering Professional Development Courses


An early 2020 report found that 87% of employers were already experiencing a skills gap, or expected to within the next few years – particularly in the software engineering fields. Further, there is a notable absence of mentorship in the computer programming industry for those looking for ways to grow their careers. Thus, the average software developer must perform self-mentorship to become better craftspeople and to guide themselves through their own career advancement.

To meet these demands, Galvanize, a leader in developing talent and capabilities for individuals and corporations in technical fields such as software engineering and data science, is today introducing yet another solution: ten part-time, professional development Hack Reactor courses for experienced individuals looking to grow their careers.

While there are many educational opportunities for software developers in the market, including one-off courses and topic-specific subscriptions to online graduate degrees, Galvanize’s new courses

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Ford Debuts Sculpture In China That Teases Future Design Language

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Ford At 2020 Auto China

Are those fins on the sides?

At 2020 Auto China, Ford has a sculpture that previews its future design language. The company calls the look “Progressive Energy In Strength.” 

The sculpture depicts a vehicle in profile that tapers to a point at the back. The front end is muscular and wouldn’t appear too out of place on a new interpretation of the Mustang. The long hood flows back to a sleek, cockpit-like passenger compartment. Its teardrop shape creates the flowing line that creates the roof and leads to the rear.

A fascinating aspect is the fin-like shape along the rear flank. It somewhat evokes the styling of cars from the 1950s and early ’60s where big fins are a major styling element. Maybe Ford is looking to revive a little of this aesthetic.

The Ford China Design Center will open in

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DEFINITION 6 Debuts “Launch P.A.D.”

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DEFINITION 6 (D6), just made it easier to drive your business forward. With the launch of their advanced analytics platform, Launch P.A.D. (Performance. Analytics. Decisions.), the agency is changing the way brands leverage data to improve customer experience.

Launch P.A.D offers end-to-end data management through a suite of analytics solutions that turn data into decisions. “Truly connecting with people across digital experiences requires more than a marketing tool or platform,” said Jason Rockman, President of DEFINITION 6. “You must have an approach that allows you to understand and articulate the impact your interface and messages are having on different audiences at different points in the customer lifecycle.” The best solutions come from the best data – and knowing how to use it.

The platform is designed to collaborate with in-house brand teams, or function as a primary analytics source, helping brands get to market faster. “Launch P.A.D.

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Amazon debuts Luna cloud gaming service, Twitch connect, Ubisoft games

  • Amazon announced Luna, a free video game streaming service that lets you play hit games on your phone, computer, and other streaming devices, on Thursday. 
  • Gamers can purchase their own games on Luna, or subscribe to different “game channels” for an ongoing collection.
  • For $5.99 per month, players can subscribe to the Luna+ channel, which will grant them access to dozens of games, including hit titles like “Control,” and “Resident Evil 7.” 
  • Amazon has also designed a special Wi-Fi enabled Luna controller that will help reduce delay when streaming, compared to a standard Bluetooth controller. It will be available for $50 during the early access period.
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Amazon is expanding its push into video games.

On Thursday, the company launched Luna, a free cloud-gaming service designed to deliver video games to your computer, phone, and other streaming devices. Luna will work on PC, Mac,

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Ring debuts dashcam with Traffic Stop mode

Amazon subsidiary Ring is taking its first steps into cars with the announcement of a trio of vehicle security products: the Ring Car Alarm, Ring Car Cam and Ring Car Connect.

a hand holding a cellphone: The Ring Car Cam, Car Alarm and Car Connect devices will tie into the existing Ring mobile app. Ring

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The Ring Car Cam, Car Alarm and Car Connect devices will tie into the existing Ring mobile app. Ring

Ring is best known for its home security cameras , including the Ring Alarm system and its Ring Video Doorbell. Announced Thursday — as part of a deluge of Amazon announcements — these are the company’s first automotive security products.

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Ring Car Cam

The most fully featured product announced is the Ring Car Cam, a dual-camera dashcam with connected features powered by Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. It records video of the road and the vehicle’s cabin as you drive along, which in the case of an event — perhaps a fender bender —

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Microsoft debuts new Search features and SharePoint Syntex

Most enterprises have to wrangle countless data buckets, some of which inevitably become underused or forgotten. A Forrester survey found that between 60% and 73% of all data within corporations is never analyzed for insights or larger trends. The opportunity cost of this unused data is substantial, with a Veritas report pegging it $3.3 trillion by 2020 if the current trend holds. That’s perhaps why the corporate sector has taken an interest in cognitive search and robotic process automation products that ingest, understand, organize, and act on digital content from multiple digital sources.

Building on that trend, Microsoft today previewed improvements coming to Microsoft Search and Project Cortex — two enterprise search platforms powered by AI — and announced the public preview of Microsoft Power Automate Desktop. In addition to powering new Microsoft Teams and Windows experiences, Microsoft Search will expand its reach across first- and third-party services to include

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ROCCAT Debuts Performance Optical Switches Plus New Variants Of Its Award-Winning Vulcan Series PC Gaming Keyboards

ROCCAT’s full-size Vulcan Pro and the more compact Vulcan TKL Pro keyboards featuring the Titan Optical Switches will be available at participating retailers worldwide on Oct. 30, 2020 for MSRPs of $199.99 and $159.99, respectively. The Vulcan TKL mechanical gaming keyboard with Titan Tactile Switches or Titan Speed Switches will be released in North America on October 4, 2020 for a MSRP of $129.99, and will be available at participating retailers across Europe on October 30, 2020.

“Our Vulcan series keyboards are already a big success for ROCCAT, so naturally we’re thrilled to add TKL versions as well as introduce our Titan Optical Switch technology for an even faster competitive edge,” said Rene Korte, General Manager of PC Products at Turtle Beach. “Two years ago, we introduced the first Vulcan featuring our own unique Titan Tactile Switch, followed by the faster Titan Speed Switch.

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