Global Pandemic Accelerates Digital Transformation According to Latest Study from Dell Technologies

  • Digital transformation seen as critical business driver for recovery
  • 80 percent of organizations globally have fast-tracked some digital transformation programs this year
  • Data privacy and cybersecurity concerns, limited resources and difficulty extracting insights from data identified as barriers to Digital Transformation
  • Complete results can be found at: https://DellTechnologies.com/DTIndex

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Dell Technologies today released results from a global study that shows organizations are shifting their digital transformation programs into high gear and are on the path to accomplish in a few months what would normally have taken them years. The findings, updated biennially in the Dell Technologies’ Digital Transformation Index (DT Index), indicate organizations are accelerating transformational technology programs during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

In one of the first global studies to measure business behavior as a result of the pandemic, Dell’s 2020 Index found that eight in 10 organizations have fast-tracked some digital transformation programs this year and 79

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Alphabet’s latest moonshot is a field-roving, plant-inspecting robo-buggy

Alphabet (you know… Google) has taken the wraps off the latest “moonshot” from its X labs: A robotic buggy that cruises over crops, inspecting each plant individually and, perhaps, generating the kind of “big data” that agriculture needs to keep up with the demands of a hungry world.

Mineral is the name of the project, and there’s no hidden meaning there. The team just thinks minerals are really important to agriculture.

Announced with little fanfare in a blog post and site, Mineral is still very much in the experimental phase. It was born when the team saw that efforts to digitize agriculture had not found as much success as expected at a time when sustainable food production is growing in importance every year.

“These new streams of data are either overwhelming or don’t measure up to the complexity of agriculture, so they defer back to things like tradition, instinct or

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Alphabet’s latest X project is a crop-sniffing plant buggy

Alphabet’s X lab, the former Google division that launched the Waymo self-driving car unit and other ambitious projects, has officially announced its latest “moonshot”: a computational agriculture project the company is calling Mineral.



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The project is focused on sustainable food production and farming at large scales, with a focus on “developing and testing a range of software and hardware prototypes based on breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, simulation, sensors, robotics and more,” according to project lead Elliott Grant.

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A blog post outlining the project’s vision says Mineral, which now has an official name but may have launched in secret around 2017 according to Grant’s LinkedIn page, will try and aim technology toward solving issues around sustainability. Those include feeding of Earth’s growing population, and producing crops more efficiently by understanding growth cycles and weather patterns. The project will also hope to manage land and plant life

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Spotify Developing iOS 14 Widgets in Latest Beta

One of the big new features of iOS 14 is Home Screen widgets, which provide information from apps at a glance. The ‌widgets‌ can be pinned to the ‌Home Screen‌ in various spots and sizes, allowing for many different layouts.

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Many third-party apps have released ‌widgets‌, and now evidence that Spotify is developing its own official widget has appeared in a TestFlight beta.

The widget is currently available in small and medium sizes, with the former designed to display the artwork of the last played artist, song, or album, while the latter size shows four of the same content elements.

Unfortunately there are no play, pause, or next song buttons, since Apple only allows ‌widgets‌ to present read-only information, with interactive elements such as scrolling elements or switches not allowed, presumably due to battery life considerations.

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Instead, both ‌widgets‌ include

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Pakistan’s the latest country to ban China-owned app TikTok

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Pakistan officials have announced a ban on TikTok after receiving complaints of unlawful content on the popular short-form video-sharing app. It’s the latest country to block the app after India instituted a similar ban and the U.S. attempted to do the same because of a squabble over who owns TikTok’s American business, which is currently the Beijing-based Bytedance.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said in a statement Friday that it came to the decision after TikTok failed to censor “immoral and indecent” content on its platform, the Associated Press reports. After receiving several complaints and petitions calling for the app to be banned, the authority gave TikTok a final warning in July to meet its guidelines and take down unlawful content (the Muslim-majority country has several media regulations intended to preserve conservative values), which the company purportedly failed to do.

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The latest leak thickens the plot

At a virtual event on Tuesday, Oct. 13, Apple is expected to reveal the iPhone 12. We’ve heard a lot of rumors about the new phone’s specs, price and potential 5G features, as well as the new phone’s charging capabilities. We expect that the iPhone 12 will feature wireless charging, as every iPhone has integrated that since the iPhone 8. But on Friday, leaker Kang posted on Chinese social media site Weibo that Apple will also introduce a magnetic iPhone MagSafe charger, using the same branding as the magnetic charging cables found in its older MacBook laptops. 



a close up of electronics: The iPhone 12 is rumored to have wireless charging, and possibly reverse charging. Andrew Hoyle/CNET


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a stereo sitting on a blue surface: The iPhone 12 is rumored to have wireless charging, and possibly reverse charging. 


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The iPhone 12 is rumored to have wireless charging, and possibly reverse charging. 


Read more: All the iPhone 12 rumors you need to know

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Best Prime Day 2020 Apple deals so far: Save $10 on latest iPad now, but better sales may be coming

This story is part of Amazon Prime Day, CNET’s guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

Prime Day, which kicks off on Tuesday, may bring some of the best deals of the year on a range of Apple products. At the same time, Apple will also be holding a virtual event at which it’s expected to unveil the iPhone 12 (and possibly other new products). We’ll be covering both events in detail here at CNET, of course. 

Read more: iPhone 12 launch: How to watch Apple’s Oct. 13 event live

As to Prime Day: If last year’s event provides any guidance for what to expect in 2020, we could see the brand-new 10.2-inch iPad dip to $250 (and last year’s model sell for even less), the MacBook Air on sale for less than $900, new all-time low

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Synopsys’ Digital Design Technology Symposium to Showcase Latest Innovations for AI, Automotive, HPC and 5G Chip Design

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) is hosting its first Digital Design Technology Symposium, featuring Synopsys’ Fusion Design Platform solutions to help digital designers and engineering management, CAD managers and SoC architects meet their digital design goals.

What: Digital Design Technology Symposium

When: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Pacific

Event Details: Attendees will gain new insights from Synopsys R&D experts, users and partners on integrated, end-to-end solutions being used to achieve industry-leading quality of results (QoR) and productivity gains in key areas such as machine learning/AI, low power, FuSa automation, HPC and advanced node, test innovations, and silicon lifecycle management.

Register at: https://www.synopsys.com/implementation-and-signoff/fusion-design-platform/digital-design-technology-symposium.html?cmp=dg-pr-ddts

Presenting companies include: Advanced Micro Devices, Cerebras Systems, Juniper Networks, Nvidia, NXP Semiconductors, Microsoft, Samsung Electronics, Samsung Foundry and STMicroelectronics.

To learn more about the Synopsys Fusion Design Platform, please visit https://www.synopsys.com/implementation-and-signoff/fusion-design-platform.html. 

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US Homeland Security Funds Anti-Forgery Blockchain Projects in Latest R&D Round

A CBP officer inspects a shipment of flowers entering the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s research and development wing, the Science & Technology (S&T) Directorate, on Friday awarded $817,712 in total to five blockchain startups in a bid to reimagine the federal government’s anti-forgery and counterfeit prevention operations.

From creating digital Social Security Number alternatives to building e-commerce tracing systems, the winners have up to six months to develop blockchain proofs-of-concepts for DHS’ client agencies. S&T’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP), essentially an equity-free tech accelerator within S&T, is funding the round.

  • Spherity GmbH received $145,000 to develop a “digital twin” record of inbound e-commerce packages. The German company’s system would share critical information among parties without compromising privacy, SVIP said. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the client.
  • New Zealand-based MATTR LIMITED will build U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services a digitally issued essential worker license using its $200,000 prize. S&T officials said COVID-19’s work shutdowns have proven
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