Technology

Microsoft updates PowerApps and Flow with a focus on deeper integrations and advanced workflows

 Microsoft today is launching a couple of major updates to PowerApps, its low-code service for quickly building line-of-business applications, and Flow, its business-centric IFTTT competitor. While these are obviously two very different applications, the general idea to allow businesses to leverage the data that they already generate is similar across both projects. Ryan Cunningham… Read More

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Sony’s a7S II stuns with 4K footage from outside the International Space Station

 Sony’s lineup of full-frame mirrorless cameras are impressive, and have become a staple for videographers and photographers worldwide. But now, the a7S II has gone beyond just our world, capturing amazing 4K footage from outside the International Space Station. The a7S II was mounted on the ISS on the KIBO Japanese Experiment Module created by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency… Read More

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Ford’s Chariot shuttles are expanding to New York City

 Ford is adding its largest market yet for Chariot, the crowd-sourced shuttle service that it acquired last September. Chariot began operations in San Francisco, where the former startup ran commuter routes of its branded transit vans, and expanded to Austin after that. In August, it’ll begin service in New York City, with two debut routes running from the Lower East Side to Midtown in… Read More

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Salesforce claims you can set up customer service in Service Cloud update in less than a day

 Salesforce announced an update to its Service Cloud today, which the company says enables non-technical administrators to build a customer service organization with connected services in less than day. That’s a bold claim, even for the marketing department, but the Service Cloud app builder has been built on top of the Salesforce Lightning development platform and designed to drag and… Read More

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Verizon Q2 meets on $0.96 EPS, sales down 2% YOY, plans $1B in ‘synergies’ in Oath

 Verizon Communications has been investing in building out new areas of business like media and wireless services to offset declines in legacy products like fixed telephony, and today it released Q2 results that underscored that strategy. Verizon reported adjusted earnings per share of $0.96 (with GAAP EPS of $1.07), and revenues of $30.5 billion, citing growth in wireless customers (which… Read More

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Twitter’s user growth goes nowhere and the stock is collapsing

 The small nice-ish story Twitter had going for itself for the past few quarters was that, at the very least, its monthly active users were growing quarter-over-quarter. While MAUs might not be the right number to look at these days, for better or worse it’s one of the core metrics that Twitter is judged on for now — and that didn’t pan out when it reported its earnings today… Read More

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Baidu teams up with PayPal to take its Chinese mobile wallet global

 PayPal has continued its strategy of expanding its presence on mobile after it revealed a tie-up with Baidu. The arrangement will allow the Chinese firm’s 100 million mobile wallet users to make payments to PayPal’s 17 million merchants through the Baidu service. The news is the latest in a series of recent partnerships from PayPal, which this month expanded its integration… Read More

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