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Weekly Techno Brief

Category : IT industry
Each week our intranet news channel editors provide a round up for Capgemini colleagues of the business IT news that drives and inspires us. We publish some of the highlights here.

This week read sotries including Volvo's self driving cars, Apple losing a patent case, and its €1.7 billion investment in Europe, which will create hundreds of new jobs.

Volvo's self-driving cars

Volvo last week revealed the latest developments in its Drive Me project, showing off a complete system that could make it possible to integrate self-driving cars into regular traffic with drivers behind the wheel. Volvo is making progress toward its goal of releasing 100 self-driving vehicles to consumers on selected roads around Gothenburg -- Sweden's second largest city -- by 2017, the company said. The public pilot project is part of a collaborative effort. Volvo is working with legislators, transport authorities and city officials to achieve sustainable mobility and to help ensure a crash-free future on the roads.

Link: USA Today

Court orders Apple to pay US$533M in patent case

Apple must pay patent licensing firm Smartflash US$532.9 million (€470 million) for infringing three patents. U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap, who presided over the case in Tyler, Texas, ordered Apple to pay the penalty after a federal jury in Texas found that the company's iTunes software infringed Smartflash's patents. The jury took eight hours to decide Apple willfully used the patents without consent. Tyler-based Smartflash sued Apple in May 2013. It claimed Apple's iTunes software infringed its digital rights management patents related to accessing and storing downloaded songs, videos and games.
 
Link: Channel News Asia

Apple to invest US$1.9B in Green Data Centres in Europe

Apple on Monday announced a plan to build two new data centers in Europe -- one in County Galway in Ireland and the other in central Jutland in Denmark. Apple plans to spend US$1.9 billion (€1.7 billion) on the project -- its largest European investment to date. The new facilities will power its online services including the iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri. "We are grateful for Apple's continued success in Europe and proud that our investment supports communities across the continent," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, noting that the project would create hundreds of new jobs.

Link: Bloomberg 

Google machine learns to master video games

A machine has taught itself how to play and win video games, scientists say. The computer programme, which is inspired by the human brain, learned how to play 49 classic Atari games. In more than half, it was as good or better than a professional human player.g Researchers from Google DeepMind said this was the first time a system had learned how to master a wide range of complex tasks. Dr Demis Hassabis, DeepMind's vice president of engineering, said: "Up until now, self-learning systems have only been used for relatively simple problems. "For the first time, we have used it in a perceptually rich environment to complete tasks that are very challenging to humans."

Link: BBC News

Beyond the Buzz

The latest edition of Beyond the Buzz is now live on Capgemini.com. Titled 'An Augmented, Connected Workforce', it asks some thought-provoking questions about wearable technology.

When you send a question on social media, how fast do you expect an answer? An hour? No, minutes. That’s why, to answer your customers’ questions, your organisation needs a connected workforce who’s empowered and knows where to find the answer to respond quickly.

Thanks to the third platform, employees have the insights and devices to become more connected. By adding wearable technology to the mix, how much more could your workforce become further productive and efficient?

You can read Beyond the Buzz on our website.

About the author

Tom Barton
Tom Barton
Tom’s career in communications spans 20 years in the consulting, telecommunications and music industries. He joined Capgemini in 2005 and led the merging of PR, web communications and internal communications into one team. This recognised the convergence of channels and platforms that support an effective communications programme for external and internal audiences. Before joining Capgemini, Tom was global head of media relations at PA Consulting Group, marketing and communications director at his own record label, and had various internal and external communications roles at Cable & Wireless. He plays guitar, darts and cricket, and is still trying to do the Times crossword.

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