Apple Pay point-of-sale transactions have increased in recent months, states a report by Pymnts, which notes a rising preference for touchless payments since the pandemic began. Eight percent of US consumers who have the feature enabled say they have used it, compared with 4.9% surveyed before March.
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Wall Street analysts were optimistic about the news of Intel selling its NAND flash memory business to SK Hynix for $9 billion in cash, with Cowen and Co. analysts saying the move would free the chipmaker to focus on its troubled PC/server processor product lines. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, CEO Bob Swan said the company could pursue business opportunities arising as a result of the US-China trade tensions.
Microsoft is rolling out a Windows 10 update that includes enhancements to the start menu, notifications, settings and display, as well as an improved tablet experience. The update is packaged with a new Edge browser that's based on the open-source Chromium engine, which supports more websites and extensions.
Microsoft is launching its Azure Space initiative, a set of products designed to position Azure as a key player in the space and satellite cloud computing market, with SpaceX as one of its marquee partners. The company has also launched Azure Orbital Emulator, which conducts satellite constellation simulations with software and hardware.
Baker McKenzie is partnering with software company SparkBeyond to crunch internal data along with information from third parties, such as news and economic trends. The artificial-intelligence-powered result will be "supercharged" insights unavailable elsewhere, says Ana-Maria Norbury, Baker McKenzie's director of global service design.
The pandemic has created a new job in the alternative dispute resolution field -- specialists who handle both administrative and IT work for remote proceedings. Joanna Barron, an executive for California-based ADR Services, reports a surge in business because "many of the courts have no jury trials this year, or even into next year."
As the use of artificial intelligence becomes more widespread, companies must beware of biases programmed in, write Heather Meeker and Amit Itai of O'Melveny & Myers. "AI bias is a legal issue that companies, board members, and investors must address or deal with significant consequences later," they write.
Apple is enhancing HomePod with the rollout of intercom capabilities, giving users the ability to talk to family members in different parts of the home. Alarm customization, more Siri functions and multiple-user voice support for podcasts also are being added.
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