AI transcription sucks (here’s the workaround)

I’ve searched for a reliable way to autonomously transcribe natural speech for years. I’m a journalist, and I often have hours of taped interviews with sources around the globe to transcribe. For now, I’m still paying for people-powered transcription services.Speech to text has been a huge challenge for AI developers, and it’s a puzzle that’s…Continue Reading

Absa bank embroiled in data leak, rogue employee accused of theft

Absa has notified customers of a data breach potentially compromising their personal information.  The Johannesburg, South Africa-based financial services group, which provides personal and business banking as well as wealth management services, has pointed the finger at an employee for the security incident. Absa maintains a presence in 12 countries across the continent and accounts for…Continue Reading

Ivanti announces double acquisition of MobileIron, Pulse Secure in zero-trust security push

Ivanti has snapped up both MobileIron and Pulse Secure in an acquisition spree designed to improve the firm’s zero-trust, cloud, and managed IT security portfolio.  Announced on Tuesday, the Utah-based security company said the combination of both MobileIron and Pulse Secure will bolster Ivanti’s position in “unified endpoint management, zero-trust security, and IT service management…Continue Reading

Chef David Chang becomes first celebrity to win a million dollars for charity on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

On Sunday, David Chang became the first celebrity to win $1 million for charity on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Although to be fair, his phone-a-friend should be getting all the credit here. I’m with Chang in that I didn’t even know Benjamin Harrison was a president. If I had been his phone-a-friend I…Continue Reading

Spotify Wrapped chronicles your 2020 listening habits in a stories-style format

Spotify While the medium may be different, Wrapped is still mostly the same. The whole feature is a microcosm of your year’s worth of listening on the service — from top songs and artists to podcasts and genres. Like playlist builders Spotify has created in the past, this year’s edition of Wrapped includes quizzes so…Continue Reading

Iconic Arecibo Observatory crumples after cable and structural failures

What just happened? The Arecibo Radio Observatory located in Puerto Rico has collapsed sometime between late Monday evening and early Tuesday morning. The radio telescope has suffered multiple cable failures in the preceding months, and officials had cordoned it off for safety issues. Nobody was hurt in the collapse. Last month, the National Science Foundation…Continue Reading