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Artificial intelligence drives new thinking on patent rights

Artificial intelligence drives new thinking on patent rights

A new paradigm will shake up the IP landscape, as cognitive activities once performed by humans will now increasingly be performed by machines. Artificial intelligence and machine learning (collectively AI) are hot topics in almost every industry, affecting everything from robotics, autonomous vehicles, and consumer devices to health and pharmaceutical technologies. AI is being used »

Microsoft Azure offers Blockchain Testing

Blockchain-as-a-Service is now available within the Microsoft Azure DevTest Labs facility, Microsoft has revealed though its blog site. See the the blog here. The new functionality for Azure acknowledges that Blockchain developers and testers are increasingly looking to solve the delays in creating and managing their environments by going to the cloud, says the blog. »

Fidessa heralds “new phase of recovery” in markets

Fidessa, the London-listed trading and data systems vendor, says that regulatory changes such as the 2018 implementation of MiFID II in Europe and the planned Consolidated Audit Trail in the US will help offset the “increased headwind” of consolidation and closures among the company’s customer base this year. Announcing 2016 preliminary results and a 9% »

Technology news round-up: Financial deals and product launches

Fidor Bank Card

Groupe BCPE acquires Fidor Fidor, a German online challenger bank founded in 2009, has been acquired by French banking group BPCE, comprising the Banque Populaire and Caisse d’Epargne networks. The acquisition, industry analysts say, is yet another example of a traditional financial firm co-opting a technologically-savvy challenger to further its own digital transformation. Groupe BPCE »

CREST opens Singapore branch

The UK’s Council for Registered Ethical Security Testers (CREST), which provides accreditation for vendors of digital security services, has established a branch in Singapore in association with the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) and Singapore’s Association of Information Security Professionals (AISP). The project, which marks CREST’s first branch in Asia, was undertaken in collaboration »

IBM Blockchain supports testing feature

IBM has released a new testing functionality on IBM Blockchain; the service delivered via IBM’s Bluemix platform providing tools for Blockchain developers. IBM Blockchain was first launched on April 29th, and is based on the Linux Foundation’s open-source Hyperledger project. Rashik Parmar, lead cloud advisor for Europe at IBM, said that IBM Blockchain allows firms »

MAS updates outsourcing requirements

MAS updates outsourcing requirements

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has added a section on cloud computing to its newly updated guidelines for financial firms on outsourcing technology services and has scrapped its requirement that financial firms notify the MAS of new material outsourcing arrangements they enter into. The regulator had announced its intention to revise its 2004 outsourcing »

New York Fed to set new expectations for IT risk management by banks

New York Fed to set new expectations for IT risk management by banks

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York is understood to be working on revised and more detailed guidelines for financial firms in their management of outsourced IT risk, for release later this year. It is understood that that the New York Fed believes that banks need to do additional work to ensure they have the right risk »

FCA gives green light to the cloud

The FCA has published a paper on guidance for cloud outsourcing. The regulator has confirmed that it does not see any fundamental reason why cloud services cannot be implemented, as long as they are given: “Appropriate consideration, in a manner that complies with our rules.” According to the FCA, a lack of oversight over outsourced »

Round-up: Company News

SmartBear and Cognizant announce alliance The US testing software provider SmartBear Software and NASDAQ-listed consultancy Cognizant Technology Solutions have announced a strategic partnership. According to SmartBear, the companies hoped to combine SmartBear’s test automation and API quality tools with Cognizant’s delivery expertise to provide faster time to market for customers. Tricentis will i... »

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