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Adobe is using AI to catch Photoshopped images

While picture editors have tweaked images for decades, modern tools like Adobe Photoshop let them alter photos to the point of complete fabrication. Think of sharks swimming in the streets of New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy, or someone flying a "whe...

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Fiix raises $12M to smooth out the asset maintenance process

As sensors become cheaper and easier to install, the whole process of maintaining equipment and assets is starting to shift from just scrambling to fix problems to getting a hold of issues before they get out of control. That’s opened the door for startups like Fiix , which are creating workflow software that helps companies manage equipment and assets. That software enables companies to keep a close eye on equipment and resolve issues quickly before they become more complex to the point of costing companies hundreds of thousands of dollars to fix. Every percentage point of efficiency, for some operations, can translate to revenue significant enough to the point that this kind of software is an easy sell. Fiix said today it has raised $12 million in a new financing round led by BuildGroup. “It was one of the last bastions of enterprise software that’s yet to go through the same disruption that every other major software company has gone through,” COO James Novak said. “If you look at human resource software, CRM software, accounting software, they’ve all gone through the same transition. This market was one of the last ones to go through that transition.” Fiix takes the process of managing work orders, assets and inventories and throws it all into a set of software that’s designed to be easier to use when compared to existing complex asset management software. That includes making sure all of this is available on a phone, where managers and employees can monitor what kinds of work orders are in progress, approve them, or issue them. That’s designed to remove some of the time barriers that may keep managers from starting the maintenance process. But because there’s a lot of money to be made here, there’s going to be an increasing amount of competition. Already, there are startups like UpKeep, which came out of Y Combinator’s winter class last year . By giving managers a way to prioritize and get work orders done quickly, employees and managers can have a more real-time level of communication — which means they can spot problems earlier and earlier, and keep things running smoothly

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After Math: Robot revolutionaries

The whole "fear of SkyNet" trope is a bit moot at this point, seeing as how robots have already infiltrated our roads, skies and cafeteria-style eateries. You can already see it happening with Lyft adding 30 self-driving vehicles to its Las Vegas fle...

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The uncovering of a fake Russian pundit

At this point in history, you probably wouldn't be surprised if I told you that the guy who owned Jared and Ivanka's Washington home was just uncovered as the ringleader behind what some believe is a Russian counterintelligence operation. But you'd s...

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Google brings DDoS protection and other new security features to its cloud

For the longest time, enterprises worried about how secure their data would be in the cloud, and for some, that was a major roadblock for moving out of their own data centers. At this point, most major cloud providers have shown that security isn’t an issue and that they are quite capable of securing their customers’ data. Security is an ever-changing field, though, so there’s always more to be done. As if to hammer this point home, Google today is announcing a slew of new security features for both the Google Cloud Platform and G Suite. Let’s start with the Cloud Platform updates. The highlight of the launch is the new VPC Service Controls  tool for protecting API-based services. I know that name doesn’t scream excitement, but it basically provides businesses an additional security layer for their API-based services on GCP. The idea here is to prevent attackers from exfiltrating data from cloud services. Here is how Google’s VP for security and privacy Gerhard Eschelbeck describes it: “ Imagine constructing an invisible border around everything in an app that prevents its data from escaping, and having the power to set up, reconfigure, and tear down these virtual perimeters at will.” To give its users deeper insights into their security posture, Google also is launching its Cloud Security Command Center today. This new tool will give enterprises deeper insights into their security posture across Google Cloud services like App Engine, Compute Engine and Cloud Storage. The service provides insights into where sensitive data is stored, but also which apps may be vulnerable to cross-site scripting attacks. In addition, the service scans firewall rules and regularly looks for changes in a company’s security settings and alerts operators of changes to make sure those weren’t unauthorized. One of the more interesting aspects of this service is that Google is also partnering with a number of security vendors like  Cloudflare, CrowdStrike, RedLock, Palo Alto Networks and Qualys to detect DDoS attacks, policy violations, network intrusions and other threats.  As far as DDoS attacks go, Google also today announced a new service called Cloud Armor (see, GCP can do naming right sometimes!). Cloud Armor is both a DDoS and application defense service that provides all the usual IP white- and blacklisting tools and integrates with Google’s Global Load Balancing service. Other Cloud Platform security updates include new logging tools , updates to the Data Loss Prevention API and new tools for managing access to GCP resources .

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