iFLYTEK On-Device Speech Recognition Software Now Available For CEVA’s Ultra-Low Power Audio/Voice DSPs

SHANGHAI, June 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Mobile World Congress — CEVA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CEVA), the leading licensor of signal processing IP for smarter, connected devices, today announced that an optimized implementation of iFLYTEK’s speech-recognition software suite is available for CEVA’s audio/voice DSPs. The tightly-integrated solution is available for customers and is already in production for an ultra-low power voice processor targeting high volume consumer electronics.

Speech recognition is fast becoming the Human Machine Interface (HMI) of choice for consumer electronics, the smart home, mobile and wearable devices, surveillance, automotive and IoT in general, on the back of advances in sound processing and artificial intelligence. iFLYTEK is the No.1 speech recognition solution provider in China, and a global leader in speech-based artificial intelligence technology. The companies worked together to optimize iFLYTEK’s neural network based speech recognition, noise reduction and echo-cancellation algorithms for CEVA’s advanced audio/voice DSPs. The result is a powerful and highly-accurate, on-device voice processing solution, capable of enabling multiple mics voice activation without requiring cloud access.

Ran Soffer, vice president of marketing and corporate development at CEVA, commented: “The combination of iFLYTEK’s software and our audio/voice DSP offers a powerful solution for embedding intelligent voice applications into mass market consumer electronic devices. We look forward to expanding our relationship as the demand for on-device speech processing continues to grow rapidly.”

CEVA’s family of audio/voice/speech DSPs provide a range of solutions, from ultra-low-power always-listening smart devices, through versatile wireless audio in mobile and hearables, and up to high resolution audio processing in home entertainment and automotive. These audio/voice DSPs are ideal for developing voice-enabled solutions where power consumption and cost are critical. Having powered audio and voice in more than 6 billion devices to date, CEVA’s expertise is unrivalled in the industry. Each CEVA sound processor is supported by market-leading hardware and software development tools, software libraries and the extensive CEVAnet partner ecosystem. For more information, visit http://www.ceva-dsp.com/app/audio-voice-and-speech/.

Established in 1999, iFLYTEK is a national level high-tech enterprise dedicated to the research and development of intelligent speech and language technologies, artificial intelligence, hardware & software applications, and provision of professional services for governments, education sector, financial organizations and other fields. iFLYTEK was listed in the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in 2008 (stock code: 002230). iFLYTEK’s intelligent speech and artificial intelligence technologies such as speech synthesis, speech recognition, speech evaluation, and natural language processing, represents the top level in the world. iFLYTEK has occupied more than 70% of Chinese speech industry market share. Meanwhile, iFLYTEK provides speech core technology for more than 2,000 companies in the whole industry and has launched the world’s first “iFLYTEK voice cloud” platform, which provides intelligent speech interaction capability for mobile internet industry(currently there are more than 80,000 project partners and more than 700 million end-users, promoting the application of intelligent speech and artificial intelligence technology into education, mobile phones, automotive, appliance and other industries, serving millions of households. For more information, visit http://www.iflytek.com/en/.

About CEVA, Inc.
CEVA is the leading licensor of signal processing IP for a smarter, connected world. We partner with semiconductor companies and OEMs worldwide to create power-efficient, intelligent and connected devices for a range of end markets, including mobile, consumer, automotive, industrial and IoT. Our ultra-low-power IPs for vision, audio, communications and connectivity include comprehensive DSP-based platforms for LTE/LTE-A/5G baseband processing in handsets, infrastructure and machine-to-machine devices, advanced imaging, computer vision and deep learning for any camera-enabled device, audio/voice/speech and ultra-low power always-on/sensing applications for multiple IoT markets. For connectivity, we offer the industry’s most widely adopted IPs for Bluetooth (low energy and dual mode), Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac up to 4×4) and serial storage (SATA and SAS). Visit us at www.ceva-dsp.com and follow us on Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.

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Customer care: worldwide market shares 2016

LONDON, June 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — “Deployment of cloud-native systems has increased faster than expected, while artificial-intelligence-driven customer support systems have attracted operators’ attention.”

This report assesses which vendors are leading in the customer care systems market for the telecoms industry, and provides profiles of the leaders and their challengers. Growth in the product segment was driven by communications service providers’ aim of enabling digital experience for their customers, while the professional services segment declined due to a reduction in call centre outsourcing business.

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– detailed market share data for the customer care systems market overall, as well as four sub-segments:
– customer relationship management (CRM)
– customer interaction
– subscriber management
– device management
– a summary of key developments in the market overall and in each sub-segment
– detailed profiles of 26 vendors in this market, and summaries of other players.

– Accenture
– Amdocs
– Atos Consulting
– Avaya
– Brand Embassy
– Conversocial
– CSG International
– Dimelo
– Ericsson
– Genesys
– Hewlett Packard Enterprise
– Huawei Technologies
– innoPath
– Lithium
– Microsoft
– NEC/Netcracker
– Nokia Networks
– Oracle
– Pegasystems
– Salesforce
– Synapse Mobile Networks
– Tata Consultancy Services
– UXP Systems
– Vlocity

– Customer relationship management (CRM)
– Customer interaction
– Subscriber management
– Device management

Who Should Read This Report
– Vendor strategy teams that need to understand where growth is slowing and where it is increasing across different sub-segment categories.
– Product management teams responsible for feature functionality and geographical focus, and product marketing teams responsible for market-share growth.
– Market intelligence teams at vendors that want to understand how their competitors compare to each other.
– CSPs that are planning digital transformation journeys and want to ensure that their current vendors are staying up to date.

Key Questions Answered in This Report
– What was the overall size of the market for telecoms-specific customer care software systems and what drove this spending among CSPs?
– How did spending vary across different sub-segments of the customer care market?
– Who are the major vendors and what is their share of revenue in the customer care systems market?
– What are the different drivers and growth rates for CSPs’ spending on products, product-related services and professional services?

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AmplifyReach Announces ChatBot for Freshdesk Users to Scale Customer Engagement 24/7 to Drive Sales, Lead Generation, Support and Overall Happiness

PUNE, India, June 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — AmplifyReach integrated solution for live chat and chatbot, brings Freshdesk customers capability to build & deploy human-like conversational chatbot (no coding required) to provide 24/7 services across Web, Mobile, Social, Messenger, email channels. 

AmplifyReach’s seamless integration with Freshdesk allows businesses to keep track of all conversations as Freshdesk tickets. Freshdesk customers can now build chatbots required for their various business workflows and provide 24/7 customer engagement, without any code.”

  • Ganesh Ram Natarajan, Sr. Director – Product Management, Freshdesk

Every business organization is always on a lookout to better customer outreach of their products and services, make better sales, optimize cost, generate higher throughput with existing resources and enhancing customer experience. Increasing sales & customer service are directly proportional to increased headcount.

AmplifyReach Catalyst Platform simplifies the problem of business scale by automating different business processes with easy-to-consume conversational interface with human-like dialogue and intent switching capability. Customers can build chatbot to handle various services for internal and external customers like buy, renew, support queries, product discovery, concierge services, drive-focused marketing with loyalty & rewards. Chatbot can be configured to be pro-active or on-demand to connect with the customer. Based on the channel, historical interaction information can be retained to provide better engagement.

AmplifyReach Catalyst Platform seamlessly integrates with Freshdesk by automatically creating Freshdesk tickets for customer engagement with bots. The Freshdesk ticket status reflects the resolution of the conversation.

AmplifyReach provides rich agent terminal for human support teams to handle complex queries and questions. The platform supports team management capabilities, compliance, and enterprise security expectations. Bot to human agent transfer for complex or specialized services is seamless. Auto-handover or single clicking on “Start Chat” lets the FreshDesk agent connect and communicate with the customer directly. Agent terminal feature also includes deep analytics and reporting, remote assistance by screen share, free agent assignment to optimize performance, historical data archive and so on.

About AmplifyReach

AmplifyReach is focused on real world applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Our AI algorithms convert human communication into actionable context, intent & interest.

AmplifyReach Catalyst platform enables businesses to separate scalability from headcount, take smarter & informed decisions.

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The Future of Technology – Six remarkable advances in technology are coming soon and they will change the world forever

NEW YORK, June 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Summary

There are many technologies and ideas throughout the world which are exciting in their potential but whose effects are mainly pipedreams that we never get to see in the flesh. However, in the world of tech there is currently a wave of industries that have real potential to change our world forever and they are likely to be realized within the next decade. These industries are inextricably linked and serve to augment the capabilities of each other, meaning that the rate of change is likely to snowball. From artificial intelligence, through to the space industry the rate of technological advancements in the last few years has been dramatic and this report examines and speculates on what is coming in the next decade and what their implications might be.

Key Findings

– These technologies on their own are likely to be revolutionary once we have them, but the most change will come when they are functioning together. For instance, a world where an advanced AI is able to use a quantum computer to conduct its research is not far away.
– Many of the world’s biggest companies have invested heavily in these emerging tech markets and their desire for innovation, new products and understanding is driving these companies forward.
– Not all of the side effects of this technological development can be predicted and some future scenarios may even be negative. There are organizations preparing for this scenario too, researching how to control AI for instance or developing less invasive neurological surgeries to try and make sure that the coming tech breakthrough is a positive one.


– Examines six major technology areas where fundemental breakthroughs are only a few years away and what effect they might have on our world
– Looks at artifical intelligence, who the major players are and what they want to achieve
– Examines how driverless technology is creeping into the world’s transportation systems and what this means for us
– Looks at the big players trying to build quantum computers and what they want them for
– Analyzes how factories are changing with robotics and automation
– Examines how brain implant technology is starting to produce results
– Looks at the space industry and the emerging competition for a new market

Reasons to buy

– What major technology advances are coming soon and how will they effect businesses, society and learning?
– Who are the big players that are chasing this technology and what do they seek to gain from it?
– What could be the positive and negative outcomes of some of these technologies?
– Are some of these technologies worth having? Or might they be a waste of investment?
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Nanorep Included in Top 10 Chatbot Providers for Enterprise Customer Service Report

HERZLIYA, Israel, June 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

Nanorep Technologies, a leading provider of intelligent self-service, virtual customer assistants, and smart bot solutions, announced today it has been included in Forrester Research’s report, “The Top 10 Chatbots for Enterprise Customer Service.”

Nanorep is unique in the chatbot market for its capability to deploy intent classification that requires only small training sets. This is the foundation of Nanorep’s White Box Artificial Intelligence (AI) approach, designed to shift how AI-powered virtual assistant technology is implemented and managed through:

  1. One-Shot Learning – enabling businesses to deploy a CX solution without high volumes of existing data
  2. Knowledge management tools that provide data visualization, with topic clusters and easier recognition of gaps for quick decision making
  3. Easy input of new content with incremental models for topic addition in real-time

Nanorep’s White box AI approach contributes to the ease and agility of the solution, a cornerstone of the company’s offering. Nanorep’s effortless experience for both companies and end users is distinctive due to a focus on sophisticated NLU technology, comprehensive knowledge management tools, and support at every touchpoint.

“I am proud of our inclusion in Forrester’s first-ever assessment of chatbots for enterprise customer service, and especially of the customer recommendations of our staff, because I believe it recognizes the efforts of the Nanorep team to act as a true partner to our customers.” said Eli Campo, CEO at Nanorep, “We look forward to continuing to evolve our chatbot solution to help our customers bring the most valuable experiences to their users.”

About Nanorep 

Nanorep is an innovative provider of self service, Virtual Assistants, and smart bot solutions for customer service and ecommerce. Nanorep harnesses sophisticated White Box AI capabilities combined with patented NLP technology to create ready-to-use, simple-to-deploy solutions that make self-service engaging and intuitive for a conversational experience. Nanorep’s proprietary Natural Language Understanding consistently drives self-service usage over 90% and improves the customer experience. With Nanorep, knowledge management is facilitated through machine learning to find the best answers to customers’ questions, assist customer service agents, and identify and address knowledge gaps. Nanorep has been successfully implemented by over 200 enterprises and mid-size businesses world-wide. For more information visit: http://www.nanorep.com

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IEEE Unveils ‘Generation AI: A Study Of Millennial Parents Of Generation Alpha Kids’

NEW YORK, June 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, today unveiled “Generation AI:  A Study of Millennial Parents of Generation Alpha Kids.”  The survey illuminates how Millennial parents with Generation Alpha children (those seven years-old or younger) think growing up interacting with AI technology will impact the lives of their children.  Born in 2010 and through 2025, Generation Alpha is considered by many to be the most tech-infused demographic, and AI technologies are expected to infiltrate nearly every aspect of their lives.  A survey infographic is available for download at http://transmitter.ieee.org/gen-ai-infographic.pdf and an interactive Generation AI timeline is available at http://transmitter.ieee.org/generation-ai.

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Parents are Less Worried if AI is Behind the Wheel
Getting a driver’s license is a new stage of independence for teens, but with self-driving car technology on the horizon, the IEEE survey found that Millennial parents of Generation Alpha kids are slightly more nervous about their child driving for the first time alone (31 percent) than their child riding in a self-driving car alone for the first time (25 percent).  However, 44 percent of parents are equally worried about both scenarios.

AI, Not Kids, Preferred by Millennial Parents for Care During Golden Years
Experts say AI will power smart devices in the home that support physical, emotional, social and mental health, from monitoring and assistive devices like intelligent walkers to robot-assisted dressing.  About two-thirds of Millennial parents (63 percent) would rather have AI help them live independently in their golden years, while just 37 percent prefer to rely on their own children, the study found.

AI Pets Put Real Ones in the Doghouse, While Some Families Welcome AI Nannies 
AI is powering pet robots that can identify, greet, obey and entertain the family.  Nearly half (48 percent) of Millennial parents of Generation Alpha kids say they would be likely to get a robot pet instead of real pet if their child asked for one, according to the survey.  In addition, fathers (55 percent) are more likely than mothers (42 percent) to get a pet robot for their kids.

Because AI is giving life to walking and talking robots that are becoming more adept at human behavior, 40 percent of Millennial parents of Generation Alpha kids say they would be likely to supplement or replace a human nanny with a stay-at-home robo-nanny to help take care of their children.

AI and Parenting:  Emotional and Physical Health
To keep Gen Alpha kids engaged, Millennial parents are using apps, interactive screens and artificial intelligence-powered devices that 44 percent say also increases their own focus as parents, as a result.  In addition:

  • Although two-thirds (64 percent) of Millennial parents of Generation Alpha kids say that AI and other technologies give them time to do other things, two-thirds (63 percent) agree that technologies, including AI, have diminished quality time with their child.       
  • Millennial parents of Generation Alpha kids are nearly twice as likely to agree (45 percent agree, 23 percent disagree) that AI and other technologies minimize their frustrations as a parent.
  • Two in five Millennial parents of Generation Alpha kids (39 percent) have either complete or a great deal of trust in AI to help diagnose and treat their children if they become sick.  Almost half (46 percent) have some trust.

AI Helping Gen Alpha Kids Learn Faster Than Their Parents; AI Tutors Seen as Attractive
In the future, “smart” toys and AI apps currently in development have the potential to respond to human language and a child’s behavior or enable real-time monitoring and enhancement of vocabulary learning.  According to the IEEE survey, a majority of Millennial parents (80 percent) say AI technology increases their expectations that their Generation Alpha babies will learn faster and more than they did, while for 20 percent, expectations are the same or less.  In addition, three quarters (74 percent) of Millennial parents say they would consider an AI-powered tutor for their child. 

Pervasiveness of World-Changing Technology Means Millennial Parents will Encourage Gen Alpha Kids to Study Engineering
Many experts believe that engineering is driving a myriad of world-changing activities, from space exploration, drones and computer science, to health, medicine and biology; and from vehicle technology to consumer electronics, to name just a few.  About three-quarters of Millennial parents of Generation Alpha kids (74 percent) say they will encourage their child at least somewhat to consider studying and pursuing a career in engineering (including 38 percent who will strongly encourage them) given the world-changing activities in that field.

“Generation AI:  A Study of Millennial Parents of Generation Alpha Kids” surveyed 600 parents, ages 20 – 36 years-old, with at least one child seven years old or under.  The surveys were conducted June 13-15, 2017.

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IEEE is the largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. Through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities, IEEE is the trusted voice in a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers, and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power, and consumer electronics. Learn more at http://www.ieee.org

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Kore.ai Announces 30+ AI-Powered Chatbots for Cisco Spark

LAS VEGAS, June 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Today at Cisco Live, Cisco’s annual IT and communications conference, Kore.ai, a leading end-to-end bots platform provider for the enterprise sector, announced solutions to bring AI-powered chatbots to Cisco’s enterprise customers looking to build intelligent bots for thousands of critical business functions and workflows. Kore.ai’s Platform brings 30 of the most widely-used, pre-built enterprise chatbots – for Salesforce, SAP solutions, ServiceNow, Google Drive, JIRA and other systems – to the Cisco Spark Depot. These chatbots are all available for enterprise customers to access in Cisco Spark today.  

The U.S. workforce juggles more systems and apps than ever, and approximately 55 percent of an average employee’s day is spent on administrative tasks. Naturally, there is a growing need to condense system-specific tasks, automate individual and cross-system workflows, and make human-to-system interactions a more seamless part of everyday collaboration. Chatbots act as a go-between for users and the diverse enterprise systems they rely on to get work done. By introducing intelligent chatbots into collaboration tools like Cisco Spark, every employee – from C-suite executives to marketing, sales and customer service teams – can communicate with each other and with systems, in natural language, within one central communication hub. The Kore.ai-built chatbots also further enhance the Cisco Spark Board, which is an all-in-one team collaboration device that combines wireless presentation, whiteboarding capabilities, and video and audio conferencing along with their Cisco Spark app to connect with virtual teams. Now companies have the ability to use chatbots within the Cisco Spark Board to complete relevant tasks in the context of a team meeting, such as pulling a Salesforce opportunity report or submitting a ServiceNow ticket for broken conference room equipment.

Kore.ai’s robust functionality – now integrated with Cisco Spark – allows users to rapidly harness the speed, security, simplicity and humanizing power of conversational interfaces and platforms, thanks to:

  • Award-winning natural language processing (NLP) that combines machine learning (ML) and fundamental meaning
  • A GUI-based Bot Builder and Dialog Builder that allows for customization of use cases, tasks, business-logic dialogs, channels, security, and more
  • Artificial Intelligence capabilities for supervised and unsupervised learning capabilities, context handling, and sentiment scoring
  • Automated Speech Recognition engine (ASR) for voice-based interactions
  • Easy omni-channel deployment including SMS
  • Enterprise-grade security, analytics, and administration controls
  • SDKs to optimize mobile and web experiences

“People are quickly coming to expect systems to become a more natural, intelligent and integrated part of their daily work.” said Raj Koneru, CEO of Kore.ai. “Cisco Spark paved the way for smarter workforce collaboration. By taking advantage of Kore.ai’s end-to-end Platform for chatbot development, the Cisco Spark enterprise customers can also make smarter, more natural human-to-system interactions part of a broader unified communications vision. Cisco and Kore.ai share an unrelenting focus on building solutions that can scale to enterprise customer needs. We’re thrilled to be aligned with Cisco and to help support its mission of ‘transformation through innovation’ by helping to simplify the important work that employees do every day.”

Kore.ai will be providing its Bots Platform for the Cisco Spark the Industry Challenge, an online Devpost and Cisco hackathon that challenges developers to reimagine the way healthcare, education, and sales professionals interact with each other and their customers.

About Kore.ai
Kore.ai specializes in AI-rich conversational interfaces designed specifically for enterprises that aim to make digital customer interactions faster and more human, and employee work simpler and more efficient. We’ve created a family of products – the Kore Bots Platform, Smart Bots (including bots for SAP applications), 150 pre-built bots in our bots store, and Messaging Platform – that leverage AI, ML and NLP to facilitate intelligent communication between people, systems, and things. Regardless of function or industry, and whether deployed for customer or workforce use cases, Kore.ai-built chatbots meet the highest enterprise standards of performance, security, and scalability. Kore.ai’s Bots Platform, the only enterprise-grade cloud or on-prem PaaS of its kind, addresses the “hurdle of how” by giving companies all of the necessary components to design, build, and deploy chatbots across various channels with unmatched intelligence, speed to market, and ROI. And we aid enterprises with the “what?” by helping them completely customize their chatbots’ tasks, dialogs, workflows, even branded personality.

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Social Spectacle, Artificial Intelligence, Mixed Reality

CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The expanding fields of Behavioral Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are taking new steps in understanding human behavior patterns – from social media chatter on organization’s brand in using Machine Learning (ML) to interpret and bring together opinions, moods, and feelings.  AI solutions are moving towards explanations that humans can easily understand; from how an input is interpreted to why the machines recommended that result.

Social Spectacle, Artificial Intelligence, Mixed Reality

The field of Artificial Intelligence emerged out of the idea that the process of human thought can be mechanized.  The goal of AI and Behavioral Learning is to inject human intelligence into machines so that they are able to recognize, interpret, process, and simulate human effects.

Mixed reality which simply will be reality of the near future.  Organizations today are developing AI models and adopting solutions that help in keeping their organization up-to-date.  They guide us in understanding behavioral patterns; on what is normal or abnormal.  Whatever a human being does he/she has emotions.

FirstAlign (www.firstalign.com), utilizes AI to:

  • Constantly update content in keeping organization’s vision and business objectives aligned.
  • Detect hidden signals, adopt different points of view, separate fact from fiction, and see how your reputation is actually shaped.
  • Help organizations, across industries, to find common, key interests and understanding of customer behavior and attitudes in shaping customer acquisition strategies.
  • Keep focus on customer-centricity, demonstrating the frequency and openness to the ideas of using AI as a part of ongoing strategy. 

Focusing in this way achieves:

  • Better understanding of behavioral patterns, of “what is normal” and predicting future change.
  • Improved understanding of productivity and performance patterns.
  • More accurate profiling of customer activity and volume.
  • Enhanced realization of the investment dollar “ROI” by business leaders.
  • Up-to-date Customer Dashboards and Performance Indicators (KPI).

About FirstAlign

Not Just Knowledge, Know How.  FirstAlign helps organizations innovate, transform, and lead.  If you don’t influence change, who will?  FirstAlign enables you, your team, and your organization to lead with targeted tools supported by a creative, seasoned and diverse group of professionals.   We work across major industry sectors, public companies, Fortune 2000 and government authorities, utilizing startup mindsets in making complexity simple.  Customers count on FirstAlign’s strategic advisory services and target operating models, to help them transform uncertainty into opportunity.

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Connected Pet Leader Petcube Acquires PetBot, Creator of ‘Selfie-Taking’ Treat Camera

SAN FRANCISCO, June 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Petcube, the leader in the Connected Pet category, today announced it has acquired PetBot, a Canadian startup behind the Indiegogo-funded PetBot ‘selfie-taking’ treat dispensing pet camera. The acquisition includes the company’s intellectual property and assets. PetBot CTO and founder Misko Dzamba will be joining the Petcube engineering team as Principal Engineer.

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“We’ve admired what the PetBot team built, their speed of innovation, and Dzamba’s passion for improving lives of pets with technology,” said Yaroslav Azhnyuk, CEO and Co-Founder of Petcube. “Petcube connects pets to the Internet and delivers state of the art technology and design to over 100,000 pets and their parents globally. We couldn’t be more excited about joining forces with PetBot, and accelerating innovation in the connected pet space.”

With the acquisition, Petcube is deepening expertise in artificial intelligence and machine learning and gearing up for future product releases. Dzamba comes with a strong academic and research background in AI, and has authored numerous publications and patents in connected pet, machine learning, and genetics. Previously, Dzamba was with Y Combinator backed company, Atomwise, developing deep learning algorithms for drug discovery.

At Petcube, Dzamba will be heading up the company’s AI team, developing next generation software that will be integrated across all Petcube products and services. With the transition, PetBot customers will continue to receive ongoing support for the next 12 months.

“When Petcube first launched in 2013, I knew that the founders understood the needs of the modern pet parent at a time when almost no one else did. PetBot has been nothing short of a wild ride, and I feel grateful to have worked with such a dedicated team and my Co-Founder and PetBot CEO Zoran Grabovac. I am now privileged to be able to continue my work in pet technology at Petcube and am very excited to see what the future holds for our furry companions!” said Misko Dzamba, CTO and Co-Founder of PetBot.

Petcube is about to release its own interactive treat camera, Petcube Bites. Currently available for pre-order, Petcube Bites is the most advanced treat camera on the market. Features include the ability to fling treats multiple distances, 2 lb container capacity, and automatic treat reordering using Amazon Dash Replenishment. Petcube Bites features include 1080p HD video, night vision, video cloud recording, sound and motion alerts, and two-way audio.

In Azhnyuk’s recent guest article on Entrepreneur.com, he shared that the pet care industry is at the brink of disruption and estimates that 40 million pet households will use a connected pet device by 2022, or half of the projected US pet population. According to Petcube’s projections, the connected pet category could be valued at $4.2 billion by 2022, not including services provided with these connected devices.

About Petcube
Petcube is reimagining pet care, and makes the best-selling pet cameras and software, connecting people to their pets. Their products enable people to see, talk, play, and treat pets remotely while keeping pets safe and healthy. Petcube products are available in over 18 countries and sold in over 2,500 retail locations, including Best Buy, Petco, Bed Bath and Beyond, in addition to Amazon. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, CA, with offices in Kyiv, Ukraine and Shenzhen, China. For more information visit the Petcube website, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

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PetBot CTO and founder Misko Dzamba (left) and Petcube CEO and co-founder Yaroslav Azhnyuk (right)

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Linux on IBM Power Systems Beats Market Growth Performance by 3X

ARMONK, N.Y., June 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ –IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that according to results from International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker® (June, 2017) IBM has achieved market growth by 3x compared with the total Linux server market which grew at +6 percent. The improved performance are the result of success across IBM Power Systems including OpenPOWER servers, Linux on Power Systems and IBM Power Systems for SAP HANA.

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“Today’s news reinforces our long-term commitment to design and develop server technology for the applications that are driving their business such as advanced analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence,” said Bob Picciano, Senior Vice President, IBM Cognitive Systems. “IBM’s market share growth in solutions that support our clients Linux environments reflects our expanded Linux-based portfolio that brings together innovation from the OpenPOWER community to deliver higher levels of performance and greater computing efficiency than is available on any x86-based server.”

IBM Power Systems market share growth is underpinned by solutions that fulfill fast growing applications, like the deep learning capabilities within the POWER8 architecture. In addition to these are systems that expand IBM’s Linux server portfolio, which have been co-developed with fellow members of the OpenPOWER Foundation.

For more information about Linux on Power visit: https://www.ibm.com/power.

Greg Vitarelli
IBM Media Relations

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