Brazilian soy farmers try 5G technology with Huawei equipment

BRASILIA (Reuters) – The Brazilian farm state of Goias rolled out a pilot project on Thursday to increase productivity and take fast action against disease using fifth-generation technology and equipment provided by China’s Huawei Technologies Co.

The rollout of the agricultural support application for soy farmers comes at a time when Brazil’s government is considering whether to ban the use of Huawei equipment in next year’s auction of 5G frequencies spectrum to telecom companies.

The 5G communications will allow producers to improve crops through the collection of information by sensors placed in the fields, on harvesters and drones, so that it can be readily crossed with meteorological and humidity data, said Huawei Brasil marketing director Tiago Fontes.

Combining fast broadband communications with real time cloud data processing will give farmers in one hour information that used to take three days so they can rapidly take actions against diseases and other

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The top technology PR people to know in 2020

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  • Tech companies have no shortage of PR needs, whether it’s handling crises like antitrust concerns or promoting a new product.
  • Business Insider identified 36 top public relations pros working in the tech industry.
  • They include names from venture capital firms, SaaS companies, startups, established PR firms, and small agencies.
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Tech companies are often in the news for issues ranging from antitrust concerns to unsavory content proliferating on their platforms.

But besides tamping down crises, these companies also need to promote their products and drive sales.

To do that, they turn to public relations professionals to win over journalists and pitch stories.

Gallery: The world’s best jobs for freelancers (StarsInsider)

Business Insider identified 36 of the top PR pros working in tech. They represent everything from tech giants and enterprise software companies to

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Corrections Departments Manage Pandemic in Prisons With Free COVID Tool From Vant4ge, a Leader in Criminal Justice Technology

SALT LAKE CITY – December 3, 2020 – ( )

​​​​​The coronavirus pandemic continues to have a disproportionately adverse effect on the United States’ prison population. According to The Marshall Project, there have been nearly 200,000 cases among inmates and more than 1,400 deaths, resulting in corrections agencies being overwhelmed. A 20-year leader in criminal justice technology, Vant4ge is contributing to the mitigation effort by offering a free COVID-19 tool to help corrections departments manage the crisis and determine which inmates are the safest to release early. The comprehensive Vant4gePoint software platform that allows agencies to efficiently coordinate care and rehabilitation for inmates and parolees also consists of the most predictive assessments ever developed. In response to the pandemic, Vant4ge is making the risk assessment tool that features evidence-based, data-driven assessment instruments with automated scoring and reporting available to corrections administrators and case managers.  

“As a tech company

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Voiceitt, Amazon Announce Collaboration Between Alexa And ‘Superpower’ Speech Technology

In a blog post published Thursday, Amazon and speech startup Voiceitt announced a collaboration that aims to make Alexa more accessible to people with atypical speech. Voiceitt is an app that uses machine-learning and speech recognition technologies to help those with speech impairments communicate and be more easily understood.

In a press release, Voiceitt acknowledged the popularity of smart speakers and digital assistants like Amazon’s Alexa—despite their massive popularity, however, they can prove inaccessible to those with various types of speech delays. This can make the communicatively impaired feel as though they are excluded from using voice-first devices. Teaching a machine fluent speech is hard enough; teaching a machine to learn atypical speech is exponentially more challenging. Thus, Voiceitt “recognized the opportunity to expand its technology offering to facilitate not only in-person communication but also interaction with voice activated and controlled devices.”

“We’re excited

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How Technology Can Make Calling A Contact Center Be Delightful

Head of marketing at Lightico. Proven business leader driving tech in enterprises. Born into Fortune 500s — now building tech companies.

When customers call a contact center, the last thing they expect is to be delighted. They brace themselves for complicated and annoying IVRs, multiple conversations with multiple agents and lengthy procedures. Unfortunately, this is what usually comes to pass. 

However, it’s not only the customer who pays the price for disjointed call center processes; the business itself loses out when that customer is forced to make repeat calls, listen to lengthy compliance scripts or read off payment information.

Delighting customers isn’t just a matter of good CX — it makes good business sense and helps boost common call center KPIs. Here, we’ll explore how call centers can improve efficiencies and streamline the end-to-end call center experience.

Hang Up On Long Call Center Waits And Painfully Slow Calls

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The Technology 202: Trump’s misleading claims about Section 230 could last beyond his showdown with Congress

  • “[Section] 230 has nothing to do with the military,” said Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), a Trump ally. “I agree with his sentiments, we ought to do away with 230 — but you can’t do it in this bill.” 
  • “I will vote to override,” Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), an Air Force veteran, tweeted in response to Trump’s veto threat. “Because it’s really not about you.” 

Whatever happens in the coming week, the issue certainly won’t go away. 

And Trump’s powerful megaphone, which he’s using to spread misleading claims about the law, could have a long-term impact on how some lawmakers approach Section 230 as they review the power and influence of technology companies – even after Trump leaves office. 

Here are some of the biggest myths the president has pushed this week: 

Trump made the misleading claim that Section 230 is a “liability-shielding gift from the

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How Tech Companies Can Use Providerless Technology To Help Fix Their Data Privacy Problem

Itay Levy is the CEO and Co-Founder of Identiq, the world’s first anonymous identity validation network.

I don’t think it’s a secret that the tech world has a data privacy problem. A series of scandals, from Cambridge Analytica to the Equifax data breach and many more, have made consumers aware that the convenience and connectivity we value so highly in our online lives are sometimes achieved at the cost of data privacy — and sometimes with frightening consequences. 

Confessions Of A Data Baron

I have a personal history with this problem. My first two startups were Buzzmetrics and Appoxee, which were acquired by Nielsen and Teradata, respectively. Both focused on collecting, analyzing and using consumer data. 

In both companies, huge amounts of data passed through our hands — a trust we were enormously careful to protect and use appropriately. But when I began my third startup, I started

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Helping Your Employees Adapt To New Technology

Co-Founder and CTO of STRATAFOLIO, an asset management, automation and analytics company servicing the commercial real estate industry.

Businesses have to evolve over time. Whether you’re replacing old, outdated technology or you need new solutions to keep up with your fast-growing business, you’re going to have to invest in new and improved technology.

Why Your Employees Need To Be On Board

Whenever you’re upgrading hardware or introducing new software, your goal as an employer is to get the most out of your tech investments. And in order to do that, you need your employees to be fully on board. This is often easier said than done! Not everyone is excited about the prospect of changing their daily routine around new technology. However, there are some things you can do to make it easier for everyone.

Set Your Employees Up for Success

Fear of the unknown, lack of communication,

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China Moves to Surpass US in Economics, Technology, Diplomacy and Military, Report Says

China is poised to overtake the United States in key economic and security areas, a development that could forever change the dynamic between the world’s two premier powers, according to a report released Tuesday by a congressionally mandated commission.

a close up of a flag: Chinese staff adjust U.S. and Chinese flags before the opening session of trade negotiations between U.S. and Chinese trade representatives at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on February 14, 2019. The world's top two economies managed to cool their trade war with a phase-one agreement at the beginning of this year but escalating tensions sparked in part by the COVID-19 pandemic brought Washington-Beijing ties to an all-time low in the modern era.

Chinese staff adjust U.S. and Chinese flags before the opening session of trade negotiations between U.S. and Chinese trade representatives at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on February 14, 2019. The world’s top two economies managed to cool their trade war with a phase-one agreement at the beginning of this year but escalating tensions sparked in part by the COVID-19 pandemic brought Washington-Beijing ties to an all-time low in the modern era.

The United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission, founded two decades ago to mark the beginning of “The American Century,” produces an annual report to Congress, detailing challenges to the bilateral ties between the

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5 Ways That Technology Can Transform Your Business

Many companies are already using technology to transform their business, but some have yet to take the plunge. If this is you, the time is right to jump in. In this world, technology is commonplace for almost every single person on Earth. It also affects businesses, no matter how big or small. And the fact is, technology has never been better. From assembly-line robots to computer software that gives you customer service AI, you can quickly bring your business into the 21st century. For those hesitant about investing in technology, here are five ways that it can help transform your business.

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1. Increase Productivity

In a major step to improve work efficiency, computer software is automating and assisting with day-to-day business operations. A manager can also quickly gather data and analyze precisely how staff spends their time. This way, they can delegate work to

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