Preservica announced Preservica Starter, a new set of free (forever) and low-cost (from $199 per month) digital preservation solutions, making it easy and affordable for institutions of all sizes to preserve, curate and share digital content online in minutes. Starter edition combines Preservica’s active digital preservation technology with a new intuitive user interface to make it easy for archivists and records managers to quickly build a digital archive to showcase to colleagues, stakeholders and the public, safe in the knowledge that all the vital steps to keep content safe and usable over decades are automatically taken care of. The free solution is hosted in the cloud with 5GB of secure AWS storage, with no software downloads required. All stored data is resilient and includes duplicate copies to ensure integrity and accessibility. Preservica Starter solutions are the result of collaboration between the archives and records management community and Preservica, with dozens of participants from academic, public sector and culture and heritage institutions contributing to its design and testing using real digital collections.
Triton Digital announced they have expanded the multilingual capabilities of the Omny Studio podcast management platform to six languages. In addition to English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese, the platform is now available in German and Italian. In addition to a multilingual CMS, the Omny Studio platform also supports the translation of embed players that match users’ browser language, which includes both German and Italian.
ReadSpeaker, an independent digital voice partner for global businesses, announced it has partnered with SoundHound, Inc., provider of voice AI and conversational intelligence technologies to include ReadSpeaker’s text-to-speech (TTS) technology on the Houndify Voice AI platform. Developers using Houndify will have the ability to add ReadSpeaker’s hyper-personalized and lifelike voices to their custom voice assistants. This capability is critical as personalized text-to-speech voices allow brands to be in complete control over every aspect of their conversational UI. Houndify is an independent voice AI platform that provides a full stack of tools and technologies needed for brands to create custom voice assistants with speed and accuracy. By leveraging their proprietary Speech-to-Meaning and Deep Meaning Understanding technologies, Houndify enables voice assistants to understand even the most complex and compound queries using natural language understanding.
Digital asset management (DAM) and product information management (PIM) company Widen announced a collaboration with digital experience platform (DXP) company, Jahia. The integrated partnership will enable Widen and Jahia to better support brands and businesses to digitally transform their customer offerings on a global scale. With a brand’s perception and recognition built on how the brand is seen by the world, the value of its digital assets is rising. Today’s marketing teams need better accessibility, quicker application, and less duplication of data in order to better carry out their roles of delivering the highest value to their customers. A flexible architecture, cloud infrastructure, and wide integration capabilities make Jahia suited to help marketers take full advantage of their Widen assets. Combining Jahia and Widen enriches Jahia-powered websites and applications with Widen’s DAM capabilities, enabling mutual customers to:
- Easily find and add Widen assets to their Jahia content
- Benefit from lighter and faster pages with Widen’s dynamic image resizing capabilities
- Integrate in real time, ensuring Widen assets are always up-to-date in Jahia
- Track usage and engagement via Widen’s asset-level analytics
Microsoft announced a number of updates for Macs and new versions of Microsoft 365 for Mac apps that run natively on Macs with M1. Office apps, Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote will take full advantage of the performance improvements on new Macs. The new apps are Universal so they will continue to run on Macs with Intel processors, and have been redesigned to match the new look of macOS Big Sur. Microsoft Teams is currently available in Rosetta emulation mode on Macs with M1 and the browser. We are working on universal app support for M1 Macs and will share more news as our work progresses.
The new Outlook for Mac is redesigned to match the look of macOS Big Sur, and an updated Office Start experience for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote for Mac that incorporates the Fluent UI design system. There is now support for iCloud accounts in the new Outlook for Mac. Other office productivity tools include natural language search, data extraction from photos to Excel, voice command additions, additional synchronization and sharing tools, a new modern commenting experience in Word for Mac, and Microsoft Information Protection sensitivity labels to classify and protect data through manual and automatic content labeling. For more details and availability see:
Quantum Corp. announced it has acquired Square Box Systems Ltd, a specialist in data cataloging, user collaboration, and digital asset management software. The acquisition builds on Quantum’s portfolio that classifies, manages, and protects data across its lifecycle by adding technology to enrich video, digital images and other forms of unstructured data. This acquisition will help companies unlock the business value contained in their data, both on-premises and in the cloud. Square Box Systems’ main product is CatDV, a media management and workflow automation software platform that helps organizations with large volumes of media and metadata to organize, communicate and collaborate more effectively. CatDV leverages artificial intelligence and machine learning technology to make it easier for businesses of any size to catalog and analyze digital assets such as video, images, audio files, PDFs, and more; enable advanced search across local and cloud repositories; and provide access control across the full data lifecycle for secure sharing and data governance.
Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC) announced that it has built on earlier advances in “meaning- aware” Quantum Natural Language Processing (QNLP), establishing that QNLP is quantum-native with expected near-term advantages over classical computers. Natural language processing (NLP) is at the forefront of advances in contemporary artificial intelligence, and it is arguably one of the most challenging areas of the field. “Meaning-aware” NLP remains a distant aspiration using classical computers. The steady growth of quantum hardware and notable improvements in the implementation of quantum algorithms mean that we are approaching an era when quantum computers might perform tasks that cannot be done on classical computers with a reasonable amount of resources in a repeatable manner, and which are important and suitable for everyday use. In papers posted on arXiv – the scientific e-print repository, CQC’s scientists provide conceptual and mathematical foundations for near-term QNLP in quantum computer scientist-friendly terms. The paper is written in an expository style with tools that provide mathematical generality.
Aiming to canonically combine linguistic meanings with rich linguistic structure, most notably grammar, Professor Bob Coecke (Oxford University) and his team have proven that a quantum computer can achieve “meaning aware” NLP, thus establishing QNLP as quantum-native, on par with the simulation of quantum systems. Moreover, the leading Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum (NISQ) paradigm for encoding classical data on quantum hardware – variational quantum circuits – makes NISQ exceptionally QNLP-friendly.
DataStax announced a new API stack for modern data apps. Stargate, an open-source API framework for data first unveiled this summer, is now generally available in DataStax’s Astra cloud database and for free download on GitHub. The integration of Stargate into Astra enables developers to use any data store for modern data apps by adding support for new APIs, data types, and access methods. Developers no longer need to work with different databases and different APIs to power modern data apps. Developers can build data apps with:
- Apache Cassandra: the open-source NoSQL database to manage data at global-scale.
- K8ssandra: an open-source distribution that enables elastic scale for data on Kubernetes.
- Stargate: an open-source API framework that enables developers to use their choice of schemaless JSON, GraphQL, and REST APIs.
And benefit from:
- Choice of APIs — Developers can use their choice of the REST API, GraphQL API or schemaless Document API to access data.
- No modeling — By using the Document API, developers can store JSON objects in Astra, without doing up front modeling. Developers can easily prototype without having to pre-define schema and queries.