Algolia, an API-First Search & Discovery Platform, announced the acquisition of Search.io, whose flagship product is Neuralsearch – a vector search engine that uses hashing technology on top of vectors to provide price performance at scale. Algolia will combine its keyword search and Search.io’s Neuralsearch into a single API-First Search and Discovery platform with a hybrid search engine, which comprises both keyword and semantic search in a single API.
The combination of Algolia (with its keyword search) and Search.io (with its vector-based semantic search), enables Algolia to more effectively surface the most accurate and relevant results for users, whether they use specific keywords or natural human expressions. Many companies claim to offer some form of semantic search, however, these companies may not offer the capabilities of keyword search and vector-based semantic search in a single API cost-effectively, or the ability to scale. In essence, Algolia provides users with the ability to search as they think. With Search.io, Algolia aims to empower business users with a better way to manage the automation of unique and engaging end user experiences.
Ontotext introduced Ontotext Metadata Studio, built on top of the GraphDB and Ontotext Platform. Metadata Studio enables organizations to get more out of their content by unlocking new business models or achieving cost optimizations by putting their own Subject Matter Experts (SME) at the heart of text analysis.
With Ontotext Metadata Studio, organizations can use business analysts to define Semantic Objects as specific views, abstracting developers away from the complexity and peculiarities of the knowledge graph. This allows them to reference the pre-existing domain knowledge modeled in their ontologies and annotate relevant documents following the established Annotation Guidelines for the specific use case.
Ontotext Metadata Studio can be integrated with many text analysis services via GraphDB’s Text Mining Plugin, e.g., spaCy, IBM Watson, Amazon Comprehend, Google NLP, Ontotext Tag (powering the Ontotext NOW demonstrator), etc. This enables the evaluation of a service or the suitability of a combination of services for the currently explored use case against the ground truth data produced by the annotators. This can shorten the Time to market (TTM) for new product development.
Brave announced that more than 2 million Unstoppable domains can now be used to display decentralized websites in Brave, a secure and privacy-centric browser that allows you to explore the Internet without being tracked. Through the Unstoppable Domains integration with Brave, creators can build decentralized content with a domain that they fully own and control – or explore the nearly 30,000 websites and counting that have been created using an Unstoppable domain. Brave integration goes beyond .crypto to include more top-level domains such as .nft, .x, .wallet, .bitcoin, .blockchain, and .dao.
Through the Brave integration with Unstoppable Domains, domains like Sandy.nft and Brad.crypto function just like normal Web2 addresses, but are hosted on the InterPlanetary File System (IFPS), a decentralized, peer-to-peer network. Brave offers a browser with native support for IPFS—meaning you don’t need to take any additional steps, or download any additional software, to access decentralized sites. Navigating to an IPFS URL is as simple as clicking a link. Native support for IPFS is a key piece of infrastructure for decentralized websites where both the domain and Web content are owned entirely by the user and distributed across a network of nodes.
Optimizely, a digital experience platform (DXP) provider, today announced its Web Experimentation and Full Stack solutions are now available on the Google Cloud Marketplace, which makes it easy for Google Cloud customers to purchase both products. Optimizely’s experimentation solutions aim to remove the guesswork from delivering personalized, meaningful engagements through science-backed data to improve customer experience (CX) and drive business outcomes.
The launch comes six months after Optimizely announced it had entered a multi-year, strategic partnership with Google Cloud to deliver next-gen experimentation solutions and move its experimentation solutions to Google Cloud. As part of the ongoing partnership, Optimizely and Google Cloud will coordinate a joint go-to-market and sales execution strategy to seamlessly deliver scalable, end-to-end experimentation solutions to customers across the globe.
Umbraco announced US data hosting option. U.S. digital agencies and other organizations that are required to store data in-country can now use Umbraco Cloud to build their websites and other digital applications. Starting today, the content management system (CMS) provider will enable U.S. agencies and customers evaluating Umbraco Cloud as their development and hosting platform to choose a U.S. regional hosting option for improved performance and easier compliance with stringent data policies and privacy requirements.
Until now, the Umbraco Cloud development and hosting service has been located exclusively in Europe, close to Umbraco headquarters in Odense, Denmark. This hosting option has been used by more than 1500 international solution partners implementing Umbraco projects, with more than 200 of those partners in the U.S. alone.
Umbraco Cloud is a one-stop shop for Umbraco development and hosting with the open-source .NET CMS Core. All Umbraco Cloud projects are hosted on Microsoft Azure. The U.S. data center is located in Virginia. Umbraco Cloud offers a managed hosting infrastructure that actively monitors the service at all times (24/7), so agencies and customers can focus on developing their projects on Umbraco CMS.
Apollo GraphQL and MongoDB, Inc., announced a technology partnership that helps app developers build richer experiences faster, and reduce technical debt with a graph-native data layer. The partnership makes it easier for developers and teams to directly connect any supergraph powered by Apollo to a MongoDB Atlas database. Together, an Apollo supergraph and MongoDB Atlas create a composable and scalable GraphQL data layer. It provides developers with everything they need to efficiently use GraphQL:
- A unified API, so app developers can rapidly create new experiences
- A modular API layer, so each team can independently own their slice of the graph
- A seamless, high-performance, flexible data layer that scales alongside API consumption
MongoDB’s flexible database paired with the GraphQL query language allows developers to work with the database in the language of their choice with a standardized spec that has large community adoption. With the nested document model, developers can model and query data intuitively without the complexity of mapping GraphQL to relational data and defining relationships across tables. When used with MongoDB Atlas’s multi-region and multi-cloud capabilities, an Apollo supergraph gives its developers a GraphQL layer to create end-user experiences for their apps and services.
https://www.apollographql.com ■ https://www.mongodb.com
TransPerfect, provider of language and technology solutions for global business, announced that it has acquired UK-based Sterling Technology, a European provider of VDR (virtual data room) solutions for secure sharing of content, business process automation, and collaboration for high-stakes dealmaking. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Sterling’s VDR solutions enable seamless file sharing and content collaboration among all participants, increasing productivity and accelerating deal timelines while delivering security and end-to-end support. The company has helped users from over 187 countries and 90 industries complete thousands of deals. With offices in seven major European financial centers, Sterling delivers service on the most critical transactions for the M&A, corporate development, real estate, capital markets, private capital, banking, and legal communities.
Sterling will continue to be led by CEO Geoff Keating, who, along with the rest of the company’s leadership, will join TransPerfect’s senior management team. Keating has served as CEO since 2008 and has led the company’s ascent to its position both before and after its separation from Sterling Financial Print.
https://www.transperfect.com ■ https://www.sterlingvdr.com
The Joomla! project announced the release of Joomla 4.2 (now 4.2.2). The open-source web content management system (CMS) continues Joomla 4’s focus on accessible web design and brings new features. With Joomla 4.2.2, codenamed Uaminifu, we have new and improved features for bloggers and authors, web designers, extension developers and web agencies. What’s new in Joomla 4.22:
- Keyboard Shortcuts for Accessibility
- Multi-Factor Authentication (replaces Two-Factor Authentication)
- Windows Hello support in WebAuthn
- User-defined hide table columns
- Allow typing in the media field
- Indicate if the category is not published
- Allow to disable session metadata tracking for guest users
- Reduce the number of permission columns
- Smart Search: Allow fuzzy word matching
- Package filter in the Extensions: Manage page
- There are also many feature improvements included.
Joomla 3.10 is released alongside Joomla 4 as the last minor release of Joomla 3. Joomla 3.10 will continue to be supported with security fixes until 17th August 2023. As it is now a year since the release of J4.0, you should be planning or in the process of migrating to the latest version of Joomla. We provide resources to help with the migration on the documentation site.