How One Startup Built Better Health Insurance With the Magic of Data

For 12.2 Million Americans, signing up for health insurance in 2017 was a leap of faith: that Obamacare would make it through the year, that the health exchanges wouldn’t collapse, that premiums wouldn’t put their families on the street. For the 54,000 New Yorkers who used those exchanges to join Oscar—a millennial-beckoning insurance startup cofounded by Jared Kushner’s younger brother, Joshua—the 2017 enrollment period wasn’t just uncertain. It was, well, kind of bleak.

Watson to Enable In-Game Voice Interaction in Star Trek VR Game

IBM’s Watson first made headlines in 2011 when it was on the “Jeopardy” TV game show, and now it is boldly going to the final frontier, with the new Sony PlayStation virtual reality game “Star Trek: Bridge Crew.” IBM and game developer Ubisoft on May 11 announced that Watson VR Speech Sandbox will enable players to communicate in the new virtual reality game via voice.

Hackers Find Celebrities’ Weak Links in Their Vendor Chains

In December, hackers impersonating an executive at Interscope Records, the record label owned by Universal Music Group, managed to bypass all the latest in digital defenses with a simple email.

In a carefully tailored message, the hackers urged an executive at September Management, a music management business, and another at Cherrytree Music Company, a management and record company, to send them Lady Gaga’s stem files — files used by music engineers and producers for remixing and remastering.

Watch Hackers Sabotage an Industrial Robot Arm

When the cybersecurity industry warns of digital threats to the “internet of things,” the targets that come to mind are ill-conceived, insecure consumer products like hackable lightbulbs and refrigerators. But one group of researchers has shown how hackers can perform far more serious physical sabotage: tweaking an industrial robotic arm to cost millions of dollars worth of product defects, and possibly to damage the machinery itself or its human operator.

How the Coast Guard’s ugly, Epic EHR break-up played out

What began as a straightforward software contract with Epic resulted this week in the U.S. Coast Guard starting its entire EHR acquisition process over some seven years after it began. EHR implementations are notorious budget-busters often fraught with missed deadlines and other unforeseen complications, but for an organization to abandon the project altogether and embark on a new beginning is uncommon.

Luxury Fashion Finds Bigger Sales, Returns In Cloud

Net-A-Porter didn’t know how much money it was leaving on the table when the Web site failed to keep up with traffic. New microservices captured it.

Luxury fashion might seem to be an unlikely space to suffer from sudden onslaughts of high traffic, given the non-mass marketing approach that luxury by definition implies. If millions of consumers are involved, then how luxurious can it be

Seniors getting helping hand from new wearables

Wearables are now a significant part of corporate wellness and remote patient monitoring programs. However, long-term investment from seniors remains a challenge, despite an increasing need for seniors to have better healthcare options.

Garmin and Tactio Health Group, two major companies involved in telehealth and wearable technology, are combining forces to provide a telehealth solution specially designed to monitor the daily health and well-being of seniors.

Microsoft launches new IoT services for the enterprise

Microsoft is launching IoT Central today, a new Internet of Things (IoT) service that gives enterprises a fully managed solution for setting up their IoT deployments without needing the in-house expertise necessary for deploying a cloud-based IoT solution from scratch. It’s basically IoT-as-a-Service.

In addition, the company is bringing its Azure Stream Analytics to edge devices, making it easier to provision new IoT devices, and it’s launching a completely new analytics service for time series data.

Baidu to share self-drive car technology

Chinese internet giant Baidu has said it will share much of the technology it has created for its self-driving cars.

The firm predicted that the move would help drive the development of autonomous vehicles.

Called Apollo, the project will make a range of software, hardware and data services available to others, especially carmakers.