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DocuSign Analyzer aims to save legal costs, labor with AI-aided contract negotiations
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DocuSign Analyzer aims to save legal costs, labor with AI-aided contract negotiations

Special Feature The new SMB stack Picking the right tech vendors for your small or medium-sized business can be hard, especially with the cloud and everything-as-a-service providers giving you access to enterprise-level IT. ZDNet helps SMBs build a technology stack that promotes innovation and enables growth. Read More DocuSign is launching DocuSign Analyzer, an artificial intelligence service, that aims to speed up contract negotiations, save billable legal hours and get better terms.The product, part of DocuSign's Agreement Cloud, uses AI to give legal and procurement teams insights about risks and opportunities. DocuSign Analyzer is also designed to spot errors and anomalies that can hamper deals. The technology behind Analyzer comes to DocuSign via the acquisition of Se...
Twitter hires new CISO in industry veteran Rinki Sethi
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Twitter hires new CISO in industry veteran Rinki Sethi

Image: Twitter (supplied) After leaving the position unfilled for months and suffering a major hack over the summer, Twitter has hired this week a new Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) in industry veteran Rinki Sethi.Sethi joins Twitter from her previous role as Vice President and CISO at Rubrik, a cloud data management company.Before that, Sethi also served as Vice President for Information Security at IBM, Vice President for Information Security at cyber-security firm Palo Alto Networks, Director & Head of Product Security at software giant Intuit, and in other cyber-security roles dating back to 2004, at companies like at eBay, Walmart, and PG&E.In her new role at Twitter, Sethi will report to Nick Tornow, Platform lead. She will oversee Twitter's information secu...
Storyblocks launches DIY tool to up-level Instagram, TikTok, YouTube content
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Storyblocks launches DIY tool to up-level Instagram, TikTok, YouTube content

Video creation skills have become essential for anyone who publishes content on the web in order to keep up with exploding global demand for visual digital content.But if you are short on skills, a new tool aims to help you get creative.Arlington, VA-based subscription stock video and images company Storyblocks, has launched Maker, a video creation and editing platform for creating videos.Storyblocks' Maker enables businesses and content creators to produce video content quickly, without the unnecessary complexity of existing video editors. Maker uses Storyblocks' royalty-free library of over 860,000 stock footage clips, music tracks, and photos accessible through an editor. You can add text, animations, branding, intros and outros to create your short promotional videos. Storyblocks The...
Australia’s report on agtech confirms technology can lead to a fertile future
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Australia’s report on agtech confirms technology can lead to a fertile future

The horizon scanning report on the future of agricultural technologies has identified how adopting new technologies -- such as sensor, robotic, artificial intelligence (AI), data, biotechnology, nanotechnology, and distributed ledger -- could improve the sector's productivity, diversity, and profitability. The Future of Agriculture Technologies report [PDF] was released by the Australian Council of Learned Academics (ACOLA) on Tuesday, after it was commissioned by Australia's chief scientist Alan Finkel, on behalf of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), to undertake the project. "Australia's diverse agriculture, fisheries, and forestry sector is a AU$69 billion industry … however, reaching the government's goal of AU$100 billion by 2030 will likely require more than ju...
Dell upgrades XPS 13 laptops with Intel’s new Tiger Lake processors
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Dell upgrades XPS 13 laptops with Intel’s new Tiger Lake processors

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1With Intel launching its latest batch of mobile processors -- the 11th-generation Tiger Lake family -- system makers are starting to announce new and updated laptops (even Chromebooks) that will take advantage to the performance boost and improved Iris Xe integrated graphics. Today Dell joins the roll-out with a refresh of one of the most popular Windows notebook lineups with Tiger Lake now inside. The XPS 13 and its variants -- the XPS 13 2-in-1 and the Linux-equipped XPS 13 Developer Edition -- are just the type of thin-and-light systems (all under 3 pounds) for which Tiger Lake was designed. Using updated LPDDR4 RAM (8GB to 32GB in the case of the XPS), the Iris Xe receives a substantial boost over previous Intel integrated GPU, while the 10-nanometer CPUs unlock more...
Arm swimming in a sea of uncertainty that could sink its business model
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Arm swimming in a sea of uncertainty that could sink its business model

When Nvidia announced its intention to purchase Arm in a $40 billion deal, it marked the start of an expected 18-month process that would see Arm shift from SoftBank to Nvidia. That period of time, even for a large transaction, is a long time, according to Gartner vice president analyst Alan Priestley. "They're obviously going to expect challenges. The fact that they're projecting it's going to take that time, a lot can happen in the [semiconductor] industry in 18 months," he told ZDNet. "A lot can happen in this world in 18 months so the market might be dramatically different at the end of this closed time." It was only a little under 18 months ago that the US really started ratcheting up its trade war with China by placing Huawei on its Entity List, which impacted Arm directly by forcin...
I risked staying in a hotel and I won’t do it again for a while
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I risked staying in a hotel and I won’t do it again for a while

What's that smell?Normal is new, but not necessarily improved. Coronavirus COVID-19 has utterly altered many of the things we used to take for granted.My wife and I used to enjoy the occasional escape. By changing locations, the hope was that we could escape our daily minds and return, even if briefly, to a heightened level of sanity.So, spurred by excessive nighttime mutterings at inanimate objects and curious, spontaneous daily ululations at walls, we booked a three-night stay at a hotel in wine country. Northern California wine country, that is.It's not such a long drive from home. And, to be frank, we just wanted to be somewhere else and sleep somewhere else.We chose a hotel we knew. It's part of a well-known chain. How different would it be? Most importantly, how would it make us...
Larger tablets revive tablet PC market during pandemic
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Larger tablets revive tablet PC market during pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic -- and the ensuing lock-down throughout the world -- has brought back a lot of things that had fallen a bit out of favor, like jigsaw puzzle family nights and drive-in movies. It's also given surprising new life to the tablet PC market, which cratered several years ago, but has come back to life, according to a new research report from Strategy Analytics. The tablet craze of the early 2010s waned as smartphones became bigger and more powerful while (usually) retaining pocket-friendly dimensions. But if you don't need a device in your pocket because you're stuck at home, and you're spending hours working or learning at school remotely, then the larger screen a tablet provides becomes a valuable advantage again. As a result, Strategy Analytics says the tablet market is...
This company’s Zoom policy may be the worst I’ve ever heard
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This company’s Zoom policy may be the worst I’ve ever heard

Oh, look. Marius is applying moisturizer. I tend to believe in the goodness of humanity. Except when it comes to love and money.Especially except when it comes to the love of money.So when working from home became compulsory for many, I worried some companies might take advantage.Some fine bosses have decided this is the perfect moment to spy on their employees, with the rise of helpfully intrusive new software.And then there's this. The company that insists employees are on Zoom all the time. Writing to workplace advice columnist Alison Green in New York magazine's The Cut, a troubled employee revealed that her -- unnamed, for obvious reasons -- company was now on one lifelong Zoom call. Speaking of her boss, the employee said: "He framed it as being for our benefit: useful for 'establ...
Best mouse in 2020: From SteelSeries to Logitech, the top mice compared
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Best mouse in 2020: From SteelSeries to Logitech, the top mice compared

COVID-19 has done more for working from home in a few months than I expected to see happen in a decade. People have left -- or been pushed out of -- their offices and have had to set up home office spaces, whether it's a simple desk in a spare room or a full-blown converted shed. Having the right equipment is essential for remote workers, as it can boost productivity and comfort. A good mouse, along with a good keyboard, makes a huge difference. Here are some of the top mice to buy. Most of them are great for all you left-handed people out there, too. Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Mouse 3600 There are a lot of cheap mice out there, but many fall into the cheap and nasty end of the spectrum. Microsoft hardware is good. Very good. In fact, this Bluetooth mouse will offer years...