Microsoft is helping Abbey Road RED explore the future of music recording – Microsoft News Centre UK

Abbey Road Studios, the world-famous studio that was home to The Beatles and Pink Floyd, is trying to shape the future of music creation at its first hackathon using Microsoft technology.

The London studio’s audio technology incubator, Abbey Road RED, invited around 100 developers, technologists, designers and music producers to find new ways of capturing sound and revolutionising the engineering process.

Microsoft provided artificial intelligence technology and experts for the event, which will gather feedback on how the music industry could use its cognitive services.

“I’m incredibly excited to share some of the latest Microsoft AI tools with participants in the Abbey Road RED Hackathon,” said Noelle LaCharite, Leading Applied AI DevEx at Microsoft. “Our suite of AI technology, including object detection, sentiment analysis and natural language understanding, has awesome potential for musicians, engineers, audio programmers and designers.”

A 360-degree view of Studio One at Abbey Road Studios

The hackathon was held in Studio One, where Sir Edward Elgar performed Land of Hope and Glory in 1931 and was the recording venue for scores to The Lord of The Rings trilogy, Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, Gravity and Black Panther.

Start-ups and partners of Abbey Road RED demoed smart microphones, innovative instruments and chip-level hardware devices to inspire the hackers, while art/tech group Hackoustic built a sound art installation and performed at the end of the event.

Dom Dronska, Head of Digital at Abbey Road Studios, said: “In the same room that witnessed the inception of the recording industry, we embraced the next paradigm shift in music creation – exploring the influence of the newest technologies and high performance computing on our creative tools.

“For the first time ever, we brought together the brightest technologists and music producers and created a unique inspirational atmosphere where beautiful accidents can happen. Abbey Road’s sole reason of existence is to enable creativity in its many forms, and today we are employing AI and machine learning to see how music makers can apply technology in the post digital era.”

The main Microsoft prize went to Rapple for their AI-powered rap battle partner. The creation, which uses speech recognition software from Microsoft, listens to you freestyle using a beat and then responds on the same beat. It is hoped that the solution could help freestyle rappers to practice and inspire songwriters.

Microsoft is one of the world’s leading experts on AI, developing systems that are designed to help the environment and protect people across the world. In January, Microsoft published a book entitled The Future Computed: Artificial Intelligence and its role in society, which provides readers with the company’s view on where AI technology is going and the new societal issues it has raised.

As Microsoft continues to work towards breakthroughs in AI, RED is doing the same for recording. The incubator is currently exploring the use of spatial audio – a way of producing sounds in 360 degrees around a listener that creates results similar to those people hear in real-life.

Abbey Road RED was Europe’s first music technology incubator when it was launched in 2015. It finds and works with promising music technology start-ups to develop new products, and is now home to four companies – BroomX, Cotodama, Humtap and Lickd.

The incubator forms part of the legendary studios that recorded Pink Floyd, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran, Amy Winehouse and The Beatles, whose members were famously photographed crossing the road outside.

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LiveAction updates LiveNX network management service

LiveAction has updated its LiveNX network management service to LiveNX 8 after integrating Savvius technology. This latest version of the network performance management and diagnostics platform integrates flow data with packet capture and analysis.

As a network management service, LiveNX 8 is designed to improve network monitoring and diagnostics for network operations teams. It looks to identify root causes of network issues, so organizations can correct them. LiveNX 8 can also automate existing workflows.

This week, LiveAction also introduced LiveWire, an appliance designed for network edge deployment. It captures and converts real-time packet data, which feeds into the visualization engine of LiveNX 8.

Together, LiveWire and LiveNX 8 offer visual insights and analytics to traditionally “dark” environments, such as application classification; performance management for software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) deployments; or holistic visibility for legacy, multivendor edge switch environments. LiveWire use cases include branch wireless monitoring, point-of-sale transaction troubleshooting and voice-over IP troubleshooting.  

The LiveNX network management service uses a range of data sources, including various flow protocols, packet capture and analysis, Simple Network Management Protocol and API tools, providing network visibility across multifabric networks, including branch locations, WANs, SD-WANs, data centers and multi-cloud environments.

Kaloom, Red Hat partner for virtual central office service

Kaloom, a provider of automated data center networking software, has teamed up with Red Hat for a virtual central office (VCO) service for multivendor network functions virtualization (NFV) deployments at the network edge. The service looks to speed and simplify the deployment of value-added residential, enterprise and mobile services by telcos and enterprises.

Kaloom offers an automated VCO networking service with Red Hat’s NFV infrastructure. The service uses Kaloom’s programmable fabric, which can boost the performance and lower the latency of NFV applications. By using open source software-defined networking capabilities, the Red Hat VCO can support virtualized, next-generation mobile services and define a multivendor central office for both 4G and 5G technologies.

The Kaloom service looks to enhance CPU use for virtual network functions (VNF) applications by offloading service-chaining functionality and embedding it into the data plane. It also offers a way to program infrastructure using the open standards-based P4 programming language to add services and capabilities. In-band telemetry is offered to manage and support the VNF infrastructure at scale.

Through their collaboration, Red Hat and Kaloom aim to strengthen NFV infrastructure automation, potentially changing how cloud and data center networks are built, managed and maintained for operators, wireless providers, enterprises and cloud providers.  

Siemens, Aruba join forces for integrated networks

Digitalization, Industry 4.0 and industrial IoT are raising new challenges, because data must now traverse the boundary separating operational technology (OT) and IT. Typically, industrial OT networks are not coupled tightly with enterprise IT networks, which creates gaps in data and device visibility, application assurance and security.

To address this concern, Siemens and Aruba have teamed up to bridge the OT and IT worlds. The companies aim to support customers with reliable and secure data networks for high plant and network availability. Customers could benefit from integrated networks with interoperability from factory floors to corporate offices. Siemens provides industrial Ethernet network components, while Aruba offers wired and wireless LAN infrastructure.

The combined services offer wired and wireless networking products and related software that can be implemented through different channels, including the companies’ partner networks, with access to engineering and support experts.

The services aim to ensure network security that spans the IT and OT worlds. For example, Aruba’s 360 Secure Fabric for IT networks can be combined with Siemens’ Defense in Depth OT security concept. And because of varied customer security needs, Siemens and Aruba also aim to tailor security services to address specific customer requirements.

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Microsoft is helping Abbey Road RED explore the future of music recording – Microsoft News Centre UK

Abbey Road Studios, the world-famous studio that was home to The Beatles and Pink Floyd, is trying to shape the future of music creation at its first hackathon using Microsoft technology.

The London studio’s audio technology incubator, Abbey Road RED, invited around 100 developers, technologists, designers and music producers to find new ways of capturing sound and revolutionising the engineering process.

Microsoft provided artificial intelligence technology and experts for the event, which will gather feedback on how the music industry could use its cognitive services.

“I’m incredibly excited to share some of the latest Microsoft AI tools with participants in the Abbey Road RED Hackathon,” said Noelle LaCharite, Leading Applied AI DevEx at Microsoft. “Our suite of AI technology, including object detection, sentiment analysis and natural language understanding, has awesome potential for musicians, engineers, audio programmers and designers.”

A 360-degree view of Studio One at Abbey Road Studios

The hackathon was held in Studio One, where Sir Edward Elgar performed Land of Hope and Glory in 1931 and was the recording venue for scores to The Lord of The Rings trilogy, Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, Gravity and Black Panther.

Start-ups and partners of Abbey Road RED demoed smart microphones, innovative instruments and chip-level hardware devices to inspire the hackers, while art/tech group Hackoustic built a sound art installation and performed at the end of the event.

Dom Dronska, Head of Digital at Abbey Road Studios, said: “In the same room that witnessed the inception of the recording industry, we embraced the next paradigm shift in music creation – exploring the influence of the newest technologies and high performance computing on our creative tools.

“For the first time ever, we brought together the brightest technologists and music producers and created a unique inspirational atmosphere where beautiful accidents can happen. Abbey Road’s sole reason of existence is to enable creativity in its many forms, and today we are employing AI and machine learning to see how music makers can apply technology in the post digital era.”

The main Microsoft prize went to Rapple for their AI-powered rap battle partner. The creation, which uses speech recognition software from Microsoft, listens to you freestyle using a beat and then responds on the same beat. It is hoped that the solution could help freestyle rappers to practice and inspire songwriters.

Microsoft is one of the world’s leading experts on AI, developing systems that are designed to help the environment and protect people across the world. In January, Microsoft published a book entitled The Future Computed: Artificial Intelligence and its role in society, which provides readers with the company’s view on where AI technology is going and the new societal issues it has raised.

As Microsoft continues to work towards breakthroughs in AI, RED is doing the same for recording. The incubator is currently exploring the use of spatial audio – a way of producing sounds in 360 degrees around a listener that creates results similar to those people hear in real-life.

Abbey Road RED was Europe’s first music technology incubator when it was launched in 2015. It finds and works with promising music technology start-ups to develop new products, and is now home to four companies – BroomX, Cotodama, Humtap and Lickd.

The incubator forms part of the legendary studios that recorded Pink Floyd, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran, Amy Winehouse and The Beatles, whose members were famously photographed crossing the road outside.

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Zoho CRM Plus gets AI boost, aims to connect departments

The second version of Zoho CRM Plus signals a move for the CRM software vendor toward customer experience and unifying disparate customer data for users.

Zoho initially released Zoho CRM Plus four years ago, and the product’s latest upgrade, released Nov. 15, brings together sales, marketing and customer support to help customer data flow from one department to another and potentially reduce the problem of isolated data. Zoho also added more AI and analytics capabilities, as well as improved social media monitoring.

A possible differentiator for Zoho CRM Plus is that Zoho built all the applications in-house, rather than integrated by way of mergers or acquisitions.

“It’s been one of the hallmarks of Zoho — it’s completely organic when it comes to how they built their apps and platform,” said Brent Leary, a CRM and customer experience (CX) analyst. “Because all of their apps are built on the same underlying architecture, it makes it easier to put in the AI layer beneath it.”

Zoho continues to try to make itself an attractive CRM platform for SMBs with its suite of applications and relatively low price tag, according to Leary. But unlike enterprise options such as Salesforce or Microsoft Dynamics 365, Zoho still lacks some of the functionality and integration larger organizations need, he said.

Zoho released a new version of Zoho CRM Plus, adding AI capabilities and making it more unified for users across sales, marketing and support.
A screenshot shows Zoho’s new integrated dashboard, which enables users to combine sales and support analytics in one report.

The move toward CX

Zoho’s new release is part of a software industry move toward CX. And the trend toward experience management over relationship management is accelerating, according to Gartner. A 2017 Gartner survey showed that more than 66% of respondents said their companies compete on the basis of CX, and that percentage is expected to rise to 81% by 2019.

“It’s very difficult to bring these integrations into the fold manually,” said Taylor Backman, evangelist at Zoho. “By building this out natively, we see it as a next generation application and a chance to provide our users a customer experience platform.”

Zoho is looking to improve its market standing with its Zoho CRM Plus. In Gartner’s 2018 sales force automation report, Zoho was grouped with other niche players. Gartner noted that Zoho doesn’t differentiate between needs of SMBs and larger enterprises, and that its sales execution needed improvement, with customers citing problems with contracting and pricing processes.

It’s been one of the hallmarks of Zoho — it’s completely organic when it comes to how they built their apps and platform.
Brent LearyCRM and CX analyst

“There are still things Zoho needs to do to be more attractive to midmarket and enterprise companies,” Leary said. “Bigger operations are looking for system integrations, application partnerships and professional services.”

While there are advantages to Zoho CRM Plus and the vendor’s other productivity apps being built on the same infrastructure, it’s unlikely enterprises are willing to run their entire operation on a single platform and that integrations with third-party vendors are still needed, according to Leary.

Enhanced AI, social capabilities

Other features of the Zoho upgrade include a unified search application and unified configuration, which the company said would ease rollout to departments already using Zoho CRM.

Mirroring another market trend, Zoho is adding AI capabilities to Zoho CRM Plus with Zia, an intelligence assistant. Zoho previously integrated Zia into sales to help with voice dialing and email sentiment, but now the vendor has introduced the AI assistant into marketing with lead quality rating, lead trend monitoring and lead anomaly detection, as well as support with ticket tracking, ticket sentiment — the ability to understand customer emotion within service tickets — and auto-tagging within support tickets.

Zoho also added Zia voice chatbot capabilities, supporting natural language and chat interactions, to its Zoho Desk customer service module. Zoho also said it enabled improved social media monitoring, so users can turn any social media post into a customer service ticket with Zoho Social.

Users can upgrade to Zoho CRM Plus at no extra cost. The cost of the CRM system is $60 per user, per month on a monthly basis, or $50 per user, per month with an annual contract.

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    As mentioned in the title I am looking for an Intel Compute Stick (either an m3 or an m5), or an Azulle Access3.

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