Low code: A promising trend or a Pandora’s Box? | VentureBeat

The bottom line is this: No one can see the big picture when individual departments just look at their own technology needs. In the absence of departmental collaboration, it’s hard to create the right context for focusing on customer experience and end-to-end process performance. Unless it is deployed with care, low code is not likely to promote a systemic view; instead, it is likely to reinforce short-term thinking.

https://venturebeat.com/2021/07/24/low-code-a-promising-trend-or-a-pandoras-box/

Microsoft acquires security start-up CloudKnox

Microsoft said Wednesday it’s acquiring CloudKnox, a start-up whose software helps companies reduce the amount of access they provide to their cloud resources. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/07/21/microsoft-acquires-security-start-up-cloudknox.html

Updates to Microsoft Teams meetings, Search, and more—here’s what’s new to Microsoft 365 | Microsoft 365 Blog

We believe the future of work is hybrid and that the leaders of tomorrow will be the ones that empower their people to collaborate and be productive from anywhere, at any time. Earlier this month, we shared several new innovations to Microsoft Teams Rooms, Fluid, and Microsoft Viva designed to help people connect, engage, and stay in the flow of work as we all navigate the new hybrid work world.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2021/06/24/updates-to-microsoft-teams-meetings-search-and-more-heres-whats-new-to-microsoft-365/

Your Amazon Echo speaker is getting an update that matters | TechRadar

Amazon will be updating its plug-in Echo speakers with open-source platform Matter later this year, joining other big tech companies like Samsung, Google, Philips Hue and more in a joint effort to simplify the smart home setup process.

https://www.techradar.com/uk/news/your-amazon-echo-speaker-is-getting-an-update-that-matters

AI firm DeepMind puts database of the building blocks of life online | DeepMind | The Guardian

AlphaFold program’s prediction of nearly 20,000 human protein structures now free for researchers.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/jul/22/ai-firm-deepmind-puts-database-building-blocks-life-human-protein-structure-free-online

A Brand New Way to Boost Your Intelligence | Psychology Today

In the early 1900s, the French government passed a new law, which would require all children to attend school. Naturally, some children would need more specialized assistance and care than others. And so the ministry of education asked psychologist Alfred Binet to help them identify those students that were most likely to struggle in school.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/get-out-your-mind/202107/brand-new-way-boost-your-intelligence

Highly programmable quantum simulator operates with up to 256 qubits – Physics World

Physicists have demonstrated a large-scale, programmable quantum simulator, featuring a precisely-arranged two-dimensional array of 256 quantum bits (qubits). Designed by a team headed up at Harvard University, the system uses arrays of highly focused laser beams to trap individual atoms and drag them into desirable arrangements. The design, which the researchers describe in Nature, marks a key step forward in the global race to design larger, more reliable quantum computers, and could significantly improve their applicability in the near future.

https://physicsworld.com/highly-programmable-quantum-simulator-operates-with-up-to-256-qubits/