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This year, Transform, the leading event on applied AI for enterprise business and technology decision makers, returns both in-person and virtually. We’re digging deep with two full weeks of the most critical topics in applied AI, including data, AI and the edge.

The Data Week kicks off the virtual coverage on July 20. Every day, in-depth talks and panels from leaders across industries will shine a light on a key topic in the data world. On Day One, (July 20) we’ll take a deep dive into data architecture, and on Day Two (July 21), it’s all about data governance. Day Three (July 22) brings a look at data analytics, or the AI that spins your data into gold.

Below you’ll find a closer look at the what’s happening in the world of data analytics, from leaders at FedEx, Orangetheory, Walgreens and more. (And don’t miss the agendas for Day One and Day Two).

A deep-dive into Data Analytics: July 22

The panels kick off at 9: 00 am PT with a look back at the historic winter storm Uri, which paralyzed much of the southern United states, and significantly impacted FedEx service levels for critical healthcare accounts. In this chat with Sriram Krishnasamy, CEO of Fedex Dataworks, you’ll learn how FedEx Dataworks leveraged AI to decongest the network and get lifesaving medical products to their destinations. You’ll also understand how the company’s fully automated dashboard empowers operators to manage exceptions, how data helps the team solve challenges in the face of a crisis and more.

Next up at 9: 20 am PT is a look at why data is valuable to companies of every size — and how simple data analytics can put your data to work even before you are ML-ready. Ameen Kazerouni, Chief Data & Analytics Officer at Orangetheory Fitness joins Allison Ryder, Senior Project Editor at MIT Sloan Management Review to talk about why it doesn’t take large ML and AI investments to start seeing immediate value in your data. Plus you’ll learn how basic data analytics methods and the right organizational structure can help drive even smaller, less technical companies toward digital transformation, and more.  

Walgreens is one of the world’s largest retail pharmacy healthcare destinations, with more than 450,000 team members globally, 13,000 stores across 25 countries and approximately 9 million store visits and online interactions with customers every year. At 9: 40 am PT, VentureBeat Executive Editor Llanor Alleyne will chat with Mike Maresca, CTO at Walgreens Boots Alliance to learn how Walgreens is using data and insights to transform the customer experience at every touchpoint.

The morning continues with a dive into the next era of personal mobility at 10: 00 am PT. Turo, a peer-to-peer car sharing company, is no stranger to using data and AI to make their customer experiences seamless. Now the company is using real-time analytics to ensure a safer ride for their customers. In this talk by Avinash Gangadharan, Chief Technology Officer at Turo, you’ll learn about the evolution of the company’s data feature sets to its final form: the Turo Risk Score, which is designed to deliver a safe transaction and experience for the entire community.

At 10: 20 am PT, dive into native parallel graphs, the most advanced type of graph analytics. Dan McCreary, Distinguished Engineer — AI at Optum, (the technology division of UnitedHealth Group) will sit down with Mike Booth, VP Americas Sales at TigerGraph, to talk about how UHG leverages TigerGraph technology. You’ll learn how the graph, with AI algorithms on top, can help not only monitor an enterprise but make predictions, to avoid problems before they happen, how UHG improved quality of care while lowering costs, and more.

Finally, welcome to our multi-cloud reality. Today a solid, cloud-agile strategy is a must for enterprises that need to stay at the leading edge. In this fireside chat, Shiv Ramji, Chief Product Officer at Auth0 and Andrew Davidson, SVP of Cloud Products at MongoDB, will talk about re-engineering global platforms for a multi-cloud world. You’ll hear about what growing competitive challenges to the Big Three hyperscalers mean, the growing number of data privacy laws and how they’re impacting organizations, the migration to the edge and more.


Two full weeks of VB Transform is coming up fast, so don’t forget to register now! 

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Join over 500 data and AI executives in-person to network with peers and hear success stories from c-level thought leaders on applied data and AI strategies.

July 20-22: The Data Week

July 26-28: The AI & Edge Week | Virtual 

Cutting across the most critical topics in Data and Al, pick, learn from wherever you are across the two weeks.

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The best mini dash cam is still down to its record-low Cyber Monday price

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One of Cyber Monday’s best dash cam deals was a lowest-ever price on the Garmin Dash Cam Mini 2 – and that offer is still available at Amazon, for now.

We rate the Dash Cam Mini 2 as the best compact dash cam you can buy and it’s also one of the best-value ones around thanks to Amazon’s 15% off deal, which takes it down to $109.99 (from its usual $129.99) (opens in new tab).

We’d expected the Cyber Monday deal to have gone by now, but it’s still going strong today. It isn’t clear how long it’ll be available for, though, so if you need a dash cam that just does the basics and shoots good-quality 1080p video, we’d suggest picking it up sooner rather than later.

In our review of Garmin’s tiny dash cam, which is about the size of a key fob, we praised its “focus on simplicity”, along with its “high-quality HD footage and useful set of voice control commands”.

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While the Garmin Dash Cam Mini 2 lacks premium features like 4K video recording or a rear screen, we think it nails the basics and offers great value, particularly in this post-Cyber Monday deal.

Because it’s tiny and weighs only 35g, it can hide away discreetly behind your rear-view mirror, which makes it particularly suitable for small cars. In our tests, we were also impressed with the quality of its 1080p video and 140-degree field of view, plus the handy voice controls.

And while the Dash Cam Mini 2 does also lack GPS, we found the Garmin Drive app – which is an important part of the dash cam experience – to be very polished and user-friendly. We had no issues with connecting it to the dash cam, which is where some models can slip up, and it’s free for iOS and Android phones.

Looking for a more traditional camera to help shoot photos and video outside your car? Check out our broader round-up of the best Cyber Monday camera deals that are still going. 

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No matter where you live, you’ll find all the lowest prices for dash cams from around the web right here, with offers available in your region.

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Mark is the Cameras Editor at TechRadar. Having worked in tech journalism for a ludicrous 17 years, Mark is now attempting to break the world record for the number of camera bags hoarded by one person. He was previously Cameras Editor at Trusted Reviews, Acting editor on Stuff.tv, as well as Features editor and Reviews editor on Stuff magazine. As a freelancer, he’s contributed to titles including The Sunday Times, FourFourTwo and Arena. And in a former life, he also won The Daily Telegraph’s Young Sportswriter of the Year. But that was before he discovered the strange joys of getting up at 4am for a photo shoot in London’s Square Mile. 

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Apple’s App Store Awards 2022 brings surprises and VR hype for next year

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Apple has announced the winners of the App Store Awards 2022, with BeReal – the new social platform that has you snapping and sharing a pair of photos (one from your phone’s front and one from the back camera) each day, took the App of the Year award this year.

The App Store Awards (opens in new tab) is a yearly event where Apple recognizes developers and the apps they’ve created that have made the biggest impact on its users and the company. Whether that’s in social media, games or sport, they take advantage of the hardware and software that Apple’s recently brought out.

There were a bunch of games that were highlighted this year, such as Wilde Flowers (opens in new tab) and Inua (opens in new tab) winning the Apple Arcade game of the year and Cultural Impact award respectively, while GoodNotes 5 (opens in new tab), developed Time Base Technology Limited, took the iPad App of the Year award.

It’s interesting to spot that there’s 16 winners here, rather than 15 of the previous years – that’s because there’s a new ‘China Game of the Year’ added to the roster, which only shows the breadth of how one country is making an impact on the App Store.

With this in mind, TechRadar reached out to the developers of Wylde Flowers, Gentler Streak and Inua about plans for their apps in the near future, after winning these awards from Apple.

Apple’s App Store shows no sign of slowing down

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Available on Apple Arcade (opens in new tab), Wylde Flowers is a game reminiscent of Animal Crossing and Stardew Valley, where you control the protagonist – Tara, building and running a farm during the day while also moonlighting as a witch during the night.

Developed by Studio Drydock, the developers told us that they were proud to receive the Apple Arcade game of the year, but that there’s also an upcoming update called ‘Endless Seasons and Romance’ – due for a December release – which will feature different weather effects and new content that players will be able to enjoy.

We asked the team if they would also include the ability to finally customize Tara, and while they said that they were aware of this request from many players, it wasn’t something that they were considering for the time being.

Gentler Streak on iOS and watchOS

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Inua (opens in new tab) is a time-traveling adventure game that makes for an immersive time on iPhone and iPad, and while developers Arte Experience told us that a version of the game appearing on Apple TV would make for a good next step when we suggested it, they didn’t confirm whether this is expansion would be in the game’s future.

Alongside this, Gentler Streak (opens in new tab) achieves the unique task of encouraging you to work out in a calm and concise way, with useful information inside a well-designed app. The team also confirmed that Live Activities – a feature from iOS 16.1 that allows widgets to show live updates on the Lock Screen – is coming to a future update of the app, alongside adding photos to workouts and more complications to the watchOS app.

Overall, it’s encouraging to see so many varied apps earning awards this year, although it would be nice to see another award that highlights accessibility; either as a separate award or included as a mention as part of other awards.

Regardless, with rumors of an Apple VR headset allegedly debuting in 2023, we could see a completely different App Store Awards next year. It’s a good time to be an Apple user, with the innovation that these independent developers are still bringing to the table, almost 15 years since the App Store debuted, alongside the iPhone 3G, back in 2008.

Daryl had been freelancing for 3 years before joining TechRadar, now reporting on everything software-related. In his spare time he’s written a book, ‘The Making of Tomb Raider’, alongside podcasting and usually found playing games old and new on his PC and MacBook Pro. If you have a story about an updated app, one that’s about to launch, or just anything Software-related, drop him a line.

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PwC report: 81% of executives anticipate a recession within the next six months

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Leading through turbulent times has become far too familiar for leaders; PwC’s new report found 90% of executives are concerned about macroeconomic conditions, including the Federal Reserve’s tightening cycle, higher cost of capital, and wages not keeping up with inflation. However, 82% remain confident about their ability to execute on digital transformation initiatives and 77% are confident they can achieve near-term growth goals.

Inflation is a looming threat, but large budget cuts can formulate the exact precarious situation companies hope to avoid. Rather than acting swiftly, the survey found executives are focused on planning for the potential timing and severity of a recession.

Executives are thinking about how to cut costs without reducing headcount, such as using automation and managed services for efficiency. CIOs still plan to invest in digital transformation.

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Implementing strategies for recession-proofing

Along with inflation fears, executives are worried about wage growth not keeping up with rising costs, and plan to reduce the number of full-time employees as a result. In fact, 81% of CHROs plan to implement at least one tactic to reduce their workforce, such as layoffs, voluntary retirement or not replacing people who leave on hiring freezes.

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The state of hybrid work remains a topic among executives. Two-thirds are concerned with a slower-than-expected returns to work. Many seek to implement on-site training, coaching and mentoring opportunities to attract employees. Executives are challenged to rethink the role of the office by creating a culture that fosters in-office participation.

While fears of a recession loom, not all hope is lost. Leaders are focused on growth and looking to enter a possible recession healthy and exit healthier. While conscious of their cost structure, it’s part of a bigger conversation about how they will transform their businesses for the future, rather than a knee-jerk reaction to current economic conditions. How well and how quickly they are able to execute will determine the outcome.

Effective strategic planning, investment in growth and continuous flexibility will see companies through growing concerns.

PwC’s report surveyed more than 650 business executives, including 91 CFOs and 94 CHROs.

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