10 tech gadgets savvy consumers are looking forward to in 2020

Though we’ve faced many challenges this year around the world, hope remains in the advancement and progress of cutting edge technology. These new tech gadgets are devices meant to help us sharpen our senses, enhance our productivity, and make our lives easier in ways big and small.

Though many companies have had to scale back their plans for this year, 2020 has still been an exciting year for tech enthusiasts and even more exciting products are yet to come! From watches to phones to software enhancements and smart office tools, there’s no shortage of productivity-boosting tech gadgets to be excited about this year.

With three months of 2020 left, our friends over at Autonomous have some picks for this year’s hottest tech gadgets… including some that have yet to be released!

10. Playstation 5

Ok so, this may not be the greatest productivity tool, but it’s important to get your

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tech CEOs to defend key internet law before Congress

The CEOs of Facebook, Twitter and Google are expected to tell lawmakers in a rare appearance before Congress that a federal law protecting internet companies is crucial to free expression online.



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Wednesday’s hearing with Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Sundar Pichai will take place less than a week before election day and was convened to address section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a law underpinning US internet regulation that exempts platforms from legal liability for content generated by its users.



Mark Zuckerberg standing in front of a flat screen monitor: Mark Zuckerberg testifies before lawmakers on 29 July.


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Mark Zuckerberg testifies before lawmakers on 29 July.

The hearing will investigate “how best to preserve the internet as a forum for open discourse”, according to the Senate judiciary committee, and it comes largely in response to allegations of anti-conservative bias in the tech world.

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Senate Republicans indicated they wanted to question Pichai and Zuckerberg in October

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All eyes on Azure growth as tech giant reports its fiscal first quarter

Microsoft will report its fiscal first quarter earnings Tuesday afternoon. Analysts are keeping a close eye on the company’s cloud division, particularly as the COVID-19 pandemic and related stay-at-home orders increase demand for its products and services. Wall Street expects revenue of $35.7 billion, up 8% year-over-year, and earnings per share of $1.54, up 12%.



Satya Nadella standing in front of a forest: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop)


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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop)

Dan Ives, an analyst with Wedbush, said Azure growth will likely be in the 50% range, citing strong deal activity as more companies accelerate their digital transformation and cloud strategy.

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“We believe Azure’s cloud momentum is still in its early days of playing out within the company’s massive installed base and the Office 365 transition for both consumer/enterprise is providing growth tailwinds over the next few years,” Ives wrote in a research note last week.

Revenue growth in Azure was

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Deep tech VC fund The Engine raises $230M for its second fund from MIT and new backer Harvard

Deep tech. Hard tech. Or, as The Engine dubs it, Tough Tech.

Venture investing today is essentially identical to what happens on Wall Street, focused on data rooms, spreadsheets, SaaS churn models and cohort analysis. Yet, the history of venture capital firms is heavily interwoven with universities and their research. Some of the most famous VC funds like Kleiner Perkins got their start funding compelling research projects out of laboratories and financing their commercialization toward scale.

Technical risk is something many VCs like to avoid, but The Engine has built an entire brand and thesis around it. Centered around Kendall Square and the broader MIT ecosystem, The Engine debuted a couple of years ago with a focus on “tough tech” problems that are perhaps a touch too early for other VCs. That’s led to investments in companies like Boston Metal, which builds environmentally-friendly steel alloys, WoHo, which is rethinking modular

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AnyVision Appoints Silicon Valley Tech Veteran Avi Golan as its New CEO

AnyVision, a global leader in visual AI software, announced today the appointment of Avi Golan as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective November 1, 2020. Mr. Golan is a 20-year Silicon Valley veteran who has held key leadership roles at companies like Google, Intuit, Air New Zealand and most recently, SoftBank.

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AnyVision Appoints Silicon Valley Tech Veteran Avi Golan as its New CEO (Graphic: Business Wire)

As CEO at AnyVision, Mr. Golan will draw on more than 30 years of experience in operations, technology innovation and business to harness AnyVision’s exceptional growth and transform it into a technology giant in the visual AI space.

Mr. Golan brings to the role a proven track record of leading and growing businesses, building strategic partnerships, and executing successful transactions. In his position as Operating Partner at SoftBank, Mr. Golan identified compelling strategic

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Volvo outshines all others in 2020 J.D. Power tech study

Swedish automotive brand Volvo Cars has been bestowed with the highest overall rank in a recent major technology study.

Based on the J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Tech Experience Index (TXI) Study SM, Volvo received the highest Innovation Index score among all competitors (617 out of 1,000). According to the study, drivers appreciated the Oncoming Lane Mitigation (known as Automatic Emergency Steering in the study) Cross Traffic Alert with auto brake (Front and Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Rear Automatic Braking), and Pilot Assist (Active Driving Assistance), among other technological features fitted in today’s Volvo vehicles—a testament to the Swedish luxury brand’s focus on safety.

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Volvo Car USA Senior Vice President Americas President and CEO Anders Gustafsson noted Volvo’s commitment to producing safer cars.

“At Volvo we believe in applying technology with purpose, not just for the sake of it,” Gustaffson said. “We have always been about safety.

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Tech giants call for more content liability protection in the EU



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Facebook, Twitter, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and other tech giants have urged the European Union for more liability protection to help them tackle illegal content and hate speech. Edima, an association that represents the companies, argued stronger protections would result in “better quality” moderation by companies of user-generated content.

As things stand, those companies do have liability protection under EU rules, as long as they don’t have “actual knowledge” of hate speech or illegal content on their platforms. Once such material becomes known to them (such as when it’s flagged by a user), they have to remove that content quickly. According to Bloomberg, the companies are concerned that if their own systems detect harmful or illegal content, that could be considered as them having “actual knowledge”

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Tech in 2020 and beyond: What we’ve learned at the GeekWire Summit, and what to expect this week

Moderator Tyra Mariani, left, president of Schultz Family Foundation, leads a “Future of Education” panel discussion at the 2020 GeekWire Summit in Seattle with Dr. Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd College; Diane Tavenner, co-founder and CEO of Summit Public Schools; and Jessie Woolley-Wilson, CEO of DreamBox Learning. (GeekWire Photo)

We’ve reached the third and final week of the 2020 GeekWire Summit, and like many of you who’ve been joining us for this virtual event, we’re still buzzing with insights on the future of education, travel, biotech and other topics that we explored with our speakers in our second week.

Up next: the evolution of the workplace, the future of healthcare, and the state of tech in 2020 and beyond. Our speakers and moderators this week include journalists from the New York Times. CNBC, STAT and Axios, plus leaders from Google, Microsoft, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the

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SAP Sends Warning for U.S. Tech Earnings With Dire Forecast

(Bloomberg) — Dire earnings results at SAP SE cut 28 billion euros ($33.1 billion) from the German software company’s market value in a matter of minutes, sending a warning to tech investors about the health of sector.

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In a surprise release late Sunday, SAP, one of Europe’s largest tech companies, cut its revenue forecast for the full year and said it expected the fresh wave of Covid-19 lockdowns to hurt demand through the first half of 2021. The results caused shares to fall the most since 1999.

SAP’s collapse caused the wider tech market to drop, with Europe’s Stoxx Technology index falling as much as 6.3%, its biggest one-day loss since March. Shares at Salesforce.com Inc.– SAP’s main rival — fell 3.1% in New York. Oracle Corp. dropped as much as 5.4%, the most in four months.

“SAP is a bellwether stock for European technology and global software,”

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German tech firm SAP drops as much as 17% after cutting 2020 outlook due to slow recovery from coronavirus pandemic

  • SAP shares fell as much as 17% after the German software maker cut its 2020 business outlook, citing a slower recovery than anticipated for many of its key clients from the pandemic.
  • Germany’s biggest software maker cut its business outlook for 2020 to to €27.2 to 27.8 billion ($32.1-32.8 billion) from a previous estimate in April of €27.8 to 28.5 billion ($32.8-33.7 billion).
  • SAP said it would now target an expansion in its cloud computing division to more than €22 billion ($25.98 billion) by 2025, from €1.984 billion ($2.34 billion) in the third quarter of this year. 
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Shares in German software maker SAP fell by more than 17% on Monday, after the company cut its 2020 outlook, citing a slower-than-expected recovery from the coronavirus pandemic for many of its key customers.

SAP, Germany’s largest software firm, cut its full-year

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