Open source, a suitable vector of discovery in quantum computing? That’s what IBM’s Quantum Division thinks, bringing together researchers, scientists, academics, hobbyists and businesses from the Qiskit community.
This open-source framework based on IBM’s quantum computing software gives everyone access to the real capabilities of quantum computing in the cloud. Launched just over a year ago, the Qiskit (Quantum Information Science Kit) program is a continuation of the IBM Quantum Experience program, also known as IBM Q Experience, which, for the first time, made quantum computers available to researchers and developers in the cloud to enable them to explore this new way of processing data.
With Q Experience, fans have been able to create games and compose music using real quantum computers, and scientists and researchers are using qubits to solve problems that were once too difficult to solve.
Since the launch of Qiskit in 2017, the success of community involvement has surprised many people. The community regularly organizes the submission of articles. To date, 120 contributions about Qiskit appeared in one form or another. It also organizes teaching contests as part of a program called IBM Q Awards. For example, it’s about designing the best quantum mechanics courses, using Qiskit, or writing the best tutorial on quantum computing concepts that the framework can answer.
Applications in Quantum Mechanics
While the fashion of quantum computing (often disconcerting) is easier to understand through fun projects such as games or musical composition, the access provided by Q Experience has significant implications in the field of research. Just five years ago, to carry out a quantum experiment, you had to be part of a laboratory, and you had to play with the systems yourself. Sometimes, researchers were able to perform simulations to verify the functioning of the concepts of quantum mechanics. Today, almost everyone can access a real quantum system through the cloud.
It is clear that this new and exciting field is still in its infancy and that researchers are beginning to explore it and imagine possible applications of quantum computing. The potential for evolution and discovery will be enormous. At least, that’s what everyone expects. There have already been some fundamental discoveries about the possible use of the quantum computer. It is a very active field, and we can assume that in the next decade there will be many exciting novelties. Hopefully, the academic community will use these tools that were not available just five years ago. Today these systems are available, and scientists developed many tools such as Qiskit. It is an excellent learning opportunity if only to make more concrete the concepts learned in the university. With them, we can execute the code and see it in action.
They are about twenty, half computer scientists, half linguists, and they already challenge Google. They work for DeepL, an online machine translation service, boosted with artificial intelligence. Focus on this start-up created in Cologne, Germany.
Launched in August 2017, DeepL offers 42 combinations from seven languages: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Polish and Dutch. “We plan to launch more languages in a few months,” says J. Kutylowski, the company’s technical director. Chinese, Japanese, Russian and Portuguese are on the way.
But already, the translations are much more natural than those of Google Translate, according to the results of the reference tests “BLUE” (Bilingual Evaluation Understudy), put forward by DeepL and confirmed in particular by TechCrunch.
A billion text’s collection
For this result, DeepL relies on its first product, Linguee, a database of texts already translated and collected via Webcrawlers. Since its launch in 2009, Linguee has collected a billion translations and “responded to more than 10 billion requests from more than a billion users,” DeepL assures. DeepL, like deep learning, is therefore a neural network that is now convolutional and runs on a supercomputer based in Iceland.
Huge machinery for a company that is still a start-up. “Linguee was initially financed like everyone else via investment funds,” explains Mr Kutylowski. Its first capital raising in 2011 was initiated by Swiss BTov partners, Ukrainian TA Ventures and British N. Waesche, says Crunchbase. According to the German business register, DeepL posted a net income of 1.3 million euros in 2017.
Advertising and development
“Linguee works through advertising. DeepL is freely accessible on the internet but we are starting to develop the commercial offer for companies by adapting our software according to needs,” says Mr Kutylowski. DeepL also concludes contracts with translation companies, charging by the number of signs.
Translation agencies, international companies that want to translate their internal documents quickly… “the range of our clients is quite wide and spread all over the world,” he says.
Growing up without selling?
Still start up or already SME? “Between the two”, notes the technical director, “for the long term, we are an SME. For the agile structure and with a horizontal hierarchy, we look more like a start-up. Even if we prepare to grow, we want to keep this atmosphere.
Led by former DropBox alumnus L. Fink and Google researcher G. Frahling, the company employs 23 DropBox alumnus Leonard Fink people in Cologne and 500 external editors. For the time being, DeepL focuses on improving language quality and remains discreet about its ambitions. “We are not building a company to sell it,” says J. Kutylowski.
It’s official, from March 2019, Stride and HipChat users will have to switch to Slack. The $5 billion collaborative discussion platform signs a new partnership with Atlassian. A strategic move not to compete with Microsoft’s messaging Teams.
Atlassian and Slack announced their brand new partnership in a press release published on August 16, 2018. The acquisition of HipChat and Stride, created in 2017 by Altassian, is proving to be strategic to strengthen Slack’s position against Microsoft’s Teams, its biggest competitor that continues to conquer organizations, and has just released its free version.
Preparing the smooth replacement of HipChat and Stride
The announcement of this acquisition is accompanied by a closing date for both platforms: 16 March 2019. The amount of the transaction has not been specified, but according to the Financial Times, Slack will spread payments over the next 3 years, and Atlassian will be one of the new company’s shareholder. The platform for collaborative discussions for businesses (and individuals, rarer) says that “Slack has been using Atlassian products for years, and Atlassian’s 2500 employees will start using Slack. We are committed to making the same operation as easy as possible for our customers.”
Everyone wins: Slack removes one of its competitors from the market to consolidate its leadership position and Atlassian can continue to develop new technical solutions to improve the platform with its teams. Initially, the goal will be to reinforce certain integrations between Slack and Jira Cloud, Bitbucket Cloud and Trello, then to think about other Atlassian product integrations. The two “partners” should say a little more at the Atlassian conference in Madrid, October 4 to 7, 2018.
A strategic response to competitor Microsoft
This partnership looks like a strategic reinforcement operation for Slack, facing the place occupied by its rival Microsoft with its collaborative work tool Teams. Launched for good in 2017, Microsoft’s business discussion platform is based on Skype and Office, enabling it to offer a range of services with which its customers are already familiar. In a little over a year, the application has developed in no less than 140 countries and has been available in 36 languages.
Since July 14, 2018, the free version of Teams, which mainly targets VSEs and SMEs (300 users maximum per workspace), could propel it even more to the forefront. Microsoft claims 200,000 user organizations, and 100 million active users. Direct access to video calls, cloud, email in conversations and calendars with Skype, OneDrive, Outlook and Office calendars is a particularly comprehensive and attractive service. Especially since Teams is part of some subscriptions to the Office 365 suite.
Slack vs Teams
However, while Teams is doing well in making up for lost time, Slack remains ahead, with 500,000 organizations using him. The latter has 8 million active users per day, including 3 million who pay. For the start-up, valued at 5.1 billion dollars since July 2017, this new acquisition could well increase its value on the market, and compensate a little for the lack of evolution since the arrival of its biggest competitor. In addition, it also has integrated external services, since its collaboration with Google announced in December 2016: Git Hub, Google Drive and Dropbox allow it to maintain competition at the level of information storage against Microsoft’s wide panel.
Other similar platforms are developing. Facebook has entered this market with Workplace, but it has just over 30,000 registered organizations, making it a competitor. It is nevertheless trying to gain ground by announcing the acquisition of Redkix on Thursday 28 July 2018. The amount of the transaction has not been disclosed, but this Israeli courier service will close to strengthen Workspace. A smaller operation than that of Slack, but which shows that this last one does not frighten newcomers on this market.
A lot of businesses today are looking for new ways on how to improve their performance and how they can maximize the working hours of employees. Often times, it is quite expensive to find solutions. The good news is that there are now web apps that can speed up the way people work and interact within the workplace. How exactly can your business benefit from the availability of web apps?
Cut the cost
If you are running your own business, the number one reason to go after a web app is that you no longer have to buy a software. That means that you can simply use a tool that is available online. Google provides different types of web apps that can be used for free. You can use Google Drive that can store different types of files. And though you will have to buy a subscription in order to get more from your account, you still get something for free.
Do you tend to work with freelancers or with people who are working remotely? Web apps can change the way things are done in your office. You can have people collaborate and work on a document. In addition to this, it becomes easier to take a closer look at the development of a particular project. You don’t have to pass one document from one person to the next.
What makes web apps a good thing is that you can also assign the roles. This means that they can simply view the document or they can also edit the document. This means that you can minimize the mistakes that are being done by people within the team.
Choose from a variety of tools
What you can also do is to choose from a variety of tools that can help your business. Do you need a web app that would address your need for a content? For this scenario, you can make use of Google Docs. Google Docs is a good way for editors and copywriters to collaborate. So what if you need to prepare a worksheet that involves numbers? You also have a particular Google web app for that. You can share these files with other people in order for them to work with them simultaneously as well.
Keep Everyone at Same Page
Since everyone can work on one document, it is easier to keep everyone on the same page. This means that it could minimize miscommunication. There is also a chat functionality on different web apps. This means that you can easily communicate with the team what you want to happen. And also, the entire team sees a clear picture of what has to be done because they have access to the account.
Save on space
And since web apps are basically online, you don’t have to worry about saving the file in your computer. You can save space and therefore worry less about the wear and tear of your computers.
Web apps can do wonders for different businesses. You just have to take a closer look at these different web apps and see which one works best for you.
Planning to work on your own time? Or maybe, you want to earn more than what the usual 9 to 5 job brings? Then maybe, you might want to become a freelancer. Unfortunately, you will need to make sure that you are more organized if you plan on getting a lot of work. If you really want to increase your productivity and get more work done, you will need to have web apps.
What makes web apps handy for freelancers? One, you can have notifications regarding different work that you need to do. This way, you will stay on schedule and monitor your productivity. Next, it becomes easier to collaborate with other team members. Also, a lot of these apps are usually free. However, there are those apps wherein you have to pay a small amount. So what are the best web apps that you need to use as a freelancer?
Whether you are going to write an instruction or if you are going to write a copy that will be handed to an editor, a Google Docs can help make things easier. It also becomes easier to note the different mistakes that need some correction.
Google Spreadsheet is another tool that can change the way a team operates. If your work requires numbers and other things that make monitoring easier on a weekly or a monthly basis, then Google spreadsheet is a great tool that you can use. It can easily be used simultaneously by different users. In addition to this, there is also a chat function that allows users to interact with each other while the spreadsheet document is opened.
Now, if you want to save files and be able to access them remotely or share them with other people, you can have Dropbox. The thing with Dropbox is that it functions similarly as Google drive. It can also be used on your mobile device, and even use it to store your photos that can be used for posting on social media such as Instagram and Facebook.
Of course, communication is a must if you plan on becoming a freelancer. One of the most popular web app for communication is Skype. What makes Skype a good option? Not only does it have a chat that you can use to communicate with clients and team members, it can also be used for video calls as well. And of course, you can also send files that can be used for work.
If you are working with a good number of other freelancers as a manager, then what you can use is Basecamp. Not only is this tool a great way to manage tasks, it can also be a good option to communicate with team members easily.
If you are going to work as a freelancer, it is imperative that you can do a lot of work in a short period of time. Web apps don’t do things for you, but it can definitely lighten up the load. With web apps, it can also make communication better when you work with other people from other parts of the world.
A lot of businesses wanted to get more people in order for them to get more work to be done. But what if you don’t have to really work hard? What if you can actually just work smarter? That’s exactly what web apps can bring to the table. Web apps allow you to get the most out of your employees. And most of the time, all that you have to do is to actually stick to the best ones out there. So what are the best options?
Dropbox- It is a great app that can lessen the load on your computer. You can get some files off your computer and into your Dropbox account. However, there is a limit to how much you can place in your Dropbox. If you want to expand your subscription, you would need to pay for this.
Mailbox- If you think that emails are hard to deal with, Mailbox makes it easy for you. It has different features that keep you organized. You can just swipe to reply or to trash the messages as you please. Also, it makes use of a great interface design.
A lot of businesses today are looking to improve overall productivity, not to mention make collaborations easier. Now, with the cost of labor a bit too much for starters, you really don’t need to have a bigger budget in order to do more in your company. Sometimes, you just need to have the help of web apps that can give you full control of activities.
Why go for web apps? One, if you are going to use web apps, it becomes easier for the employees and the team members to coordinate and to work with each other on certain things. That means that the team can minimize the number of mistakes being done at work. It gives them access to the same files.
Also, if you have a business, you want to make sure that you can do things without spending so much money. The good news is that there are a lot of web apps available out there that are free. You will only have to pay for additional features. And of course, web apps can be used both on mobile and on your desktop. This means that people could actually still work on their phone if they really wanted to.