Technologies that enable legal and compliance leaders to spot innovations

COVID-19 has accelerated the push toward digital business transformation for most businesses, and legal and compliance leaders are under pressure to anticipate both the potential improvements and possible risks that come with new legal technology innovations, according to Gartner.

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To address this challenge, Gartner lists the 31 must watch legal technologies to allow legal and compliance leaders to identify innovations that will allow them to act faster. They can use this information for internal planning and prioritization of emerging innovations.

“Legal and compliance leaders must collaborate with other stakeholders to garner support for organization wide and function wide investments in technology,” said Zack Hutto, director in the Gartner Legal and Compliance practice.

“They must address complex business demand by investing in technologies and practices to better anticipate, identify and manage risks, while seeking out opportunities to contribute to growth.”

Analysts said enterprise legal management (ELM), subject rights

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Watch a Spot robot from Boston Dynamics explore an old mine

The ground is rocky and uneven. Old, rusted rails that used to carry loads of precious metals run the length of the path. Most wheeled robots would have trouble navigating this uneven surface, but it’s not a problem for Spot.

“This is one of the most advanced robots in the world.” Hao Zhang tells me. He’s a professor at the Colorado School of Mines, and he’s brought his department’s new robotic dog from Boston Dynamics to the Edgar Mine outside of Denver for testing. The school is one of the first customers to buy a Spot robot since the four-legged machines went on sale this summer.

Spot robot in Edgar Mine

A handler guides Spot the robotic dog with a proprietary tablet controller.


Agata Bogucka

Much of Zhang’s work in robotics involves exploring ways robots can take over dangerous jobs from people, like searching for survivors in a collapsed mine or inspecting nuclear facilities

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Google Nest Audio review: the sweet spot

Four years is an eternity in the modern tech product world, but that’s exactly how long it’s been since Google’s first smart speaker, the Google Home, was released. Since then, Google has expanded the range both above and below it, with the compact and ubiquitous Nest Mini and the powerful and gargantuan Home Max.

This year, Google is returning its attention to the midrange. The new Nest Audio sits between the Nest Mini and Home Max in price, size, and output. At $99.99, it’s less expensive than the original Google Home was in 2016, but it’s not exactly the impulse purchase that the Nest Mini can be.

Despite that lower price, the Nest Audio is an improvement over the Google Home in nearly every way. It’s larger but easy to fit into a variety of places in your home. It’s faster to respond to voice commands, and most importantly, it

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SPOT Connect Satelite GPS Communicator

Untether your iPod®, iPhone®, or Android™ OS smartphone from the grid. Connect it to a global satellite network from almost anywhere on the planet, using the subscription-based service from SPOT. Update your Twitter, Facebook, or SPOT Adventures page so your family and friends are at peace (or envious). Request non-emergency assistance from contacts or professional service providers. In a critical emergency, you can send an SOS message requesting emergency assistance, even if your phone isn’t working.

With an additional service plan, you can type and send custom messages (41 character) or predefined messages (120 characters), and update the Track Progress functions on Google Maps or SPOT Adventures page.

The Connect hooks up with your phone using Bluetooth. A smartphone app gives you easy operation and detailed status info.

  • Compatible with Apple iPod Touch® (2nd and 3rd generation), iPhone® 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, Android™ Platform 2.0 or later.
  • Operating temperature
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What Are Trans-Neptunian Objects? Scientists Spot Unusually Close Binary TNOs

KEY POINTS

  • A team of researchers spotted a close pair of trans-Neptunian objects
  • The unusually close pair was also occulting a binary star system
  • The discovery was made with the help of a citizen science project

With the help of a citizen science research network, a team of researchers has discovered an unusual pair of trans-Neptunian objects (TNO).

Any object in our solar system that has an orbit beyond Neptune is considered a TNO. According to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), there are about 70,000 known TNOs, including Pluto, each measuring at least 100 kilometers (62.137 miles​) across.

In a new study, published in The Planetary Science Journal, a team of researchers discovered a TNO pair orbiting each other. The researchers discovered them using a stellar occultation, which occurs when the light of a star is blocked by an object from reaching the observer, a news release from the 

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How to spot tech risks in company pensions

Executives are being urged to review the technology supporting their workplace pension scheme, amid concerns that providers’ ageing legacy systems are expensive, delivering members a poor user experience and making scaling up tricky.

The limitations of incumbent systems have become a discussion point as finance directors and pension scheme managers future-proof their businesses. It comes against a backdrop of emerging risks, such as vast regulatory changes and an increasingly difficult economic climate.

Smart Pension, a global platform provider with its own UK master trust, is urging those responsible for company pensions to review their incumbent provider’s technology and ask whether it offers the service, efficiency and resilience their scheme requires.

“Most pension administration systems were written at least 15 years ago, in programming languages that people don’t use anymore. It is expensive, unreliable and isn’t scalable,” says Will Wynne, co-founder and group managing director of Smart. “In today’s world, there

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Twitter investigating after users spot mobile app prefers White faces

The Twitter App loads on an iPhone in this illustration photograph taken in Los Angeles, California.

Mike Blake | Reuters

LONDON – Twitter says it’s investigating why its picture-cropping algorithm sometimes prefers White faces to Black ones.

The investigation comes after Twitter users noticed Black faces were less likely to be shown than White ones in image previews on mobile when the image contains a Black face and a White face.

The micro-blogging platform said it didn’t find any evidence of racial and gender bias when it tested the algorithm but conceded it had more analysis to do.

Parag Agrawal, Twitter’s chief technology officer, said Twitter analyzed the model when it shipped it, but said that it needs continuous improvement.

“Love this public, open, and rigorous test — and eager to learn from this,” he said on the platform.

The issue came to light after Colin Madland, a university manager

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New NASA photo of Jupiter from Hubble shows shrinking Great Red Spot

  • The Hubble Space Telescope took a striking new photo of Jupiter that shows how the planet’s weather patterns have evolved.
  • The gas giant’s most famous storm – its Great Red Spot – has been shrinking. Another storm nearby may be turning from white to red.
  • Meanwhile, clouds in Jupiter’s northern hemisphere may indicate a new storm is brewing. 
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Majestic Jupiter, our solar system’s belligerent big brother, is putting its best side forward. A sharp new image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows the giant planet’s wild, ever-evolving weather – revealing both short- and long-term changes.

In the northern hemisphere, turbulent clouds could indicate the formation of a new swirling storm, while down south, a long-lived storm just below and about half the size of the Great Red Spot seems to be slowly changing colour from white to red.

If that’s not enough, off

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