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  • Google Home, WiFi smart gadgets launch in Australia

    Google Home, WiFi smart gadgets launch in Australia

    Via Stuff : Google’s smart benchtop speaker and mesh WiFi network go on sale in Australia on Thursday, staking Google’s claim in the simmering smart home war with Amazon and Apple. Selling for A$199, the voice-activated Google Home speaker brings the talkative Google Assistant to life and is available via Google’s local online store as well as traditional brick and mortar retailers. The same goes for the Google WiFi hub, which sells for A$199, or A$499 […]

  • The Merging of Technology and Groceries Behind the Amazon-Whole Food Deal

    The Merging of Technology and Groceries Behind the Amazon-Whole Food Deal

    via Herald-Tribune : NEW YORK — Why is Amazon spending nearly $14 billion for Whole Foods? One reason: People who buy yoga mats and fitness trackers on Amazon might also like grapes, nuts and other healthy items at the organic grocery chain. In short, the deal stands to net Amazon a wealth of data-driven insights into how shoppers behave offline — insights that are potentially very lucrative. To be sure, there are plenty of other benefits […]

  • This Smart Ring Gives You Instant Mobile Payments With Beefed Up Security

    This Smart Ring Gives You Instant Mobile Payments With Beefed Up Security

    via MashableAsia :  Look out, Frodo — we might have a new “One Ring to rule them all.” Token, a new smart ring, promises to give its wearers a chance to make mobile payments, unlock doors, and ditch their passwords — all while protecting their identity with an extra level of security. The wearable uses the same type of near field communication (NFC) technology found in credit cards and hotel keys to make purchases, and […]

  • Health Tech: How technology will impact the health industry

    Health Tech: How technology will impact the health industry

    Via Business Report : The delivery of healthcare services in Africa is under pressure to change, and no-one can be certain how the industry will evolve. What can be certain is that future trends will be driven by access to Big Data, to shape new models of care in driving innovative, affordable and accessible services, across this diverse continent. With 1,2 billion people, many enjoying a longer life, and the rise of NCDs (non-communicable diseases such […]

  • How technology is transforming the way airlines handle your luggage

    How technology is transforming the way airlines handle your luggage

    Via Dallas News : In the airport of the not-too-distant future, a passenger will be able to walk into the terminal, scan their face to check-in, drop-off their luggage at a self-service kiosk and then track its journey to their plane in nearly real-time from their smartphone. Already, technology is transforming the airline luggage experience and making it increasingly likely your bag will end up with you at your final destination. Worldwide, the rate of mishandled bags […]

  • Why smart cities need to become smarter about technology

    Why smart cities need to become smarter about technology

    Via ComputerWeekly.com : Cities are experimenting with smarter ways to use technologies to improve the life of citizens, but their projects are fragmented. Is there a better approach? Smart cities need to become more intelligent about the way they control everything, from traffic lights to the distribution of water. Cities across the world are experimenting with technology to improve the life of their residents, but many are installing technology in a fragmented way. The problem is […]

  • Hyperloop fits Florida’s tradition of high-speed technology

    Hyperloop fits Florida’s tradition of high-speed technology

    Via SunSentinel : Florida has a history of speed and technology. Fred Marriott broke the world land-speed record for automobiles on Ormond Beach in 1906. He hit 127.66 mph in the Stanley Rocket, powered by a steam engine. John Glenn’s Mercury capsule exceeded 17,360 mph as it blasted from Cape Canaveral to space in 1962. Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth. Now comes Hyperloop One, a Los Angeles company that recently announced a land-based […]

  • How agencies are pushing voice technology

    How agencies are pushing voice technology

    Via Digiday : Forget ordering pizza. Soon you’ll also be able to consult Alexa about your next period. Last weekend, digital agency Rain hosted a two-day hackathon for staffers and local developers at its Nicaragua office to play around with voice-driven experiences, and one of the Alexa skills that came of the exercise was a menstrual calendar for women planning to get pregnant. Rain isn’t alone. As services like Alexa, Siri, Cortana and Watson increasingly become […]

  • Biology team makes breakthrough in synthetic yeast project

    Biology team makes breakthrough in synthetic yeast project

    Via The Telegraph : The technology sector, with its international focus, was a vocal advocate for Britain staying in the European Union. But, in defiance of the widespread concerns, the industry has been thriving in the wake of the decision to leave with investment and expansion thriving. Whether the picture will change when the Government triggers Article 50 isn’t clear, but the signs indicate the sector is well equipped to weather the storm. Here’s a breakdown […]

  • Paying with Your Face

    Paying with Your Face

    Via MIT Technology Review : Face-detecting systems in China now authorize payments, provide access to facilities, and track down criminals. Will other countries follow? Shortly after walking through the door at Face++, a Chinese startup valued at roughly a billion dollars, I see my face, unshaven and looking a bit jet-lagged, flash up on a large screen near the entrance. Having been added to a database, my face now provides automatic access to the building. It […]