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Can you judge someones affluence online?

Knowing if someone is capable of paying more, i.e. judging their affluence, is a key area. One of the solutions that could potentially play a role is the Blockchain, a technology that Google’s co-founder admits they missed out on. The European Union’s trustbusters want Google to cough up $5 billion as a penalty for using…

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Alexa now in your hotel room

Alexa takes on its biggest rollout yet in a partnership with Marriott hotels. It’s notable both in scale, and also the choice of Alexa over Siri (both were under test). With 5,000+ linguists and technologists working on Alexa, Amazon seems to be well on top in the smart speaker battle. Microsoft’s heavy investment into deep…

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AI – Which World Cup star do you look like?

We’ve been celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage, and although tremendous progress has been made in many areas, it has to be said that the engineering sector has some way to go, both in behaviour, and the gender pay gap. The EU is redrafting Copyright laws and drawn the ire of over 70 web luminaries;…

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Who is a better World Cup predictor? AI or Achilles?

June has been a busy month in tech … Microsoft purchased GitHub for $7.5Bn; GitHub commits to open source projects in all fields but 13,000 projects jumped ship to GitLab after the announcement. In the USA the Net Neutrality repeal went into effect making it possible for ISPs to prioritise paid traffic and premium services; if they can…

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No ticket required

Lots happening in the ticketing and virtual reality world this month. The UK government’s new law bans ticket touts from using ‘bots’ to buy tickets for resale on secondary ticketing sites at hugely inflated prices. At the same time, blockchain technology is also being trialled in order to trace tickets back to their source. This summer’s…

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Amazing Unsurprising AI Surveillance

Space X successfully launched Falcon heavy; Elon Musks’ Starman continues to orbit and not bad for a company less than 15 years old and now rising in value to more than $21Bn. Shrinking in value meanwhile, Cryptocurrencies continue to tumble from highs in early December 2017 and most predictions we’ve looked at suggests its likely to get worse before…

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AI bigger than electricity, or fire

The January tech forecast and predictions continue; O’Reilly suggests five ways the web will evolve, IDG makes five predictions for the IoT, and InfoWorld offer ten predictions around the future of software development. Four common themes include AI, Automation, Connected Devices & Blockchain which tie nicely into 4 big events over the past week … In Davos, the…

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Predictions are hard, especially of the future

Intel outlined 8 technologies that they believe are key ‘accelerants’ to other technology changes in 2018. AI and Crypto Currencies are in most analysts “big themes” especially after the explosion of Bitcoin (pointless fact here) and associated hacking at the end of 2017. Expect state regulation to follow. 2018 will see more Cat and Mouse between…

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A Fox, a Jedi and an Uber …

A mouse went for a walk in the deep dark wood, the mouse saw a Fox and the Fox looked good. As Disney make the biggest acquisition of 2017 giving them a wealth of content and  putting them in charge of one of the biggest rivals to NetFlix – HULU (expect a rebrand soon). Whether via…

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First “Major Pucker” Tesla in Space

Good news for those that feel the need to shop whilst driving. If you weren’t distracted by texting at the wheel then how could reserving a table at a restaurant present any issues? As Christmas looms the list of the top tech toys is released along with a reminder as to why connecting everything – including…

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