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How not to land a rocket

Alexa and Ok Google technology has made their way into new speakers from Harman and JBL. As research shows that the number one use of these digital assistants is music streaming there will be some quarters rejoicing at the proliferation of devices. However there are certainly some elements of this blog that I can understand.…

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Airborne taxis ready for take-off

As Vladimir Putin publicly stated that ‘Whoever leads the world in AI, will rule the world’, there was a call from over 100 leaders in the field for a UN resolution on AI based weapons. Amongst them Elon Musk – who’s well known for his views on the subject. Before the apocalypse there is a growing…

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Instahack

There’s an abundance of Virtual, Mixed and Augmented Reality news at the moment. Apple plans to bring AR to both iPhone & iPad with the upcoming release of IOS 11 whilst Google has announced its plans for AR on Android. The future of Microsoft in this space is less clear as components of Hololens went out of production. A…

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Why Whisky tastes better with a splash of water

Spotify has surpassed 60mn paying subscribers, outgrowing Apple, and strong numbers in family subscriptions. Spotify decided to remove white supremacy music after events in Charlottesville. Sky are launching a new VIP TV channel that will air HBO, Showtime and Sky Original Productions 24 hrs before their regular broadcast on Sky Atlantic for subscribers who have…

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Paint survives brush with death, Flash doesn’t

This week we’ve got big numbers to report as WhatsApp hits 1 Billion daily users, sending over 55 billion messages a day. There’s no doubt that messaging is big business, as in a recent round of funding Slack were valued at circa $9Bn. A smaller, but nonetheless respectable, figure of $10.8 million was raised this…

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Robot security guard drowns itself

Following last week’s temporary reduction in price of the Occulus Rift headset, this week there’s news from Google about the relaunch of its ill-fated glass project, this time aimed squarely at the workplace alongside Microsoft who are also aiming it’s HoloLens at the same place. The path to mainstream AR adoption maybe workplace first rather than gaming first?…

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Why did the internet slow down this week?

The Internet slowed this week as  hundreds of  sites including Reddit, Netflix, Amazon and Mozilla united against proposals from the Federal Communication Commission which they see as an imminent roll back of net neutrality rules in the US  in a campaign called “Battle for the Net”. UK regulator, Ofcom, is preparing for a spectrum auction estimated to raise…

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High tech beer that’s actually good for you

This week we kick off with Microsoft, who are leading the charge to miniaturise, and thus reduce the cost of AI. Whilst putting AI on a Pi is impressive, their end goal is even more so. Instagram have harnessed AI in an attempt to combat extremism. (Caution – strong language in this article), and Mastercard,…

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Boaty McBoatface completes first mission

This week saw rulings from the courts affecting the tech industry; a jaw dropping  fine issued to Google by the European Union and a ruling in Canada that could set a precedent that could impact on your day to day browsing. Another major cyber-attack this week and analysts are now examining the Petya ‘ransomware’ and drawing disturbing conclusions. Tackling…

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True crime and the start, stop, skip podcast revolution

Apple’s new stats could revolutionise the way we find podcasts. A new version of the Podcast app will tell creators of the audio shows when listeners start an episode, when they stop and what parts they skip. True crime and comedy are most popular;  listens increased by 49% last year and growth expected from more connected devices and…

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He’s got the whole world, in his hands

Amazon surprised many with its acquisition of Whole Foods and the launch of a   ‘magic wand’ that can scan goods to buy and has AI built in. Amazon is taking the delivery of fresh grocery items very seriously and has scaled big time since its slightly mocked experimental Treasure Truck was first seen in Seattle.…

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