Big ambitions for Japanese ‘digital daughter’

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Last year a new Japanese celebrity burst onto the scene. But “Saya” was a different kind of star, because she is the product of a Tokyo computer lab. And like all “parents”, her creators have big ambitions for her. Source: BBC Asia Date: October 25th, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37548733 Discussion 1) Why is the development of completely a realistic… Read more »

Clayton Christensen: The Theory of Jobs To Be Done

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In today’s digital age, business executives collect reams of data as they try to develop the next must-have product for consumers, yet corporate innovation efforts remain painfully hit or miss.  A recent McKinsey poll found that 84 percent of global executives said innovation was extremely important for business growth, yet 94 percent were dissatisfied with… Read more »

Is anyone really drilling earphone jacks into their iPhone?

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Got a new iPhone 7 already? Or are you hesitating because Apple lost that headphone jack and everyone’s complaining about it?  Fear not, apparently you can just drill a hole in the phone, plug in your old headphones and you’re good to go.  Of course this won’t work – seriously, don’t do it – but… Read more »

Meeting Cellebrite – Israel’s master phone crackers

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Cellebrite is an Israeli company that helps police forces gain access to data on the mobile phones of suspected criminals.  Cellebrite was in the headlines earlier this year when it was rumoured to have helped the FBI to crack an iPhone used by the San Bernardino shooter. Source: BBC Technology News Date: October 4th, 2016 Link to… Read more »

Snapchat launches sunglasses with camera

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Messaging app firm Snapchat has announced its first gadget – sunglasses with a built-in camera. The device, which the company is calling Spectacles, will go on sale later this year priced at $130. The glasses will record up to 30 seconds of video at a time. Source: BBC Date: September 28th, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37460682 Discussion 1) Why might Snap(chat) succeed… Read more »

Is this the moment e-sports comes of age?

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It is a deal that could mark the moment e-sports enters the big league. The US owners of a famous basketball franchise and investors in Premier League club Crystal Palace have snapped up two of the leading e-sports teams.  The Philadelphia 76ers have acquired Team Dignitas and Apex, and will merge them into what the… Read more »

How tech is helping a casino catch the cheats

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  In the past, casinos would employ agents to observe gamblers’ behaviour and watch out for cheats, but now technology is playing a role. Source: BBC Technology News Date: September 28th, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37095120 Discussion 1) What other businesses could use this sort of technology? 2) What sort of disclosures should a casino, or other business using this… Read more »

The logic in Apple buying McLaren

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  The reports that Apple has been considering a $1.5bn (£1.2bn) acquisition (or at least significant investment) in British car maker McLaren have thus far been played down by both parties.  But there are several compelling reasons to take the reports seriously. Source: BBC Technology News Date: September 22nd, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37436171 Discussion 1) “In the car industry… Read more »