Google signs $1.1bn HTC smartphone deal

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The deal marks the latest move by Google to boost its hardware capabilities.  “It’s still early days for Google’s hardware business,” the firm’s senior vice-president of hardware Rick Osterloh said in a blog post on Google’s website.  Under the deal, Google will acquire a team of people who develop Pixel smartphones for the US company and receive… Read more »

Apple reveals ‘leap forward’ iPhone X

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Apple has revealed a high-end smartphone with an “edge-to-edge” screen that has no physical home button. The iPhone X – which is referred to as “ten” – uses a facial recognition system to recognise its owner rather than a fingerprint-based one. Source: BBC Technology News Date: September 12th, 2017 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-41228126 Discussion 1) Is it really a “leap… Read more »

Why didn’t electricity immediately change manufacturing?

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For investors in Boo.com, WebVan and eToys, the bursting of the dotcom bubble came as a bit of a shock. Companies like this raised vast sums on the promise that the worldwide web would change everything. Then, in the spring of 2000, stock markets collapsed. Some economists had long been sceptical about the promise of computers. In… Read more »

Wireless technology trades one cord for another

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As I add more cordless, smart and rechargeable stuff to my life, I’ve run more into a mundane but real issue: I still have too many cords to deal with when it’s time to charge them.  And there’s no good solution. Source: Toronto Star / Washington Post Date: May 18th, 2017 Link: https://www.thestar.com/business/tech_news/2017/05/08/wireless-technology-trades-one-cord-for-another-analysis.html Discussion 1) This is similar… Read more »

Outdated office technology could be lowering your productivity

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Outdated hardware and operating systems slow down many workers, and that’s when they aren’t paralyzed by connection issues. Source: Bloomberg Date: April 25th, 2017 Link: https://www.thestar.com/business/tech_news/2017/04/20/office-technology-could-be-lowering-your-productivity.html Discussion 1) Over 10% of all computers worldwide use an operating system first launched in 2001 and which has been let completely un-updated since 2014.  Does this figure surprise you?  Why or… Read more »

5 charts explaining why Snapchat is worth $25 billion

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Even if you’re over 30, you can’t ignore Snapchat anymore. (Sorry.) The app company with more than 150 million mostly young daily users is now the biggest IPO star since Alibaba hit the public markets in 2014. Source: Bloomberg Press Date: April 2nd, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/gadfly/articles/2016-10-07/snapchat-ipo-5-charts-explaining-why-it-s-worth-25-billion Discussion 1) Why is the “younger than 24” demographic so important?  After all,… Read more »

Will Cuba embrace the internet revolution?

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No matter how much you warn visitors to Cuba that they’ll be offline during their stay, they often won’t believe it until they actually arrive in Havana.  Is this about to change? Source: BBC Technology News Date: March 8th, 2017 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-39119873 Discussion 1) The title of this article is “Will Cuba embrace the internet revolution?”  Isn’t a… Read more »

U.S. President-elect Trump’s Labor secretary is no stranger to debate over jobs and robots

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Donald Trump’s nominee for Labor secretary is well-acquainted with one of the hottest debates about work today: automation.  Andrew Puzder, the chief executive of CKE Restaurants, has extolled the benefits of automation, while also criticizing government for pushing businesses to use machines instead of humans. (CKE Restaurants is the parent company of Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s,… Read more »

My Insane Adventure to Buy Snap’s New Spectacles

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LATE LAST WEEK, a Minionesque vending machine mysteriously appeared in a parking lot near Snap’s original offices in Venice, California. It was named Snapbot, and it was there to sell Specs, the company’s goofy new picture-taking sunglasses, for $130 a pop to anyone who got there fast enough. After 24 hours, the machine disappeared. Source: Wired… Read more »