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Work with me

29 July 2016 in Innovation

Co-workingLarge businesses are looking to co-working to support their strategies around collaboration, innovation, flexibility as well as talent attraction and retention as three-quarters of respondents to JLL’s Global Corporate Real Estate Survey work on initiatives aimed at enhancing the workplace experience over the next three years. The big idea here, of course, is that co-working is conducive to knowledge sharing, provides access to new networks, and allows companies to tap into ideas they would not normally have exposure to.

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Taking data immersive

28 July 2016 in Innovation

Big dataThomson Reuters is partnering with Imperial College London on a collaborative research project aimed at boosting fintech innovation with the use of Big Data. Thomson Reuters will deliver financial market data along with data management and machine-learning nous to Imperial’s KPMG Data Observatory, a data visualisation studio housed at the university’s Data Science Institute.

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Tuning VR music

28 July 2016 in technology

LollapaloozaThe music industry’s been slow so far to take to virtual reality but Samsung is now taking a punt at this week’s Lollapalooza fest with VR-Palooza, writes Steve Mullins. The CE giant is planning an interactive VR experience where festivalgoers can livestream musical performances from the Samsung stage using Samsung Gear VR kit. It is also promising that they will be able ro participate in 360-degree virtual reality experiences such as 4D VR surfing, skateboarding and hot air ballooning.

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Innovation Here

27 July 2016 in Innovation

Here East LondonThe Here East London digital and creative campus at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, is set to host Europe’s largest technology innovation hub after thanks to a new joint venture between DV4, Delancey’s evergreen investment fund, and business accelerator outfit Entiq. The big idea is to build a community of large and small businesses with an initial focus on sport, health, fashion, design and the Internet of Things.

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Into the accelerator pot

27 July 2016 in Innovation

CannabisCalifornia-based Canopy San Diego has launched a cannabis-oriented technology accelerator to fund early-stage start-ups looking to support the state’s pot growers and dispensers. The outfit says it will invest in firms providing growth technology such as lighting, mechanical systems and automation, as well as energy and water tech, along with payments and back-office solutions. California is the biggest legal marijuana market in the US with sales forecast to hit $2.7 billion this year.

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Google with the Angels

26 July 2016 in Innovation

Google Government Innovation LabThe city of Los Angeles has joined the Google Government Innovation Lab to tackle five urban challenges – civic engagement, preventing homelessness, city hiring, emergency management, and creating a business-friendly city. The freshly minted Angels Lab will be financed via LA’s $1 million Innovation Fund, which was launched in 2014 to support city workers’ innovative ideas.

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It’s mi-desk

25 July 2016 in Sharing economy

London startupsLondon is about to get a co-working space dedicated to supporting migrant entrepreneurs. Over in Whitechapel in the east of the UK capital, social enterprise mi-HUB is offering affordable office space in a very expensive marketplace. There will be enough room to house 150 folk who will get access to offices and meeting areas, as well as to free workshops and seminars.

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Working smart

25 July 2016 in Innovation

Future workforceTwo thirds of the global workforce are up for using alternate reality/virtual reality products in their professional lives, while half believe such technologies will improve productivity within their roles at work. And an increasing number say they are ready for workplace tech to deliver resources to create and for boosting collaboration and productivity, according to the Future Workforce Study from Dell and Intel.

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Latest News

The news is mobile

29 July 2016 in

Friday metric: News-content audiences have spiked 66% on mobile over the past three years, with digital newspapers having doubled their audiences across mobile devices.

Tech for culture

26 July 2016 in

The Google Cultural Institute has rolled out the Google Arts & Culture website and app featuring digital versions of the world’s cultural treasures.

3-in-1 for Africa

14 July 2016 in technology

Start-up watch: Italo-Spanish start-up Watly is testing its all-one electricity, clean water, and online services technology in Africa.

Bad, bad Brexit

8 July 2016 in technology

Global IT spending will be flat this year following the UK’s vote for Brexit. “With the UK’s [EU] exit, there will likely be an erosion in business confidence and price increases,” warns Gartner.

Euros on alert

9 June 2016 in

Just ahead of the start of Euro 2016 football tournament, France has launched a mobile app aimed at alerting users to terrorist attacks.

Ripping up music

20 May 2016 in Music

Illegal streaming websites are the largest providers of pirated music, accounting for over 35% of all illicit global traffic in 2015, ahead of infamous Torrent sites (28%).

Xiaomi seeks India floorspace

5 May 2016 in Mobile

Cool Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is looking to break into direct sales in India after making its name in the market through online flash sales.

Tough for vinyl

3 May 2016 in Music

Vinyl just keeps on making music industry tracks as consumers get increasingly physical.

Esports drive future gaming

26 April 2016 in Video

Tuesday metric: The global gaming market will be worth close to $100 billion in revenues this year, a healthy spike of 8.4% on the 2014 total.