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Bayern plays virtual

30 August 2016 in Innovation

Bayern Virtual realityFox Sports broadcast last week’s German Bundesliga opener between champions Bayern München and Werder Bremen live in virtual reality to a global audience. Fox teamed with VR specialist NextVR to deploy seven cameras – located in in the stands, along the sidelines, in midfield and behind the goal – capturing pitch-level shots for a produced feed. The Bundesliga opener was the fifth major event this year – and the first outside the US – in which Fox has partnered with NextVR to offer live VR content.

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Banking on biometrics

30 August 2016 in technology

iometrics bankingStandard Chartered is looking to roll out a range of fingerprint and voice biometric technologies across Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The move will enable some 5 million customers to access their bank account balances, cards and investments using their fingerprints or voices as identifiers. Touch login is already up and running in Singapore, the UAE and India, and will launch in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Pakistan and Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe by end-2016.

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Digital, disruption

29 August 2016 in Innovation

Digital economySeven countries stand out on digital innovation with their high levels of networked readiness and entrenched business ICT adoption. And the technology-enabled innovation evident in Finland, Switzerland, Sweden, Israel, Singapore, the Netherlands and the US will likely keep these markets ahead of the pack as it unleashes new competitive pressures that call for yet more innovation by tech and non-tech firms alike, according to the Global Information Technology Report 2016 from the World Economic Forum.

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Bots, GIFs for City

26 August 2016 in Innovation

Manchester City digital techManchester City is outflanking its Premier League rivals in the digital space, writes Steve Mullins. In just the last few months in the run-up to the start of the new season, the football club has relaunched its website, hired an e-gamer, launched a global virtual reality initiative, lit a dedicated Giphy page and rolled out a chatbot platform for fans, along with other innovations.

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Time for ads

26 August 2016 in Innovation

GuardianThe Guardian is moving into time-based advertising, selling its space in slots of 10, 15, 20 or 30 seconds. First to purchase the new format is The Economist, which has a campaign up and running until September. In fact, The Economist is pretty au fait with time-based ads, given that it also runs them on its own website. Also in the UK, the Financial Times rolled out the format last year, based on research which found that brand recall increases significantly the longer an ad is in view.

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US smarts

25 August 2016 in -e.mobile

XiaomiCool Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is looking to enter the US handset market and plans to push its communications along social media channels to target young consumers keen on getting their hands on new technology. Xiaomi does already have a US presence selling audio earbuds and fitness bands via its online store.

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Waiting for Tesla

25 August 2016 in transport

Tesla Model-3Worldwide plug-in vehicle sales reached 180,500 units in the first-quarter, up 42 % on the same period in 2015. However, growth was down compared to last year – which was 71 % on 2014 – according to EV Volumes data. China remained the global plug-in sales driver, with passenger car volumes more than doubling in the first three months of the year. Japan recovered after a weak 2015 (-22 %) with a 36 % spike for the first quarter, while the US market for plug-ins lifted, posting 19% for the same period. Europe struggled to maintain the 99% growth rate of last year.

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Robots in the valley

24 August 2016 in technology

Robovalley roboticsAccenture is investing €500,000 in RoboValley, a Dutch hub for start-ups working in robotics. RoboValley was founded by the TU Delft Robotics Institute specialist engineering college with a view to fostering robotics knowledge and supporting international collaboration in the sector. It is currently home to some 30 start-ups, as well as a handful of more mature robotics companies.

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Latest News

Bloody Booker book

17 August 2016 in Publishing

Historical crime novel His Bloody Project: Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae by Graeme Macrae Burnet, published by indie house Saraband, has been longlisted for the Man Booker prize.

Bot goes for gold

15 August 2016 in technology

The Washington Post is using a bot to support its news reporting on the Olympic Games.

The news is mobile

29 July 2016 in -e.mobile

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 -e.online

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 -e.mobile

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.