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Me, more connected

22 February 2017 in technology

The future may be a lot more to do with intuitive interaction with the web via the body. Think of kit like DuoSkin, which looks like temporary tattoos but actually allows users to control mobile devices, as well as display and store information on their skin. Plus there’s the Samsung smart contact lens equipped with a camera that can also project images straight into the wearer’s eye.

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Immersed in payments

22 February 2017 in Finance

Visa has opened a new innovation centre in London, the largest in its global network of innovation clubs that includes such tech hotspots as Berlin, Dubai, Miami, San Francisco, Singapore, Sao Paulo and Tel Aviv. The new UK facility has been developed as an ‘immersive environment’ where the company can work together with financial institutions, merchants and other partners to develop next-gen payment solutions.

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Stacking up the biometrics

22 February 2017 in technology

The Indian government is busy rolling out the world’s biggest biometric identity database, India Stack, as part of its ambitious Digital India initiative. The project is based on compiling more than 1 billion records of each Indian citizen, with everyone assigned a national identity number – an Aadhaar (foundation) – that links to standard data such as name, gender and age, along with biometric information such as fingerprints and iris scans.

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Ending public pain

21 February 2017 in technology

Citi has rolled out the global Citi Tech for Integrity Challenge to encourage tech innovators to promote integrity, accountability and transparency in the public sector. The open innovation initiative is aiming to source innovation in a number of areas, among them government transactions and procurement, culture, ethics and citizen engagement and the perennial reducing red tape. Citi partners in the project include Clifford Chance, Facebook, IBM, Let’s Talk Payments, Mastercard, Microsoft and PwC.

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Motor City runs on vinyl

21 February 2017 in Music

Jack White’s Third Man Pressing vinyl music facility is slated to fire up in Detroit this week. First items off the production line are limited-edition, Detroit-centric pressings of the White Stripes’ first two albums – The White Stripes and De Stijl – both of which will be released on opaque red vinyl, and debut LPs of the Stooges and MC5, plus seven-inch singles from Derrick May and Carl Craig. On the February 25 opening day, there will be guided tours of the facility with visitors able to watch records pressed from a viewing platform.

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Killing background music

20 February 2017 in Music

Swedish start-up Soundtrack Your Brand is looking to expand its geographic footprint and further develop its technology after successfully completing a $22 million investment round. The Stockholm-based firm, which boasts leading streamer Spotify as an investor, as well as a former Spotify business development head as a co-founder, boasts a streaming platform delivering custom background music to the likes of stores, eateries, hotels, bars and museums.

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Dubai – disruptive to the power of 10

17 February 2017 in Innovation

The Dubai authorities are looking to embrace disruptive innovation as a fundamental mantra to ‘actively shape’ the future and place itself 10 years ahead of all other cities. The government reckons its new Dubai 10X initiative will deliver on that objective – the ‘X’ is a symbol for experimental, out-of-the-box, ‘future-oriented exponential thinking’ that will transform Dubai into ‘the world’s largest laboratory for the governments of the future’.

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Latest News

Tech against Trump

6 February 2017 in technology

A grouping of some US tech firms including the likes of Apple, Facebook, Google, Intel, Microsoft and Twitter have filed a joint legal brief opposing President Trump’s immigration ban

Now in bed with Birkenstocks

26 January 2017 in -e.showcase

German shoe firm Birkenstock is extending its business out of orthopaedic sandals and heading for the bedroom – cue a brand new range of six bed styles.

Tackling Fakebook

20 January 2017 in Social

The German government is drafting regulation that would require Facebook and other online networks to tackle fake news.

No more Yahoos here

10 January 2017 in -e.online

The Yahoo brand has been with us since the last century but is set to disappear from the online landscape when Verizon completes its acquisition of the Silicon Valley denizen

Non à Steve

15 December 2016 in technology

Paris Left attacks tech hub plans to name street after Steve Jobs.

Green it

9 December 2016 in -e.showcase

Greenery is the name of Pantone’s 2017 colour of the year. Or 15-0343 if you want to get technical.

Time-charged, wearable

21 November 2016 in technology

Look out for a smartwatch that powers up on body heat, which could well be one the first wearable devices that never needs a recharge.

Gimme drone, VR

18 November 2016 in technology

US consumers are set to purchase 1.2 million drones, 700,000 virtual reality headsets and 4.5 million 4K UHF TVs during the course of the fourth-quarter holiday season

Brexit slams UK fintech funding

17 November 2016 in Finance

Thirty UK-based fintech start-ups have had their funding cancelled or delayed by investors since the Brexit vote in June, giving them serious cashflow headaches.

alt-right tweets terminated

17 November 2016 in -e.social

Twitter has suspended a number of accounts associated with the US alt-right (aka right-wing extremist/white supremacist) movement backing Donald Trump.