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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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Sensing those city smarts

13 February 2017 in Innovation

The world’s smartest cities? They would be Barcelona, London, New York, Oslo and San Francisco when measured in terms of sensing infrastructure, according to Unacast’s latest Proximity.Directory report. And here we are talking about ‘proximity technologies’ aimed at tackling mobility challenges to support public safety, optimise traffic flow and create better tourism experiences, etc.

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Much ADO in the city, by Mini

7 February 2017 in Innovation

Mini has turned a former Brooklyn warehouse into a new design centre as part of the car maker’s move to develop its own take on the challenges of the urban environment (owner BMW has been busy in this space for a while with its BMW Guggenheim Lab). A/D/O kicked off proceedings last month with its first programme, Utopia vs. Dystopia: Designing Our Imagined Futures, which aims to investigate the role design plays in a world of rapid change.

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Cardboard takes flight

3 February 2017 in Innovation

San Francisco-based R&D laboratory Otherlab has picked up a wad of DARPA funding and has been tasked with developing the world’s most advanced industrial paper airplane. That’s because DARPA, the US military’s experimental technology unit, says it wants to get its hands on vehicles able to make precise deliveries of critical supplies and then capable of disappearing into thin air.

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What’s art all about, selfie?

30 January 2017 in Innovation

London’s Saatchi Gallery is on the lookout for the world’s most creative selfies with the #saatchiselfie contest. The gallery is seeking entries that are experimental and innovative and that ‘take the selfie in exciting new directions’. The competition will be judged by a panel of artists and “forward-thinkers”.

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Accelerating East Africa

27 January 2017 in Innovation

Kenyan incubator m:lab is partnering with a number of East African tech hubs to host Traction Camp, a six-month accelerator initiative. Onboard the effort are Buni in Tanzania, Ugandan outfit Outbox, Rwanda-based kLab and iceaddis in Ethiopia. “The hubs will help to reach out and create opportunities to a larger group of growth-oriented digital entrepreneurs, so that the impact of the programme is felt across the region,” says m:lab.

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WeChat, QQ power AI research

23 January 2017 in Innovation

Chinese tech giant Tencent, which runs leading social media mobile apps WeChat and QQ, is following in the footsteps of Baidu with investments in artificial intelligence. Tencent already has an AI Lab up and running with around 50 scientists and researchers onboard. It is looking to expand as the unit pushes into machine learning, computer vision, speech recognition, and natural language processing territory.

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VR for the Bard

17 January 2017 in Innovation

The Royal Shakespeare Company is partnering with Intel and The Imaginarium Studio for a new production of The Tempest featuring virtual reality. That means a role for live motion-capture performance – aka that of Gollum in The Lord of the Rings – with the character of Ariel the sprite rendered as an animated character on stage via a an avatar powered by motion-sensor control.

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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.