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Live music gets immersive

14 February 2017 in Music

Live music experiences are set to be much more immersive, as audience members increasingly become part of performances, making live events significantly more multidimensional. And virtual reality along with augmented reality, could well be the technologies that enable these richer show elements going foward, according to the Music Trends 2017 report from Eventbrite.

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Now Berlin chases disaffected US start-ups

14 February 2017 in technology

Business and technology booster outfit Berlin Partner has shifted it sights from attracting UK start-ups to the German capital post-Brexit to seducing US entrepreneurs post-Trump. The state-backed agency’s head Stefan Franzke told Wirtschaftswoche that it has stepped up its activities Stateside and is planning to put on extra promotional events in the market, with next month’s SXSW festival in Austin on the hitlist. “Germany has the chance to partially reverse the brain drain,” he said.

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Little bird looks to fly with AI

13 February 2017 in -e.social

Twitter can’t seem to find an answer to its subscriber growth problem, but the microblog thinks artificial intelligence could help out here. CEO Jack Dorsey last week said Twitter’s superpower is that it is able break news and get information out faster than anyone else, but he admits that it needs more Kryptonite. Cue AI, which he believes will save its users having to dig through scads of info to find something that really matters to them.

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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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A prez for tweets

10 February 2017 in -e.social

Ailing Twitter is set to get a boost from President Trump’s constant tweeting, putting a rocket under user growth numbers and helping its financials. “Twitter has struggled to become a daily use application, in contrast to Facebook or Snapchat,” says BTIG Research analyst Rich Greenfield “The incessant news flow from the Trump administration playing out on Twitter and the ensuing global reaction pushes Twitter users to be increasingly engaged with the platform.”

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UK fintech hit by Brexit fears

10 February 2017 in Finance

Venture capital investment in the UK fintech sector was hit by Brexit fears in 2016, sliding a huge 33% to $783 million. In contrast, global VC investment in the sector spiked 11% last year to $17.4 billion, according to the latest Innovate Finance metrics. The association characterised the shift as a dramatic slowing “which many in the [fintech] community attribute to the general uncertainty in the run-up to the Brexit referendum”.

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Uber makes French pay play

9 February 2017 in transport

In a bid to head off the threat of new legislation that would force it to pay a minimum wage to its drivers in France, Uber is looking to offer workers a guaranteed €21 per hour if they spend at least 40 hours a week behind the wheel. The move appears to have appeased a state-appointed Uber/cabbies negotiations mediator who called the latest proposal ‘satisfying’.

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The public face of tech

9 February 2017 in technology

Technological innovations could help improve public-sector delivery, according to the Work in Progress: Towards a leaner, smarter public-sector workforce from UK-based thinktank Reform. For example, 20% of public-sector workers hold strategic, cognitive roles and they should be able to use data analytics to identify patterns – improving decision making and helping allocate workers efficiently. And it says the police and other emergency services are already using data to predict areas of greatest risk from burglary and fire.

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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.