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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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Beautiful start-ups

2 February 2017 in technology

L’Oréal and Founders Factory have chosen five beauty tech start-ups to participate in their first beauty accelerator programme. The initiative aims to cherrypick a quintet of high-potential, early stage start-ups every year with a view to co-create two new businesses. L’Oréal and Founders Factory received 180 applications from beauty entrepreneurs, selecting the five finalists for the six month programme after a pitching session.

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Tech versus tech

2 February 2017 in technology

Will the backlash against new technologies usher in an era of digital dieting? Because mobile innovations mean we are available 24/7 and that dominates both our work and home lives. There’s a growing realisation that there are a huge number of downsides to being constantly connected, in terms of higher stress levels, distraction, unease around social interaction and privacy, plus a general fear that we are not experiencing ‘real life’.

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London gets wastED

1 February 2017 in -e.showcase

wastED London is going up on the roof over in Oxford Street. The food-waste-based pop-up will open at Selfridges rooftop space on 24 February for a run lasting until 2 April 2017. That means wastED will partner with local farmers, fishermen, suppliers and retailers to ‘reimagine’ by-products at every step of the food chain. And chief chef Dan Barber is prepared to share the burners with guest cooks from around Europe looking to put together their very own waste-based dishes for diners, writes Root Wilson*.

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A case of cart abandonment

1 February 2017 in Mobile

Three-fifths of consumers have begun paying for something via their mobile phone only to abandon the procedure before final purchase in checkout. Why the high cart abandonment rate? A third of people say they abandon the process because they are asked for too much sensitive information to complete the transaction, while 20% say the process is simply too long, while they same percentage say they have had to deal with connectivity/technical issues, according to the Mobile Money Report from MEF and Wirecard.

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Drones on screen

31 January 2017 in technology

Leading Chinese drone manufacturer DJI has reportedly acquired a majority stake in renowned Swedish camera maker Hasselblad. DJI picked up a small piece of the company at the tailend of 2015 with a view to the two firms sharing technical expertise to ‘take visual storytelling to the next level’ and ‘push the borders of what’s possible in imaging technology’.

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Bundesbank frets over fintech

31 January 2017 in Finance

Fintech firms need more regulatory oversight as they have may disrupt the banking sector and threaten financial stability, warns German Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann. He says authorities need greater insight into such outfits’ activities to get a better understanding of how they might pose a stability threat.

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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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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.