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Lyft looking for city uplift

30 January 2017 in transport

Ride-hailing firm Lyft is determined to go head-to-head with larger rival Uber in the US and is looking to add extra cities to its network to take coverage to 300 metros by the end of the year. The expansion, which kicked off last week with the addition of 40 cities, will give the firm access to over 70% of the US population.

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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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Making Brexit a win-win for tech

27 January 2017 in -e.showcase

Market access and digital trade, access to skills and the free flow of data are the key areas of Brexit risk for the UK technology sector. That’s because British digital sectors are heavily integrated with global markets, with 20% of digital goods and services exported, according to The UK Digital Sectors After Brexit report from techUK and Frontier Economics.

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TAG gets smart wearables

26 January 2017 in technology

Forget Apple’s luxury smartwatch play – the company pulled its 18k gold Apple Watch Edition off the shelves last year – it’s TAG Heuer which is doing brisk business in at the high-end of the market. The Swiss watchmaker expected to move a mere 20,000 Connected smartwatches when it launched the wearable tech around 14 months ago, but plenty of consumers were willing to shell out $1,500 for the item, giving TAG 56,000 unit sales. So hot was demand for Connected, the firm pulled online distribution in favour of keeping it on show in physical stores.

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Airborne Mash

26 January 2017 in technology

Putting a new spin on the farm shop marketing mantra of ‘farm to fork’ is Northern Irish producer Mash Direct, writes Sally Ratcliffe. The farm and producer of convenience mash, traditional ‘Irish champ,’ to more exotic-sounding spicy baby potatoes, to name but a few in its ready-made range, has found that farm-to fork-via the air is the way forward to finding new influence with the consumer.

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Humans+machines equals max benefit

25 January 2017 in technology

In light of current technologies, very few human occupations – under 5% – are candidates for full automation. But, pretty much every job does have partial automation potential, as some proportion of its activities could well be automated. According to McKinsey estimates, around half of all the activities people are right now paid to do in the workforce could be automated by adapting demonstrated technologies.

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Battle of the tech visas

25 January 2017 in technology

Last week the French government did its bit to lure technology entrepreneurs to set up shop in France with the launch of the French Tech Visa programme. Now the US is in the game with Barack Obama’s enticement. The outgoing president got the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to boost the use of the government’s so-called parole right to authorise immigration for overseas entrepreneurs able to show that they can deliver public benefit to the country in the form of economic growth or job creation.

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Uber now, more Uber to come

24 January 2017 in transport

Ridesharing companies have together raised more than $25 billion in capital since 2010, while the world’s top-five outfits – Uber, Didi-Chuxing, Lyft, Ola, and Grab – have a combined market cap of around $120 billion. And Sharespost reckons those firms are operating in what is a large and expandable addressable market, citing $650 billion-plus in opportunity today ‘and the potential to disrupt several industries involved in human and autonomous transportation’.

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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.