70s and 80s Tech Making Comeback

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Description: From the boombox to the Polaroid, Laurie Segall takes a look at how classic tech is inspiring today’s innovation. Source: CNN Money Date: March 27, 2015 Questions for discussion: 1. Would you purchase the updated Polaroid? 2. Are you looking forward to seeing the classic Mario Bros. characters on your smartphone?

Minibar Liquor Delivery Startup Acquires Competitor Booze Carriage

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Description: Liquor delivery service Minibar buys out Booze Carriage and now claims to be the largest player in the liquor delivery space in NYC. Source: Tech Crunch Date: March 20, 2015 Minibar, an on-demand liquor-delivery platform operational in 13 cities, has announced the acquisition of one of its biggest competitors, Booze Carriage. The terms of the deal were… Read more »

Typewriter is Not Dead

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Description: Despite the constant rise of technology, the humble typewriter is still a steady business. Source: CNN Money Date: March 13, 2015 Typewriters are still used today in certain industries; law, police services, book publishers/editors, etc. Even the younger generation is developing an interest in the classic devices.   Questions for discussion: 1. Have you ever… Read more »

Etsy to Go Public

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  Description: The vintage/original finds e-commerce site which was once a grass-roots initiative is about to make some big changes. Source: TechVibes Date: March 5, 2015 In January rumours started about Etsy looking to public this year. That speculation has now materialized into reality. Read More Questions for discussion: 1. Have you ever made any purchases… Read more »

To Become a Grown-up Business, YOUTUBE Needs to Attract Grown-up Viewers

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Description: Claiming to only “break-even” last year, YouTube must find a way to increase profits. Source: Fast Company Date: February 26, 2015 The online video platform remains unprofitable, despite an audience of billions. Read More Questions for discussion: 1. Do you regularly watch YouTube videos? 2. What do you think YouTube could do to boost adult viewership?

See Microsoft’s New HoloLens in Action

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Description: Microsoft gives a sneak peek at the new holographic technology, a part of the upcoming Windows 10 operating system. Source: CNN Money Date: February 26, 2015 Alex Kipman of Microsoft announces Microsoft’s new HoloLens which boasts a new type of processing unit – a holographic processing unit.(HPU) Questions for discussion: 1. Do you think this HoloLens… Read more »

NEXT Unveils “The Oyster” USB Fingerprint Scanner

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Description: We are seeing more and more companies getting into the biometrics security solutions game and “The Oyster” is the next player. Source: Find Biometrics Date: February 19, 2015   NEXT Biometrics has unveiled a new USB fingerprint scanner. The NB-3010-U, nicknamed “The Oyster”, is designed for Windows 7 and 8.1 compatibility, but NEXT is also offering… Read more »

High-tech Fashion: Touchscreens in Fitting Rooms

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Description: Imagine walking into a clothing store and having the ability to browse through recommended looks from the designer with the touch of a screen. Source: CNN Money Date: February 20, 2015 Fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff is partnering with eBay to introduce touchscreen dressing rooms to her retail stores. Questions for discussion: 1. What are some benefits that might… Read more »

Google And Mattel Revive The View-Master

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Description: The View-Master is back with a digital twist thanks to a partnership with Google. Source: Tech Crunch Date: February 13, 2015 Mattel’s venerable View-Master, the stereoscopic photo viewer so familiar to kids, is now using Google Cardboard Virtual Reality technology to bring life to those old 3D images. The View-Master of yesteryear was a beautiful… Read more »