Will Google and Uber Invade Each Other’s Turf?

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Description: Google’s partnerships seem to be all over the map lately…we will have to wait and see what the future holds for Google launches. Source: ECommerce Times Date: February 6, 2015 Google is working on its own ride-hailing service to compete with Uber, according to a Bloomberg report. Meanwhile, Uber has announced a strategic partnership with Carnegie Mellon… Read more »

Little Wrist Device Helps the Blind ‘See’ the World Like a Bat

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Description: A new device for the visually impaired is currently in the works and hopes to be another tool that may ease their way of life. Source: Globe and Mail Date: February 4, 2015 Some Wake Forest University students are using bats as a model to help the blind navigate their world. Just like the… Read more »

The Psychology Of Notifications

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Description: In order to entice users, apps need to build notification triggers that are thoughtful, interesting and engaging or they risk being uninstalled. Source: TechCrunch Date: February 5, 2015 In his famed experiments, Ivan Pavlov trained his dogs to associate mealtime with the ring of a bell. Pavlov found he could elicit an involuntary physical response… Read more »

Microsoft Just Handed Us Our Holographic Future

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Description: Microsoft has created Holo Studio, which lets users create their own holograms, print them out on 3D printers, and share them with others within minutes. Source: Tech News World Date: January 21, 2015 Microsoft on Wednesday announced Windows Holographic, a feature in Windows 10 that will let users create their own holograms and print them out on 3D… Read more »

Snapchat Outgrows The Friend Zone

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Description: Snapchat’s new update eliminates the “Best Friends” feature while introducing a new “Discover” feature. Source: Tech Crunch Date: January 29, 2015   Discover is Snapchat’s big new play in the world of media. It’s a special tab in the app powered by content publishers like ESPN, Yahoo, etc., offering daily long-form content with videos, articles and,… Read more »

One Hundred Little Robots do Mesmerizing, Choreographed Dance

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Description: A future with robot assistants may be a reality that is closer than you think – however, these “Robi” robots are said will be used as a communication device. Source: Globe and Mail Date: January 21, 2015 Questions for discussion: 1. Would you pay $1,200 for the parts to build one of these “Robi” robots?… Read more »

Apple hikes app prices in Canada and Europe, spurred by currency swings

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Description: Canadians will notice the absence of the $1.99 apps; prices set to increase very soon. Source: Globe & Mail Date: January 9, 2015 Apple Inc. changed the prices of software applications from Canada to Europe today, in one of the company’s more comprehensive global responses to currency swings in recent years. Read the Full Story… Read more »

Polaroid’s Cube camera takes on GoPro

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Description: Polaroid is back and introducing their version of the GoPro cam. Source: CNN Money Date: December 6, 2014 Polaroid’s retro resurgence is getting a modern makeover. It’s launching the Cube, which is a 35mm video camera that aims to appeal to a broad demographic. Watch the Video Questions for discussion: 1. Do you think Polaroid will… Read more »

High-Tech Hair Dryers Aside, Beauty Industry Still Waits for Its ‘Nest’

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Description: Improved technology has let the beauty industry take steps forward lately, but it still lacks a clear link to the “smart” features that have disrupted other fields. Has Panasonic found the answer? Source: Mashable Date: August 14, 2014 When Panasonic debuted its high-tech hair dryer at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January… Read more »