Spotify’s fastest rising star is a 24 year-old Norwegian

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Description: DJ and producer Kygo reached a billion streams on Spotify faster than any other artist. He’s now selling out arenas across North America, and he hasn’t even released an album. Instead he’s part of the $6 billion EDM industry… a market that’s made up of 20-year-old DJs who embrace the internet. Source: CNN Money Date:… Read more »

Is Amazon Opening Bookstores or not?

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Description: Maybe Amazon isn’t getting ready to open up hundreds of bookstores after all? Source: CNN Money Date: February 4, 2016 Questions for discussion: 1. Why would an online-based platform and service want to open physical locations? 2. Should other companies be worried about Amazon opening physical locations? Why? What can they do to combat the… Read more »

The Next Step for Online Gaming? Simulating the World.

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Description: For all the legions of programmers coding the movement of individual blades of grass, and all the advances in processing power and VR, the simulated worlds of online gaming still behave nothing like the real one. Source: Wired Date: January 12, 2016 “In the last few years we’ve seen the abysmal failure of games attempting… Read more »

Google plans to use its self-driving cars to compete with Uber

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Description: Recent report suggests the tech giant is preparing to launch an Uber competitor backed by a fleet of self-driving cars Source: Mashable Date: December 17, 2015 Since Google started testing self-driving cars, like the one shown above, the company has logged over 1 million miles on the roads around San Francisco, California and Austin, Texas…. Read more »

Bosch Bonirob robot set to make field work easier for farmers

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Description: Bosch’s new weed-destroying robot could eradicate the need for herbicide use. Source: Digital Trends Date: November 20, 2015 The company Bosch is developing a farming robot the size of a small car that can distinguish crops from weeds. The Bonirob can then can fish out weeds mechanically & obliterate any unwanted plants into the ground with… Read more »

Uber Not Just Taking Customers from Taxis – It’s Creating a New Market

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Description: Has Uber created a customer base of riders that might not have existed otherwise? Source: Tech Vibes Date: October 29, 2015   Uber isn’t just taking business from taxi companies, it might also be creating a new market, according to a new report commissioned by the City of Ottawa. Read More Questions for discussion: 1…. Read more »

Apple Fans to Get Their Hands on New Apple TV This Week

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Description: Two new versions of Apple TV are currently being released. Source: Tech News World Date: October 27, 2015 Apple on Monday opened up advanced orders for the next generation of Apple TV, as promised. The set-top boxes are expected to hit homes between Oct. 30 and Nov. 3. It’s offering two versions of the Apple TV…. Read more »

Sky Taxis Are About to Become a Reality

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Description: SkyTran’s sky taxis are making their debut. Source: CNN Money Date: October 25, 2015 The aerial mass transit system features “cars” that magnetically glide 20 to 30 feet above the ground along elevated tracks. Skytran, based in Mountain View, California, has been developing the system for five years. The pilot project will debut in Tel Aviv at… Read more »

Here Are The Requirements a Symbol Must Meet Before it Becomes an Official Emoji

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Description: A lot of work goes into deciding new emojis. Source: Tech Insider Date: October 25, 2015 What makes an emoji? Those symbols on your phone aren’t just random. They’re actually designed by a consortium of people in the tech industry so there’s a standard any device can read. Read More Questions for discussion: 1. Do you tend to use… Read more »