Apple’s iPhone sales fall 17% from prior year

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At one time, the staggering success of the iPhone helped catapult Apple to become the world’s most valuable company. Now, its lackluster smartphone sales are dragging down Apple’s business.Apple (AAPL) said Tuesday that its revenue for the first three months of 2019 declined 5% from the year prior to $58 billion as it grappled with sluggish smartphone… Read more »

Biohacker: Meet the people ‘hacking’ their bodies

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Biohackers want to make their bodies and brains function better by “hacking” their biology. The BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme meets the people who are inserting technology under their skin, adopting extreme diets and trying to change their DNA. Liviu Babitz wants to create new human senses. Touch his chest and you feel his first effort,… Read more »

Hologram phone calls – sci-fi or serious possibility?

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High-speed 5G networks could lead to big changes in how we use our mobile phones, allowing us to enjoy virtual reality on-the-go, interactive live broadcasts, and even project holograms from our handsets. But will connection “not-spots” and high costs stop many of us reaping the benefits? Source: BBC Analysis Date: September 20th, 2018 Link: Discussion 1) What practical and… Read more »

A Swiss weedkiller robot could curb our dependence on herbicides

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  Some $26 billion is spent on herbicides each year. These chemicals are often indiscriminately sprayed over entire fields of crops that have been genetically modified to resist the chemical onslaught. And it’s agrochemical giants like Bayer, DowDuPont, and Syngenta that usually create both the genetically modified seeds and the chemicals that are sprayed on them.  The… Read more »

White Collar Robots: The Virtual Workforce and Robotic Process Automation

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We are all familiar with physical, industrial robots, but what about robots that work in offices? In fact, they are already taking up posts around the world alongside their human counterparts. What opportunities does the Virtual Workforce present, and why are organisations choosing them to facilitate better service, faster growth and to react more quickly… Read more »

Microsoft Says It’s True: Cat Videos Distract Workers

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Economists have been puzzled in recent years by the so-called “productivity paradox,” the fact that the digital revolution of the past four decades hasn’t resulted in big gains in output per worker as happened with earlier technological upheaval. Many developed economies have actually seen productivity stagnate or decline. Source: Bloomberg Date: February 15th, 2018 Link: Discussion 1) The “productivity paradox” was… Read more »

What is blockchain and how does it work?

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Blockchain is one of the buzzwords in modern-day financial transactions. But what exactly does it mean and how does it work? Source: BBC Asia Date: January 11th, 2018 Link: Discussion There are perhaps hundreds of thousands of videos “explaining” how Blockchain works.  I picked this one in particular because it talks about what I think is going… Read more »

TD Adopts Visa’s Tokenization Technology for Android Platform

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  Powered by Host Card Emulation, Visa’s tokenization technology provides TD customers with security by substituting sensitive account information with encrypted “tokens” during mobile payment transactions. Description: TD Bank Group this week announced that it is the first Canadian financial institution to adopt Visa’s global standard tokenization technology for its TD app for the Android… Read more »

Trendquiz is a New, Simple, and Super Addictive Game

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Description: Trendquiz uses Google Trends data Source: TechCrunch Date: November 20, 2015   A simple site called trendquiz uses data from Google Trends to quiz you on whether you can pick out what the trend line is, and it gives you two options to choose from. You can also choose from topics like technology. Read More. Questions… Read more »