Innovation, Tech and Economic Development

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Politicians need to get digitally literate – and fast

Corporate bosses now truly understand the risks of poor web security. The public sector must catch up • Martha Lane Fox is founder of Doteveryone and a cross-bench peer<p>NHS data breaches, WannaCry ransomware attacks, ATMs hijacked, fake news, violent jihadist content on YouTube. The challenges posed …

Encryption

How Airbnb uses AI to get you into other people’s homes

To say technology like blockchain or AI is disruptive is a laughable understatement. At Airbnb, though, VP of engineering Mike Curtis said he’s not as concerned with being disrupted by blockchain as he is with the less technological challenge of convincing people to stay in other people’s homes.<p>To …

San Francisco, California

London startup Bulb is trying to convince people to dump traditional suppliers and switch to renewable energy

London startup Bulb has a bigger aim than trying to convince people to download an app: It's trying to rethink how energy suppliers work.<p>Bulb is a green energy supplier, with all of its electricity and 10% of its gas coming from renewable sources. The company says it now has 50,000 …

Renewable Energy

Luxury phone maker Vertu is shutting down its UK manufacturing operation

But the businessman who owns the Vertu brand says he plans to resurrect the company<p>The owner of British luxury phone maker Vertu has failed to rescue the company from bankruptcy after offering to pay creditors just £1.9 million ($2.4 million) of the firm’s £128 million debt. The result of this — …

Mobile Technology

Apple Spaceship Campus Filmed By 4K Drone, and It Looks Amazing

The building is coming together nicely.<p>The Apple Park, the official name for the spaceship-shaped building that will eventually become Apple’s new …

Apple

Legendary Magnum Photos forced into historic shake-up

Magnum Photos, the legendary agency set up by Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson, has been forced into a major shake-up that has left it seeking …

Street Photography

Every Major Seattle Accelerator and Incubator, Listed

TechCo has compared accelerators to band camp in the past: You’re stuck in a location with a bunch of your peers whether you like them or not, work …

Startups

Low Light Mirrorless Is Changing Photojournalism

For photojournalists, it’s not a stretch to say available light is the oxygen of our craft. Unless we are creating portraits, we generally don’t …

Cameras

Microsoft's AI-powered iOS app tells the blind what's around them

Microsoft hast just launched Seeing AI, an iOS app that it appropriately describes as a ‘talking camera for the blind’; I’ve been giving it a whirl this morning and it’s actually pretty impressive.<p>Fire up the free app and point your iPhone at anything, whether it’s a document, a menu card, a room …

iOS Apps

Netflix is rapidly taking over the Emmys

TV’s biggest awards show is now a cable vs. streaming showdown<p>This year’s Emmy nominations are out, and one thing is abundantly clear: Netflix is now an entertainment powerhouse, close on the heels of HBO. The company nabbed a record 93 nominations for its original streaming content, nearly double …

Netflix

Behind the scenes with Tezos, a new blockchain upstart

Odds are you have at least one buddy who bought bitcoin a year or two back. Odds are that they are giddy about their good fortunes. And they should be–since Satoshi launched the network in 2009 bitcoin has risen to a market cap of $40 billion. The cryptocurrency saw a 200% surge this year to a …

Bitcoin

Fstoppers Reviews Pixrit: The Best Social Media Management Platform?

Pixrit is the latest in social media content managers specifically targeting photographers. With tag lines like, “Designed for photographers, by …

Social Media Marketing

Audi knows millennials will have to deal with self-driving boredom

During Audi's elaborate introduction of its new (Level 3 autonomous) A8 in Barcelona, it also talked about the 25th Hour, a research project it says will "define the premium mobility of the future." Simply put, now that you're not driving, what do you do in an autonomous car?<p>The automaker teamed up …

Transportation

Hype for Hyperloop in Canada: Half the Cost, Quadruple the Speed of Proposed High-Speed Rail Plan

TransPod, a Toronto startup that is building a hyperloop system to disrupt commercial transportation, released the results of its Initial Order of …

Transportation

How data is helping SMEs make better business decisions

From encouraging repeat custom to tracking delivery costs, here's how data might help with your next big business decision.<p>Gut instinct is an important element of running a successful business, but in most cases, cold hard facts make for the smartest decisions. Now that the technology that can …

Small Business

Net-a-Porter owner opens tech hub in London

New building in White City shows increased commitment to IT, and the UK, after merger with Italy’s Yoox<p>The owner of the Net-a-Porter luxury fashion website is to hire at least 100 more IT experts over the next two years as it shrugs off the impact of the Brexit vote to open a tech hub in the …

Luxury

A New Kind of Tech Job Emphasizes Skills, Not a College Degree

ROCKET CENTER, W.Va. — A few years ago, Sean Bridges lived with his mother, Linda, in Wiley Ford, W.Va. Their only income was her monthly Social Security disability check. He applied for work at Walmart and Burger King, but they were not hiring.<p>Yet while Mr. Bridges had no work history, he had …

College & University

Brexit phrasebook: a guide to the talks' key terms

Don’t know your EFTA from your EEA? Help is at hand with our comprehensive jargon buster<p>Acquis communautaire<p>The entire body of European laws: all the treaties, regulations and directives passed by the EU’s institutions, plus all the rulings of the European court of justice (see below). Every member …

Brexit

Jeff Bezos crowdsources ideas for his philanthropy

It's no secret that Jeff Bezos has made a massive amount of money from Amazon, so much so that he's the second richest man in the world according to <i>Bloomberg</i>. And now, he's ready to give his money away -- and wants you to help tell him how.<p>Yesterday, <i>The New York Times</i> posed questions to the …

Jeff Bezos

The 10 biggest changes Apple didn't announce on stage at WWDC

The death of wired keyboards, less integration with Facebook and Twitter on iOS 11, and a £29 pencil case. Here’s what they didn’t tell you<p>Not everything Apple introduces at WWDC gets a big announcement on stage. Sometimes there are positive things that just aren’t big enough for a fancy executive …

iOS

Non-Brits: here's what you need to know about the British election

A quick recap of how Theresa May’s gamble in calling an election to firm up support for Brexit backfired – and what it means going forward<p>Election 2017 - latest updates Seat by seat results guide<p>The British prime minister Theresa May’s gamble in calling an early election spectacularly failed on …

Brexit

Steam brings virtual reality to macOS

Mac platforms have been too underpowered for virtual reality, requiring Apple diehards to bootstrap Windows for a ramshackle VR solution. But today at its annual WWDC conference, Apple announced a dedicated VR dev kit: A Thunderbolt 3 GPU enclosure powered by AMD Radeon processors and a software …

Virtual Reality

1st Private Space Station Will Become an Off-Earth Manufacturing Hub

The first-ever commercial space station will become a manufacturing hub just a few years after reaching orbit, if everything goes according to …

NASA

The world's first commercial carbon-capture plant opens in Switzerland

A groundbreaking plant where carbon dioxide is sucked from the air before being resold has opened in Switzerland.<p>Founded by Climeworks, the direct …

Sustainability

Roomba creator wants to do for gardens what he did for your floors

Let's be honest: while planting your garden can be fun, weeding it usually isn't. Not unless you enjoy crouching down for long stretches, anyway. You might not have to endure the drudgery for too much longer, though. Roomba co-creator Joe Jones and Franklin Robotics are launching Tertill, a robot …

Gardening

Lorem raises $1.1M to connect small businesses and web developers for quick assistance

When small and medium businesses want to build a website, they can take advantage of easy-to-use web tools like Squarespace — but who do they turn to when they need more technical help?<p>New York City startup Lorem Technologies is trying to make this process easier. After all, CEO Sam Wilcoxon …

Startups

This little gadget uses neural networks to help you take photos like a professional

Taking a decent photo on your smartphone is easier than ever, but if you want to graduate to the next level with a DSLR or mirrorless camera, there’s a lot more to think about. Factors range from focus to shutter speed, aperture to ISO, color range and more, and knowing how to balance them all …

Beer

Bucking Trump, These Cities, States and Companies Commit to Paris Accord

Representatives of American cities, states and companies are preparing to submit a plan to the United Nations pledging to meet the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions targets under the Paris climate accord, despite President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement.<p>The unnamed group — …

Climate

Snapchat brings its hip round Spectacles to Europe

Snap Inc’s glasses that film circular videos of users’ everyday lives have been placed in vending machines in London, Paris, Berlin, Barcelona and Venice<p>Snapchat is bringing its Spectacles to Europe, placing five “snapbot” vending machines in London, Paris, Berlin, Barcelona and Venice to begin …

Snap Inc.