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Google's self-driving firm sues Uber

Dave Lee North America technology reporter<p><b>Uber is being sued for stealing trade secrets and technology from Google.</b><p>Waymo, set up by Google owner Alphabet, is taking legal action against Otto, Uber's self-driving vehicle unit that it bought last year for $700m.<p>The lawsuit argues that former Waymo …

Google

The impact of voice-activated virtual assistants on retail

2016 saw an incredible rise in connected home devices, specifically Amazon Echo (8 million devices sold) and Google Home devices. Prior to that, Siri made adding an event to your calendar or quickly looking up the weather as easy as a simple push of a button on your smart phone.<p>At what point does …

Automation

FCC Chairman Wants FM Radios Activated In Smartphones, But He Won't Push For It

Advertisement<p>Ajit Pai, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission under the administration of President Donald Trump, is known as an …

Apple Acquires Israeli Firm RealFace Specializing in Facial Recognition

Apple has bought Israeli startup RealFace, a cybersecurity and machine learning firm specializing in facial recognition technology.<p>The <i>Times of Israel</i> reported on Sunday that the Tel Aviv-based company, founded in 2014, was snapped up by Apple for an estimated $2 million, while Hebrew-language</i> …

Startups

Digital Transformation in 7 Brain-Busting Steps

<i>Worried about how to digitally transform while you perform? Wondering how to change the tires while going 60 mph? Are you preparing your team for</i> …

Leadership

Elon Musk reveals the “dangerous situation” the world now faces with artificial intelligence

If you have no job: “Do you have meaning? Are you useless?”<p>These are the words billionaire Elon Musk asked an audience of 4000 people at the World …

Elon Musk

Read Mark Zuckerberg’s full 6,000-word letter on Facebook’s global ambitions

Grab a cup of coffee and take a seat.<p>Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg thinks Facebook can help save the world, and he wrote almost 6,000 words on Thursday explaining how. His letter, which we’ve dubbed The Mark Manifesto, offers a glimpse into Zuckerberg’s global aspirations. Here it is in full.<p><b>Also:</b></b> …

Facebook

Et maintenant... le Fog Computing !

Offres d'emploi<p>LIVRES BLANCS<p><b>Le stockage flash au service des applications cloud,</b> Un Livre Blanc PureStorage.<p>Le cloud computing transforme la façon …

CleanTechnica

<b>Published on</b> December 19th, 2016 | <i>by Steve Hanley</i><p>Most people think wind power and solar power are competitors, but Sarah Kurtz of the U.S. Department …

Elon Musk reiterates the need for brain-computer interfaces in the age of AI

How do you avoid getting made obsolete by artificial intelligence in a time when resources and research are largely being funnelled toward improving that area of tech? By merging with the machines, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk. He’s spoken about the potential of brain interfaces, including a …

Artificial Intelligence

How Amazon’s payments service could solve its biggest weakness against PayPal

Amazon has tried for years to grow Amazon Payments, but the results have been mixed so far.<p>The service, which allows customers to make online purchases using the information stored in their Amazon accounts, saw 33 million users last year, up 43% year-over-year, while doubling its total payment …

Amazon

Today, Everybody Can Access The World's Most Powerful Technologies -- And That May be a Problem

We need to be careful before boldly charging forward.<p>On July 16th, 1945, when the world's first nuclear explosion shook the plains of New Mexico, J. Robert Oppenheimer, who led the project, quoted from the Bhagavad Gita, "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." And indeed he had. The world …

Innovation

Robots aren’t automating the jobs we want them to

We’ve heard many predictions of how robots will take over the monotonous functions of our daily lives, freeing us to work on highly-skilled or creative tasks. But in fact the opposite may be happening: Some of the easiest tasks to automate turn out to be creative ones, and many of the montonous …

Robots

China’s new craze for live-streaming

A new way of bringing colour to dreary lives<p>LAST YEAR ZHAO XINLONG, aged 25, and his wife and baby boy moved from his parents’ farm into a mid-rise …

A slow-motion revolution: Traditional TV’s surprising staying power

Special report<p>Winner takes all: A slow-motion revolutionTraditional TV’s surprising staying power<p>Peak TV is on its way, but slowly<p>print-edition …

IPTV

Mass entertainment in the digital age is still about blockbusters, not endless choice

Technology has given billions of people access to a vast range of entertainment. Gady Epstein explains why they still go mostly for the big hits<p>ONE …

Economics

Get the picture? Pixelisation

Feb 11th 2017<p>Continue reading today's edition<p>Download the app here. Five stories, five days a week, straight to your iPhone or Android smartphone.

58% Abandon Mobile Transactions Before Checkout

by<p>It’s not surprising that consumers around the world are using their smartphones to make purchases.<p>However, while an overwhelming number of people …

eCommerce

Hulu VR app lets you watch shows in a virtual living room with your virtual friends

While some traditional media players rush out virtual reality apps in slapdash fashion, hoping to ride the trend with me-too, lackluster efforts, Hulu's attempts are actually promising.<p>On Wednesday, the company released an update to its mobile VR app for the Gear VR and its desktop app for the …

Virtual Reality

A Dead Simple Tool To Find Out What Facebook Knows About You

A new Chrome extension reveals the unsettling amount of information the company might have on you.<p>If you could measure all the information you consume online, what would you learn about yourself?<p>That's the question behind the new Chrome extension Data Selfie. Created by developers Hang Do Thi Duc …

Facebook

Manoush Zomorodi Challenges Us To Stick Up For Our Internet Rights

The Note To Self host talks about her new project, the Privacy Paradox, aimed at helping us salvage our digital privacy.<p>As the host and managing editor of WNYC's <i>Note To Self</i> podcast, which calls itself the tech show about being human, Manoush Zomorodi spends a lot of time thinking about that …

Privacy

Roam Robotics' lightweight, inexpensive exoskeleton for the masses

If the vision of San Francisco startup Roam Robotics and its co-founder Tim Swift are fully realized, we could be buying commercial lightweight …

What's Still Missing From The AI Revolution

AI is full of promise—and potential dangers. Five key challenges lie ahead, according to IBM Watson's former general manager.<p>Artificial intelligence is a young field full of nearly unlimited potential that remains largely misunderstood by most people. We've come a long way since Watson won Jeopardy …

Artificial Intelligence

PayPal’s first payments bot is a Slack app

PayPal this morning is launching a new bot aimed at making it easier for Slack users to send money without ever leaving their preferred work chat platform. This is the first time PayPal has launched a bot, the company claims, though it’s not the first time PayPal has integrated with a larger …

Automation

An Israeli Firm Is Helping the FBI Unlock That iPhone

<i>This post has been updated.</i><p>An Israeli mobile forensics company called Cellebrite is helping the Federal Bureau of Investigation unlock the iPhone at …

FBI

Background on Industry 4.0

<b>The Nine Pillars of Technological Advancement</b><p>Many of the nine advances in technology that form the foundation for Industry 4.0 are already used in …

Manufacturing

Why augmented reality will be big in business first

The technology is coming. But it will take time for consumers to embrace AR<p>THE history of computers is one of increasing intimacy. At first users …

Augmented Reality

Blockchain : retour sur le 23ème rendez-vous de l'innovation

<b>Compte rendu du 23ème rendez-vous de l’innovation</b><p><b>Bernard HODAC</b>, Président du Groupe OSMOS et du SYNNOV, Syndicat de l’Innovation.<p>La <i>Blockchain</i> est un …

Emerging markets should welcome low-cost private schools

An East African crackdown on Bridge International Academies is hopelessly misguided<p>MORE than 250m children in developing countries are not in school. …

Education