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Spotify braces for Apple with $526 million in new money

Swedish company has raised more than $1 billion but still isn't profitable<p>As Apple details its own streaming music service ahead of an imminent launch, incumbent industry leader Spotify is building its defenses against the oncoming onslaught, turning to international investors to strengthen its …

Welcome to the (First) Year of Virtual Reality

Happy new year. Should VR's old failures be forgot, and never brought to mind?<p>This week is E3, the gaming convention and/or marketing orgy that has become a perverse commercial holiday for game companies and their fans. It’s the starting pistol for a whole year of game buying decisions, and there’s …

Unicorns

The entire point of the name “Unicorn”, first coined by Aileen Lee in November 2013, is to describe something very rare: “U.S.-based software …

Venture Capital

Apple Watch 2: Apple plans FaceTime camera, iPhone-free Wi-Fi, $1000+ models, similar battery

Two months after the initial launch of the Apple Watch, and only a day following the device’s debut at Apple Stores, sources have revealed Apple’s considerations for the 2016 release of a second-generation model. According to multiple sources familiar with Apple’s plans, the Apple Watch 2 is …

Apple Watch

What is Twitter's new Periscope app?

<b>What is Periscope?</b><p>Periscope is Twitter's new live-streaming video app, not to be confused with the recently launched Meerkat, also a live-streaming app. It allows you to watch and broadcast live video from all across the globe, meaning you could switch from watching a peaceful wander across the …

5 Consumer Trends that Change Work and Mobile

Consumerization of technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace. After pondering the announcements at CES, Mobile World Congress and the Apple watch event, I’m even more convinced that consumer technology will continue to profoundly impact enterprise technology. In the plethora of recent consumer …

Elon Musk is worried about a robot uprising, too

As artificial intelligence continues to evolve, it’s no wonder that some of us are getting a little worried about just how advanced it’s getting: when will AI outstrip our own? And when will the robots use that power for evil instead of good?<p>The concern goes far beyond malevolent roombas and now …

'Wunderlist' for Apple Watch Brings To-Do Lists, Agendas and Reminders to Your Wrist

Wunderlist has provided a closer look at its Apple Watch companion app, which appeared on the App Store on Thursday ahead of the device's launch next month. The app is designed with a unique Home View that provides access to your most important items first, with four buttons that display a bird's …

Apple Watch

Rethink Robotics, Home Of Baxter, Brings A New Robot Arm To The Party

Remember Baxter, the robotic arm with a smiling face that you can teach to do simple, repeatable tasks? Well he has a little brother!<p>Rethink Robotics’ Sawyer is a smaller, lighter Baxter with a higher-precision hand. While Baxter was designed to, say, place items in a box over and over again, …

Robotics

Behind The “Wheel” Of The Mercedes Driverless Car

It's the year 2030 and your daily commute begins with the press of a button. Using a smartphone app, you summon an autonomous car — the Mercedes F015. The car starts, exits a parking garage, and drives itself to your house to pick you up.<p>Equipped with LED touchscreens, the F015's saloon doors open …

Autonomous Cars

10 Supposedly Irish Things That Aren't Remotely Irish

To celebrate St. Patrick's Day, millions will be embracing all things Irish. Wait, make that faux Irish—because many St. Patrick's "traditions" have …

Retail Week Live: The future of retail is cross-device discoverability, says Facebook UK MD

Subscribe now for full access or register to continue reading<p>Retail Week is the most trusted source of business intelligence for the retail industry. …

Boohoo.com sales jump 22% driven by strong international growth

Subscribe now for full access or register to continue reading<p>Retail Week is the most trusted source of business intelligence for the retail industry. …

Domino’s Pizza Takes 'Me-Tailing' to the Digital Retailing Forefront

Pizza has long been the fuel of meetups, parties, and lazy fridays. But combine it with a complex technology project that integrates across 13 …

The wear, why and how

“IN THE beginning was Apple. All things were made by it; and without it was not anything made that was made.” If technophiles were to write their own …

Apple Watch

Retail

In the general merchandise sector, there is a pronounced dichotomy between retailers with digitally advanced offers and more traditional ones at that …