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An army of robot baristas could mean the end of Starbucks as we know it

Starbucks’ 95,000 baristas have a competitor. It doesn’t need sleep. It’s precise in a way that a human could never be. It requires no training. It can’t quit. It has memorized every one of its customers’ orders. There’s never a line for its perfectly turned-out drinks.<p>It doesn’t require health …

Coffee

Bookless Public Library Opens In Texas

An all-digital public library is opening today, as officials in Bexar County, Texas, celebrate the opening of the BiblioTech library. The facility offers about 10,000 free e-books for the 1.7 million residents of the county, which includes San Antonio.<p>On its website, the Bexar County BiblioTech …

Forget The Gold iPhone, The Much Bigger Story Is That Apple Appears To Have Signed Up The Most Important Mobile Carrier In The World

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has much bigger news for Apple.<p>In his latest report, Kuo says the next iPhone will be available on China Mobile, the world's biggest carrier, and the most important carrier in China.<p>The biggest problem has with its iPhone business is distribution. It stopped adding big new …

iPhone

Obama signs student loan bill lowering interest rates

President Barack Obama signed into law Friday a measure restoring lower interest rates for student loans, pledging the hard-fought compromise would be just the first step in a broader, concerted fight to rein in the costs of a college education.<p>Encircled by lawmakers from both parties in the Oval …

College & University

Moneysupermarket.com share price drops despite 70% profit rise

<b>Shares in price comparison website Moneysupermarket.com have dropped by 15% despite the firm recording a sharp rise in half-year profits.</b><p>The company, based in Ewloe, Flintshire, said pre-tax profits were up 70% from £11.6m to £19.8m.<p>Its share price fell on Wednesday after it said the UK …

Bank of England

Vaavud Smartphone Wind Meter Now Available, Use Your Phone To Measure Windspeed Like It’s The Future

Kickstarter success Vaavud is a thing of beauty. Created by a Danish team of enterprising inventors, it plugs into your iPhone or Android device’s headphone jack and connects with an app to tell you the current wind speed. It uses no power, and actually talks wirelessly to your phone via the …

The 10 Coolest Things You Can 3-D Print Right Now

Cameras, guitars, RC aircraft and more!<p>One survey of the 3-D printing landscape will quickly show you that it's brimming with novelty items and useless junk. But don't let that overwhelm you! We sorted through the clutter to create this list of 10 projects that are both awesome and practical.<p>Don't …

Apple and the Innovator’s Dilemma

<i>This paper was originally written in 2010 for a Corporate Innovation class at Kellogg; please forgive any formatting errors carried over in the</i> …

RoboRoach surgery kit comes to Kickstarter: a remote control for real cockroaches

What DARPA does with animal test subjects behind closed doors is one thing, but here we have something else entirely: mad-scientist kits that allow anyone at home to control the movement of a real-life cockroach. Backyard Brains, the crew behind Twitter Roach, have been selling RoboRoach sets for …

Flying tray delivers burgers at London restaurant - video

Diners at a branch of Yo! Sushi in Soho, central London, see their burgers delivered on a flying tray. The stunt to promote Japanese rice-burgers …

How the Robots Lost: High-Frequency Trading's Rise and Fall

Steve Swanson was a typical 21-year-old computer nerd with a very atypical job. It was the summer of 1989, and he’d just earned a math degree from …

OM on Twitter: "Mobile data traffic grew 19% from Q4 2012 to Q1 2013 & will grow 12-fold by 2018: says $ERIC http://t.co/UlkhWYemfH http://t.co/deaeagHSX6"

The growth graph of (AFAIK) the fastest growing co of those we've funded: http://t.co/b6SL5UuXlu

Goldman Sachs says Apple is a ‘buy’ but needs more than UI upgrades at WWDC

On the consumer side, we’re all looking forward to a radically new look and feel from iOS 7, but investors need a bit more proof in their pudding — likely in the form of substantial services upgrades for the larger world of iPhone and iPad app makers.<p>Analysts for finance firm Goldman Sachs said in …

In His Own Words: Why Steve Jobs Decided to Create the iPad

Despite initial criticism (albeit brief) when the iPad was first released, there can be no doubt that the device has been insanely successful – it …

Self driving car on Golden Gate Bridge!

About Tesla | Tesla

Tesla was founded in 2003 by a group of engineers who wanted to prove that people didn’t need to compromise to drive electric – that electric …

'My £39,000 debt will never get repaid': Debt time-bomb for taxpayers as 85% of students will never pay off loans

By<p>Published: 17:21 EDT, 18 May 2013 | Updated: 09:40 EDT, 20 May 2013<p>e-mail<p>174View<br>comments<p>About 85 per cent of students in England will never repay …

Finance