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2018 trends have landed!

Regular readers know the score. Below, you’ll find 5 trends that need to be on the radar of every switched-on business professional in 2018:<p><b>1.</b> …

Sexual Harassment

Blockchain could soon power stock markets, music sales, and health records — here's how it works

It's a technology conceived by the mysterious creator of bitcoin— the digital currency championed by a motley crew of privacy-obsessed libertarians, social activists, and some criminals.<p>Now the idea of blockchain has gripped Wall Street's biggest institutions.<p>Its enthusiasts think it could change …

Blockchain

POINT-OF-SALE TERMINALS: How evolving merchant demands are pushing POS terminal providers to up their game in an increasingly competitive environment

The downfall of US brick-and-mortar commerce is overblown — despite sharp gains in e-commerce, which will nearly double between now and 2021, the lion's share of purchasing continues to take place in-store. And that's unlikely to change anytime soon, since the online environment can't yet …

eCommerce

Affirm’s app lends you money to buy things online

Paypal co-founder Max Levchin launched Affirm back in 2012 to extend credit for folks to buy things online. Today, his company has extended that feature to a mobile app, functionally creating a virtual credit card for anyone who wants to trust a tech company instead of banks.<p>The service's signature …

Three years after it launched, Apple Pay is finally starting to gain traction with retailers

Although Apple announced Apple Pay to much fanfare three years ago, the mobile payment service has struggled to gain traction since. Only 27% of eligible iPhone owners have ever used Apple Pay and only 8% use it every week, according to payment systems consultant First Annapolis.<p>But there are signs …

These 11 startups are re-inventing how money works and they’re worth more than $1 billion

Everyone likes money.<p>But technology that handles money is what's really popular these days.<p>The rise of "fintech," or, financial technology, has unleashed a new breed of apps, sites and services designed to help consumers pay for goods, get loans and manage their retirement accounts.<p>Fintech is a …

Omega Ophthalmics is an eye implant platform with the power of continuous AR

Google and other tech companies have come up with glasses and contact lenses for the purposes of AR, but Omega Ophthalmics is taking a much more invasive approach by using surgically implanted lenses to create a space for augmented reality inside the eye.<p>It sounds wild, but lens implants aren’t a …

An early Uber employee is now launching an 'Uber for storage' to take the stress out of storing your stuff

Now, an early Uber employee wants to apply the same idea of making it more convenient and affordable to a market that is typically neither: self-storage.<p>On Tuesday, Michael Pao is launching Trove along with his cofounder Jon Perlow, a former high-ranking Facebook engineer.<p>Trove wants to redefine …

YouTube Go: databesparen en offline kijken van video's [+download]

Mobiele abonnementen worden steeds uitgebreider en we zien ook steeds meer WiFi-spots wereldwijd. Toch zijn er nog steeds landen waar het lastig is …

THE APP MONETIZATION REPORT: How developers can navigate the engagement crisis and tap into the $102 billion app opportunity

BI Intelligence<p>App developers long considered the "pay once and play" model — in which users pay up front an app and aren't prompted to make in-app purchases — the best way to generate revenue. But as more "free-to-download" apps entered the market, users increasingly opted for these experiences. …

Optical illusion - can you see all 12 black dots at once?

There are twelve black dots in this image. Why can't you see all twelve at the same time?<p>I replaced the black dots with red dots, and it is easier to …

Optical Illusions

5 books the head of MIT Media Lab thinks you should read

Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, and many others shared their favorite reads with the hashtag #ReadtoLead.<p>One of those influencers is Joi Ito, the head of MIT Media Lab. Ito picked five titles that should help anyone get a feel for where the future is headed.<p>Here's what to read in 2017 if you …

Genetics

Risky stem cell procedure for ALS may be done safely, study shows

The procedure was only tried on 15 patients<p>A complicated procedure for transplanting human stem cells into the spinal cord of patients with a fatal neurodegenerative disease may be done safely, new research shows. Although it’s unclear whether the stem cell treatment can actually slow down the …

Cybathlon: World's first 'bionic Olympics' gears up

<b>It's being pitched as a bionic Olympics. Next month, contestants from across the world using robotic exoskeletons, electronic arms, powered wheelchairs and other tech will take part in the world's first Cybathlon.</b><p>The event near Zurich is intended to highlight how people with physical disabilities …

Robotics

A Reboot For Wheelchair That Can Stand Up And Climb Stairs

Thirteen years ago, just as the United States began what was to become its longest war, a futuristic wheelchair hit the market.<p>The iBOT allowed paralyzed people, including many veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, to stand up by rising to eye level. It also did something no wheelchair ever had: climb …

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ODG partners with China Mobile’s Migu to take augmented reality to Chinese consumers

Osterhout Design Group is going to China. The maker of augmented reality glasses has partnered with China Mobile’s Migu Video subsidiary to deploy ODG’s smartglasses in China.<p>ODG makes AR smartglasses that can overlay computer-generated imagery on top of the real world, helping you see the world …

Augmented Reality

This virtual assistant looks like an anime girl trapped in a coffee pot

Gatebox AI is an unusual virtual assistant that involves a projected CGI character kind-of trapped in a jar -- with voice controls! The sales pitch is that this virtual assistant will give the sensation of living with a fictional character, or according to how creator Vinclu Inc. words it, "your …

Hackers can take over an entire network with this tiny $35 box

A group of white hat hackers from Minnesota called RedTeam Security helps companies prevent cyberattacks by exposing their vulnerabilities. One of the ways they do this is by breaking into a building and installing a small computer which grants them remote access to the network. It sounds a lot …

Cyber-attacks

Artificial intelligence is changing SEO faster than you think

By now everyone has heard of Google’s RankBrain, the new artificial intelligence machine learning algorithm that is supposed to be the latest and greatest from Mountain View, Calif. What many of you might not realize, however, is just how fast the SEO industry is changing because of it. In this …

A hot new app is hoping to change the way you manage your money

Clinc, a startup that was one of the companies to win "Best in Show" at Finovate on September 8, was born out of a research lab, by programmers taking an entirely different approach.<p>"Clinc is a company we created with the mission of taking the best science and technology from academia, from our …

Artificial Intelligence

THE FINTECH REGULATION REPORT: How European regulators are creating fertile ground for fintech growth

Financial technology — known more commonly as fintech — is attracting a lot of attention globally. Fintech companies provide technologies that aim to disrupt the financial services industry by making financial products more efficient and more widely distributed with lower overhead costs.<p>The …

Google Wallet introduces automatic transfers

Google has just pushed out an update to its Wallet mobile app that allows automatic transfers to your bank account. Previously, if you wanted to use money from the account elsewhere you'd have to go in and cash out your Google Wallet balance first. Omitting this part should be a boon for regular …

CHATBOTS EXPLAINED: Why businesses should be paying attention to the chatbot revolution

<i>This is a preview of a research report from Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service. To learn more about Business Insider Intelligence, click here.</i><p>Advancements in artificial intelligence, coupled with the proliferation of messaging apps, are fueling the …

Chatbots

I used an app to set up my first-ever budget and it changed the way I look at my money

All the small purchases added up on my credit card bill, which most of my money went to pay off. I was essentially living paycheck to paycheck.<p>Limiting my spending never really crossed my mind, but I really hoped to start developing habits to help me get rich. I finally decided to try to manage my …

5 apps to help you get your finances in check

Money is undoubtedly one of the biggest stressors in our lives, and getting your personal finances in check is no easy feat.<p>With so many personal finance apps available, it can be tough to know which apps will put you on the right track for fiscal health.<p>Here are the ones worth downloading.

Ericsson sees a wearable future that’s easy to swallow

A recent study by Ericsson ConsumerLab, shows wearables to be growing in popularity, and the expectations for these devices to be increasing as well.<p>Ericsson ConsumerLab, a leading research company with over 20 years experience in studying people’s behaviors and values, recently conducted an online …

Node-RED makes baking IoT Raspberry Pi easy

Raspberry Pi is a natural fit for the IoT world. Do-it-yourselfers and startups especially like Raspberry Pi for its low cost, small form factor, and versatility. There is also an entire library of software solutions that make adding your own unique functionality to a Raspberry Pi system relatively …

Wearable makers see huge potential in Chinese market

Wearable makers are starting to look closely at the Chinese market, as more customers in the country pick up their first wearable product.<p>In the past few months, Fitbit entered the market through a deal with Alibaba and Motorola launched the Moto 360 in late 2015. The smartwatch has seen impressive …

Bitcoin will pay for public services in a small Swiss town

Most experiments in paying with digital currencies have come from private companies, but the Swiss town of Zug is trying something different. As of July 1st, the community is launching a trial that will let you pay for public services using Bitcoin -- as long as you're shelling out the equivalent …

Facebook's lead HR consultant says every great manager follows these 2 principles

When the management guide "First, Break All the Rules" was first published in 1999, managers embraced it and HR departments rejected it.<p>Two of the book's core messages — that a company's success relies on individual managers' leadership styles and that employees' weaknesses should be ignored rather …