Mark Thomson

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Why machine learning is still getting the human touch in retail

Handing power back to the people who know their business is becoming a more common practice, even in environments where big data has taken a driver’s …

MasterCard testing security feature that okays purchases based on phone location

Locking down those credit cards while globe-trotting is always a chief concern. Today at Mobile World Congress, MasterCard and Syniverse announced a joint effort to ease the fears of travelers. The pair is working on a pilot program that will only allow card-based transactions when a user's mobile …

Apple reportedly rolls out iBeacon certification program

Apple(s aapl) now has an official certification process for manufacturers that wish to use its iBeacon specification, according to Beekn.net. Under …

Apple formalizes iBeacon Bluetooth spec in the hopes of wider adoption

Several companies and organizations have already come forward to test out iOS7's Bluetooth-based iBeacon technology for tasks like shopping and navigation, but it could become a lot more commonplace in the near future. That's because the Cupertino company has quietly released the iBeacon …

Pictures leak of the Motorola-made Google smartwatch that might have been

You may not have to wait until later this year to see a smartwatch from Google or Motorola -- in fact, you may be looking at a jointly developed watch right now. <i>Android Police</i> claims to have photos of Motorola-built prototype wristwear from 2013, nicknamed Gem, that was intended as an official …

Rolls-Royce’s Drone Shipbots Will Rule Tomorrow’s Oceans, Shipping Containers

If you’re rooting for the drone team, then chalk up another win: Rolls-Royce is working on unmanned cargo ships that would roam the Earth’s oceans packed with crates of goods, controlled by captains safe on shore using virtual reality facilities to pilot their fleets. In other words, tomorrow’s …

Visualizing 15 Years Of Acquisitions By Apple, Google, Yahoo, Amazon, And Facebook

You grow old, you slow down, and you die. That is, unless you can inject some fresh blood. After watching the last generation of tech giants wither or stagnate, today’s juggernauts are relying on acquisitions to keep them young and relevant. Check out the interactive infographic below to compare …

Square's Pickup app streamlines ordering take-out in San Francisco

If you thought ordering a new shirt from Uniqlo and grabbing it from the store 20 minutes later was rad, Square has something similar cooked up for your favorite restaurants. The outfit is demoing a new Android and iOS application called Pickup at a handful of San Francisco eateries, according to</i> …