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Mondo is a smarter debit card – and it could replace your bank

Every time I’ve used my debit card to buy something or withdraw cash from an ATM over the past couple of weeks, my Apple Watch has instantly buzzed to give me a running total of how much I’ve spent so far that day.<p>It feels like I’m living in the future of money management – and maybe I am. I’ve …

Robots could push unemployment to 50% in 30 years, prof says

Technically Incorrect: A computational engineering professor paints a miserable picture of a leisured future.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>This is the weekend to fully appreciate love.<p>Not just love for your lover, but love for the …

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Why oil shortage fears were wrong

The best reads from around the web, including failed fuel predictions, an audacious computer hack and the language of bird song.<p><b>Business</b> <br>Marissa Mayer, what happened?<p><i>Nicholas Carlson | New York Times | 17 December 2014</i> <br>How Yahoo went from a company worth $128 billion to a company worth nothing at …

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Internet Of Things: How Will It Work?

Thanks to The Internet of Things (IOT), millions of “hyper-connected” smart homes, smart cities, smart refrigerators, and smart cars are coming down the pike, with the promise of helping people and businesses run simple while creating an estimated $65 trillion in global trade. A never before seen …

Osmo for iPad Review: Magical and Educational

We are all used to interfacing with a computer through mouse, keyboard, and in more recent times, touchscreen. Osmo has created an educational game system that allows you to interface with the iPad through physical objects. It’s a new way of using the iPad to engage children in learning and it is …

Industry Canada plan for a better Web: New privacy rules, more rural broadband

The federal government has outlined its digital strategy for Canadians, with one of its main initiatives to ensure access to secure and competitive Internet and wireless services.<p>Industry Minister James Moore unveiled the Digital Canada 150 strategy on Friday in Waterloo, Ontario – one of the …

House Of The Future: How Automation Tech Is Transforming The Home

In the late 2000s, while he was building himself a “green” home in Lake Tahoe, Calif., Tony Fadell, one of the creators of the iPod, went looking for a thermostat, and was unimpressed by the limited features and dated technology he found.<p>Fadell teamed up with former Apple colleague Matt Rogers in …

Scientists Build Hollow Virus For Cheaper Vaccines

This foot-and-mouth virus has a stable exterior, but no genetic material in its interior.<p>Call it hollow-hearted. Researchers have built a mimic of the outer capsule of the foot-and-mouth disease virus. Inside, where the virus' genetic material normally lives, is empty.<p>Such synthetic virus-like …

The folding phone charger that fixes a problem plug

One scratch to a laptop is all it took for designer Min-Kyu Choi to redesign the power plug – with award-winning results. He and his business partner Matthew Judkins talk to BBC Future about a simple but ground-breaking rethink.<p>The UK power plug is a design which has remained almost unchanged since …

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