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Comics

'Digital Key' standard uses your phone to unlock your car

You can already use your smartphone as a car key if you own the right vehicle (just ask Tesla Model 3 owners). There hasn't really been a common standard for it, though, and that has hurt adoption -- you can't guarantee that you'll have phone access if you switch brands, or even individual models. …

Mobile Devices

All-you-can-eat restaurant goes bust after people ate all they could

Here's a sage reminder that the all-you-can-eat business model can go very, very wrong.<p>A hotpot restaurant in China went bust after two weeks because …

Customers

Amazon's Alexa will now butler at Marriott hotels

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc said on Tuesday that it has partnered with Marriott International Inc to help increase guest access to amenities with Alexa, through its voice-controlled device Echo, in an attempt to expand its presence in the hospitality industry.<p>Alexa for hospitality would assist in …

Hospitality

New Credit Card Startup Lands $50 Million From PayPal Mafia And Other Investors

Brex, a San Francisco company that offers a corporate credit card for startups, has launched its first product and raised $50 million in new investment, bringing its total funding to $57 million. PayPal founders Max Levchin and Peter Thiel contributed to the Series B financing round, in addition to …

Startups

Amazon is bringing its Echo devices to hotel rooms across the country, starting with Marriott

Amazon<p><b>Amazon on Tuesday announced Alexa for Hospitality, a new program that lets hotel chains place Amazon Echo devices in guest rooms.</b>• <b><br>The devices</b> …

Hospitality

Google AI can help doctors predict when patients might die

Google's artificial intelligence systems can cull through and analyze a person's medical history to help doctors make more accurate predictions about a patient's health, and even provide estimates on when a patient may die, according to a Bloomberg report.<p>In one situation, doctors estimated that a …

Artificial Intelligence

Some ex-Googlers think viewing TV on a phone in portrait mode is a good idea

• A startup company called Dreams has launched with a different take on the smartphone video trend.<br>• The Dreams app offers TV shows that can be viewed vertically while the phone is in portrait mode.<br>• The startup, founded by ex-Google and Instagram team members, has raised $5 million so far.<p>Watching video …

TV shows

Google demo shows how AR can thrive on the web

Google has been hyping up augmented reality on the web, and it's easy to understand why -- it promises an immersive experience without requiring a special app. But what does that look like in practice? The company now has an easy way to find out. It recently released <i>Chacmool</i>, a previously seen tech …

Augmented Reality

The Future Of The Shopping Mall Is Not About Shopping

When Cirque du Soleil announced plans this week for a “family entertainment” concept inside a Toronto mall, it said a lot about the future of shopping centers. The 24,000 sq.ft. space, called “Creactive”, will be a circus-inspired playground with a range of activities from juggling to high-wire – …

eCommerce

Top 5 360 Cameras Low-Light Video Performance Compared

I’m a big fan of 360 cameras. They offer a unique way to share a place and time with the world. So far, the quality of the cameras and their images has been a bit of a mixed bag. There’s a far greater range between a good 360 image and a poor one than there is with, say, like-priced traditional …

Mobile Photography

Here's what Apple's doing to get you excited about AR

The future of augmented reality headgear and smartglasses is still very much in flux. The long-awaited Magic Leap might emerge this year. Microsoft's Hololens has hung in a state of enterprise limbo -- one from which it may finally emerge next year. Little smartglasses like ODG's might get better …

Augmented Reality

Light show projects Portugal's history onto ruined church

LISBON (Reuters) - Tourists sit out under the stars, watching the history of Portugal projected over their heads onto the walls and arches of a ruined Lisbon church.<p>The multimedia show "Lisbon Under Stars" has been drawing up to 500 visitors a night to the capital's landmark Carmo Church, say …

European Travel

HaptX reveals high-tech haptic gloves that let you feel and touch in virtual reality

Experiencing something in virtual or augmented reality can be pretty life-like. But adding haptic touch technology to the mix — letting you <i>feel</i> the …

The Brilliant Ways UPS Uses Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning And Big Data

In a business where shaving off a mile per day per driver can result in savings of up to $50 million per year, UPS has plenty of incentive to incorporate technology to drive efficiencies in every area of its operations. According to UPS’ Chief Technology Officer Juan Perez, “Our business drives …

Artificial Intelligence

Enterprise enters AV fray with Voyage's self-driving minivans

Rental car companies are slowly dipping their toes into the autonomous vehicle space, and Enterprise is the latest company to announce its plans.<p>Enterprise has teamed up with Voyage to manage the service and maintenance of the startup's fleet of autonomous vehicles. Voyage's latest vehicle, the G2, …

Autonomous Vehicle

AI edges closer to understanding 3D space the way we do

If I show you a single picture of a room, you can tell me right away that there’s a table with a chair in front of it, they’re probably about the same size, about <i>this</i> far from each other, with the walls <i>this</i> far away — enough to draw a rough map of the room. Computer vision systems don’t have this …

Machine Learning

Elon Musk says the Chicago tunnel project could start construction in ‘three to four months’

Passengers might also be able to get pre-cleared for airport security<p>Construction on the Boring Company’s newly announced underground transit link between downtown Chicago and O’Hare International Airport could start in just three to four months, Elon Musk said today. During a joint press …

Elon Musk

Facebook is building a big new $750 million data center in Alabama

Facebook has got big plans for a new $750 million data center in Huntsville, Alabama.<p>On Thursday, the social networking giant announced it was building a new 970,000 square foot facility in Huntsville, a city in the northern part of the US state.<p>"As a growing tech hub, Huntsville seemed like a …

Renewable Energy

Immigrants founded and co-founded half of all the billion-dollar startups in 2016, creating over 33,000 jobs

The Department of Homeland Security recently filed a proposal to remove an Obama-era rule that allows immigrant founders of companies in the US the opportunity to stay for two and a half years, with the possibility of an extension.<p>It was a long time coming, considering the current administration's …

Startups

Google's latest VR Spotlight story watches you

Google's latest interactive Spotlight Story has an unusual twist... namely, it's watching you. The <i>Piggy</i> VR experience uses six-degrees-of-freedom movement tracking to have a pig respond to your gaze as its namesake character is tempted by a cake. Stare at Piggy and the porcine protagonist will look …

Loneliness

Investor flags real-world benefits of AR, VR - Mobile World Live

<b>LIVE FROM AR & VR WORLD, LONDON:</b> Enterprises and startups should not waste any time trying to understand how they can best use augmented and virtual …

Augmented Reality

Vacation on the International Space Station, for the person who has everything

Are you tired of Lake Como? Bored by your round-the-world cruise on the Queen Elizabeth? Well cheer up, because there's finally a way to really get away from it all.<p>Axiom Space, which bills itself as the first commercial space station, said Wednesday it'll offer seven- to 10-day vacations on the …

Space Exploration

Daredevil raccoon's Minnesota skyscraper climb

<b>A daredevil raccoon has been safely rescued after leaving the internet on tenterhooks by scaling a 23-floor building in St Paul, Minnesota.</b><p>The critter, dubbed #MPRraccoon after the radio station opposite the high-rise, trended worldwide on Twitter.<p>Crowds gathered at the building after it went …

Cat Food

Golfshot's new augmented-reality update offers 360-degree, on-course features—bringing a smarter GPS app into the golf space

The new Golfscope AR update to the Golfshot app features one of the first augmented-reality offerings in golf. Though Arccos has introduced AR in its Arccos Caddie product, GPS apps do not typically offer similar technology. For members of Golfshot or Golfshot Pro ($29.99), users with iOS devices …

Augmented Reality

JetSmarter Launches No Membership Private Jet Seats And Charters

JetSmarter, on track to record $300 million in sales this year, is hoping to exponentially charge its growth as it announces a new pay-as-you-go option to buy seats on its scheduled private jet flights later today. It will be the first time paying for a membership is not required. At the same time, …

Air Travel

A single police drone has seriously impacted crime in a Mexican city

Drones are finding a place in so many industries lately that it’s not much of a surprise that police departments have also been testing the …

Drones

Making a Killing in Virtual Real Estate

Last month, Ryan Kunzmann went to a bar in New York to see his 58,000 square feet of property. No, it’s not the world’s biggest bar—his holdings are …

Virtual Reality

Uber is working on AI to identify drunk passengers

Uber is working on technology that could determine just how drunk passengers are when ordering a ride. According to <i>CNN</i>, Uber Technology Inc. filed a patent for a machine learning application that could accurately predict a user’s state of sobriety and alert the driver with this information.<p>The …

Artificial Intelligence

Laurene Powell Jobs has quietly invented a new form of philanthropy

Laurene Powell Jobs is quietly creating a new landscape of philanthropy.<p>One of the world's richest women, worth an estimated $20 billion, the 54-year-old Powell Jobs is a philanthropist, entrepreneur and president of the Emerson Collective, whose mission includes "removing barriers to opportunity …

Silicon Valley