Apple could be buying cobalt from mining companies directly

Cobalt is the new oil. Car companies and battery manufacturers are all rushing to secure multiyear contracts with mining companies for their lithium-ion batteries. According to a Bloomberg report, Apple is also participating in this game as the company wants to secure its long-term supplies. The company has never done this before with cobalt. Apple relies […]

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Wireless Carriers Sold a Third of All Apple Watches in the U.S. Last Quarter

In the smartphone market, wireless carriers are easily the most important distribution channel for smartphone OEMs. That even applies to Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), despite the fact that it has a huge network of retail stores where consumers can go buy an iPhone directly from the company. Most smartphone buyers still prefer to walk into their carrier’s retail stores […]

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Apple said to debut voice-activated Siri AirPods in 2018, water-resistant model in 2019

Apple is preparing a couple of updating models of AirPods, according to Bloomberg. The popular fully wireless earbud-style headphones that Apple introduced last year are currently on track for a refresh in 2018 with the addition of a new version of the “W” line of chips that Apple created specifically to manage and improve Bluetooth-based connections […]

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Apple Is Officially Taking Over the Watch Business

Apple is taking over the watch industry. The company sold more watches last quarter than Rolex, Omega, and Swatch combined. “The cellular version of the Apple Watch was in strong demand in the U.S., Japan, and Australia, where all major operators stocked it in time for the holiday season,” said Vincent Thielke, an analyst at industry researcher Canalys. In […]

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Pointing the way: how medical drones are saving lives in Africa

For an NHS hospital in Britain, it is a routine if traumatic event that staff are equipped to deal with day in, day out. But for a young woman in Rwanda, a sudden bleed after going into labour could easily have proved fatal. There was no blood of the right group in store at the remote […]

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Automation is going to hit workers in three waves, and the first one is already here

A report released yesterday by PwC says the near future of automation technologies will arrive in three phases. The report calls them “waves” and maps out how they’ll wash over us: 1. A flood of algorithms. Already, data analysis and simple digital tasks are becoming the purview of machines. 2. Augmentation inundation. Into the late 2020s, repeatable tasks and […]

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Miso scores $10 million to bring its hamburger-flipping robot to more restaurants

Pasadena-based hardware startup Miso Robotics just got a big vote of confidence from investors, in the form of a $10 million Series B. This latest windfall led by Acacia Research Corporation brings the company’s total disclosed funding to $14 million and arrives as it ramps up production and gets ready to deliver its hamburger-cooking robot Flippy to […]

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The Automation Onslaught Is Coming—Are You Ready?

Everywhere you look, pundits are talking about automation, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. For some people, this is exciting. It’s a new world of efficiency and lower costs for goods as we witness the biggest breakthroughs in production since the industrial era began. However, many people are also scared. Bestselling books and sci-fi blockbuster movies […]

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Autonomous vehicles may be on Mass. roads soon

Experts made one thing clear at a Statehouse briefing on autonomous vehicles Thursday. While the estimated time of arrival varies, autonomous vehicles are on the road to Massachusetts — and policymakers are trying to figure out how to make the best of it and prevent the worst. Concerns about autonomous vehicles include safety, increased traffic […]

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Vizio adds support for Amazon Alexa voice controls on its SmartCast TVs

Vizio owners have been able to control their SmartCast TVs with Google Home for over a year, and now the company is furthering its digital assistant integration with newly added support for Amazon Alexa. Once users have configured the new Vizio SmartCast Alexa skill, they’ll be able to turn the TV on and off using voice commands, as […]

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