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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How To Buy Apple Watch Series 3 For $50 Less – Refurbished

Apple’s latest Watch is hugely successful, which has meant it hasn’t been that easy to find discounted prices. This has meant that earlier versions like the Series 2 which is no longer available from Apple itself, and the available-everywhere Series 1 have at least been more likely to drop in price. In the last days, […]

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Facebook smart speakers Aloha and Fiona to launch by July, report says

Facebook’s smart speakers will be launching by July and are code named Aloha and Fiona, DigiTimes reported Wednesday.   Facebook’s rival to Amazon’s Alexa will have 15-inch LG touchscreens, DigiTimes said, citing industry sources. DigiTimes has a spotty record on reporting product launches, and Facebook did not immediately reply to a CNBC request for comment. But the DigiTimes report […]

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Voice shopping with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant

UK advertising regulators cleared a TV ad this week, one made by Amazon that caused an Echo smart speaker to buy cat food without permission, according to a viewer. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) investigated, and then dismissed the complaint, saying the viewer’s experiences was an exception, and that Amazon had done its best to […]

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Augmented, virtual reality are China’s new tourism draws

Mickey Mouse and gang in Shanghai Disney Resort should be worried about a new breed of showtime rivals. During a recent national holiday week, more than 700,000 visitors swarmed to a new light-show theme park in Haining, a city near Shanghai that has China’s largest leather mall. They oohed and aahed over a 10-minute water […]

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