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Banking is the Next Personal Assistant

We envision banks as these massive vaults filled with money. While there’s some truth to that assumption, your average bank is so much more. We can expect that banking is the next personal assistant. Banks are massively complicated institutions that operate on a lot of different (often proprietary) systems working seamlessly in conjunction with one […]

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Google launches augmented reality app ARCore for Android

Google has launched its own augmented reality kit for developers, called ARCore, a lighter version of the company’s Tango platform that does not require any specialized hardware to run. ARCore is a light software development kit, similar to Apple’s ARkit, which is able to track motion, understand flat surfaces, and estimate where the light will […]

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Intel “eliminates” wearables division to focus on augmented reality

Intel has reportedly “eliminated” its wearable division, a year after it issued a recall of all Basis Peak smartwatches, due to frequent overheating. The division had already lost most of its workers in November, when Intel slashed 80 percent of the Basis team, according to CNBC. The chip maker’s New Technologies Group, which looks into […]

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Oculus may soon offer consumers choice in VR headsets

Following on from a report yesterday that said Oculus may be launching a $200 standalone virtual reality headset late this year, rumors now suggest that several headsets, capable of working with a connected PC or mobile, are currently in development. Oculus is “exploring multiple options in a ‘spectrum’ of standalone devices for the future,” according […]

VR/AR headset sales to reach 100 million by 2021, says IDC

Sales of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) headsets are estimated to reach 100 million by 2021, a tenfold improvement on the 10 million shipments recorded last year. That the forecast from research firm IDC, which said VR headsets that use smartphones, like Samsung’s Gear VR and Google’s Daydream VR, are currently the most […]

Samsung receives approval to test self-driving cars in South Korea

Samsung has received approval to test self-driving vehicles in South Korea and will begin with a “Hyundai equipped with the latest cameras and sensors,” according to The Korean Herald. Little is known about Samsung’s intentions at this time. The move comes a few weeks after Apple received similar approval to test self-driving vehicles in California. […]

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Is BlackBerry going all-in on driverless car tech?

In an effort to secure a future for the company, BlackBerry announced on Monday that it will open an autonomous driving research center in Canada. The QNX team, responsible for infotainment and telematics systems, will run the autonomous center from its Ottawa facility. In the announcement, it said it will embed software into sensors, cameras, […]

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Next iPhone could double as a glucose monitor

To nobody’s surprise, Apple has merged audio into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 7, removing the 3.5mm audio jack. As evidence of the lack of surprise, DarioHealth unveiled a new glucose meter on Thursday, one day after Apple’s announcement, which works with the iPhone’s Lightning connector. Previously, the DarioHealth blood glucose monitoring system connected via […]

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Apple jacks the jack and walks the Watch at big event

Another year, another September event, another iPhone. Apple’s key event met all the criteria, although the lack of MacBook, iPad, and “one more thing” segment might have upset some fans that were hoping for surprises. iPhone 7 The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were unveiled at the event, with a slight design tweak, upgrade […]