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Now all your home’s Alexa devices work like an intercom

June 15th, 2020 at 2:18 am » Comments Off

Amazon’s ‘Drop In’ feature now works across the entire house. Amazon Alexa users can now use the “Drop In” feature to talk with all of their Echo devices at once, Amazon announced on its blog. Previously, Drop In messages could only be sent to one other Alexa-enabled device at a time — a user with […]

Remote collaboration and virtual conferences, The future of work

June 12th, 2020 at 11:26 am » Comments Off

Ten weeks ago, Jesse Damiani, writing on, told the story of a college professor who turned his course about XR into a research project about remote collaboration and virtual conferences. “This semester, Chapman University offered an experimental class called “Landscape of Emerging Media” through Dodge College, Chapman’s school for film and media studies. Taught […]

Microsoft sacks journalists to replace them with robots

June 10th, 2020 at 1:47 pm » Comments Off

Users of the homepages of the MSN website and Edge browser will now see news stories generated by AI Dozens of journalists have been sacked after Microsoft decided to replace them with artificial intelligence software. Staff who maintain the news homepages on Microsoft’s MSN website and its Edge browser – used by millions of Britons […]

4 ways work will change after the COVID-19 pandemic

June 8th, 2020 at 12:29 pm » Comments Off

The CEO of Skylum notes that we will now understand how things can work when people are purely focused on productivity and communication, and that is going to change everything. To say the coronavirus has had an impact on the way the world “works” would be an understatement. In a matter of weeks, we’ve gone […]

These are boom times for Augmented Reality

May 30th, 2020 at 2:59 pm » Comments Off

  There’s no escaping the pandemic, but bizarre Instagram filters and Zoom backgrounds give us the illusion that we can. I am alone in my apartment, as always, and I’ve just replaced my left eyeball with an orange springing out of its peel. A mile away, a friend, also home alone, is taking her seat—every […]

Meetings industry survey : Re-engagement expected by June

April 26th, 2020 at 12:23 pm » Comments Off

  “COVID-19 has had a substantial financial impact on the tourism industry, and destination organizations have responded quickly by deferring marketing funds in a responsible manner,” said Craig Compagnone, chief operating officer, MMGY Global commenting on the results of a recent meetings industry survey. MMGY Travel Intelligence, in partnership with Destinations International Foundation, has released […]

8 charts on internet use around the world as countries grapple with COVID-19

April 24th, 2020 at 11:44 am » Comments Off

A man in Bologna, Italy, chats online with his grandparents on March 19. A nationwide lockdown to control the spread of COVID-19 has been extended to at least Easter. People in the United States and around the world are turning to the internet to do their work and stay connected with others as the COVID-19 […]

Scientists develop AI that can turn brain activity into text

April 12th, 2020 at 1:21 pm » Comments Off

Researchers in US tracked the neural data from people while they were speaking Reading minds has just come a step closer to reality: scientists have developed artificial intelligence that can turn brain activity into text. While the system currently works on neural patterns detected while someone is speaking aloud, experts say it could eventually aid […]

Podcast listening sees decline with work-from-home requirements limiting commutes

April 11th, 2020 at 12:15 pm » Comments Off

As people adjust to shelter in place orders around the world due to the coronavirus pandemic, new behaviors are impacting almost every industry and that includes podcasts. While at first, you might think podcast listener numbers would be up with the extra time many people have on hand, it’s actually the opposite, here’s why. Reported […]

Coronavirus upended the trillion-dollar events business. Here’s how it can come back

April 9th, 2020 at 11:23 am » Comments Off

The global events industry generates more than $1 trillion in economic activity. Needless to say, it has been decimated by the coronavirus. After the lockdowns end and our health authorities tell us it’s safe to gather in groups, we need a plan to ease people back into real events. Virtual events won’t cut it in […]

Elon Musk’s SpaceX: Now 1 million Starlink user terminals OKed for US internet service

April 3rd, 2020 at 11:52 am » Comments Off

The Federal Communications Commission has approved SpaceX’s application to roll out a million user terminals in the US to connect with its growing Starlink satellite broadband network. The approval gives SpaceX a 15-year “blanket license for the operation of up to 1,000,000 fixed earth stations that will communicate with its non-geostationary orbit satellite system”.

Cloud data speeds set to soar with aid of laser mini-magnets

March 15th, 2020 at 1:06 am » Comments Off

Model of a single-molecule magnet Tiny, laser-activated magnets could enable cloud computing systems to process data up to 100 times faster than current technologies, a study suggests. Chemists have studied a new magnetic material that could boost the storage capacity and processing speed of hard drives used in cloud-based servers. This could enable people using […]