The economics and tradeoffs of ad-funded smart city tech

LakeArrowhead (#1) 82 days ago Business economics tradeoffs ad-funded smart city tech All   Discuss  | Add To 
In order to have innovative smart city applications, cities first need to build out the connected infrastructure, which can be a costly, lengthy, and politicized process. Third-parties are helping build infrastructure at no cost to cities by paying for projects entirely through advertising placements on the new equipment. I try to dig into the economics […]

Women’s Safety XPRIZE $1M winner is a smart, simple panic button

LakeArrowhead (#1) 260 days ago Business womens safety xprize 1m winner smart simple panic button All   Discuss  | Add To 
Devices like smartphones ought to help people feel safer, but if you're in real danger the last thing you want to do is pull out your phone, go to your recent contacts, and type out a message asking a friend for help. The Women's Safety XPRIZE just awarded its $1 million prize to one of dozens of companies attempting to make a safety wearable that's simple and affordable.

Spotify tests native voice search, groundwork for smart speakers

LakeArrowhead (#1) 345 days ago Business spotify tests native voice search groundwork smart speakers All   Discuss  | Add To 
Now Spotify listens to you instead of the other way around. Spotify has a new voice search interface that lets you say “Play my Discover Weekly,” “Show Calvin Harris” or “Play some upbeat pop” to pull up music. A Spotify spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch that this is “Just a test for now,” as only a […]

News: Dubai Airports welcomes new smart gates to Terminal 1

LakeArrowhead (#1) 378 days ago Travel news dubai airports welcomes smart gates terminal 1 All   Discuss  | Add To 
Dubai Airports has marked the completion of the installation of new and enhanced smart gates at Dubai International Terminal 1. Dubai Airports also recently joined Dubai’s aviation community in signing a pledge to purchase only ‘green vehicles’ going forward.

People do actually want to use their smart speakers to buy things

LakeArrowhead (#1) 412 days ago US News people smart speakers buy All   Discuss  | Add To 
In a new study, 62% of smart speaker owners said they planned to buy something through their device in the next month.

'Smart' cephalopods trade off genome evolution for prolific RNA editing

LakeArrowhead (#1) 687 days ago Science smart cephalopods trade genome evolution prolific rna editing All   Discuss  | Add To 
Octopus, squid, and cuttlefish are famous for engaging in complex behavior, from unlocking an aquarium tank and escaping to instantaneous skin camouflage to hide from predators. A new study suggests their evolutionary path to neural sophistication includes a novel mechanism: Prolific RNA editing at the expense of evolution in their genomic DNA.

There's a cost to 'bee-ing' too smart

LakeArrowhead (#1) 687 days ago Science cost bee-ing smart All   Discuss  | Add To 
Researchers have discovered that smart bumblebees die sooner and don't collect as much food over their life spans as their less intelligent co-workers. Researchers suggest that the energy demands of intelligence eat up limited resources, leaving smart bees with less energy for foraging than their slower-learning counterparts. This is the first evidence of a learning-associated cost in the wild and could have implications for a variety of species.

Owlet updates its smart baby health monitoring sock so babies can’t kick it off

LakeArrowhead (#1) 695 days ago Business owlet updates smart baby health monitoring sock babies kick All   Discuss  | Add To 
 Owlet, a Utah-based startup monitoring your babies vitals, has a new and improved smart sock out today and we got a chance to catch up with the founders to talk about what they’ve been up to since appearing on stage at our 2014 CES Hardware Battlefield. Now version 2 of Owlet’s smart sock makes an even snugglier fit for your little one with a wrap-around design. The… Read More

Smart diabetes management service Livongo Health raises $52.5M and looks to new markets

LakeArrowhead (#1) 705 days ago Business smart diabetes management service livongo health raises 525m markets All   Discuss  | Add To 
 Glen Tullman doesn’t like it when someone tells him he’s sick when he’s feeling fine. It’s something he thinks his customers probably don’t want to hear, either. Tullman runs a startup called Livongo Health, which offers a blood glucose monitor accompanied with a service designed to intervene and help coach people through managing diabetes. Livongo Health helps… Read More

Listen to Monzo founder on building a ‘smart’ bank, fintech bubble and turning down acquisition offer

LakeArrowhead (#1) 733 days ago Business listen monzo founder building smart bank fintech bubble turning acquisition offer All   Discuss  | Add To 
 Yesterday I caught up with Tom Blomfield, co-founder and CEO of digital-only or ‘challenger’ bank Monzo. In our call, we talked about why Blomfield and his 80-plus team are building a new bank, whether or not we are in a fintech bubble and what he thinks the impact will be of upcoming EU regulation intended to force incumbent banks to open up. Read More

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