Former Amazon executive uses Bezos' mock press release trick at his smart home company

LakeArrowhead (#1) 112 days ago US News amazon executive bezos mock press release trick smart home company All   Discuss  | Add To 
Charlie Kindel burned out at Amazon, but he's still influenced by its practices in his new gig at home automation company Control4.

Social investment platform eToro acquires smart contract startup Firmo

LakeArrowhead (#1) 174 days ago Business social investment platform etoro acquires smart contract startup firmo All   Discuss  | Add To 
Social investing and trading platform eToro announced that it has acquired Danish smart contract infrastructure provider Firmo for an undisclosed purchase price. Firmo’s platform enables exchanges to execute smart financial contracts across various assets, including crypto derivatives, and across all major blockchains. Firmo founder and CEO Dr. Omri Ross described the company’s mission as “…enabl[ing] our […]

Smart speaker technology harnessed for hospital medical treatments

LakeArrowhead (#1) 176 days ago Science smart speaker technology harnessed hospital medical treatments All   Discuss  | Add To 
Smart speakers that are customarily used in your living room can be programmed to act as an aid to physicians in hospital operating rooms, according to new research.

The economics and tradeoffs of ad-funded smart city tech

LakeArrowhead (#1) 287 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) 466 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) 551 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) 583 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) 618 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) 893 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) 893 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.

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