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Added 20 September, 2018

Next year, owners of certain late-model BMWs will be able to turn on their HVAC system, adjust the lighting, or change the radio all without lifting a finger. Today, the German automaker announced the launch of a proprietary digital voice assistant, which will be available for models featuring BMW’s latest 7.0 operating system, starting in...

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Added 11 September, 2018

In a bid to reduce waste and be more green, the French government is requiring bottles made from recycled plastic to be cheaper than those made from new plastic. Specifically, this movement hopes to reduce the price by up to 10 percent. Depending on what you’re buying to begin with, this could be a significant discount. Either way, it’s clearly...

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Added 3 September, 2018

What comes after physical-tracking wearables? Emotion-trackers, of course. There are several on the market and coming down the pike, including Upmood, launched via Kickstarter with the aim of raising just over £25,000. Upmood uses an algorithm that turns biometric data into analytics through a Bluetooth connection to the app to let you know of...

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Added 1 September, 2018

Inkhunter, an augmented reality app that lets users preview tattoos, is launching a marketplace for tattoo artists. The Ukraine-based company’s 8 million users can already upload a tattoo design or select one from Inkhunter’s library and see how it will look on their skin via AR. Now a new marketplace will connect users to a local artist who...

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Added 20 August, 2018

Transportation emissions remain a huge struggle for states and countries around the globe. Even regions that are otherwise pretty green tend to miss the mark, like California, which saw its transportation emissions rise even as the state’s overall greenhouse gas emissions fell to record lows. But several countries in Central and South America...

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Added 26 July, 2018

CVS Health’s MinuteClinic is taking steps to give patients a fuller healthcare experience thanks to its partnership with Buoy Health. The latter is a tech company that specializes in the development of tools to help people get the care they need from the moment of diagnosis, and will now be integrated in to MinuteClinic’s over 1,000 locations....

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Added 25 July, 2018

Liverpool City Council has partnered with the Poseidon Foundation to help offset its carbon emissions. The year-long trial is intended to help Liverpool become the first local authority in the UK to become ‘climate positive’.This means that the city will help remove more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than it emits each year. Finance start-...

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Added 15 July, 2018

While American cities are starting to ban plastic straws for ecological reasons, companies like McDonald's and Starbucks are proactively making changes to paper straws and other technologies. Starbucks has promised to end its use of plastic straws by 2020. The franchise will replace the straws with a new type of lid described as a “sippy cup”...

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Added 14 July, 2018

A roadside system that detects if a mobile phone is in use in a passing vehicle is being piloted in the UK. It is hoped it will act as a deterrent to people making calls behind the wheel. The technology picks up the phone signal in the vehicle and activates a roadside warning sign of a mobile with a red line through it. Using a directional...

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Added 13 July, 2018

Toyota is sponsoring the world's first autonomous hydrogen-powered ship on a six-year world tour. The specially adapted race boat, Energy Observer, uses solar, wind and wave-generated power – as well as carbon-free hydrogen generated from seawater. The base technology already exists for use on land, where it helps overcome the problem of...