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Added 28 May, 2018

Consumer laws and airline policies often entitle passengers to receive compensation from carriers when flights experience major delays or cancellations. But few jilted passengers file the paperwork to claim what they deserve. Enter, Kayak, the travel price-comparison search engine. Quietly for the past few months, it has been using its...

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Added 27 May, 2018

Argentina bank Banco Masventas (BMV) has partnered with the local blockchain financial services startup Bitex to become the world’s first banking institution to actively leverage Bitcoin as an international payments standard. The move is a conspicuous move away from extant options such as the SWIFT clearing network, which has seen multiple...

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Added 27 May, 2018

Target is upping its beauty game with a focus on personalized experiences through a series of digitally-enabled features both in-store and at the customer’s home. The so-called Target Beauty Studio is a partnership between the US retailer and Perfect Corp.’s YouCam Makeup software, which allows users to virtually try on hundreds of makeup items...

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Added 23 May, 2018

For many companies, gauging employee morale is a nebulous process that feels almost artistic, relying on the intuition of people involved in building workplace culture. In fast-growing startups, agencies and remote working teams often great actions doesn’t get enough and lousy experience too late attention. Moodbot claims to fix this – on a...

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Added 23 May, 2018

As we get older, the phenomenon becomes more familiar: looking at someone who’s getting attention at a large gathering of famous people, and wondering aloud, “Who in the hell even is that?” Now U.K.-based Sky News wants to make sure you wonder no more. The network recently announced that it will use an AI-based facial recognition software...

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Added 19 May, 2018

Start-up Kabaq is aiming to bring the next big technology-influenced change for restaurants and foodies since Instagram sparked a surge in food photography: an augmented reality menu. Burger chain Bareburger will be among the first restaurants to allow customers to see their meal right in front of them — before ever placing an order.
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Added 19 May, 2018

Snapchat is creating augmented reality shopping ads, blending selfies with commerce. The messaging and media app is calling its new creation—a blend of paid lenses with commerce capabilities—"shoppable AR." It has tested the ads with Clairol, Adidas, "Candy Crush" game maker King, and STX movie studio. The commerce lenses are the same as other...

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Added 17 May, 2018

The building industry, farmers, oil exploration... the list of companies making use of industrial camera drones is growing by the month. Now the Industrial arm of Danish camera manufacturer Phase One has launched an aerial camera that uses the world’s first backlit medium format sensor. It's called the iXM 100MP, and it's almost certainly the...

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Added 15 May, 2018

What do the late Tupac Shakur and Swedish pop group ABBA have in common? Seems like not much. But thanks to virtual reality, that’s changing. In a statement posted to Instagram, ABBA confirmed a “virtual tour”. The group also announced the release of the first new material since 1982. It seems like plans for the virtual tour inspired them to...

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Added 14 May, 2018

Beijing and other cities already have buildings that are designed with technologies that clean the air of the cities they are located in. With its facade covered in the spray-on solution Pureti, the new NYC building at 570 Broome Street in Soho is breaking down contaminants in Manhattan air. It utilizes a photocatalytic process that transforms...