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GE is ready to save China billions

July 27th, 2016

General Electric ( GE) announced a partnership with China’s Huawei on July 20 as it continues to build out its Internet of Things ecosystem. The Internet of Things is a natural fit for GE. As the world’s largest maker of jet engines, diesel trains and other large industrial goods, finding ways to make things cheaper is in its DNA. Sensors...

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Chinese tech producers set to stun

July 27th, 2016

The Chinese are coming. They’re innovating, building world class goods that will compete well with Western equivalents. So why doesn’t anyone see this coming? Seriously, it’s hard to argue the Chinese haven’t made a cottage industry out of ripping off iconic products. Sometimes it’s as blatant as Swiss watch look-alikes while...

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Amazon retraining workers displaced by robots

July 27th, 2016

In early July, a team of Dutch engineers won the Amazon Picking Challenge. The international competition honors engineering teams for building robots with human-like dexterity. It’s not tough to see why such robots appeal to Amazon. The company is a recognized leader in the drive for workplace automation -- and that’s a good thinggiven...

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Rivals push Netflix off screen

July 25th, 2016

To get our regular email updates, simply click here.Netflix (NFLX) shares were hit hard Tuesday, July 19, plummeting from $90 to $77.58 a share before rebounding to $79.52 by the end of the week. The culprit is slowing growth and that has disastrous future implications. There was a time when Netflix could do no wrong. It switched business models...

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Banks finally getting smart

July 21st, 2016

To get our regular email updates, simply click here.A pair of ex-Google employees believe their version of Blockchain can fix banking. That fix is long overdue.Banking is one of the last parts of the global economy untouched by modern technology. Sure, banks are talking about nifty customer facing technology like iris scans. Some even want to...

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Facebook Live threatens reality TV

July 19th, 2016

To get our regular email updates, simply click here.Facebook Live changes everything. It’s gripping. It’s real. It’s immediate. And now it looks like it’s ready to kill the last remaining stronghold of network television. Philandro Castille, his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds and her small daughter were pulled over in the afternoon on...

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Tesla death won't stop progress

July 14th, 2016

Sadly, Tesla owner Joshua Brown was killed last week when his vehicles collided with tractor trailer. At the time the car was being guided by Autopilot, a smart, assisted driving system. This was the first fatality of its kind.The immediate response was shock. Despite healthy public skepticism, the idea of safer assisted and ultimately...

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Facebook shakes down advertisers

July 11th, 2016

To get our regular email updates, simply click here.The panic among publishers is palpable. Facebook (FB) is tweaking its Newsfeed algorithm again – elevating posts from friends and family at the expense of all else. This is not the first time Facebook has made changes to its algorithm. Two years ago the social network noticed Facebookers...

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