Like ‘Star Trek’: Voice shopping seen as new frontier

Like ‘Star Trek’: Voice shopping seen as new frontier

Hey, Google, order a large pizza! Alexa, I need vitamins! Voice shopping using smart speakers and smartphone apps is starting to gain traction among consumers, opening up a new “conversational commerce” channel and potentially disrupting the retail sector. Devices such as Amazon’s Alexa-powered speakers and Google Home, which use artificial intelligence to respond to voice […]

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International tourism expo opens in Beijing

International tourism expo opens in Beijing

The Beijing International Tourism Expo kicked off at the China National Convention Center on June 15. This year’s event has attracted roughly 1,000 tourism institutes, travel agencies and agents from more than 80 countries and regions. Travel agencies have rolled out thousands of products that would be offered to the public at rates lower than […]

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Portugal app empowers disabled to win better access to buildings

Portugal app empowers disabled to win better access to buildings

Fed up with the obstacle course of Lisbon’s narrow footways and stairs in doorways, wheelchair user Ricardo Teixeira has taken matters into his own hands, giving disabled people the chance to fight back and instantly report violations via a smart phone app. Developed together with Portugal’s disability charity Salvador Association, +Acesso is believed to be […]

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Gates backs gene technologies in fight to end malaria

Gates backs gene technologies in fight to end malaria

Gene-editing technologies that alter mosquitoes’ DNA could prove critical in the fight against malaria, Bill Gates said on Wednesday, and ethical concerns should not block progress in such gene-modifying research. Speaking at the Malaria Forum conference in London, the billionaire Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist said that while gene editing raises “legitimate questions”, that should not […]

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Ugandan wins major prize for developing bloodless malaria test

Ugandan wins major prize for developing bloodless malaria test

A Ugandan inventor has won a major prize for a device which tests for malaria without drawing blood. Brian Gitta, 24, won the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Prize for a device that detects tell-tale signs of malaria by shining a red beam of light on the patient’s finger. The diagnosis is ready to be […]

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Chinese ride-sharing company Didi picks Australia for first Western foray

Chinese ride-sharing company Didi picks Australia for first Western foray

Didi Chuxing Technology Co. Ltd., the Chinese ride-sharing company that bought the mainland operations of Uber Technologies Inc., will begin offering its service this month in Australia, its first foray in a Western-style country. The scheduled June 25 launch in Australia’s second biggest city Melbourne sets Didi up for a showdown with the US rival […]

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Smart products on display at CES Shanghai 2018

Smart products on display at CES Shanghai 2018

Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Asia 2018 is underway in Shanghai. The show features high-end technologies that will change your lifestyle. Whether you are a vlogger, a gym rat or anything in between, you can find equipment here. Technology comes from life and serves our life, and tele-presence is the first to bear the brunt of […]

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Shah Rukh, Salman Khan win Eid with ‘Zero’ jig

Shah Rukh, Salman Khan win Eid with ‘Zero’ jig

The two megastars even shake a leg together as they enjoy some wholesome camaraderie on the big screen. Need proof that Bollywood superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan have buried the hatchet and want to pay it back to their fans this Eid? Check out the teaser of Shah Rukh’s forthcoming film, Zero, where […]

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