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Google's Designed an Intelligent Robot Teddy Bear That Can Recognize You

Google's Designed an Intelligent Robot Teddy Bear That Can Recognize You | Business Video Directory | Scoop.it
Google’s hoping there’s a market for sophisticated artificial intelligence voice assistants you can hug.
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Vodafone plans mobile TV push with app overhaul

Vodafone plans mobile TV push with app overhaul | Business Video Directory | Scoop.it
Vodafone has announced plans to enrich its My Vodafone app “in a massive way”, adding functionality like video so that it acts like “a TV in your hands.”

Speaking on the company’s fiscal fourth quarter and fully year earnings call yesterday, CEO Vittorio Colao said that Vodafone currently has 12.5 million My Vodafone app users, but claimed this is something “we need to improve.” He also said that Vodafone can increase the average use of the app from the current figure of 5.5 times per month.

“We’re going to enrich the app in a massive way, use it much more as a video, as a TV in your hands and as a contact mechanism also to reduce the cost and the context that we have in the real world,” said Colao.

Currently the My Vodafone app lets users keep track of their bill and account spending and search for nearby WiFi hotspots. However Vodafone said that other new functionality that it hopes to add are contextual offers and webchat.

Also speaking on the earnings call, chief finance officer Nick Read said: “We believe we can drive our adoption of My Vodafone app to over 70% of European smartphones from the 25% today.”

In a presentation to accompany its results, Vodafone said that it aims to achieve this 70% My Vodafone app penetration by full year 2017/18.

Elsewhere, the company listed the roll out of a consumer broadband proposition and TV offering, and growth in 4G among its main 2015/ 16 priorities for the UK.

Colao said that Vodafone will roll out consumer broadband in the UK in the summer and its TV offering “later in the year.”

Commenting on the UK TV service, which Vodafone first confirmed earlier this year, Colao said “it will be a modern, cloud-based, appealing TV offer which, of course, our competitors will fight against and will try to limit our commercial reach.”

“We have 11.3 million broadband customers, 853,000 more than last year; 9.1 million TV [customers]; 5 million broadband NGN customers. What is our ambition? Our ambition and priority for next year is to become a unified communication provider. We have expansion plans [but] I don’t want to go into details into the expansion plans country by country,” said Colao.

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Half of businesses don’t understand the digital economy – report | Information Age

Half of businesses don’t understand the digital economy – report | Information Age | Business Video Directory | Scoop.it
Survey exposes businesses lack of readiness, skills and infrastructure to compete digitally
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Game sales to reach $113B in 2018; about three-quarters of all revenues this year will be digital

Game sales to reach $113B in 2018; about three-quarters of all revenues this year will be digital | Business Video Directory | Scoop.it
China and the U.S. will duke it out for overall market share, according to a new study from games market analyst Newzoo.
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The White House given racist label on Google Maps

The White House given racist label on Google Maps | Business Video Directory | Scoop.it
A search for a racist word and "house" on Google takes you to the home of the US President, Barack Obama.
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How mobile became a boardroom issue: what CEOs need to know about the 'mobile first' story | Information Age

How mobile became a boardroom issue: what CEOs need to know about the 'mobile first' story | Information Age | Business Video Directory | Scoop.it
Mobile devices were once the concern of IT managers- but now the responsibility for business mobility has spread to every part of the enterprise, and the board needs to sit up and pay attention
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Google's New 'Buy Button' Could Alienate Advertisers

Google's New 'Buy Button' Could Alienate Advertisers | Business Video Directory | Scoop.it
Google is reportedly readying a button that would make it possible for mobile users to shop directly from the search giant.
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Why Saudi Arabia has lost faith in the US - BBC News

Why Saudi Arabia has lost faith in the US - BBC News | Business Video Directory | Scoop.it
The BBC's Kim Ghattas analyses Saudi Arabia’s regional ambitions post-Camp David.
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Europe shares steady on Greek rebound, Germany outperforms

Europe shares steady on Greek rebound, Germany outperforms | Business Video Directory | Scoop.it
* FTSEurofirst 300 index up 0.2 pct* Frankfurt shares outperform* Greece in focus as cash crunch looms (Adds detail)By Atul Prakash and Lionel LaurentLONDON, May 18 (Reuters) - European shares steadied
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Google will unleash its self-driving cars on public roads this summer

Google will unleash its self-driving cars on public roads this summer | Business Video Directory | Scoop.it
Google announced on Friday that its self-driving car will be ready to start cruising the streets of Mountain View, California, starting this summer.
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Google App Engine Java sandbox is leaking, say researchers

Google App Engine Java sandbox is leaking, say researchers | Business Video Directory | Scoop.it
Happy hackers out ad giant after it stops replying to email about flaws
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The Promise Of The Digital Health Revolution For Clinical Trials

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The global head of research at Sanofi put a policy in place to attach a digital health strategy concept to each molecule that goes through the pharmaceutical company’s pipeline. The fact that a digital strategy is reaching into the depths of the largest pharma companies is extremely encouraging for the continued evolution of clinical development, says Donald Jones, the chief digital officer at Scripps Translational Science Institute, which serves as the world’s first clinical trials center focused exclusively on digital medic

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Spotify adds to capacity crunch with streaming video service

Spotify adds to capacity crunch with streaming video service | Business Video Directory | Scoop.it
Music streaming company Spotify has announced the addition of video clips to its service, which has the potential to add significantly to the exponential growth in mobile data consumption.

Spotify is currently the leading music streaming service, with the majority of that consumption taking place on mobile devices. While this will already represent a sizable contribution to mobile data traffic, the addition of video to a user-base already accustomed to regularly streaming content on their devices is likely to take data consumption to a new level.

The initial content partner list is quite extensive and mainly US-based, although the BBC is on the list. There is TV content such as chat shows, sport and music videos as well as some original content such as celebs picking their favourite music.

“We’re bringing you a deeper, richer, more immersive Spotify experience,” said Daniel Ek, Founder and CEO of Spotify. “We want Spotify to help soundtrack your life by offering an even wider world of entertainment with an awesome mix of the best music, podcasts and video delivered to you throughout your day. And we’re just getting started.”

Simon Jones, VP of Marketing at internet video delivery outfit Conviva, reckons Spotify might be on to something, so long as it can get the bandwidth it needs. “Consumers, increasingly drawn to the transactional and self-guided nature of video on demand are expanding their use of web-delivered video, and making choices for premium entertainment beyond the set top box,” he said.

“A premium service, of course, requires a premium experience – consumers engage most when they are served an optimized experience, and then disengage when they are dissatisfied. So it’s a calculated risk for Spotify: with excellent content, delivered smoothly, they can capitalize on the global shift to net TV; missing on the quality of experience on video – which they have aced with audio – could represent a challenge to their otherwise pristine brand image.”

Meanwhile BT’s drive into the content space continues with the announcement of a deal with HBO to offer streaming and download-to-own sets of some of its most popular programming such as Game of Thrones, which can also be streamed through mobile devices.

“We are committed to offering the widest choice of on demand and live content, with pricing and flexibility to suit all our customers,” said Alex Green, director of BT TV. “The new deal with HBO comes at the perfect time for people who want to catch up with world-class TV shows over the long Bank Holiday weekend. But of course you get to keep them so you can watch over and over again.”

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Deloitte: Retailers are missing the mark on 'digital influence' - Drug Store News

Deloitte: Retailers are missing the mark on 'digital influence' - Drug Store News | Business Video Directory | Scoop.it
Consumers that access social media during the shopping process are four times more likely to spend more, a recent Deloitte Digital study found.
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Digital rights group slams Mark Zuckerberg's Internet.org project for ‘exposing users to harm’ | Information Age

Digital rights group slams Mark Zuckerberg's Internet.org project for ‘exposing users to harm’ | Information Age | Business Video Directory | Scoop.it
Internet.org endangers people’s privacy and security, claims the Electronic Frontier Foundation
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Search Google Maps using the n-word and it takes you to the White House :-(

Search Google Maps using the n-word and it takes you to the White House :-( | Business Video Directory | Scoop.it
When you search using the racist term the map zooms into President Obama's office
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2 of the smartest people at Google are worried about this one thing

2 of the smartest people at Google are worried about this one thing | Business Video Directory | Scoop.it
Government regulation leading to internet fragmentation.
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Google Cloud now 40% cheaper than Amazon & Microsoft - Computer Business Review

Google Cloud now 40% cheaper than Amazon & Microsoft - Computer Business Review | Business Video Directory | Scoop.it
Amazon and Microsoft are expected to respond with reduced costs
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Russia plans to leave Apple, Android behind by building its own smartphone software | ZDNet

Russia plans to leave Apple, Android behind by building its own smartphone software | ZDNet | Business Video Directory | Scoop.it
The Kremlin wants to use smartphone technology it can trust -- by cracking open an alternative's source code.
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Google vs. the academics | WashingtonExaminer.com

Google vs. the academics | WashingtonExaminer.com | Business Video Directory | Scoop.it
Last week marked an important milestone: It has been one year since the European Court of Justice ruled that people could petition Google to remove links from search engine results.
The case began when a 58-year-old Spanish citizen, Mario Costeja Gonzalez, sued Google for a link to an old newspaper article containing some information about back taxes he had long since paid off. Pressing his case all the way to Europe's highest court, Gonzalez managed to win — and the court forced Google to begin considering user requests to take down information deemed inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive in relation to the purposes for which they were processed. To date, Google has removed 41 percent of the URLs its been asked to remove, a total of 324,402 URLs.
This so-called right to be forgotten has received a mixed response. For its proponents, it's a way of ensuring that people are able to deal with sometimes outdated or inaccurate information that appears high in search results for their name. For its detractors, it's a dangerous effort to rewrite the past, or even worse: giving individuals the chance to censor material currently available to the public.
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Google Drops Cloud Computing Prices By Up To 30 Percent, Launches Preemptible Instances

Google Drops Cloud Computing Prices By Up To 30 Percent, Launches Preemptible Instances | Business Video Directory | Scoop.it
Google today announced yet another round of price cuts for its cloud computing platform, as well as a new instance type that will allow businesses to save..
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