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Fed Stimulus Blunted as Software Replaces Hardware: Economy

Fed Stimulus Blunted as Software Replaces Hardware: Economy | Disruptive Technologies | Scoop.it
Mike Nobis saw how the financial crisis led his customers to postpone orders until the last minute, forcing his 100-year-old family printing business to work faster to deliver on time.
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Business invests more in software to increase efficiency and reduce the headcount

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Apple hires one of Nike's top Fuel Band designers to work on wearable devices

Apple hires one of Nike's top Fuel Band designers to work on wearable devices | Disruptive Technologies | Scoop.it
Apple has lured away top Nike design director Ben Shaffer, according to a source at Nike with knowledge of the details behind Shaffer's departure. At Nike, Shaffer was the Studio Director of the In...
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This is what really is what Apple is working on.  The next stage for the iPhone product. Nothing like this on the market yet.

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This silver nanowire-based electronic display can be twisted, folded

This silver nanowire-based electronic display can be twisted, folded | Disruptive Technologies | Scoop.it
Wearable devices will benefit from stretchy displays, which could also be incorporated into clothing, robots and our surroundings.
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"Flexible electronic devices are coming, but how will we make them? A new bendable, stretchable OLED display developed at the University of California-Los Angeles incorporates silver nanowires, which preserve its flexibility while remaining transparent and providing touch sensitivity."

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Microsoft May Pay Up To $200M For SF’s Secretive Osterhout Design Group In A Wearables Bet | TechCrunch

Microsoft May Pay Up To $200M For SF’s Secretive Osterhout Design Group In A Wearables Bet | TechCrunch | Disruptive Technologies | Scoop.it
Google may have glasses and Apple may be rumored to be making a smart watch.
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Wearable technologies are gaining traction

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A Startup’s Glass Can Block Light and Heat Independently | MIT Technology Review

A Startup’s Glass Can Block Light and Heat Independently  | MIT Technology Review | Disruptive Technologies | Scoop.it
A material that selectively blocks heat and light could finally make it practical to add smart windows to buildings.
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A material that selectively blocks heat and light could finally make it practical to add smart windows to buildings

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Chew on this: the world’s first test tube burger to be munched next week

Chew on this: the world’s first test tube burger to be munched next week | Disruptive Technologies | Scoop.it
A $330,000 burger made entirely from synthetic meat is to be eaten in London on Monday.
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Synthetic meat grown from selected stem cells. The world would need a fraction of live stock to produce meat based food.

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Intel Readies Laser Chip Business | MIT Technology Review

Intel Readies Laser Chip Business | MIT Technology Review | Disruptive Technologies | Scoop.it
Justin Rattner, who just stepped down as Intel CTO, discusses mobile computing and the future of Moore’s Law.
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100 GB per second for data communications with little energy. This will make the collection & processing of data even cheaper. So we will have more data. Arrrggh!

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Google’s other plan to connect the unconnected: satellites

Google’s other plan to connect the unconnected: satellites | Disruptive Technologies | Scoop.it
One of Google’s earliest investments O3b is set to launch its first satellites into space. The orbiting network targets the rural and remote areas of the world, making it a perfect complement to Project Loon.
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Model S | Tesla Motors

Model S | Tesla Motors | Disruptive Technologies | Scoop.it
Model S is the world's first premium electric sedan. Designed from the ground up as an electric car, Model S provides an unprecedented driving range of up to 300 miles and can accelerate from 0 to 60 in 5.6 seconds without burning a drop of gasoline.
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This 28-Year-Old’s Startup Is Moving $350 Million And Wants To Completely Kill Credit Cards

This 28-Year-Old’s Startup Is Moving $350 Million And Wants To Completely Kill Credit Cards | Disruptive Technologies | Scoop.it
Ben Milne founded Dwolla

There’s a tiny 12-person startup churning out of Des Moines, Iowa.Dwolla was founded by 28-year-old Ben Milne; it̵...
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Helicopter takes to the skies with the power of human thought

Helicopter takes to the skies with the power of human thought | Disruptive Technologies | Scoop.it
A remote controlled helicopter has been flown through a series of hoops around a college gymnasium in Minnesota.
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Human - machine interface advances to a new level with small, but steady steps.

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Mars-bound astronauts will print food & tools, NASA says

Mars-bound astronauts will print food & tools, NASA says | Disruptive Technologies | Scoop.it
The agency believes the transformative technology could be "key" for astronauts venturing to Mars.
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3D printing on Mars

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This Newer, Stronger 3-D Printed Gun Costs Just $25 | Australian Popular Science

This Newer, Stronger 3-D Printed Gun Costs Just $25 | Australian Popular Science | Disruptive Technologies | Scoop.it
Defense Distributed's plastic, 3D printed "Liberator" single-shot handgun was here for a moment and then it was gone in more...
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3D printing's unpredictable side. We don't really know what will be the impact of this innovation. In this case the design of a 3D printed gun is circulating around evolving to better models. 

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Amazon unveils delivery by drone: Prime Air. No, seriously | ZDNet

Amazon unveils delivery by drone: Prime Air. No, seriously | ZDNet | Disruptive Technologies | Scoop.it
The retail giant is taking delivery to the next level by using unmanned drones. But don't hold your breath for the service to launch any time soon.
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Secret Amazon project, now made known to the public, still requires a few years until the drone delivery service can be offered. The air regulations are not ready yet.

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How deep learning can teach computers Spanish without a tutor

How deep learning can teach computers Spanish without a tutor | Disruptive Technologies | Scoop.it
Google has released another paper showing off the power of its deep learning techniques for text analysis.
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Facebook Chases Google’s Deep Learning with New Research Group | MIT Technology Review

Facebook Chases Google’s Deep Learning with New Research Group | MIT Technology Review | Disruptive Technologies | Scoop.it
A technique called deep learning could help Facebook understand its users and their data better.
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A new research group within the company is working on an emerging and powerful approach to artificial intelligence known as deep learning, which uses simulated networks of brain cells to process data. Applying this method to data shared on Facebook could allow for novel features, and perhaps boost the company’s ad targeting

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Nokia is working on self-driving cars with Mercedes-Benz

Nokia is working on self-driving cars with Mercedes-Benz | Disruptive Technologies | Scoop.it
Nokia’s Here business, a serious rival to Google’s mapping and navigation efforts, is partnering up with Germany’s Mercedes-Benz on autonomous vehicles. Like Nissan, Merc parent Daimler wants self-driving cars on the road by 2020.
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A decade later, Tesla now officially a threat to the auto industry

A decade later, Tesla now officially a threat to the auto industry | Disruptive Technologies | Scoop.it
Tesla is just starting to be seen as a threat by many in the auto industry — a decade after Tesla was founded. So now what do they do?
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It's a bit late. Maybe too late. Now the GMs of the world take Tesla seriously. So committees will be convened, studies will be demanded and discussions will follow and decisions will be made. By that time, Tesla will be all over the world.

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Flexible Glass Could Make Tablets Lighter and Solar Power Cheaper | MIT Technology Review

Flexible Glass Could Make Tablets Lighter and Solar Power Cheaper | MIT Technology Review | Disruptive Technologies | Scoop.it
NREL shows that Corning’s Willow glass can be used to make flexible solar cells that could be installed in place of roofing shingles.
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 "Willow glass, last year, shingles made from such solar cells could last for decades on a roof—even weathering hail greater than three centimeters in diameter"

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The Internet of Things and the future of manufacturing | McKinsey & Company

The Internet of Things and the future of manufacturing | McKinsey & Company | Disruptive Technologies | Scoop.it
Executives at Robert Bosch and McKinsey experts discuss the technology-driven changes that promise to trigger a new industrial revolution. A McKinsey & Company article.
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The 4th industrial revolution, Industry 4.0.
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Australian Banks Worried about Competition Coming from Silicon Valley

Australian Banks Worried about Competition Coming from Silicon Valley | Disruptive Technologies | Scoop.it
In a rapid succession in the space of two weeks, two major Australian banks raised a red warning flag signalling their deep concern of what could be their biggest existential threat. The threat com...
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Commonwealth Bank sees Apple, PayPal, and Google as rivals | ZDNet

Commonwealth Bank sees Apple, PayPal, and Google as rivals | ZDNet | Disruptive Technologies | Scoop.it
The competitive threat posed to the Commonwealth Bank by the likes of Apple and Google is as great as that of its big three rivals, its chief executive Ian Narev has said.
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Smith warns of 'terrifying' banking technology

Smith warns of 'terrifying' banking technology | Disruptive Technologies | Scoop.it
ANZ chief says pace of change in US technology will impact on financial sector.
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Next Big Thing In Smartphones Could Be Coming From Google

Next Big Thing In Smartphones Could Be Coming From Google | Disruptive Technologies | Scoop.it
Since Motorola is owned by Google, Google can truly introduce the next big thing by tightly integrating concepts in Google Now with sensors such as GPS, gyro, and NFC in a smartphone.
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Self-aware smartphone from Google?

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Bill Gates Invests In Intellectual Ventures' Spin-Out Kymeta

Bill Gates Invests In Intellectual Ventures' Spin-Out Kymeta | Disruptive Technologies | Scoop.it
Bill Gates Intellectual Ventures this morning will announce the spin-out of Kymeta, a company developing "metamaterials surface antenna technology." Kymeta has closed a $12 million funding round that includes Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates; Liberty...
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