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What’s next for blockchain and cryptocurrency I Tech Crunch

What’s next for blockchain and cryptocurrency I Tech Crunch | DIGITAL TRENDS | Scoop.it

In May of 2010, someone on a Bitcoin forum by the name of Lazlo claimed to have bought two pizzas for 10,000 bitcoins. It was the first time anyone had purchased anything with the new digital currency, which at that time was valued at practically nothing.

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Jaguar Land Rover launches VR experience to accelerate car shopping I Luxury Daily

Jaguar Land Rover launches VR experience to accelerate car shopping I Luxury Daily | DIGITAL TRENDS | Scoop.it

British automaker Jaguar Land Rover is making new models available to view in its showrooms in a faster timeframe with the help of virtual reality.

After piloting the technology for the launch of its F-Pace in the United Kingdom last year, the brand will be using its virtual reality experience to introduce each of its 2017 models to consumers. Using a digital platform makes it easier for potential buyers to make a decision before a physical model has arrived at a point of sale.

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The leaked New York Times innovation report is one of the key documents of this media age I NiemanLab

The leaked New York Times innovation report is one of the key documents of this media age I NiemanLab | DIGITAL TRENDS | Scoop.it

There are few things that can galvanize the news world’s attention like a change in leadership atop The New York Times. Jill Abramson’s ouster yesterday afternoon probably reduced American newsroom productivity enough to skew this quarter’s GDP numbers.

We don’t typically write about intra-newsroom politics at Nieman Lab, leaving that to Manhattan’s very capable cadre of media reporters. But Abramson’s removal and Dean Baquet’s ascent has apparently inspired someone inside the Times to leak one of the most remarkable documents I’ve seen in my years running the Lab, to Myles Tanzer at BuzzFeed. It’s the full report of the newsroom innovation team that was given six full months to ask big questions about the Times’ digital strategy. (A summary version of it was leaked last week, but this is the big kahuna.)

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Why ditch your deckchair for a daiquiri? Cruises are now high tech I NBC News

Why ditch your deckchair for a daiquiri? Cruises are now high tech I NBC News | DIGITAL TRENDS | Scoop.it

The cruise industry is undergoing a sea change in the way passengers experience their vacation.

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The Connected Customer Experience Evolves: Moving Beyond the Browser 

The Connected Customer Experience Evolves: Moving Beyond the Browser  | DIGITAL TRENDS | Scoop.it

In 10 years, websites will no longer exist — at least not in the traditional sense. 

Websites have been around for over 20 years and while the presentation layers have become slicker, the vast majority are still just basically digitized brochures. 

But in the last few years customer expectations have changed the way we interact in the digital world.

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So 2016 Was Not the Year Messaging Changed Your Life I Wired

So 2016 Was Not the Year Messaging Changed Your Life I Wired | DIGITAL TRENDS | Scoop.it

THIS WAS SUPPOSED to be the year that texting wasn’t just texting anymore. After big announcements from Facebook, Google, and others, Americans were going to use messaging apps for so much more than chatting with friends. You were going to seamlessly interact with a world of online businesses. You were going to send questions to search engines and book tables at restaurants. You were going to get stuff done without ever opening another app.

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IBM Watson is about to make Slack's chat bot smarter I Wired

IBM Watson is about to make Slack's chat bot smarter I Wired | DIGITAL TRENDS | Scoop.it

Slack’s attempts at small talk are about to get a whole lot better - it’s just been announced the cloud-based workplace messaging system will incorporate IBM Watson’s smarts to its own bots, and those built by its ever-growing pool of outside developers.

The coworking platform, which has just reached four million daily active users, was designed as a means for better collaboration and communication at work. However, it has opened up its software to outside businesses, leading to a directory of more than 400 Slack-related apps. These add-ons provide Slack tools like lists, or bots tailored for specific purposes.

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Why Chat May Be King Of The New Mobile Landscape I Fast Company

Why Chat May Be King Of The New Mobile Landscape I Fast Company | DIGITAL TRENDS | Scoop.it

Like tens of millions of teens across the world, 15-year-old Emma rarely surfs the web or tries out new apps. Instead, she conducts her digital life through a collection of social apps, from Facebook to iMessage to Instagram to Snapchat. On all of them, she’s messaging. "There are always messages for me to check," she says. And though she picks up her phone every 15 minutes or so, her friends still complain that she’s slow to respond. We are all becoming like Emma that way: Recent studies show that Americans use their phones to message far more than anything else. Increasingly, companies eager for our attention online have to be part of these conversations. And increasingly, they’re doing it through chatbots.

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How artificial intelligence is changing online retail forever I TechCrunch

How artificial intelligence is changing online retail forever I TechCrunch | DIGITAL TRENDS | Scoop.it

Artificial intelligence is all around us, from searching on Google to what news you see on social media to using Siri. And with the momentum around AI growing every day, it’s not surprising that some of the most innovative retail sites have recently been experimenting with the use of AI, as well.

Businesses that ignore this growing trend will find themselves playing catch-up for years.

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Facebook invents “virtual reality emoji” gestures I TechCrunch

Facebook invents “virtual reality emoji” gestures I TechCrunch | DIGITAL TRENDS | Scoop.it

These are what Facebook calls “VR emoji,” and they’re the company’s vision for how we’ll convey emotion in virtual reality. We’re not talking about yellow illustrated emoticons popping up over your head. Instead, your avatar’s eyes, eye brows, mouth and other facial features will change to mimic how we exhibit body language in the real world.

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Chat Bots Aren’t a Fad. They’re a Revolution

Chat Bots Aren’t a Fad. They’re a Revolution | DIGITAL TRENDS | Scoop.it

In August, the White House’s chief digital officer announced a new way to catch President Obama’s ear: a Messenger bot, allowing citizens to “speak” directly to the administration through their Facebook accounts. The U.S. government hasn’t historically been an early adopter of new technology, so if it’s embracing bots, you know they’re having a moment. 

Earlier this year, I predicted that 2016 would be the year of “conversational commerce,” my name for businesses introducing themselves into what had previously been personal messaging channels. Brands and companies have joined social media in droves, using the platforms as easy ways to broadcast content to their followers. Until recently, it was the rare exception that you could send a company a direct message and expect a useful reply. Now, as the messaging platforms relax their rules and add more business-friendly functions, innovative brands are realizing that messaging offers the kind of convenience that drives engagement—and the kind of intimacy that inspires deep customer loyalty.

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Facebook, Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft come together to create historic Partnership on AI I TechCrunch

Facebook, Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft come together to create historic Partnership on AI I TechCrunch | DIGITAL TRENDS | Scoop.it

The world’s largest technology companies hold the keys to some of the largest databases on our planet. Much like goods and coins before it, data is becoming an important currency for the modern world. The data’s value is rooted in its applications to artificial intelligence. Whichever company owns the data, effectively owns AI. Right now that means companies like Facebook, Amazon, Alphabet, IBM and Microsoft have a ton of power.

In an act of self-governance, these five companies came together today to announce the launch the new Partnership on AI. The group is tasked with conducting research and promoting best practices. Practically, this means that the group of tech companies will come together frequently to discuss advancements in artificial intelligence. The group also opens up a formal structure for communication across company lines. It’s important to remember that on a day-to-day basis, these teams are in constant competition with each other to develop the best products and services powered by machine intelligence.

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How Burberry Is Operationalising 'See Now, Buy Now' I BOF

How Burberry Is Operationalising 'See Now, Buy Now' I BOF | DIGITAL TRENDS | Scoop.it

Burberry will unveil its first ever “see now, buy now” show at London Fashion Week on Monday, heralding a new era for the industry in which fans can get their hands on "seasonless" items immediately after they are presented on the runway.

But the new approach has significant implications for production and supply chains, which were out of sync with communications and marketing departments, and all eyes remain on the brand to see how it has executed the changes needed to adapt towards a fashion immediacy model.

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L’Oréal invests in ‘beauty tech’ start-ups for digital makeover I Financial Times

L’Oréal invests in ‘beauty tech’ start-ups for digital makeover I Financial Times | DIGITAL TRENDS | Scoop.it

Cosmetics company experiments with nail art tech and social media influencers. An app that designs nail art, a personalised natural skincare range and sophisticated location technology to help retailers target offline customers are three of the “beauty tech” start-ups selected by French cosmetics company L’Oréal for its first accelerator programme.

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Inevitability of automation necessitates adaptation: GDR Creative Intelligence CEO I Luxury Daily

Inevitability of automation necessitates adaptation: GDR Creative Intelligence CEO I Luxury Daily | DIGITAL TRENDS | Scoop.it

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is bringing about rapid change, forcing both consumers and companies to adapt at a challenging pace, according to the CEO of GDR Creative Intelligence speaking at the National Retail Federation’s Retail’s Big Show on Jan. 17.

 Whereas innovations during previous industrial revolutions moved humans from manual labor to more cognitive tasks, the fourth includes disruptive technology such as artificial intelligence that threatens to take intellectual jobs away from humans. The “Retail Opportunity for the Fast Changing World and the Human Mind” session uncovered predictions as well as opportunities and challenges for retailers during this time of change.

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Facebook plans to invest more than $3 billion in VR I TechCrunch

Facebook plans to invest more than $3 billion in VR I TechCrunch | DIGITAL TRENDS | Scoop.it

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sees virtual reality as a future computing platform that his company has a chance to own, though he admits it may take 5 – 10 years to bring it to the masses. Members of the press had a rare opportunity to get a more unfiltered view into the future of Facebook’s virtual reality ambitions as Zuckerberg took to the stands today to testify in a $2 billion lawsuit surrounding the origins of Oculus, a VR company it acquired in March of 2014.

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17 Top Enterprise Tech Trends For 2017 And This Year's CES I Forbes

17 Top Enterprise Tech Trends For 2017 And This Year's CES I Forbes | DIGITAL TRENDS | Scoop.it

Of all the “What to watch” lists gumming up your social media feeds, “Which tech trends are on the horizon” should be the one you pause long enough to read. It’s important to recognize what technology is increasingly in popularity so you can allocate the time and funds to make these trends pay off for your business.  Heading into the new year I tackled some of the top trends in Digital Transformation along with some key trends in Customer Experience. However, with 2017 CES upon us (and by no means just a consumer show any longer) and a new year off to a fast start, we must not ignore the tech trends that will shape the enterprise in the year ahead.

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Microsoft Ventures launches new fund for AI startups and backs Element AI incubator I TechCrunch

Microsoft Ventures launches new fund for AI startups and backs Element AI incubator I TechCrunch | DIGITAL TRENDS | Scoop.it

Microsoft Ventures today announced two steps that point to how the tech giant’s VC arm wants to get involved in artificial intelligence in a big way. First, it’s now going to pursue investments through a special fund dedicated to AI startups that focus on “inclusive growth and positive impact on society.” Second, it is the first announced backer for Element AI, a new incubator out of Montreal co-founded by “the godfather of machine learning” Yoshua Bengio, which is dedicated to the space.

As with its news in May first announcing Microsoft Ventures and its initial focus on cloud-based startups, the VC firm is not specifying just how much money it intends to invest in artificial intelligence, or in Element AI specifically.

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How AI is becoming essential for social media I Venture Beat

How AI is becoming essential for social media I Venture Beat | DIGITAL TRENDS | Scoop.it

Everyone is on social media. And we mean everyone. According to Pew Research, in 2015 an astounding 65 percent of all Americans were using social media. That’s more than 200 million people in the USA alone, and is approximately the same amount as the number of people in America who own pets. (And you wondered why the Internet is full of cat pictures.) Worldwide, the total on social media already exceeds 2 billion people. That’s twice as many people worldwide as the number who own a car. If you have a brand, particularly one that connects with consumers, you can’t afford to ignore your customers on social media.

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WTF is machine learning? I TechCrunch

WTF is machine learning? I TechCrunch | DIGITAL TRENDS | Scoop.it

While the number of headlines about machine learning might lead one to think that we just discovered something profoundly new, the reality is that the technology is nearly as old as computing.

It’s no coincidence that Alan Turing, one of the most influential computer scientists of all time, started his 1950 treatise on computing with the question “Can machines think?” From our science fiction to our research labs, we have long questioned whether the creation of artificial versions of ourselves will somehow help us uncover the origin of our own consciousness, and more broadly, our role on earth. Unfortunately, the learning curve on AI is really damn steep. By tracing a bit of history, we should hopefully be able to get to the bottom of wtf machine learning really is.

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Is Customization The Future Of The Beauty Industry? I Fast Company

Is Customization The Future Of The Beauty Industry? I Fast Company | DIGITAL TRENDS | Scoop.it

To quote my fiancé: "You pressed a few buttons and suddenly you're Estée Lauder?"

I had been acting a bit cocky after having crafted a new, never-before-seen color via the cosmetics startup Finding Ferdinand, which produces custom-made lipstick shades. I selected a good chunk of fuchsia, a bit of cranberry, with just a hint of mauve. And behold, I gave life to a new shade of lipstick! I am an original. A creator. A genius, really. I had to give my color a name. I went with "The Seduction of John Stamos."

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How mobile is transforming product search — and why voice may be next 

How mobile is transforming product search — and why voice may be next  | DIGITAL TRENDS | Scoop.it

More than a quarter century after the introduction of Archie, considered by historians the first web search engine, search is still an integral component of the digital user experience. Search boxes — models of design simplicity comprising nothing more than a text input field and submit button (and, sometimes, a magnifying glass icon for flair) — are fixtures of virtually every content-rich website, enabling consumers to pinpoint anything and everything they’re seeking in a matter of keystrokes.

Search tools are especially critical to shopper satisfaction, according to a new study conducted by omnichannel personalization services provider RichRelevance. Among the roughly 1,000 U.S. online consumers surveyed last month, 83% said the search box is "important" or "extremely important" to them when shopping on a retailer’s web or mobile site, and 76% said they "always" or "often" use the search box when visiting a merchant site.

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Everything you need to know from Google’s Pixel event I TechCrunch

Everything you need to know from Google’s Pixel event I TechCrunch | DIGITAL TRENDS | Scoop.it

Google unveiled a gaggle of new products and services today at its event in San Francisco. The company was all about making things easy and seamless, so we thought we’d do the same. Here’s all the stuff you need to know, in one place.

CEO Sundar Pichai came out first to set the stage, touting the company’s advances in artificial intelligence. Google’s research has yielded improved image recognition, speech synthesis and translation capabilities — and Go skills, though those are less useful in the average home.

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Virtual Reality Looks To Its Adolescence I TechCrunch

Virtual Reality Looks To Its Adolescence I TechCrunch | DIGITAL TRENDS | Scoop.it

After more than two years of heavy public hyping since Facebook’s 2014acquisition of Oculus for $2 billion, virtual reality is reaching an important turning point. VR has been promoted up and down the street and consumers seem to have grown oversaturated with all the media coverage of expensive tech that’s inaccessible to them, but the platform is preparing for a mini-renaissance.

The next couple weeks will be the biggest moments for VR in its consumer history. A lot of crazy hardware will be coming out, new platforms will be further defined and everyone will hopefully get a better picture of where this runaway futurism train is heading.

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Luxury facing a digital-or-die dilemma: BCG I Luxury Daily

Luxury facing a digital-or-die dilemma: BCG I Luxury Daily | DIGITAL TRENDS | Scoop.it

Seven percent of personal luxury goods sales are made via ecommerce today, but online retail will represent 12 percent of the luxury market by 2020, according to projections from BCG.

Presently, about six out of every 10 luxury purchases are influenced by digital channels, as social media, a brand’s Web site and mobile feed into buying decisions, whether the transaction is completed online or in-store. While many luxury brands have been avoiding the shift toward digital that many of their mass counterparts have made, BCG warns that the business models of digital laggards will no longer suffice in today’s market.

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