The launch of Apple’s iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and likely iPhone X may wave the starter’s flag for augmented reality developers with a bevy of apps to follow.Read more
NEVER shy about hype, Tim Cook, presented the firm’s latest iPhones to a packed auditorium in its glitzy new headquarters in Cupertino this week. He made a grand prediction: its new, premium phone, the iPhone X (pronounced “ten”), will “set the path of technology for the next decade”.Read more
THE FIRST TIME Alex Acero saw Her, he watched it like a normal person. The second time, he didn’t watch the movie at all. Acero, the Apple executive in charge of the tech behind Siri, sat there with his eyes closed, listening to how Scarlett Johansson voiced her artificially intelligent character Samantha.+Read more
Robot soldiers are patrolling the streets of a rainy east London. In a video filmed on a handheld iPhone, the armed machines march past graffiti-strewn walls and stand guard outside unmarked doors in Shoreditch, as pedestrians hurry past, huddled under their umbrellas.Read more
Ikea recently unveiled a slew of future initiatives. Among them was the “click” technology that promises to reduce the assembly time of furniture from hours to minutes.
Ikea is also looking to leverage digital tools to help boost sales. Beyond pilots with third-party e-commerce sites, Ikea caused a stir with a foray into AR with Apple.Read more
As artificial intelligence becomes an increasingly powerful force, some of the world’s biggest companies are worrying about how the technology will be used ethically, and how the public will perceive its spread. To combat these problems, five tech companies set up a research group called the Partnership on AI. Today, Apple has joined their ranks .Read more
First time buyers of wearable tech in the US are plumping, unsurprisingly, for Fitbit, Apple and Samsung devices.
That’s according to YouGov US’ wearable tech tracker for the end of 2016. It expects 7 million people in the US to buy a wearable before the end of the year.Read more
Apple has acknowledged for the first time that it is investing in self-driving car tech.
In a letter to US transport regulators, Apple said it was “excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation”.It added that there were “significant societal benefits of automated vehicles” to be realised.Read more
Samsung’s purchase of Harman is strategically sound, worth the $8 billion, and positions Samsung well in the connected car market. Meanwhile, Samsung diversifies from a saturated smartphone market.The deal makes so much sense you have to wonder why Apple didn’t buy Harman.Read more
When it comes to virtual and augmented reality, Apple is typically — and inevitably — inscrutable. As several of its biggest competitors, including Google and Microsoft, have shown their hands with augmented reality (AR) or virtual reality (VR) strategies, Apple has mostly kept a poker face.Read more
WITH its successful test of robo-taxis on the streets of Pittsburgh last week, Uber has dominated recent headlines on autonomous vehicles. But behind the scenes three groups—technology giants such as Uber, carmakers and a whole fleet of autoparts suppliers—are in a tight race.Read more