Ikea and Apple are launching an app that lets you virtually try out furniture in your home – and then buy it – Business Insider Nordic

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.

Apple joins research group for ethical AI with fellow tech giants – The Verge

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 .

Wearable tech beginners are going for Fitbit, Apple and Samsung

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.

Apple reveals self-driving car plans – BBC News

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.

Why Samsung’s Harman purchase will be seen as Apple blunder decades from now | ZDNet

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.

Tim Cook Talks About Apple’s Augmented Reality Ambitions – BuzzFeed News

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.

Who’s self-driving your car? | The Economist

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.

Forget the gloom: remember what technology has done for you

Half-a-dozen years ago, the American wine critic Antonio Galloni decided to come up with a critical guide to the world’s best wines. If he had tried to do that in the 1990s, he would have had two options: 1. create a (very heavy) encyclopedia; or 2. issue lots of (equally cumbersome) magazines. “Thirty years ago wine knowledge was books and magazines,” Galloni says.

Prick up your ears | The Economist

WHEN Apple in early September introduced a new iPhone without a jack for headphones, together with pricey wireless earbuds that you speak into, it did not take long for mocking videos to appear online. In one, an enterprising soul reveals a “secret hack” to get back the jack: he drills a hole into a new iPhone.

Apple’s Driverless Car Project Titan May Not Push Through : Auto World News

The recent talks around a potential Apple car may have all been a waste of precious energy better used towards the levitating, hologram-beaming “iPhone 10,” if a new report is proves true.

Despite months and months of hints and rumors that provoked numerous tech insiders to believe that Apple was secretly working on developing a car, whatever the company’s plans had clearly drastically changed, as showed by an enormous round of cutbacks.

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