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Data Collection Underfoot: Sensors as Retail Data Source

The next phase in data collection is right under your feet. Online clicks give retailers valuable insight into consumer behavior, but what can they learn from footsteps? It’s a question Milwaukee-based startup Scanalytics is helping businesses explore with floor sensors that track people’s movements. The sensors can also be used ... Read More »

Lousy User Interface at Fault for Hawaii Missile False Alarm

A false alarm warning Hawaiians of an incoming ballistic missile on Saturday, was reportedly issued because of a “terribly designed” user interface. The computer system that allows the Hawaiian Emergency Management Agency (HEMA) to send emergency alerts asks employees to select the type of alert that they are sending from ... Read More »

For Success, Marketers Need To Embrace Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) was a key feature in many of the new products unveiled at last week’s CES 2018 trade show in Las Vegas, powering everything from laundry-folding robots and smart mirrors to autonomous cars and image recognition apps for the visually impaired. But while AI and machine learning promise ... Read More »

Look, Ma, No Steering Wheel! GM’s Robocars Limit Driver Controls

No steering wheel, no problem. Or at least that’s what General Motors wants the federal government to say. The automaker, which has been busy testing its self-driving cars on the busy city streets of San Francisco, has filed a petition to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asking the agency ... Read More »

CES 2018 Wrap-Up: Smart Assistants and Non-Compliant Robots

The annual trend-setting tech extravaganza that is CES International in Las Vegas [has drawn to a close], having suffered through torrential rain, blackouts and a few uncooperative robots. And it’s clear that your voice is more important than ever. CES 2018 rammed home that big technology thinks voice is the ... Read More »

Windows 10 Preview Tinkers With Do-Not-Disturb Feature, Edge

Microsoft has pushed out a new preview build of Windows 10 to fast ring testers containing quite a number of changes, including work on the operating system’s do-not-disturb feature, and further tinkering with the Edge browser. Build 17074 beefs up the Quiet Hours feature which, when turned on, prevents the ... Read More »

Facebook Overhauls Feeds To Bring Less News, More Sharing

Facebook is changing what its users will see to highlight posts they are most likely to engage with and make time spent on social media more “meaningful.” By cutting back on items that Facebook users tend to passively consume, the change could hurt news organizations and other businesses that rely ... Read More »

Spectre and Meltdown: What We Now Know

Since the major processor-based Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities came to light earlier this month, technology companies have been working to develop and deploy patches across millions, if not billions, of devices. In the meantime, chipmakers Intel, ARM, and AMD face an uphill battle to minimize and contain the long-term damage ... Read More »

Cryptocurrencies Take Nosedive on Rumors of Trading Ban

Prices for Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies dropped today after news reports said the South Korean government was considering a ban on the trading of digital currencies. “There are great concerns regarding virtual currencies and the justice ministry is basically preparing a bill to ban cryptocurrency trading through exchanges,” South ... Read More »