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Kindred AI – Putting robots in human shoes

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Teaching computers to learn on their own has been the core aim of AI research, with the world’s largest tech companies, including Facebook, Google and Baidu, all racing to develop the best techniques. Although there have been breakthroughs in speech and image recognition, the machines still struggle to handle basic physical tasks. Kindred AI, a Canadian start up, decided to tackle these issues applying a new, innovative approach based on the technique of immersive teleoperation. According to its founders, the best way to make robots as smart as humans, is… Read more

East meets West. The battle for supremacy in India’s e-commerce market

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While China and the US currently dominate in terms of e-commerce spending, India is one of the world’s fastest growing internet markets. It is also the fastest growing country in the Asia Pacific region in the retail e-commerce space. The rapid pace of growth of e-commerce in India creates a huge potential opportunity and attracts not only local players but foreign e-commerce giants, like Amazon and Alibaba. The largest local players, Flipcart and Snapdeal, initially seen as the dark horses in this race and attracting serious investment, are now losing… Read more

Netflix competition: Not a chill environment

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Growing from a DVD rental/ selling service in 1997, Netflix today has become one of the leading companies in the online streaming market. Netflix has benefitted greatly from the increased range and depth of broadband internet. The global reach of Netflix and its competitors serve to increase rivalry.  Gaming systems which now incorporate applications into their systems present new and growing opportunities and potential dangers for Netflix. The increased advertisements from gaming systems can help recruit more customers which is also an opportunity for competitors of Netflix. Netflix, as one… Read more

Physical Book Vs. E-Book: Traditional book not ready to die out just yet

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There has been much debate in recent years regarding the physical book vs. the e-book. Many commentators have outlined a sad situation in which the traditional book is dying out as the rapidly growing proliferation of digital technology replaces it. However, the situation is not quite as clear-cut as this. While it is undeniable that there have been declining book sales in recent years, this is not necessarily wholly linked to the explosion of e-books in the market. E-books are undoubtedly a more convenient way to store and carry around… Read more

Sainsbury’s trialing one-hour delivery service

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Supermarkets in the UK have faced a tough marketplace in recent years. The recession, and the accompanying squeeze on incomes, has led to many consumers becoming shrewd in their purchases and increasingly looking to find the cheapest option. This has led to a climate in which discounters, and in particular Aldi and Lidl, have been able to thrive. All of the ‘Big Four’ supermarkets have seen their market share eroded by the discounters, which led to a debilitating round of price wars in which profits were eroded. As such, there… Read more

Amazon Web Services, revolutionizing cloud computing

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) was developed alongside the online retail giant’s vast e-commerce from the world’s largest online retailer’s inception. Although having built its reputation and brand recognition on its retail operations, Amazon has gone on to expand its offerings into products and services as diverse as media, electronics and cloud computing. Responsible for over 4% of Amazon’s revenues in 2013, AWS has seen Amazon sink over 10 years of development and millions of dollars of investment into the world’s largest cloud service provider. Available in over 190 countries worldwide,… Read more

Kindle Fire to Challenge Apple iPad

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According to third-party reports available online, the growing sales of the Amazon Kindle Fire potentially took away revenue from sales of anywhere between 1 and 2 million units of the iPad in the fourth quarter of 2011. The comparison between Kindle Fire and iPad 2 may seems a little unjustified in technical aspects, as the latter’s technical features are way ahead, but when it comes to market statistics Amazon Kindle Fire is challenging Apple’s tablet. Despite not having as many high-end features as the iPad 2, Kindle Fire has been… Read more

The iPad mini is official, but does its price place it out of touch of the competition?

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  Cupertino technology giant Apple, Inc. (Apple) has officially unveiled its new iPad mini, a 7.9 inch screen version of its tremendously popular tablet computer to go against rival hardware from Amazon and Google. However, the higher price of Apple’s latest offering compared to its competitors’ products may serve to limit its competitive impact within the small tablet market space. At its press event last night, after a huge degree of industry speculation and now seemingly genuine product design leaks, the company lifted the lid off its latest expansion into… Read more

Amazon continue to pursue the lucrative tablet computer market

  Amazon’s Kindle Fire has seen great success in the US since its launch last November: according to Amazon, it has captured a 22% market share of the US tablet computer market. So, with rumors of an Apple iPad mini, speculated for announcement on September 12th, and the entry of Asus’s Google branded Nexus 7 tablet into the fray, an update to Amazon’s product seemed inevitable. Amazon did not disappoint. On September 6th, we saw three new Kindle Fire tablets revealed to the world: an updated version of the original… Read more