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Autonomous car startup FiveAI receives public and private funding

UK autonomous car startup FiveAI has received nearly £27 million in funding, from both government and private investors. The Cambridge based, research-intensive firm, says it is “well on its way” to creating tech that will allow vehicles to autonomously deal with busy roads, including pedestrians and cyclists. FiveAI CEO Stan Boland identified the company’s aim… Read More

Mercedes leads $250m funding for ride sharing startup Via

Ride sharing startup Via has raised a large funding round in an attempt to expand outside of the U.S. The exact total amount of funding has not been disclosed, but it has been reported to be around $250 million (approx. £192.8 million). $50 million of this has come from German automotive group Daimler, which owns… Read More

Samsung announces plans to connect all devices by 2020

Samsung has announced its plan to connect all of its products in order to create a ‘hyper-connected world.’ The South Korean giant is looking to take advantage of its unusual position, noting that it ‘is one of the few global companies that covers everything from IT and home appliances to integral abilities and components.’ In… Read More

Flock of major names release gadgets at IFA 2017

One of Europe’s biggest tech shows is back. Mixed reality headsets, wearables in business and 3D scanning phones are just some of the gadgets on show at IFA 2017, held in Berlin. Playing host to major names such as Microsoft, Samsung, Sony and Dell, the show exhibits cutting-edge products, mostly consumer, though many of them… Read More

UK insurtech investment up 2500% on 2016

New research from Accenture shows that £218 million has been invested in insurance technology startups in the first half of 2017 – up from £7.8 million the previous year. This represents an increase of over 2500% in year-over-year figures. Investment in insurance technology startups, or insurtech, have been bolstered by some recent, extremely large investments… Read More

Microsoft and Amazon play matchmaker between Cortana and Alexa

Amazon and Microsoft’s smart assistants will now be able to talk to each other, making them accessible from new devices and able to work together. In a collaborative project between the two giants, it means that customers soon will be able to turn to their Echo device and ask Alexa to open Cortana, or turn… Read More

Exploring the potential of Enterprise IoT

Hugh Owen, senior vice president at MicroStrategy, discusses the business benefits of delivering an effective Enterprise IoT strategy The Internet of Things (IoT) has gained popularity as a cool concept pertaining to smart devices that expedite or automate daily life – from brewing coffee, to turning off the lights, to breathing mindfully. Amazon’s Echo Alexa has… Read More

Swarm intelligence key to successful operation of drones, says study

Using swarm intelligence may be a way to combat many of the challenges faced by drone operators, both in business and by governments, according to a group of academics. Researchers from British and French universities have written a paper noting how drones can now add value to these organisations due to low cost and mobilisation… Read More

IoT devices reveal private information despite encryption, study warns

IoT devices are giving away private data despite encryption measures, according to recent findings of a Princeton study. The research found that adversaries are able to infer private information about people who have internet-connected devices in their home by looking at traffic levels and metadata. The researchers looked at an example of a smart sleep monitor,… Read More

Mayor of London plans to get rid of poor mobile connectivity

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is planning to fight connectivity problem areas and bring mobile coverage to the London Underground. In an announcement, Khan introduced his ‘Not-Spot’ team initiative which will look for blind spots in the city and develop solutions to improve coverage in the capital. Transport for London will also be working… Read More

IBM beats AI image recognition record using distributed deep learning

IBM has beaten the record for artificial intelligence (AI) image recognition by developing distributed deep learning (DDL) software. Accuracy and speed were both improved. The IBM report showed that given any random image from a set of 7.5 million, the trained AI model chose with an accuracy of 33.8%, compared to the previous record of… Read More

Nationwide IoT network to be launched in Singapore

Singaporean telco Singtel has announced that it will launch its nationwide cellular IoT network by the end of September. The new network aims to allow businesses to achieve both operational and cost efficiencies, by supporting the use of IoT devices with longer battery life and wider coverage. Singtel’s network will support CAT-M1 and NB-IoT technologies,… Read More

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