Archive for February, 2017

Consumers want to buy cars on the web

Take a tour: BMW in January launched an augmented reality app, developed by Accenture, that will enable anyone with a Google Tango-enabled handset to take a virtual tour of a BMW i8 or i3 designed to their specifications. AFP Relaxnews The overwhelming majority of consumers are now happy to look to the Internet when researching a car to buy.
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Travel app Hopper will now break down airlines’ confusing fees

In an attempt to better compete with low-cost airlines, major air carriers like American Airlines, Delta and United have been rolling out basiceconomy fares no-frills fares that charge fees for amenities that would otherwise come standard, like seat assignments or the right to use the overhead bin space, for example. But this unbundling has also made it difficult for customers to price the true cost of their trip, which is where the travel app Hopper now aims to help.
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How Pinterest’s visual search went from a moonlight project to a real-world search engine

Sometime around 2013 and 2014, deep learning was going through a revolution that required pretty much everyone to reset their expectations as to how things worked, and leveled the playing field for what people were doing with computer vision. At least thats the philosophy that Pinterest engineer Andrew Zhai and his team have taken, because around that time he and a few others began working on some internal moonlightproject to build computer vision models within Pinterest.
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Wattpad debuts Tap, an app for reading chat-style short stories

A new mobile app called Tap, launching today, introduces a differentway to read stories on your phone: as text message-likechats. The app is the latest from Wattpad, asocial publishing platform for authors whose community now includesover 45 million readers worldwide, who visit itssite or its flagship mobile app to read itsnearly 250 million stories.
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UK faces triple whammy from skills shortfall, visa restrictions and Brexit uncertainty

Britains tech sector faces a triple whammy hit to its workforce without government action, according to new reports. Firstly, from a critical fall-off in STEM skills in its own population due to lack of funding; secondly, from visa restrictions on the availability of high-skilled specialists from overseas; and, thirdly, from the uncertainty of the impact of Brexit on its highly international tech workforce.
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