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Added 6 July, 2015

Remember Ask Jeeves, the decade-old search engine with a butler mascot who offered to personally assist you with your query? Fast forward to 2015 and that metaphoric butler is taking on concrete forms in the guise of in-home robotic assistants. One potential heavy-hitter in this field will be Amazon Echo, one of the first widely-available...

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Added 6 July, 2015

If you are the type who reads WikiTrend you have probably tried interacting with Siri, the “personal assistant” included with products using Apple’s iOS. You probably agree too that Siri is far from perfect, has its share of issues, and not as good as it should be. But these are early days. Siri and other voice-recognition apps and appliances...

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Added 8 May, 2015

Livestreaming is a trend that keeps getting more so, as it gives cheap and easy access to growing range of events from concerts and protests to news and weather reports. Now livestreaming is being embraced by funeral homes worldwide, becoming a normal part of our cultural last rites. Two companies, FuneralRecording and One Room are offering...

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Added 20 August, 2014
Having a personal shopper to help you select your wardrobe is an extravagance that was once only affordable to super wealthy shoppers in major metropolitan areas. Now, as with so many other things, the Internet is democratizing this bastion of luxury by making it available to the masses, anywhere, at relatively low prices. A prime example of the...
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Added 16 April, 2014
More and more, people are concerned with the ingredients of the products they use. Watchwords these days are "natural," "organic," "chemical-free," "small-batch" and the like. Many companies are responding by creating products with more natural ingredients. Unfortunately in the cosmetics industry, however, there is still a lot of opacity. Full...
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Added 20 February, 2014

Brick and mortar stores like Sears in the US and Harvey Nichols in England are fighting back against Internet shops by letting customers purchase on the Web then pick up the same-day from their stores. They are counting on people's desire for instant gratification to prop up sales. Now Starbucks is taking a page from this business model with a...

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Added 11 February, 2014
What if you walked into an airport, were greeted by name and instantly updated on your itinerary and helped with whatever other information you needed? That is the promise Virgin Atlantic airlines is making to their Upper Class passengers, now that their employees are wearing Google Glass. Debuting this week at Heathrow Airport, the technology...
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Added 22 January, 2014
Many social media watchers have noted that Facebook reached its peak user base in early 2013 and is now losing customers. Anecdotal evidence has shown us that the many Facebook users are losing interest and becoming disenchanted with the website. Now a new study called "Epidemiological modeling of online social network dynamics" published by the...
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Added 16 January, 2014
KLM has been out in front of the social media curve for several years now. The Dutch airline has started many online trends, including initiatives that invited Business Class flyers to connect with each other before flying to facilitate business relationships. The airline is also one of the most active on Twitter and has a large social networking...
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Added 14 January, 2014
Pizza Hut is the largest hot food delivery brand in the United States, as well as many other parts of the world. Up until now, if you wanted to order a delivery pizza, or Chinese food or whatever, most people would pick up the phone and call the store. The advent of delivery services like GrubHub and Seamless Web, both of which have popular mobile...