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AI shop assistants: Get ready for a world where you can't tell humans and chatbots apart

There are already more than a billion people interacting with businesses via either text or voice-based conversational tools. Conversational commerce is expected to grow to nearly $300bn by 2025 - half of it from chatbots...

By Shweta Singh 7 Jan 2022

GLOBAL

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Smart TV voice assistant transactions to hit nearly $500m in 2023

Spend through voice assistant-enabled smart TVs will reach nearly $500m in 2023, up sharply from the $126m expected in 2021, according to a report from Juniper Research...

14 Oct 2021

GLOBAL

Source: Walmart
Walmart opens up its retail tech to other businesses

Walmart will begin offering several of its own technologies and capabilities to other businesses and brands seeking to better serve customers...

2 Aug 2021

GLOBAL

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Smart POS terminals in service to grow by 156% by 2026

Smart point-of-sale terminals globally in service, where analytics and loyalty can be integrated directly to the terminal, will increase from 13,7 million in 2021 to 35 million units in 2026...

8 Jul 2021

GLOBAL

Algorithms are designing better buildings
Algorithms are designing better buildings

When giant blobs began appearing on city skylines around the world in the late 1980s and 1990s, it marked not an alien invasion...

By Silvio Carta 19 Jun 2020

GLOBAL

Mobile app uses AR to locate friends in a crowd
Mobile app uses AR to locate friends in a crowd

In a crowded music festival setting, losing sight of friends is a common problem - but now there's a solution...

10 Jun 2019

SOUTH AFRICA

Multilingual broadcast journalist-turned-real estate entrepreneur, Rokelle Sun.
#AfricaMonth: Encouraging female African business leaders from the other side of the world

US-based real estate entrepreneur Rokelle Sun's philanthropic mission is to encourage young girls to pursue careers and success in the underrepresented fields, particularly in Africa, where she spent part of her childhood. She explains this, as well...

Leigh AndrewsBy Leigh Andrews 21 May 2019

SPAIN

Asian firms challenge Apple with snazzy new smartphones
Asian firms challenge Apple with snazzy new smartphones

BARCELONA, SPAIN: Several big Asian phone companies launched new high-end smartphones and other wireless gizmos on Sunday, hoping to challenge US giant Apple in a big year for wireless gadgets...

3 Mar 2015

JAPAN

Sony sells US-based online game unit
Sony sells US-based online game unit

TOKYO, JAPAN: Japan's Sony has sold its online gaming unit to a US investment firm, in a move that should free it to make titles for consoles other than PlayStation...

4 Feb 2015

JAPAN

Japan's NEC rolls out counterfeit-spotting technology
Japan's NEC rolls out counterfeit-spotting technology

TOKYO, JAPAN: Japan's NEC on Monday unveiled a technology that sniffs out even the most convincing counterfeits by reading microscopic patterns on everything from a luxury purse to a metal bolt...

11 Nov 2014

JAPAN

Toshiba has reported profits of ¥30.8bn for the six months to September, 43% higher than its profits last year. The conglomerate is involved in a host of industries including power generation, transmission systems and medical equipment to computer chips and laptops. Image:
Toshiba's profits of ¥30,8bn in six months

TOKYO, JAPAN: Toshiba said its half-year net profit rose by about 43% from a year ago, largely owing to a weak yen and strong sales in its infrastructure business.

31 Oct 2014

JAPAN

Information technology company Fujitsu has seen its profit rise 31.5% year-on-year but warns that the higher sales tax in Japan is dampening consumer sales in the Japanese market. Image: Fujitsu
Fujitsu's profits up by 31,5%

TOKYO, JAPAN: Fujitsu said its half-year net profit jumped by nearly a third on rising IT investments among Japanese firms, but a recent economic downturn took a toll on results in the September quarter.

31 Oct 2014

JAPAN

Facebook was ordered to reveal the IP addresses of two fake accounts used to post revealing revenge porn photographs taken of a woman in Tokyo. Image:
Facebook ordered to reveal revenge porn IP addresses

TOKYO, JAPAN: A Tokyo court has ordered Facebook to disclose the IP addresses used by fake accounts that were posting revenge porn on its pages, in the first such case in Japan.

22 Oct 2014

JAPAN

Apple's store in Ginza, Japan was buzzing as people from various countries including China queued for hours to get their hands on the new phones and sell them at a profit in mainland China. Image: Apple
Huge demand for iPhone 6 from Chinese buyers

TOKYO, JAPAN: Buyers from China, deprived of the latest iPhone launch at home, were among the first in line in Japan to grab the iPhone 6.

22 Sep 2014



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