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View from India

Retail rings in a new tone

1 Sep 2015 by Kavitha Srinivasa

I'm into a storytelling mood. My friend's kid (a tiny tot) is being educated on mobile and mobile apps. The kid can't pronounce most names (that's another story) but is trying to figure out what the mobile is all about. Seen through the lens of a child, such curiosity is perfectly understandable. But when seen through the lens of the tech world, such gestures speak volumes. Today, the mobile phone or rather Smartphone is the first tech screen that anyone is exposed to. With this, comes the first Internet experience. To an extent, it's probably got to do with the fact that these are handheld devices and hence easy to handle. The reasoning may not work with tablets and laptops, which are second in ranking.

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View from Brussels

EU offers cash and expenses to aspiring entrepreneurs

30 Aug 2015 by Pelle Neroth

Erasmus is a student exchange programme in the EU which has a very low UK takeup but which people who have actually completed seem to enjoy. Maybe it is the whiff of kumba-yah that puts young Brits off.

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Electronic connections

The hidden costs of convenience

28 Aug 2015 by Chris Edwards

A lawsuit filed in the US over deaths caused by car engines continuing to run even when the key is outside the vehicle points to a looming problem in engineering design - how features designed for convenience can become actively dangerous.

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View from Washington

Jeff didn't recognise that Amazon. Sadly, I kinda did.

18 Aug 2015 by Paul Dempsey

The New York Times' dissection of Amazon's corporate innards shouldn't have come across as that much of a surprise. The article depicts the logical result of a business culture we have even celebrated while ignoring its likely consequences. Seen this way, Amazon is just the company that's gotten fingered (though, given no-one's really disputing the Times' findings, it still deserves as much).

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After All

Technology plus ambience: more on quirky techno hotels

20 Jul 2015 by Vitali Vitaliev

When summing up this blog's quirky and techno hotels competition last February, I could not foresee the number of (substantially) belated readers' responses. Long after the closing date and weeks after the prize was posted to Peter Field, the winner, your hotel impressions kept trickling in.

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Editor's letter

New faces in the Oscar Selfie

16 Jul 2015 by Dickon Ross

Researchers at the University of Herts have developed an algorithm that replaces faces in social media pictures with fake faces but keeps the original expressions.

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