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    1. New voice-based International Remittance Service

      New voice-based International Remittance Service

      By Tim Sandle 1 hour ago in Business A signal for further automation in banking has been sent, with news that Money2India application users are now able to send money to any bank in India via a voice command to Siri. This development makes the Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India (‘ICICI Bank’) the first bank in the country use Apple's virtual voice assistant to enable cross-border remittances.

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      Mentions: India Apple Mumbai
    2. New software speeds big-data analysis 100-fold

      New software speeds big-data analysis 100-fold

      By Tim Sandle 4 hours ago in Technology A new system developed for performing 'tensor algebra' can offert a 100-fold speedup over previous software packages for performing big data analysis. Scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a new system that automatically produces code optimized for sparse data. This process leads to a massive speeding up of big data analysis. This development is likely to appeal to many businesses and universities.

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    3. New technology is changing auto shoppers' experiences

      New technology is changing auto shoppers' experiences

      By Ken Hanly 10 mins ago in Technology The automotive sales industry is experiencing a change in the manner in which buyers are perceiving car ownership, use, and operation. Accompanying this are also changes in the way customers' purchasing experience is modified by new technology. In earlier days the purchase of a car often began at a dealership after searching through the extensive automotive sections in a newspaper.

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    4. Health care apps — Tracking prescriptions to tracking your health

      Health care apps — Tracking prescriptions to tracking your health

      By Karen Graham 21 mins ago in Health Advances in the biotech sector and health care have changed the way we view the medical field today. With new medicines, diagnostics, and procedures available to everyone, it didn't take long for medicine and health care to go digital. A story in Digital Journal last week discussed the opportunities for digital health solutions , especially in many countries where the older population outnumbers the younger age groups.

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    5. Software detects sarcasm on social media

      Software detects sarcasm on social media

      By Tim Sandle 1 hour ago in Internet The American Technion Society reports on a novel piece of software designed to detect whether comments made on social media are 'sarcastic' or laden with irony. Such a tool could help those with learning difficulties. The software is a sophisticated machine translation system (this is a sub-field of computational linguistics that investigates the use of software to translate text or speech from one language to another).

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    6. Google unveils its reinvented Hangouts messaging apps

      Google unveils its reinvented Hangouts messaging apps

      By James Walker 25 mins ago in Technology Google has officially launched the all-new version of its acclaimed Hangouts messaging and video calling app. The company has separated the app into two distinct products, Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat. Both are now intended for corporate use. After previously stating it no longer intends Hangouts to be used by consumers, Google has taken the next step in shifting general users away to its new messaging apps, Allo and Duo.

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    7. Microsoft shuts down the social network you didn't know existed

      Microsoft shuts down the social network you didn't know existed

      By James Walker 1 hour ago in Technology Microsoft has announced it is shutting down its long-forgotten So.cl social network launched back in 2011. The site was created by the company's FUSE Labs research division and hasn’t been updated in years. It never attained widespread attention. If you've never heard of So.cl , you can probably forgive yourself.

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    8. Google expands use of AI-powered translations to more languages

      Google expands use of AI-powered translations to more languages

      By James Walker 24 mins ago in Technology Google has announced the expansion of its neural network integration with Google Translate. The system enables Translate to generate more accurate translations for key words and phrases. The technology is now being rolled out to several new languages. First announced last November, Google's neural machine translation systems enable Translate to process entire sentences at once.

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    9. Microsoft's CEO thinks AI should help people, not replace them

      Microsoft's CEO thinks AI should help people, not replace them

      By James Walker 22 mins ago in Technology Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has spoken out on how artificial intelligence should not be seen as a way of replacing humans. The leader made the comments as Microsoft prepares to enter new fields of AI research and prepares to 'democratise' the technology. Nadella wants to see artificial intelligence aid people to do more with the time available to them.

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    10. Microsoft thinks search boxes will disappear within ten years

      Microsoft thinks search boxes will disappear within ten years

      By James Walker 42 mins ago in Technology Microsoft has published a list of major tech changes its researchers expect to see in the next ten years. They range from improved language translators and advances in deep learning to the prediction that traditional app search boxes will become obsolete. The list was created as part of Microsoft's Computer Science Education Week celebrations.

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    11. Contextual GIF maker Guggy will help developers spice their apps

      Contextual GIF maker Guggy will help developers spice their apps

      By Claudio Buttice 51 mins ago in Technology The new contextual GIF maker Guggy is now available as an API to provide a solution for developers who want to offer an improved user experience by adding text and smartness to their app's GIFs. GIFs (an acronym that stands for Graphics Interchange Format ) have recently been one of the most common and popular ways to communicate in social network and normal smartphone conversations.

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      Mentions: Washington API
    12. Amazon Music Unlimited is Amazon's new attempt to rival Spotify

      Amazon Music Unlimited is Amazon's new attempt to rival Spotify

      By James Walker 1 hour ago in Technology Amazon has officially launched a new music streaming service, Amazon Music Unlimited, with a catalogue of "tens of millions" of songs. It enters a crowded market led by Spotify and Apple Music. Amazon already has one streaming provider, Prime Music. In a statement today, Amazon said Music Unlimited "redefines" music streaming by giving you access to tens of millions of songs, thousands of hand-curated playlists and a selection of personalised experiences.

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    13. Microsoft Word to become your writing assistant with new update

      Microsoft Word to become your writing assistant with new update

      By James Walker 1 hour ago in Technology Microsoft has announced two major new features coming to Word in an upcoming update. Researcher enables you to research information with automatic citation from within Word. Editor is a personal "writing assistant" to improve your writing style. Announced yesterday , the two new features comprise July's Office 365 update for Word.

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    14. New advances announced in wearable health technology

      New advances announced in wearable health technology

      By Tim Sandle 10 mins ago in Health This week sees the information released about three new wearable health technologies for diabetics and cardiac patients, produced by major healthcare companies J&J, Abbott, and GE. Wearable health technology represents a significant growth area, both in terms of the numbers and types of technologies emerging and the potential revenues for the companies developing the devices. Recently, Phillips-Medisize purchased Medicom Innovation Partner .

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