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Modern automobiles have come a long way from the time Karl Benz invented Patent-Motorwagen in 1886, and the widely accessible mass cars 1908 Model T manufactured by the Ford Motor Company. Cars are now equipped with controls used for driving, passenger comfort and safety, and occasionally by voice on 2000s-era […]

Detroit eyes startups: Ford and GM announce deals to advance ...


Here is a very interesting TED Talk about the future of work by David Lee “We’ve all heard that robots are going to take our jobs — but what can we do about it? Innovation expert David Lee says that we should start designing jobs that unlock our hidden talents […]

TED Talk: Why jobs of the future won’t feel like ...


IKEA, the world’s largest home furnishing retailer recently announced that it plans to acquire 100% of the shares in TaskRabbit, Inc., an on-demand services platform startup. To some, this merger deal sounded comically counter-intuitive: IKEA, perhaps the largest do-it-yourself store in the world is buying a Silicon Valley startup that […]

IKEA buys startup TaskRabbit : What’s the next BHAG startup ...



We have come a long way since the early days of Apple’s Siri when voice activated systems were a novelty. Voice activated user interfaces continue to make great strides and a number of startups are innovating in this space. (link to article) Voice activated digital assistants are also finding innovative […]

Review: Amazon’s All-new Echo (2nd Generation)


Nasscom Foundation of the Indian IT industry apex body announced a Rs 10 lakh grant each for mentoring technology-based social innovations in five thematic areas. “The Nasscom Social Innovation Forum (NSIF) will award grants of 1 million rupee (10 lakh) each to winners of innovations in five areas of financial […]

Nasscom in India offers 10 million rupee grant for social ...


After Indian government announced demonetization last year, analysts, consultants and digirati began to frantically predict the boom in ‘digitization’ of payment sector including advent of Peer-to-peer payment apps, mobile payments etc. (link).  Also ref: India’s Cash Ban Is the Best Thing to Happen to Digital Payments. The long march towards […]

Google launches Tez P2P payment App in India, offers users ...



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Kanoa, a Silicon Valley based startup promised a crowdfunded campaign to give music lovers state-of-the-art wireless earphones. However, it is shutting shop, joining the ranks of crowd-funded companies that took customers’ money and shut down without shipping a product. The company posted the following statement (link) on its website. Over […]

Startup shutdown: In a case of crowdfunding disaster, Kanoa shuts ...


The Canadian government announced that the Startup Visa program would now become a core part of the country’s immigration policy starting in 2018.  Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains and Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen made the announcement at the DMZ in Toronto. A […]

Canadian Startup Visa to become Permanent


Yesterday, we posted an analytical review of “Digital Technologies helping elders and seniors.” Here is an interesting development in the filed: Students and faculty at Clemson University have developed two smartphone apps to provide practical, real-world assistance to help people with intellectual disabilities maintain employment and live independently. The ClemsonLIFE […]

Students create smartphone apps to help people who are intellectually ...



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Google has acquired Bengaluru-based artificial intelligence (AI) startup Halli Labs.  This is Google’s first acquisition in India. The venture was founded this April by Pankaj Gupta, a former senior executive at Stayzilla and Twitter. Halli Labs, according to the company’s website, was working on applying modern machine learning and AI […]

Google acquires Bengaluru-based AI startup Halli Labs