• Uber Halts Self-Driving Car Program After Crash
    After a major crash with one of its self-driving cars, Uber is suspending the autonomous drivin program natiowide. The accident happened in Arizona when one of Uber's cars was hit, knocking it up onto its side.  
  • Microsoft, Toyota Team To Add Connected Car Features
    Microsoft has technology for connecrted cars and now is making a move to get some of that technology into vehicles from Toyota. A new partnersnhip would give Toyota access to Microsoft’s navigation, entertainment and voice recognition features.
  • Amazon, Apple Compete For Voice Assistants In Hotel Rooms
    Voice assistants for the home are moving into the travel industry. Into hotel rooms, that is. One Las Vegas hotel chain has been using Amazon's Alexa while Marriott is testing which voice assistant will be best for their hotel rooms.
  • Pottery Barn Taps AR For Furniture Shoppers
    It's taken some time, but augmented reality implementations continue to increase. The latest is from Pottery Barn, which just came out with a new augmented reality app to help consumers see what certain furniture might look like in their home before actually purchasing it.
  • Ford Tests Smart Kiosks For Car Service
    Another day, another move to automation, this time in the quick service industry. As Engadget reports: "Wendy's is putting thousands of self-ordering machines in its restaurants, and now Ford is trying out a similar strategy, but, you know, for cars. The company announced it has partnered with Panasonic and GoMoto, which specializes in car dealership technologies, to create so-called Smart Service Kiosks. First, customers enter their contact information into the outdoor kiosk by using the touchscreen and scanning their driver's license. Then they input certain key vehicle information and create a security PIN for key pick-up. Next, ...
  • Amazon Files For More Drone Patents
    Amazon continues on its patent march. Last year, Amazon filed for a patent for drones essentially working together. Now they are looking for drones that can carry even more cargo, presumably for faster deliveries in major markets.
  • Starbucks Voice Ordering Moves To Cars
    Folllowing its move allowing coffee ordering via Amazon's Alexa, Stabucks is expanding its mobile ordering to be even more mobile. The plan is to enable certain cars by Ford to order by voice directly through the car's communication system.
  • Amazon Extending Alexa To iOS App
    Move over, Siri, there's a new voice assistant coming to iPhones and iOS devices. Amazon announced today that its digital assistant Alexa will be integrated into the Amazon Shopping app for iOS. This gives all users with Apple mobile devices access on the go. While some iOS users may have the Alexa app already downloaded to support their Amazon Alexa-enabled devices like the Echo, this integration lets users speak to Alexa while away from their homes. Alexa lives in the microphone icon next to the search bar in the Amazon Shopping app. This icon originally let users voice-search Amazon to find products to buy, but now ...
  • Real Estate Firm Launches VR For Homebuyers
    Real estate firm Engel & Völkers North America will be the latest to tap virtual reality for homebuyers to view listings as real as it can get without stepping foot into the location of interest. Engel & Völkers is launching a North American-wide program that will see Google Cardboard viewers placed at each of its real estate offices, as well as cameras to record VR video. Interested homebuyers that do not have the time to visit a listing will be able to view VR videos right in the real estate office.
  • New Samsung Phone May Use Facial Recognition
    Samsung Electronics Co.’s new Galaxy S8 will employ facial-recognition technology for mobile payments within months of release, adding cutting-edge security to help the marquee device stand out from rivals such as Apple Inc.’s iPhone, people familiar with the matter said. The Galaxy S8 to be unveiled later this month will blend fingerprint, iris and facial detection to verify users accessing mobile services including Samsung Pay, the people said. It’s already working with banks to help them embrace facial recognition systems in coming months, they said, asking not to be identified talking about a private matter. Samsung declined to comment.
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