Apple’s web mapping service app called Apple Maps now displays information on bike-sharing services across the United States and many other countries. The update comes after the Cupertino giant struck a deal with Ito World, a transport information company. TechCrunch reported Monday that Apple’s partnership with Ito World has enabled the tech giant to equip its… (more…)

Apple Maps Updated With More Bike-Sharing Data

Apple’s web mapping service app called Apple Maps now displays information on bike-sharing services across the United States and many other countries. The update comes after the Cupertino giant struck a deal with Ito World, a transport information company. TechCrunch reported Monday that Apple’s partnership with Ito World has enabled the tech giant to equip its… Read more

WeChat accounts cross one billion mark: CEO

WeChat’s worldwide accounts have crossed the one billion mark, according to the chief executive of its parent company Tencent. The all-in-one app is a daily necessity for most Chinese, bringing together messaging, social media, mobile payment, games, news and other services. “WeChat’s worldwide monthly active users have surpassed the critical one billion mark,” CEO Pony Ma… Read more

Norway aims for all short-haul flights 100% electric by 2040

All of Norway’s short-haul airliners should be entirely electric by 2040, the country’s airport operator said on Wednesday, cementing the Nordic nation’s role as a pioneer in the field of electric transport. Avinor, the public operator of Norwegian airports, “aims to be the first in the world” to make the switch to electric air transport, chief… Read more

Fund a Kickstarter without losing your money—or your mind

Bring your common sense to crowdfunding. You want to fund an amazing tech Kickstarter. But how can you be sure they’ll deliver on their promises? Kickstarter The crowdfunding website Kickstarter is a fantastic showcase for innovation and creativity. Through its interface, you can financially support the independent creators who make music, movies, and gadgets. In exchange,… Read more

Investors flush with $26 trillion to strong-arm corporations on climate change

Beware. President Donald Trump may have put a stop to America’s participation in the Paris accord, citing its burdensome regulatory climate change mandates and cost-hiking economic downers. But a plot afoot at the Paris climate summit would moot Trump’s action and make most of America a participant in the accord, anyway. Climate Action 100+ tweeted the… Read more

As Black Friday nears, US stores get creative to battle e-commerce

The photo op with Santa Claus has long been a holiday mainstay for American children. But this year, shopping malls in several states are scheduling glamour shots for man’s best friend. As the Christmas shopping season kicks into high gear on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, portraits of St. Nick with a family’s beloved dog… Read more

Green development think-tank formed in Xiongan

A research company that focuses on green development in Xiongan New Area in North China’s Hebei province has been recently set up to provide consulting services. This is the first of its kind established in the area, said a report by Xiongan Green Research Think-tank Co (or Xiongan Lvyan Zhiku Co), registered with 50 million… Read more

World’s Coolest Library Opens in China and It’s Breathtaking

Book lovers, pack your bags – one of the coolest libraries in the world has just opened up in China and it is absolutely gorgeous. The Tianjin Binhai Library, also called “The Eye of Benhai” because of its mirrored spherical centerpiece depicted above, has opened up in the Binhai Cultural District of Tianjin earlier this month.… Read more

Honda shows off self-balancing bike

Honda on Wednesday showcased a new motorcycle that can stand unaided with or without a rider, using technology the firm learned from developing a walking humanoid. Unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show, Honda’s Riding Assist-e is an all-electric concept motorbike that constantly assesses its position and moves the steering bar to ensure the heavy machine stays… Read more

Elon Musk Hints Tesla Model 3 Will Be Psychic

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has hinted that the Tesla Model 3 and other self-driving cars will soon be able to use artificial intelligence to predict where you want to go. Musk’s announcement, made via Twitter, comes as the electric vehicle maker revealed plans to build a manufacturing plant in China. Tesla was one of the first… Read more

Tesla to build wholly-owned Shanghai plant: WSJ

Tesla has reached an agreement with Shanghai authorities that would make it the first foreign automaker to build its own plant in China, putting it in the driver’s seat in the world’s biggest electric-vehicle market, the Wall Street Journal reported. The Silicon Valley electric carmaker’s wholly-owned manufacturing facility would be built in Shanghai’s free-trade zone, the… Read more

Futuristic solar-powered Dutch family car hailed ‘the future’

A futuristic Dutch family car that not only uses the sun as power but supplies energy back to the grid was hailed as “the future” Sunday as the World Solar Challenge wrapped up. The innovative bi-annual contest, first run in 1987, began in Darwin a week ago with 41 vehicles setting off on a 3,000-kilometre (1,860-mile)… Read more

How one city plans to steer residents away from driving

Countries from the UK to China are rolling out extraordinary plans to eliminate fossil-fuel-guzzling automobiles. But one Nordic capital city is mixing tech and urban planning to make sure citizens do not need a car at all. Finland’s capital Helsinki is growing quickly as it attracts labor from the countryside and overseas. Instead of building more… Read more

Australia to create national space agency

Australia on Monday committed to creating a national space agency as it looks to cash in on the lucrative and fast-evolving astronautical sector. The announcement came at a week-long Adelaide space conference attended by the world’s top scientists and experts including SpaceX chief Elon Musk. It brings Canberra — which already has significant involvement in national… Read more

Late Frank Zappa back on tour as hologram

Experimental rocker Frank Zappa, prolific in his life and even in death through a string of posthumous releases, is heading back on tour as a hologram. Zappa’s family trust on Thursday announced that the hologram concerts would begin in 2018 and hoped the resurrected Zappa would jam again with some of his still-living collaborators including metal… Read more

IPO of ‘Angry Birds’ owner takes flight in Helsinki

Finland’s Rovio, creator of the hugely popular smartphone game “Angry Birds”, launched its initial public offering (IPO) on the Helsinki stock exchange on Monday, valuing the company at almost 900 million euros ($1.1 billion). Rovio said it was putting 37 million shares up for sale at between 10.25 and 11.50 euros apiece in the stock flotation.… Read more

France – France to sell off state assets

France is to sell off state assets to help raise billions of euros to finance innovation, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Sunday, confirming Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire’s declaration … The government will sell off some state assets, Philippe said in a radio interview on Sunday, but not necessarily 100 percent ownership of companies that are… Read more

Solidum Partners Completes First Catastrophe Bond On A Blockchain

Zurich-based Solidum Partners has completed a private catastrophe bond transaction, $14.8m of notes which it believes is first such securitisation to be settled using a private blockchain. The transaction was issued using Solidum Partners Guernsey-domiciled transformer vehicle Solidum Re ICC Limited, with one cell named Dom Re IC Limited hosting the underlying reinsurance contract and acting… Read more

HSBC And IBM Develop Cognitive Intelligence Solution To Digitise Global Trade

Trade finance giants HSBC is working with IBM to develop a cognitive intelligence solution combining optical character recognition with advanced robotics to make global trade safer and more efficient for thousands of businesses. HSBC’s Global Trade and Receivables Finance (GTRF) team facilitates over $500bn of documentary trade for customers every year, and in doing so must… Read more

China moves higher in global innovation index: report

BEIJING – China is steadily working its way toward a higher position on the world’s innovation index ranking, as a report released Friday placed it 17th on the index measuring innovation capability out of 40 major ranked countries. The national innovation index report 2016-2017 by the Chinese Academy of Science and Technology for Development (CASTED) shows… Read more

What Will Tech Look Like in Ten Years?

Quora Questions are part of a partnership between Newsweek and Quora, through which we’ll be posting relevant and interesting answers from Quora contributors throughout the week. Read more about the partnership here. Answer from Answer by Jeff Desjardins: What technologies can we expect to be mainstream in the next 10 years? This is a challenging and… Read more

How AI Could Turn Social Media Into Stock Market Gold

Can robots trawl social media for stock market insights? Subjective chatter analysis is a tricky business. But the entrepreneurs behind the New York startup Accern believe using artificial intelligence to analyze Twitter and Tumblr can turn stock investments into a lot more money. It’s not Accern’s focus on AI that makes it unique. According to Mckinsey… Read more

Many US scientists answer France’s call to come ‘make our planet great again’

The rap on Washington and the Trump administration these days is that nothing is getting done. Well, tell that to anyone concerned about the climate crisis. Sure, most of President Donald Trump’s legislative initiatives have gone nowhere in Congress. But Trump is delivering big time on his promises to gut the federal government’s efforts to fight… Read more

Employees Are ‘Excited’ To Have Biochips Implanted

Silicon Valley may shine as the home of technological innovation, but the location of one new tech evolution (albeit one with dystopian undertones) is River Falls, Wisconsin. Employees of the River Falls-based Three Square Market are being offered the chance by their employer to have a biochip implanted in their skin —and plenty of the workers… Read more

Snopes fights to avoid deathblow: GoFundMe page created to weather legal storm

An ongoing legal storm has prompted the fact-checking website to turn to fans for a financial life-preserver. A GoFundMe fundraiser page called “Save Snopes” was created Monday by its team with the goal of raising $500,000. The reason: Snopes’ parent company, Bardav Inc., is in a protracted legal battle with Proper Media revolving around the… Read more

Cyberfriends set out to prove worth to shoppers

Going shopping, even in a giant mall, can be a breeze, if you have a personal shopping assistant who takes all the pain away-giving you advice on which clothes suit you, guiding you to the nearest toilet, letting you in on the best stores for discounts and even lugging around the shopping bags. Forget boyfriends, who… Read more

US.Consumers Looking Forward To Paying With Facial Recognition, Voice Control

Cash is getting less attention and people are looking forward to paying companies with mobile apps and other technologies instead, according to a new survey by online invoicing and payment firm Viewpost, which surveyed 1,000 U.S consumers for its analysis. Read: PayPal Invests In LendUp, Startup Offering Loans To People Banks Deem Too Risky More than… Read more

Big Data And AI Startup Incubator Launched By Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters has launched a start-up incubator in Switzerland to host early-stage entrepreneurs working on big data, advanced analytics, distributed ledgers, artificial intelligence, machine learning and other transformational technologies. Thomson Reuters Labs – The Incubator, as its called, will furnish its cohort with access to Thomson Reuters data and content sets, as well as mentoring from… Read more

China, Russia sign bank deal to open investment doors

China Development Bank signed a framework agreement with Russian Vnesheconombank on Tuesday to participate in Russia’s $2 billion innovation projects. The document was signed by Hu Huaibang and Sergey Gorkov, chairmen of the two respective state-owned banks, in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is paying an official visit… Read more

Collected Insights Offer a Strategic Roadmap for Companies as They Respond to New Global Challenges

Collected Insights Offer a Strategic Roadmap for Companies as They Respond to New Global Challenges Further reinforcing trends seen over the last six months, CECP: The CEO Force for Good has drawn together its current research base to develop a series of insights designed to help guide companies as they shape their social strategies, which […]

The Fintech Arms Race Between Banks And Startups

Brick-and-mortar banks are in desperate need of a makeover. They know it too. Capital One is opening Capital One Cafes in major cities across the U.S., with hip decor and more laidback consulting vibes than traditional branches. JPMorgan is trying the same idea with its Manhattan technology hub. Bloomberg reported the bank’s $9.6 billion technology budget… Read more

Delaware Lawmakers Say Blockchain Can Manage Stock Records

Delaware legislators passed a historic bill that explicitly legalizes the right to track stocks on a blockchain, according to Coindesk. This new amendment is a part of a broader series of legal updates for capital markets, clarifying different types of corporate records on blockchain networks. Coindesk reports that legal experts expect Delaware governor John Carney will… Read more

10-Year-old Boy Invents Device That Will Save Children From Hot Cars

It’s officially summertime – and with the rising temperatures, comes an abundance of preventable hot car deaths. But not if Bishop Curry IV can help it. style=”display:inline-block;width:300px;height:250px” data-ad-client=”ca-pub-8420654331411867″ data-ad-slot=”1313712966″> 10-year-old Bishop has invented his very own device capable of saving hundreds of children from heat stroke. The invention, which he calls Oasis, is a tiny box… Read more

Spotify To Feature Sponsored Songs In Playlists

It’s been discovered recently that Spotify is currently testing out “Sponsored Songs” for users on the free tier. These songs are paid for by labels so that they could promote singles on the music streaming service. This new feature was first spotted when a new “Sponsored Content” setting suddenly appeared on Spotify. The company confirmed to… Read more

China leads the pack

A platform is used to collect combustible ice in the South China Sea recently. GUO JUNFENG/CHINA DAILY Editor’s note: In the run-up to the 19th Communist Party of China National Congress, China Daily will cover a series of key projects of national importance, showcasing the country’s huge improvement and relentless efforts in manufacturing upgrade and innovation.… Read more

Companies Focus on Disruptive Innovation to Drive Sustainability

Traditional cleantech industries have effectively led the fight against climate change, but the next wave of sustainable innovations is arising from outside of these industries. Disruptive technologies and business models for a more sustainable future include the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and the sharing economy. This rapidly developing trend is highlighted in “The Road to… Read more

52 of Cassini’s most beautiful postcards from the outer solar system

The spacecraft completely changed our view of Saturn and her moons Viewing Saturn through different colored filters, Cassini created this psychedelic composition. NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute One of NASA’s greatest spacecraft will call it quits on September 15, 2017. The Cassini spacecraft has made countless discoveries during its sojourn to Saturn and its surrounding moons. It has… Read more

Special forces are getting a stealth motorcycle that’s silent and deadly

Here comes the dirt bike, beware of the dirt bike. The Silent Hawk can also run on jet fuel. Logos Technologies A dirt bike is a tool for getting a person to a place they shouldn’t be. Lightweight, made for rough terrain, and fast, motorcycles allow special forces to slip through woods, navigate narrow canyons, sneak… Read more

Caterpillar Focuses on Restoring World’s Natural Infrastructure

According to the UN estimates, 25 percent of the world’s land is highly degraded by now, and over 50 percent of all wetlands have been lost. However, it is possible to reverse this damage by reclaiming mines, re-building beaches, restoring rivers and re-planting forests. Soil restoration alone can help to eliminate 3.5 to 11 billion tons… Read more

Internet-based economy boosts China’s GDP, creates jobs

Internet-based economy boosts China’s GDP, creates jobs People pass by the entrance of Wuzhen internet-enabled hospital in Jiaxing, Zhejiang province. LONG WEI / FOR CHINA DAILY Internet-enabled digital economy accounted for 30.6 percent of China’s GDP in 2016, according to the China Internet Plus and Digital Economy Index published in April. The segment has created […]

Surviving The Sharing Economy

Struggling to find jobs, millions of young workers have looked to the gig economy. Nearly a third of the sharing economy’s workers are in their thirties and a quarter are between the ages of 18 and 29; 30 percent take such jobs because they either can’t find a stable, “real” job or need the supplemental income.… Read more

What If Zillow Collected Patent Transaction Data

Imagine a world where Zillow had as much patent transaction data as it has for residential real estate transactions. If Zillow had a database that was populated with patent transaction, it could drastically change the Intellectual Property marketplace. In this transparent IP world, in seconds parties could establish a reasonable royalty rate or sale price for… Read more

EU-Funded fake news spotting tool gets better and better

Journalism may get an extra boost from fact-checking algorithms. Image in Public Domain Pictures. The Pope endorses Donald Trump! Or does he? Vaccines cause autism! No, they don’t (really, they don’t). Every day we’re bombarded with information and news, much of which is simply not true. Fake news has become a part of our life, and… Read more

WeChat becomes business tool as it tops rival Facebook’s daily usage

WeChat, the ubiquitous messaging app, is being used for an ever longer period of time and is growing into a lifestyle choice embedded into daily activities and interactions, a new survey has found. In 2016, one-third of WeChat’s 889 million monthly active users spent a solid four hours or more per day on the mobile chatting… Read more

Wikitribune Is Wikipedia founder’s Plan To Fight Fake News

Wikipedia has always been a site to take with a grain of salt because it’s curated by the Wiki community, which isn’t necessarily composed of professionals or specialists. Now Wikipedia co-founder Jim Wales wants to launch a news service to fight fake news, incorporating that same community idea with professional journalists. Wikitribune’s crowdfunding campaign launched Tuesday… Read more

Bioeconomy: One Billion Tons of Biomass

The federal agencies that provide the muscle for energy policy are finalizing plans to harness the energy from one billion tons of biomass per year. The “Bioeconomy Vision” is an effort to move biomass out of the laboratory and into the market. The goal, within the next 15 years, is production and commercialization of biofuels, renewable… Read more

As Farm Business Dries Up, Town Focuses on Foreign Visitors, Investors

“What can we do for you today?” asked sales clerk Josh Kness as the farmer came up to his counter. He was looking for some bolts of a particular size and gauge and within a few minutes Kness had them on the counter and completed the transaction. On almost every day of the week in rural… Read more

YourCause Adds Innovation Leadership and High-Growth Experience with Hiring of Chief Strategy Officer, Brant Barton

YourCause LLC, the industry leader in employee and nonprofit philanthropic solutions, welcomes Brant Barton as Chief Strategy Officer, a newly created executive role responsible for product innovation as well as the company’s strategic vision for growing the reach and impact of its Global Good Network. Today this network is comprised of over 150 corporations with greater… Read more

New energy cars steal the show
Nearly 1,200 new vehicles are exhibited at the Beijing auto show in April 2016, and this year’s show in Shanghai will have a larger scale, with 1,400 cars to be displayed. LI WENMING / FOR CHINA DAILY Electric, plug-in hybrids and fuel-cell vehicles arrive to woo audiences, report Li Fusheng and Hao Yan. One thousand domestic… Read more

China’s bike-sharing firms test the waters in US market

People ride shared bikes along the Chang’an Avenue of Beijing on March 10, 2017. Beijing claims to have over 200,000 shared bikes. [Photo/People’s Daily Online] China’s emerging bike-sharing operators have begun to test the waters in several US states, demonstrating China’s innovative ability to the citizens in the country half a world away. In China, once… Read more

GM says it’ll approach driverless cars like a startup

DETROIT —General Motors is managing its investments into self-driving cars “like a Silicon Valley start-up,” the automaker’s chief financial officer told Wall Street analysts Friday. Chuck Stevens said the automaker will save money on research and development costs after the sale of its Opel and Vauxhall brands to PSA Groupe. Meanwhile, the company is boosting its… Read more

Robots To Have ‘Large And Robust Negative Effects’ On Labor Market

Politicians like President Donald Trump often demonize trade deals and undocumented immigrants for their suspected downward pressure on labor and job supply, but a study published Tuesday by the National Bureau of Economic Research indicated that the economic threat of artificial intelligence may be far more serious. With the introduction of one robot per 1,000 workers,… Read more

How a 94-Year-Old Genius May Save the Planet

A man old enough to be Mark Zuckerberg’s great-grandfather just unveiled energy storage technology that might save the planet. John Goodenough is 94, and his current work could be the key to Tesla’s future—much as, decades ago, his efforts were an important part of Sony’s era of dominance in portable gadgets. Over the years, Goodenough has… Read more