Zenbo – Asus’s $599 Home Robot

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Asus  may be best known as the maker of laptops and phones, but on Monday it unveiled a fairly low-cost robot that can help with heathcare and controlling the smart home. It also unveiled new laptops and phones.

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Messaging apps are bigger than social networks

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Around the world, users are logging in to messaging apps to chat with friends and to connect with brands, browse merchandise, and watch content. What were once simple services for exchanging messages, pictures, videos, and GIFs have evolved into expansive ecosystems with their own developers, apps, and APIs.

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Did a Chinese startup just build the world’s first bendable screen bracelet phone?

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Moxi Group, an unknown company in Chongqing China, passed these images of a magical, flexible bracelet smartphone around to the financial news press a couple days ago. However, here’s the fine print: Moxi actually claims to be working on a black-and-white version of this concept, with a color version “by 2018.”

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Bots are coming to market

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It used to be that the dream of an iPhone developer was to get an app in front of every user, but now with saturation of the app market and the demands of technological growth, bot stores are becoming the new fad.  Chatbots are text based services that let users complete tasks such as checking news, organising meetings, ordering food or booking a flight by sending short messages.

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Facebook’s Plan For Virtual Reality Is A Killer App for Social VR

What does the the largest social networking company want with a device focused on single user experience? Many eyebrows were raised when Facebook bought Oculus VR in 2014. Today at F8, Facebook revealed how it thinks VR will be a rich social tool. During his keynote address, CTO Mike Schroepfer talked about what he calls “social VR.”

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A three year old startup has reached a million users with an ‘Instagram for doctors’

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Last month, a Toronto startup, Figure 1, reached a million users, double the amount it had seven months ago. Now more than a million health-care professionals use the platform, that is similar to Instagram, to share images of patient ailments, without identifiable information, to other doctors from around the world, to seek opinions and get help for their patients.

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Leading a digital transformation by learning to code

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Leaders reach their positions by mastering yesterday’s and today’s business. Almost by definition, they don’t have first-hand experience with a disruptive shift in their market when they encounter it. A lack of intuition around the new and different can at best slow progress and at worst lead to serious strategic missteps.

NOTE: For those wanting to enter the programming profession, DaVinci Coders is currently accepting applications for Jan-Feb courses. Small class sizes so seating is limited.

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Micro-learning & the future of education

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The average human has an attention span of eight seconds

Nathan Bernhard: Over the last several months my co-founder Chirag and I have spent a lot of time thinking about micro-learning as we build our startup, Lrn. We are big supporters of the micro-learning format -specifically on mobile- and believe it can make educational content easily accessible to a global audience.

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Apps, app stores and Apple could cause the demise of the cable industry

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Benedict Evans, a veteran mobile industry analyst turned venture capitalist, tweeted a chart  on September 3, 2015, showing how traditional TV is losing its share of screen to smartphones and tablets. While Evans’ chart was not the first chart to alarm the cable industry, its timing was particularly interesting, as it came exactly a week before Apple’s major update of its Apple TV hardware. In fact, many financial and industry analysts have predicted the demise of the cable industry since rumors of a new Apple TV hardware or an Apple over-the-top streaming service emerged earlier this year.

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