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Content posted in January 2018
Startup Profile: BUA Fit
Phil Oakley  
1/31/2018   Post a comment
BUA Fit is disrupting the outdoor fitness market with a new social fitness platform aimed at motivating people to take classes in mountain biking, cross-country running or yoga.
Big Data Company Trifacta Raises $48M to Wrangle More Data
Phil Oakley  
1/31/2018   Post a comment
Trifacta is a so-called 'data wrangler,' helping companies clean up, organize and analyse their data.
AI Will Change the User Experience Forever – School of UX Founder
TechX365 News  
1/30/2018   Post a comment
We talk to Sergei Golubev about designing for the user, audience retention, AI in UX, and more.
UK Startup Creation Dropped by 10.5% in 2017
Phil Oakley  
1/30/2018   Post a comment
New business creation in the UK dropped by 10.5% – over 50,000 businesses – in 2017, with the government's tax clampdown possibly to blame.
London Big Data Startup Duco Raises $28M
Phil Oakley  
1/29/2018   Post a comment
Duco, a London-based big data startup focusing on fintech, has raised $28 million as it looks to grow during the next few years.
DN Capital Raises 200M Fund for Early-Stage Tech Startup Investments
Phil Oakley  
1/29/2018   Post a comment
European venture capital firm DN Capital has raised a 200 million fund for investment into early-stage startups.
Infographic: Industrial IoT Usage & Maturity
Phil Oakley  
1/26/2018   Post a comment
IIoT usage is picking up in factories and manufacturing plants.
Looking at the Autonomous Construction Job Site of the Future
TechX365 News  
1/26/2018   Post a comment
Construction is an industry ripe for digital disruption, so why isn't it being revolutionized by autonomous technology?
Alphabet's New Company, Chronicle, Uses Machine Learning to Combat Cyber Attacks
Phil Oakley  
1/25/2018   Post a comment
Chronicle uses machine learning to help companies deal with the overwhelming number of security alerts, with an intelligent analytics and search platform.
Startup Profile: Wimbletech
Phil Oakley  
1/24/2018   Post a comment
Wimbletech turns under-utilized space in public libraries into workspaces where startups, entrepreneurs, freelancers, tech companies and community organizations can work in peace and quiet.
Conversational AI Will Become Ubiquitous, Says Microsoft AI Product Manager
TechX365 News  
1/24/2018   Post a comment
Microsoft's principal product manager for Conversational AI, Michael Tjalve, talks to us about AI, conversations with computers, and how the emergence of conversational AI will enable the next great shift in user interface design.
Moving Towards Human-Like AI: Sophia the Robot on Stage at London Tech Week
TechX365 News  
1/23/2018   Post a comment
Sophia the Robot is the most human-like artificial intelligence yet. See her on stage on the London Tech Week Headliners Stage at TechXLR8!
The Democratization of Manufacturing is Well Under Way
Phil Oakley  
1/23/2018   Post a comment
Startups are starting to take the power away from the big manufacturers and distributing it evenly, among consumers and small businesses.
Amazon's Checkout-Less, AI-Powered Store Opens in Seattle
Phil Oakley  
1/22/2018   2 comments
Amazon's AI-powered convenience store, dubbed Amazon Go, will open to customers in Seattle today.
TechInvest AI Event Sees 10 London Startups Pitch to Hundreds of Investors
Phil Oakley  
1/19/2018   1 comment
The first of 2018's TechInvest events, supported by the Mayor of London, saw ten artificial intelligence startups pitching to get investment from an audience of investors and business angels.
How Mass Transit Networks Make Cities More Sustainable
TechX365 News  
1/19/2018   Post a comment
Thomas Abdallah, of MTA New York City Transit, explores how mass transit can make a city more sustainable, plus save time, energy, costs and resources.
Direct Line to Use AR in Ad Campaign at Kings Cross Station
TechX365 News  
1/18/2018   Post a comment
Direct Line's augmented reality installation will place people in a bathroom which is quickly flooding with water.
Germans Twice as Likely to Secure Data Than British Firms Report
Phil Oakley  
1/18/2018   Post a comment
A report from Gemalto has found that German firms are twice as likely to secure sensitive data in the cloud compared to British firms.
Startup Profile: Ballast
Phil Oakley  
1/17/2018   1 comment
Ballast is working on the first ever aquatic VR experience, aiming for a fully sensory virtual reality experience while immersed in water.
Welsh Tech Firms Attract Increasing Investor Attention, Funds
Phil Oakley  
1/17/2018   1 comment
Welsh tech firms raised 114.2 million during the past five years, according to new data from Pitchbook.
The Up-And-Coming Change Makers of Tech
Nicholas Fearn  
1/16/2018   1 comment
These six people are using tech to make real changes to our world.
The Age of the Connected Home Is Upon Us
TechX365 News  
1/16/2018   Post a comment
With more and more of our devices becoming connected, we live in a world where we can talk to anything, but it's not a particularly good experience right now.
IoT Cybersecurity Startup Cybeats Raises Pre-Seed Funding
Phil Oakley  
1/15/2018   Post a comment
Cybeats has raised a pre-seed round to build an immune system for enterprise IoT devices, with former Intel Security CEO Dr Richard Reiner joining as chairman.
Britbots Launches Second British Robotics Seed Fund
Phil Oakley  
1/15/2018   Post a comment
British robotics organization Britbots has launched its second seed fund for UK robotics and AI businesses.
Building Smart Cities: Where to Start & Role Models to Follow
Jeremy Coward  
1/15/2018   2 comments
The smart cities industry is set to skyrocket as more cities see the benefit of integrating technology into their infrastructure, but how do city officials go about designing and building a 'smart city'?
Google Acquires Small UK Startup Developing Speaker-in-Screen Tech
Phil Oakley  
1/12/2018   1 comment
Last year, Google quietly purchased a small UK small startup that was developing technology which turned a standard display into a speaker.
AI, AR, VR, Fintech & Talent Discussed in First TechXLR8 Twitter Chat
Phil Oakley  
1/12/2018   Post a comment
The first TechXLR8 Twitter chat of 2018 discussed what the year will bring for tech.
Newcastle Tech Trust Looks to Give City an Innovation Boost
Phil Oakley  
1/11/2018   1 comment
The newly launched Newcastle Tech Trust aims to position the city as one of the most innovative in Europe, supporting startups and tech firms, while creating 500 jobs.
Startup Profile: Sewport
Phil Oakley  
1/10/2018   Post a comment
Sewport is trying to give emerging clothing brands a voice by connecting them with manufacturers and other suppliers.
Microsoft to Set Up AI R&D Center in Taiwan, Employ 100 Researchers
Phil Oakley  
1/10/2018   1 comment
Microsoft will invest NT$1 billion in the new R&D center, which will be used to develop a smart input method for Chinese characters and Audience Intent Recognition.
Canada's Tech 'Supercluster' Will Create 50,000 Jobs, Add $15B to GDP – Backers
Phil Oakley  
1/10/2018   1 comment
The consortium behind it reckons Canada's proposed Digital Technology Supercluster will create 50,000 jobs and add $15 billion to the national GDP over a ten-year period.
Industry 4.0: What Enterprises Need to Do to Thrive, Not Simply Survive
Nicholas Fearn  
1/9/2018   Post a comment
The 'fourth industrial revolution' will be a huge shift for the manufacturing sector, meaning companies need to get on board with how to thrive in the new era.
Smartphones Are the Perfect Platform for Mobile AR Gaming
Charles Dearing  
1/9/2018   1 comment
A smartphone is the perfect device for easily accessible augmented reality gaming.
Investment Into AR/VR Totalled Over $3B in 2017
Phil Oakley  
1/8/2018   Post a comment
Investors plowed over $3 billion into the AR/VR industry in 2017 as the technology begins to mature after years of development.
Enterprises Need Edge Computing to Make Their IoT Thrive
TechX365 News  
1/5/2018   Post a comment
Edge computing is needed to take Internet of Things devices to the next level, but the understanding of it is still foggy.
AR to Enable 3D Storytelling – Google's AR & VR Global Strategy Head
TechX365 News  
1/5/2018   Post a comment
An exclusive interview with Steven Kan, head of global strategy, AR and VR, at Google.
Almost 3B Invested In UK's Tech Sector in 2017
Phil Oakley  
1/5/2018   Post a comment
The UK tech sector attracted 2.99 billion in funding during 2017, signifying strength ahead of the challenge of Brexit.
Poll: Which Tech Sector Will Attract the Most Investment in 2018?
Phil Oakley  
1/4/2018   Post a comment
Vote in our poll on which tech sector will see the most investment in 2018.
SpaceX Shows Off Falcon Heavy Rocket on Launchpad
Phil Oakley  
1/4/2018   Post a comment
SpaceX has released images of its Falcon Heavy rocket on its launchpad, ready for an anticipated launch later this month.
Researchers Develop AI Early Diagnosis for Heart Disease, Cancer
Phil Oakley  
1/3/2018   Post a comment
An early-diagnosis tool for heart disease and lung cancer which uses machine learning to examine ultrasound images has been developed by Oxford researchers, and is due to rolled out to the NHS later this year.
The Cutting-Edge Tech Set to Define 2018
Nicholas Fearn  
1/2/2018   Post a comment
2017 was a vintage year for tech, but what will 2018 bring? Tech journalist Nicholas Fearn finds out.
Google AI Generates (Almost) Human-Sounding Speech
Phil Oakley  
1/2/2018   Post a comment
A Google research paper has revealed a new system for synthesizing speech by artificial intelligence, resulting in a voice is almost indistinguishable from human speech.




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