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FAREWELL BANKS, HELLO BANKING

Published on: 15 June 2017

New players dominate financial services

Dateline: 26 August 2022

It was Microsoft founder Bill Gates who famously said in 1994 that we need banking, but we don't need banks. It's taken nearly 30 years, but he was dead right. Worldwide, financial services have moved out of the hands of traditional banks and into an array of mobile, FinTech and data companies. Some forward-thinking banks grasped the new world of collaboration and entered into early partnerships and have survived, albeit in a different form. Others have failed or, at best, become simply the ...

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Loss is the new black - crazy or a new game?
Posted: 25 April 2017

Has Amazon redefined the game for companies used to kowtowing to analysts demands for predictable, visible profits? Or is it a bubble that will burst at some point - you be the judge....but don't ignore the value of constantly innovating, challenging incumbents and seeking new future relevant solutions for amazing customers.

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How Amazon is Dismantling Retail and Destroying Brands - ecommerceIQ - Ecommerce in Southeast Asia,
25 April 2017
Scott Galloway, Clinical Professor of Marketing at New York University, Stern School of Business & Founder of L2 speaks at L2’s Amazon Clinic about how ...
MindBullet logo APPLE AND AMAZON IN RETAIL WAR
Consumers no longer choosing devices but platforms
Dateline: 10 December 2012
The Christmas sales in New York and London have exposed what is being called "a war to the death" for digital adversaries Apple and Amazon. The opposing ...
No checkout required at Amazon Go
Posted: 6 December 2016

Amazon's grocery store in Seattle is so convenient, you just take the goods and walk out. It's automatically scanned and charged to your account!

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Amazon wants you to feel like you’re shoplifting from its new grocery store
6 December 2016
You can simply scan your phone, pick your food up off the shelf, and walk out.
MindBullet logo AMAZON OPENS 100th CITY STORE
Amazon eStore Hong Kong joins the high street line-up
Dateline: 22 October 2013
Amazon opened its one-hundredth city store yesterday, with queues of eager shoppers waiting to snatch up the opening specials on offer. And no, it's not ...

NOW LIFE REALLY IS A DRESS REHEARSAL

Published on: 27 October 2016

VR lets you truly try, before you buy

Dateline: 26 February 2020

Remember when it used to be good enough, if you offered a high quality product or excellent service? It's become much harder to get to the finish line with the same old tactics. You see, to buy or not to buy, that has always been the question. Except now, it's so much easier to answer. Shopping around has been redefined; the pre-buying experience has turned into a deal-breaker. In this lower growth world, trial by virtual reality has become the norm for the middle class. A score from Booking.com ...

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LET YOUR SHIRT FIX ITSELF

Published on: 29 September 2016

Self-repairing clothing works like magic

Dateline: 26 November 2019

With Millennials lacking basic needlework skills and only thinking of Twitter when you say 'thread' - someone had to come up with a sewing solution that is so easy, even the laziest among us would have no excuse. Researchers at D-IT in Paris have created a detergent that can infiltrate torn or damaged clothing fibers and enable them to re-attach. Just use cold water, a spoonful of Mendy (provisional name) and 25 minutes later your sweater will really be as good as new! Mendy was developed from an ...

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Generating power from your clothes
Posted: 14 September 2016

We've talked for some time about emerging smart fabrics - and here's a breakthrough that will enable you to generate power from sunlight and movement directly from the fabrics you wear on your body.

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Power-generating fabric harvests energy from sunlight and movement
14 September 2016
We’re wearing electronic devices, and soon we could be wearing clothing that powers those devices. Now a team at Georgia Tech has developed a fabric that ...
MindBullet logo A WHOLE NEW LOOK AT POWER DRESSING
Smart clothing pushes the boundaries of fashion and technology
Dateline: 12 February 2012
Did the phrase "hot" ever spring to mind as you eyed that curvaceous bikini-babe, or that handsome muscular hunk, depending on your preferences? Well, now ...
Dark side of Internet of Things
Posted: 5 September 2016

The internet of everything will be one of the main technologies driving the 4th Industrial Revolution, and it has already started. But smart devices also have their problems. Here are a few of the biggest challenges.

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4 major IoT challenges that stand in the way of success
5 September 2016
Heralded for driving positive transformations in consumer products, retailing, healthcare, manufacturing and more, the Internet of Things (IoT) promises a ...
MindBullet logo THINGS HOLD HUMANS TO RANSOM
A rash of incidents floods the world's networks
Dateline: 11 June 2019
I still remember at the turn of the millennium when the 'Internet of Things' seemed to be such a benevolent business opportunity. There were going to be ...
Replacing plastic
Posted: 22 August 2016

As a scuba diver, I am often horrified at the extent of plastic waste sloshing about our oceans and washing up on shorelines...not to mention the waste in cities and landfills. So how about packaging for food that is not only degradable, but also edible - and better and protecting food than plastic? Read on.

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Edible milk-based packaging reduces food spoilage and plastic waste
22 August 2016
Wrapping food in plastic can reduce spoilage, but the packaging itself creates waste that can clog up landfills for years. Natural alternatives have been ...
MindBullet logo PLASTIC UNFANTASTIC
EU to ban plastic packaging for groceries - unless you can eat it
Dateline: 29 January 2018
It started slowly. First we stopped giving away plastic bags for free. Then water bottles died a quick death. Now, in a revolutionary move, European ...
Virtual economies get real
Posted: 11 August 2016

Nine years ago, we wrote about an interface where you could fly around the world virtually, enter virtual copies of real-world stores, and buy goods. Well, it's finally happening. Alibaba is trialling a VR payment system. Who says we futurists can't think ahead of the game?

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Alibaba trials virtual reality payments for VR malls
11 August 2016
The virtual world just got a new payments technology and it’s as easy as nodding your head Chinese web behemoth and Amazon stalking horse Alibaba is ...
MindBullet logo GOOGLE EARTH WORLD'S SIXTH BIGGEST ECONOMY
Virtual world covers two-thirds of the 'real' world
Dateline: 7 June 2017
Google Earth's virtual online buildings, designed and built by the in-world residents, now cover most of the developed world and all major tourism ...
Drone delivery coming to your home soon - in the UK anyway
Posted: 27 July 2016

Lots of people laughed when the idea of doing household deliveries by drone emerged. Well, Amazon is about to start testing exactly this in the UK, with the support of the British Government.

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Amazon and U.K. partner to get delivery drones flying
27 July 2016
The British government has agreed to let Amazon test delivery drones, while U.S. regulations still forbid it.
MindBullet logo DHL FLYING ON WIRELESS POWER
No batteries needed for these delivery drones
Dateline: 7 March 2017
The biggest hurdle for electric aircraft has always been the weight of the batteries, and as nimble as they are, quadrotors and octocopters typically had ...
Blockchain beyond Bitcoin
Posted: 15 July 2016

Combinatorial innovation is the next opportunity for the world. New applications in old industries! Blockchain application in the energy world is just one such example.

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How Blockchain Technology Can Reinvent The Power Grid
15 July 2016
The Internet of Things is challenging regulated utilities.
MindBullet logo BLOCKCHAIN BUSINESSES THAT RUN THEMSELVES GO VIRAL
The rise of the distributed autonomous company has disrupted markets and nations
Dateline: 17 February 2027
CarCoin has ubered Uber. AppCoin has upstaged Apple. And Africoin has made African countries irrelevant; fiscally and economically at least. Based on the ...
When is a robot an animal?
Posted: 13 July 2016

When you make a gadget that moves, and you can control it, then it's a machine, right? Like a robot. But if the things that make it move are muscle tissue, bits of living organisms, then it's an animal, not so? Neither - it's a biohybrid. Expect to see more of these short-lived 'creatures' emerging from the lab. I wonder if they will ever perfect the dragon we wrote about ten years ago?

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Scientists Create Successful Biohybrid Being Using 3-D Printing and Genetic Engineering
13 July 2016
Scientists genetically engineered and 3-D-printed a biohybrid being, opening the door further for lifelike robots and artificial intelligence.
MindBullet logo DRAGON BURNS DOWN HOUSE
GeneTech's new fantasy pets set the world on fire
Dateline: 8 July 2025
It was a scene out of some fantasy epic that greeted Reginald Dobbs as he arrived home last night. His house was on fire and a dragon was perched on the ...
Blockchain no longer a 'secret'...even banks are talking about it!
Posted: 8 July 2016

Only two years ago I recall audiences being astounded by stories of what blockchain might be able to deliver and the disruption it may cause. Now even central bankers are accepting its disruptive potential and are talking about it publicly! Speed of acceptance, adoption and disruption is abundant!

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MindBullet logo BLOCKCHAIN BUSINESSES THAT RUN THEMSELVES GO VIRAL
The rise of the distributed autonomous company has disrupted markets and nations
Dateline: 17 February 2027
CarCoin has ubered Uber. AppCoin has upstaged Apple. And Africoin has made African countries irrelevant; fiscally and economically at least. Based on the ...
Turning plastic into fuel
Posted: 26 June 2016

Plastic is a massive source of pollution on our planet, and in our seas. It;s heartbreaking to visit some of the most remote Indonesian islands, for example, and find the surf churning with plastic bottles, and the beach a wasteland of plastic.
Some cities have now banned plastic bottles, but throughout history, banning things has seldom solved the root problem. So this might be a much better ...

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New technique turns common plastic waste into fuel
26 June 2016
Used to make most of our disposable food and beverage containers, polyethylene is produced at a staggering volume of over 100 million metric tons each ...
MindBullet logo PLASTIC UNFANTASTIC
EU to ban plastic packaging for groceries - unless you can eat it
Dateline: 29 January 2018
It started slowly. First we stopped giving away plastic bags for free. Then water bottles died a quick death. Now, in a revolutionary move, European ...
Disaster relief drones to the fore
Posted: 24 June 2016

The potential uses of drones seem limitless. These tests by the UN and Red Cross point to great opportunities in disaster relief, using drones.

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Ship-to-shore delivery shows real-world potential of disaster relief drones
24 June 2016
Drones are shaping as hugely promising tools in disaster relief and a ship-to-shore medical delivery carried out this week with UN and American Red Cross ...
MindBullet logo DHL FLYING ON WIRELESS POWER
No batteries needed for these delivery drones
Dateline: 7 March 2017
The biggest hurdle for electric aircraft has always been the weight of the batteries, and as nimble as they are, quadrotors and octocopters typically had ...
Smart phones become gadget-central!
Posted: 30 May 2016

We told you this back in 2014 - see the attached MindBullet!

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Google's Most Physically Customizable Phone
30 May 2016
The parts attach like building blocks and they can be removed with voice commands.
MindBullet logo YOUR PHONE IS NOW THE HEART OF A 'GADGET ECO-SYSTEM'
Modular devices open horizons to a new 'mofone' world
Dateline: 27 April 2017
How 'phones' have changed! Even the smart handsets of a few years ago look like toys by today's standards. Our mobile communicators are now completely ...
Blockchain buzz
Posted: 13 May 2016

There's much hype, much truth and much confusion about blockchain and bitcoin. This article opens the debate with some powerful comments.

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Commentary: Five myths about the Blockchain revolution
13 May 2016
Blockchain technology is the most important invention in computing in a generation because, for the first time in human history, we have at our disposal
MindBullet logo BLOCKCHAIN BUSINESSES THAT RUN THEMSELVES GO VIRAL
The rise of the distributed autonomous company has disrupted markets and nations
Dateline: 17 February 2027
CarCoin has ubered Uber. AppCoin has upstaged Apple. And Africoin has made African countries irrelevant; fiscally and economically at least. Based on the ...
Connected clothes pegs alert you to rain!
Posted: 18 April 2016

The Internet of Things (we prefer to call it the Internet of Everything) will bring all sorts of services and applications previously undreamt of, some life-changing. some insignificant but fun. Take this idea - connected clothes pegs that alert your cellphone when rain is on the way!
What ideas can you think of for the Internet of Everything - and how is your business preparing? Our theme ...

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Smart clothes peg pings your phone when there's rain on the way
18 April 2016
Peggy is a smart clothes-peg prototype that uses a number of sensors and local weather information to tell you when the washing is dry and ping you when ...
MindBullet logo YOUR CHRISTMAS PARCELS WILL HUNT YOU DOWN
Fluid deliveries are winning the hearts of ecommerce consumers
Dateline: 18 December 2016
How many times have you waited for the FedEx guy to come - to your home or to your office? Do you recall that irritable chore of booking a delivery slot, ...
Medical delivery drones for Rwanda
Posted: 6 April 2016 1 Comment

Many people scoffed when companies like Amazon started talking about using drones for delivery. Well, it's happening - and in Africa. Critical medical supplies are top be delivered to remote areas in Rwanda, in a world first.

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Why Rwanda Is Going to Get the World’s First Network of Delivery Drones
6 April 2016
Shuttling blood and medicines via drone to remote locations throughout the country could improve health and save lives.
MindBullet logo DHL FLYING ON WIRELESS POWER
No batteries needed for these delivery drones
Dateline: 7 March 2017
The biggest hurdle for electric aircraft has always been the weight of the batteries, and as nimble as they are, quadrotors and octocopters typically had ...
European parliament faces Blockchain
Posted: 15 April 2016

Regulators and governments are finally starting to grasp the extent of the revolution taking place in financial services. Blockchain, the technology that underpins Bitcoin and other cyber currencies, has the capacity to disrupt the existing order.

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European Parliament to host blockchain conference
15 April 2016
The European Parliament is set to host a four day conference on virtual currencies and blockchains as it seeks to educate MEPs about the fast-growing world ...
MindBullet logo BLOCKCHAIN BUSINESSES THAT RUN THEMSELVES GO VIRAL
The rise of the distributed autonomous company has disrupted markets and nations
Dateline: 17 February 2027
CarCoin has ubered Uber. AppCoin has upstaged Apple. And Africoin has made African countries irrelevant; fiscally and economically at least. Based on the ...

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