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Google Contributor gives users the ability to remove web advertising from participating we...

The question of how to monetize content in an online media landscape, where so much is freely available, has seen the emergence of some innovative business models. Often one element of these is the option of paying to remove advertising, a defining feature of Spotify Premium, for example. Google, whose AdWords service reaches most corners of the internet, has unveiled a like-minded scheme called Contributor that gives web users the option of eliminating ads on participating websites for a monthly fee.  Read More

Amelia can learn from existing business manuals

The sinking feeling of calling a help line and discovering that there’s a robot at the other end may not be as sinky in the future. IPsoft’s "virtual service-desk employee" Amelia is designed to bring advanced artificial intelligence (AI) to help desks and other interactive operations by engaging callers in more intuitive and natural conversations.  Read More

The portfolio screen of Robinhood's zero-commission trading app indicates markets are open

Stock trading has never looked particularly inviting to young, first time investors. Minimum balances and US$8 per trade fees make it hard to dip your toe in the water. Startup brokerage Robinhood, which has just raised some $13 million in venture capital, is aiming to change the game and invite a new generation of mobile investors onto the trading floor with a beautiful, simple trading app for iPhone, and zero-commission, zero minimum balance stock trading.  Read More

Asia Aerospace City is a new aerospace industry hub to be built in Malaysia

Designs for a new aerospace industry hub in Malaysia have recently been released. Asia Aerospace City will feature research and development facilities, office suites, academic campuses, a convention center and residential areas. Its estimated worth to Malaysia will be US$1.1 billion by 2020.  Read More

The first production HondaJet made its first flight at the company's world headquarters in...

Honda Aircraft Company has announced that its first production HondaJet has taken to the skies. The flight, which took place at HondaJet’s headquarters at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina, moves the executive jet aircraft closer to certification ahead of a planned entry into service next year.  Read More

The Toughpad FZ-E1 runs on Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld, while the FZ-X1 is home to Andro...

Panasonic has added two new additions to its range of rugged Toughpad tablets designed for workers on the move. Both ready-for-anything 5-inch slates can shrug off being dropped on concrete, dive under water, and even include a built-in heater to help keep things moving in sub-zero temperatures. They promise a long battery life, include a nifty rain-sensing feature that prevents accidental activation of the HD touch panel by falling rain, and and are available with voice and data connectivity. The only marked difference between the two is the operating system running the show, the FZ-E1 coming with Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld and the FZ-X1 home to Android 4.2.2.  Read More

The Dell Venue 11 Pro is a powerful and versatile tablet

It's often said that that you shouldn't mix business with pleasure. If that's the case, someone needs to tell the folks at Dell, because the high-end business-focused Venue 11 Pro tablet is a joy to use. We already knew its specs looked impressive, but after testing it, we didn't want to give it back.  Read More

The Aerion AS2 will now use a set of three smaller jet engines for quieter running, improv...

Aerion Corporation has upped the cabin size and added an extra engine to the first in its planned range of supersonic business jets currently on the drawing board. Designed with Supersonic Natural Laminar Flow (SNLF) wing technology that was tested in transonic wind tunnel tests and in NASA flight trials, the Aerion AS2 will now use a set of three smaller jet engines in place of its previous large two-jet design to provide quieter running, improved take-off performance, and longer range.  Read More

The Crossfire Pro modular business tablet from Entegra Technologies

Entegra Technologies out of Plano, Texas, is now taking order for a new rugged business tablet that's designed to adapt to the constantly changing needs of the mobile workforce, commercial enterprise, the military and utilities sectors. Users can snap on a carry handle or back straps, attach a trackpad-packing keyboard or kickstand, or park the Crossfire Pro in a desk, vehicle or retail dock. Different modules can be installed to ramp up processing power, change the operating system, add NFC capabilities or fingerprint scanning, or incorporate a bar code scanner.  Read More

The Futro S720, one of 10 new Fujitsu business systems

Japan’s IT show of the year has just kicked off in Tokyo with a full complement of Japan’s principal computer hardware and software companies exhibiting their latest wares. Coinciding with IT Week, Fujitsu has launched a new range of enhanced desktops, notebooks, and tablets aimed squarely at the enterprise market.  Read More

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