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Google Contributor allows ad-free internet browsing for monthly fee

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

Computers

IPsoft’s Amelia AI platform making its way to work

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

Mobile Technology

Zero-commission stock trading app Robinhood aims to shake up the market

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

Aircraft

First production HondaJet takes-off

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

Mobile Technology

Incoming Toughpad tablets are smaller and tougher than the rest

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

Aircraft

Aerion's AS2 supersonic business jet gets extra engine and cabin space

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

Mobile Technology

Entegra introduces the CrossfirePro modular business tablet

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

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