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Apple may have 1,000 engineers working on augmented reality, UBS says

“According to some industry sources, the company may have over 1,000 engineers working on a project in Israel that could be related to AR [augmented reality],” analyst Steven Milunovich wrote in a note to clients Tuesday. “Our work suggests that AR could be the next major innovation from Apple and that its competencies could make […]

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Facebook Inc’s Chatbots Hit a 70% Failure Rate — The Motley Fool

Bots, a key enabling feature of the next generation of services, may not be ready for prime time. Facebook’s tools seem to be failing at rates far higher than necessary to win consumer confidence. Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) is reportedly scaling back its chatbot efforts on Messenger after the programs failed to fulfill 70% of users’ requests. […]

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New Research Shows Gig Workers Are (For the Most Part) Satisfied – Spend Matters

What is perhaps surprising is that two-thirds of the respondents are satisfied with on-demand work, as you can see from the chart above. Only 14% said they are worse off working in the on-demand economy (though half said it has had neither a positive nor a negative effect on their finances). Four out of five […]

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Gig Economy 2.0: Why Smarter Access is the Key to a Winning Customer Experience — UniKey

This year, we will begin to see smart access control systems ushering in a second generation of the Gig economy by providing more methods of collaboration for employers, employees, and end-users of the economy’s services. Gigs like: grocery delivery, maid services, home repair, and dog walking are just a few of the jobs that can […]

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China’s newest source of on-demand hype, rental bicycles, gets its first unicorn | TechCrunch

China’s newest startup money pit — bicycle rentals on-demand — now has its first billion-dollar valued company. The industry has sucked in more than $300 million from investors this year alone — that’s counting just one company — and now Ofo has become the first in the space to reach the much-coveted $1 billion valuation. […]

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You Rang? I Called Hotel Room Service—And Got A Robot | Fast Company | The Future Of Business

Botlr, who has been on staff since 2014 and looks a tiny bit like a rolling trash can, works 24/7 delivering everything from extra towels to snacks and drinks. When a guest calls the front desk, the attendant places the requested item inside of the head of the bellhop on wheels, programs in the room […]