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The key technologies fuelling chatbot evolution
2024-05-09

Most of us are familiar with chatbots on customer service portals, government departments, and through services like Google Bard and OpenAI’s ChatGPT. They are convenient, easy to use, and always available, leading to their growing use for a diverse range of applications across the web.  Unfortunately, most current...

This startup is using protein powder to beef up carbon capture
2024-05-06

A British startup has devised a way to speed-up enhanced rock weathering using protein powder in a potential step forward for the budding carbon capture industry.  Enhanced rock weathering (ERW) involves spreading silicate rock dust on fields to capture carbon. When it rains, the dust reacts with the CO2 in the...

10+ Best Laptops for Coding, Programming & Development — May 2024
2024-05-02

The best laptops for coding, programming and development in 2024, including models from Apple, Dell, Google, Huawei and more.

DeepL launches AI writing assistant for businesses trained on its own LLM
2024-04-26

DeepL, which has been rivalling machine translation giants such as Google Translate and Microsoft Translator, has launched an AI writing assistant tailored for businesses. Dubbed DeepL Write Pro, the product acts as a creative assistant for use during the drafting process. It provides suggestions on word choice,...

‘Airbnb for cars’ platform SnappCar changes hands in bid for ‘further growth’
2024-04-24

Dutch car-sharing platform SnappCar, which claims to be the largest of its kind in the Netherlands, has been fully acquired by AutoBinck Group — a shareholder in the scaleup since its founding in 2011. The ownership change also sees the return of SnappCar’s founder, Victor van Tol, in the role of the CEO. Van Told...

10+ Best Laptops for Coding, Programming & Development — April 2024
2024-04-24

The best laptops for coding, programming and development in 2024, including models from Apple, Dell, Google, Huawei and more.

Earth Day: Ecosia launches world’s first energy-generating browser
2024-04-22

Today — on Earth Day — non-profit search engine Ecosia has launched the “greenest browser on Earth” as it seeks to offer customers a more sustainable alternative to Google Chrome or Apple’s Safari.  Just like Ecosia’s search engine, the more you use the browser, the more trees you will help plant. The...

Google will outpace Microsoft in AI investment, DeepMind CEO says
2024-04-16

We have all been guilty of falling under the foundation model spell of the past year-and-a-half, initiated by OpenAI’s unveiling of ChatGPT to the public. But it is not only where large language models (LLMs) such as GPT-4 are concerned that incredible progress has been made in the field of artificial intelligence....

Opera is now the first leading browser with built-in local LLMs
2024-04-03

Opera now becomes the first major browser to offer built-in access to local AI models. Starting today, the Oslo-based company is introducing experimental support for 150 variants of local Large Language Models (LLMs), covering approximately 50 families. These include Mixtral from Mistral AI, Llama from Meta, Gemma...

Gocycle releases first pics of F1-inspired folding cargo ebikes
2024-03-27

London-based Gocycle, founded by Richard Thorpe, a former industrial designer at McLaren, has released the first images of its new range of folding cargo ebikes.  Gocycle, best known for its sleek folding ebikes, first announced its move into the cargo bike market back in February, along with some shiny 3D renders of...

EU investigates Apple, Google, Meta in first-ever probe under DMA competition law
2024-03-25

In a significant blow to big tech, the EU is investigating Apple, Google’s parent companyAlphabet, and Meta over potential violations of the new regulations set by the Digital Markets Act (DMA). The DMA — with its compliance deadline set on March 7 — is a landmark pro-competition law, designed to ensure a fair...

8 Female Graphic Designers That’ll Rock Your Socks Off
2024-03-25

In this blog we will introduce you to 8 of the best female graphic designers while showing off their best work!

‘Hidden’ racial slurs are flooding across Russian media, AI study reveals
2024-03-22

A glut of racial slurs hidden in slang has emerged in Russian digital media. The insults were discovered by Osavul, a Ukrainian startup that uses AI to analyse information threats. Osavul tapped language models to conduct a cross-platform survey of racial discourse in Russia. The system scanned over 5,000 messages...

French competition watchdog fines Google €250M for AI copyright breaches
2024-03-20

Google has been slapped with a €250mn fine for breaching EU intellectual property rules in how it deals with media publishers, including scraping news articles to train its AI models without permission.  The regulator found Google guilty of scraping content from news websites to train its chatbot Bard — now...

Iceland eruption: How tech can help predict the next volcanic event
2024-03-19

On Saturday, a giant 3-kilometre fissure opened up in the ground on the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland, sending a river of molten lava flowing across the landscape. The eruption is the fourth and largest to hit the region since December. It has forced some 3,800 residents from the nearby town of Grindavik to evacuate....

The Best Printers for Graphic Designers (March 2024)
2024-03-10

What is the best printer for a graphic designer? Here we we review the top best most effective printers on the market for graphic design in 2024.

Digital bank Monzo raises £340M amid UK push to remain fintech leader
2024-03-06

Amid tough market conditions, digital bank Monzo has raised £340mn (€409mn) in new funding, reaching a post-money valuation of £4bn (€4.7bn). The round was led by new investor CapitalG, the growth fund of Google’s parent company Alphabet. GV (Google Ventures, Alphabet’s venture capital investment arm) and...

Digital bank Monzo raises £340B amid UK push to remain fintech leader
2024-03-06

Amid tough market conditions, digital bank Monzo has raised £340bn (€409mn) in new funding, reaching a post-money valuation of £4bn (€4.7bn). The round was led by new investor CapitalG, the growth fund of Google’s parent company Alphabet. GV (Google Ventures, Alphabet’s venture capital investment arm) and...

Why PHP continues to be a popular but divisive programming language
2024-02-27

One thing you can say for PHP is that it’s persistent. Like many long-standing programming languages, it’s often maligned by developers who would like to see a shift to newer candidates, yet it also maintains many supporters and practitioners, serving as a reminder of C++ inventor Bjarne Stroustrup’s wise words:...

Google DeepMind taps the power of its AI to accelerate quantum computers
2024-02-26

In new research, Google DeepMind has demonstrated that its AI can help accelerate the development of quantum computers — taking one step further in combining two of the most disruptive technologies. DeepMind worked together with UK-based Quantinuum to solve a key challenge in fault-tolerant quantum computers:...

Arm says ‘software is becoming the driver’ for cars after inking deal with Nuro
2024-02-22

After watching its share price almost double in a week, Arm has further tapped into the demand for AI compute. The chip designer today announced a deal with Nuro, a US startup in the autonomous vehicle (AV) sector — a growing market for Arm. The partnership aims to accelerate the commercialisation of self-driving...

10 Best All-in-One Computers for Designers, Artists, & More (2024 Feb)
2024-02-21

The best all-in-one computers can be the perfect piece of technology your business needs. Check out our list of the best options for designers & creatives!

10 Best HP Laptops for Graphic Designers in 2024 (Feb)
2024-02-21

Do you a preference for using an HP laptop to do your work? Check out our list of the best HP laptops for designers & creatives right here!

Google DeepMind has a new family of open AI models for devs: Gemma
2024-02-21

Just months after Google DeepMind unveiled Gemini — its most capable AI model ever — the London-based lab has released its precocious offspring: Gemma. Named after the Latin word for “precious stone,” Gemma is a new family of open models for developers and researchers. “Demonstrating strong performance...

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