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The newspaper industry continues to see circulation fall year by year, to the point where the Paris authorities are now having to take steps to ensure the survival of the city’s iconic newspaper kiosks.Pierre-Marie Mateo
Amazon through its CEO Jeff Bezos announced with great fanfare the forthcoming establishment of a delivery service almost instantaneously through drones in cooperation with its network of warehouses. This service, Amazon Prime Air will not be available before 2015 and is still conditioned by the agreement of the concerned authorities. Yet the use of drones has already inspired many initiatives including services part of the sharing economy.
The latest smartphones now come equipped with an accelerometer, a gyroscope, camera, GPS, digital compass and microphone, which enable the development of more sophisticated applications based on the user’s physical patterns.Quentin Capelle
Cars might not be ready to fly just yet, but plenty of smart objects are on the market and the smart home, though not yet a reality, is also on its way to becoming part of our everyday lives. The common thread of all these ‘intelligent’, connected objects – and the main reason for the recent technological leap forward and the surge in the market – is the progress that has been made with sensors.Quentin Capelle
More and more people use bicycles in cities. This conveyance became coveted , however bike theft is still a major problem for users. Traditional locks can no longer deter thieves and there was so far no system available to retrieve a stolen bike. Lock8 offers a solution to this problem by creating the first intelligent bike lock. This device , connected to a smartphone can protect his bike against theft, to remotely monitor , locate it and share it . The user no longer has to keep a key he could lose as manages all thanks to its smart phone.
The top apps for getting life service information ranked by percentage of respondents’ choice are
1) Dianping 68.2%
2) 58.com 43.2%
3) Ganji 20.5%
4) Life.tao 11.4%
5) Baixing 4.5%
6) Aibang 2.3%L'Atelier - Shanghai
The more electronic devices we possess, the greater the number of passwords we require. The more data we use, the more passwords we need to protect it. And the more information security we have…yes, again, more passwords have to be thought up.Quentin Capelle
Interview with Maneesh Juneja, founder and CEO of consultancy MJ Analytics Ltd, and founder of the London chapter of Health 2.0. L’Atelier met up with him at Health 2.0 Europe, held in London on 18-19 November, just after his pre-event session which focused on designing digital medical tools for the elderly.Quentin Capelle
Some 58% of the world’s population today live in cities and, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, urban agriculture is already being practiced by several hundred million citizens – city-dwellers who transform their towns into green, food-growing spaces that also help to create social links. Urban agriculture projects have been on the rise in recent years, taking on a range of innovative forms with a variety of different objectives.
The proliferation of social networks and their burgeoning content is becoming increasingly time-consuming for users and keeping up a presence on the various social platforms has now become a burden for some. Now Google has filed a patent for a system designed to help users cope by assisting with their responses and activities on these platforms. The idea is that Google’s smart software will provide a personalized service based on a cognitive approach, drawing on the huge amount of information gathered by the web giant.
Marketing aspirations are directing – and also perhaps leading people to overestimate – the market for connected objects. According to estimates, this market could well reach 25 billion units by the end of the decade.Pierre-Marie Mateo