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Projecting Manhattan Life Onto a Tiffany’s Store…in London
Projecting Manhattan Life Onto a Tiffany’s Store…in London

An installation in the Old Selfridges Hotel aims to immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of the iconic flagship store

Tiffany & Co. will mark the opening of a new luxury boutique on the ground floor of Selfridges in London with an immersive installation that lets visitors walk through a projected cityscape. Fifth & 57th is a recreation of the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street in New York, the corner where Tiffany’s flagship store is located.

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Say Goodbye to the Intern Coffee Run with Lyft Deliveries
Say Goodbye to the Intern Coffee Run with Lyft Deliveries

In partnership with Flavorpill and Starbucks, Lyft delivered six-packs of bottled iced coffee as an afternoon pick-me-up

Need to beat the afternoon slump? On Tuesday, we did just that without having to leave the building—thanks to a partnership between Flavorpill, Starbucks and Lyft that delivered free packs of iced coffee.

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Glamorous Camping Has Become Big E-Commerce Business
Glamorous Camping Has Become Big E-Commerce Business

Indoors or outdoors, HGTV's David Bromstad talks about how consumers are taking on the rising cultural trend of "glamping"

Over the years, glamping has become a huge trend in design and business. Glamping is a term derived from the words “glamorous” and “camping.” The goal of this new cultural trend is to create the ultimate travel experiences while exploring the world. Glamping has spawned AirBnB-like home sharing sites like Glamping.com and GlampingHub.com, and has become big e-commerce business for retailers like Grass Haven Outdoor.

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Supermarket Broadcasts Your Food’s Origin on the Big Screen
Supermarket Broadcasts Your Food’s Origin on the Big Screen

Systeme U supermarket in Thourotte is using augmented reality to help foster trust with their shoppers

Finding out about the origins of the products you buy every day, especially when it comes from food in grocery stores, requires quite a bit of research. With food laws allowing companies to make claims that are not always true, it is hard to know if what you’re putting in your cart really is organic or locally grown. However, French supermarket chain Systeme U has decide to present some of that information to its customers using augmented reality technology.

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German Villa Installs Internet Kill Switch in Rooms
German Villa Installs Internet Kill Switch in Rooms

Luxury hospitality venture Villa Stephanie encourages guests to "power off" during their stay

For travelers who desire a digital detox but require a third party motivator to power off their phones, a German hotel has implemented an Internet kill switch in each guest room. At Villa Stephanie, silver switches can be turned on to activate a Wi-Fi grid blocker. In off mode, the rooms’ walls keep out 96 percent of Wi-Fi signals, greatly limiting the ability to inundate all free time with Web surfing.

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Use Your Ear to Unlock Your Phone
Use Your Ear to Unlock Your Phone

A patent from Amazon uses ear recognition technology to tell who is using a phone and on which side of their face

The iPhone has eliminated the need for a phone password with Touch ID, but a future edition of the Amazon Fire might not even require your fingertips at all—just your ear.

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Chinese ATM Treats Your Face as a Password
Chinese ATM Treats Your Face as a Password

Tzekwan Technology teams up with Tsinghua University to produce a facial recognition ATM

As biometrics are beginning to overthrow traditional PIN and character-based passwords, the financial industry has been making herculean efforts to keep up-to-date with these fresh technologies so as to safeguard consumers from theft and fraudulent activities. Among these monetarily centered companies is Tzekwan Technology, a financial security protection corporation, who recently teamed up with Tsinghua University, an engineering based institution in Beijing, to produce the world’s first facial recognition ATM.

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It is Time to Temper Our Artificial Intelligence Hysteria
It is Time to Temper Our Artificial Intelligence Hysteria

The antipathy we hold for AI isn't as rational as we think

A fascinating thought experiment which consumes the attention of some of our greatest minds and authors alike is the incipient singularity event for Artificial Intelligence (AI). This singularity is defined as the moment humans invent an AI capable of improving on itself, or of building other AI better than it. Theoretically, once that point is reached, the computer will be able to self-improve or replicate at such a rapid pace we’ll but have to blink before it has transcended our own capacity for thought. Thus commences the end of the world.

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A Gallery-Inspired Store Sources Tomorrow’s Best Ideas, Today
A Gallery-Inspired Store Sources Tomorrow’s Best Ideas, Today

In partnership with the Lexus Design Awards, STORY has curated a collection that explores future-thinking design elements from corners of the globe

STORY, a retail concept store in Chelsea, recently unveiled its newest theme: Creativity. In a partnership with the Lexus Design Awards, the site is using eight of the content’s finalists as inspiration for a collection that explores future-thinking design elements sourced from across the world.

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