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  • People don’t see tech as being ‘for men’ or ‘for women’
  • People don’t see tech as being ‘for men’ or ‘for women’
    Chris Clogg (2014) ©

A sector snapshot of technology

How is the complicated relationship between gender and technology evolving? In what ways are we becoming more like cyborgs? Why are popular apps starting to look the same? And how is tech finally becoming accessible to all?

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In Canvas8’s latest Sector Snapshot of Technology, we explore the complicated relationship between gender and technology, reveal the ways we’re becoming more like cyborgs, ask why popular apps are starting to look the same, and look at how tech is becoming truly accessible to all.

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    Frends: high fashion headphones for women

    From bass-heavy cans to Apple’s signature white earbuds, headphones are now ubiquitous; 41% of Americans wear them. Yet there are few pairs that can complement an outfit. Enter Frends, which produces luxury headphones for women, transforming audio equipment into a fashion accessory.

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    ZH Tablet: converting print readers to digital

    With a growing number of Brazilians opting to stay informed about current events through online platforms, printed publications are feeling the impact. In a bid to keep up with this shift, newspaper Zero Hora has launched a customised tablet – but can it win over subscribers old and new?

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    Why are apps starting to look the same?

    The clamour of modern urban life – in both the physical and digital worlds – can sometimes be overwhelming. In the first of a two-part report, Canvas8 looks at how complexion reduction is seeing apps redesigned with bold headers, simple icons and reduced colour for a unified mobile experience.

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    Are technology brands sexist?

    Technology for women has transcended the early years of 'shrinking and pinking' – and just as well, given that women are, in many ways, more prevalent tech consumers than men. But with just 41% actively agreeing that technology caters to their needs, how is tech evolving to appeal to both genders?

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    DuoSkin: temporary tattoos go high-tech

    With DuoSkin, wearables are no longer just an accessory – they become part of your skin. Developed by the MIT Media Lab and Microsoft, these temporary tattoos use gold leaf to create aesthetically-pleasing user interfaces. But to what extent are we comfortable turning ourselves into cyborgs?

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    Have we reached peak screen?

    Networked screens are now present in nearly every aspect of our lives – they’re in our pockets, in cars and, increasingly, on our wrists and home appliances. But does everything really need a digital display? Is there a better, more human way to interact with tech than prodding at a visual interface?

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    Free Basics: making the internet accessible to all

    If the internet were a country, it would be the fifth largest economy all on its own, but just 43% of people have access to it. Since 2013, Facebook has been working alongside names including Samsung and Qualcomm to fix this. But could making the internet accessible to all really be so simple?

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    Windows 10: a slow and steady software revolution

    There’s a quiet revolution happening in the desktop OS market. It won’t be splashed across the pages of tech publications or spreads in glossy magazines, but the uptake of Windows 10 is as significant as any glitzy wearable tech device. So what’s got everyone upgrading to Windows 10?