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  • People appreciate more familiar interfaces
  • People appreciate more familiar interfaces
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A Sector Snapshot of Technology

How is the humble television finding its space in the connected world? What are the potential applications and complications of blockchain technology? How are device interfaces being made to feel more familiar? And in what ways are physical spaces being digitally upgraded?

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In the April 2017 Sector Snapshot of Technology, we look at how the humble telly is finding its place in the connected world, explore the potential uses of the blockchain, discover how interfaces are being made to feel more familiar, and highlight the ways brands are digitally upgrading physical spaces.

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  • Article image Chromecast: a smart upgrade for ‘dumb’ TVs

    Smart TVs may accommodate a growing preference for on-demand viewing, but not everyone can splash out on a high-tech telly. Google’s Chromecast offers a simple and affordable way for people to upgrade their basic box, letting them stream content from their devices to their living room screen.

  • Article image Ford and Alexa: Amazon’s AI assistant hits the road

    Ford has become the first car manufacturer to integrate Amazon’s Alexa, introducing a digital assistant that can control functions of the driver’s car and aspects of their home through voice alone. Yet while it may stop them staring at screens, do people really want to chat to their motor?

  • Article image Why audio is an ageless medium

    Audio innovations are reshaping how older people interact with the world, enabling them to engage in the digital landscape in ways that feel more natural than swiping and typing. How exactly are audiobooks and voice assistants helping to bridge the technology gap between generations?

  • Article image Tinder TV: swiping as a spectator sport

    Tinder has become synonymous with modern dating, and its new app for Apple TV is allowing people to conduct their love lives in full view of friends and family in the living room. But will people actually use it to start a potential new relationship, or just for a bit of human window shopping?

  • Article image Is blockchain the future of business?

    Blockchain is being touted as the next great technological disruptor, with financial firms investing heavily and cyber-libertarians hoping it’ll enable decentralised transactions and P2P commerce. But can it break into everyday usage, or will it become just another buzzword from the world of tech?

  • Article image Muzo: a smart device that creates sound-free spaces

    Noise pollution can have a detrimental effect on physical and mental health, as well as affecting the ability to focus. Muzo is a gadget that blocks out unwanted noise by creating a personal sound field, enabling people to take control of their space and simultaneously improve their wellbeing.

  • Article image Bitnation: a virtual challenger to nation states

    Rumbles of dissent against corrupt and disappointing governments are being heard worldwide. Through blockchain tech, Bitnation is creating a system of banking and governance that runs without any central authority. Can it offer a real alternative to the traditional nation state?

  • Article image 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?