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The Sony Xperia Ear – a smart wearable for the ear which works with any Android smartphone was announced at MWC. It uses Google Now to inform users about the weather, traffic, news and their schedule. The device is voice powered so people can make calls, send texts, search the internet and navigate to a certain location.

Discover more about Xperia™ Ear - the Bluetooth earbud that is lightweight and keeps you connected hassle-free!

Pepper, a humanoid robot, is getting its own online campaign ahead of a US and European launch, with Softbank (the robotics firm) hiring American marketing agency Midnight Oil to handle the advertising side of the campaign. Pepper is already in place in hundreds of Softbank stores in Japan. The robot, powered by IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence, can respond to certain human emotions and has also been embraced by Japanese households.

Humanity is still unprepared for the arrival of robots (and the ensuing loss of jobs), but a new campaign from SoftBank Robotics wants to change this.

Google’s new Trusted Contacts app lets you share your location in emergencies. This allows others to ping for your location when they think you may have been in an accident or in danger. The user can define who their trusted contacts are, and so allow them to see their location, when pinged.

Google’s new Trusted Contacts app lets you share your location in emergencies

Google’s new Trusted Contacts app lets you share your location in emergencies. This allows others to ping for your location when they think you may have been in an accident or in danger. The user can define who their trusted contacts are, and so allow them to see their location, when pinged.

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Mark Zuckerberg this week demoed the future of Augment Reality / VR with new “Social Reality” vision that brings people to life inside their Virtual Reality experiences, connected by friends to create a social-reality type experience.

Twitter to experiment with tweet-controlled drones - With a focus on improving event coverage, Twitter reveals plans to take photos and videos that could be streamed directly through users’ Twitter accounts. Live coverage from sporting events, concerts, awards shows, festivals and competitions could be soon be accessed from just one tweet, allowing users to dictate exactly what they want to see and how they want to see them.

Twitter to experiment with tweet-controlled drones - With a focus on improving event coverage, Twitter reveals plans to take photos and videos that could be streamed directly through users’ Twitter accounts. Live coverage from sporting events, concerts, awards shows, festivals and competitions could be soon be accessed from just one tweet, allowing users to dictate exactly what they want to see and how they want to see them.

Sky Media is to launch a new product early next year which will allow advertisers to target audiences in sequence across different screens. Sky AdVance will connect TV and online audiences and uses the broadcaster's viewing and device data to help advertisers address the most relevant audiences via whichever screen they are currently using.

Sky AdVance will connect TV and online audiences and uses the broadcaster's viewing and device data to help advertisers address the most relevant audiences via whichever screen they are currently using.

Samsung will pursue the connected car market with the $8bn (£6.4bn) acquisition of software firm Harman, giving it a competitive boost against Apple and Google.  The acquisition marks a "strategic priority" for Samsung, which is playing catch-up with its rivals in a number of areas. Google is making significant progress with its driverless car technology, while Apple launched its own connected platform CarPlay in 2014.

Samsung has proudly announced today morning about the acquisition of Harman which is a US based audio technology company

Google has just launched a new smartphone, the Pixel. The Pixel is direct competition on its biggest rival iPhone. Google has created the operating system and is putting its brand and services – the Google Assistant front and centre. They have also made a data import tool available for first time users looking to switch from the iPhone.

Pixel is a direct challenge to Apple – and a referendum on Google

Google has just launched a new smartphone, the Pixel. The Pixel is direct competition on its biggest rival iPhone. Google has created the operating system and is putting its brand and services – the Google Assistant front and centre. They have also made a data import tool available for first time users looking to switch from the iPhone.

Amazon's Launched Dash in the UK. The voice activated stick lets you quickly add items to your Amazon basket by speaking to it. It also features a barcode scanner which allows you to scan the products you would like. You can them complete your order on the Amazon app or website. The stick costs £35 to purchase.

Amazon's Launched Dash in the UK. The voice activated stick lets you quickly add items to your Amazon basket by speaking to it. It also features a barcode scanner which allows you to scan the products you would like. You can them complete your order on the Amazon app or website. The stick costs £35 to purchase.

Amazon's second annual Prime Day is their biggest yet - Prime Day allows prime members access to exclusive discounts for one day. They recorded 14.1m visits, a 36% increase compared to their first Prime Day last year. Top selling items included Fire TV stick, Fire tablet and Kindle Paperwhite. Carphone Warehouse also benefitted from the event, recording an increase of 47.4% in online traffic after launching a 10-day sale to compete with Amazon.

Amazon's second annual Prime Day is their biggest yet - Prime Day allows prime members access to exclusive discounts for one day. They recorded 14.1m visits, a 36% increase compared to their first Prime Day last year. Top selling items included Fire TV stick, Fire tablet and Kindle Paperwhite. Carphone Warehouse also benefitted from the event, recording an increase of 47.4% in online traffic after launching a 10-day sale to compete with Amazon.

Fashion brand Levi’s has introduced a touch sensitive jacket designed to be worn by gadget lovers in situations where they find themselves unable to access their mobile. Project Jacquard has been developed by Google’s ATAP division which has partnered with Levi’s to manufacture the clothing first, where wearers can touch the sleeve of their jacket to answer or block a call with compatibility also baked in for the likes of Spotify, Google Maps, Strava, and Google.

Fashion brand Levi’s has introduced a touch sensitive jacket designed to be worn by gadget lovers in situations where they find themselves unable to access their mobile.

The UK is the next place for Android Pay to offer mobile payments. Android Pay was launched in the US last year, a year after the launch of Apple Pay. Nearly 60% of the country's smartphone users own an Android handset, devices running Androir 4.4 or higher will be able to use the service.

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There are rumours that Samsung’s Galaxy C5 could be the similar to the iPhone. Samsung have not yet announced the phone launch but the rumours suggest the phone has similar features such as a fingerprint scanner on the home button.

Galaxy C5 could be Samsung's most iPhone-a-like handset in years

There are rumours that Samsung’s Galaxy could be the similar to the iPhone. Samsung have not yet announced the phone launch but the rumours suggest the phone has similar features such as a fingerprint scanner on the home button.

Passengers on London buses could soon be receiving push notifications with real-time travel updates and in-app ads thanks to "the UK's largest iBeacon experience". The collaboration between TFL and mobile marketing company Proxama could offer brands a chance to capitalise on the consumer's exact physical context to deliver ads at the right time to increase click-through rates.

London buses are going to send adverts to your phone

500 London buses will use beacon technology to push travel updates and in-app ads

John Lewis to launch UK's largest smart home experience in Oxford Street store - John Lewis buying director for electricals and home technology said: "We are seeking to demystify the latest smartest technology for our customers. In-store experiences are now key as we’ve seen customer demand for physical experiences before committing to purchase increase."

John Lewis claims it has opened the UK's largest smart home technology retail experience as it seeks to "demystify" the sector for shoppers.