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

Protection Bay is Your Best Stop for Self Defense Products and Surveillance Equipment with the Convenience of an Online Store

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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.

Michael Kors enters wearables market with smartwatch powered by Google's Android wear platform. The watch can run with both iPhone and Android phones with touchscreen features displaying features such as social media updates, texts, emails, app notifications and fitness tracking.

Michael Kors enters wearables market with smartwatch

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 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.

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.

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