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BIG ASS FAN I’m a serious Big Ass fan. The Lexington, Kentucky manufacturer’s new Haiku ceiling fan boasts SenseMe tech for temperature control, scheduling and automatic adjustment. It also learns over time. At $1,045, there are admittedly cheaper ways to stay cool. I predict 2015 will be a big year for smart power. Read more (CNET)

 

SHARE A COKE’S VIRTUAL ASSET In trials this summer across depots of London-based cash & carry retailer Damecha, virtual assistant Ultra Isabelle is the latest weapon in Coca-Cola’s ‘Share a Coke’ campaign. Expect to see more like Isabelle in stores and airports before Christmas as avatar tech goes mainstream. Read more (Retail Technology News)

 

KLONE THE KIDS Out of ideas for keeping the kids occupied? You could pay $8, upload their picture to Singapore-based Kloneworld website and enjoy the cartoon movie Chhota Bheem with their 3D avatar inserted as new characters. Then 3D print the customised toys and sit back with a well-deserved coffee and slice. Read more (3D Printing Industry)

 

MIXING BUSINESS WITH PLEASURE Ah, the old days. Remember, when you signed up to LinkedIn for jobs and EHarmony for (significant) canoodling. Now, with LinkedUp dating app (for iOS) and EHarmony’s imminent careers platform, those lines just got blurred. Modern life, modern love – are you keeping up? Read more (Bustle)

 

CUT-PRICE HAUT COUTURE Elite French fashions at half price? Mais oui. Parisian-based online store Vestiaire Collective is auctioning off authenticated pre-worn designer items at very significant discounts. With many descriptions in French, it’s well worth brushing up on the lingo before this cat’s well and truly out of the Dries van Noten bag. Read more (The Debrief)

 

6-300x200IT PAYS TO SLACK Drowning in emails? Try Slack, the business tool that lets employees chat, share links, message one other and search the company’s entire communications database. Just six months old, Slack has more than 140,000 daily active users and projected annual revenue of $3.5m, increasing by $1m every six weeks – with no sales or marketing team. Read more (CNET)

 

SMART SHOES Looking up Google maps while running is a pain. With Bluetooth-enabled Lechal shoes from Indian start-up Ducere Technologies, you just input your destination on your smartphone and your left or right shoe will vibrate, telling you which way to go. How about a strong vibration in both shoes anywhere near a sale? Read more (Betabeat)

 

iGENDER BIAS From backroom technicians to storefront faces, only 30% of Apple employees are women. With just two women on the board, Angela Ahrendts and Susan Wagner, CEO Tim Cook says the company is working hard to improve the numbers. Perhaps they could develop an app for that. Read more (CNET)

 

SWEDISH FRAUD SQUAD Swedish e-commerce company Klarna is set to launch a mobile payment service with several UK retailers this summer. Using algorithms based on factors such as a customer’s purchase history and buying patterns, Klarna checks every transaction for possible fraud. Contact us if you think this type of payment would suit your brand. Read more (Telecompaper)

 

TOUGH CALL Smartphones are increasingly essential for work messages and real-time updates. But it’s all too easy to drop your phone on a busy shift. With a range of stylish super-tough cases from Pelican ProGear for every phone, you can stop worrying and focus on the job. Read more (Pelican)