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Is Amazon Really the Death of Brick and Mortar Retail?

It’s no secret Amazon has become the go-to e-commerce titan and continues to disrupt multiple industries daily.  Estimates say Amazon is pulling billions of dollars from traditional retail stores and maybe (in part) responsible for the recent rapid decline of brick and mortar store sales. While there is plenty of evidence …

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Billy Graham on Technology and the Human Condition

It’s been a little more than a year since the passing of the venerable evangelist Rev. William J. Graham Jr.  With a steadfast consistency in his faith and message, Billy Graham’s impact during his 66 years of ministry was enormous. Graham’s reach and influence for the sake of the gospel …

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How One Man Spent One Week in Virtual Reality

That’s 168 hours of sleeping, eating, and working all inside a computer-simulated world. Jak Wilmont, co-founder of the VR content studio & community, Disrupt has taken on the challenge to spend a full week living in virtual reality and documenting his experience. We’ve previously discussed briefly some of the implications of extended reality (augmented and virtual …

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Fast Food, Big Data and the Marketplace of Convenience

What do companies like Netflix, Uber and Amazon all have in common? Among other things, these companies are market disruptors whose heavy use of technology to shorten the gap between commodity and consumer has made them leaders in their respective areas. As once emerging trends in technology become expected staples in the market, the …

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Foldable Smartphones, the Next Innovation Race in Mobile?

Even though the base technology has been around for some time, only recently has foldable touchscreen phones been commercially available. Both Samsung and Huawei have announced plans to release foldable devices in the near future while Apple’s recent patent filings are fueling rumors of their own foldable device in the works. Even Motorola (owned by …

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Blackberry: The Rise and Fall of an Innovator

As a small Canadian tech startup back in 1984, Blackberry Limited (formerly known as Research In Motion) in about 15 years time, grew to an undeniably iconic $20 Billion multinational telecom giant, only to steadily decline to being worth $1.20 billion with little to no noticeable commercial presence today. From laying the foundation …

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Engineer Designs the Ultimate Payback for Package Thieves

If it’s never happened to you, consider yourself lucky as more than a third of Americans report being a victim of some form of package theft (according to Shorr Packaging). Xfinity home came to a similar number when doing their own costumer survey on the issue. At the very least …

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Detroit Locals Build their Own Internet to Help Bridge “Digital Divide”

In 2016, the New York Times reported that 40% of Detroit citizens do not have access to broadband internet. This along with the increased poverty and unemployment in many pockets of the city have proven to cause an already growing disparity to grow at an even faster rate. From students’ studies being limited, to difficulty competing …

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Should We Fear or Celebrate Artificial Intelligence?

For all the promise and controversy surrounding gains made in artificial intelligence, the research involved still has a long way to go. So much so that many of the fundamental ideas and definitions of such technologies are still being developed. AI as we know it is pretty much a part of our …

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SpaceX Announces Private Passenger Flight Around the Moon for Art’s Sake

Just this year alone, SpaceX has successfully launched at least 17 rocket missions to date. These missions include launches to place satellites in orbit, multiple missions to resupply the international space station, and even a test launch putting a Tesla Roadster into earth’s orbit. Despite the legal issues Elon Musk is currently facing, SpaceX is still …

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