Technology

Tennis anyone?

US Open

Ahead of the 2014 World Cup, we launched the Reuters Sports Reel app as a way to showcase the terrific photography produced by our journalists. What makes this app so compelling is that you actually see photos coming into the app during events in near real time. In addition to covering this year’s Tour de France, we have now covered the Hungarian and Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix races. With our internal push notification platform, you can get alerts for the events, teams, or individuals you most want to follow. Apple has already chosen to feature this product, and as mentioned when we launched the app, you can get it for both iOS and Android.

There are a couple of great pictures below from the Belgian F1 race, and we will be covering the rest of the Formula 1 calendar: (more…)

Knowledge Worker Innovation Series: Showcasing Innovators in a Big Data Ecosystem

Knowledge Worker Innovation Series

Inspired by a neighborhood of innovators and entrepreneurs, the Knowledge Worker Innovation Series consists of events that bring in thought leaders from industry and academia to discuss, dissect and explore technology topics and trends. The discussions helps us stay on top of and share the ideas that shape our approach to making information intelligent and delivering it to the businesses and professionals who depend on it.

We are pleased to announce the next event in our Knowledge Worker Innovation Series, proudly held in Boston’s Innovation District. Please join us to hear lightning talks from start-up CEOs Andy Palmer, (Tamr), Marilyn Matz, (Paradim4), and Adam Towvim (Trust Layers). This Big Data start-up showcase will explore connections and enrichment of diverse data, scalable native array database with native analytics and a new level of privacy accountability in the use of personal information in large data systems. This event will kick off the Mass Big Data Trek 2014 by the Mass Big Data Initiative. (more…)

More efficiently monitor activity in your portfolios

The new “Watchlist Pulse” app in Thomson Reuters Eikon helps portfolio managers, analysts and traders more efficiently monitor significant activities such as price changes, news flow and sentiment, research, and changes to StarMine model scores impacting companies in their portfolios or coverage lists.

The World in 2025 – Digital everything…everywhere

It’s human nature to want to know what’s coming. It seems fitting, then, that our IP & Science business, with innovation at its core, should also partake in leveraging its assets to forecast the future. The following is one prediction from our new report that features 10 innovation predictions for the world in 2025. Make sure to check out the entire series of posts and download the full report here.

From the smallest personal items to the largest continents, everything, everywhere will be digitally connected, and responsive to our wants and likes.

digital everythingThe digital world as we know it today will seem simple and rudimentary in 2025. If you think we’re electronically dependent now, you haven’t seen anything yet.

Thanks to the prevalence of improved semiconductors, graphene-carbon nanotube capacitors, cell-free networks of service antenna and 5G technology, wireless communications will dominate everything, everywhere.

From cars and homes that respond to your every wish and want, to appliances that think for themselves, to interconnected geographies – from the most remote farmlands to bustling cities – we will all be digitally directed. Imagine the day when the entire continent of Africa is completely, digitally connected. That day will happen in 2025.

Carbon nanostructures, and carbon-based nanocomposites in particular, are part of the driving force behind this transformation, and are poised to take center stage in high-energy density and power-density applications. Carbon nanocomposites can be used as supercapacitive electrodes, either in two-or-three-dimensional structures, with high surface area. And, these supercapacitors will be able to store infinitely more energy for later release.

We will live in an ultra-digitally responsive world, where more things are exponentially connected to the Internet than people.

Download the full report: The World in 2025: 10 Predictions of Innovation

Machine learning and authenticity; the key to unlock visual commerce

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by Andrew Fletcher, Manager, Emerging Technology

What is visual commerce? In essence it’s an extension of ‘what you see is what you get.’ If you see a photo of a model wearing a jacket then you know it has been photoshopped. If you see normal people wearing it then you know it is authentic, which drives sales. By tracking this using A/B testing, Olapic can add value by proving the impact of bringing ‘real’ content onto a brand’s site. It’s not news that humans are inherently visual. Now with a phone in every pocket we can all make beautiful images and share them. When Olapic started, the number of photos shared every day was in the low 100s of millions. Now that number is over a billion. User Generated Content (UGC) used to be synonymous with low quality. Now, the volume is so large that you can focus on the top quality content, and as a result brands are less fearful of UGC. (more…)

TechVision: The knowledge worker unleashed

We recently offered a TechVision seminar hosted by Bruce Gorter, CTO for Thomson Reuters Legal with guest speaker Spenser Segal, CEO and Founder ActiFi, Inc. The topic was The Knowledge Worker Unleashed: People, Process and Technology. Spenser identified how critical it is for businesses to integrate their workflows, with careful consideration to the business value that drives real benefit to the company and customer. His mantra was “people trump processes, processes trump technology and technology is critical to building a scalable and efficient business.”

Spenser defines utilization as people, process and technology and the efficiencies at various levels. He emphasizes the need for a clear articulation and delineation of process and workflow as a starting point to understanding and change. He then defines four levels of integration from the most basic to full functionality of multiple applications within a single integrated user interface. Spenser sees the benefits of successful integration as:  reduces time and cost of manually inputting data, a reduction in human error, consistency across systems and improved client services.

As consumers are more and more empowered by automation tools, they expect cross workflow applications.  Spenser closed by saying “The effective implementation of technology and automation will have a significant impact on your ability to serve your clients more effectively and profitably”. The knowledge worker is then free to focus on the high human value activities of building trusting and responsive relationships.

You can watch the full video below: (more…)

The World in 2025 – Electric air transportation takes off

It’s human nature to want to know what’s coming. It seems fitting, then, that our IP & Science business, with innovation at its core, should also partake in leveraging its assets to forecast the future. The following is one prediction from our new report that features 10 innovation predictions for the world in 2025. Make sure to check out the entire series of posts and download the full report here.

Light-weight aerospace engineering coupled with new battery technologies power electric vehicle transportation – on land and in the air.

World-2025_pdf__page_14_of_28_Getting from point A to point B will be significantly different in 2025 from how it happens today.

Cars and airplanes will still exist, but they will be smarter, battery-powered, able to travel longer distances and more light-weight. Advancements in non-carbon-based- fuel sources, including lithium-ion batteries, reversible hydrogen storage options, nanomaterials in fuel cells and thin-film batteries will all contribute to this reality.

Distributed power sources that recharge 10 times more than today and store much more energy than current sources will be the norm in transportation vehicles.

Lightweight aircraft and cars will be powered by the new, improved lithium-ion batteries. These aircraft will also utilize new materials that bring down the weight of the vehicle and have motors with superconducting technology. Micro-commercial aircraft will fly the skies for short-hop journeys.

As these new planes will be able to take off and land in much smaller spaces, getting a pilot’s license could become the new rite-of-passage to adulthood in the 21st Century.

Download the full report: The World in 2025: 10 Predictions of Innovation

Smartphone market share – graphic of the day

Worldwide smartphone market share for Samsung and Apple dipped in the second quarter, according to IDC. Today’s graphic shows the total smartphone shipments and market share breakdown.

market share

Would you like infographics like this on your website, blog or other social media? Contact us and visit our Reuters Agency blog for insights and discussions on the changing media industry.

The World in 2025 – Food shortages and price fluctuation are a thing of the past

It’s human nature to want to know what’s coming. It seems fitting, then, that our IP & Science business, with innovation at its core, should also partake in leveraging its assets to forecast the future. The following is one prediction from our new report that features 10 innovation predictions for the world in 2025. Make sure to check out the entire series of posts and download the full report here.

Advancements in lighting technologies and imaging techniques, coupled with genetic crop modification, provide an environment ripe for successful indoor crop growth and detecting diseased foods.

World-2025_pdf__page_12_of_28_Simultaneous revolutions in both lighting technologies and imaging techniques will have far reaching effects in the next decade. Advancements in Organic Light Emitting Diodes, LCD and plasma technologies, alongside three-dimensional displays coupled with hyperspectral imaging, will improve year-round crop growth, helping feed the world’s eight billion people and overcoming environmental changes that will affect traditional farming.

In 2025, genetically modified crops will be grown rapidly and safely indoors, with round-the-clock light, using low-energy LEDs that emit specific wavelengths to enhance growth by matching the crop to growth receptors added to the food’s DNA. Crops will also be bred to be disease resistant. And, they will be bred for high yield at specified wavelengths.

Imaging techniques such as three-dimensional displays coupled with hyperspectral imaging will also be able to provide early detection of mal-developing crops and diseased animal proteins before human consumption.

Because there is reduced risk of crop failure, price fluctuations and food shortages will become things of the past.

Download the full report: The World in 2025: 10 Predictions of Innovation

My week Down Under

Australia

I’ve just wrapped up a week-long trip to Australia – my first for Thomson Reuters, and with a bit of luck, hopefully not my last. It’s absolutely one of the best places to visit in the world, if you can take the long flight to get there. From Dallas, the flight is 15.5 hours and that’s just to get you to Brisbane – continuing on to Sydney required a stopover to refuel, and another hour or so in the air.

Earlier this year, I had been asked to present at an information retrieval conference session on the Gold Coast. While the title of my session, “OK Glass…Google…Why Do I Need Your Search?” is a bit facetious, it allowed me to talk about the way we are thinking about the continuous client service. Of course we need search. Search has, in my opinion, evolved into a learned history of things I care about and am interested in. Thus, applying algorithms to that learned history enables services to proactively and asynchronously push content to my phone, without me even needing to ask for it. That’s incredibly important, because those and other types of devices do not have the sorts of user input functionality that we have on our desktops and laptops (i.e. a large screen, keyboard, and mouse). (more…)