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Tory manifesto £4bn education pledge ‘could still leave schools short’, warns leading think tank

Labour’s plans would mean an increase in school spending per pupil by 6 per cent compared with present levels, and Liberal Democrat plans would protect spending per pupil in real terms at the 2017-18 level PA School spending plans outlined in the Conservative Party manifesto could see school budgets slashed by 7 per cent, a leading economic think tank has warned. ... Read More »

The energy lag and tech technicals: Here’s what could drive markets on Wednesday

As OPEC members are set to convene later this week, WTI crude oil ekes above $50 per barrel and investors pile into bets on the euro, Miller Tabak equity strategist Matt Maley highlights three key themes for Wednesday and the week ahead. 1. The crude oil/energy stocks relationship Crude oil rose to a five-week high in Tuesday trading as investors ... Read More »

How An Asian Tech Crash Could Spark A Chinese Housing Downturn

Will China tightening spook the markets? That’s the question UBS’s global macro strategists Bhanu Baweja and Manik Narain ask and try to answer in a recent global macro research report. The report considers the current state of the markets. Specifically, while US investors appear to be relatively unconcerned about the world’s economic problems with market volatility near a 25 year ... Read More »

Technology approaches real human voices; could ‘new reality’ of fake audio be on horizon?

Asher Labovich, 13, and his 10-year-old brother, Emerson, left, mess around with the family’s Alexa, an Amazon Echo voice assistant, while their mom, Laura Labovich, watches in Bethesda, Md. (Bill O’Leary / The Washington Post) What if you could make President Trump say whatever you wanted? How about listening to the vaguely robot-like voice of yourself, programmed into an app ... Read More »

Grounding teens from social media doesn’t do much – and could hurt them, study finds

Teens forced off of social media lose more than social interaction, research shows. Photo / 123RF It all used to be so simple: Break the rules, get grounded and be forbidden from hanging out with your friends. These days, of course, social media makes anywhere a teen hangout, and parents looking to ground their kids might choose to cut off ... Read More »

The anti-chemical weapons technology that could help rebuild Syria

The US “Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency” (Darpa) is an elite organisation tasked with developing secretive military technologies. True to form, its logo is oddly reminiscent of a supervillain’s – imposing and stark. Some of its projects, too, are futuristic weapons with darkly amusingly self-aware names, such as Mahem – a kind of self-forging molten metal spear that can penetrate armour. But ... Read More »

Cortana-powered speaker could be on its way to you soon

A new app for Microsoft’s virtual assistant Cortana, named Device Setup, has been launched in the Google Play store. In the app, unearthed by The Tech Portal , you’re talked through the set-up of your Cortana-powered home device – which is interesting, because there isn’t a Cortana home speaker on the market at the moment. We’re all becoming familiar with ... Read More »

How technology could save your life in A&E

“The patient in Cubicle A is fasting.” “Remember to phone the ward back.” “The patient on the third trolley in the back corridor needs to be taken down to X-ray.” “The bloods on John Smith are overdue.” In the hectic environment of emergency departments all over the country, critical patient information is handwritten on whiteboards and post-it notes, stored in ... Read More »

LG Could Unveil New Curved Phone in November

Just weeks after the announcement of the first curved smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Round, images of a second curved phone have emerged. South Korean LCD display maker LG Display announced recently it would start mass-producing flexible OLED screens for smartphones. The organic LED display screen technology is used in computer monitors, PDFs, handheld games and other devices. In a recent prepared statement ... Read More »

Here’s how free Apple Pay could help grow Square

BI Intelligence See Also THE PAYMENTS INDUSTRY EXPLAINED: The Trends Creating New Winners And Losers In The Card-Processing Ecosystem Shifting trends and priorities are set to transform the growing mPOS ecosystem THE RETAILER MOBILE WALLETS REPORT: How stores can benefit from developing their own digital payments apps This story was delivered to BI Intelligence “Payments Briefing” subscribers. To learn more ... Read More »