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Internet Summit: The strange future of mobile – and how to prepare for it

As the first decade of mobile smartphones ends, the future ahead is “going to look a little weird,” Michael Trapani, product marketing leader for IBM’s Watson Marketing, warned at the Internet Summit on Thursday. Before talking about “The strange future of mobile and how to prepare for it” at his Internet Summit session, Trapani took a look at “how we got here.” He showed a slide of the Nokia 1100, launched in 2003, which had a one-inch LCD display and could store a whopping 50 contacts. It was the most popular cell phone in its time. Then, in 2007,...

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Uber’s next big ride? Flying taxis

Commuters of the future could get some relief from congested roads if Uber’s plans for flying taxis work out. The ride-hailing service unveiled Wednesday an artist’s impression of the sleek, futuristic machine it hopes to start using for demonstration flights in 2020. The company aims to have its first paying passengers in various cities around the world by 2023, though the plan still faces major hurdles. The battery-powered aircraft looks like a cross between a small plane and a helicopter, with fixed wings and rotors. It was presented at an international technology conference in Lisbon, Portugal. The vehicle is...

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