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Ecuadorian government adopts virtual money

Ecuadorian government adopts virtual money

To get things straight immediately, Ecuador isn't making Bitcoin its official currency. In fact, the cryptocurrency, which is just one form of such digital currency, is banned in the country. Instead, Ecuador will be implementing its own electronic money system, formally known as "Sistema de Dinero Electrónico". The digital payment system, according to government officials, will simply be an addition to its own US dollar-based physical money system, but some experts seem to think that the move might have other motives as well.

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Delsey’s Pluggage is another smart luggage prototype

Delsey’s Pluggage is another smart luggage prototype

Luggage is probably the last thing you'd think of to become smart, but apparently it's a very hot concept. Beyond the simple idea of being able to track the location of your luggage, a lot of proposals, crowdfunding campaigns even, have just proven how much the idea of a smart luggage resonates with travels. Taking note of this, French luggage company Delsey is revealing that it has its own smart luggage in the works and is asking its customers to chime in on the features that they want.

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Kisha tells you when you’ve forgotten your umbrella

Kisha tells you when you’ve forgotten your umbrella

Adding to the growing number of smart things trying to vie for our attention, love, and money, Kisha is bringing out what it is poising as the world's first smart umbrella. Using a combination of Bluetooth wireless technology, a mobile app, and some weather reporting, Kisha tries to make sure that not only will you never accidentally lose your umbrella again, you also won't have to leave home or office without your umbrella on a forecast rainy day. And it won't get broken so easily either.

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Magzter Gold subscription offers “all-you-can-read” magazines

Magzter Gold subscription offers “all-you-can-read” magazines

When it comes to ebooks, Amazon is pretty much the king of the hill. But digital magazines are pretty much still fair game. In order to gain an advantage over its competitors, Magzter is offering a new Magzter Gold subscription scheme that will give users unlimited access to over 2,000 titles, including the hottest and latest magazine brands. And for those on a tighter budget, Magzter Gold Lite has the same unlimited access to but for a smaller pool of monthly titles to choose from.

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Google, Skype race to tear down language barriers

Google, Skype race to tear down language barriers

It feels like an attempt to reverse the effects or even create a new Tower of Babel, but this time no actual towers are involved (unless you count cell towers). The bridging of languages is, instead, being done over the Internet, in real time, and using your voice. And at the forefront of these advancements in technology are Google and Skype (and by proxy, Microsoft) who are now starting to compete not for the best voice chat service, but for which one can translate a spoken word better.

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Google Translate now supports ten more languages

Google Translate now supports ten more languages

The only way that most of us get to read content in other languages is by using an online translator service. There are a few of these services and one of the most widely used is Google Translate. Google Translate will automatically translate a wide range of languages already. Google has now added ten more languages to those supported.

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UK gives driverless car cities green light for 2015

UK gives driverless car cities green light for 2015

Google may have had its self-driving cars pounding the streets of Mountain View for years now, but the UK is hoping to overtake the US in real-world autonomous vehicle deployment with a quartet of cities announcing plans for the technology. Greenwich, Milton Keynes, Coventry, and Bristol will each operate a driverless car system, funded both by private companies including insurers and the UK government, with projects covering automatic valet parking and private transportation pods.

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Moleskine partners with Adobe to digitize sketches

Moleskine partners with Adobe to digitize sketches

Even though we’re increasingly dependent of digital everything, many of us still want a pen-and-paper experience for certain things. Sketching ideas is a great example, especially when you don’t have the space for a laptop or a stylus just won’t cut it. For those times, Moleskine has teamed up with Adobe to bring you a connected notebook that can take your sketches and notes, then transfer them to the cloud. Even better, they can be fed right into Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator.

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Gogoro teases big battery plans for smarter city travel

Gogoro teases big battery plans for smarter city travel

Power: it's something none of us can do without, both the enabling and limiting factor of everything from smartphones through to electric vehicles, and it's ripe for a revolution. Hoping to lead just that is Gogoro, startup brainchild of former HTC innovation chief Horace Luke and Matt Taylor, and coming out from the shadows today to share a few early hints about its plans "to transform energy distribution" within smart cities. I caught up with Luke to find out more, curious at indications that some new power system potentially for EVs could be on the cards.

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