Tech

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What you need to know after F8

Three developments advertisers should keep in mind about chat, AR and VR following Facebook’s annual conference.

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Tech in Action: Take a drive far, far away

Nissan uses VR to show off how its safety features would fare in the world of Star Wars.

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Skyn’s sexy talk bot reveals more than 1s and 0s

Jam3 outlines how to anticipate human interaction (and add sensuality) with voice tech.

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How L’Oreal is exploring AI-powered chat

The company has partnered with Automat on a series of new services and will open a global “AI centre for excellence” in Montreal.

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Burning Questions: Seeking the best in digital coupons

MobileXCo’s Peter Pinfold talks about the challenges and rewards of developing a digital coupon program.

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Internet of things tops PwC’s ‘Essential 8′ tech list

Canadian executives weigh in on the most influential (and money saving) emerging platforms.

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National Public Relations enters the martech space

A bid to fill a gap among brands struggling to connect data and PR.

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Tech In Action: Expedia auditions hotels in VR

Searching for a place to stay may become a bit more hands-on.

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Frank + Oak adds AI to improve customer recommendations

New machine learning software from Propulse is an integral part of a new customer subscription service.

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Timex aims for the unexpected

Disrupted by massive competitors, Silvio Leonardi advocates for cautious innovation to find new customers.

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Infiniti launches IoT-focused accelerator

The automaker’s Lab program comes to Toronto to build a connection to the city’s startup community.

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Turnstyle acquired by Yelp

The WiFi marketing company will bring its services and data to the review site’s marketing resources.

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Tech In Action: 3D knitting hits retail

A handful of retailers (including Adidas) are experimenting with on-demand production at retail locations.

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Automated creativity is inevitable (and a good idea): column

Mitch Joel pokes holes in the idea that the creative process is off limits to AI.

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Lowe’s helps consumers go hands-on with VR

The retailer is piloting a new, DIY-focused version of its Holoroom as part of its mission to embrace innovation.