Spotify’s new ‘Car Thing’ is the car gadget you absolutely don’t need

Andreas Milano

And you probably can’t buy it anyway

Spotify has experimented with releasing hardware based around its music streaming service, but none of its devices ever saw a wide release. This time around, the company has announced ‘Car Thing,’ a touchscreen panel for your car that plays Spotify and nothing else.

“Currently available to eligible users in the U.S.,” Spotify wrote in its announcement, “Car Thing enables you to play your favorite audio faster, so you’re already listening to that hit song or the latest podcast episode before you’ve even pulled out of the driveway. […] When it comes to controlling

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China’s Dystopian “New IP” Plan Shows Need for Renewed US Commitment to Internet Governance

Andreas Milano

China released its 14th Five-Year plan for economic development last month, including its intended next steps in technology. The blueprint makes clear that, even before the ink is dry on many 5G contracts for broadband telecommunications, China and its networking giant Huawei are gearing up to ensure their vision of the internet goes global.

But Huawei’s plans for 6G and beyond make U.S. concerns over 5G look paltry: Huawei is proposing a fundamental internet redesign, which it calls “New IP,” designed to build “intrinsic security” into the web. Intrinsic security means that individuals must register to use the

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NHS England Rolls Out Gadget for Zapping Away Cluster Headache Pain

Andreas Milano

Those who frequently suffer from headaches know how unbearable they can be. From migraines to tension pain, headaches can significantly limit our ability to carry out our daily routines. Cluster headaches are particularly relentless. This rare type of piercing pain can last between 15 minutes and three hours, occurring as much as eight times a day. In the UK, cluster headaches affect around 11,000 people, which is why the NHS decided to come up with a solution. Following successful trials, the British healthcare system recently rolled out a handheld device called gammaCore Sapphire that can be used to instantly alleviate

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2021 National Cherry Festival planning underway, but with no concerts, airshow

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TRAVERSE CITY, MI – One of Michigan’s marquee summer festivals is pressing forward with its 2021 plans, but it will be missing some of its top attractions.

The National Cherry Festival, which was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, is set to take place in Traverse City July 3-10.

“We recognize that not everyone is ready to gather in crowds yet, so we will be hosting in- person, virtual, and hybrid events to meet everyone where they are,” said Kat Paye, Executive Director of the National Cherry Festival.  “And every in-person event will be following state and local

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Data & analytics: the lifeblood of digital transformation | Technology

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Digital transformation is “the most amazing challenge and opportunity that we have in industry today,” begins Francisco Betti, Head of Advanced Manufacturing and Production at the World Economic Forum (WEF).  

“It’s a challenge because it’s not easy to understand, to navigate your plants manufacturing, industry 4.0, digital transformation. But it’s an opportunity because we are seeing digital transformation becoming not just the enabler of the future for operations, but becoming the foundations that are allowing companies to develop and deliver new business models.

Digital transformation in manufacturing for manufacturers is at the heart of new value. We’re seeing more and

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