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Ran Poliakine
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Ran Poliakine
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"I have seen many 'trends' come and go over the last decade but have always said that the trends that will stick are the ones that make life easier for the consumers. Technology for its own sake is pointless - its value lies in what it offers us, in terms of: time savings, effort savings and cost savings.
It's a very 'what's in it for me?' proposition. That being said, I'm happy to weigh in on my tech predictions for 2016:

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Wireless charging continues to grow, with the promise of better technology on the horizon. The industry is expected to reach $1.7 billion in revenues in 2015, according to an article on Android Authority. The website writes that the fact that Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 supports both Power Matters Alliance and Wireless Power Consortium compatible devices is “a sure sign that [the] market appears to be moving away from solely relying on Qi (WPC). In addition to coffee shops, restaurants & hotels, Android Authority sees “a huge potential” for wireless charging in medicine, the auto industry, and with Internet of Things devices. http://tinyurl.com/poliakine0047

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London-based Chirp has opened its platform to developers aiming to expand the use of its proprietary audio data-transfer technology that allows users to transfer data between devices via audio clips. Chirp technology also has the potential to become integral to The Internet of Things. Chirp launched in 2012 and is currently raising funds to support its commercial expansion on Crowdcube. “We’re a small company with big ambitions,” Chirp founder Patrick Bergel tells Paul Sawers of VentureBeat. “We’re creating an Internet made of sound.”  http://tinyurl.com/poliakine0046

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One bad apple can spoil the whole bunch. Same goes for dates & avocados. An Israeli company, Eshet Eilon, has a high-tech method of quickly looking beneath the skin of fruits to spot trouble and forecast when - or whether - the fruit will ripen. “Our sorting machines check everything there is to know about fruit — how much sugar, protein, or carbohydrates are in fruit, how ripe it is, whether there are any diseases or fungi, and other information that until now exporters could only guess at,” the company tells writer David Shamah of The Times of Israel. http://tinyurl.com/poliakine0045

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An ‘explosion’ in extreme self-monitoring is underway as people seek ways to optimize their health and live longer. Ariana Eunjung Cha reports in The Washington Post that ordinary people are trying to “quantify” themselves, using wearable fitness gadgets, medical equipment, headcams, conventional laboratory tests, and homemade contraptions. “The ubiquity of cheap technology & an attendant plethora of apps now allow a growing number of Americans to track the minutiae of their lives as never before,” Cha says. Next: chips that are ingestible or float in the bloodstream.

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The size and practicality of a new solar-powered water desalination machine invented at MIT holds the potential to help treat water in needy areas throughout the world. Walter Einenkel reports that the team behind the machine has won the USAID Desal Prize. The finished prototype can fit in a tractor-trailer and when fully operational will supply the basic water needs of a village of up to 5,000 residents. The goal is to drive down the price for each unit to about $11,000, MIT said. http://tinyurl.com/poliakine0043

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Electric-car battery-swapping technology designed for bankrupt Better Place will get a second life in Nanjing, China. http://tinyurl.com/poliakine0042

Where now-defunct Better Places failed, Ziv Av Engineering hopes to succeed. ZAE will use the technology designed for Better Places, which declared bankruptcy in May 2013, to provide battery switching stations for electrically powered vehicles in Nanjing, China, a city of 8 million. David Shamah, writing in the Times of Israel, notes that it was ZAE that originally designed the battery swapping tech that Better Place used. Instead of recharging vehicles by plugging them in, the ZAE concept allows drivers to swap a spent battery for a fresh one at service stations. “The electric car is the future of the transportation industry,” ZAE told Shamah. http://tinyurl.com/poliakine0042

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For giant Microsoft, the announcement that it is buying Israel-based N-trig for about $30 million is not an enormous deal. But for Israel’s tech community, it marks the third Israeli acquisition that Microsoft has made this year. Based in Kfar-Saba, N-trig makes the digital stylus pen and screen interface used in the Surface Pro 3 tablet. The Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft first invested in N-trig in 2008. Also this year, the Redmond, WA-based corporation acquired cybersecurity company Aorato Ltd. and text analysis company Equivio, according to the Journal. http://tinyurl.com/poliakine0041

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American companies are dramatically reducing their bookkeeping and accounting overhead by replacing their human workforce with robots - aka sophisticated software. Pilot Flying J truck stops slashed its accounts-payable staffing from 80 people to 10 in only five years. Verizon saved 21% in three years. “Automation is threatening to replace swaths of white-collar workers, much as mechanical robots have displaced blue-collar workers on assembly lines,” writes Vipal Monga, senior editor for The Wall Street Journal. http://tinyurl.com/Poliakine0040

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Car and Driver reports that with the first batch of leased Tesla Model S sedans about to come off their three-year leases, Tesla could soon have to take possession again of hundreds or even thousands of used cars. That likely explains why the electric car manufacturer recently began offering used Model S sedans for sale on its website. The cars are available in 11 U.S. metropolitan markets. Initial prices looks somewhat better than purchasing used cars through a dealer. “Of course, with such a small number of used Teslas on the market, it’s hard to say exactly how well the vehicles hold their value,” Car and Driver writes. http://tinyurl.com/poliakine0039
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