Author: James

Kayak Office Tour in Berlin

As part of my recent trip with Kayak to Berlin for the Tech Open Air event, I was show around their lovely offices to see how the Kayak team work and play. As is common now with Web companies, there is a strong focus on keeping the staff happy, the whole environment is laid back, no managers offices and a strong sense of community spirit. Some of the perks Kayak staff get to enjoy is free food with a focus on trying to be healthy, games rooms with ping pong, table football, and another room with a PS4 and...

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Kayak goes to Tech Open Air, Berlin.

This past week Kayak was kind enough to invite me to attend Tech Open Air in Berlin, where they were one of the main sponsors and showing off some of the new technology they have been working on in recent months. As part of the event, I got a tour of their fabulous industrial style offices and attended a Pitch event for startups held at the Kayak offices. But the main reason to be there was to see how Kayak are evolving as a company and moving with the times from being just a travel search based website to a cross-platform search engine focussing...

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Reverse Engineers: Make the Future London.

Channel4 have released a series of short films starring every guy’s favourite mathematician, Rachel Riley, Last Leg star Alex Brooker, and some guy from Made in Chelsea, Jamie Laing. In each video, they are presented with a box with a mystery innovation inside that they must reverse engineer. I watched all the available episodes and it is a great little show, the 3 presenters work really well together to keep things interesting. Some of the innovations look great too, I would personally love to use the product made in House of Invention in my own home. I have embedded...

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TP-LINK Groovi Speaker Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Mini-Review

I have featured several mini Bluetooth speakers in the past, all with admirable performance based on their price. Today I have another new one, the TP-LINK Groovi Ripple Portable which is available from Amazon for just £24.99 The TP-LINK Groovi Ripple Portable Bluetooth Speaker features: High quality audio performance Adjustable angle for better music experience Larger sound driver – >65dB signal to noise ratio Pocket size with adjustable handle – 4.1 x 3.7 x 1.5 in (103 x 94 x 37mm), 175g Up to 4 hours playing time Bluetooth wireless range up to 20 meters As with all Bluetooth...

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IntelligentX claims to have created an AI-brewed beer

As a big fan of beer and a burgeoning home brewer, the news of a beer being brewed with the help of an AI stood out to me this morning. Wired is reporting that IntelligentX has created four beers with each recipe altered based on customer feedback received by an algorithm. The system is operated using a Facebook Messenger bot, which takes feedback from customers and sends it onto human brewers who change recipes accordingly. IntelligentX, the company behind the beers, said the use of AI would help brewers receive and test customer feedback “more quickly than ever before”....

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