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Apple is stockpiling resources to make a splash in the augmented reality market.

The company is not only marshaling internal resources behind its AR efforts, but also hiring talented outsiders and acquiring companies with expertise in AR hardware, 3D gaming and virtual reality software, Bloomberg reported Monday.

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It has taken a while, but small businesses are finally realizing the potential of mobile apps to gain more customers and increase sales.

According to a new survey by B2B research company Clutch, nearly 50 percent of small businesses will have mobile app by 2017. That’s impressive considering only 20 percent of small businesses have mobile apps today.

“Three years ago, a small business might see 10 percent of its total traffic coming from mobile, but right now it’s closer to 70 percent.

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Delivering a keynote speech at Fort Mason on Wednesday, Facebook chief technical officer Mike Schroepfer strapped on a virtual reality headset and started chatting with an avatar of a Facebook employee in Menlo Park.

His co-worker Mike Booth, who is working on social VR for the tech firm, handed him a sphere with a 360-degree photo and the duo transported themselves to different places.

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Planes, trains, automobiles? Not quite yet: Factory 2050 in Sheffield, UK, isn’t building anything you can buy. Instead, the brains behind the project are rethinking the manufacturing process itself, aiming to change how we make everything from airplanes to nuclear power plants.

Inside the factory, things are looking a little unfinished. It opened in January, and the team from the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) are still moving in. The place is sparkling clean, and smells like a newly furnished IKEA, but it’s gearing up to change the way whole industries work by applying virtual reality, robotics and bitcoin’s blockchain.

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Michael Bareev-Rudy never expected to have his finger implanted with a magnet. But in November 2015, the 18-year-old decided to embed a tiny magnet in his index finger at an event held in Dusseldorf, Germany. A crowd gathered to watch as a man in a smart grey suit and green surgical mask carefully sliced open the sandy-haired 18-year-old’s finger.

“After this he cuts with a scalpel on the side of my finger – yes, he cuts my finger open,” Michael recalled moments later, looking decidedly pale as he smiled nervously before the flashing cameras. After sterilising the table and numbing Michael’s finger with a local anaesthetic, “he uses – I don’t really know how to describe this tool – it was like a pen, sharp on the end with a little spoon on the top. He carved a tunnel through my finger to get the magnet inside and then he tried to put it there.” Because the magnet refused to slip easily into the young man’s finger, they had to try six times before succeeding.

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IN EARLY November, Australian inventor David Mayman took off from the deck of a barge floating in New York Harbour. He rose into the air, circled the Statue of Liberty, then alighted gently back on the boat. He made the trip using two turbines joined to a kerosene-filled backpack – a jetpack, in other words.

One week after his flight, Dubai’s firefighting service signed an agreement to buy 20 jetpacks from a New Zealand company called Martin Jetpack. The month before, two men in winged jetpacks had taken to the skies above Dubai, flying in formation next to the world’s biggest airliner, the Airbus A380. Are real, functional jetpacks finally arriving for all of us?

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The taxibots are coming. Eric Spiegelman, president of the Los Angeles Taxicab Commission, said Angelenos will one day be able to hail taxibots, or driverless taxis. The autonomous vehicles will be able to get people from place to place while bringing costs drastically down, he said.

“Driverless cars have the potential to solve certain intractable social inequity problems,” he said.

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