Google Maps for iOS is getting a new feature today designed to help users find the best places to eat and drink in their vicinity.It s true that Google Maps for iPhone and iPad already let users find places nearby to quench their thirst or fill their belly, serving up categories such as Local Favorites, Quick Bites, Pub, and Eat & Drink, but it also offered Play & See which included movie theaters, department stores, parks, and museums.Now when you first open Google Maps on your iOS device you ll see that the Explore feature is labelled specifically for food and drinks.This is similar to how it already appears on the Android version of the app.Additionally, rather than splitting the options by walking distance and time of day, it now lets you select what kind of culinary experience you re looking for: breakfast, lunch, coffee, dinner, or drinks.The visible options will default to whatever time of day it is where you are, so rather than showing you breakfast bistros in your neighborhood at 5pm, it ll maybe show you Pizza Hut or a burrito-bar.With each top-line category you ll be able to sift through additional sub-categories, such as keep it cheap, best dinners, or make it fast.The new Explore feature will be rolling out from today in the U.S., UK, Japan, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, though we re told it could take a week or so to arrive for everyone.
Thanks to a commerce partnership between Softbank and MasterCard, Pepper will working as a cashier in select Pizza Hut locations in the Asia-Pacific region by the end of the year.Pepper can replace a digital kiosk experience, so instead of putting a bunch of tablets or display units in your restaurant, you would have the ability to put a robot in its place and have that cognitive experience, MasterCard VP Tobias Puehse told TechCrunch.That can help to make it engaging.MasterCard chose the Asia-Pacific market based on Pepper s availability – and the fact that the robot has already been utilized for customer service experiences in the region and will therefore have some familiarity for restaurant-goers.Though Puehse hastens to add that the robot won t be replacing human employees any time soon.It s not meant to replace human interaction.
Pepper, the robot that can recognize human emotions, now accepts MasterCard.The robot has been deployed across Asia, particularly in Japan, for quite a while now, but its role largely revolves around offering information at booths and stores.You can do that by just tapping on the Pepper icon in your MasterPass Wallet app or by scanning a QR code on the tablet held up by the robot.It also works with retailer payment systems — for example, Pizza Hut will have a specific app that will help facilitate the transaction with Pepper.You re still running transactions in your smartphones, so your financial information is secure, and all data that passes through Pepper is encrypted.There are 14,000 Pepper units in Japan alone, and the robot is making its way to the U.S. soon.
Before the end of this year, credit card giant MasterCard will deploy an actual robot in one lucky Pizza Hut location in Singapore that will not only engage with customers, but help them fulfill their pizza cravings by guiding them through a purchase and assisting them in completing a mobile transaction.Pepper s new job comes on the heels of news that Softbank Robotics formerly Aldebaran adorable and emotive 4-foot-tall robot is finally getting an Android SDK and would soon be coming to America.The credit card company spent months programming the commerce experience and had to overcome some challenges, like the fact that Pepper doesn t come equipped with Low Energy Bluetooth or NFC communication abilities.Pepper will guide you through the product selection process, but, according to Puehse, can also handle random questions about, say, the calorie count in pizza.Pepper will, in essence, communicate with you just as a highly skilled pizza retail clerk might.Unfortunately, there s no timeline for Pepper coming to U.S.-based Pizza Huts.
We've entered the year where robots will start taking our orders.Pepper, a humanoid robot developed by SoftBank, will begin taking orders at Pizza Hut locations in Asia by the end of 2016, according to a company statement.You'll only be able to use the robot if you have MasterCard, though.Pizza Hut goers will be able to use Pepper by simply greeting the friendly-looking humanoid robot.Customers must first sync their MasterCard to the robot by using Pepper's tablet.Afterwards, Pepper can take orders and provide recommendations.Pepper, known as an emotional robot that can pick you up when you're feeling down, was first debuted in Japan and is slated to arrive in the US this year.Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.More from Tech Insider:Tesla cars have clocked in 100 million Autopilot milesInside the US military s war for domination of the InternetHow a guy who climbs 2,500-foot cliffs without ropes deals with fearScott Disick's big Instagram flub raises an important question: What the heck is teatoxing?Researchers created a robotic hand that is eerily human-like and can learn on its ownNOW WATCH: A fleet of NASA robots just flew through a magnetic explosion in spaceLoading video...
Since Japanese Softbank unveiled its missile Pepper two years ago, we have seen the testing of a wide range of professions. Now say Pizza Hut that you will soon be able to order food in selected Pizza Hut restaurants in Asia by the robot. It all takes place in cooperation with MasterCard using their digital wallet Master Pass made it possible to even pay for his pizza directly to Pepper. You pay with Mastercard Pass through NFC or you can scan a QR code at Peppers built tablet. This is the first time it will be possible to pay anything directly to Pepper and you see this open up for other industries such as personal shopping and the like in the future. Below you can check out how it looks when Pepper works at the fictional cafe "MasterCard Café".
SoftBank Robotic's "Pepper" humanoid robot will soon be put to work selling pizzas in Asia.The Pepper bots will be used in the pilot program to both greet customers in the stores and to accept payments through the MasterCard "MasterPass" mobile app.For MasterCard and Pizza Hut, the robots will serve as a marketing campaign to drum up awareness in the MasterPass payment platform and to bring more customers to the pizza chain in Asia.Though largely used for customer service operations, SoftBank has sold a small number of the robots to consumers.Thus far, however, Pepper has found itself being met with decidedly mixed emotions from the public.The friendly robots have been deployed in a number of customer service and public-facing positions, only to be harassed by sadistic packs of children and beaten up by inebriated bank customers.
He had earned a business administration degree from Babson College before serving in the Navy during the Vietnam War.By that time, he'd already had stints as brand manager of both Cheetos and Fritos, as well head of PepsiCo s operations in Japan and South America.Roger Enrico was, quite simply, one of the most creative marketers of his or any generation, said Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo s current chairman and CEO, in an email statement.Pepsi had always ranked far below Coke, but when Enrico became chief executive of Pepsi s USA operations, the tables began to turn.At the turn of the century, when Enrico served as PepsiCo s CEO, he began to restructure the global corporation as a parent company for a diversity of other products.The following year, Enrico was responsible for spinning off the company s fast-food division into Tricon Global Restaurants now Yum!
The social media giant has announced that it is launching emoji keyword targeting for Twitter ads.A soccer ball icon to mark the kickoff of a Euro 2016 match you re excited about could lead to an advert from a sports brand.As Twitter states in the blog post announcing the feature, over 110 billion emojis have been tweeted since 2014.Meaning — from a marketing perspective — the possibilities are truly endless.Advertisers who are interested in the new targeting options will work with Twitter s official Ads API application programming interface partners, who include AdParlor, Amobee, HYFN, Perion, SocialCode, and 4C.Just in time for World Emoji Day on July 17, we re excited to announce the availability of emoji keyword targeting for Twitter Ads, states Twitter product manager, Neil Shah.
Here are the brands we suspect will use Twitter's emoji targeting, and which emojis they'll target against.EmojisEmojis have grown incredibly popular, especially with brands, so it's no surprise that Twitter recently introduced the ability for its advertisers to target users who recently used an emoji.Ostensibly, if someone tweets using the painted nails emoji, OPI or Essie might now target that user with its beauty ads.With this in mind, we thought we'd look at some of the most popular emojis, and which brands would be smart to advertise against them.First, the more obvious opportunitiesTaco:Taco Bell, Chipotle, McDonald'sPizza: Pizza Hut, Domino's, Papa John'sCoffee: Dunkin' Donuts, Starbucks, PeetsBeer: Uber, Budweiser, LyftPopcorn: Movie theaters AMC, Loews, Regal Painted Nails/Lips: OPI, Essie, MaybellineBride, ring: The Knot, Wedding Wire, David's BridalThe FacesThinking Face: Amazon, New York Times, GoogleHeart Eyes: Kay Jewelers, Russell Stover Candies, Buy Buy BabySunglasses Face: Sands, Ray Bans, CoppertoneJoy Face/Crying From Laughing: Movie Studios, Comedy Central, KleenexPraying Hands: Catholic Church, StubHub, state lotteryStressed Face: Massage Envy, ESPN, Kaplan SAT PrepMoney Face: H Block, Turbotax, VanguardThe Abstract100: Texas Instruments, DJ Khaled, Nabisco 100 SnacksEggplant: Durex, Trojan, Pure Romance, PornHubPoop: Charmin, Huggies, Seventh GenerationThunderstorm: Delta, American Airlines, OTAs Travelocity, Expedia, Orbitz Fire: DJ Khaled, Buffalo Wild Wings, Audio TechnicaAmerican Flag: Budweiser, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton
Promobot An autonomous robot escaped its testing grounds and caused all sorts of traffic havoc in Perm, Russia.Some time during its run-of-the-mill testing, the robot escaped through gates that an engineer forgot to close, Promobot wrote in a blog post on its website.The robot managed to roll roughly 165 feet from the testing grounds where it held up traffic for 40 minutes.It's a pretty hilarious scenario to imagine - a robot causing massive disruptions in the street, especially at a time where robots are trickling into our daily lives.First of all, Promobot wrote an entire blog post on the incident, the first sentence of which reminds readers the presentations of the Promobot will start this fall.The post also ends with Promobot noting it's considering an appearance at Tech Crunch Disrupt in September 2016 to show of its latest robot.
"We are going to be the Amazon of food," said Zume's co-founder and executive chairman, Alex Garden.Before that, he was a general manager of Microsoft's Xbox Live.In October, Zume began working closely with Swiss robot maker, ABB, and a global crew of mechanical, electrical and software engineers.The decorated pies are then scooped off the belt by a 5-foot tall grey automaton, Bruno, who places each in an 850-degree oven.Last month, Pizza Hut Asia partnered with Mastercard and Softbank to develop a robotic cashier, named Pepper, which uses artificial intelligence to interact with customers.The 3-foot, four-wheeled machine--it looks like a photocopier on wheels-- can make deliveries up to 6 miles, said a company spokeswoman.
Google is interested in building robots to work in factories, according to a patent awarded to the tech giant Friday.US Patent and Trademark Office The patent, first spotted by Quartz's Mike Murphy, outlines a way to make sure the robots aren't overloaded with cargo that may restrict the machine's movements or fall off altogether.As we reported last month, Toyota is in final talks to acquire Boston Dynamics.While Google may be trying to get rid of some of its robotic companies, it's still actively investing in some areas of robotics.For example, the tech giant is interested in delivery drones and robots, as part of its Project Wing division.Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.More from Tech Insider:President Obama hints at supporting unconditional free money because of a looming robot takeover7 simple tips for charging your iPhone as quickly as possibleThe five biggest differences between the original Xbox One and the new Xbox One9 of the most surreal UFO documents from the CIA archiveSunscreen does expire — here's when to toss the bottleNOW WATCH: Pizza Hut is using this robot to wait tables in SingaporeLoading video...
Cozmo is a new consumer-grade robot, intended for children age seven and up as well as kids at heart, that combines animation and artificial intelligence to generate the personality of something you'd see on the big screen.Two arms hang in front of his face, allowing the robot to pick up objects and interact with his environment.Cozmo stores these metrics and uses them to identify people he's met before.Though that information is stored in the robot's hardware or "Cozmo's brain," as Tappeiner says , most of the processing happens inside the user's phone, which connects to Cozmo via Bluetooth.The robot's battery lasts for 90 minutes of playtime and charges in six to eight minutes.AnkiThe first time I met Cozmo in Anki's headquarters, he asked me through a notification on the app to play a game called "tap-tap," which involved tapping small white "power cubes" when they lit up at the same time.He celebrated with a victory dance, swinging his arms overhead and chanting a conga-line beat.Tappeiner explains that Cozmo remembers how long it's been since someone has played with him.And Anki hired former Pixar animators, including legend Carlos Baena, whose credits include "The Incredibles," "WALL-E," "Finding Nemo," and "Ratatouille."Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Update: Our Fitbit Blaze review has been updated to include information about the adjustment to sleep quality mode and its latest competitor, Samsung Gear Fit 2.However, there was also the kerfuffle over the Fitbit Force causing rashes, and later reports of the same issues in small quantities with the Charge and Surge iterations.That's the cheaper end of the smartwatch price scale, considering the likes of the Apple Watch will cost you US$549.99 £339, AU$735 or more.But this is still one of the more expensive Fitbit products, only just beaten for price by the US$250 £200, AU$350 fitness-focused Fitbit Surge.The Fitbit Blaze has already proved a controversial product, with the design attracting criticism.For some reason, Fitbit has decided to go for a square screen here though – I feel it would have been better if Fitbit had used a round display, like on the Moto 360.
When Facebook launched its chatbot platform three months ago, the immediate hype was soon burst by a series of articles about how useless the first wave of bots were.But slowly and surely, a massive wave of tens of thousands of developers and bigger companies have hatched bots that actually do real, meaningful things — from getting health tips from doctors, to getting personalized help with travel plans.At next week s MobileBeat 2016 event on July 12-13, we ll showcase a critical mass of bot activity.Once and for, it ll prove that bots are coming in a big way.Bottom line: Companies have to figure out what their bot strategy is.And this includes not only text-based bots on Facebook, but voice-based bots on platforms like Amazon and Siri.Let s start with Facebook s initial launch partners in April.There were many — including players like Shopify, Expedia, and Fandango.But most of them didn t actually have live bots ready to go when Facebook launched the platform.
When you have a craving for pizza, it doesn t matter how you get it, you just need it fast.Pizza Hut is aiming to make that as easy as possible, and has announced a bot that makes ordering pizza as simple as chatting with someone, or something, on Facebook.The goal of the bot is not only to make ordering pizza easier, but also to help improve accuracy, and eliminate wait times.The new Pizza Hut social ordering platform is another example of making it easy for our customer to order their favorites from Pizza Hut, said Pizza Hut chief digital officer Baron Concors at the MobileBeat 2016 conference.We are constantly pursuing ways to simplify our ordering experience.This platform allows our consumers to quickly order or get information where they are already spending a great deal of their time.
Domino s has some new competition when it comes to artificial intelligence and pizza cravings.Pizza Hut — the largest pizza chain in the world, based on orders and deliveries — today announced a new chatbot that works within Facebook Messenger and on Twitter.It s part of a massive roll-out the company is calling social media ordering, and it s run mostly by bots.Baron Concors, chief digital officer at Pizza Hut, demonstrated the chatbot at MobileBeat 2016 during a session on chatbot innovations.The new bot can handle pizza and other food delivery orders from customers who have Pizza Hut accounts, streamlining the process, improving accuracy, and eliminating wait-times.The new Pizza Hut social ordering platform is another example of making it easy for our customer to order their favorites from Pizza Hut, said Concors.We are constantly pursuing ways to simplify our ordering experience.This platform allows our consumers to quickly order or get information where they are already spending a great deal of their time.
Google is making things a little better for Project Fi users who often travel abroad by adding a network in some European and Asian countries.Whether you re hunting for deals on this hallowed Amazon Prime Day or hunting for Pokemon, better cell service is always good news.Google is adding the Three network to Project Fi.You likely haven t heard of Three but it s good news for international travelers; Three provides coverage in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Austria Denmark, Hong Kong, and Indonesia.You ll soon be able to order from Pizza Hut through Facebook Messenger and Twitter.They re working with a tech company that specializes in conversational commerce to develop a variety of new ways to order pizza.
Pizza Hut has announced chatbots for both Facebook Messenger and Twitter; with them, social media users can view current deals, ask questions, and more.The chatbots were introduced at the 2016 Venture Beat MobileBeat Conference in San Francisco recently, and they ll be rolling out to the public this upcoming fall.This makes Pizza Hut the latest national pizza chain to embrace messaging technology; Domino's rolled out something similar not too long ago with emoji ordering.Chatbots are bots in various chatting platforms — Facebook Messenger is particularly popular in this regard — that allow users to interact with them in certain conversational ways.The Pizza Hut chatbot is no exception; to see deals, for example, a Twitter or Messenger user can type deals and get a response back with the store s current promos.For those located in the U.S., the chatbot will allow them to place orders that have been saved in their account, as well as orders that have been favorited.