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The Edit – 07.07.17

Welcome to the Nelson Bostock Unlimited EDIT, our Friday afternoon newsletter packed with all the weird and wonderful things we’ve discussed, admired and frequented this week.

What’s caught our eye…

The robots are taking over. It was announced this week that the Press Association has won a grant of £621,000 to run a news service whose content is entirely by computers, with the aid of a few human journalists. The grant came from the Google Digital News initiative and will be used by PA to set up RADAR (Reporters And Data And Robots). The idea is that the service will help to fill the need for local, community based, news. An area which is under-served and has been badly hit by cuts to local newspapers. Radar will produce thousands of stories every month and intends to create “a stream of compelling local stories for hundreds of media outlets”.

What’s trending…

Struggling U.S. wearables outfit Jawbone has reportedly gone into liquidation. The company, once valued at an eye watering $3 billion, won acclaim for the design of its products and leveraging market trends, such as digital music, streaming and wearable technology. The 18 year old firm had been struggling for a little while, as its UP wristbands faced growing competition from Fitbit and Huami. Smartwatches from Apple and Samsung hitting the shelves compounded its woes. The 18 year old company is one of the most prominent of Silicon Valley’s so-called unicorns to collapse.

What we’ve been up to…

On Wednesday the 5th of July, the Canon Pro IG were at Pop Brixton for the latest phase of the Wider Image campaign. The London urban art exhibition was about Canon championing photojournalist’s vital role in telling stories that need to be told. Featuring images from Paul Hackett, a Canon ambassador, which explored the trials and tribulations of grime artists in the capital. Some of the artists featured in the exhibition attended the opening and delivered an incredible performance for attendees from Canon, Reuters and the wider media. If you have time this weekend, make sure you head to Pop Brixton to check it out.

One to watch…

Camera company Red has unveiled a “holographic, virtual-augmented and mixed-reality-ready” smartphone. Dubbed the Hydrogen One, the device comes cased in aluminium or titanium and will be powered by Google’s Android operating system. Red is a completely unknown quantity in the smartphone arena, having previously built its profile by creating 8k cameras that were used on Hollywood blockbusters such as Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. Very little has been provided around the features that the Hydrogen One will offer, but it can be yours if you have the odd $1,195 – $1595 hanging around.

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