Coke adds contactless tech to Freestyle machines to meet COVID-19 challenges


  • Coca-Cola is adding contactless mobile technology to its Freestyle soda fountains to address consumer concerns around contracting the new coronavirus, according to a news release.
  • Freestyle machines’ digital screens will display a QR code that can be scanned with a smartphone to open a selection of drinks for users to choose from. The interaction does not require downloading an app, though Freestyle app users can also access the functionality and apply it to pouring pre-saved drink mixes, Coke said.
  • Coke plans to have the contactless software available in 10,000 Freestyle machines by the end of summer, and all
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Big Tech companies have got universities in their sights

“Part of our education system is doing what they need – our Caltechs and MITs and so on are doing what they need – but that’s not what most of our education system is doing,” says Richard Scott, emeritus professor of sociology at Stanford University, who co-authored a book about Silicon Valley’s relationship with the school system.

Technology has tried to intervene in education before, without the desired results. Massive open online courses (MOOCs) were heralded as the future of teaching back at the start of the last decade. But high dropout rates and low engagement put paid to that

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The tech investors still hunting for unicorns during lockdown

But Kanji remains optimistic that the UK’s strongest start-ups will weather the storm. “The upper echelon of these start-ups is still competitive – people still bid up on these things,” he says. “As long as there’s one other person who thinks there’s something big and is willing to pay up, prices tend to converge on that number.”

The impact of the expected recession on the start-up sector is unclear. Some of the world’s largest technology companies emerged after previous crises, but financial hardship is likely on the way for the fledgling, so-called “seed” start-ups.

The British Business Bank said in

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US blacklists ‘China’s MIT’ as tech war enters new phase

HONG KONG/TAIPEI — The U.S. war on Chinese technology has entered a new phase, with universities in the country added to Washington’s blacklist of tech entities.

While Chinese tech giants such as Huawei Technologies, Hikvision and SenseTime have long had restricted access to American technology, the extension of the so-called entity list to educational institutions means that the Chinese equivalent of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will now take a hit. The entity list specifies companies or organizations that require U.S. government approval before American technology can be sold or transferred to them.

The 100-year-old Harbin Institute of Technology has

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