Weekly Roundup #5: Gloo acquisition, Facebook Ebola donation, Amazon’s Echo and Transparent cars

Welcome to our Weekly Roundup, our weekly podcast that discusses tech trends, innovation and news. Joining this podcast edition is almost everyone from the Burn Media group.

One of South Africa’s most popular digital agencies recently merged with Ogilvy & Mather. We discus what this means for the industry and why it’s important. We also chat about Facebook’s new-found agenda to fight Ebola, Amazon’s latest gadget — a Bluetooth speaker which is also a virtual assistant, and finally, we take look at the awesomeness that is the new ‘transparent’ car project from Japan.

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It’s been on the tip of everyone’s tongues, though was only confirmed this week. Gloo has over the past decade won a bunch of prestigious awards showcasing its incredible talent in the digital space. Stuart Thomas gives us the low-down about the latest acquisition.

Whether out of an intrinsic need to save the planet from total chaos, or a very smooth business play, Facebook recently launch its campaign against Ebola — the deadly virus which has lead to over 10 000 reports recorded globally thus far.

Yes, Amazon launched another gadget. And while we were all exceptionally excited about its previous products — like the Fire TV, the Fire Phone — none of them were real successes. The flagship smartphone, in fact, was dubbed a flop. What does this new Siri-like Bluetooth speaker mean for the massive ecommerce tech giant.

A transparent car. Well, close to. Using a projector, a Mac and some other nifty tools, a pair of Japanese students have developed a contraption which allows the driver to look through the back and sides of his or her vehicle. 21st century guys!

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