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Technologies like A.I., blockchain and drones ‘majorly’ disrupting insurance industry, report says

Technologies like A.I., blockchain and drones ‘majorly’ disrupting insurance industry, report says

Finance
Insurance firms are facing increasing competitive pressure on all fronts due to the emergence of a number of insurance technology (insurtech) start-ups, according to a report.With the integration of technologies like artificial intelligence, blockchain and drones entering the insurance mix, the sector is being forced to rethink its model.The World Insurance Report, published Wednesday by consulting giant Capgemini and non-profit industry body Efma, found that nearly one third (31.4%) of customers relied on insurtech solutions - either exclusively or in combination with an established insurance company."Customers are seeking more digital touch points for convenience, as customers experience in their daily lives that degree of personalization," Keith Webb, vice president at Capgemini and co-...
Girls, guitars and sexism in the music industry

Girls, guitars and sexism in the music industry

Entertainment
Mercury shortlisted guitar group The Big Moon are sick of the music industry putting everyone in boxes.Guitarist Soph Nathann says: "Because there's not enough [women] out there it's like a separate genre - rock, pop, then women!"I catch up with the guitar band - whose album Love in the 4th Dimension made the Mercury shortlist for 2017 - just before they take to the stage for the Reading leg of the Reading and Leeds Festivals.They are one of just a handful of all-female bands to make it onto the bill.Video:Is rock really only for the boys?Bassist Celia Archer says it's something most female rock groups have come to accept: "Society is still generally sexist, it's ingrained. It's such an entrenched problem but hopefully it's slowly getting better."This year, embarrassed festival organisers ...
Trends in the Dieting Industry: A New Twist on the Personal-Chef Scene

Trends in the Dieting Industry: A New Twist on the Personal-Chef Scene

Health
More and more people are hiring personal chefs to tailor meals to their specific health needs. In fact, some 70,000 Americans are already getting such help, says the American Personal Chef Institute and Association (APCA), and many are doing it more affordably than you might think possible.Take Sarah Buller, for example. A 39-year-old TV marketing executive in New York, she needed help during the complete-bed-rest final trimester of her pregnancy. Chef Donna Mintz cooking helped her get through, and even slim down after the baby arrived. “She knew what my goals and issues were, the same way a personal trainer would,” Buller says. (And its no accident, given that Mintz doubles as a trainer with her company, Basil & Barbells.)But the real takeaway for Buller was that Mintz taught her how