How autonomous vehicles could lead to more jobs in Detroit


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As autonomous vehicles make their way out of the pages of science fiction and onto the highways of the real world, the question remains exactly what type of impact this emerging technology will have on the workforce in Detroit.

In the city of Detroit, a city known for being the backbone of America’s auto industry, over 25% of its households do not own an automobile. To make matters worse, its public transportation system is described as one of the worst in the country. This makes going to and from work difficult, if not impossible for many of that city’s citizens.

Ready access to reliable transportation is essential to maintaining employment. If you live in the suburbs or just outside of the regular routes of the city’s bus lines, this is problematic.

Autonomous vehicles open the doors to more people in more areas gaining access to easy transportation. Commercial services like Continue reading “How autonomous vehicles could lead to more jobs in Detroit”

The Cancer Moonshot needs a heavy dose of computational infrastructure


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Lung cancer cell Top cancer researchers recently reported their findings and recommendations to President Obama and Vice President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot task force. All 10 recommendations in the report heavily concentrate on enabling computational infrastructure, and included these key words: sharing data, engaging patients, precision medicine, genetic understanding, interdisciplinary, ecosystem and… Read More

Smart dog collars could be the next big thing in wearables


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The wearables industry has been primarily focused on building devices for humans, but that could change in the next few years, if the excitement over dog wearables with the Link AKC is any indicator.

The smart collar, designed in collaboration with the American Kennel Club (AKC), comes packed with features you would find on a normal human wearable, including a fitness tracker and step count.

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The fitness tracker offers analysis on the dog’s activity level and length. It also breaks down the activity by breed, so there will be varied amounts of daily exercise, depending on the needs of your dog.

Link AKC also comes with a few features built specifically for dogs, like a temperature tracker that warns you when the dog is too hot or too cold. Owners can also create a ‘virtual fence’, and will notify you Continue reading “Smart dog collars could be the next big thing in wearables”

Honest Co. is reformulating its soaps after ingredients controversy


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Jessica Alba of The Honest Company The consumer products startup founded by Jessica Alba, The Honest Co., on Friday told the Wall Street Journal that it plans to reformulate its dish soap, laundry detergent and other cleaners after an earlier controversy over their ingredients.
The Honest Co. markets its products as gentler, healthier and more environmentally sustainable than those of mainstream brands in the U.S.
However… Read More

Meerkat, star app of 2015, is officially dead


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mk Remember Meerkat? It came out of nowhere in early 2015 — a star of SXSW, in particular — and was on everyone’s tongue for weeks. Then came Periscope, a strikingly similar competitor built mostly in stealth mode, and word that Twitter had acquired it for nearly $100 million dollars before much of the world even knew it existed. Suddenly, interest in Meerkat fizzled. A year and… Read More

Here’s how you can stop jumping back and forth between Google’s calendar and map apps


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Google Brings Quirk And Clout To New DC Digs Logistics are difficult, especially when every day you’re trying to keep track of 9 meetings, 13 phone calls, a dinner, a post dinner, and a post post dinner. In a new update, Google has decided to do its part to make daily logistics easier by more fully integrating its Maps and Calendar offerings for Android users worldwide. Now, when you open up Google Maps, you’ll be able to… Read More

How to get CxOs to buy into your IoT project


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The IoT (Internet of Things) age is upon us. The media tends to focus on consumer-centric examples like self-driving cars and programmable home thermostats, but IoT’s impact arguably is greater in B2B markets. IoT tools and technologies already are transforming global supply chains, simplifying water management systems, and even optimizing niche industries like oyster farming.

It’s no longer an issue about whether organizations will join the so-called “connected age.” We’re getting to the point where not using IoT is akin to using an abacus to manage payroll. IoT technologies have the potential to boost revenues, boost productivity and improve scalability – and give you that competitive advantage to make your business better.

Few C-levels would argue against the benefits IoT technologies can provide. However, when confronted with a specific IoT proposal, they may balk if you fail to articulate how your project will benefit them.

Therefore, you

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Twitch announces Twitch Prime, Loyalty Badges, and video uploads


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twitch Twitch, the video game live streaming service acquired by Amazon for nearly a billion dollars back in 2014, kicked off its annual TwitchCon conference this afternoon with a keynote. With keynotes generally come a bit of news… and sure enough, here’s whats new: Twitch Prime: As we scooped right before the Keynote, Twitch officially confirmed TwitchPrime. Included for free for… Read More

Rosetta goes out in a blaze of glory — and science


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rosetta-homepage Let’s all take a moment and pour one out metaphorically for Rosetta, the pioneering spacecraft that gave our newly spacefaring race its first comet landing. The orbiter performed its final task early this morning, making a controlled crash into the comet’s surface, destroying itself in the process but gathering valuable data down to the last minute. Read More

Apple is screwing up HomeKit; here’s how they can fix it


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homekit-glitched The real magic of the Internet of Things happens when devices work together. It will be magic when Siri, on your iPhone, can adjust your thermostat or confirm you locked the back door; when your door lock can tell your sound system you’re home and start the music. That’s not the reality we live in, because most devices can’t talk to each other. Without a common language,… Read More

Nutanix up 131% on first day of trading


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NASDAQ Nutanix made its stock market debut with a bang. After pricing shares at $16, the enterprise data storage company saw 131% gains on its first day of trading.
With clients like Toyota and Best Buy, Nutanix aims to make it easier for businesses to manage their data centers. Its cloud offerings are making infrastructure “invisible, so the businesses can focus on applications and… Read More

Twitch appears to be getting its own version of Amazon Prime, called “Twitch Prime”


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twitch-prime It appears that Twitch-integrated games are not the only thing Amazon has been working on with the live-streaming site it owns. A small number of Twitch users are now reporting seeing a new section called “Twitch Prime” pop up in their profiles. According to a banner ad spotted by one user, Twitch Prime will include perks like “free loot every month,” as well as… Read More