Jul 10

Technology and Science News – ABC News

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Jul 08

The Way People Communicate Has Changed Over Time

Communicating information always has been extremely important. Throughout history, some information has had value beyond measure. The lack of information often costs huge amounts of money and, sometimes, many lives.

One example of this took place near New Orleans, Louisiana. Britain and the United States were fighting the War of Eighteen Twelve. The Battle of New Orleans is a famous battle. As in all large battles, hundreds of troops were killed or wounded.

After the battle, the Americans and the British learned there had been no need to fight. Negotiators for the United States and Britain had signed a peace treaty in the city of Ghent, Belgium, two weeks earlier. Yet news of the treaty had not reached the United States before the opposing troops met in New Orleans. The battle had been a terrible waste. People died because information about the peace treaty traveled so slowly.

From the beginning of human history, information traveled only as fast as a ship could sail. Or a horse could run. Or a person could walk.

People experimented with other ways to send messages. Some people tried using birds to carry messages. Then they discovered it was not always a safe way to send or receive information.

A faster method finally arrived with the invention of the telegraph. The first useful telegraphs were developed in Britain and the United States in the eighteen thirties.

The telegraph was the first instrument used to send information using wires and electricity. The telegraph sent messages between two places that were connected by telegraph wires. The person at one end would send the information. The second person would receive it.

Each letter of the alphabet and each number had to be sent separately by a device called a telegraph key. The second person would write each letter on a piece of paper as it was received. Here is what it sounds like. For our example we will only send you three letters: VOA. We will send it two times. Listen closely.

In the eighteen fifties, an expert with a telegraph key could send about thirty-five to forty words in a minute. It took several hours to send a lot of information. Still, the telegraph permitted people who lived in cities to communicate much faster. Telegraph lines linked large city centers. The telegraph soon had a major influence on daily life.

The telegraph provided information about everything. Governments, businesses and individuals used the telegraph to send information. At the same time, newspapers used the telegraph to get information needed to tell readers what was happening in the world. Newspapers often were printed four or five times a day as new information about important stories was received over the telegraph. The telegraph was the quickest method of sending news from one place to another.

On August fifth, eighteen fifty-eight, the first message was transmitted by a wire cable under the Atlantic Ocean. The wire linked the United States and Europe by telegraph. This meant that a terrible mistake like the battle of New Orleans would not happen again.

Reports of daily news events in Europe began to appear in American newspapers. And news of the United States appeared in European newspapers. Information now took only a matter of hours to reach most large cities in the world. This was true for the big cities linked by the telegraph. However, it was different if you lived in a small farming town, kilometers away from a large city. The news you got might be a day or two late. It took that long for you to receive your newspaper.

On November second, nineteen twenty, radio station KDKA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania broadcast the first radio program. That broadcast gave the results of a presidential election.

Within a few short years, news and information could be heard anywhere a radio broadcast could reach. Radios did not cost much. So most people owned at least one radio. Radio reporters began to speak to the public from cities where important events were taking place.

Political leaders also discovered that radio was a valuable political tool. It permitted them to talk directly to the public. If you had a radio, you did not have to wait until your newspaper arrived. You could often hear important events as they happened.

Some people learned quickly that information meant power. In the nineteen thirties, many countries began controlling information. The government of Nazi Germany is a good example.

Before and during World War Two, the government of Nazi Germany controlled all information the German people received. The government controlled all radio broadcasts and newspapers. The people of Germany only heard or read what the government wanted them to hear or read. It was illegal for them to listen to a foreign broadcast.

After World War Two, a new invention appeared — television. In industrial nations, television quickly became common in most homes. Large companies were formed to produce television programs. These companies were called networks. Networks include many television stations linked together that could broadcast the same program at the same time.

Most programs were designed to entertain people. There were movies, music programs and game programs. However, television also broadcast news and important information about world events. It broadcast some education programs, too. The number of radio and television stations around the world increased. It became harder for a dictator to control information.

In the nineteen fifties, two important events took place that greatly affected the communication of information. The first was a television broadcast that showed the East Coast and the West Coast of the United States at the same time. A cable that carried the pictures linked the two coasts. So people watching the program saw the Pacific Ocean on the left side of the screen. They saw the Atlantic Ocean on the right side of the screen.

It was not a film. People could see two reporters talk to each other even though a continent separated them. Modern technology made this possible.

The other event happened on September twenty-fifth, nineteen fifty-six. That was when the first telephone cable under the Atlantic Ocean made it possible to make direct telephone calls from the United States to Europe. Less than six years later, in July, nineteen sixty-two, the first communications satellite was placed in orbit around the Earth. The speed of information greatly increased again.

By the year nineteen hundred, big city newspapers could provide people with information that was only hours old. Now, both radio and television, with the aid of satellite communications, could provide information immediately. People who lived in a small village could listen to or watch world events as they happened.

A good example is when American astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon. Millions of people around the world watched as he carefully stepped onto the moon on July twentieth, nineteen sixty-nine.

People in large cities, small towns and villages saw the event as it was happening. There was no delay in communicating this important information.

A few years after Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon, the United States Department of Defense began an experiment. That experiment led to a system that could send huge amounts of information around the world in seconds. Experts called it the beginning of the Information Age. The story of that experiment will be our report next week on EXPLORATIONS.

Jul 07

Scientific Management in 21st Century

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Scientific Management in 21st Century

 by: Sean Priestley

It is not difficult to find examples of Scientific Management in the 21st Century; the car and computer manufacturing plants, the work environments we go to everyday, the hospitals we are treated in and even some of the restaurants we might eat in, – almost all of them function more efficiently due to the application of Scientific Management. In fact, these methods of working seem so commonplace and so logical to a citizen of the modern world that it is almost impossible to accept that they were revolutionary only 100 years ago.

Although Scientific Management does play an important role in the 21st century, it is necessary to note that this method of management contains weaknesses that limit its influence in current work environments, and consequently not all of its tenants are applicable to modern organizations. Scientific Management is perhaps best seen as an evolutionary stage in management ever developing history. This essay will attempt to highlight both the strengths and weaknesses of Scientific Management in context of the 21st century through examination of its application in several modern organizations.

Scientific Management was developed in the first quarter of the 20th Century; its father is commonly accepted to be F.W. Taylor, although some variations of the theory have been developed by Gantt and Gilbreth. Taylor recognized labor productivity was largely inefficient due to a workforce that functioned by “rules of thumb,” and a mentality that equated increased productivity with a cutting down of the labor force. Against the backdrop of Bethlehem Steel plant, Taylor carried out studies to insure that factual scientific knowledge would replace the traditional “rules of thumb”. The backbone of this activity was his “Time And Motion Study”, as Dale explains, “Taylor employed a young man to analyze all the operations and the motions performed in each and to time the motions with a stopwatch. From knowing how long it took actually to perform each of the elements in each job, it would be possible…to determine a really “fair days work” (Dale 1963, p. 155.).

Through this study, Taylor could see that work was more efficient when broken down into its constituent parts, and the management, planning, and decision-making functions have been developed elsewhere. Taylor viewed the majority of workers as ill educated and unfit to make important decisions, this is illustrated in the following quotation, “One of the very first requirements for a man who is fit to handle pig iron as a regular occupation is that he shall be so stupid and so phlegmatic that he more nearly resembles […] the ox… Therefore the workman…is unable to understand the real science of doing this class of work” (Taylor 1998, p. 28).

Taylor’s implementation of scientific fact did not stop there; he had also studied the equipment workmen used appropriating the correct scientific design for the task at hand, these insured workers neither over-worked nor under-worked themselves. Furthermore, workers were scientifically selected resulting in workers performing tasks they were biologically able to cope with, and tasks that equaled their skill. Taylor (and later Gant) drove this system by incentivying workers with money.

Taylor’s system insured the most efficient way would be used by all workers, therefore making the work process standard. Invariably managers found that maximal efficiency was achieved by a subdivision of labor. This subdivision entailed breaking the workers tasks into smaller and smaller parts; in short, “specifying not only what is to be done but how it is to be done and the exact time allowed for doing it” (Taylor 1998, p. 17). George Ritzer in his book “The McDonaldization of Society” notes a similar philosophy in a McDonalds staff manua, “It told operators… precise cooking times for all products and temperature settings for all equipment…It specified that French fries be cut at nine-thirty-seconds thick…Grill men…were instructed to put hamburgers down on the grill moving left to right, creating six rows of six patties each” (Ritzer 2000, p. 38).

In many ways McDonalds is the archetypical example of an organization employing Scientific Management in production. Within this restaurant chain, uniformity is complete; no matter what country you are in every branch of McDonalds is the same, as are the methods used to prepare food, clean floors, promote staff and lock up on closing. It is this ability to efficiently supply standard food and service throughout the world that has allowed McDonalds to become the biggest restaurant chain on the planet (Peters and Waterman 1982, p. 173-174).

A theory, whose roots are based on the scientific management model is Fordism. This theory refers to the application of Henry Ford’s faith in mass production (Marcouse, 1996). The theory combined the idea of the moving assembly line together with Taylor’s systems of division of labor and piece rate payment. With Fordism, jobs are automated or broken down into unskilled or semi-skilled tasks. The pace of the continuous flow assembly line dictates work. Although Ford pioneered production in the assembly of consumer goods, such as cars, his theory retained the faults of Taylor’s. Autocratic management ensures a high division of labor in order to effectively run mass production; this leads to little workplace democracy and alienation. Equally, with emphasis on the continuous flow of the assembly line, machinery is given more importance than workers. Nonetheless, a retained benefit of Taylor’s work is the piece rate payment system. Workers are driven by financial motivation; being given a consolation of high wages while employers maintain control over the workforce.

The antithesis of scientific management is the human relations movement established by Elton Mayo. The model is based on the research undertaken by Mayo at the Hawthorne electrical components factory between 1927 and 1932. Mayo followed Taylor’s methods and was attempting to measure the impact on productivity of improving the lighting conditions within the factory. He followed Taylor’s scientific principles by testing the changes against a control, a section of the factory with unchanged lighting (Kelly 1982).

The benefits of scientific management lie within its ability to coordinate a mutual relationship between employers and workers. The theory provides a company with the focus to organize its structure in order to meet the objectives of both the employer and employee. At the time of its inception, Taylor found that the firms who introduced scientific management as he prescribed it became the world’s most meticulously organized corporations (Nelson, 1980). Scientific management also provides a company with the means to achieve economies of scale. This phenomenon occurs because the theory stresses efficiency and the need to eliminate waste. Managers are given the duty to identify ways in which costs can be accounted for precisely, which leads to a division of labor and a specialization amongst staff, thus allowing each employee to become highly effective at carrying out their limited task. Consequently, firms will have in place efficient production methods and techniques. Another benefit of scientific management for a company adopting it is that it will obtain full control of its workforce. Management can dictate the desired minimum output to be produced and, with a piece rate payment system in place, can be guaranteed workers will produce the required amount.

Scientific Management, however, is an incomplete system. What is seen in both the Bethlehem Steel plant under Taylor’s management in 1911, and in every McDonalds restaurant in the World now is a “deskilling” of labor. As jobs are broken down into their constituent elements, and workers tasks are made easier, humans become little more than “machines” in the chain. Their cognitive input is not required and their motions do little to develop themselves; it is here that we touch upon the first problem Scientific Management faces in the 21st Century.

In today’s society the average intelligence of employees has sharply risen; people have been made aware of their value as human beings and any process by which this status is challenged is considered self-depreciating. People are no longer content to receive only fiscal reward for their tasks. Under Taylor’s Scientific Management system workers were viewed as working solely for economic reward. In current organizations, on the other hand, it has been recognized that productivity and success is not just obtained by controlling all factors in the work place, but by contributing to the social well-being and development of the individual employee.

The negative aspects of scientific management are apparent when evaluating the treatment of employees and with the problems that arise from the piece rate payment system. At the beginning of the twentieth century, Taylor’s methods for managing the workers were not completely adhered to. Thousands of plants introduced elements of scientific management, but few firms created formal planning departments or issued instruction cards to machine workers in fear of alienating the workforce (Nelson, 1980). The principals of scientific management are unquestionably authoritarian in that they assume decision-making is best kept at the top of the organization because there exists a lack of trust in the competence of the employees. Taylor believed productivity and efficiency would both rise if there were a division between workers and experts, and contended that almost every act of the workman should be preceded by one or more preparatory acts of the management. He also reasoned that each person must be taught daily by those who are over them (1998). This style of management can be the catalyst for causing anti-motivation and dissatisfaction amongst employees. If workers feel as though they are being treated without due respect, many may become disenchanted with the company and refuse to work to their maximum potential. Similarly, the piece rate payment system may cause the employer to encounter the problem of encouraging staff to concentrate on quantity at the expense of quality.

Higher levels of access to technology and information as well as increased competition present another difficulty to theory of Scientific Management being applied to organizations in the 21st Century. Modern organizations process huge amounts of input, and employees no longer work in isolated units cut off from the organization at large, but are quite literally connected to it. Satellite link-ups and the Internet provide organizations with thousands of bytes of information everyday, enabling companies to work on a global scale and within never shortening time frames. Delivery times, information gathering, data processing and manufacturing techniques are constantly becoming more technologically advanced and efficient.

Alongside this rapid technological growth organizations are finding it increasingly important to react quickly to developments that may affect their welfare. Managers recognize they are unable to control all aspects of employee’s functions, as the sheer layers of information factored into everyday decisions are so high that it is imperative employees use their own initiative. High competition between organizations also means that companies must react fast to maintain market positions. All of these forces modern companies to maintain high levels of flexibility.

In the era during whichScientific Management was developed each worker had a specific task that he or she had to perform with little or no real explanation of why, or what part it plays in the organization as a whole. In this day and age it is virtually impossible to find an employee in the developed world who is not aware of what his or her organization stands for, what their business strategy is, how they are faring, and what their job means to the company as a whole. Organizations actively encourage employees to know about their company and to work across departments, insuring that communication at all levels is mixed and (what is becoming even more popular today) informal. This phenomenon means that, for example, in companies such as EXXON scientists, marketers and manufacturers are all constantly aware of one another’s activities (Peters & Waterman 1982, p. 218).

Another weakness in Scientific Management theory is that it can lead to workers becoming too highly specialized therefore hindering their adaptability to new situations, in the 21st Century employers not only want workers to be efficient they must also exhibit flexibility.

However, it can be reasoned that scientific management is still a relevant concept for understanding contemporary work organizations. Scientific management has proved it has a place in a post-industrial economy and within work organizations, albeit in a hybrid form with the human relations model. This is because scientific management allows a company to control its workforce through a series of measures that guarantees them the desired levels of productivity and efficiency. In spite of this guarantee, the model, as Taylor prescribed it, also manages to alienate the workforce and cause dissatisfaction due to the authoritarian structure of the role of management. The human relations model adds a new dimension to scientific management as it allows management to work on the same principles as Taylor approved, such as time and motion studies, while also serving to fulfill employees’ social needs at the same time.

In conclusion, it can be seen that Scientific Management is still very much a part of any organization in the 21st Century. Its strengths in creating a divide between management functions and work functions have been employed widely at all levels and in all industries. In addition its strengths in making organizations efficient through replacement of “rules of thumb” with scientific fact has both insured its widespread application and ironically bred the conditions that make it less applicable to modern organizations. Now that all modern organizations work on a factual basis and all of them have managerial and employee structures competition is controlled by other factors outside the realms of Scientific Management. Modern organizations rank humanistic factors such as employee initiative, loyalty and adaptability alongside efficiency. For this reason, Taylor’s claim that workers are solely concerned with monetary reward and that every facet of work needs to be controlled from above seems outmoded, untrue, and impractical.

It is perhaps then better to accept that as a complete theory Scientific Management is not visible in modern organizations, however, elements of it are so relevant that they have become deeply ingrained in all modern organizations and are the very reasons why management has taken on new dimension in the 21st Century.

Bibliography

1. Dale, Ernest. (1973), Management, Theory & Practice. McGraw-Hill Publication.

2. Kelly, John. (1982), Scientific Management, Job Redesign, & Work Performance. Academic Press.

3. Marcouse, I. et al. (1996), The Complete A-Z Business Studies Handbook, Hodder & Stoughton.

4. Nelson, David. (1980), Frederick W Taylor and the Rise of Scientific Management. The University of Wisconsin Press.

5. Peters, Tom & Waterman, Robert. (1988) In Search Of Excellence. Harper & Row Publications.

6. Ritzer, George. (2000) The McDonaldization Of Society. Sage Publications Inc.

7. Sheldrake, John. (2003), Management Theory. Second Edition. Thomson Publications.

8. Taylor, Frederic. (1998), The Principles of Scientific Management. Re-Published. Originally published in 1911. Dover Publications.

About The Author

Sean Priestley is the manager and the chief writer of the NeWavEssays custom writing company ( http://newavessays.com ). He wrote over a thosuand of articles on various topics, including advanced statistics and calculus, and has also helped hundreds of students all over the world.

This article was posted on November 07, 2005

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Jul 06

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7 ultimate tactical graduation gifts

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The Way People Communicate Has Changed Over Time

Communicating information always has been extremely important. Throughout history, some information has had value beyond measure. The lack of information often costs huge amounts of money and, sometimes, many lives.

One example of this took place near New Orleans, Louisiana. Britain and the United States were fighting the War of Eighteen Twelve. The Battle of New Orleans is a famous battle. As in all large battles, hundreds of troops were killed or wounded.

After the battle, the Americans and the British learned there had been no need to fight. Negotiators for the United States and Britain had signed a peace treaty in the city of Ghent, Belgium, two weeks earlier. Yet news of the treaty had not reached the United States before the opposing troops met in New Orleans. The battle had been a terrible waste. People died because information about the peace treaty traveled so slowly.

From the beginning of human history, information traveled only as fast as a ship could sail. Or a horse could run. Or a person could walk.

People experimented with other ways to send messages. Some people tried using birds to carry messages. Then they discovered it was not always a safe way to send or receive information.

A faster method finally arrived with the invention of the telegraph. The first useful telegraphs were developed in Britain and the United States in the eighteen thirties.

The telegraph was the first instrument used to send information using wires and electricity. The telegraph sent messages between two places that were connected by telegraph wires. The person at one end would send the information. The second person would receive it.

Each letter of the alphabet and each number had to be sent separately by a device called a telegraph key. The second person would write each letter on a piece of paper as it was received. Here is what it sounds like. For our example we will only send you three letters: VOA. We will send it two times. Listen closely.

In the eighteen fifties, an expert with a telegraph key could send about thirty-five to forty words in a minute. It took several hours to send a lot of information. Still, the telegraph permitted people who lived in cities to communicate much faster. Telegraph lines linked large city centers. The telegraph soon had a major influence on daily life.

The telegraph provided information about everything. Governments, businesses and individuals used the telegraph to send information. At the same time, newspapers used the telegraph to get information needed to tell readers what was happening in the world. Newspapers often were printed four or five times a day as new information about important stories was received over the telegraph. The telegraph was the quickest method of sending news from one place to another.

On August fifth, eighteen fifty-eight, the first message was transmitted by a wire cable under the Atlantic Ocean. The wire linked the United States and Europe by telegraph. This meant that a terrible mistake like the battle of New Orleans would not happen again.

Reports of daily news events in Europe began to appear in American newspapers. And news of the United States appeared in European newspapers. Information now took only a matter of hours to reach most large cities in the world. This was true for the big cities linked by the telegraph. However, it was different if you lived in a small farming town, kilometers away from a large city. The news you got might be a day or two late. It took that long for you to receive your newspaper.

On November second, nineteen twenty, radio station KDKA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania broadcast the first radio program. That broadcast gave the results of a presidential election.

Within a few short years, news and information could be heard anywhere a radio broadcast could reach. Radios did not cost much. So most people owned at least one radio. Radio reporters began to speak to the public from cities where important events were taking place.

Political leaders also discovered that radio was a valuable political tool. It permitted them to talk directly to the public. If you had a radio, you did not have to wait until your newspaper arrived. You could often hear important events as they happened.

Some people learned quickly that information meant power. In the nineteen thirties, many countries began controlling information. The government of Nazi Germany is a good example.

Before and during World War Two, the government of Nazi Germany controlled all information the German people received. The government controlled all radio broadcasts and newspapers. The people of Germany only heard or read what the government wanted them to hear or read. It was illegal for them to listen to a foreign broadcast.

After World War Two, a new invention appeared — television. In industrial nations, television quickly became common in most homes. Large companies were formed to produce television programs. These companies were called networks. Networks include many television stations linked together that could broadcast the same program at the same time.

Most programs were designed to entertain people. There were movies, music programs and game programs. However, television also broadcast news and important information about world events. It broadcast some education programs, too. The number of radio and television stations around the world increased. It became harder for a dictator to control information.

In the nineteen fifties, two important events took place that greatly affected the communication of information. The first was a television broadcast that showed the East Coast and the West Coast of the United States at the same time. A cable that carried the pictures linked the two coasts. So people watching the program saw the Pacific Ocean on the left side of the screen. They saw the Atlantic Ocean on the right side of the screen.

It was not a film. People could see two reporters talk to each other even though a continent separated them. Modern technology made this possible.

The other event happened on September twenty-fifth, nineteen fifty-six. That was when the first telephone cable under the Atlantic Ocean made it possible to make direct telephone calls from the United States to Europe. Less than six years later, in July, nineteen sixty-two, the first communications satellite was placed in orbit around the Earth. The speed of information greatly increased again.

By the year nineteen hundred, big city newspapers could provide people with information that was only hours old. Now, both radio and television, with the aid of satellite communications, could provide information immediately. People who lived in a small village could listen to or watch world events as they happened.

A good example is when American astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon. Millions of people around the world watched as he carefully stepped onto the moon on July twentieth, nineteen sixty-nine.

People in large cities, small towns and villages saw the event as it was happening. There was no delay in communicating this important information.

A few years after Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon, the United States Department of Defense began an experiment. That experiment led to a system that could send huge amounts of information around the world in seconds. Experts called it the beginning of the Information Age. The story of that experiment will be our report next week on EXPLORATIONS.

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With rapid advancements in mobile technology, it seems that the day is not far when this technology will take the world by surprise.

We are yet to see the differences that technology can make to our lives. Working from home & geographically spread out locations is becoming an upcoming trend with developments in laptop, mobile & wireless technologies. Such advancements in technology are the result of deep knitted integration between different technologies & devices. 3G technology is becoming older with other disruptive technologies in the pipeline. This was slower & more expensive with speed varying between 400Kbit/sec. and 700Kbit/sec. this will soon change with launch of new Wi Max technology. It will bring a revolutionary change in wireless broadband. Its speed will lie between 2Mbit/sec & 4Mbit/sec. Also it will be offered at a price point that matches that of cable access & is cheaper than 3G technologies to offer more competitive advantage. These advancements in technology will have severe implications on corporates, entrepreneurs, and students & will touch every aspect of mankind. Close to 8% of businessmen who remain on the move have chucked out their desktops & operate only through their smart phones or laptops.

As larger screens in PDAs & mobile phones are becoming more popular, there is increasing scope for marketers to go in for advertising through SMS, picture messages & interactive advertising. World is also getting better connected due to advancements in technology that supports social networking. Face book, orkut, linkedIn & many other portals are becoming famous places for social interaction. Software are being developed which will allow make interaction through these sites much more interactive & at the same time come up with better interface technology which improves networking & socialising through PDAs & mobile phones.

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Why is Technology So Important Today?

Owing to the application of technology, our standard of living has increased. Our needs are met with greater ease. Technology has brought advancements in agriculture, due to which food produce has increased. Owing to the developments in engineering and architecture, building robust civil structures has been possible. Technology has boosted every industry. Businesses have grown, creating more employment opportunities. Advancements in technology have led to the evolution of newer and faster modes of transport and communication. The application of technology has boosted research in fields ranging from genetics to extraterrestrial space. The computer and Internet technologies are ubiquitous. They have changed every sector; be it medicine, tourism, education, entertainment or any other. Technology has touched every aspect of life, making it easier, better and different. Technology has changed living.

Jun 20

Latest Technology News | Recent Inventions

Robotic Engineers at MIT Humanoid Robotics Group have developed a robot which is capable of adapting to situations so that it can assist people with everyday chores, everyday life and everyday work.

This next generation robot is named as DOMO. Engineers have placed cameras inside robot’s eyes which enables it to see and adapt to his surroundings. There are about 29 motors, equipped with computer chips run off a dozen computers that continuously update information.

MOTIVATION BEHIND DOMO

According to Aaron Edsinger, Engineer at MIT Humanoid Robotics Group, the main motivation behind developing DOMO is to develop a system that can assist people with everyday chores, everyday life, everyday work.

Robotic Engineers at MIT Humanoid Robotics Group have developed a robot which is capable of adapting to situations so that it can assist people with everyday chores, everyday life and everyday work.

DOMO can visually sense the surrounding conditions and adapt its functioning according to situations. For example, “it can learn about the size of an object and decide how to place it on a shelf.”

HOW IT IS DIFFERENT

Although there are many humanoid robots that are being developed around the world, DOMO is different as it can take the lead and adapt to a situation. Suppose “If the robot drops something in the middle of doing a task, it can stop and try to pick it up again and start over.”

This amazing quality makes it more helpful for human assistance.

HOW DOMO WORKS

1) Domo can see everything with the help of its large blue eyes that are equipped with powerful cameras that scan the entire surrounding.

2) These cameras then feed visual information to 12 computers that are used to analyze the input and decide the focusing point. This is a very important step, because for a robot to function in a real-world human environment, such as a kitchen, it must be able to ignore clutter and focus only on certain stimuli.

3) The visual system of DOMO is attuned to unexpected motion. For instance, locating human faces is critical for social interaction and people are often in motion.

4) When DOMO spots a motion that looks like a face, it locks its gaze onto it. Once Domo’s gaze is captured, the human can issue verbal commands such as “to find a shelf”.

5) The robot will scan the room for a shelf and then reach out a hand to touch the object to make sure it is really there.

6) If an object is then placed in its hand — such as a bag of coffee beans — the robot will reach up and place the object on the shelf.

adapting to situations so that it can assist people with everyday chores, everyday life and everyday work.

This next generation robot is named as DOMO. Engineers have placed cameras inside robot’s eyes which enables it to see and adapt to his surroundings. There are about 29 motors, equipped with computer chips run off a dozen computers that continuously update information.

MOTIVATION BEHIND DOMO

According to Aaron Edsinger, Engineer at MIT Humanoid Robotics Group, the main motivation behind developing DOMO is to develop a system that can assist people with everyday chores, everyday life, everyday work.

Robotic Engineers at MIT Humanoid Robotics Group have developed a robot which is capable of adapting to situations so that it can assist people with everyday chores, everyday life and everyday work.

IT CAN ALSO FEEL WEIGHT

DOMO can also observe the size and weight of any object that is placed in its hand. For this, DOMO wiggles it a little. This movement is very minor but is very important for the robot’s ability, which helps it to accurately place it on the shelf. DOMO is programmed such that it can learn about the size of an object by focusing on its tip, such as the cap of a water bottle. When the robot wiggles the tip back and forth, it can figure out how big the bottle is and can decide how to transfer it from hand to hand, or to place it on a shelf.

Domo can also sense when a human is touching it, thanks to springs in its arms, hands and neck that can sense force and response to it. If too much force is applied, the robot will voice its displeasure by saying….. “ouch!”

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CALGARY The Bank of Canada wants upgrades made to the core payments systems used in the country’s financial system in order to make them more efficient and competitive, a top central bank official said on Friday.

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Home Automation – The Future of Home Technology? by Jonathan Elder

Technology should be an enabler. It should not be there for itself, but to make the lives of its users easier and more convenient. In the home, the ongoing and rapid advances in home automation are expanding the possibilities.

If I want to listen to music, within a few seconds I can choose a well worn playlist or choose the tracks for a new one. I can access online subscription services or radio stations.

Most mornings I listen to the news while eating breakfast. A single dedicated button press gets this up and running without having to think about it. When I leave for work another single dedicated button press turns all of the lights off, all of the media off, the alarm on and beeps for confirmation as I slam the door. I know that if some incident should occur while I am out of the house I will get a text message alerting me to the fact.

I don’t have to worry about regular tasks such as the above, the electronic systems do it all for me. And this is not science fiction. All of this home automation technology exists now. It only requires your lighting, alarm and media to be connected and configured to your needs.

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However, as these advanced home automation systems increase in power and flexibility and ease of use, they can actually become more complex to specify, design and install. This is where a professional home automation installer can help. By working with you and focussing on your needs, your home can be made to suit your lifestyle, not the other way round.

While the individual items of home technology equipment can be fairly straightforward to set up and use, getting equipment from multiple vendors to operate together can be tricky. On top of that, for any form of home automation to be effective, it has to be easy to control, either using traditional remote controls, web-based systems, smartphone apps or wall mounted control panels. Careful programming can mean a single button click can control multiple systems, altering lighting, music, displays and curtains. They can also be set to act based on activity or time based rules – for example turning on the hot water heating system only when they detect a presence in the house.

With the ubiquity of web connectivity, you can now monitor and manage your home systems from anywhere – ideal for holiday homes or even remote outbuildings.

If you are considering home automation make sure you select a system that will allow you to have the home of the future – today!

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Jun 15

Latest Technology News | Recent Inventions

Robotic Engineers at MIT Humanoid Robotics Group have developed a robot which is capable of adapting to situations so that it can assist people with everyday chores, everyday life and everyday work.

This next generation robot is named as DOMO. Engineers have placed cameras inside robot’s eyes which enables it to see and adapt to his surroundings. There are about 29 motors, equipped with computer chips run off a dozen computers that continuously update information.

MOTIVATION BEHIND DOMO

According to Aaron Edsinger, Engineer at MIT Humanoid Robotics Group, the main motivation behind developing DOMO is to develop a system that can assist people with everyday chores, everyday life, everyday work.

Robotic Engineers at MIT Humanoid Robotics Group have developed a robot which is capable of adapting to situations so that it can assist people with everyday chores, everyday life and everyday work.

DOMO can visually sense the surrounding conditions and adapt its functioning according to situations. For example, “it can learn about the size of an object and decide how to place it on a shelf.”

HOW IT IS DIFFERENT

Although there are many humanoid robots that are being developed around the world, DOMO is different as it can take the lead and adapt to a situation. Suppose “If the robot drops something in the middle of doing a task, it can stop and try to pick it up again and start over.”

This amazing quality makes it more helpful for human assistance.

HOW DOMO WORKS

1) Domo can see everything with the help of its large blue eyes that are equipped with powerful cameras that scan the entire surrounding.

2) These cameras then feed visual information to 12 computers that are used to analyze the input and decide the focusing point. This is a very important step, because for a robot to function in a real-world human environment, such as a kitchen, it must be able to ignore clutter and focus only on certain stimuli.

3) The visual system of DOMO is attuned to unexpected motion. For instance, locating human faces is critical for social interaction and people are often in motion.

4) When DOMO spots a motion that looks like a face, it locks its gaze onto it. Once Domo’s gaze is captured, the human can issue verbal commands such as “to find a shelf”.

5) The robot will scan the room for a shelf and then reach out a hand to touch the object to make sure it is really there.

6) If an object is then placed in its hand — such as a bag of coffee beans — the robot will reach up and place the object on the shelf.

adapting to situations so that it can assist people with everyday chores, everyday life and everyday work.

This next generation robot is named as DOMO. Engineers have placed cameras inside robot’s eyes which enables it to see and adapt to his surroundings. There are about 29 motors, equipped with computer chips run off a dozen computers that continuously update information.

MOTIVATION BEHIND DOMO

According to Aaron Edsinger, Engineer at MIT Humanoid Robotics Group, the main motivation behind developing DOMO is to develop a system that can assist people with everyday chores, everyday life, everyday work.

Robotic Engineers at MIT Humanoid Robotics Group have developed a robot which is capable of adapting to situations so that it can assist people with everyday chores, everyday life and everyday work.

IT CAN ALSO FEEL WEIGHT

DOMO can also observe the size and weight of any object that is placed in its hand. For this, DOMO wiggles it a little. This movement is very minor but is very important for the robot’s ability, which helps it to accurately place it on the shelf. DOMO is programmed such that it can learn about the size of an object by focusing on its tip, such as the cap of a water bottle. When the robot wiggles the tip back and forth, it can figure out how big the bottle is and can decide how to transfer it from hand to hand, or to place it on a shelf.

Domo can also sense when a human is touching it, thanks to springs in its arms, hands and neck that can sense force and response to it. If too much force is applied, the robot will voice its displeasure by saying….. “ouch!”

Jun 14

SMB Retail Technology News Launches at NRF’s Big Show 2016

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today marks the launch of SMB

Retail Technology News, a new website and weekly e-newsletter

dedicated to helping SMB retailers grow revenue through innovative

technologies that level the playing field with big retail. The site will

deliver original content tailored for small-to-medium retailers, with an

emphasis on real-world applications that help stores run better and grow

profits. The launch aligns with the National

Retail Federation’s 2016 Big Show and inaugural Small Business

Experience, to be held at the Javits Center in New York City, January

17-19.

SMB Retail Technology News is the only industry resource focused

exclusively on SMB retailers–a high growth but also highly-fragmented

segment that has long posed a marketing challenge for manufacturers.

“While big-box retailers roll out technologies to make customers feel

more intimately connected to their brands, SMB retailers already enjoy

this home-court advantage,” said Angela Diffly, Founder and

Editor-in-Chief of SMB Retail. “The same technologies tier-one chains

are using are now accessible and affordable for smaller retailers. We’re

here to tell these stories, with a fresh voice and a real-world slant.”

“Our audience is any SMB retailer who’s invested in improving business

with technology,” said Diffly. “Whether they’re C-Level execs, IT, store

marketing or an owner who wears five hats, they want proven and

practical technology solutions–not technology for technology’s sake. If

it offers SMBs a competitive edge, we’re on it.”

Diffly has more than 15 years in retail technology as both a PR

professional and former industry editor. Partner and content strategist

Jan Knight has logged 25 years in leading retail agencies, hardware and

software companies. “We met nearly 15 years ago at a Silicon Valley tech

marketing firm and it was an instant kinship,” commented Knight. “We’re

strategic, we share the same values and we have tremendous synergy.” In

addition to the site and e-newsletter, the team will offer strategic

content development services and expects to see high demand from

retail technology companies short on professional writing skills.

Before and since forming SMB Retail, the team has worked with industry

heavy-hitters including Epson America, Elo Touch Solutions, Zebra,

Vantiv and Heartland Payments, in addition to a host of innovative

independent software vendors. “I’ve had firsthand experience working

with both Angela and Jan,” commented Gregg Brunnick, Epson America’s

Director of Product Management and Technical Services. “They’re true

professionals who really understand retail technology. We’re looking

forward to what they’ll bring to the industry as a whole, and

specifically to the SMB discussion.”

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and associations to learn more about their products and services: Electronic

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SMB Retail Technology News website and distributes weekly e-newsletters

to its subscriber base of retailers, technology manufacturers,

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Jun 13

Tech trends that will make waves in 2016

Last Updated Jan 2, 2016 3:12 PM EST

From communication to education to transportation, new technologies designed to enhance and reinvent how we live, learn, socialize and do business are constantly emerging and evolving. So what can we expect in the year ahead?

We asked some experts for their insights into some of the tech innovations likely to make waves in 2016.

Cognitive computing

When IBM’s Watson supercomputer first entered the public consciousness, it seemed like little more than a television gimmick. The cognitive computing system made its public debut in 2011, when it defeated former “Jeopardy” champs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. But in the years since, Watson has grown into a sophisticated utility player, with its powerful processing capabilities being put to use in a number of important sectors like health care.

In 2016, this kind of computing system — able to process massive quantities of data, far beyond what humans could handle — will increasingly make its mark.

Watson’s functions are realized through a set of application program interfaces (APIs), which are protocols and tools used to build software applications. This makes the computer’s natural language processing possible (Watson currently knows English, Arabic, Japanese, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese) and allows it to understand the associations represented in written texts and vocal expression. Watson can also identify visual expression, meaning it can understand the information conveyed through an image.

In addition, Watson’s cognitive computing abilities allow it to “cover other aspects of the human condition, areas called ’emotional intelligence,’ ” Rob High, CTO at IBM Watson, told CBS News. “This is the ability to understand what kinds of emotion people are experiencing or what they are expressing in their text or voice or visual representation or expression.”

As Watson becomes smarter, and in a way, empathetic, High said this kind of technology will increasingly be applied in some surprising ways. One area of innovation involves so-called “social robots.” High says IBM is doing experiments with robots that “have a near-anthropomorphic form” — they are human-like, but not too human-like, he added, which is a tricky balance to achieve.

“The machine can leverage the ability to manipulate arms and fingers and heads and faces, and the idea is for it to listen to the words and intonation and body language of the person it is interacting with, which will reinforce our understanding of that person’s intended expression,” High said. While IBM and has no “announceable product” at the moment, keep an eye out for such robots in the future.

What is the point of having this real-life C-3PO? High said he envisions robots being used in hotel lobbies or as concierges, which is already starting to happen. They could be useful in any customer service or hospitality function. The fact that a robot’s computer “brain” is now nuanced enough to assess and respond to the behavior of the person it’s interacting with could be indispensable for any business.

High said that while this may sound like an episode of “The Jetsons,” it is all about “advancing the value of cognitive computing in the everyday.”

“We believe that this is going to be a pivot-point marketplace in 2016,” he said. “Cognitive computing makes for a better human-machine relationship.”

Medical futurist Dr. Bertalan Meskó cited another company, Boston Dynamics, acquired by Google in 2013, as one of the most promising in the robotics field. While the company has only released videos about Petman, an anthropomorphic robot, as well as robot animals since the Google acquisition, expect it to be more prominent in 2016. Meskó said that in the coming year, many of Boston Dynamics’ programs will be moving out of the development phase and closer to the production line.

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Boston Dynamics’ Petman robot

Boston Dynamics

High says such innovations are not just for business. Cognitive computing technology will increasingly infiltrate our everyday lives.

“I tend to believe that what we will find is that cognitive computing will end up permeating almost every aspect of our human life as a mechanism by which we end up amplifying the human condition in ways we don’t expect to do so,” High mused. “I don’t think cognitive computing is at all confined to the enterprise industrial problems. I think it is relevant in the lives of professionals, it is relevant in the consumer spaces, and relevant in the mundane day-to-day decisions that we make. I mean you ask Siri questions all the time on your phone. And she answers.”

High said that part of making cognitive computing an indispensable part of daily life is to make it feel like part of the family.

“With Echo or Siri, you ask what the weather’s like in Las Vegas, they’ll tell you, but what I really want to know is what clothes do I need to pack,” he said. “I ask the same question to someone in my family, and they know the answer to that question, and answer not just in terms of what the weather is like outside, but they anticipate what I’m really asking about. My family can interpret that question contextually in a way that is much more meaningful to me — that’s what I think the future of cognitive computing is.”

Medical technology

Another field where we’re seeing rapid strides in technological advancement is medicine. Science magazine recently declared CRISPR, a newly developed gene-editing tool with wide-ranging implications for medicine as well as basic science and agriculture, its 2015 “Breakthrough of the Year.” In 2016, expect to see even more medical game-changers.

“In 2016, medical technology is going to be democratized, handheld, cheaper, and more mind-blowing than ever,” Meskó, a self-described “geek physician with a PhD in genomics” and author of “The Guide to the Future of Medicine,” said in an email to CBS News. “We need to get used to seeing science fiction in daily news.”

From virtual reality to “3D bioprinting,” some of the developments Meskó highlighted would have sounded unthinkable just a few years ago. Meskó noted that today innovations in medicine reflect broader shifts that are happening across industries. For instance, once Facebook’s Oculus Rift headset hits the market, virtual reality will become “a booming industry.”

“Imagine using virtual reality in teaching medical students about anatomy and pathology. They could virtually dissect any materials without the formaldehyde smell. Moreover, they could simulate hospital issues and processes before testing their skills on real people,” he said.

Beyond virtual reality, artificial intelligence will play a larger role in hospitals. IBM’s Watson cognitive computing system has already been helping doctors make diagnoses and treatment more efficient, Meskó said. He said this has been particularly impactful in radiology. IBM’s ambitious Medical Sieve project aims to develop a cognitive medical assistant that could someday improve decision-making in the difficult fields of cardiology and radiology.

It “aims at making radiology better by letting radiologists focus on the important questions instead of checking hundreds of images every day,” he explained.

Photographers take pictures of the new Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and touch input device following a news conference June 11, 2015, in San Francisco.

Photographers take pictures of the new Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and touch input device following a news conference June 11, 2015, in San Francisco.

AP Photo/Eric Risberg

Another key medical innovation on the horizon is 3D bioprinting of tissues and eventually entire human organs. Meskó wrote about Organovo, a company that’s made the 3D printing of biomaterials a priority. The company announced that it successfully bioprinted liver tissues in 2014 and said that the printing of liver parts for transplantation might be a mere four to six years away.

“But first these bioprinted livers would be used in the pharmaceutical industry replacing animal models when analyzing the toxicity of new drugs,” he wrote. “I think a commercial service could be available [in] 2016.”

Consumer technology

On the consumer end, what can people expect from the mobile tech market in 2016? CNET Senior Editor Scott Stein said that 2016 should prove an interesting time, with virtual reality making its big consumer push in the market, the Apple Watch trying to find its footing, and the world becoming more and more connected with wearables, tablets, and even cars working seamlessly with one another.

“It’s an interesting time because we have hit a peak with phones. Phones are all so good, tablets are all so good now, there’s always this question of ‘do you need to upgrade?’ Especially with tablets. iPads dipped in sales, because people said ‘I already have one,'” Stein told CBS News. “In the coming year, you really will see what you’ve already been seeing — tablets being more like computers. Microsoft nailed it with that. Apple is exploring that with the iPad Pro. I don’t think they will fuse the Mac with the iPad, I used to believe they would, but I do think we will start seeing the iOS become much more versatile.”

Stein said the difficult question consumers always face is: What’s the point?

“The other day, everything was on my desk, and everything started ringing, it was ridiculous,” he said. “You see now that you can answer calls from different devices, whether it’s your phone, tablet, computer, or your car, which is a separate huge trend. All of these companies now, from Microsoft to Google to Apple, are pushing to increase connectivity. I think interconnectivity is one of the big themes (of 2016).”

While the standard mobile devices we have all come to know and love will continue to dominate the marketplace, Stein believes that the big consumer tech story of the year will be virtual reality. He said that by April, products like Oculus Rift and HTV Vive will hit the market, and while the technology will be a tough sell at first, it will eventually grow into an indispensable, ubiquitous aspect of daily life down the line.

“They don’t look like they’ll be appealing. They don’t look like something that could fit into your life. There are a million reasons why virtual reality devices look problematic — I mean you have big goggles, it’s clunky to set them up,” he said. “The upside is that most people who use these find them stunning and basically this pure virtual reality experience is something that people find amazing. They find it transformative. It’s immersive. It feels like you are somewhere else.”

Stein suggested that the challenge to these companies pushing for virtual reality is to make the technology feel less like a novelty and more like something useful.

“In years to come, it will get better. Google, Facebook have their eyes on the much longer game. I mean stuff that involves telepresence and interacting with other people — that ‘Star Wars’ kind of technology is not going to be there right now,” he said. “I think they are working on this augmented reality stuff that feels like your real world.”

Woman wearing a prototype Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.

Oculus

As far as wearables are concerned, Stein said it will be important to look at what happens with the Apple Watch. Despite the fanfare, 2015 did not become the “year of the Watch” as Apple had hoped.

“They don’t ‘wow’ people. People look and think, ‘okay, I don’t know if I want that.’ Fitness trackers are popular, however, and I think we’ll see bigger leaps next year with a lot of companies looking to collect data and coaching you more. Apple Watch 2 will come and Android Wear watches continue to improve, so we’ll see what happens with the smart watch trend in the next year,” Stein suggested.

And expect to see more connected home and car technology in the year ahead.

“There have been some fascinating developments in the past year with cars. I mean, Google showed off a lot of its self-driving car, then there’s Tesla — I was blown away. The auto-pilot on an actual road is terrifying, it’s already here. The connected car is here, the doors are all open now. I think you’ll start seeing a ton on that front,” Stein said. “Similar to that is the smart home — I mean Apple announced its HomeKit, and now that that is in place you’ll start to see the actual interesting stuff start to come next year.”

Social media

About 65 percent of all American adults use social networking sites, according to the Pew Research Center, up from just 7 percent a decade ago. While the stereotype of the typical social media user revolves around the smartphone-obsessed millennial (Pew reports that a full 90 percent of young adults 18 to 29 use some form of social media), older generations have adopted it too. In 2015, 35 percent of all U.S. adults 65 and older were on social media, a figure that has tripled in five years.

In the coming year, expect this social media reach to expand further, and migrate increasingly to apps that are making more traditional communication tools obsolete, according to Victor Pineiro, who in 2013 was named one of Business Insider’s “30 most creative people in social media.”

“There is this idea of social media’s momentum moving at the speed of light. Look, in the first three years, people got away with just having Facebook and Twitter. But in 2013 and 2014 there started to be a lot of new channels, and then people started saying, ‘What about Snapchat? What about Vine? Instagram?’ So, now, quickly everyone starts paying attention to what’s the next one? What’s growing? What’s dying?” said Pineiro, who is vice president of social media at Brooklyn-based digital agency Big Spaceship.

In 2016, he says people should expect to see messaging platforms eclipse traditional social networks.

“I think broadcasting, especially right now, is either semi-antiquated or has a very specific use case. You have social gaining popularity, everyone’s lives are being broadcast as part of personal brands. We are going to the messaging route now because you have people saying, ‘I just want to talk to a select group of people, why am I going to shout out to everybody when I can have a select group of people I show my jokes to?'” he said.

By 2018, an estimated 1.1 billion new users will be on board the messaging app bandwagon, according to statistics from strategy and technology consulting firm Activate. Pineiro asserted that this trend reflects the need that both marketers and users have of creating personalized, incredibly specific content. Ironically, in a social media age that brings a wide cross-section of people from around the world together, in 2016 messaging apps like WhatsApp and Snapchat will continue the drive toward content that is more specific and targeted.

This trend has fueled the rise of app-based celebrities, people whose creative use of apps like Vine or Snapchat helped them build out a fan base from the niche to the mainstream. The emergence of these viral stars signifies a broader change in behavior for the average user across the board, Pineiro added.

“People are starting to see themselves on path to try to be an influencer through social, which is more popular than we generally suspect,” he said. “You have people on that path right now who think, ‘Ok, I have this post going viral on Instagram, then how do I tailor this content to appear on other platforms, and then how does this give me leverage for other avenues, like Hollywood?’ You have this fork in the road where some people are looking for fame and then others are just using social media as a tool that is just for private messaging — they aren’t broadcasting. Of course, all of that immediately changes when you have a kid and you start posting baby pictures everywhere,” he joked.

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Pocket power For cell phones and other portable electronics, researchers field-tested prototypes of tiny, refillable fuel cells expected to last much longer than today’s batteries (162: 155 *).

Biomed structures Chemists synthesized new gelatinous and rubbery polymers that may serve as superior dressings for wounds (162: 20) and as scaffolds for artificial organs and tissues (161: 323,408; 162: 93).

Attractively cool A compact cooler incorporating a permanent magnet showed that it could give rise to household refrigerators and air conditioners that depend on magnetism instead of volatile liquids (161: 4 *).

Microplumblng Researchers packed thousands of microscopic pipes and chambers onto fluid-manipulating microchips of unprecedented power (162: 198).

Hot cross beams Novel microstructures of crisscrossed tungsten rods filtered various wavelengths of radiated heat–a talent that someday might boost the efficiency of lightbulbs (161: 334).

Billowy billboards? An electronic display capped by a transparent polymer membrane applied as a liquid and then solidified may be a step toward paint-on displays for walls and fabrics (161: 349).

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Jun 08

SMB Retail Technology News Launches at NRF’s Big Show 2016

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today marks the launch of SMB

Retail Technology News, a new website and weekly e-newsletter

dedicated to helping SMB retailers grow revenue through innovative

technologies that level the playing field with big retail. The site will

deliver original content tailored for small-to-medium retailers, with an

emphasis on real-world applications that help stores run better and grow

profits. The launch aligns with the National

Retail Federation’s 2016 Big Show and inaugural Small Business

Experience, to be held at the Javits Center in New York City, January

17-19.

SMB Retail Technology News is the only industry resource focused

exclusively on SMB retailers–a high growth but also highly-fragmented

segment that has long posed a marketing challenge for manufacturers.

“While big-box retailers roll out technologies to make customers feel

more intimately connected to their brands, SMB retailers already enjoy

this home-court advantage,” said Angela Diffly, Founder and

Editor-in-Chief of SMB Retail. “The same technologies tier-one chains

are using are now accessible and affordable for smaller retailers. We’re

here to tell these stories, with a fresh voice and a real-world slant.”

“Our audience is any SMB retailer who’s invested in improving business

with technology,” said Diffly. “Whether they’re C-Level execs, IT, store

marketing or an owner who wears five hats, they want proven and

practical technology solutions–not technology for technology’s sake. If

it offers SMBs a competitive edge, we’re on it.”

Diffly has more than 15 years in retail technology as both a PR

professional and former industry editor. Partner and content strategist

Jan Knight has logged 25 years in leading retail agencies, hardware and

software companies. “We met nearly 15 years ago at a Silicon Valley tech

marketing firm and it was an instant kinship,” commented Knight. “We’re

strategic, we share the same values and we have tremendous synergy.” In

addition to the site and e-newsletter, the team will offer strategic

content development services and expects to see high demand from

retail technology companies short on professional writing skills.

Before and since forming SMB Retail, the team has worked with industry

heavy-hitters including Epson America, Elo Touch Solutions, Zebra,

Vantiv and Heartland Payments, in addition to a host of innovative

independent software vendors. “I’ve had firsthand experience working

with both Angela and Jan,” commented Gregg Brunnick, Epson America’s

Director of Product Management and Technical Services. “They’re true

professionals who really understand retail technology. We’re looking

forward to what they’ll bring to the industry as a whole, and

specifically to the SMB discussion.”

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Jun 07

Technology and Science News – ABC News

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Jun 06

Tech trends that will make waves in 2016

Last Updated Jan 2, 2016 3:12 PM EST

From communication to education to transportation, new technologies designed to enhance and reinvent how we live, learn, socialize and do business are constantly emerging and evolving. So what can we expect in the year ahead?

We asked some experts for their insights into some of the tech innovations likely to make waves in 2016.

Cognitive computing

When IBM’s Watson supercomputer first entered the public consciousness, it seemed like little more than a television gimmick. The cognitive computing system made its public debut in 2011, when it defeated former “Jeopardy” champs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. But in the years since, Watson has grown into a sophisticated utility player, with its powerful processing capabilities being put to use in a number of important sectors like health care.

In 2016, this kind of computing system — able to process massive quantities of data, far beyond what humans could handle — will increasingly make its mark.

Watson’s functions are realized through a set of application program interfaces (APIs), which are protocols and tools used to build software applications. This makes the computer’s natural language processing possible (Watson currently knows English, Arabic, Japanese, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese) and allows it to understand the associations represented in written texts and vocal expression. Watson can also identify visual expression, meaning it can understand the information conveyed through an image.

In addition, Watson’s cognitive computing abilities allow it to “cover other aspects of the human condition, areas called ’emotional intelligence,’ ” Rob High, CTO at IBM Watson, told CBS News. “This is the ability to understand what kinds of emotion people are experiencing or what they are expressing in their text or voice or visual representation or expression.”

As Watson becomes smarter, and in a way, empathetic, High said this kind of technology will increasingly be applied in some surprising ways. One area of innovation involves so-called “social robots.” High says IBM is doing experiments with robots that “have a near-anthropomorphic form” — they are human-like, but not too human-like, he added, which is a tricky balance to achieve.

“The machine can leverage the ability to manipulate arms and fingers and heads and faces, and the idea is for it to listen to the words and intonation and body language of the person it is interacting with, which will reinforce our understanding of that person’s intended expression,” High said. While IBM and has no “announceable product” at the moment, keep an eye out for such robots in the future.

What is the point of having this real-life C-3PO? High said he envisions robots being used in hotel lobbies or as concierges, which is already starting to happen. They could be useful in any customer service or hospitality function. The fact that a robot’s computer “brain” is now nuanced enough to assess and respond to the behavior of the person it’s interacting with could be indispensable for any business.

High said that while this may sound like an episode of “The Jetsons,” it is all about “advancing the value of cognitive computing in the everyday.”

“We believe that this is going to be a pivot-point marketplace in 2016,” he said. “Cognitive computing makes for a better human-machine relationship.”

Medical futurist Dr. Bertalan Meskó cited another company, Boston Dynamics, acquired by Google in 2013, as one of the most promising in the robotics field. While the company has only released videos about Petman, an anthropomorphic robot, as well as robot animals since the Google acquisition, expect it to be more prominent in 2016. Meskó said that in the coming year, many of Boston Dynamics’ programs will be moving out of the development phase and closer to the production line.

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Boston Dynamics’ Petman robot

Boston Dynamics

High says such innovations are not just for business. Cognitive computing technology will increasingly infiltrate our everyday lives.

“I tend to believe that what we will find is that cognitive computing will end up permeating almost every aspect of our human life as a mechanism by which we end up amplifying the human condition in ways we don’t expect to do so,” High mused. “I don’t think cognitive computing is at all confined to the enterprise industrial problems. I think it is relevant in the lives of professionals, it is relevant in the consumer spaces, and relevant in the mundane day-to-day decisions that we make. I mean you ask Siri questions all the time on your phone. And she answers.”

High said that part of making cognitive computing an indispensable part of daily life is to make it feel like part of the family.

“With Echo or Siri, you ask what the weather’s like in Las Vegas, they’ll tell you, but what I really want to know is what clothes do I need to pack,” he said. “I ask the same question to someone in my family, and they know the answer to that question, and answer not just in terms of what the weather is like outside, but they anticipate what I’m really asking about. My family can interpret that question contextually in a way that is much more meaningful to me — that’s what I think the future of cognitive computing is.”

Medical technology

Another field where we’re seeing rapid strides in technological advancement is medicine. Science magazine recently declared CRISPR, a newly developed gene-editing tool with wide-ranging implications for medicine as well as basic science and agriculture, its 2015 “Breakthrough of the Year.” In 2016, expect to see even more medical game-changers.

“In 2016, medical technology is going to be democratized, handheld, cheaper, and more mind-blowing than ever,” Meskó, a self-described “geek physician with a PhD in genomics” and author of “The Guide to the Future of Medicine,” said in an email to CBS News. “We need to get used to seeing science fiction in daily news.”

From virtual reality to “3D bioprinting,” some of the developments Meskó highlighted would have sounded unthinkable just a few years ago. Meskó noted that today innovations in medicine reflect broader shifts that are happening across industries. For instance, once Facebook’s Oculus Rift headset hits the market, virtual reality will become “a booming industry.”

“Imagine using virtual reality in teaching medical students about anatomy and pathology. They could virtually dissect any materials without the formaldehyde smell. Moreover, they could simulate hospital issues and processes before testing their skills on real people,” he said.

Beyond virtual reality, artificial intelligence will play a larger role in hospitals. IBM’s Watson cognitive computing system has already been helping doctors make diagnoses and treatment more efficient, Meskó said. He said this has been particularly impactful in radiology. IBM’s ambitious Medical Sieve project aims to develop a cognitive medical assistant that could someday improve decision-making in the difficult fields of cardiology and radiology.

It “aims at making radiology better by letting radiologists focus on the important questions instead of checking hundreds of images every day,” he explained.

Photographers take pictures of the new Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and touch input device following a news conference June 11, 2015, in San Francisco.

Photographers take pictures of the new Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and touch input device following a news conference June 11, 2015, in San Francisco.

AP Photo/Eric Risberg

Another key medical innovation on the horizon is 3D bioprinting of tissues and eventually entire human organs. Meskó wrote about Organovo, a company that’s made the 3D printing of biomaterials a priority. The company announced that it successfully bioprinted liver tissues in 2014 and said that the printing of liver parts for transplantation might be a mere four to six years away.

“But first these bioprinted livers would be used in the pharmaceutical industry replacing animal models when analyzing the toxicity of new drugs,” he wrote. “I think a commercial service could be available [in] 2016.”

Consumer technology

On the consumer end, what can people expect from the mobile tech market in 2016? CNET Senior Editor Scott Stein said that 2016 should prove an interesting time, with virtual reality making its big consumer push in the market, the Apple Watch trying to find its footing, and the world becoming more and more connected with wearables, tablets, and even cars working seamlessly with one another.

“It’s an interesting time because we have hit a peak with phones. Phones are all so good, tablets are all so good now, there’s always this question of ‘do you need to upgrade?’ Especially with tablets. iPads dipped in sales, because people said ‘I already have one,'” Stein told CBS News. “In the coming year, you really will see what you’ve already been seeing — tablets being more like computers. Microsoft nailed it with that. Apple is exploring that with the iPad Pro. I don’t think they will fuse the Mac with the iPad, I used to believe they would, but I do think we will start seeing the iOS become much more versatile.”

Stein said the difficult question consumers always face is: What’s the point?

“The other day, everything was on my desk, and everything started ringing, it was ridiculous,” he said. “You see now that you can answer calls from different devices, whether it’s your phone, tablet, computer, or your car, which is a separate huge trend. All of these companies now, from Microsoft to Google to Apple, are pushing to increase connectivity. I think interconnectivity is one of the big themes (of 2016).”

While the standard mobile devices we have all come to know and love will continue to dominate the marketplace, Stein believes that the big consumer tech story of the year will be virtual reality. He said that by April, products like Oculus Rift and HTV Vive will hit the market, and while the technology will be a tough sell at first, it will eventually grow into an indispensable, ubiquitous aspect of daily life down the line.

“They don’t look like they’ll be appealing. They don’t look like something that could fit into your life. There are a million reasons why virtual reality devices look problematic — I mean you have big goggles, it’s clunky to set them up,” he said. “The upside is that most people who use these find them stunning and basically this pure virtual reality experience is something that people find amazing. They find it transformative. It’s immersive. It feels like you are somewhere else.”

Stein suggested that the challenge to these companies pushing for virtual reality is to make the technology feel less like a novelty and more like something useful.

“In years to come, it will get better. Google, Facebook have their eyes on the much longer game. I mean stuff that involves telepresence and interacting with other people — that ‘Star Wars’ kind of technology is not going to be there right now,” he said. “I think they are working on this augmented reality stuff that feels like your real world.”

Woman wearing a prototype Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.

Oculus

As far as wearables are concerned, Stein said it will be important to look at what happens with the Apple Watch. Despite the fanfare, 2015 did not become the “year of the Watch” as Apple had hoped.

“They don’t ‘wow’ people. People look and think, ‘okay, I don’t know if I want that.’ Fitness trackers are popular, however, and I think we’ll see bigger leaps next year with a lot of companies looking to collect data and coaching you more. Apple Watch 2 will come and Android Wear watches continue to improve, so we’ll see what happens with the smart watch trend in the next year,” Stein suggested.

And expect to see more connected home and car technology in the year ahead.

“There have been some fascinating developments in the past year with cars. I mean, Google showed off a lot of its self-driving car, then there’s Tesla — I was blown away. The auto-pilot on an actual road is terrifying, it’s already here. The connected car is here, the doors are all open now. I think you’ll start seeing a ton on that front,” Stein said. “Similar to that is the smart home — I mean Apple announced its HomeKit, and now that that is in place you’ll start to see the actual interesting stuff start to come next year.”

Social media

About 65 percent of all American adults use social networking sites, according to the Pew Research Center, up from just 7 percent a decade ago. While the stereotype of the typical social media user revolves around the smartphone-obsessed millennial (Pew reports that a full 90 percent of young adults 18 to 29 use some form of social media), older generations have adopted it too. In 2015, 35 percent of all U.S. adults 65 and older were on social media, a figure that has tripled in five years.

In the coming year, expect this social media reach to expand further, and migrate increasingly to apps that are making more traditional communication tools obsolete, according to Victor Pineiro, who in 2013 was named one of Business Insider’s “30 most creative people in social media.”

“There is this idea of social media’s momentum moving at the speed of light. Look, in the first three years, people got away with just having Facebook and Twitter. But in 2013 and 2014 there started to be a lot of new channels, and then people started saying, ‘What about Snapchat? What about Vine? Instagram?’ So, now, quickly everyone starts paying attention to what’s the next one? What’s growing? What’s dying?” said Pineiro, who is vice president of social media at Brooklyn-based digital agency Big Spaceship.

In 2016, he says people should expect to see messaging platforms eclipse traditional social networks.

“I think broadcasting, especially right now, is either semi-antiquated or has a very specific use case. You have social gaining popularity, everyone’s lives are being broadcast as part of personal brands. We are going to the messaging route now because you have people saying, ‘I just want to talk to a select group of people, why am I going to shout out to everybody when I can have a select group of people I show my jokes to?'” he said.

By 2018, an estimated 1.1 billion new users will be on board the messaging app bandwagon, according to statistics from strategy and technology consulting firm Activate. Pineiro asserted that this trend reflects the need that both marketers and users have of creating personalized, incredibly specific content. Ironically, in a social media age that brings a wide cross-section of people from around the world together, in 2016 messaging apps like WhatsApp and Snapchat will continue the drive toward content that is more specific and targeted.

This trend has fueled the rise of app-based celebrities, people whose creative use of apps like Vine or Snapchat helped them build out a fan base from the niche to the mainstream. The emergence of these viral stars signifies a broader change in behavior for the average user across the board, Pineiro added.

“People are starting to see themselves on path to try to be an influencer through social, which is more popular than we generally suspect,” he said. “You have people on that path right now who think, ‘Ok, I have this post going viral on Instagram, then how do I tailor this content to appear on other platforms, and then how does this give me leverage for other avenues, like Hollywood?’ You have this fork in the road where some people are looking for fame and then others are just using social media as a tool that is just for private messaging — they aren’t broadcasting. Of course, all of that immediately changes when you have a kid and you start posting baby pictures everywhere,” he joked.

© 2016 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Jun 05

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Robotic Engineers at MIT Humanoid Robotics Group have developed a robot which is capable of adapting to situations so that it can assist people with everyday chores, everyday life and everyday work.

This next generation robot is named as DOMO. Engineers have placed cameras inside robot’s eyes which enables it to see and adapt to his surroundings. There are about 29 motors, equipped with computer chips run off a dozen computers that continuously update information.

MOTIVATION BEHIND DOMO

According to Aaron Edsinger, Engineer at MIT Humanoid Robotics Group, the main motivation behind developing DOMO is to develop a system that can assist people with everyday chores, everyday life, everyday work.

Robotic Engineers at MIT Humanoid Robotics Group have developed a robot which is capable of adapting to situations so that it can assist people with everyday chores, everyday life and everyday work.

DOMO can visually sense the surrounding conditions and adapt its functioning according to situations. For example, “it can learn about the size of an object and decide how to place it on a shelf.”

HOW IT IS DIFFERENT

Although there are many humanoid robots that are being developed around the world, DOMO is different as it can take the lead and adapt to a situation. Suppose “If the robot drops something in the middle of doing a task, it can stop and try to pick it up again and start over.”

This amazing quality makes it more helpful for human assistance.

HOW DOMO WORKS

1) Domo can see everything with the help of its large blue eyes that are equipped with powerful cameras that scan the entire surrounding.

2) These cameras then feed visual information to 12 computers that are used to analyze the input and decide the focusing point. This is a very important step, because for a robot to function in a real-world human environment, such as a kitchen, it must be able to ignore clutter and focus only on certain stimuli.

3) The visual system of DOMO is attuned to unexpected motion. For instance, locating human faces is critical for social interaction and people are often in motion.

4) When DOMO spots a motion that looks like a face, it locks its gaze onto it. Once Domo’s gaze is captured, the human can issue verbal commands such as “to find a shelf”.

5) The robot will scan the room for a shelf and then reach out a hand to touch the object to make sure it is really there.

6) If an object is then placed in its hand — such as a bag of coffee beans — the robot will reach up and place the object on the shelf.

adapting to situations so that it can assist people with everyday chores, everyday life and everyday work.

This next generation robot is named as DOMO. Engineers have placed cameras inside robot’s eyes which enables it to see and adapt to his surroundings. There are about 29 motors, equipped with computer chips run off a dozen computers that continuously update information.

MOTIVATION BEHIND DOMO

According to Aaron Edsinger, Engineer at MIT Humanoid Robotics Group, the main motivation behind developing DOMO is to develop a system that can assist people with everyday chores, everyday life, everyday work.

Robotic Engineers at MIT Humanoid Robotics Group have developed a robot which is capable of adapting to situations so that it can assist people with everyday chores, everyday life and everyday work.

IT CAN ALSO FEEL WEIGHT

DOMO can also observe the size and weight of any object that is placed in its hand. For this, DOMO wiggles it a little. This movement is very minor but is very important for the robot’s ability, which helps it to accurately place it on the shelf. DOMO is programmed such that it can learn about the size of an object by focusing on its tip, such as the cap of a water bottle. When the robot wiggles the tip back and forth, it can figure out how big the bottle is and can decide how to transfer it from hand to hand, or to place it on a shelf.

Domo can also sense when a human is touching it, thanks to springs in its arms, hands and neck that can sense force and response to it. If too much force is applied, the robot will voice its displeasure by saying….. “ouch!”

Jun 01

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So I am a university student and almost everyone I’ve met lately smokes weed. I don’t care that they smoke, put I choose not to smoke for personal reasons. The problem is that they see me as the “weird” one or as the “not cool” one. I was at a party last week and I was literally the only…

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So I am a university student and almost everyone I’ve met lately smokes weed. I don’t care that they smoke, put I choose not to smoke for personal reasons. The problem is that they see me as the “weird” one or as the “not cool” one. I was at a party last week and I was literally the only one who wasn’t smoking. I drink occasionally but I don’t get drunk, but you are generally seen as a bigger loser if you don’t smoke than if you don’t drink. Smoking is now “cooler” than drinking. My ex girlfriend once actually told me that I am a loser because I don’t smoke (she was both a drinker and a smoker). The thing is, I don’t have a problem with people who smoke (or drink), but I have a problem with the attitude many of them have towards those who don’t want to do any of those things. I am not saying that all smokers and drinkers have this attitude but the ones I know personally are just like that. I never really cared about it but lately I’ve realized that I need to find new friends who can base friendship on something more important than weed. However, it looks almost impossible to find a young adult who has different interests so I’ll just have no friends. I’d rather have no friends than stay with the group of people I have now. But why do people consider smoking and drinking so important and if you don’t do any of these things some people think they are better than you? I don’t understand this.

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May 31

Verizon Netbook Hitting Stores This Weekend

In today’s technology news we will feature the new Mini 1151NR Netbook which will soon be released by the Verizon Wireless.

Verizon Wireless has become a part of computers now and soon they will start selling the Netbooks from Hewlett-Packard starting Sunday. This was issued in a statement by the company this Thursday.

Now if you are interested in buying this laptop from the Verizon then the new HP Mini 1151NR Netbook will cost $199.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and will require the users to sign a two-year service agreement for wireless broadband services, as per the Boy Genius Report. Verison Wireless will soon be releasing the HP Mini 1151NR Netbook on Sunday and it will be out in the market for purchase the same day. There won’t be any changes in the pricing packages of the Verizon Wireless. It will still stick to its current 3G wireless pricing. However there will be an increase in the amount of data downloads per month for its lowest tier of service. At present the subscribers will be able to get the $40 a month plan with the downloading capability of 250 Megabytes of data per month. Earlier, the $40 plan used to offer only 50 MB of data download per month. The overage charge on this plan has been reduced to 10 cents per megabyte over the limit. Previously, the company used to charge 25 cents per megabyte over the overages. Now this is good news for all those excessive surfers.

The $60 a month plan will still offer the same package of 5GB of data download per month but the Verizon has reduced its overage charges on this package from 25 cents per megabyte to 5 cents per megabyte over the 5GB limit.

Verizon has also come up with another plan of Mobile Broadband DayPass for $15. The company said that this daypass will offer users internet access for 24 hours. This can be purchased for any Verizon certified mobile device which was bought at full retail price without a monthly service plan.

By looking at these modifications to the data plan we can assume that the Verizon is trying hard to add more value to its wireless broadband service. But when we look at these hefty prices, most of the consumers may still find the price of the two-year service contracts too difficult.

When we do the calculations with the current pricing, the Verizon Netbook users can expect to spend around $1,160 to $1,640 during the life of the contract for the service and the Netbook depending upon the nature of the plan they choose. Not to forget this pricing does not include any taxes or additional fees which they might charge. The HP’s Mini 1000 Netbooks only cost about $300 without a 3G service contract from the Verizon Wireless Broadband.

While speaking about the plans the Verizon Wireless’s international data plan is even more expensive. The notebook provided can access wireless broadband on both the CDMA and the GSM wireless networks in more than 175 destinations worldwide, according to a report released by the company. A SIM card will be provided which will help the GlobalAccess customers to sign up for one or two of the service plans proposed.

With the GlobalAccess Monthly Plan the users can get 100 MB worth of data downloads per month in more than 30 select international destinations for $130 per month. The same plan allows for 5GB of

downloads per month in U. S. and Canada. All other destinations are charged on pay-per-use rates.

The second option available for the global travelers who are looking to stay connected with their Netbooks is the Global Access Pay Per Use plan. This will allow the users of the $60 per month mobile broadband plan in the U.S. to get special rates on the international usage. The Pay Per Use rate is $0.002 per kilobyte in Canada, $0.005 per KB in Mexico, and $0.02 KB in more than 175 other destinations.

With such expensive prices the Verizon will find more success in letting the consumers buy their own Netbooks and signing them up for individual $15 day passes. Verizon should look for reducing the prices in this economic downturn with so much of competition outside.

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Technology – InfoBarrel

Technology

, from the greek words for “craft” (techne / τέχνη) + “word” (logos / λογος), describes a wide range of subjects, all concerned with the achieving of a goal with the help of tools. Technology is the ‘science of tools’. It is used to describe the use of a stick by a monkey to fish for delicious termites in a termite hive as well as to describe the latest tools used to build, prepare and send a spaceship on its journey. As soon something else than the body is used to achieve a goal, it is called technology. Animals are using technology on a very basic level, often making up for their lack of opposing thumbs with it. But the standard of technology is also used to determine the classification of a human civilization, i.e. Bronze Age means the age when human started to use tools made from bronze.

Technology always carries the problem of ‘responsible use’ with it. A gun can be used to kill an animal and to provide much needed food or to kill an enemy to get to his food resources. Information and data collected via the internet can be used to manipulate peoples behavior on the internet, for example by displaying targeted ads to web site visitors.

The more technology has evolved, the smaller, up to invisible, have the tools become. Nanotechnology is now used to send mini tools into human bodies to heal defects and diseases. Or to cause them, if used in warfare. The development of technology to a higher level distinguishes us from animals, but is also the testing stone for our responsibility for other beings and the world around us.

May 29

Technology News | Reuters.com

SHANGHAI China will lift restrictions to investments by foreign firms in a range of service industry sectors, including e-commerce, logistics, accounting and auditing, the China Securities News quoted commerce minister Gao Hucheng as saying.

May 28 2016

Facebook Inc said its customers’ ads would now be visible on third-party apps and websites to everyone who has ever visited its website, and not just to users logged into its social networking service.

SHANGHAI Chinese users of Microsoft products are criticizing the software company’s push to get them to mandatorily upgrade their Windows operating systems, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Friday.

May 27 2016

A plastic water bottle touted as a replica of the one in a “bottle-flipping” video that went viral has fetched a closing bid of more than $15,000 on internet auction platform eBay.

May 27 2016

AUGSBURG, Germany The chief executive of German industrial robot maker Kuka said on Friday he welcomed an impending 4.5 billion- euro ($5 bln) takeover bid from Chinese home appliance maker Midea .

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Bound for Cairo in Egypt to the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, EgyptAir’s Flight MS804 lost contact with the aviation authorities on 11 pm this Wednesday, 10 miles into Egyptian airspace. It disappeared from the radar at a height of 37,000 feet, and with nothing but speculation to guide their search, the authorities began a gruesome expedition to track the fate of the missing airplane.

In the current year alone we have seen everything from VR games, to educational experiences to VR medicine to even virtual sex experiences.

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Dr. Vishal Sikka is a champion of technology, and clearly sees it as an amplifier of human potential. He wants to use software in purposeful ways to address some of the biggest challenges of our times.

Over the course of your professional life you’ll work with a sea of customers, but amongst those will be a group who truly appreciate your skills, value your approach and genuinely enjoy working with you. These are your true fans.

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The principles of cloud computing might be decades old, but it wasn’t until 2006, when Amazon entered the cloud market, that the modern cloud era really began.

A new start-up is founded every 20 minutes in Berlin and the industry is set to produce 100,000 new jobs by 2020.

Today people everywhere are trying to understand the implications of a protocol that enables mere mortals to manufacture trust through clever code. This has never happened before — trusted transactions directly between two or more parties, authenticated by mass collaboration and powered by collective self-interests.

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Just over a year ago, in March 2015, two Swiss engineers launched their round-the-world flight on a solar-powered airplane: Solar Impulse 2. The two men, André Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard, designed the single-pilot plane, which began its odyssey in Abu Dhabi, and they alternate laps. The longest lap so far was crossing the Pacific from Hawaii: three days!

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May 26

What Can Emerging Technologies Do For Society? by Dermott Reilly

RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) has been described as the oldest new technology! It has been around for about fifty years, its value in identifying Aircraft in flight during the Second World War was quickly realised by the British Air force. The following forty years the technology was mainly used in security applications, building access, road tolls and key fobs.

RFID is an infrastructure technology, which will have a impact on almost every business process. However RFID is still a new technology, and thus we are waiting to see where it will lead in many applications. The case for RFID is well documented within specific business scenarios, but the benefit to the consumer are still little known apart from Londoners with their Oyster cards and Parisians with their Navigo cards. However, most people have used RFID without realisation it in their key-fobs, and one or two have found this facility so convenient that their home doors are locked the same way.

What is sure however is that RF is here to stay, with major pilots and positive proofs of concept across many industries: food and drink, aerospace, libraries, government, transport, retail, pharmaceutical, healthcare, logistics, auto industry, security etc. The IT and Building Industry have an enormous opportunity here.

Because of the need to identify vital equipment quickly, the Military were naturally interested in technology that could help take the guesswork out of inventory and logistics. Wars fought in foreign lands create massive logistic problems; soldiers need bullets, food, etc when necessary, regardless of price or location. Battle readiness is key to military success.

RFID use by the US Military was identified quickly by major retailers like Wal Mart, Metro Group, Target and Tesco who felt that the ability to “see” stock in their supply chains would help eliminate delivery error, stock-outs, shrinkage, human error etc and also help in building consumer driven demand chains. Inventory cost money, and uncertainty causes stock build up by all stakeholders in the supply chain. High stock levels, or empty retail shelves simply reflect a lack of knowledge. Awareness of goods flying off the retail shelf by manufacturer is extremely useful when creating production runs. However for now retailers are focusing on the benefits of pallet and case-level tagging. Manufacturers and retailers are working very closely together to remove inefficiencies from their supply chains. This helps consumers by keeping the right stock on the shelf at competitive prices, and in America where item level prescriptions are being rolled out by a major pharmacy group (CVS Pharmacy), it will enable better management and control of drug stocks. Hence if a drug in one pharmacy is within three months of its shelf life it can be dispatched to another pharmacy where demand for that specific drug is greater. Also it will flag up any unusual drug sales or errors.

But to speak only about RFID in terms of supply chain is to miss the point. Emerging technologies: sensors, (mots or smart dust), Nanotechnology and community-wide wireless broadband, GPS, are changing the landscape for business applications and life style generally. Some argue that this is the biggest technological transformation of the 21st Century. It will transform our Cities, our work processes and our lives.

A number of RFID applications together with innovations such as EPCGlobal and standardisations around wireless spectrums are actually enabling cyberspace to interface with the real world. Concepts such as the expression “Internet of Things” will mean that every object in our physical environment can be identified and its status confirmed in real time. Soon everything that you own including your household assets will be aware that you own it! Theft is going to be difficult!

We are witnessing the rise of “Real World Awareness”, which will have massive implications for us all. This is not just about identifying a packet of frozen peas in a walk-in freezer, but enabling the freezer to tell the operator its status in real time. Does the freezer need maintenance? Are the doors shut, lights off, stock accounted for. Are there fresh raspberries in that freezer? The ability to flag potential problems, remove errors, cut costs and drive efficiency.

RFID sensors are playing a big part in airline safety. Airbus and Boeing have endorsed RFID wholeheartedly and mandated their supply chains to incorporate this technology into their product offering. If you ever glanced at the first aircraft cockpit you will see a couple of dials on the dashboard. Early pilots required the help of flight engineers, navigators and radio operator to fly. Pilots flew “by the seat of their pants”, using their skill and experience. Look now at the latest Airbus 300 series! Around 600 sensors all automatically working in harmony to insure engines and aircraft are all in good working order. Risk are constantly being reduced. Pilots alone would not be able to deal with all the complexity currently handled by wireless sensors and onboard computers. To be able to identify a foreign object like a bird caught in an aircraft engine following a successful flight can also save massive amounts of fuel. Again, to identify a minor fracture on a rotor blade prior to a major crack can prevent a nasty accident. After every flight a full log of the aircraft engine activity is downloaded to a preventive maintenance crews who search for irregularities. This data is key to safety and efficiency in the airline industry.

These sensor innovations are also happening in Formula 1 racing. McLaren Mercedes have around 50 sensors throughout their car engine and chassis to help them improve performance. Cars racing along at 200 mph plus are giving their mechanics back at the racetrack vital data about their engines performance . Mechanics are even aware that drivers are about to change gear! This new sensor technology works well despite a very difficult environment with massive security challenges.

The British Nuclear Group is deploying Ubisense sensor solution to map and identify radiation levels and the location of each worker to increase employee safety and efficiency.

Metro Group’s Future Store Initiative in Germany is providing a glance of retailing tomorrow. Shoppers do not notice anything unusual except that each shopping trolley has a PDA which can help shoppers find products. Item level tagging is still a bit away, but the ability of the smart shelves at Metro to identify when an item is removed from the shelf is very useful for back-office staff, and the ability to identify goods about to go out of date and reduce their price helps maximise profits. Additionally there is a whole new industry of marketing and promotional ideas coming together as shoppers walk past products for sale. Replacing inventory with information is key to improved retail efficiency and enhanced client shopping experience.

Around 7000 American gas stations are enabling clients to fast fuel their vehicles by the simple wave of their RFID fob. Simply fill up and go! The fuel fobs have been so successful that their use is now been considered in fast food outlets where convenience and service are key to happy and loyal clients.

With new sensors based in houses, smart kitchens, hospitals, factories, public parks, highways and parking spaces what will this all mean to Society, to our privacy and to sorting out some of our major social and economic problems? Are we able to pull these emerging technologies together strategically for The London Olympics to show the world that Business UK is fit and ready?

China is currently building fifty smart cities with sensors embedded everywhere. Sensors to help improve traffic flow, bridge structure, water management, and improved transport networks. At micro and macro level where are the benefits for both industry and citizens. If everything is tagged (people and assets) then a building site can become a safer place to work. Project planners can insure at a glance that materials and tools are in place prior to bringing in the builders. Chemicals can flag attention if positioned with dangerous materials or incorrectly positioned. We can control Air, Water and Waste by tiny sensors, or at least remotely monitor public safety in real time. We can perhaps drive better greener strategies and energy improved housing. Dentalab are making dental molds with radio frequency tags so that dentists can be alerted if an incorrect dental crown is offer to a client. Implicit here are enormous benefits for efficiency and safety. TrentStar, the beer keg asset management company, deploying RFID, made a fivefold decrease in beer kegs maintenance costs. Imagine if every public utility meter was self read? Would that reduce rates? What if parking meters could chat with cars to update parking charges? Singaporeans use their car tags to pay for parking and road use. Big Brother Technology can be convenient if managed without abuse. Laws are required that protect the public. Would we like to carry a tag with us everywhere which for example enabled our mobiles to be an oyster card or credit card and booted up our PC when we entered the ground entrance of our 15th floor office? Would that increase productivity for employers? What if employers paid our transport fees in recognition?

The American FDA have endorsed the use of RFID for item level prescription use. Now “Unit of Use” medicine can be automatically matched to patient at POC( point of care). The ability to insure the correct drug is dispensed to the correct patient is key. US hospitals record 7000 deaths per year on average because of medication error. In addition, 750,000 adverse medical events happen each year causing massive suffering and anxiety to citizens and caregivers. Counterfeit drugs are a major concern for everyone. How can technology remove this menace?

There are countless example of positive proof of concepts showing where Broadband, RF and smart dust-sensors can improve the way our healthcare is managed. According to most press statements, our Hospitals are in serious financial crisis. But do you know healthcare supply chains are run like businesses in the 60’s! We have eCommerce and barcode standards, which will soon give way to automatic data-capture for all inventory movement within our complex hospitals, but we are still a long way away from making emerging technology save us money in healthcare. We have great technology, but sometimes lack wisdom. Globally Healthcare has incredible economies of scale, but with numerous Local Trusts managing from their individual perspectives we will continue to have massive complexity and inefficiency in the foreseeable future. What is required, in my opinion, is a “monopolistic committee” which can mandate some good economic principles to insure long-term patient safety and the adoption of best RFID business practice. RFID healthcare standards will enable a truly efficient medical supply chain, enabling assets, maintenance, resources and people to be better-managed and scarce resources deployed where necessary. The patient will experience a much improved,cost effective and safer service.

Technology however is not separate to Society. No technology exists outside the influence of people, culture, policy, and economics. Everyone “sees” according to their personal environment, their education, their family values etc. Increased awareness of our cultural mindset is important. We could look at this as a “prison mindset”. A self-locking mindset makes us think a certain way and thus creates our thoughts and confirms our reality. It is a cosy place to be and change is not always invited in!

A friend of a friend once phoned in a panic to request assistance because her car-key fob was flat and she was locked-out of her car. It was explained that the key could be inserted manually in the keyhole of the driver door! She could not believe this and was amazed to find a hole in the door that she had never seen in four years! The point is our reality is driven by what we do and experience every day; we all have blind spots just like the Ice Merchants of yesteryear who never thought that fringes and freezers would arrive to destroy their business overnight. Anyone hear of innovations where tomorrow’s fridges will be running on sound waves? Goggle thermoacoustic refrigeration!

Smart Granite worktops will soon be in vogue. The granite will carry a number of transponders and a extra large embedded antenna to insure that all food items placed on the worktop will sync with all the other smart utensils, enabling everything in the kitchen to automatically communicate: washing machine, fridge, cooker, extractor, toaster, microwave, radio, lights, central heating, wall tiles, floor, all door locks etc etc. See Do Stone Smart Granite worktops at www.dostone.co.uk. Nasty bacteria on the cutting board will self clean as will the sink and recycle basket. No child in this kitchen will ever pull a boiling pot of rice upon herself. In-build safety / security will be a standard module in every smart kitchen. Energy efficiency also should save household fuel costs by 20% .

Who in your organisation / company or home are responsible for looking into the horizon to anticipate the changes and innovations coming fast forward? To be able to exploit technology we must be open to the idea of new technologies, new business processes, changing the way we work, think, and live. People always come first and our perspective will determine how future technology will be adopted. Thus a big RFID / emerging technology debate needs to happen to insure we don’t waste this opportunity before us. I am working with Two Four Productions to bring this debate to our TV screens, so if anyone wants to get involved please do contact me.

We need to discuss the privacy issues much more, the benefits to humanity the trade off between lack of privacy and benefit. No one for sure wants to see George Orwell’s vision become reality, but ubiquitous sensor and emerging technologies have the ability if deployed correctly to make a positive contribution to our lives. And we need to appreciate that other parts of the world, hungry for success are less concerned with privacy issues and are fast exploiting these technologies.

Healthcare absorbs a lot of taxpayer’s money. Globally around 14% GDP!

There is little doubt that healthcare services are moving back to the community where it used to reside. Hospitals will be places for focused operations and all other healthcare issues will be dealt with from the home perspective. Most elderly people prefer independence and deserve dignity. But it is not always possible for relatives and friends to pop in daily to insure all is well. Imagine if your elderly Grandparents lived hundreds of miles away?

With sensors creating real world awareness, it is possible to have a traffic light system on your PC which will flag up the occasion when Mr X did not get up or make a cup of tea at 7am or any major break to the natural flow of activity in their daily lives. Any change in social interaction, for example, may indicate a change in well being, or impending illness reflected early by failure to eat. Lights automatically coming on when a elderly person visits the loo at night, for example, can help eradicate the thousand of hip operations required per year in the UK!

Smart packaging can indicate if the correct drug is taken at the correct hour and help people to better manage their medication. No one will believe in ten years time that mobile phones were used for voice only. In Sweden, Norway and Denmark RFID mobile phone are becoming an essential tool for the automatic capture of critical medical data in the community. Thus an internal sensor implant could forward key data via your mobile to your doctor. However, improved national security safeguards are essential.

Sensors in doctor’s surgical gloves can help prevent accidents or assist a surgical procedure. Most operations are carried out in a standard way and the use of sensor networks can reflect the current state of an operation, assist with options, issue reminders, alert other professionals etc. Risk and error can be reduced. Work on this is currently being done at the Danish Centre of Pervasive Healthcare and Intel Research Seattle. This may lead the way to fast track medical training and open up better on-line training to less wealthy nations.

Again in Healthcare the ability of all hospital staff to be aware of impending operations, surgical and post-operational equipment and identify people and assets quickly is a massive daily task. Time searching for people and assets within hospitals is enormous. Decontamination needs to insure that the correct equipment is at the correct theatre and in fit condition for smooth operational delivery. The reality is that Admissions do not talk with Theatre who do not speak with Decontamination, and cancellation of an operation at around £20K a go is not an infrequent occurrence. No wonder, some Healthcare Organisations has been described as a family of hostile relatives! Against this background stock is hard to identify and some hospitals phone their suppliers to ascertain how much business was initiated the previous month! eCommerce has been around for ages with platforms like UK HealthLogistics ready to deliver value. Surely a modern supermarket approach here to supply chains efficiency is required. Who in EU Healthcare are authorised to mandate this wisdom? Once this simple decision is mandated who is ready to deliver the first connected hospital? It will not happen overnight, but problems like hospital cash flow, supply chain efficiency, MRSA, adverse medical events (with their massive liability payouts) may be greatly reduced by sensors and emerging technologies.

Soon we will have free community-wide broadband. Sweden last month gave free broadband access to all their citizens, with speeds 100 times faster than that available to us in the UK. Recently Milton Keynes followed suit, and The City of London promised free business broadband to everyone within the Square Mile. This emerging infrastructure is important as we start to realise that Broadband is not just a tool for Internet access and free VOIP, but an essential infrastructure for real world awareness.

From an IT perspective one of the most salient facts of these emerging technologies will be the massive amount of additional digital data to collect and the need for new hardware, software and robust standard networks to collectively make it all work.

A whole new infrastructure will be necessary to capture, control, provide consistency, and context to massive amounts of new data flowing faster. Global standards and interoptability of systems and data will be necessary. Again EPCGlobal, Gen2 Tags, improved Readers etc., are making great headway here.

However, we may need to rethink the way we teach our engineering, medical, in fact all students. Ten years ago it was sufficient to teach a civil engineering student about programming in addition to their core subjects. But now with massive technological change and real world awareness how do we insure our professionals are up to speed in the multiplicity of knowledge required to make strategic policy decisions.

We are at the dawn of integrating convergent technologies, and if we get it right we can offer future global cities some great solutions. Emerging environmental problems may be solved by emerging technologies. Let’s just do it!

May 25

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Home Computers & Technology TechnologyThe Rising Trends in Medical Devices for Superior Care Quality By Toya Peterson

Emerging Healthcare Trends

Intense competition in the healthcare industry has forced healthcare providers to look for new ways to offer superior care …. integration, device miniaturization and wearable healthcare devices are gradually being embraced, leading to comprehensive and efficient patient healthcare.

Automate FTP Transfers and Streamline Your Day By Vladimir Davidenko

If you need to work with files over a remote FTP server on a daily basis, you will already be familiar with the tiresomeness of using a basic FTP client …. and you’ll start seeing the benefits of the program as soon as you execute your first scheduled task. Learn more by visiting the official web site.

Secure and lock down a Windows PC for special use applications (kiosk mode) By Mirabyte Support Team

Windows PCs are commonly used as general purpose computers for all sorts of things like writing letters, editing photos or surfing the Web. However, there …. might prevent certain administrative tasks that you want to perform. But do not forget to reapply the settings afterwards to secure your system again!

The Future of Virtual Reality – Reshaping The Business World Today By Ani Atanasova

The consumer version of one of the most popular VR headset, Oculus Rift is now available for pre-order on the Oculus website. After the long wait, VR headset …. will be happy to transfer you to the next generation of virtual experience. Contact our team or reach us at +97143606009 and let us know your thoughts.

How To Future-Proof Your Cloud Deployment By Akhilesh Rajput

Cloud computing, a type of computing that relies on sharing computing resources rather than local servers to manage applications is an on-demand service …. into the future will most likely be the one that assesses its needs in depth and chooses a cloud offering or combination that best fulfills its needs.

Humor: Artificial intelligence’s greatest obstacle By Mitchelle Dover

It’s been said that the true test of mastering a foreign language is the ability to make a joke in that language. While a sense of humor is usually second …. with Siri’s dry sense of humor that she inherited from computer programmers.

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Legally obtain evidence and protect yourself through Digital Forensics By Kelly Summey

So you want to know what your spouse or partner has been up to? Do they delete text messages and other communication? Sure there are programs out there …. sometimes, although it’s not preferred.

If you ever find yourself in this situation, reach out to a professional like myself for advice and direction.

Why Upgrade Your Telephone System By Eugene Alcide

Why Upgrade Your Current Business Telephone System

There are so many solutions out there when it comes to telephone systems for business, it can sometimes …. advantage of a system that is future-proofed which incorporates the latest features, which in turn helps improve efficiency & productivity of the business.

Life with & without a Construction Project Management Solution By Michael Sarkis

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As Frank the project manager arrives at the office, he is ready to begin the day. Before sitting down, Frank is …. solution will not only allow you to generate reports on up-to-date, accurate information but will also provide you with greater visibility into your projects.

SIP Vs VoIP, Which Telephony Solution Do I Choose? By Eugene Alcide

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SIP vs VoIP Telephony Systems

Both SIP & VoIP telephony solutions have their benefits & drawbacks, although …. course you have the ability to interact & communication with other protocols. You’re able to adapt its signalling to match that of the client systems.

Android application development tutorial By Kimberly Kennedy

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VoIP Phone Systems Buying Guide For Small Businesses By Eugene Alcide

VoIP Phone Buying Guide For Small Businesses

VoIP phones are great for small businesses, if you have not already seen our previous blog article which …. suffer with, stutters and latency in services which means poor quality calls. (Do consider that many of the negatives are associated with poor broadband).

When Software Can’t Help: SSD, Cloud and Online Services By Hetman Software

In the first part of the article, we took a look at programs for recovering data from traditional hard drives. In this second part of the series “When …. there is no recourse. No data recovery tool can restore deleted information from the cloud. This is a classical case where data recovery tools do not help.

Digital Phone Systems Vs Analog Phone Systems By Eugene Alcide

Digital Phone Systems Vs Analog Phone Systems

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A digital phone system works by routing call traffic over IP (Internet …. analog lines in 2025. This means all business will need to go digital i.e. VoIP or SIP. At some point you will need to make the switch towards digital!

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Incompetent, she felt she could get away with it because Freddy and herself were black. It goes to show what is happening to society.

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Best answer: Incompetent, she felt she could get away with it because Freddy and herself were black. It goes to show what is happening to society.

She never should have charged them for doing their job.

May 23

Wearable Technology Today

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Peggy Hutchison

In the coming months and years you will see wearable devices beyond smart watches and bracelets. Wearable fitness and personal health devices will be a $5 billion market by as early as 2016. Smart watches are a bit new, but could be capable of revolutionizing the market for wrist watches and other smart tech devices. General health and wellness is seen as perhaps one of the ripest markets for wearable technology. From fitness trackers to wearable cameras, the market in wearable technology is rapidly expanding.

The Fitbit Surge features a built-in optical heart rate sensor. By actually looking decent and not horrifically bulky, you might actually be tempted to wear the Forerunner 235 all-day, every day. By monitoring your heart rate continuously on your wrist, the FitBit Charge HR accurately tracks your daily calorie burn. The FT4 heart rate monitor helps you exercise smarter with its easy-to-use heart rate based features. The Fitbit Charge HR is an advanced fitness tracker, smart band, and heart rate monitor in one meant for continuous, all day wear. Getting a fitness tracker or activity tracker can not only help you stay conscious of your movement, but can help you make sure you are hitting peak performance.

The Fitbit Blaze, another extremely popular Fitbit smart watch has a leather band that is made of soft genuine leather and includes a premium stainless steel frame and buckle. The phone comes in black, white, gold, blue and green. Fitbit plans to introduce a silver stainless steel tracker, and a shiny gold stainless steel option later on. There are some smartwatches with digital display, some with analog display and some with both. The Apple Watch Sport is stylish, lightweight and has one of the best-looking display compared to many other smartwatches. When you buy a smartwatch, you of course look at functions more than just notifications.

Since wearable technology is inherently wearable, the design and aesthetics of wearable technology are crucial to getting people to buy and use the devices. Wearable technology is going to be a boon for consumers. As the wearable technology is something new and sometimes disruptive, the consumers want to try the product first and get a first impression.

Encryption and security measures have developed in parallel with wearable devices to make them safe for the general public. The messages are stored and the devices are encrypted so no one else can access them if you were to lose them.

Wearable technology also incorporates a monitoring and tracking device into clothing and fashion accessories. By teaching you to become aware of when your autonomic nervous system is misfiring, you can learn to control it better. Though smart clothing may not proliferate the wearable technology market today, more and more pieces are being developed. Other wearable tech categories include shoes, jewelry, tracking devices, medical devices, a wearable drone camera, fitness socks, a smart ring, health tracking wearables, and much more.

People are obsessed with wearable s and what they offer. The benefits are plentiful. Being able to track your health, sending the results to your doctor is just one example. Staying in shape, communicating with others and being able to change the face of a bracelet from your phone makes it great entertainment too.

Wearable technology sounds really cool and interesting and does really sound like a realistic next step for technology.

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May 22

Verizon Netbook Hitting Stores This Weekend

In today’s technology news we will feature the new Mini 1151NR Netbook which will soon be released by the Verizon Wireless.

Verizon Wireless has become a part of computers now and soon they will start selling the Netbooks from Hewlett-Packard starting Sunday. This was issued in a statement by the company this Thursday.

Now if you are interested in buying this laptop from the Verizon then the new HP Mini 1151NR Netbook will cost $199.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and will require the users to sign a two-year service agreement for wireless broadband services, as per the Boy Genius Report. Verison Wireless will soon be releasing the HP Mini 1151NR Netbook on Sunday and it will be out in the market for purchase the same day. There won’t be any changes in the pricing packages of the Verizon Wireless. It will still stick to its current 3G wireless pricing. However there will be an increase in the amount of data downloads per month for its lowest tier of service. At present the subscribers will be able to get the $40 a month plan with the downloading capability of 250 Megabytes of data per month. Earlier, the $40 plan used to offer only 50 MB of data download per month. The overage charge on this plan has been reduced to 10 cents per megabyte over the limit. Previously, the company used to charge 25 cents per megabyte over the overages. Now this is good news for all those excessive surfers.

The $60 a month plan will still offer the same package of 5GB of data download per month but the Verizon has reduced its overage charges on this package from 25 cents per megabyte to 5 cents per megabyte over the 5GB limit.

Verizon has also come up with another plan of Mobile Broadband DayPass for $15. The company said that this daypass will offer users internet access for 24 hours. This can be purchased for any Verizon certified mobile device which was bought at full retail price without a monthly service plan.

By looking at these modifications to the data plan we can assume that the Verizon is trying hard to add more value to its wireless broadband service. But when we look at these hefty prices, most of the consumers may still find the price of the two-year service contracts too difficult.

When we do the calculations with the current pricing, the Verizon Netbook users can expect to spend around $1,160 to $1,640 during the life of the contract for the service and the Netbook depending upon the nature of the plan they choose. Not to forget this pricing does not include any taxes or additional fees which they might charge. The HP’s Mini 1000 Netbooks only cost about $300 without a 3G service contract from the Verizon Wireless Broadband.

While speaking about the plans the Verizon Wireless’s international data plan is even more expensive. The notebook provided can access wireless broadband on both the CDMA and the GSM wireless networks in more than 175 destinations worldwide, according to a report released by the company. A SIM card will be provided which will help the GlobalAccess customers to sign up for one or two of the service plans proposed.

With the GlobalAccess Monthly Plan the users can get 100 MB worth of data downloads per month in more than 30 select international destinations for $130 per month. The same plan allows for 5GB of

downloads per month in U. S. and Canada. All other destinations are charged on pay-per-use rates.

The second option available for the global travelers who are looking to stay connected with their Netbooks is the Global Access Pay Per Use plan. This will allow the users of the $60 per month mobile broadband plan in the U.S. to get special rates on the international usage. The Pay Per Use rate is $0.002 per kilobyte in Canada, $0.005 per KB in Mexico, and $0.02 KB in more than 175 other destinations.

With such expensive prices the Verizon will find more success in letting the consumers buy their own Netbooks and signing them up for individual $15 day passes. Verizon should look for reducing the prices in this economic downturn with so much of competition outside.

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May 20

TECHNOLOGY FOR THE MILLENIUM

The last couple hundred years has seen tremendous technological development and change. What awaits us in this new millenium is anybody’s guess. Some technology rising to the surface is actually old technology, in refined form, that went basically unrecognized for many years. An example of this is the mind machine, or audio-visual entrainment (AVE) device. It was actually first developed back in the 1950’s. Some research was done but it never really “took off” until recent years. Still, most people have never heard of it.

These AVE devices send flashes of lights using a pair of eyesets and pulses of tones through a pair of headphones to gently guide the brain into altered states of consciousness. Brainwaves change frequencies based on neural activity within the brain. Each of our senses respond to activity from the environment and transmits that information to the brain. The senses of sight and hearing provide a favorable mechanism to influence brainwaves. By presenting this pulsed audio and visual stimulation to the brain, after a short period of time, the brain begins to resonate or entrain at the same frequency as the stimulus. Because of this, we can slow down the brainwaves for: meditation; stress reduction and deep relaxation; providing pain relief; inducing dream states and improving sleep. With the ability to both relax and relieve pain, it is especially useful during labour of child birth. Less, if any, painkillers are needed and the labour will often progress more quickly due to the deep relaxation achieved. For chronic pain sufferers, the pain is much more manageable as well as reducing the ensuing stress facilitating a more restful sleep. Even police departments have used this technology to help deal with the high levels of stress they encounter in their profession.

The DAVID, (digital audio/visual integration device) can also be used to speed brainwaves up, making the DAVID an ideal tool to treat slow brainwave disorders such as Attention Deficit Disorder, closed-head brain injury, fibromyalgia, PMS, chronic fatigue, depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder, weight gain, and insomnia and for non- clinical applications such as for enhancing mental performance and boosting creativity. Studies have shown improvement in ability to focus and concentrate for those with ADHD. School marks and behavior quickly improve. Some schools are now incorporating this technology into their programs with very encouraging results.

In addition to entrainment, the imagery created by the visual and auditory stimulation provides a focus for the mind and quietens internal dialogue or chatter. The various areas of the brain begin to integrate into one whole functioning unit like the masters of meditation. With the DAVID, it is possible to experience that same peace and tranquility of a meditator with only a half hour of use. Hypnoidal states can also be achieved.

Studies have shown brain stimulation has resulted in an increase of dendrite growth, connecting the brain cells. Increase in IQ, learning and memory have been noted. After only 20 minutes of stimulation, there has also been observed an increase in levels of neurochemicals and hormones such as human growth hormone, serotonin, beta-endorphins and luteinizing hormones

AVE is not only valuable for clinical use, but it has done wonders for increasing peak performance. In 1994, Canadian, Christine Boudrias won the Olympic silver medal after using the DAVID for peak performance to give her focus and energy as well as to help relax and visualize. Golfers, football players, athletes and sports players of all kinds have found these devices to be an invaluable tool.

Over the years, more research and clinical studies have been done and now some of these devices have reached a very therapeutic level that is now available to the general public. Music and specially designed software can also be used to augment these devices. The versatility and broad spectrum of possible uses for this incredible tool is almost endless. It is truly a technology for this new millenium.

Author’s Bio: 

I am an RN and certified entrainment therapist.

Having been a sufferer of fibromyalgia, the DAVID

helped so much, I was able to return to the

heavy demands of nursing and participate in

life once again. Working with audio/visual

entrainment has been truly amazing and exciting.

I may be contacted at mindconnection@shaw.ca

Please check out my website at www.mindconnection.ca

Apr 22

Four and a half Romney men

Josh, Joe (Taggs son), Craig, Tagg and Matt in Manchester.

The impossibly handsome, all-American foursome that walked into the Windham Restaurant on Thursday morning might have meant that a Ralph Lauren photo shoot was getting under way. Or it could have just meant that the Romney boys were back in town.

With Papa Romney busy campaigning in Iowa, four of his five sons Tagg, Matt, Josh and Craig as well as his grandson, Joe, stumped for the candidate in New Hampshire, regaling voters with stories of Mitt and his various exploits as family man extraordinaire, legendary household tightwad, savior of the Salt Lake City Olympics, and so on.

In their almost-matching outfits, down to the white checked shirts often favored by their famous father, the Romney boys seemed eerily reminiscent of that other good-looking Mormon group, the Osmonds.

What we can do is brag about him, in ways that he cant brag about himself, Tagg Romney said. Weve been doing everything we can. In the family hierarchy Tagg is the oldest one or alternatively, as he noted, the only one who got stuck with a strange name.

Craig (left) and Josh Romney in Manchester.

Craig, the youngest and funniest Romney, had the crowd laughing in Concord by recalling how his father, usually portrayed as the ultimate square, learned the radical Olympic sport of skeleton basically, sliding down an icy track face-first on a flimsy sled on a dare from NBC.

He got a call from The Today Show, which said if he would do the skeleton on the track, they would have him on the show, Craig Romney said. Eager for any positive publicity for the then scandal-hit Winter Games, Romney took up the challenge, seeking out the help of U.S. athlete Jimmy Shea, who went on to win skeleton gold in Salt Lake. He literally was willing to do anything to make the Games a success. We watched him on The Today Show, doing the skeleton.

In Manchester on Thursday night the quartet stopped in at state campaign headquarters, manning the phone banks to call potential voters, taking questions from volunteers and eating pizza. Romneys campaign is doing phone banks six nights a week, often with about 20 callers in the rotation. About 50 showed up to see the Romney boys.

The Romneys said they were not interested in engaging in a Twitter war with the Huntsman girls, the daughters of rival Republican Jon Huntsman who lags badly in the polls. Were just focused on my dad and trying to get my dad elected, Tagg Romney said. On the question of whether Romney or Huntsman has the better hair, Tagg punted. I think my brother Josh has the best hair.

Apr 22

PrimeRevenue Selected by Bank Technology News as a Top 10 Technology Company To Watch.

ATLANTA — PrimeRevenue, Inc., the leading provider of Supply Chain Finance (SCF) solutions, announced today that it was named a “Top 10 Technology Company to Watch” by Bank Technology News, a monthly magazine for bank CIOs and their IT teams. This prestigious recognition identifies companies whose innovation will become market defining, according to the publication. PrimeRevenue was selected #2 on the list, after software provider Oracle.

“This is a tremendous accolade for the PrimeRevenue team, as well as our customers and partners,” said Joseph Juliano, CEO, PrimeRevenue. “It is also a very strong statement about the growing importance of Supply Chain Finance, and the compelling value it offers to Global 2000 companies, their suppliers, and their financial institutions partners.”

The annual ranking of the “Top 10 Technology Companies to Watch” appeared in the August issue of Bank Technology News. Now in its 5th year, Bank Technology News’ ranking profiles top technology companies whose innovation reflects where the market is headed and why the right technology deals – vendor to vendor and bank to vendor – will become more important as market forces bear down on industry players.

“Bank Technology News is pleased to have selected PrimeRevenue based on innovations and events over the past year,” said Holly Sraeel, Editorial Director of Bank Technology News. “We considered its product offerings, its relevance to the financial industry, its management team, recent deals and clients and the expected impact its technology solution will have on the industry.”

About PrimeRevenue, Inc.

PrimeRevenue’s leading global Supply Chain Finance (SCF) platform and solutions enable dramatic new working capital efficiencies for the benefit of buyers and their suppliers. PrimeRevenue achieves this through the delivery of secure, robust, industry-leading technology, a global community of the world’s most innovative financial institutions and partners, and flexible working capital solutions and advice. Companies are relying on SCF deployments powered by PrimeRevenue to increase profitability, remove risk from their supply chain, and forge stronger trading partner relationships. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, PrimeRevenue has offices and customers throughout the world. For more information visit www.primerevenue.com.

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