From agriculture.com – Google Glass, vest with wifi, drones and more
With corporate customers, Yapta loads its software into travel department booking systems. It doesn't charge for the service but takes a cut of the savings, usually about 35%, Mr. Filsinger said. With consumers, use of the tracking tool is free. Companies, like consumers, can set a threshold on minimum savings before an alert is sent, to take into account change fees and other expenses. The company recently launched a similar system to check for falling hotel room prices, but so far that's offered only to corporate travel departments and not consumers.
The bigger the fare, the bigger the potential savings, so travel managers say they have seen their most eye-popping results on international business-class tickets.
One Friday, Al Mazzola, director of travel services at Sykes Enterprises Inc., a Florida technology-consulting company, booked a $19,000 business-class ticket from Tampa to Shanghai and back, only to see it fall to $7,000 over the weekend. With the Yapta alert, the company grabbed the new price. "I was stunned. I've never seen savings like that,'' Mr. Mazzola said
In contrast to Larry Ellison’s keynote last night which focused on systems of record and systems of engagement that Oracle is delivering in the cloud, Mark Hurd this morning had 8 CIOs representing some of the most complex enterprises in the world. They represent over 1.2 million employees and annual revenues of nearly $ 340 billion.
The contrast was striking – these CIOs are focused more on the term we coined ‘systems of advantage” in The Digital Enterprise. They have plenty of IT architects, they build plenty of custom systems, they are pushing the envelope on a wide range of supply chain, product, customer facing, globalization areas
Tim Theriault of Walgreens, whose mobile apps I have written about before, discussed their complex supply chain which provisions lobsters to stores in the Northeast and Elvis pictures in Vegas. He discussed home health care Walgreens sees an opportunity in since 2/3 of the US is within 3 miles of a store. He later told me they are using a “light” electronic patients record system from Greenway.
Jamie Miller of GE talked about the Industrial Internet (see here) . She talked about simplification efforts – core processes at scale with cloud like models, and innovation at the edge.
Filippo Passerini of P&G talked about global supply chain issues to keep shelves stocked to not disappoint 4 billion consumers that use its products. He described social listening as they do several product launches year, and the significant data visualization technologies they have deployed.
Yael Cosset of dunnhumby, which describes itself as a “customer science” company, talked about the Big Data of “consumer digital breadcrumbs” and the personalization and consumer engagement opportunities. He also talked about the future of “quantified self” data that wearable technologies are generating and opportunities for healthcare and CPG companies.
Albert Hitchcock of Pearson talked about the challenges in the educational publishing industry, talked about homogenization of customer data.
Stephen Little of Xerox talked about a transition from a manufacturing to a services business (they acquired ACS a few years ago and even the copier business is more about services). In a later breakout he described trends in vertical BPO (“smart city’ work and healthcare particularly healthy) and the far more competitive ITO market.
Rob Carter of Fedex talked about the large number of infrastructure, platform and business services they leverage. He has long been a “rock star” CIO and the SOA effort at such a large company is one of the most complex they have invested in
Kimberly S. Stevenson of Intel talked about IT productivity they have invested in – virtualization etc and now they are focused on business productivity as they move into wearables, mobile devices and other formats as the PC market has matured.
The session could easily have gone another couple of hours. As an example, once a year, GE does a full day update on the Industrial Internet and they break it out by impact on major verticals like Aviation, Healthcare, Oil & Gas, Power & Water and Transportation.
My favorite session at OOW!
In aerospace, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner illustrates adhesives' growing importance. About half of the Dreamliner airframe is made of carbon fiber. The fuselage is produced by wrapping a mold with tape "impregnated" with epoxy, and baked under pressure to bond materials. Each of the air frame's five sections uses between 40,000 and 50,000 fewer metal fasteners than conventional airliners, Boeing said.
Photo of hot melt adhesives from H B Fuller
National Geographic Traveler’s piece on smart cities covers wide ground from Harbin, China, Tallinn, Estonia to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Photo below of rotating pods at Canton Tower in Guangzhou, China
Prices for elite bicycles are soaring. High-performance materials, such as titanium and carbon fiber, and more advanced components, including electronic gear-shifting systems, drive up costs. The average wholesale price of a bicycle sold at specialty shops, which generate the most dollars in U.S. bike sales, jumped 75% in 2013 from a decade earlier, according to the National Bicycle Dealers Association.
And bicycle enthusiasts, typically wealthier than average and competitive, seem willing to pay for the most advanced bikes available.
Trek, a leading bicycle manufacturer, offers seven stock models priced at more than $11,000. A growing number of small companies make hand-built bicycles, which can be far more expensive than mass-produced ones. Ben Cox, owner of the Newbury Park Bicycle Shop, in Newbury Park, Calif., says he sells five to 10 bikes a week at $10,000 or more. For a handful of his customers, Mr. Cox says, "there is no ceiling."
Lusail is formed by four islands and includes two luxury marinas, the 56,000 square metre Marina Mall and the enormous 241-acre Entertainment City which will include a giraffe zoo, a snow park and a Six Flags amusement park.
The mall is set to open in 2017 and its design, based on desert canyons, includes roofs that repel the heat, a body of running water and water falls throughout its five interconnected pods that boast cinemas, restaurants and retail outlets.
Residents and visitors will move around getting around on a light-rail network, an underground network tunnels for pedestrians and water taxis, they will also have access to two golf courses.
As with all the proposed developments that formed part of the appeal for FIFA delegates when awarding the world's biggest sporting event to Qatar, the major elements of the city will be environmentally friendly - the stadium, complete with a solar-powered cooling system so players and fans don't bake in the summer desert sun, will have no carbon footprint.
All amenities, including energy, transport and communications systems will be run out of a single hub so the city can react to issues such as weather and traffic in a streamlined manner - surveillance cameras will also populate the city for security purposes.
I have written a longer blog post about Inforum last week here. But in the days since, I have been thinking about the skillsets Dr. Ziad Nejmeldeen, Chief Scientist at Infor, talked about at the Dynamic Science Lab he leads with several MIT alum. The graph below describes some of the science they bring in their backgrounds.
Infor's captive design agency, Hook + Loop on the other hand now has over a hundred “creative” staff with credentials such as Pulitzer Prize winner for Infographics, Digital Effects Editor of the movie The Avenger and fashion designer for Kenneth Cole.
Charles Phillips CEO, spent a significant portion of his talk on Amazon Web Services, the “super computer” they leverage for scaling cloud computing. Another different set of infrastructure skills.
It’s a long way from the engineering, sales and support staff that most ERP vendors have traditionally recruited.
It truly is a very different world.
Back in 2008, we started a new department called Zappos Insights. The purpose of this is to help external groups learn about the Zappos culture and hopefully to inspire other companies to think about how to use happiness as a business model for customers, employees, and business partners. In just the past three and a half years, we have had more than 50,000 people come through our free tours and in-depth training.
Our intent isn't to create Zappos clones or to push the Zappos core values on other organizations. Rather, we share the process and stories of creating core values--whatever they may be--and living by them. Research has shown that it actually doesn't matter what your values are. What matters is that you have them and align your entire organization around them. The power comes from the alignment rather than the actual values themselves.
Tony Hsieh in Inc
The FBI started investigating while first responders were still rushing to the scene. Within three days -- just 101 hours -- the bombers were apprehended.
FBI agents sifted through 13,000 videos and more than 120,000 photographs, drawn from surveillance cameras and onlookers' cell phones. To sort through the piles of footage, law enforcement turned to new technology that can condense an hour of video into just a minute of playback time.
The method, called video synopsis, was invented by an Israeli company called BriefCam, which counts all the right three-letter agencies as clients. (The FBI declined to comment on the specifics of the Boston investigation.)
Video synopsis works in a variety of ways, but most programs layer actions that occur at the same place at different times, making it possible, for example, to see simultaneously every person who walks in a door on a given afternoon. Other notable inquiries have also used BriefCam, like Norway's national security service after Anders Breivik bombed a children's camp there in 2011.
A few years ago, a DC-based band called Bluebrain set out to reinvent the entire idea of an album, reorganizing it entirely around location. Visitors who downloaded the group's National Mall app and walked the paths of that Washington landmark would receive a suite of different looping sounds, each cued to one of 264 separate zones and triggered by GPS locations. If you left the mall, all the sounds faded to silence; Bluebrain created an experience that was available only to a listener willing to make the trip, to step inside the space the band had consecrated. As a way of organizing music, it was unprecedented, a flash of insight on par with the magical moment when albums first came into their own as coherent works of art. (As The Washington Post's pop-music critic, Chris Richards, put it: “Somewhere, Sgt. Pepper is smiling.”) The band also made apps for Central Park and Austin's downtown, and announced plans to create a fourth for California's Pacific Coast Highway.
Photo Credit of Central Park app/album
I have raved about Cognizant’s Community event in the past
“Very few Cognizant sales pitches. But a very wide agenda and a relaxed atmosphere for its clients to learn and mingle with peers…I wish more user conferences followed this pattern. There is plenty of time rest of year to sell. Have confidence in your customers. Give them a couple of days to sit and think – yes even about the North Pole.”
Cognizant has allowed me this year to invite blog readers who are senior execs - CIOs, CFOs, COO, CMOs & CDOs across industries, as well as other leaders across disciplines - business process owners as well as IT folks to consider attending.
It’s at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando, October 19-22. The agenda is already compelling (like some confirmed speakers below) and from past years i know it will be mind expanding. The community of innovative executives you get to mingle with is usually outstanding.
If you are interested, please register here
This Popular Mechanics issue is chockfull of technology and innovations the US military is rolling out including some in graph below
Endless rows of seats are replaced with distinct zones dedicated to specific actions: seating/sleep, socialization, recovery, and nutrition. The seating zone features seats, labeled with player numbers rather than arbitrary row markers, that can easily accommodate a fully reclined seven-foot-tall center. The floor of the plane can’t be lowered to accommodate these giants, since it plays an integral role in the plane’s structure, but eliminating the need for overhead bins allows a player as tall as Yao Ming to walk through the aisles unbowed. (Teague designed this concept with basketball players in mind, but worked through the challenges of accommodating football players, many of whom are twice as wide as the average point guard.)
Below the seating area, where cargo is typically stored, is a zone designed for socializing and celebrating victories. A recovery area is located outside of the heavy traffic zones and allows a star player to shake off a stinging loss with a shiatsu massage. A self-serve galley enables players to attend to highly-specific nutritional needs.
“Among the sensors the scientists placed on the ice in March were a set of eight acoustic navigation beacons. These have base-stations at the surface, which fix their locations using GPS. They then rebroadcast that information from loudspeakers hanging 100 metres down below the ice, in the transmission layer. If a Seaglider can detect two or more beacons while it is travelling through this layer, it can swiftly compute its own position.
This may not always work, because the Seagliders might stray too far from the beacons. In that case, the researchers have a pair of robotic guide dogs to assist. These are called Wave Gliders (pictured at the top of the story). One part of each Wave Glider stays on the surface, generating electricity from solar panels during the Arctic’s 24-hour summer daylight. The other part is an array of hydrofoils suspended four metres underwater. The difference in motion between the waves above and the calm below causes water to move over the hydrofoils and propel the Wave Glider forward up to twice as fast as a Seaglider. Although Wave Gliders broadcast far above the sound layer, and thus have shorter ranges than fixed beacons, they can be programmed to shadow the Seagliders, and keep them within earshot.”
The bad guys version of innovation. Time on 5 cybercrime hotspots
Crime syndicates in Russia use some of the most technologically advanced tools in the trade, according to Sherry. “The Russians are at the top of the food chain when it comes to elite cyberskill hacking capabilities,” he says. Even before the latest revelations of stolen online records, the United States charged a Russian man, Evgeniy Bogachev, of participating in a large-scale operation to infect hundreds of thousands of computers around the world. The massive data breach of the retailer Target last year has also been traced to Eastern Europe.
But why Russia, and its smaller neighbors? Trained computer engineers and skilled techies in Russia and countries like Ukraine and Romania may be opting for lucrative underground work instead of the often low-paying I.T. jobs available there.
and the others
Designing a light, soft robot that is both self-contained and high-performance remains a challenge. Onboard computers are heavy, so engineers are often forced to strike a less-than-ideal balance between dexterity and autonomy: They can weigh down their robots with sophisticated hardware, tether their experiments to external computers and lose autonomy, or settle for lighter, inferior onboard tech.
Soft robotic fish provide one biomimetic solution. In nature, fish store their heavy machinery—a skull and a brain—in their heads, while the rest of their bodies are light and bendable. Borrowing from nature's model aquatic organisms, Marphese copied fish musculature to design a smart, but still soft, mechanical fish.
Expensify already provides live flight updates for any reservation forwarded to email@example.com, and creates your expense report along the way. We call this feature “Trips”, and we’re taking it one step further: starting today the Expensify app will detect when you land and have an Uber driver waiting outside baggage claim to escort you straight to your hotel — all prearranged from your itinerary without you even needing to look up the address. We call it “SmartRides”; the VIP travel experience for everyone, brought to you by Uber and Expensify.
Years before other novelists joined Twitter and Facebook, Mr. Coelho was reaching out to fans on MySpace and, later, putting short videos on YouTube. He has accounts on Instagram,Tumblr, Vimeo, Google+ and Pinterest. He often posts during high-traffic intervals in the U.S. to reach the most readers. Since 2012, he has more than tripled the number of @paulocoelho followers on Twitter. He doesn't follow many people back—those he does include Jeremy Piven, Jessica Simpson and Deepak Chopra.
He speaks and writes in Portuguese, English and French and posts in Spanish through a translator. He also keeps up a presence on Russian and Chinese social media.
Cargill, of suburban Minneapolis, represents a formidable new competitor. Its $134.9 billion in fiscal 2014 sales ranked it as the largest U.S. agricultural firm and the country's largest privately held company. The 149-year-old company has long advised farmers on farming strategies and the best time to sell grain. In 1996, Cargill began sampling soil and experimenting with applying different amounts of fertilizer to various fields, depending on how many nutrients the ground already held, Mr. Becraft said.
NextField DataRx represents a more information-intensive version of Cargill's advisory service, incorporating historical weather data, satellite imagery and farmers' own information.
BTW this Ram Trucks commercial appeared appropriate to include
The American Civil Liberties Union said last year that the cameras have the "potential to be a win-win, helping protect the public against police misconduct, and at the same time helping protect police against false accusations of abuse."
The cameras themselves are only part of the expense—The cameras themselves are only part of the expense—Taser's cameras range from $399 to $599. Data-storage and management costs can be significant, according to a recent report by Dr. White, the Arizona State University professor. "The logistical and resource issues are especially challenging for those smaller police departments," he said.
The police department in Mesa, Ariz., did a side-by-side study of 50 officers wearing cameras and 50 without. The results after eight months: officers with cameras were subject of 8 citizen complaints while those without had 23.
The anodized aluminium is “ 60 per cent stronger than standard alloys. Yet it’s very light. Together with the Ion-X glass covering the display, it makes the Sport collection watches up to 30 per cent lighter than our stainless steel models. It’s also exceptionally pure, with a beautifully consistent appearance that’s difficult to achieve with traditional aluminium alloys.”
BTW here’s something on anodizing
As one whose first two smartphones were from HTC, it is good to see the company attempt a turnaround with the return of co-founder Cher Wang – via Fortune
“For a time HTC was on a roll. Emboldened by its success, management began to focus on high-end devices that would compete with Apple’s AAPL iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy line. Revenue in 2010 climbed to $9.6 billion. But by Christmas 2011 the company had started to make execution errors. Management missed sales projections, and a critically admired new smartphone, the HTC One X, failed to reverse the decline. Supply issues plagued the company, as did a lack of marketing focus. Even a phone launched with Facebook FB in 2013, which featured the social networking giant’s “Facebook Home” interface, flopped and was quickly discounted by its exclusive carrier, AT&T T . As HTC fumbled, Apple and Samsung solidified their positions at the top of the mobile food chain. HTC, once the top seller of Android-powered phones, eventually slipped from the list of the world’s top 10 smartphone makers.”
Photo Credit of HTC Desire 610
Metromile’s pitch is straightforward: Your insurance premium should be based on exactly how much you drive. The more miles you put on your car, the more you pay, because the odds are higher you’ll have a claim. Drive less, pay less.
Insurers have long asked policyholders to report mileage, but that information typically influences the bill only when drivers renew for another term. Metromile’s new customers get the Metronome, a mileage-tracking device that plugs into a car’s data port. The company uses the information to customize its rates.
Each TV can display a different game; the owners use an RTI T2-CS+ remote with companion processor to choose which game goes to which TV (supplied by seven DirecTV receivers) and to select which game they want to hear (the audio plays through the chosen TV’s built-in speakers).
If either the Ravens or the Redskins are playing, the owners might direct that game to the 100-inch screen and Bose 3-2-1 audio system… and with a press of a buttonrotate the seating area to face the larger-than-life football action. A hydraulic system swivels the floor; Premiere’s Vince Zaccaria devised a way for the RTI remote to operate the motors so that the owners can command the floor to spin without getting up from their seats.
Part Indiana Jones, part Willy Wonka, the 42-year-old Markus helps America’s best restaurants maintain their reputations for James Beard Award-winning cuisine by importing the world’s rarest ingredients. Chefs from all over the country revered for their haute cuisine–Thomas Keller and Wolfgang Puck among them–rely on his exotic goods to stay creative. Every menu Grant Achatz has ever offered at his three-Michelin-starred Chicago restaurant, Alinea, has deployed delicacies from Markus’ arsenal, and six months after opening Madame Zuzu’s Teahouse in Chicago, Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan made Markus his exclusive supplier.
Photo Credit of some of the exotic items at his Rare Tea Cellar in Chicago
So it was with Instagram, with a twist: By adding simple editing tools like filters, Instagram let mainstream web users become—or at least do an impression of—good photographers. Regular people were now able to manipulate their photographs to reflect ideas and feelings.
Many professional photographers were horrified. Suddenly anyone could be a photographer. What’s more, Instagram helped take jobs from the professionals. Last year the Chicago Sun-Times fired its entire staff of photographers and trained its journalists to take and edit photos on their iPhones and upload them to the appropriate social feeds. It’s not that its reporters were transformed into Margaret Bourke-Whites, but Instagram’s tools allowed them to be adequate at very, very low cost.
Today many professional photographers are finding that Instagram can be a good way to promote and complement their work. One example is David Guttenfelder, a veteran photojournalist who has traveled the world for the Associated Press, winning a World Press Photo Award seven times. In 2013, when he got access to North Korea to spend a year chronicling the lives of everyday citizens, he began publishing a portion of his work on Instagram. His feed, which now boasts 349,000 followers, became a repository for photos snapped quickly of small curiosities. Time named him the 2013 Instagram Photographer of the Year.
The NFL is working with Zebra Technologies to embed quarter-sized sensors into player uniforms — and will be used as of the first Sunday of the season, September 7.
Networks airing live games will be able to use broadcast overlays to show, for example, the distance between the quarterback and receiver while they're executing a play in real-time.
Although players on each of the NFL's 32 teams will receive a sensor, only 17 stadiums — the ones hosting Thursday Night Football games this year — will be equipped to transmit the information. Those stadiums are fitted with radio-frequency identification (RFID) transmitters to pick up on the sensor data.
The animation above shows all scheduled flights over a 24h period (based on 2008 data). Every day 93,000 flights are starting from approx. 9,000 airports. At any time there are between 8,000 and 13,000 airplanes in the air. This animation was produced to be shown on the high definition 3D-Globe "Orbitarium" in Technorama - The Swiss Science Center in collaboration with Institute of Applied Information Technology InIT, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Winterthur.
Now, think a few years from now where most planes will have sensors in engines, flaps, landing gear and how much performance/maintenance data they will generate. Boeing 787s are expected to generate 1/2 terabyte of data a flight.
Think how much data will be streamed to and from these planes as more airlines offer wi-fi at 12mbps and better speeds (as ViaSat is delivering on some Jetblue flights)
Or how many page views will FlightAware get as more families and passengers track flights (below is image from their Live Flight Tracker)
and depressingly think how much more emissions will go towards global warming – half a pound of CO2 per passenger mile.
It’s an irony of the second Age of Reason that the abundance of data—the effervescence of sources and ease of delivery—makes so many more questions answerable while at the same time making it very easy to get lost. We’ve dedicated an issue to exploration, to a broad, cross-platform look at the fruits of Big Data.
About 1 million teachers and 17 million parents and students have downloaded Remind, a free app developed by a San Francisco startup of the same name. In such states as Texas, Alabama, and Georgia, 40 percent to 50 percent of teachers use the software, the company says. Educators can update homework assignments, solicit volunteers for field trips, and send photos from the classroom without having to count on paper handouts making their way into and out of backpacks or on parents regularly checking their e-mail.
While Margaret cruised the garden section I walked around our local Lowe's for Labor Day sales.
There has to be more tech in a Lowe's store than at the Best Buy or Apple Store.
Iris Connected Home items
Smart appliances of all sorts
Software enabled paint choices
Electronic Displays at every corner
This is the age of invisible apps “that just notify us when something is going on,” as trend spotter and venture capitalist Mary Meeker said recently. Cyriac Roeding, 41, started reaching out to shoppers in 2010. Shopkick’s cofounder and CEO, and a German expat, he did so via ultrasound, a high-frequency signal that communicates with the app, verifies shoppers are inside the store and offers them kicks. “I’d done some soul-searching,” says Roeding, who wondered, “What’s the intersection of mobile and the physical world? The answer was easy: It’s called shopping.”
Twice a year more than 1,000 store representatives come to Paris for an event called “Podium,” where they select which pieces of merchandise they will carry. The family has decreed that each flagship store must pick at least one item from each of the 11 métiers–thus pushing them beyond handbags, scarves and ties to perfume, jewelry, watches, home accessories. In giving these managers an elaborate menu to choose from, each store boasts merchandise unique to itself. The moneyed globe-trotters who constitute the Hermès customer base constantly find themselves on a worldwide treasure hunt. For example, only in Beverly Hills can they find a $12,900 basketball, and the $112,000 orange leather bookcase was sold exclusively at the Costa Mesa store. So when they fall in love with that $11,300 bicycle there’s a pressure to get it, since the company’s website, while ahead of many luxury competitors, offers just a smattering of the Hermes product line.
Forbes with a story of the long time French luxury goods innovator
Photo Credit of my favorite Hermes product – their small pattern silk ties
Impressive how easy it has become to find and graph the multi-dimensional impact of any event, in this case the 6.0 earthquake Sunday in Napa Valley.
USGS chart of the epicenter and neighboring impact
Jawbone tracking of earthquake impact on sleep patterns in the area
Fine Wine 50 index which shows a blip on Monday, on the right of the graph, given Napa's importance to the wine industry.
If federal agencies regularly come to 18F for “agile” software development — a term for a rapid, highly iterative project management process — they might eventually make that a priority when seeking IT contracts with outside tech companies, Tangherlini said.
The group was also formed to advance a collaborative, creative approach to software development, said Greg Godbout, 18F’s senior team lead. The code for FBOpen, and all other 18F projects, is posted publicly online on Github, a software code repository, and the team encourages developers at other agencies to use the code to build new features into their own Web sites.
When in an unfamiliar neighborhood, you might turn to your GPS-equipped smartphone for navigational help, or, if you’re feeling gregarious, you might ask a stranger for directions. Soon you may not have to do either: Your shoes may subtly guide you on your way.
That’s the promise of Lechal, a new kind of sneaker that vibrates to signal which way you should turn. Developed by the Indian startup Ducere Technologies, the Bluetooth-enabled shoes will sync with an app that uses information from Google Maps to steer the user toward her destination. A buzzing on the right foot signals an upcoming right turn, a vibration on the left means turn left.
In addition to serving as personal tour guides, the shoes will be personal fitness trainers, recording such data as calories burned and miles walked, as well as signaling when to speed up or slow down to achieve specific exercise goals.
“People get on the A380 and they absolutely love it,” he says. The upper deck on the Emirates version, he adds, is “just one big party.”
(Other carriers configure their A380s differently, with some including economy seating in the upper deck.)
The son of a tanker ship captain and an economist, Mr. Clark joined Emirates in the mid-1980s. His basic insight about the A380 is simple: It can be a canvas for a new kind of luxury flight experience. It was Mr. Clark who came up with the idea to install two showers for first-class passengers. Airbus engineers thought the idea was crazy because it would require more fuel to fly the water for the showers. But he dismissed their objections. The showers would immediately distinguish the plane from anything else in the air.
He also put a large bar on board, along with a pair of semicircular couches, equipped with seatbelts in case of turbulence.
The Arccos ($399, arccos.com), which goes on sale this month, is like having your very own caddie, except it doesn't carry clubs or polish balls. This set of 14 gumdrop-shape sensors, which stick into the top of your golf clubs like thumbtacks, keeps track of your game and suggests appropriate clubs to use. It's similar to a competing product called Game Golf, but that model requires you to clip a vibrating beeper-like device to your pants; when I used it, I was never sure if my shots were registering or my table was ready at the Olive Garden.
Leveraging my smartphone's GPS via Bluetooth, the Arccos app not only figured out what course I was on, it knew I was at the 18th hole, 393 yards from the green. (The app has access to maps of 17,225 golf courses in the U.S.—which the company says is all of them.)
Apple Inc. created the blueprint for a smartphone when it covered the touch screen of its first iPhone in glass instead of plastic. Now, it is betting $700 million that sapphire, a harder and more expensive material, can replace glass and better protect future devices.
The first sapphire display screens for the forthcoming larger iPhone and smartwatch are expected to roll off production lines this month at a Mesa, Ariz., facility that Apple opened with materials manufacturer GT Advanced Technologies Inc.At full capacity, the plant will produce twice as much sapphire as the current output from the nearly 100 manufacturers world-wide, says Eric Virey, a senior analyst at French research firm Yole Développement.
Humin, the app that aims to replace your iPhone contacts app is now in the App Store. Will.i.am, Richard Branson and Angry Birds creator Peter Vesterbacka were all part of the private beta launch a few months back. The app is now ready for everyone with an iPhone today.
Humin hooks into your phone, Facebook and LinkedIn contacts and combines them with your calendar, email and voicemail to provide context to all those people listed in your phone.
Called Baseline Study, the project will collect anonymous genetic and molecular information from 175 people—and later thousands more—to create what the company hopes will be the fullest picture of what a healthy human being should be.
The project will collect anonymous genetic and molecular information from 175 people. Getty Images
The early-stage project is run by Andrew Conrad, a 50-year-old molecular biologist who pioneered cheap, high-volume tests for HIV in blood-plasma donations.
Dr. Conrad joined Google X—the company's research arm—in March 2013, and he has built a team of about 70-to-100 experts from fields including physiology, biochemistry, optics, imaging and molecular biology.
Good to see the FAA has given BP the first license to operate commercial drones. Curt Smith had told ne in The New Polymath in 2010 about early experiments with drones to supplement Cessnas to monitor pipelines in remote areas.
Here he is in the WSJ describing another use case
“BP's Prudhoe Bay operations rely heavily on gravel roads, which require constant maintenance. AeroVironment's Puma drones, which are hand-launched and have a 9-foot wingspan, use laser-based sensors that can pinpoint problems on the roads, identify how they should be repaired and calculate how much gravel would be needed, the companies said.
The drones also can create 3-D models of gravel pits, and then calculate how much gravel remains and identify areas that are vulnerable to flooding.”
The new Amazon Fire phone
“could be the consumer’s best friend in “showrooming.” A button with a new technology dubbed Firefly on the new phone lets you instantly capture that HDTV, a movie poster, a box of cereal — and a lot of data with it. You can store the information, including the price and where to buy it. And of course, a listing if the product is on Amazon.”
But it also has some interesting features like Dynamic Perspective
Since it launched in 2012, Saujani’s program has gone from 20 girls in one classroom to graduating 3,000 girls from clubs and camps across the country. Saujani says 95% of graduates want to major in computer science in college.
These future female developers are valuable to tech companies in ways beyond simply filling open spots. Most Internet purchases are made by women, and understanding their instincts is a key to business success. “We’re falling behind the rest of the world if we don’t teach our girls how to code,” says Megan Smith, VP of Google X, a semisecret facility at Google in California working on advanced technology. In June, after revealing that only 17% of its engineers were women, Google launched a site called Made With Code that features free programming projects for girls. The company pledged $50 million to programs like Girls Who Code.
When it opened in June at Six Flags Great America, Goliath broke three world records for wooden roller coasters: the tallest drop (180 ft.), the steepest drop (85 degrees) and the fastest speed (72 m.p.h.). Steel roller coasters eclipse these figures, but many amusement-park purists swear by the rickety charms of old-fashioned wooden rides. The look is dangerous—like it could collapse in an instant. For adrenaline junkies, there’s no finer catnip.
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