I have seen NBC videos from every angle of Usain Bolt’s 9.81 second 100 meter dash at the Rio Olympics. So, not surprising there are equally fascinating photos including the one where Bolt smiles at the camera on his way and this New York Times panoramic photo – click on that to expand and explore just about every second of the race.
From hundreds of riders on horseback dramatically galloping into the stadium to the thunderous beats performed meticulously by 2,008 tightly ranked drummers, host cities pull out all the stops to set the right tone for the Olympic Games.
The opening ceremony provides host cities the opportunity to put their culture and history on the world stage and these ceremonies have only grown more exorbitant over the years. This is Quartz’s guide to the top five ceremonies in modern Olympic history.
It’s Rio’s turn tonight…one of the five was the one in Sydney in 2000
He began an annual tradition of science fairs, arguing that if he celebrates the nation’s top athletes at the White House, he should do the same for the best young scientific talent. He often mentions the students he has met at the fairs, including Elana Simon, who at age 12 survived a rare form of liver cancer and before graduating high school helped discover its genetic cause.
Mr. Obama’s presidential science advisory committee has been the most active in history, starting 34 studies of subjects as varied as advanced manufacturing and cybersecurity. Scientists on the committee said they worked so hard because Mr. Obama was deeply engaged in their work.
San Quentin has 3,000 volunteers for an incarcerated population of about 4,000. The men can sign up to perform Shakespeare, learn anger management, get addiction therapy, do yoga and meditation, learn an instrument, work on the prison newspaper and radio program and take college courses. Research on the effects is spotty, but studies suggest that participants in such programs are far less likely to end up back in prison.
Notable among these offerings is the Last Mile, the first program to teach inmates software-engineering skills. The idea is to earn inmates a little money doing contract code writing for nearby Silicon Valley while they are still incarcerated and, more important, to prepare them for a hungry tech-job market when released.
A nice thing about Infor events is they allow me time in Manhattan and even better with two superb guides in Bill Kutik of Human Resource Executive and Rob Kugel of Ventana Research. Both spent decades in NYC and are full of trivia about the gardens, squares and skyscrapers.
I was reminded of something Rob said about the city always being in flux as I walked around town. So much has changed since my first visit here in early 80s, and yet so much is the same.
The Yellow Cab is still too cramped but now it does take credit cards and has digital displays which remind you there is no Uber like surge pricing. And yes, now Uber is here and as efficient as in other cities.
Public phones still persist! Most of them, however, mostly work off phone or credit cards. The coin slots are not sealed off so presume you can still use those.
The city is much more tourist friendly with maps like this
What the maps don't show is the ubiquitous newsstands. No Digital Transformation there!
The phones and maps will gradually be replaced by Link towers. Each Link will provide superfast, free public Wi-Fi, phone calls, device charging and a tablet for Internet browsing, access to city services, maps and directions.
The parking meter has evolved. But even better, bike sharing has taken off.
The subway now has elevators and even wireless!
I think the town has always been a great place and I hope they never finish building it!
Buyers and sellers on EBay use the site’s automated dispute-resolution tool to settle 60 million claims every year. Now, some countries are deploying similar technology to let people negotiate divorces, landlord-tenant disputes, and other legal conflicts, without hiring lawyers or going to court.
Couples in the Netherlands can use an online platform to negotiate divorce, custody, and child-support agreements. Similar tools are being rolled out in England and Canada. British Columbia is setting up an online Civil Resolution Tribunal this summer to handle condominium disputes; it will eventually process almost all small-claims cases in the province. Until now, says Suzanne Anton, the province’s minister of justice, “if you had a complaint about noise or water coming through your ceiling, you might have to go to the Supreme Court,” spending years and thousands of dollars to get a ruling.
For decades, Taiwan has been the go-to place for HP, Dell, and others that need efficient production of computers and their components. But with PC sales falling worldwide, many Taiwanese companies are trying to stem their losses by appealing to one group of customers who still rely on desktops: PC gamers who want specialized, high-powered rigs. Some companies are selling models with features designed for gameplay; others are focusing on players who custom-build their PCs.
Gamers care less about price than ordinary PC buyers do. “You want to have the features, you want to have it now, you want to have it just right, and you’re willing to pay for it,” says Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Anand Srinivasan. Computers for gamers account for 5 percent to 8 percent of total PC shipments, Srinivasan says, but average selling prices can be two to three times higher than those for ordinary machines. PC shipments worldwide fell 10.6 percent in 2015, according to market-research firm IDC, in part because of the growing popularity of smartphones.