Polina Raygorodskaya co-founded Wanderu, a website that enables travelers to shop for and book bus rides. Since launching in August, the site has had three million searches.
"Buses were always cheaper, but buses over the past ten years became cool,'' she says, noting that millennials appreciate the free Wi-Fi, electric plugs and extra leg room newer buses provide. "That coolness has started attracting the college student visiting a girlfriend for the weekend and the young professional going to Washington D.C. for a business meeting. They'd rather take a bus, plug in and use it as a mobile office.''
As the designer of the first emoji for cellphones, Shigetaka Kurita periodically fields requests that he expand the lexicon of the pictogram-like characters.
Ranging from symbols for food items like a “hot dog” to more forthright images such as a “middle finger,” the requests for new emoji reflect people’s growing reliance on emoji for injecting emotion and mood into a short e-mail or text message.
But when Mr. Kurita first started creating emoji, nearly a decade before the launch of Apple’s App Store, he had no idea they would become so universally popular. At that time he was working as part of a team preparing for the February 1999 debut of NTT Docomo’s i-mode–the world’s first major mobile Internet system.
To try and out-do the iPhone's Siri and Android's Google Now, Microsoft interviewed real personal assistants about their jobs, and tried to replicate everything they do. What sort of requests they got from their bosses, and how they handled them.
From there, engineers created what they feel is the first real digital assistant. Siri was just a prelude.
So, when Lucas Westcoat, a senior Microsoft product manager showed off what Cortana (named after a character in the Halo video game) could do, the first task was asking her for a reminder to congratulate the wife on a great new job the next time we spoke. That would kick in, he said, when the next phone call, text or e-mail from her was generated.
USAToday hosts a panel with Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson; Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants CEO Michael A. Depatie; Choice Hotels International CEO Stephen Joyce; InterContinental Hotels Group President of the Americas Kirk Kinsell; and Best Western CEO David Kong.
Photo Credit of pilot at Starwood where guests can use their smartphones as room keys
Hundreds of employers of all sizes are contracting directly or through their insurers with telehealth providers to cut medical costs and give workers 24-hour access to doctors and nurse practitioners. WellPoint teamed up with Boston-based American Well to offer telemed services to 3.5 million of its health-plan subscribers last year and intends to extend the service to another 32.5 million over the next 12 to 18 months. UnitedHealth Group began a pilot program in January, providing 310,000 subscribers in Nevada with virtual doctors’ visits.
Time interview with Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre as they move into streaming music beyond their hugely successful headsets
And the younger generation had no idea what the music was supposed to sound like. That’s why both of us take great pride in the fact that this company is turning a lot of young people onto quality sound, when what they were getting before was really bad earbuds and computers where the speakers faced the table. Dre was very frustrated with that, and we talked about that quite often, because my beginning was as a recording engineer as well. So we’ve always shared that – it was our connection from day one, speakers and audio. And this came about and we did this, and we’re very proud of the fact that an entire generation now is turned onto audio.
“Corning’s Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass inhibits the growth of algae, mold, mildew, fungi, and bacteria because of its built-in antimicrobial property, which is intrinsic to the glass and effective for the lifetime of a device,” said James R. Steiner, senior vice president and general manager, Corning Specialty Materials. “This innovation combines best-in-class antimicrobial function without compromising Gorilla Glass properties. Our specialty glass provides an excellent substrate for engineering antimicrobial and other functional attributes to help expand the capabilities of our Corning Gorilla Glass and address the needs of new markets.”
Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass is being tested with numerous manufacturers for various applications, and high-volume production capability has been demonstrated. The RoomWizard by Steelcase, a web-based room scheduling system, will feature Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass…