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.
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 just announced Apple Watch will come in 6 alloy choices
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.”
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.”
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.
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.