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  • For grandparents and relatives who aren't able to visit the children in their lives in person, Caribu is an interactive video chat app that lets you read books, play games and color together virtually to stay connected. Pokemon Go reinvented its popular outdoor gameplay with more at-home experiences, including a virtual GO Fest in July where millions of participants walked an average of 15 km (more than nine miles) each over the course of a weekend. For students whose classrooms moved to their homes, the Explain Everything digital whiteboard app offered a cloud-based collaboration tool so groups of students could continue to work together remotely. The United Nations World Food Programme's ShareTheMeal app made it easy for people to donate to provide food assistance during emergencies worldwide, with more than 87 million meals shared to date. And the Shine app for daily self-care launched a new section dedicated to the intersectionality of mental health and Black lives. 
  • The best games of the year chosen by Apple editors -- Genshin Impact for iPhone, Legends of Runeterra for iPad, Disco Elysium for Mac, Dandara Trials of Fear for Apple TV and Sneaky Sasquatch for Apple Arcade -- also reflect themes of virtual connection, learning and exploring new worlds. 
  • Apple named Disney Plus the Apple TV app of the year, likely in part due to its catalog of family-friendly shows and movies, the addition of a GroupWatch feature, and, I have to imagine, giving us more Baby Yoda with season 2 of The Mandalorian. 
  • Zoom was named Apple's iPad app of the year, which comes as no surprise: The video chat platform grew from 10 million daily meeting participants in December to more than 300 million in April, and became one of the most popular ways to connect with friends, family and colleagues during the pandemic (check out our tips for using Zoom here). 
  • The iPhone app of the year, Wakeout!, gives you 30-second bursts of movement and exercise tailored to your home, office, car or local park.
  • "This year, more than ever before, some of our most creative and connected moments happened in apps," said Apple Fellow Phil Schiller. "Around the world, we saw remarkable efforts from so many developers, and these Best of 2020 winners are 15 outstanding examples of that innovation. From helping us stay fit and mindful, to keeping our children's education on track, to helping fight hunger, their impact was meaningful to so many of us."
  • This year's selections come with a theme: The apps and games that helped make life easier, healthier and more connected during a year unlike any other in recent history. 
  • The company has collected the apps and games for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV and Apple Watch that made a difference this year.
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  • And I'd also say if you compare it to a lot of other leisure pursuits, say like watching TV or something like that, I think it's a lot more of an active endeavour than that. It's a gateway. Many children start by playing games, like I did, and then getting into programming and then using this incredible tool, the computer, to create things.
  • Games is what was my first passion, if you like, and it's also what got me into AI indirectly.I started with playing chess for various England junior teams. And then, as part of that, we got a chess computer, very early on, that I used to train on. I think that started sparking off in in my mind ideas about how does the chess computer play chess and learning about that.
  • The plan behind DeepMind was always to try to build artificial intelligence in a very general way - so, use inspiration from the way the brain works, I'd studied neuroscience as well as computer science, and try and fuse the ideas that we know from the brain and bring some of those ideas across into algorithms.
  • Firstly, it was a fascinating use of games in science - and games is another one of my interests. But secondly, it kind of suggested to me that somehow these gamers had trained their intuition and their pattern-matching capabilities so that somehow they were able to do what brute-force computer systems couldn't at the time - and actually come up with the right shapes.
  • People speculated, very famously, in the 1970s, and earlier than that, that it should be possible to do that, in theory. And ever since then, for the last five decades, people have been trying to write programs and computational methods that would allow them to directly go from the sequence to the 3D structure. In essence, it's that problem that we solved with Alpha Fold now.
  • Proteins are essential to almost every function in your body. And they're essential to all organisms. And the function of a protein depends on its 3D shape.And there's been a long-standing more than 50-year-old grand challenge in science, which is can you go from the amino acid sequence - which is like a genetic sequence of letters that describes a protein - can you just from that one-dimensional letter sequence come up with a 3D structure?
  • Dr Andriy Kryshtafovych, from the University of California, who has scrutinised the project, has described the achievement as "truly remarkable"."Being able to investigate the shape of proteins quickly and accurately has the potential to revolutionise life sciences," he said.
  • Gaming inspired Demis Hassabis, the co-founder of DeepMind, to use artificial intelligence for a recent scientific breakthrough.
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  • Satellite timing is everywhere on Earth and in everything."I think most people don't realize how much they depend on GPS day in and day out," Space Force's Burt says. "It would be a bad day if we didn't have GPS."
  • The vulnerabilities of the satellite signals are something the GPS community has been thinking about for a long time, along with the need for some sort of backup -- the idea being to provide a ground-based service that might not be as good but that would suffice when somebody's jamming or spoofing or if the satellites aren't available. 
  • That's a line-of-sight issue, and it can often be resolved by moving, if you can, to a spot with a better view of the heavens. The US government says that GPS-enabled smartphones are typically accurate to within a 16-foot (5-meter) radius under the open sky. A Lockheed Martin engineer works on a GPS IIR-M satellite in 2005. According to GPS.gov, seven of this generation of satellites are still operational. Lockheed MartinThen there's interference -- other, stronger signals making too much radio "noise" nearby. "Because it's such a weak signal, it's very, very easy to block, to jam," Goward says. "Virtually any noise within that frequency is going to keep you from hearing the GPS signal."
  • Lockheed Martin has a contract to deliver a total of 10 GPS III satellites, at a reported average cost of $529 million apiece, but the company says the last two of them will come in at around $200 million each. When that's done, it'll move ahead with a batch called GPS III F, an additional 22 satellites to continue replacing older models, through the coming decade. "It takes a long time to replenish the GPS constellation," Burgett says. "It takes years."
  • In November 2018, the FCC authorized Galileo signals to be received in the US, which made it that much more likely you'll have multiple satellites in view -- in the double figures even, when technically you only need four to get a good, accurate location. The addition of the L1C signal with GPS III will likely make matters even better. "If you have more satellites," says Garmin's Burgett, "you can have more direct line-of-sight signals available to you and you can get a better fix."  
  • Here's what GPS III promises: The signals will be three times stronger, and they'll have eight times the anti-jamming capability. The satellites are projected to have a 15-year lifespan, double that of those from the early part of the previous generation, though the older ones have tended to stay in business longer than expected. A modular design means it's easier to make timely changes on the assembly line or to send software uploads to the satellites on orbit.
  • Space Force still has military users top of mind as it carries out its GPS mission. "For us, it's to deliver sustained, reliable GPS capabilities to America's warfighters," says Maj. Gen. DeAnna Burt, director of operations and communications at Space Force headquarters in Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. Space Force also works closely with civilian and commercial partners to keep things running smoothly, she tells me. "We're always looking to improve not only our military capabilities but our civilian capabilities as well."
  • "Those GPS vehicles are only as accurate as the data we provide them," says 1st Lt. Andrew Johnson, a crew commander in the 2nd Space Operations Squadron, or 2 SOPS. "We get where the satellite thinks it is, we know where the satellite is, and we'll basically bake that into a nice little message, we'll send it up to the vehicle, and the vehicle goes, 'OK I'm actually here,' and that change in information finetunes the signal."
  • "[Location] is a byproduct of how the system works," says Scott Burgett, director of GNSS and software engineering at Garmin, which makes devices including fitness trackers and smartwatches. "All the satellites transmit signals, and they're synchronized pretty accurately, but in order to actually get your position information, you have to solve for time."
  • A GPS III satellite stands tall at Lockheed Martin's Littleton, Colorado, facility, in May 2018, a year and a half before its launch into orbit. The striped elements on top are antennas, which will be pointed earthward when the satellite is on orbit. Lockheed Martin"The GPS satellites are actually just highly precise atomic clocks, hooked to a radio transmitting a time signal," says Dana Goward, president of the Resilient Navigation and Timing Foundation, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit. On the ground, your GPS receiver -- which is what your mobile phone is, thanks to a GPS chip -- picks up the signals from four or more satellites. By measuring slight differences in the signals' time of arrival, all the way down to nanoseconds, it can calculate where you are and whether you're in motion.
  • There are 31 satellites in the GPS constellation, and 24 are considered the minimum for the core constellation to work as it's supposed to. Those two dozen are spread out in six orbital planes, so you should always be within view of at least four at any given moment. The remaining seven are essentially spares, to be rotated in as necessary. Though they're continuously beaming signals down to Earth that you'll pick up in your phone, fitness tracker or boating sat-nav device, they don't know where you are. They just broadcast, like a radio station in space.
  • GPS is the premier service among just a handful of global navigation satellite systems, or GNSS, which include the European Union's Galileo, Russia's Glonass and China's BeiDou. It's in the midst of a long-running modernization intended to deliver better signals to folks on the ground and to make the satellites more robust in space. That's good news not just for Uber drivers, pilots, bankers, geologists, farmers doing precision agriculture, and users of drones and self-driving cars but also for the sector that got the whole GPS ball rolling in the first place: the US military.
  • Gauging the overall value of GPS is nearly impossible," writes Greg Milner in Pinpoint, a 2016 book about how the space-based system came to be and the effect it's having on the world. "It has become difficult to untangle the worth of GPS from the worth of everything."
  • Robert Rodriguez/CNET"It's so much more than just driving directions," says Tonya Ladwig, acting vice president of space navigation systems at Lockheed Martin, which built that satellite.
  • The Global Positioning System has become vital to nearly all sectors of the country's critical infrastructure, with much of its work happening behind the scenes, and likely to a much greater extent than you realize. GPS tells us where we are and helps us get where we're going, but a core aspect of the technology is when -- the timing of, well, more or less a zillion things. It plays a critical role in financial transactions and stock trades, forecasting the weather, monitoring earthquakes and keeping the power grid humming.
  • Those signals will be coming from a GPS III satellite, the newest member of a constellation of satellites that have become a constant and intimate presence in our daily lives. With GPS III, we're getting not just new boxes in the sky, but a series of upgrades that'll help make the system better for all of us here on Earth. And we'll need it.
  • a SpaceX rocket roared into the heavens from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying a boxy, 5,000-pound, antenna-studded satellite toward its destination 12,500 miles away, up in what's known as medium Earth orbit. From that distant vantage point, it'll soon beam signals that will help you find your way to a friend's new house out in the suburbs or a vacation destination six hours down the coast.
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  • As punishment, Youtube said it issued a strike against OAN. Under the platform's three-strikes policy, the account can't upload videos for at least a week after the violation. YouTube said it has also halted OAN's ability to earn revenue from videos, though the news outlet can reapply for the YouTube program that allows it to monetize content. OAN couldn't immediately be reached for comment.
  • YouTube has also drawn blowback from lawmakers for its handling of misinformation. In a letter sent to YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki late Monday, a group of Senate Democrats urged the company to take down false news related to the election and its outcome. The senators also expressed concern over the effect misinformation could have on two January runoff elections in Georgia, which will decide which party controls the Senate.
  • The suspension comes as YouTube has already been criticized for not doing enough to curb misinformation spread by OAN on the platform. In the days after the US presidential election earlier this month, OAN uploaded videos that falsely declared victory for Trump and baselessly accused Democrats of rigging the contest. YouTube demonetized the videos and labeled them with the warning, "Results may not be final." 
  • Since early in this pandemic, we've worked to prevent the spread of harmful misinformation associated with COVID-19 on YouTube," Ivy Choi, a YouTube spokeswoman, said in a statement. The company said it removed the offending video "after careful review." 
  • ouTube on Tuesday said it suspended One America News, a far-right news organization, for spreading misinformation related to COVID-19.The Google-owned platform said it took action against OAN, one of President Donald Trump's favorite outlets, after it posted a video that violated a policy against claiming there's a guaranteed cure for the novel coronavirus. 
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  • That's probably the biggest letdown of the new Air -- it's new on the inside, not so much on the outside. Still just two ports. No edge-to-edge screen. No 5G. No touchscreen. Basically, all the things people prognosticate about in new-MacBook-Air prediction lists remain hypothetical. This is a transitional product. Once the new platform and software compatibility are well-established, design and feature changes may follow. 
  • Of the three new M1 Macs, the MacBook Air is the most different from its predecessor. That's because the system is finally truly fanless, replacing the cooling fans with an aluminum heat spreader inside, as well as taking advantage of the highly efficient M1 chip, which Apple says will produce less heat, do more work per watt and generally outperform even high-end Intel Macs. 
  • Testing several other MacOS-compatible games from my Steam and GOG.com libraries, I got two out of six to work, so at the moment, I'd consider this even less of a gaming-friendly machine than its predecessor, but hopefully that's an issue that can be patched or updated away soon. 
  • Assisting in this is the Rosetta 2 emulation technology, which automatically installs itself the first time you attempt to install a non-native app (as in, an app not optimized for the M1 platform). So far, it's let me install things like Adobe apps, including Photoshop and Premiere Pro, Steam for gaming and Google's Chrome web browser. 
  • The first is that much of what we do on our computers, again especially for the typical MacBook Air buyer, is done online, through cloud-based and browser-based tools. 
  • Going hands-on with the new M1-powered Apple MacBook Air feels very different from using any previous MacBook Air, even the early-2020 Intel version I tested alongside it. But that mostly comes from the new MacOS Big Sur experience, more than the hardware changes inside. Big Sur is a huge change for the Mac, with new visual flair, new controls and new ways of interfacing with your Mac.
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  • The feature's debut Tuesday brought its share of complaints about the product, with some people saying the Fleets froze, lagged or made their Twitter crash. "We're aware of some issues people may be having and are working to fix them," a Twitter spokesperson said. Twitter didn't have numbers to share for the first day of Fleeting but suggested that it's watching the response closely. 
  • "Those new to Twitter found Fleets to be an easier way to share what's on their mind," the company said. "Because they disappear from view after a day, Fleets helped people feel more comfortable sharing personal and casual thoughts, opinions and feelings." And, apparently, sharing cat content. 
  • Aside from the jokes about the name (and very existence) of Fleets, Fleet-ing tweeting Tuesday also focused on trying to understand what the stories are, exactly, and when and how to use them.  
  • As my colleague Queenie Wong reports, Fleets represent Twitter's attempt to capitalize on the social media trend toward more ephemeral content that started after Snapchat introduced Stories, a format that's been copied by other sites including Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn
  • If you're Twitter and you roll out a new feature, you can expect tweets (upon tweets upon tweets) making fun of it. Twitter's Snark Brigade did not disappoint Tuesday, unleashing a steady stream of jokes and memes in reaction to Twitter's announcement of Fleets, a new format that lets users share text, photos and videos that vanish after 24 hours. 
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  • try this experiment: Pull out a single spaghetti stick and hold it at both ends. Now bend it until it breaks. How many fragments did you make? If the answer is three or more, pull out another stick and try again. Can you break the noodle in two? If not, you’re in very good company
  • Feynman’s kitchen experiment remained unresolved until 2005
  • the forces at work when spaghetti — and any long, thin rod — is bent. They found that when a stick is bent evenly from both ends, it will break near the center, where it is most curved. This initial break triggers a “snap-back” effect and a bending wave, or vibration, that further fractures the stick. Their theory, which won the 2006 Ig Nobel Prize, seemed to solve Feynman’s puzzle
  • the forces at work when spaghetti — and any long, thin rod — is bent. They found that when a stick is bent evenly from both ends, it will break near the center, where it is most curved. This initial break triggers a “snap-back” effect and a bending wave, or vibration, that further fractures the stick. Their theory, which won the 2006 Ig Nobel Prize, seemed to solve Feynman’s puzzle. But a question remained: Could spaghetti ever be coerced to break in two?
  • according to a new MIT study, is yes — with a twist. In a paper published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers report that they have found a way to break spaghetti in two
  • The team found that if a stick is twisted past a certain critical degree, then slowly bent in half, it will, against all odds, break in two.
  • the results may have applications beyond culinary curiosities, such as enhancing the understanding of crack formation and how to control fractures in other rod-like materials such as multifiber structures, engineered nanotubes, or even microtubules in cells.
  • Heisser and Patil used the device to bend and twist hundreds of spaghetti sticks, and recorded the entire fragmentation process with a camera, at up to a million frames per second. In the end, they found that by first twisting the spaghetti at almost 360 degrees, then slowly bringing the two clamps together to bend it, the stick snapped exactly in two. The findings were consistent across two types of spaghetti: Barilla No. 5 and Barilla No. 7, which have slightly different diameters.
  • “Taken together, our experiments and theoretical results advance the general understanding of how twist affects fracture cascades,” Dunkel says.
  • e the forces at work when spaghetti — and any long, thin rod — is bent. They found that when a stick is bent evenly from both ends, it will break near the center, where it is most curved. This initial break triggers a “snap-back” effect and a bending wave, or vibration, that further fractures the stick. Their theory, which won the 2006 Ig Nobel Prize, seemed to solve Feynman’s puzzle. But a question remained: Could spaghetti ever be coerced to break in two?
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  • Michael Fauscette, chief research officer at peer-to-peer business review platform G2 Crowd, said both sides of the political divide used news stories to target Facebook users in different parts of the country
  • Kosinski noted that many people don’t mind being targeted with more relevant information — but feel cheated when it’s done without their knowledge.
  • (A Facebook spokesman told MarketWatch at the time that the study was not used to target vulnerable teenagers with advertisements, regretted that this study was carried out and said the contents of this study should not have been shared with a company
  • What your Facebook ‘likes’ say about you
  • Cambridge University’s Psychometrics Centre, said these tools were created to “access a history of behavior that might be more accurate than a survey” — and that isn’t always a bad thing. They have potentially life-saving applications in public health
  • The company carried out research on the psychological states of teenagers and found “moments when young people need a confidence boos
  • during the 2016 election. Democratic voters who were shown content about candidate Hillary Clinton being ahead in the polls, for instance, may have become complacent and less likely to vote.
  • Last month, Congress repealed laws passed by the Federal Communications Commission on what data internet service providers could collect on users.
  • his 2012 analysis of 58,000 volunteers using Facebook predicted a user’s skin color with 95% accuracy.
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  • Starship’s delivery robots work this way: Customers use a smartphone mobile application to order their delivery. A text alerts customers — “You have a robot waiting for you outside” — when the robot is near their home or business. A person must be present to receive the delivery because only the customer has a unique code to unlock the robot’s box.
  • The Washington, D.C., Council opened the door to the machines by passing legislation last month that allows up to five different robot companies to operate
  • Ralston of Redwood City said test robots rolling around the city haven’t caused any issues so far. “People enjoy seeing the little robots. Or they completely ignore them
  • The presence of video cameras in the robots is a potential privacy issue
  • Autonomous devices use high-definition cameras that can take video of people and places from a sidewalk or from the air, as in the case of a drone. Scott questions: Who controls those images? How can they be used?
  • When the devices are being operated by humans, a lower resolution feed is used and the images are blurred. And the robots can’t identify the MAC numbers of nearby cellphones, he said.
  • if somebody bothers the robot the operator [watching from a headquarters far away] can actually shout, ‘Hey! What are you doing? … The police are coming in five minutes
  • the robotic delivery invasion already has arrived in the form of machines that look like beer coolers on wheels scooting along the sidewalks
  • developed by the science fiction-sounding company Starship Technologies, will be showing up any day in the nation’s capital and in Redwood City, California. They could soon be in up to 10 cities, ferrying groceries and other packages over what the company calls the “last mile,” from a neighborhood delivery “hub” to your front door, all for as little as $1 a trip.
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  • LISTEN TO ARTICLE 5:23 SHARE THIS ARTICLE Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email In this articleGOOGLALPHABET INC-A1,212.91USD-0.17-0.01%SPXS&P 5002,815.62USD+6.07+0.22%826938ZMOZILLA CORPPrivate CompanyUSDAAPLAPPLE INC190.40USD-1.05-0.55%AMZNAMAZON.COM INC1,842.92USD-1.01-0.05% Google received a record 4.3 billion-euro ($5 billion) antitrust fine from the European Union and was ordered to change the way it puts search and web-browser apps onto Android mobile devices
  • Google received a record 4.3 billion-euro ($5 billion) antitrust fin
  • Google has used Android as a vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine," EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager told reporters. “These practices have denied rivals the chance to innovate and compete on the merits."
  • Google received a record 4.3 billion-euro ($5 billion) antitrust fine from the European Union and was ordered to change the way it puts search and web-browser apps onto Android mobile devices.
  • Google has used Android as a vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine," EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager told reporters. “These practices have denied rivals the chance to innovate and compete on the merits
  • Google declined to say what changes it might make to comply with the EU order.
  • Last year, Google faced a then-record 2.4 billion-euro penalty following an investigation into shopping-search service.
  • The EU said Google ensures that Google Search and Chrome are pre-installed on "practically all Android devices" sold in Europe. Users who find these apps on their phones are likely to stick with them and "do not download competing apps in numbers that can offset the significant commercial advantage derived on pre-installation.”
  • Google’s actions reduce the incentives for manufacturers to install and for users to seek out competing apps, it said
  • Alphabet shares were unchanged at $1,212.98 while the S&P 500 Index was little changed at 11:56 a.m. in New York.
  • LISTEN TO ARTICLE 5:23 SHARE THIS ARTICLE Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email In this articleGOOGLALPHABET INC-A1,212.91USD-0.17-0.01%SPXS&P 5002,815.62USD+6.07+0.22%826938ZMOZILLA CORPPrivate CompanyUSDAAPLAPPLE INC190.40USD-1.05-0.55%AMZNAMAZON.COM INC1,842.92USD-1.01-0.05% Google received a record 4.3 billion-euro ($5 billion) antitrust fine from the European Union and was ordered to change the way it puts search and web-browser apps onto Android mobile devices
  • Google Fined Record $5 Billion
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  • The most important lesson: When you find a good gadget repair shop, reward it with your loyalty
  • If any of the above intimidates you, there are plenty of professionals who can help.
  • Find a Fixer
  • That’s wise — a good case protects your phone from scratches and absorbs impact in the corners, edges and the back of your device.
  • Protect Your Gear
  • The more device storage you use up, the slower a gadget gets. So set a calendar reminder to do a data purge at least once a year.
  • Declutter Your Data
  • For computers, blow out the fans once a year.
  • For mobile devices, look inside the ports
  • Dirt and debris clogging up our equipment can contribute to overheating, which shortens the life of our electronics.
  • Do a Deep Clean
  • Windows users can download the app BatteryInfoView to measure battery health.
  • Mac users can click on the Apple icon, then About This Mac and then System Report. Then click on Power to see a reading on battery health.
  • Android devices have third-party apps like AccuBattery that can do a reading on your battery’s health.
  • Apple users with iPhones and iPads can open the Settings, then tap Battery and select Battery Health.
  • Because batteries can be charged only a finite number of times before they deteriorate, they will be one of the first things to go on mobile devices and laptops.
  • Check Your Battery
  • There are people out there willing to help. With retail stores for Apple and Microsoft shutting down in the pandemic and unable to service our gadgets, hiring a local fixer is now as good an idea as ever. It just takes some homework.
  • By elongating the life of our gadgets, we put more use into the energy, materials and human labor invested in creating the product.
  • Basic maintenance includes replacing batteries, cleaning out dust and purging unnecessary files that bog down our devices.
  • Many phone makers gave us incentives to buy new devices regularly, for example, while offering scarce education on steps to help our tech endure
  • How to Make Your Tech Last Longer
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  • “We have a responsibility to be in the community. If we can’t be there physically, we can be there virtually,”
  • As a result, Excelin has been able to safely continue to provide needed care to patients by conducting virtual visits when in-person visits are restricted by the patient, the family caregiver or the nursing care facility.
  • “With [virtual care], we accomplish more with less,” Carter said. “We care for more diabetics in less hours with fewer nurses by using virtual visits and condition-specific messaging to engage these patients on a daily basis with education, self-management and motivation.”
  • The future will be using technology and having a nurse in the background/back office.
  • [Our platform] allows us to touch the patient more frequently.
  • “We needed a way to get the same (or better) outcome but reduce overall care cost. It’s a no-brainer that virtual care is the answer to PDGM. Clinicians need to manage patients by outcomes and actually perform overall case management while reducing overall costs and getting better outcomes. How else can you accomplish this without virtual care?”
  • virtual care reflects the agency’s mission, vision and values. The company—which Chief Operating Officer Linda Murphy says is an early adopter of technology that counts innovation as part of company culture—initially implemented a telehealth app in order to prepare for the Patient Driven Groupings Model (PDGM).
  • This use of technology reduces the burden on our nation’s hospitals while opening up available beds for the most critical patients.
  • , front-line caregivers have been able to help hospitals discharge COVID-19 patients earlier and reduce the risk of rehospitalization by leveraging telehealth.
  • using telehealth apps’ HIPAA-compliant video functionality to conduct virtual visits with COVID-19 patients who have been discharged from partner hospitals
  • As a result, agency leaders turned to telehealth in order to protect their staff and their patients while continuing to provide care in a  manner that limits exposure and the risk of infection and transmission.
  • Where Health Care & Technology Meet
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  • But if you think about it, it is pretty similar to getting ready for any data technology. However ethics and a program to insure them is strangely missing from the available advice.
  • You have to understand the structure of your data and how the algorithms perform.
  • Points to consider in AI modeling
  • Companies can incorporate guidelines into their AI development and implementation processes to limit unintended consequences arising from AI implementation
  • Ethics in AI becomes an issue when the social context is involved.
  • Ethics evolve and can be addressed differently across jurisdictions.
  • It is not a simple issue as proper use of data is subject to current and historical ethical frameworks, regulators, cultural mores and professional organizations
  • AI ethics depend on social context
  • If your preparation for AI does not consider these risks, your program will have serious problem
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  • AI requires attention to numerous social contexts, including:
  • To the extent that AI risks involve people — the social context — we can say that they are ethical risks.
  • "The invention of the ship was also the invention of the shipwreck." Ethics, or trustworthy AI, if you like, require more than a position paper.
  • Data democratization policies that specify access rights, ‘right to see' authorizations, ethical principles, and acceptable applications for data usage across the organization;
  • Data governance that spans compliance, risk, and regulation related to data (including privacy, security, and access controls
  • Hopefully, I have demonstrated that data readiness is less about the data and more about readiness
  • In an extensive benchmark study by Capgemini Consulting, AI Readiness Benchmark POV (PDF), the term "ethics" appears only once in 30+ pages
  • but rarely is there any mention of training people in the ethical implications and setting up the mechanism for compliance.
  • With the possibility of serious negative consequences springing directly from AI projects, there needs to be more focus and discussion around ensuring ethical standards are upheld.
  • AI readiness isn’t just a technology issue – ethics matter too
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  • The point of all this isn't to say that hard-dollar ROI is necessarily better than soft-dollar ROI — it may not be. Hard-dollar ROI is always lower risk, though, because it's bankable in the near term, whereas many things may have to go right to capture soft-dollar ROI, provided the opportunity to do so exists in the first place. 
  • Not only is data relevant for creating a reasonable estimate of a future soft-dollar ROI, but establishing proof points enables you to recognize the milestones as they are achieved
  • 3. What data or proof points do you have that I will achieve the ROI?
  • Having a timeline also serves as a reality check for the technology partner by effectively saying, "I hear you selling me the dream; when will I know the dream has come true?"
  • A positive ROI that takes decades to achieve is likely not a great investment relative to other places you might invest your capital.
  • 2. How quickly can I expect to see that ROI?
  • Soft-dollar ROI, on the other hand, is more complex and speculative. It takes time to realize or may not be realized at all
  • Hard-dollar ROI can be clearly defined and quantified.
  • Any solution that doesn't deliver a positive ROI won't meet your needs — and most likely won't be around very long.
  • The answer should be an unequivocal yes
  • Will your technology provide a positive return on investment (ROI)?
  • What data or proof points do you have that I will achieve the ROI?
  • How quickly can I expect to see that ROI?
  • Will your technology generate a positive return on investment (ROI)
  • they often focus on conducting lengthy request-for-proposal (RFP) or other processes that don't cover what I consider to be three of the most consequential questions:
  • The ultimate purpose of any financial investment, however, is to make money.
  • many of the things that lead to greater profitability, such as energy efficiency or automation, have positive external effects as well (e.g., a cleaner environment or less waste)
  • While it's often the case that technology has numerous perks, when it comes to investing in technology for your property, those benefits are usually measured one way: impact to profitability
  • Three Questions To Ask Before Investing In Property Technology
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  • only one 30-minute class to start off the morning, then extending to 45 minutes when they’ve had some practice. Afternoon “choice time” with enrichment classes is also optional.
  • “They’re kids, they can’t be on the computer all day, it gets tiring,” she said, offering as an example a “50/50 solution”
  • In an effort to improve these barriers, some teachers are introducing “breakout rooms” in virtual classrooms where students get some time to chat one-on-one with their classmates
  • Martha Martin, Tom’s older sister who’s in ninth grade, said doing distance learning since spring has made her better at using technology
  • and noted that his family is privileged to have an expensive tablet for his child’s use
  • These programs have made teaching more approachable for Carrie Johnston, a
  • Another 150 hotspots will be available for families if the poor air quality from nearby wildfires improves and the EdHub is able to reopen on Wednesday, according to district spokeswoman Trish McDermott.
  • as well as access to school supplies and books,
  • said internet connectivity is an issue for many families,
  • ferent devices, including two Chromebooks from the district and Rattan’s personal computer, but the day ended with her son being marked absent despite repeated attempts to access his class
  • who is in special education, wasn’t able to access his class through the provided Zoom link
  • a jumble of internet learning technology, trouble-shooting virtual classrooms and Wi-Fi connections, and settling in to their first-ever fall — and foreseeable future — with distance learning
  • Berkeley schools are relying on technology to kick off distance learning this fall, with mixed results
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  • We have a long way to go, but we’re absolutely committed to achieving greater diversity at Facebook and across the industry,
  • “Social protests have forced the hands of companies, large and small, to take action. It is time.”
  • “We’ve agreed [inclusion] was a problem since at least 2013, but everyone was waiting for everyone else to do something,
  • “There is a sense of urgency; recent events accelerated our plans,” Judith Williams, SAP’s global head of people sustainability and chief diversity and inclusion officer, told MarketWatch. “We have to change the dynamic of our industry, and better reflect society.”
  • a pass on hiring black women and Latinas, as they did during the 2008 financial crisis,” said Bertina Ceccarelli, chief executive of nonprofit NPower, a leader in tech training programs. “But with the recent protests and acute visibility of systemic racism, this encourages companies to expand recruiting and training plans.”
  • “You have to start from Day One on diversity. Your company has to reflect the nation.”
  • is hopeful that social awareness and empathy with the black community enhances its ability to finally secure venture-capital funding, said Love, who is black.
  • Concrete goals and money to fund the efforts could make a difference, though
  • In a May Corporate Responsibility Report, the company released diversity goals of increasing the number of women in technical roles to 40% and doubling the number of women and underrepresented minorities in senior roles by 2030.
  • “Most companies just stay in the lane of what is legally required,” Barnard, who is white, told MarketWatch. “We can all do better.
  • Tech companies large and small offer targets for hiring black workers and devote large sums to the effort, but black tech workers say ‘We’ve heard it before
  • After years of talk, tech companies appear to be getting serious about diversity efforts
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  • Smartphone shipments could plummet 11.9% this year to 1.2 billion, according to market researchers at IDC who see a “global demand-side problem.
  • Electronic Arts Chief Executive Blake Jorgensen told investors that sports fans were flocking to its “Madden,” “FIFA,” and “NHL” titles as substitutes for watching live sporting events
  • Netflix had its biggest quarter ever, but must compete with a host of new rivals that were in the works well before the pandemic, and the struggles of Quibi show that success is unlikely to be universal.
  • The key for both Slack and Zoom will be finding ways to convince free customers to pay up for these services even once employees start returning to the workplace again in large numbers, and battling a suddenly relevant Microsoft Teams offering, that attempts to combine their core features and another tech titan.
  • “Zoom” became a verb in the first 100 days of the pandemic, showing how software previously known largely to certain industries and finance nerds could explode into public consciousness when the need arises. Zoom Video Communications Inc. ZM, +2.03% saw 300 million daily meeting participants at its peak in recent weeks, more than 30 times its 2019 peak of roughly 10 million.
  • That leaves Apple. Consumers aren’t as likely to make big device purchases given financial uncertainty and temporary retail store closures, and that could continue to weigh on the iPhone maker’s business
  • Amazon and Microsoft especially seem secure, although Amazon will spend its operating profit in an attempt to bolster its operation
  • That extra $1 trillion-plus is the confidence investors have put into the continued resilience of the five Big Tech companies, which have established businesses in hot areas along with vast resources and customers and may only be rivaled by each other
  • Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Alphabet Inc. GOOGL, -1.26% GOOG, -1.04% and Facebook were worth a combined $4.8 trillion at the end of trading March 10, the day before WHO’s declared an official pandemic. On Wednesday, they closed at a combined valuation of roughly $6 trillion.
  • In the first quarter, sales in the information-technology sector of the S&P 500 SPX, +0.05% index rose 4.3%, less than the expected 6.7% but stronger than a slight contraction in the first quarter of 2019.
  • Data show a more nuanced shift in U.S. tech behavior, one that does benefit newer technologies that seem to be tailor-made for a population trapped at home with an internet connection: Endless streaming media, instant video chats with friends anywhere in the world, constant connections to coworkers.
  • One hundred days after the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a worldwide pandemic, tech stocks have bounced back along with companies’ supply chains and executives’ bright outlooks.
  • How the pandemic has changed tech in its first 100 days
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  • Rolling blackouts are not an acceptable or inevitable result of heatwaves. The recent blackouts were caused by a lack of planning and procurement for sufficient capacity to cope with increasingly extreme heat waves caused by climate disruption, as well as other factors.
  • Power Outages Are Not Acceptable—or Inevitable
  • Heat pump water heaters (HPWHs) can also double as clean-energy batteries by storing water heated by emissions-free solar energy to use during times when the sun isn’t shining, reducing strain on the grid at key times to avoid outages.
  • Flexible Loads to Help Avoid Grid Outages
  • . A recent study from UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health finds that replacing gas with efficient electric appliances in California homes would prevent about 350 premature deaths each year and produce $3.5 billion in annual health benefits from cleaner air.
  • Heat pump appliances can also improve both indoor and outdoor air quality. They have filters that clean the air of particulate matter from fires, mold, and allergens while providing cooling or heating.
  • Cleaner Air Inside Your Home
  • In addition, with a heat pump, families that mostly need heating during the winter can also occasionally benefit from in-home cooling to protect against sudden and life-threatening spikes in temperature like we’ve seen this week in California. <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="https://assets.nrdc.org/sites/default/files/styles/full_content/public/media-uploads/home_with_heat_pumps_-_2.26.20.jpg?itok=CytBoXfI" width="634" height="476" alt="Homes with heat pumps" />
  • But heat pumps also offer cooling using the same equipment—just press a button and you get a nice cool breeze while a heatwave rages outside
  • Moving to super-high efficiency heat pump technology for water heating and space heating reduces climate pollution by avoiding the use of fossil gas (aka “natural” gas) or propane.
  • Affordable Air Conditioning
  • They are a core technology for reducing the climate pollution coming from our homes and buildings.
  • Heat pumps are a super-efficient electric technology for heating (and cooling) homes and heating water.
  • modern electric heat pumps are a climate-proof technology that can help Californians survive and thrive during these difficult times.
  • Let’s Ride These Heatwaves with Heat Pump Technology
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  • I'm here so that people can place their trust in a well-earned trustworthiness institution. That is to say, people come up with social innovations, regardless of whether it's, for example, using a traditional rice cooker to disinfect a mask, or that they think that the CDC medical officer should wear a pink medical mask to support boys who don't want to go to school because all they have is pink medical masks — and the officer actually did wear a pink mask — and all this, I think, is just those great ideas. I'm merely someone who maintains the operating system so that this institution can respond in a more agile fashion.
  • So, one of the most popular maps that shows the mask availability has been modified from the AirBox map. The AirBox is an inexpensive [less than $100 USD] measuring device to measure the air quality.
  • There was a person named Howard Wu in Tainan city who developed a map so that people could see the nearby places and exactly how many masks there are in stock.
  • And the counter-pandemic effort is mostly about getting people to understand the science and the epidemiology so that people can innovate and wash their hands more vigorously, wear a mask to remind oneself to keep their unwashed hands away from their faces, and making sure that each pharmacy has sufficient supply.
  • It has seen fewer than 500 cases and seven deaths. Much of that success has been attributed to Taiwan's approach to technology.
  • ang helps develop digital tools that connect citizens with government officials and vice versa.
  • Taiwan is battling coronavirus with technology and trus
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  • Ultimately, every new technology a local government implements should always either improve citizens’ lives, save them money or both.
  • Always consider what and how things should be communicated to citizens when implementing new technology.
  • 7. Will citizens be affected by this change? How will information be communicated to them?
  • Failure is part of innovation. To prepare for this, agencies should always have a Plan B in case the new product doesn’t work out as expected.
  • 6. What’s the exit strategy if this solution doesn’t work?
  • Things ALWAYS take longer than expected.
  • 5. What is the realistic timeline to launch, including staff training?
  • IT managers have mixed feelings on this. For some, it’s a good opportunity to quickly onboard a new tool -- especially if the local government has an existing relationship with the vendor. Others avoid these deals.
  • Many vendors are offering their services for free for a limited time,
  • 4. If a product or service is being offered for free right now, what will it cost when it’s time to renew, and will our budget accommodate it?
  • Be sure to understand what training and ongoing support the vendor will provide, what costs (if any) are associated with that and what additional resources
  • It doesn’t matter how groundbreaking a piece of technology is -- if people can’t or won’t use it, then it’s not a good solution
  • 3. Will people use it?
  • Besides confirming that their own systems have layers of security, agencies should do a deep dive with vendors on those firms' security protocols -- and if they don’t have any or can’t describe them, that’s a red flag.
  • As IT managers well know, cybersecurity is a top priority when assessing new technology. It’s important they dig into how the vendor stores data and who actually owns it.
  • 2. What security measures are needed to protect agency networks, and who owns the data?
  • Working with applications that are already available can bypass the purchasing and onboarding processes, saving valuable tim
  • Messaging tools like Microsoft Teams were used for file sharing and email reduction, and PayPal accounts were considered as a way to pay taxes.
  • Sometimes the answer is already in at hand. Before implementing something new, look at the existing stack to see what could be applied more broadly.
  • 1. Are there any installed tools that could solve for some/all of the problem at hand?
  • Each IT department faces a slightly different equation, based on current technology, processes and resources.
  • 7 questions to ask before implementing new technology
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  • . Can we now solve these problems with new tech capabilities?
  • With new tech, we can revisit every problem already solved in the world, and check if we can provide a better answer
  • But Why Should I Care?
  • . Considering the last decade of innovation: when we said "digital," we essentially meant "web and mobile." Today digital means IoT, AI, Decentralization, AR/VR/MR, and a host of other technologies
  • To make the four mentioned questions clearer, let's take a more recent example: the age of mobile and web connectivity. Imagine that you are an entrepreneur somewhere around 2009:
  • 1. What technologies are available?
  • what these technologies can do
  • 3. Which business problems am I facing?
  • 4. Can these capabilities solve my business problems?
  • But there is an additional layer here - the dialogue between tech and business. When tech revolves around mechanical development (engines, machines, etc.), business problems tend to revolve or define themselves around similar capabilities. A combustion engine could not solve math problems, but it could power things. Business questions started spinning around pow
  • How can technology help me solve my business problems? How can it make my business better?
  • What is changing is how we resolve these challenges, and here tech plays a major role
  • Tech can also be a revenue generator in its own right: for example, AWS is a major revenue generator for Amazon.
  • Technology, we quickly learned, is a business differentiator. Fast forward to today, technology is the enabler of businesses, and in many cases, tech is the business itself.
  • The “Tech And Business” Ongoing Dialogue
  • as businesses become more complex to run, better tools are needed to meet these challenges, and this is where technology comes in.  
  • Differentiation of offerings, personalization of experiences, utilization of resources, optimization of processes.., these have been, are, and will be the challenges of businesses over time and geography.
  • How Technology Can Help Solve (My) Business Problems
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  • These restaurants do not have a public persona to live up to, so they can serve as the fulfillment centers for several different restaurant brands. A “virtual” hamburger joint, for example, might use a robot to flip burgers, reducing the chance of contaminating food while increasing the speed of food production and reducing staffing costs.
  • Food preparation
  • Many diners would have complained about this level of automation pre-COVID-19, but people are eager to return to some level of normalcy and surveys consistently demonstrate that concern about the virus remains high.
  • Reducing the number of human interactions automatically mitigates the potential spread of COVID-19 and all viral infections. Ordering from a “kiosk” located at each table is a tried-and-true method of taking food orders.
  • Server interactions.
  • Infrared-enabled wall mirrors are one potential technology that companies like Deluxe are evaluating closely.
  • Next to strict adherence to social distancing measures and the use of PPE, identifying potential sources of exposure is one of the most effective tools in the fight against spreading viral illnesses.
  • Super spreaders
  • There are emerging technologies that utilize sensors and 3D perception software to provide this service, sending real-time updates on overcrowding so businesses can make faster, better-informed decisions
  • Density
  • their dollars will gravitate toward establishments that invest in technology that offers peace of mind. Some of these advancements are truly cutting edge, but others have been around for a while and are finding support in an industry suddenly forced to focused on public health. Below are five risk areas and the mitigation technologies that can help to solve them. 
  • How Technology Can Augment COVID-19 Safety Procedures
  • A more likely scenario is that a vaccine will enable governments to manage the virus more effectively, reducing—but not eliminating—infections.
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  • “We want Google to take real steps to help dismantle racism,” employees wrote. “We as a society have moved past the point where saying Black Lives Matter is enough, we need to show it in our thinking, in our words and in our actions that Black lives do matter to us.”
  • He also outlined how Google will give $12 million to racial justice organizations
  • Earlier this month, IBM said it would no longer sell its facial recognition technology, which has become a tool for policing and mass surveillance. Meanwhile, Microsoft recently said it won’t sell facial recognition technology to police without federal regulation and Amazon halted police use of its facial recognition tech for one year
  • Google is not the only tech company that has contracted with police departments and other law enforcement agencies. Salesforce, for example, has long held a contract with Customs and Border Protection, despite protest from employees and others.
  • “We have a long way to go to address the full legacy of racism but to begin with — we should not be in the business of profiting from racist policing. We should not be in the business of criminalizing Black existence while we chant that Black Lives Matter. We, the undersigned Googlers, call on you to stop making our technology available to police forces.” 
  • employees go on to say they want to be proud of the company they work for. They also want Google to speak to their values, the letter says
  • We’re committed to work that makes a meaningful difference to combat systemic racism, and our employees have made over 500 product suggestions in recent weeks, which we are reviewing,”
  • “Why help the institutions responsible for the knee on George Floyd’s neck to be more effective organizationally? Not only that, but the same Clarkstown police force being advertised by Google as a success story has been sued multiple times for illegal surveillance of Black Lives Matter organizers.
  • A growing group of more than 1,666 Google employees is demanding Google stop selling its technology to police departments, TechCrunch has learned.
  • Google employees demand company stop selling tech to police
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  • As the standards for verifying this kind of evidence continues to improve and gains wider use, legal acceptance of it should grow
  • . And with more institutional backing from major donors and international organizations, efforts to monitor and document abuses from the ground up are increasing the odds of success for human rights advocac
  • Still, overall, it seems increasingly likely that technology has a bright future for ensuring human rights accountability.
  • . In many cases, human rights activists who want to use social media to crowdsource accounts of abuses must rely on private technology companies whose goals may not be aligned with theirs
  • Another NGO, eyeWitness to Atrocities, has created a mobile camera app that embeds images and footage with metadata from the moment they were created, helping to ensure the accuracy needed to enable their use in legal proceedings.
  • Witness, a Brooklyn-based NGO that works to share knowledge on the use of technology for human rights accountability, has also developed a comprehensive guide on the use of video as evidence
  • n 2016, Amnesty International launched the Digital Verification Corps in collaboration with six universities around the world, to pioneer new approaches to the accurate use of new and emerging technologies to monitor human rights abuses.
  • n. The proliferation of “deep fake” images, which are manipulated using artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies, is also a growing concern
  • Given the novelty of these technologies and how rapidly they have been deployed, standards and practices for their use have lagged behind, which could potentially limit their effectivenes
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles have been used for similar purposes, and the information gathered re
  • satellite images played an important role in uncovering the systematic nature of attacks on civilian populations by the notorious Janjaweed militias.
  • They use smart phones and video recorders, among other tools, to document an array of human rights abuses, from massacres of civilians to forced migration to the destruction of housing.
  • With the introduction of smart phones in the intervening years, the value of crowdsourced tools like Ushahidi for human rights work has increased massively
  • A group of lawyers, activists and coders built Ushahidi, Swahili for “witness,” an application that allowed Kenyans to document and report the details of riots, attacks by police and soldiers, and other violent incidents they witnessed through text or email.
  • The proliferation of internet-connected mobile devices allows anyone to document abuses in real time, including Darnella Frazier, the teenager who filmed the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis
  • The aim was to create a database of news articles and other reports of atrocities, which were obtained mostly through written sources like news articles, NGO reports, and correspondence with victims and witnesses, which were manually entered into the database
  • They might never have been exposed without new technologies like smart phones and social media, whose use for accountability is transforming human rights.
  • How New Technologies Are Holding Human Rights Abusers Accountable
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  • Finally, it is worth keeping in mind that the vendors of smaller third-party products are often small organizations
  • Integrating each tool with the other can be complex and difficult which means the enterprise IT team will need to be excellent at integrating third-party products together
  • Integrating Tools
  • end-users are losing 29 minutes per week due to poor sound quality on voice calls
  • , over 75% of whom work within organizations of over 200 people, the most popular of these platforms for are: Skype for Business (used by 38% of end users)Microsoft Teams (27%) Webex (16%
  • employees would benefit from higher quality audio solutions
  • One of the other areas of technology that has been creating problems for remote workers is audio for video or sound-conferencing,
  • The Problem With Sound
  • Experience needs to be managed to create the best environment for employees to be able to interact and collaborate with each other seamlessly
  • Collaboration tools can be a great way to ensure all employees have direct communication with each other at a pace that is conducive to spawn creativity and innovation
  • 38% had issues with VPN access to critical software 37% had problems with Wi-Fi connectivity and reliability, and 35% had challenges using video conferencing apps
  • in-office employees were losing 28 minutes of work for every IT issue, a pretty dismal state of affairs for both employee engagement and business continuity
  • Wasting Time With Technology
  • Building technology capability which enables flexibility in the workforce has now become a must-do for all organizations.
  • out that although the idea of flexible working has been around now for many years, the use of technology to enable working from anywhere at any-time has plateaued in recent years
  • However, not all technology is helping workers in this respect.
  • Gartner estimates that 88% of organizations have encouraged or mandated employees to work from home due to COVID-19.
  • Why Technology Can Still Create Obstacles to Remote Working
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  • "I think TikTok sees that and wants to distinguish itself from Huawei," he added.
  • In May, it hired former Disney executive Kevin Mayer as its CEO, and it has repeatedly said that its data centers are located entirely outside of China where that data is not subject to Chinese law.
  • said firms must choose between giving up on part of the world, or decentralizing their operations to such a point that the company is essentially two or more different entities.
  • For the tech companies stuck trying to navigate this world, there are no easy options.
  • The advancement of technology in other parts of the world also suggests that there are "evolving, multiple playbooks" beyond the rivalry between the United States and China
  • Washington has for more than a year been pressuring its allies to keep the Chinese company's telecommunications equipment out of their 5G networks
  • "Both the US and China have demonstrated they're willing to weaponize global trade and supply chains," the analysts added.
  • As the relationship between the world's two largest economies deteriorates, several analysts warned that the fallout will have major implications for every global power, along with the tech companies that operate across their borders.
  • Eurasia Group, in a report published earlier this year that noted how Chinese President Xi Jinping is calling for the country to break its technological dependence on the United States.
  • The United States has also imposed sanctions on prominent Chinese tech firms and taken steps to limit Beijing's access to America's vast capital markets.
  • The Trump administration has accused China of stealing US technology, an issue central to the damaging trade war that has colored the relationship between the two since 2018.
  • "Made in China 2025," Beijing's ambitious plan to shed the country's reliance on foreign tech by spending billions of dollars in areas such as wireless communications, microchips and robotics
  • While IBM (IBM) and Microsoft (MSFT) were driving American innovation in the 1980s, China was laying down the foundation for its Great Firewall — a massive censorship mechanism that shuts out content widely available elsewhere on the interne
  • "My impression is that the tech companies are only now waking up to the fact that life in the future is going to be a lot less globalized,"
  • That review comes after the United States, which has repeatedly targeted Huawei, imposed sanctions on the company that could prevent other firms from supplying it with the chipsets it needs to build its next-generation technology.
  • recent tensions over national security have pushed their governments and businesses to reconsider those partnerships.
  • "It is becoming harder to be a truly global tech platform," said Dipayan Ghosh, the co-director of the Digital Platforms and Democracy Project at the Harvard Kennedy Schoo
  • Then, on Monday, US authorities said they would look at banning the app because they consider it a possible threat to national security.
  • The first major hit came last month, when TikTok was blocked in India after a heated border clash with China left at least 20 Indian soldiers dead.
  • A new world war over technology
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  • Just keep in mind that smart home products can create more problems than they solve
  • Does it solve a problem?
  • Is the software easy to update?
  • Let’s use an iPad as an example. If you wanted an iPad, you could pay $329 for the base model with 32 gigabytes of storage. But it’s probably a better idea to spend $429 on the model with 128 gigabytes of storage — that’s quadruple the capacity, which you can use to hold apps, games, photos and videos for years to come.
  • But it does mean investing in configurations that will make you happier in the long run, said Nick Guy, a senior staff writer for Wirecutter, a New York Times publication that tests products.
  • Another rule of thumb to consider is investing more in a product to make it last.
  • Should I spend more?
  • People tend to have more problems with products that have moving parts, like printers with ink cartridges, than with electronics like TVs or tablets, said Jerry Beilinson, a technology editor at Consumer Reports.
  • Like household appliances, tech products have failure rates — the ratio of working to defective units
  • Is the product reliable?
  • Wireless earphones like Apple’s AirPods and Bose’s QuietComfort 35 are examples of popular products with irreplaceable batteries. Once the batteries die, you have to buy a brand-new pair
  • Fortunately, most phones and laptops have batteries that can be replaced by professionals
  • One of the clearest indicators of a product’s durability is whether the batteries are replaceable. Gadgets that work without wires are powered by a lithium-ion battery, which can be charged only a finite number of times before it deteriorates.
  • Is the battery replaceable?
  • Find out whether there’s a community of enthusiasts. Sometimes there are no local fixers who can help with a product, but there may be enthusiasts who write their own guides that you can follow
  • Check if local technicians can service the device.
  • Consult iFixit, a website that offers instructions on gadget repairs. For some products, the site tears apart gadgets and does an analysis on its ease of repair.
  • Before you buy it, find out whether you or a professional can easily fix it.
  • Is the tech easy to repair?
  • Here’s the thing: This is all the doing of marketing professionals, seared into our subconscious. The reality is that consumer electronics, such as your phone, computer or tablet, can last for many years. It just takes some research to obtain tech that will endure.
  • How to Buy Tech That Lasts and Lasts
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  • When developing a tech product, rely on your passion and drive to help your audience by making their lives easier, safer, balanced and healthy.
  • Seeking to help
  • 4. Look for other demographic connections and opportunities
  • For me, having the "coolest tech" was a big factor in developing my phone. Kids don't want clunky, old-looking technology
  • Considerations might include peers and influencers, trends, risks and threats, and legislative or social changes in society
  • It's important to know how this impacts the type of tech product they might need or want. 
  • 3. Understand the impact of their external environment 
  • It can be challenging in some respects, especially if you're further removed from your demographic. In addressing my dual segment of kids and parents, I was fortunate to have my own children for their perspectives and my parental experience to use as a basis
  • Part of that research for developing a tech product for a specific demographic goes beyond collecting data. It means looking at life the way through the same lens that your audience segment would to better understand why they hav
  • 2. See life through their eyes
  • When it came to my smartphone for kids, I had to do that deep dive into research with both kids and parents to understand all of the aforementioned areas.
  • Use your idea of what you think they need and build on that by doing extensive market research.
  • 1. Differentiate your specific demographic from the rest 
  • The point again is that age isn't always a black-and-white demographic to use for tech product development
  • oduct is at the other end of the age spectrum, as it is made specifically for kids
  • My product is at the other end of the age spectrum, as it is made specifically for kids
  • Tech developers take into consideration their target demographic's wants and needs to develop tech that will solve their problems and be the most useful for them.
  • Good tech is designed with a specific user in mind
  • Four Strategies For Developing Tech Products For Specific Demographics
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  • Over time, Google and Apple will likely face growing pressure to surveil COVID‑19 patients just as closely as they follow those who use their maps.
  • They have designed their COVID‑19 alert system to prevent the centralized collection of data and promised that the system will disappear with the disease
  • Now, according to the nonprofit Privacy International, at least 27 countries have begun using cellphone data to track the spread of the coronavirus
  • More than anything, it needs an aura of competence to cover for its flailing efforts. As the nation awaits a vaccine, the government may have no choice but to rely on Big Tech to compensate for its gaps in ability and expertise
  • As the pandemic accelerates Big Tech’s insinuation into government affairs, the industry’s most powerful companies will almost certainly exploit their relationships with agencies to damage less powerful rivals and extract lucrative contracts
  • This same basic logic led Amazon to plant its second headquarters on the Potomac River, and it’s led companies like Google and Microsoft to build relationships with the intelligence community
  • When Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg appeared before the Senate in 2018, he preemptively conceded, “I think the real question as the internet becomes more important in people’s lives is what is the right regulation, not whether there should be [regulation] or not
  • Like John Galt, the protagonist of Atlas Shrugged, they muttered about the evils of government and how it kept down great innovator
  • Tech executives didn’t always yearn to work in league with government.
  • The blessings bestowed by the online economy in this strange time are indisputable, and we should be grateful for them.
  • Public health and education may be traditional functions of government, but Nadella suggested that his industry should share the burden: “We at Microsoft view ourselves as digital first responders
  • Also in April, Google and Apple announced that they would suspend their rivalry to work with nations of the world to create a new alert system
  • The challenges we face demand an unprecedented alliance between business and government.”
  • The government has flailed in its response to the pandemic, and Big Tech has presented itself as a beneficent friend, willing to lend a competent hand
  • In the midst of the pandemic, Google Meet has become a delivery mechanism for school. AmazonFresh has made it possible to shop for groceries without braving the supermarket.
  • Many Americans have come to view them as wellsprings of disinformation, outrage, and manipulation—and have noticed that the most profitable companies in human history haven’t always lived by the idealism of their slogans
  • The founding fathers of Big Tech really did view their creations as essential, and essentially good.
  • What Big Tech Wants Out of the Pandemic
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  • “Yes, Juneteenth is just one day, and we have yet to see how the nation will respond to the injustices in the months and years to come
  • Today, Facebook announced it would spend at least $100 million annually with Black-owned suppliers.
  • Forming habits around hiring Black people, promoting Black employees, paying Black employees fairly, funding Black founders and making room for Black people in leadership positions is what will lead to concrete change in this industry. 
  • tech companies need to go beyond one-off actions and form habits around racial justice work.
  • making statements about standing with the Black community and donating money, companies need to ensure they take more than just actions to combat racism in tec
  • Sure, had these companies not gone public with their respective Juneteenth plans, it’s possible other companies would not have followed suit.
  • Other plans by companies include encouraging employees to use the day as a time to learn about racial injustice or to officially commemorate the day on Google Calendar. It’s worth noting that Apple added Juneteenth to its iOS calendar back in 2018. 
  • , many tech companies have announced plans to make Juneteenth an official holiday for employees or recognize the day in some other way. Jack Dorsey, CEO of Square and Twitter, was the first major tech CEO to announce that Juneteenth would be a paid holiday for employees. Since then, companies like Facebook, Google, Amazon, Uber and Lyft have announced their own respective plans to commemorate the day.
  • Tech companies just found out about Juneteenth, and this is what they’re doing
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  • These neural representations of task rules are maintained in the prefrontal cortex
  • In the new study, Halassa wanted to further investigate the relationship between the mediodorsal thalamus and the prefrontal cortex.
  • a professor of psychology at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, described the study as a major leap forward in the field of cognitive neuroscience.
  • When we move between different contexts like this, our brain holds multiple sets of rules in mind so that it can switch to the appropriate one when necessary.
  • This region, called the mediodorsal thalamus, suppresses representations that are not currently needed.
  • In a 2017 study published in Nature, Halassa and his colleagues showed that the mediodorsal thalamus helps the prefrontal cortex to keep a thought in mind by temporarily strengthening the neuronal connections in the prefrontal cortex that encode that particular thought.
  • The findings could help guide the development of better artificial intelligence algorithms,
  • The findings could help guide the development of better artificial intelligence algorithms,
  • The findings could help guide the development of better artificial intelligence algorithms, Halassa says. The human brain is very good at learning many different kinds of tasks — singing, walking, talking, etc. However, neural networks (a type of artificial intelligence based on interconnected nodes similar to neurons) usually are good at learning only one thing. These networks are subject to a phenomenon called “catastrophic forgetting” — when they try to learn a new task, previous tasks become overwritten. Halassa and his colleagues now hope to apply their findings to improve neural networks’ ability to store previously learned tasks while learning to perform new ones. The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Brain and Behavior Foundation, the Klingenstein Foundation, the Pew Foundation, the Simons Foundation, the Human Frontiers Science Program, and the German Ministry of Education. Topics: Research, Memory, Brain and cognitive sciences, Artificial intelligence, Neuroscience, McGovern Institute, School of Science, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Related Halassa LabMcGovern InstituteDepartment of Brain and Cognitive SciencesSchool of Science Archives Study reveals a basis for attention deficits How the brain controls sleep New study reveals how brain waves control working
  • he findings could help guide the development of better artificial intelligence algorithms, Halassa says. The human brain is very good at learning many different kinds of tasks — singing, walking, talking, etc. However, neural networks (a type of artificial intelligence based on interconnected nodes similar to neurons) usually are good at learning only one thing. These networks are subject to a phenomenon called “catastrophic forgetting” — when they try to learn a new task, previous tasks become overwritten. Halassa and his colleagues now hope to apply their findings to improve neural networks’ ability to store previously learned tasks while learning to perform new ones. The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Brain and Behavior Foundation, the Klingenstein Foundation, the Pew Foundation, the Simons Foundation, the Human Frontiers Science Program, and the German Ministry of Education. Topics: Research, Memory, Brain and cognitive sciences, Artificial intelligence, Neuroscience, McGovern Institute, School of Science, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Related Halassa LabMcGovern InstituteDepartment of Brain and Cognitive SciencesSchool of Science Archives Study reveals a basis for attention deficits How the brain controls sleep
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  • hen there’s Hitachi’s automated hand-washing monitoring device, which detects whether workers wash their hands sufficiently — for at least 20 seconds —
  • Hitachi created a device that detects elevated body temperature from up to 10 feet away
  • The robot, which has sensors and a 360-degree camera, is steered around the park remotely and uses its built-in speaker to play a recorded message when it comes across people defying social-distancing rules
  • “All it does is damage the DNA or RNA in that bacteria and kill it,”
  • “One of the useful properties of UV light in general is that it doesn’t distinguish between drug-resistant bacteria and drug-sensitive bacteria,”
  • But it can still zap microbes, bacteria and viruses on surfaces and in the air.
  • The technology uses a shorter band of wavelength that can’t penetrate the skin, and therefore won’t damage the cells and tissue under it, said David Brenner, director of the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University.
  • But UVC light can’t be blasted into rooms where people are. Prolonged exposure to it can cause skin cancer, cornea damage and other problems
  • Other companies making UV robots include Xenex, Tru-D, Puro Lighting and Surfacide. Many of these are stationary — rather than mobile — robots.
  • Mr. Risager said scientists had long lauded UVC light as a weapon against SARS, MERS and other viruses
  • The CARES Act, which offers funding for tech upgrades in the United States, is also spurring companies to embrace shiny new technology faster — and more willingly — than in the past.
  • “This robot kills 99.99 percent of viruses, bacteria and fungal spores,”
  • The robot moves autonomously through a room, using ultraviolet-C light to destroy the RNA in a virus and DNA in bacteri
  • So when six doctors contracted Covid-19 at his hospital in Sardinia two months ago, he once again turned to technology — in this case, UVD Robots — to disinfect the rooms.
  • Fighting the Coronavirus With Innovative Tech
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  • From an IT perspective, employees will be coming back into the office with a host of new WFH habits, including some that they will want to keep.
  • 5. Re-adapting to office life
  • Clarke is working with mobile technology company Bullitt Group on a guide to employers on new habits to promote with employees in the workplace.
  • is how to make sure that all incoming equipment is clean, in the more physical sense of the term. 
  • 4. Germs – but not only the digital one
  • To mitigate the consequences of these bad habits, Watnik recommends proceeding under the assumption that all passwords have been compromised, and immediately mandate that all employees change the passwords they normally use.
  • More often than not, however, this means that employees have shared credentials to open the device, or altogether disabled the need for password authentication.
  • 3. Laptops at home: a free-for-all
  • One solution is to try and deal with the problem at the root, by raising awareness among employees that they should stay on top of their device's health, even in a seemingly less formal home environment.
  • To those devices that will make it back in the workplace, and be used to access company networks, it's wise to make sure all of the applicable software patches and updates have actually been installed
  • 2. Procrastinating the security updates
  • "Ban the use of personal laptops in the office during the 'return to work' transition, at least until all personal laptops have been inspected for such issues by IT personnel," he recommends.
  • 1. Mixing work and play
  • IT teams are going to see a 180-degree shift in focus: one towards making work safe again in the office. These are the bad habits that employees have adopted at home, and which will cause an IT nightmare back in the office – as well as top tips on how to work around them.
  • In fact, up to half of employees have admitted they are cutting corners when it comes to cybersecurity at home. With this in mind, IT professionals are anticipating a wave of unwanted problems making their way into office networks as soon as workers start coming in with unsafe devices. 
  • With organizations across the globe switching to remote working overnight, the majority of IT professionals report that their workloads have increased significantly – by as much as 37%, according to recent research. And unfortunately for support desks, this might only be the beginning. 
  • Going back to the office? Here are five major tech problems that lie ahead of you
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  • Its incarceration rate rose fivefold between 1970 and 2008. Relative to its population, it now locks up seven times as many people as France, 11 times as many as the Netherlands and 15 times as many as Japan
  • prosecutors to avoid seeking the maximum penalties for non-violent drug offenders. This reform caused a modest reduction in the number of federal prisoners
  • along with previous convictions for drug possession and livestock neglect, forced the judge to sentence her to ten years in prison.
  • The more people a country imprisons, the less dangerous each additional prisoner is likely to be. At some point, the costs of incarceration start to outweigh the benefits
  • Reserve prison for the worst offenders. Divert the less scary ones to drug treatment, community service and other penalties that do not mean severing ties with work, family and normality
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy—counselling prisoners on how to avoid the places, people and situations that prompt them to commit crimes—can reduce recidivism by 10-30%, and is especially useful in dealing with young offenders.
  • Each year she serves will cost taxpayers roughly $30,000—enough to pay the fees for three struggling students at the University of Iowa
  • Donald Trump’s attorney-general, Jeff Sessions, has just torn it up. This month he ordered prosecutors to aim for the harshest punishments the law allows,
  • Money spent on prisons cannot be spent on other things that might reduce crime more
  • because mass incarceration breaks up families and renders many ex-convicts unemployable, it has raised the American poverty rate by an estimated 20%
  • For a fraction of the cost of locking them up, they could be fitted with GPS-enabled ankle bracelets that monitor where they are and whether they are taking drugs.
  • . A study in Argentina finds that low-risk prisoners who are tagged instead of being incarcerated are less likely to reoffend
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  • Over the past three months, I interviewed a dozen current and former employees of Cognizant in Phoenix. All had signed non-disclosure agreements with Cognizant in which they pledged not to discuss their work for Facebook — or even acknowledge that Facebook is Cognizant’s client.
  • Collectively, the employees described a workplace that is perpetually teetering on the brink of chaos. It is an environment where workers cope by telling dark jokes about committing suicide,
  • The moderators told me it’s a place where the conspiracy videos and memes that they see each day gradually lead them to embrace fringe views
  • Chloe’s job is to tell the room whether this post should be removed. S
  • The use of contract labor also has a practical benefit for Facebook: it is radically cheaper. The median Facebook employee earns $240,000 annually in salary, bonuses, and stock options. A content moderator working for Cognizant in Arizona, on the other hand, will earn just $28,800 per year.
  • nOn May 3, 2017, Mark Zuckerberg announced the expansion of Facebook’s “community operations” team. The new employees, who would be added to 4,500 existing moderators, would be responsible for reviewing every piece of content reported for violating the company’s community standards.
  • Another former employee, who told me he has mapped every escape route out of his house and sleeps with a gun at his side, said: “I no longer believe 9/11 was a terrorist attack
  • Miguel is also allotted nine minutes per day of “wellness time,” which he is supposed to use if he feels traumatized and needs to step away from his desk. Several moderators told me that they routinely used their wellness time to go to the restroom when lines were shorter. But management eventually realized what they were doing, and ordered employees not to use wellness time to relieve themselves.
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  • Data security will reinforce its positions
  • we believe that cybersecurity will become more intelligence-driven in the upcoming year. Intelligence may become the only solution to the fast, automated attacks
  • The attributes like “connected”, “smart” or “intelligent” are now added to all technologies and solutions developed for various industries.
  • 2019 promises to become a year of AI technologies application in healthcare and medicine. People will face with a chance to get new opportunities, physical and mental capabilities they could not even dream of before. Humans will get a chance to modify, improve and continually upgrade their abilities and minds.
  • Autonomous things like drones, robots and autonomous vehicles are rapidly developed along with AI solutions.
  • For the 2018 year it was common to consider VR (virtual reality software) to be the most significant achievement of our generation. However, the situation has dramatically changed. VR proved to have a limited range of application among the companies and the customers.
  • The range of cloud solutions and delivery models is getting bigger and bigger.
  • Shortly these solutions will bring more flexibility and the abilities to react fast and even more efficiently to the rapidly changing market conditions. A new view on the cloud solutions adoption will be developed by the industries
  • Actually we are the witnesses of the immense evolution of AI-powered chatbot technology. Starting with simple routine tasks, chatbots are now actively turning into AI assistants. Customers got used to them very fasts and now cannot even imagine dealing with some issues without AI assistance.
  • Reinforcement learning (RL) in its turn is a form of neural network that usually learns from its environment with the help of observation, actions, and rewards. Reinforcement learning has not been widely applied in various industries due to the existence of some obstacles and complications
  • Also, biomedical electronics will take the stage. The digital technologies are to broaden the sphere of their competence in providing assistance doctors and mitigating the stressful situations.
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  • For sight and sound, we have VR headsets. For touch, we have specially designed  VR gloves that act as a wearable interface.
  • With a range of 6 different sensors connected to the HMD and gloves, you can experience your interactive experience without having to rely on 3rd party tracking devices
  • They boast a 5ms latency, full finger tracking (with plug and play, and quick calibration), and haptic feedback to give you a more immersed experience. Their breathable, environmentally friendly, and antibacterial material keeps them dry and clean; making them very low maintenance.
  • It has 10 zones sensing and providing forces on each hand. This means that when you lift objects in the virtual world, you’ll actually feel them; from snowballs to baseballs, the difference in the objects are experienced by the user.
  • The glove captures finger gestures and 3D postures to help its wearer experience the immersive technology in a distinctive way
  • Integrated into Exoglove, are sensors that make it possible for the glove to track hand posture with tremendous accuracy; plus it even covers a considerably wide range. The sensors are powered by 3 subsystems for tracking hand position, finger movement and haptic perception
  • It boasts haptic feedback on each individual finger, 10ms latency, and a 10-hour battery life. 7 sensors track your fingers as precisely as possible in order to give you a seamless integration into your virtual world of choice. These were made with you in mind.
  • With a full range of hand motions and force feedback, this gadget will have you truly interacting with virtual reality.
  • Proof of concept is the aim of the game with these gloves. They aren’t aimed at gamers but rather at commercial users. Everything from a military simulation to a simulation of a new car design can benefit from the use of HaptX gloves
  • The gloves are tracked using cameras which makes it special impractical and rather inconvenient price wise. The reason for this, according to their chief scientist Michael Abrash, is because our hands have 25 degrees of freedom which makes it difficult for accurate tracking without cameras. The crispness in the video demonstration shows us that he clearly knows what he’s talking about.
  • create human-like sensation, that’s simply down to the advanced vibrotactile actuators that have been incorporated into it – there are 10 of these actuators available. It is more of an upgrade on the Gloveone developed by the same company.
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