Apple Joins a Quest for the Perfect Car

Until now, self driving car technology has been reserved for car dealerships and high profile tech companies. Today, Apple has confirmed work on these products, which are deviations from their usual line of phones and handheld gadgets. Nevertheless, Apple has a great deal of knowledge to add to the discussion. Their global positioning systems will be revolutionary in this day and age of guidance. Self driving cars need to navigate the road, and with Apple’s contributions, this might be closer than experts previously imagined. Google has openly welcomed them to the industry, claiming that their experience with digital media will go a long way in programming these vehicles. A small coalition of Apple’s designers will abandon phones and laptops for now and focus on this extensive project. The team will still operate at Apple headquarters, but they will have a large amount of resources at their disposal. The company will be funding this endeavor just like any other project within their corporation. If success ensues within a few years, they will construct entirely new facilities for these workers.

 

This is Apple’s first entrance into the automobile market. They are ready to partner with Toyota and Nissan for the first part of the fiscal year. If things go well, we should see technological process within a few years at the very maximum. In the quest for the perfect car, self driving cars are highly lauded as examples of flawless engineering. However, imperfections are bound to occur along the way. The executive board of Apple has recognized these setbacks, stating that the road to an ideal car is often oversimplified by the public and pundits. Using adaptations from handheld gadgets, Apple plans to take a unique approach to this problem. An integrated system of cars and navigation hubs will avoid confusion and reduce the possibility of a crash.

 

Android Creator Tackles Samsung and Apple

Andy Rubin, creator of the Android operating system, is now the CEO of the startup “Essential”. The goal of Essential is create innovative and tech forward gadgets. Their first offering is the Essential PH-1, a cell phone which he hopes will rival Samsung and iPhone in popularity. Recently, Rubin conducted an interview with Steve Covich, of Business Insider-Tech Insider, in which he discussed his future plans in full (http://www.businessinsider.com/qa-with-andy-rubin-essential-ceo-2017-6).

 

Rubin’s plan is to create a platform upon which products will be compatible across all operating systems. With his platform, these products will be able to “speak” across the board to all existing devices. And in doing so, companies will be able to support the efforts other companies and the products that they offer.

 

Rubin states that his Essential Home product is not only a touch interface, but it also has an array of microphones that support far-field speech recognition. With his operating system, Rubin plans to extend developer capability to the mass-market consumer. He plans for the consumer to have a drag-and-drop capability when creating programs.

 

Rubin feels that consumers become complacent with two companies owning 40% of the market and are not inspired to come up with new innovations. With his Essential Phone, Rubin invites consumers to participate in the development of future cell phone technology. Rubin feels that the era of cell phone innovations has passed and the market is now saturated with lack-luster phone upgrades. Rubin’s goal is to “continuously produce innovation and show it to the consumer happening in real time.”

 

Rubin’s plan includes products that are completely wireless, including cell phones and laptop. He feels that consumers deserve better than devices that are useless when their connectors become obsolete. Rubin also has plans to keep his products at a reasonable price in order to reach more consumers.

 

 

Verizon Finalizes Deal to Acquire Yahoo

Yahoo, well known in the early years of the internet as a search engine and email platform, has been purchased by Verizon for 4.48 billion dollars. This deal, while substantial, is 350 million dollars less than originally announced. The decreased price is due in part to data breaches that affected more than 1 billion user accounts, as discussed further here:

While the acquisition means the end of Yahoo as an independent company, Verizon is combining the company with AOL assets (which it also purchased in 2015) to create a new company called Oath. Verizon hopes to attract the massive communities of people that used Yahoo and AOL to bolster users and get advertising revenues for Oath to rival those of Facebook and Google. The CEO of Oath will be former AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, further highlighting the combination of the two companies. The remainder of Yahoo’s assets will be renamed as Altaba. These assets include stakes in Yahoo Japan and an E-commerce company called Alibaba. The new CEO of Altaba will be former Yahoo board member Thomas McInerney.

The rest of Yahoo’s assets, including some employees, will merge fairly seamlessly with AOL and Verizon, with a few exceptions. The former CEO of Yahoo, Melissa Mayer, resigned as the deal was announced, and is rumored to be receiving a severance package of around 23 million dollars. She left an open letter to the company and her former employees, expressing gratitude for her time working there. However, some Yahoo employees may not feel as thankful. While Verizon has not officially announced any cuts, around 2,000 jobs are rumored to be on the chopping block during the integration process between AOL, Yahoo, and Verizon.

Apple Unveils DNDWD

The tech world and social media are always flooded with acronyms, but DNDWD is a bit different and you may soon start seeing it more often. The letters stand for: Do Not Disturb While Driving.” The moniker is applied to a new feature on Apple’s iOS 11, which will be released in the fall of 2017. iPhone users who opt-in to the technology will connect their devices to their vehicle’s Bluetooth system. When anyone tries to contact the driver they will receive a Do Not Disturb While Driving notification. The person making contact will also receive the option to mark the message as urgent. An urgent notification will be received by the driver.

 

Safety advocates are pleased that Apple is taking distracted driving seriously and hope that other smartphone makers will include similar features in their products. The question will be whether or not drivers use the option. For those addicted to their phones, the feature might be similar to a nicotine patch. DNDWD can be a good way for distracted drivers to develop good habits but that doesn’t mean they won’t find a way around the system once their cravings kick in.

 

For drivers who find themselves attached to their phones, using the technology will still take a great deal of will power. First, the DNDW function can be avoided entirely by not attaching the phone to Bluetooth. Second, non-drivers are able to opt out of the DNDWD mode with one easy click. Opting out might be something drivers choose to select as well. Plus, the urgent function could very easily be abused. It may be necessary for users to let their friends understand what they consider to be an urgent situation.

 

Drivers who already exercise restraint won’t need the feature much, but it can improve their likability. The option provides the driver with a polite way of declining messages, and for a reason that is increasingly respected as distracted driving accidents continue to increase.

 

Uber’s Self-Driving Cars Tested by Uber ATC Director Raffi Krikoviana

Uber ATC Director, Raffi Kirkoviana tested Uber’s self-driving cars on September 13th, 2016 to collect data involving its advanced technologies and riding experience. It took the Robotic Center at Carneige Mellon University 18 months to research and develop Uber’s latest autonomous technology. A small group of spectators were invited to observe the test drive of 14 Ford Fusions cars stimulated by cameras and radar equipment. The test started at Uber’s Advanced Technologies Campus near Downtown Pittsburgh and extended throughout the city and the Strip District. Kirkoviana shared his experience as a passenger and driver to TechCrunch.

 

 

The demostration began by an employee giving Kirkoviana a phone to use to request a ride on the Uber app. When Kirkoviana was positioned in the back seat of the Ford Fusion, he was instructed to select the ready-to-go button on a tablet that displayed a live view surrounding the automobile. He road with an engineer driver and front engineer passenger through Lawrence neighborhood, downtown, Strip District, and over 9th Street Bridge. The drive had good responses and encountered a few struggles when other automobiles were backing up or parked in a lane. The self-driving Ford Fusion also experienced a struggle while positioning on the bridge and approaching a truck.

 

 

The engineer driver had to change lanes manually when a big truck was parked in the same lane of the self-driving car and a city worker unexpectedly darted from in front of the truck. The self-driving cars received positive reviews involving its surroundings of stopped transportation, traffic lights and traffic laws. If there was a bus turning or picking up passengers, the Ford Fusion would automatically stop. The Uber’s advanced technology and intelligent software reads the red, blue and yellow traffic lights.

 

 

Kirkorian shared his experience driving autonomously back to the Uber Advanced Technologies Campus. He pressed a silver button on the console when a blue light turned-on on the dashboard. The front seat driver is able to return the self-driving back to the control of the driver by pressing a red button, the brake pedal, or accelerator pedal. He had to use the function to avoid a stopped van parked on a lane. After the test drive was over, Kirkorian described the ride as gentle with occasional stops.

 

 

 

 

Jason Hope Opens up about the Internet of Things

Successful people will tell you that for you to succeed, you must find a cause and fight for it until you succeed. This is what Jason Hope has done with his life. He has dedicated his life to the Internet of Things. This means that he invests in the field and commentates on the same. For this reason, his opinion is highly regarded in the field of the Internet of Things. Jason Hope says that the Internet of Things is the next big thing in the technology industry. For starters, the Internet of Things is not a monster like the name. Instead, it’s used to refer to the connection of many devices allowing them to synchronize with one another. Some of these devices are devices that we are accustomed to such as electronic devices, cars, street lights as well as kitchen appliances. The interconnection and the synchronization will allow sharing of information hence an increase in efficiency. This, on the other hand, will result in the reduction in waste emitted by companies.

Jason Hope has the belief that the Internet of Things will likely change business operations. This means that it will open a race between corporations as they try to implement the technology. The rush and the competition around these companies will result in a generation where all devices can connect with one another. Jason says there will come a time when a bread toasted by a toaster will communicate with the toaster signaling that the device is not doing its work appropriately. A significant change will be experienced in the way people perceive accessing the Internet.

While many people think that the internet can only be accessed using the computers and mobile phones, this is likely to change in the coming years because of the Internet of Things. In the future, people will connect to the internet using all sorts of devices. We will use our smartphones to turn off lights, make coffee and open gates. Among the big winners of the Internet of Things will be transport industry. Monitoring and maintenance will become easier making it easy to monitor the path routes followed by buses and trains. This will result in public satisfaction when it comes to public transport. With faith and confidence in the public transportation, people will leave their cars at home leading to less traffic congestion on our roads. Road conditions will also increase leading to less pollution and fewer road accidents.

Read More:  https://www.engadget.com/2017/01/26/jason-hopes-hard-line-stance-on-the-internet-of-things/

Jason Hope has lived his entire life in the State of Arizona. He even attended the University of Arizona for his undergraduate degree. Other than just being a businessman, Jason Hope is an active philanthropist donating some of his resources to help fight terminal illnesses. He loves politics, whether national politics or state politics.

Jason Hope is also active on social media. He has accounts on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram. Jason regularly posts on these platforms and touches the issue of the Internet of Things. He says that the technology will benefit people living the rural and urban areas.

To learn more about Jason Hope and the Internet of Things, see his profile on Tech.co.

How Matthew Autterson is Serving the People of Colorado

Investment management is the management of assets such as securities and real estate. It is primarily done with the goal of helping the investors to achieve their financial objectives. Investors vary among mutual funds, insurance companies, charities, and exchange-traded funds. Investors can be divided into two groups including institutions and private investors. Any entity that falls into this category will benefit greatly from investment management services. An investment management professional will walk you through different options and help you to see how you can direct your assets.

Investment management usually involves researching, marketing, auditing, and generating reports for the client to view. The marketers are responsible for bringing more customers whereas the fund managers direct the investment that will prove to be profitable. Those working in compliance make sure that the fund is operating within the constraints that are set by the law. Matthew Autterson is an investment management professional based out of Colorado. He has worked in the financial and accounting industries for more than two decades. He has a degree in accounting with a minor in finance from Buena Vista University. Matthew Autterson started his career as a practicing accountant in Colorado. He is also an adjunct professor at North Iowa Area Community College where he teaches financial management.

Matthew Autterson has held roles at top financial companies such as Royal Alliance and American Express. His business excellence led to his appointment as a vice president at an investment advisor in Minneapolis in Minnesota. The investment advisory firm was a reputable company. It had assets totaling to $750 million. Matthew Autterson left the company to become a co-founder of Win Wealth Management. He serves as the principal wealth advisor and the chief compliance officer. He works with clients to come up with investment strategies that will allow them to reach their financial goals.

Robot’s Arms Learn to Grip Like A Human

While robots are excellent at doing things they have been programmed for, they are horrible at improvising a solution to an unfamiliar issue. DexNet is a special AI system that has been designed to augment a robotic arm’s capacity to handle objects without prior training. It is the hope of DexNet’s programmers that their system will allow robots to solve a physics-oriented problem with full competence, without a trace of hesitation and faster, if not as fast, than a human could ever hope to achieve.

 

The underlying framework of DexNet’s artificial intelligence, referred to as “deep learning,” is that it learns to grip objects in the same manner that humans learn to do so; we notice an item, get an understanding of its particular shape, compare and contrast that object to objects we remember from past life experience and then combine those details in order to hypothesize the best approach to manipulating the item. Unlike humans, who have the benefit of vision and memory, DexNet’s creators have uploaded over six million computer simulated objects into their system, complete with the best ways that those objects can best be manipulated. The execution of this system results in the robot analyzing an object, comparing it to the database of objects in DexNet’s system and then proceeding with the most recommended approach.

 

In their test work, the researchers, a group of roboticists at Berkeley University, presented the robotic arm with a variety of objects it had never encountered before, such as rubber ducks, spray bottles and shoes. Despite being presented with a wide array of materials, the DexNet-connected arm only failed to correctly grip a single object. This rate of failure would seem to indicate that the system is quite robust for one built on synthetic data. Additionally, the arm was able to decide on a proper grip in less than a second, an average speed nearly three times as fast as the initial version of DexNet.

 

DexNet’s research team is set to present their latest iteration of the system, DexNet 2.0, at a July conference. They also have plans to publicize their collection of object data and point clouds. Their intended application for this pursuit is in the field of industry, particularly within supply chains and manufacturing.

 

Find Out Who Greg Secker Really Is

Greg Secker is a finance trader who lives in London. He is a philanthropist, and a father and his interests are technology, innovation, coffee, and sports. Greg was born on 18th February 1975. He went to the University of Nottingham where he studied Agriculture and Food Sciences. Greg is a philanthropist, and a father. Greg is the founder of Greg Secker foundation, Smart Chart, Capital Index, and FX Capital.

He founded Knowledge to action group in 2003. The group is composed of Manila, London, Johannesburg and Sydney based Learn to Trade. Greg has received attention from the media for the international education of financing trade and has been recognised for being a foreign exchange expertise. SmartCharts makes trading easy by using latest innovations that are very simple and straightforward. It gives people a chance to place a trade from the computers irrespective of their location. FX Capital offers professionally managed account services. It uses SmartCharts algorithmic and learn to trade strategies to safeguard the investor’s capital.

During an interview, Greg Secker states that his ideas came about due to boredom and opportunity. He worked for a foreign exchange management bank and had time to focus on his own trading. In a short while, Greg found himself teaching. Greg’s typical day revolves around working from home. He runs most of his board meetings from home. In order to be more productive, he gives himself more time to think. He believes that you can either think or work and that if you spend all your time working, then you have no time to think and come up with new ideas.

Greg takes a liking to the freedom to share information through video broadcasters and TV. Instead of following directions on what to consume and enjoy your life, technology gives freedom of choice, and thought. His main secrets of success is carefully thinking about his strategies before implementing them. He recommends ‘Tools of Titans’ by Tim Ferris to readers who want to better their life. He looks up to Gary Vaynerchuk because of his power to turn people into products and advertise to them efficiently.

Software’s Many Uses, Good and Bad

https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/23/unity-whose-software-powers-half-of-all-new-mobile-games-lands-400-million-from-silver-lake/

 

Software is an inherent function of technological instruments today. Software tells the machine how to operate. Without software, computers would be hunks of metal that did nothing. Software, important as it is, can obviously be used for good, or bad. One software program named Unity helps run over half of all mobile games made recently.

 

Fiat Chrysler has recently been sued in a United States court that they wrongfully used software to falsely pass emissions tests to save money, speed production, and harm precious Earth as little as possible.

 

Software is also used in education, a tool that facilitates effective, remembered learning of classroom material faster than without technology. Many students of today’s classrooms learn using iPads and computers, which sometimes accomplish tasks more effectively than before, and also cause some hindrances. A negative aspect of using screens in education in the classroom is that many students usually use them at once, resulting in kids generally unfocused on the task and plugged in to the fact they are on electronic devices, things children usually love. Screen addictions — yes, you read that right — can occur from allowing children to use screens more often than they should.

 

Technology can also be used to report data taken from 911 calls to place in statewide databases to understand and analyze trends in 911 calls and other health related emergencies. Relying on data automatically pulled from events is far less time consuming and, over time, cheaper than manually entering and transmitting data.

 

Virtual reality is expensive, but fun with breathtaking potential. Most users are overwhelmed in a 3D world that feels like life but is actually a video simulation. Virtual reality headsets can even be used by people with PTSD to overcome triggers and work towards a more positive state of mental health. Some mental health servicers in the United States have even received grants to implement VR headsets for people with PTSD.

 

There are literally endless uses for technology and software in 2017. Technology is expected to continue to grow in complexity, usefulness, and popularity in coming years at an exponential rate. Technology can speed and simplify some processes, but can also cause detriments and road blocks to others who have been violated by illicit computer hackers.