16 Dec

HP Exec Hints at WebOS Future: Smartphones, Tablets, PCs & More

first_imgHP is planning to reveal an iPad rival next month which will run the mobile operating system called webOS, the primary asset HP gained when it merged with Palm last summer. At least, that’s our take in listening to the statements made by HP exec Todd Bradley, an executive VP in the company’s Personal Systems Group, who spoke about webOS’s future in a recent CNBC interview.But according to Bradley, tablets aren’t all HP has in store for webOS.  He spoke of the operating system coming to more devices, “everything from smartphones to tablets to PCs to potentially other large screen devices.”  PCs? TVs? What does HP have planned? Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement sarah perez Other Devices?While it’s expected that an iPad rival is top on the list as to what’s being revealed next month, it’s clear that HP has much more planned for webOS. Given Bradley’s hints about “other devices,” we’re interested in learning how exactly HP has integrated webOS components into its PC line, for example. Will there be a webOS layer that can run on top of Windows? Will you have dual-booting machines? Will webOS power small screens embedded in a notebook’s shell? Will there actually be desktop or notebook PCs running just webOS?And what’s this about webOS on other large screen devices? Larger than a PC? Well that means TV, of course. What’s HP working on there? Its own Apple TV/Google TV rival?Dropping broad hints about HP’s iPad rival, a known entity at this point, almost throws us off course from the bigger news here. HP’s most exciting reveal may be its webOS ecosystem plans, not the webOS  tablet itself. This news is bound to shake up the industry – a Windows OEM pushing a new operating system throughout its product line, from tablets to PCs and more, instead of just building a tablet alone? Very interesting.You can watch the video for yourself here:Via PreCentral Tags:#mobile#NYT#web Related Posts center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology HP’s webOS PlansWhen asked how HP will differentiate itself from its competitors like the iPad, Bradley said “you and I will talk about that on the 9th,” referring to the February press conference the company will soon hold in San Francisco where the focus will be on webOS.The statement also practically confirms that the announcement will involve the unveiling of HP’s new tablet computer.And that won’t be all, says Bradley. “We’re totally focused on the tablet market… but the tablet is one piece of that ecosystem, one piece of that connected experience we’re going to create,” he said.So how does the PC fit into HP’s plans? Are we moving away from the PC?, the interviewer asked.“I would say that we’re not moving away from the PC,” said Bradley. “I would say that our focus…is really connected devices – it’s mobile, it’s portable…how do we create that connected experience that allows you to safely, seamlessly access that content that is so important to you?”He then explained how tablets are great for content consumption, and PCs are great for content creation, and that the tablet market was not cannibalizing the PC market – it was adjacent to it. It comes down to the purpose of what you need the product for: consumption or creation. “It’s not a generational shift,” Bradley said, responding to a question about the demographics of tablet users, “it’s optimization of usage.”Last week, HP invited select press to attend “an exciting webOS announcement” scheduled for Feb. 9 in San Francisco. The tagline for the event – “Think Big. Think Small. Think Beyond.” – makes even more sense in light of Bradley’s comments about the mobile operating system’s multi-platform future. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

16 Dec

Forrester: Business Intelligence Careers Offer Hope for IT Workers

first_imgTags:#enterprise#news 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img klint finley As we’ve said, time’s are still tough for IT workers despite the relatively large demand for employees with technical skills. At the core of the problem seems to be a mismatch between the skill that unemployed workers have and the skills companies desire. Earlier today we explored some ideas about how IT workers can re-invent the resume to stand-out from other applicants. But what jobs should they be applying for? Data center jobs are an option. But, as reported by Integration Developer News, Forrester believes some IT workers’ future may be in business intelligence.Forrester’s research indicates an explosion of interest in BI and an increasing rate of executive buy-in for BI projects.Forrester suggests that developers, integrations professionals and database administrators are particularly well suited for careers in business intelligence. However, those workers will need to learn additional skills that can only be picked up by participating in BI projects. “Even those IT professionals who’ve worked with dashboards and databases could use an extra dose of BI-specific training,” IDN quotes Forrester vice president and principal analyst Boris Evelson saying.Evelson gave IDN four reasons that IT professionals should learn more about BI and business analytics:Organizations are increasing investment in this area.BI is not easily outsourced and requires quite a bit of face-to-face collaboration with management.BI projects need to be iterated on a frequent and ongoing basis.BI hiring is already up dramatically.So what should you do if you’re interested in learning some BI skills? It’s not enough to just learn tools, Evelson says. Professionals will need to leverage their existing technical and analytics skills while also boning up on the latest database and BI technologies.That’s the rub. It’s not easy to learn these sorts of technologies without being a part of a project. And it’s hard to get involved with a project if you don’t already have the necessary experience.Are you a BI professional? How did you get started? What advice would you offer to either IT workers looking to make a change, or to younger workers just starting a career?Image by GrapeCity Related Posts last_img read more

16 Dec

An Influencers Guide to SXSW 2011

first_imgThe list of 25 parties shows a full list of “influencers” attending, along with what topics the people attending have influence with. When you click through to the full list, you can access each individual influencer, their contact information and details on what topics they influence. For the full list of 25 parties to attend to meet the folks, visit the SocMetrics site. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts mike melanson Tags:#conferences#SXSW 2011#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… South by Southwest Interactive, that yearly invasion by geeks, dweebs and nerds alike, is coming up next week and there are more parties than you could shake a stick at. That is, unless you were one crazy, stick shaking S.O.B. So how do you decide which one to go to and which one to walk on by? Well, you want to go to the one with the people you want to meet, right? You’re there to have fun and make connections.SocMetrics, a startup that ranks influencers according to topic, has come up with an “Influencers Guide” to the top 25 parties at this year’s SXSW that could help guarantee you run into the folks you’re looking for.Unlike something like Klout, SocMetrics doesn’t see influence as an across the board metric. That is, a tech blogger may have influence in their particular realm of technology, they likely have none whatsoever in the recording industry, for example. So, SocMetrics ranks individuals according to their influence in a particular niche, using three factors – peers, topicality and content. (Read more about SocMetrics particular blend of analytics on its site.)SocMetrics took its methods and applied them to events listed on social calendar Plancast to arrive at a list of 25 parties where you’re almost guaranteed to run into that big name investor, founder, guru or blogger. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

16 Dec

Security Trends: Quality Over Quantity, Mobile Vulnerabilities and the Cloud

first_imgTags:#enterprise#networking Web applications accounted for nearly half the vulnerabilities disclosed in 2010. Cross-site scripting and SQL injections are the biggest problems, though cross-site scripting is in decline.Perhaps the scariest fact in the report, however, is that nearly half the vulnerabilities disclosed remain unpatched. klint finley The good news is that phishing in decline. The peak level of phishing in 2010 was less than 1/4 the peak level of phishing over the past two years. The bad news is that “spear phishing” on the rise. Spear phishing is a more targeted form of phishing – the phisher generally poses as someone the victim knows.Spam peaked in 2010, reaching its highest level in history, and then leveled off. IBM speculates that this is due to spammers seeing less benefit from high volume spamming. Instead, spammers seem to be focusing on bypassing spam filters. Again, quality over quantity is the new rule. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair The report also warned of security vulnerabilities in virtualization systems, particularly hypervisor escape vulnerabilities.Although the number of security vulnerabilities in Web applications and hypervisors may be off-putting. IBM thinks cloud security will eventually improve to such a point that it becomes a driver, instead of an inhibitor, of cloud adoption. We’ve been saying much the same here for some time.Also of note, IBM is opening the Advanced Institute for Security in Europe in Brussels. The goal of the institute is to connect representatives from the government, private sector and academia with IBM security experts in Europe.Disclosure: IBM is a ReadWriteWeb sponsor.Photo credit: Circo de Inviernocenter_img Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… As enterprises face increasingly sophisticated and specialized risks, criminals seem to be taking a quality-over-quantity approach to malware, phishing and spamming. According to the IBM X-Force 2010 Trend and Risk Report, spam and peaked and phishing declined last year. But total security disclosures increased, and, of course, we saw what happened with Stuxnet.Stuxnet proved that highly targeted attacks against specialized equipment is no longer a hypothetical threat – it’s a real threat.Although Stuxnet was the highest profile computer security story of 2010, the Zeus botnet continues to threaten far more individuals and organizations. According to the report, Zeus was responsible for stealing more than $1 million from customers of one UK-based financial institution alone. IBM warns that PDF vulnerabilities are a growing way to spread the Zeus trojan, and that FoxIt Reader is not immune to the flaws.Despite the alarm it caused, the Conficker worm is in decline. The number of mobile operating system vulnerabilities increased this year, but malware on mobiles is still uncommon. The biggest security risk remains lost or stolen devices.last_img read more

16 Dec

Staying Cool with a Metal Roof

first_imgDavid Martin is intrigued with the idea of replacing his existing roof with a standing-seam metal roof. It should last longer than the alternatives, he says, and it would be compatible with photovoltaic panels should he decide to add them in the future.So what’s the issue?David Martin is troubled by some of the advertising claims he’s seen about metal roofing, specifically a statement from the Metal Roofing Alliance that a “cool metal roof can save 25% in energy costs compared to a dark grey asphalt shingle.”“I’ve searched around the Internet and found a lot of the industry’s advertising,” David Martin writes in a post at GBA’s Q&A forum, “but I’m a bit skeptical, especially after reading what [GBA senior editor Martin] Holladay says about the dubious claims made by manufacturers of bubble foils, radiant barriers, and open-cell spray foam.” RELATED ARTICLES Rating the cool factorDavid Meiland also likes metal roofing — for its durability, recyclability, and ease of removal if the need arises. But he suspects that light-colored asphalt roofing would perform similarly, with or without ventilation. “Comparing a ‘cool metal roof’ and ‘dark gray asphalt shingle’ is apples to oranges,” he writes.Kevin O’Meara says the difference in energy performance is due to more than just the color of the roofing. “The paint that the metal companies apply to the metal has added chemicals that are designed to reflect infrared wavelengths,” he writes. “Most metal companies will list these ratings under each color. There exists a ‘cool roof’ tax credit and a website for approved metal roofs.”Indeed there is, as Meiland discovers. A products directory maintained by the Cool Roof Rating Council lists solar reflectivity and thermal emissivity values for hundreds of brands of roofing.Meiland finds that many shingle/shake products are not as reflective as the most reflective metals, although there’s a wide variation in metal colors as well.“You need to look at the published specs of the roofing material and that will tell you how ‘cool’ it is,” adds Bob Coleman. “In some areas it may not be the best if you want some of the sun’s heat…Also, venting the roof underneath changes things. There is no magic bullet. It’s all part of a system that should be geared toward your solutions.”And as to the claim of a 25% energy savings?“Ridiculous,” says Holladay. “That would only be true in a very poorly designed house (one that doesn’t meet code and is therefore illegal). Assuming that the home is equipped with a properly installed layer of deep insulation, roof color doesn’t matter much – unless the ducts are installed in the attic. But as we all know, ducts belong inside the home’s conditioned space.” Our expert’s opinionHere’s how GBA technical director Peter Yost sees it:All “cool” roof claddings work based on their surface properties: initial reflectance, “aged” reflectance, and emissivity. The difference between the first and the second is how the surface (shiny and smooth out of the factory) degrades to some degree over time (duller and dirtier). In the case of an Energy Star-rated roof product, “aged” means after three years of standardized exposure. Emissivity is important because heat not reflected becomes heat absorbed, and you want high emissivity to re-radiate that absorbed heat.Energy Star includes in its specs that “roof products can help reduce the amount of air conditioning needed in buildings, and can reduce peak cooling demand by 10–15 percent.” Big difference between claims of 25% reduced energy consumption and possible 15% reduced peak cooling demand.EPA Energy Star bases its ratings on initial and aged reflectance but also reports emissivity values. Not surprisingly, the best performers are white metal roofs (ACM Regal White metal roofing with initial reflectance – 0.68; emissivity – 0.86) with some asphalt shingles qualifying, but with much lower reflectance values and similar emissivity (CertainTeed Star White shingles with initial reflectance – 0.29; emissivity – 0.90). You can download a pdf or excel file for all qualified products with their performance properties.NOTE: the paired terms reflectance and reflectivity; emissivity and emittance are often used interchangeably. Though similar, the “-ivity” terms refer to the property of materials in general and the “-ance” suffix refers to the specific value of a specific material.When it comes to venting (dead end air space between cladding and deck) and ventilating (open ended air space between cladding and deck), there is no doubt that they can have an effect on the energy performance of the roof but their main purpose is increased concealed free drainage (venting) and drying potential (ventilating gives both), not increased energy performance. And no doubt ventilating the back side of a roof cladding (air flow) would be more effective thermally than just venting, but I don’t think their effects have ever been measured.I suppose making metal roofing with a low-e surface on the back side could help some, but manufacturers are unlikely to fuss with the backside surface of their metal roofing with the uncertainty of that surface facing an empty space. Highlighting the Benefits of Light-Colored RoofsGBA Encyclopedia: Roofs Roofing and Siding Jobs Are Energy-Retrofit OpportunitiesMartin’s Ten Rules of Roof Design Job-Site Recycling: Asphalt Roofing ShinglesGreen Product Guide: Roofing Productscenter_img Winning an Energy Star ratingRoger Brisson likes metal roofing over asphalt for a variety of reasons, too, but some of his claims may bear more checking. “With all things being equal,” he says, “and standard underlayment, metal roofing performs much better than asphalt in its overall insulating capabilities; this is why the Energy Star label is applied to metal and not to asphalt roofing.”He adds that metal roofing is “incomparably better” for the environment than asphalt shingles.“Asphalt roofing is a [wasteful] disaster,” he says, “and yes, its lifetime is generally much less than what it is rated (at least here in coastal New England). Replacing asphalt roofing is dirty and messy work, which is why cheap, immigrant labor is used for it. And there’s no way asphalt will perform as well as quality Energy Star metal roofing over the course of 50 years (the rated lifespan of most metal roofing). This is why in more technologically advanced countries asphalt roofing is virtually non-existent. It is prevalent in the US for one reason: the upfront costs are cheap, cheap, cheap, which is also what you get.”Holladay is quick to reply, pointing out that asphalt shingles, in fact, can be Energy Star rated, as is the case with Duration Premium Cool Shingles manufactured by Owens Corning.David Martin adds that the EPA’s Energy Star website notes that roofing material itself has nothing to do with whether it can be Energy Star rated, only its measured reflectance.As to Brisson’s comments on immigrant labor, Holladay adds this: “This comment does not deserve to be dignified with an answer, since it implies that immigrant workers are only fit for dirty and messy work. My only comment: I used to work as a roofer, tearing off asphalt shingle roofs and installing new asphalt shingle roofs, and I was born in the U.S. Moreover, I have the highest respect for the work ethic and skills of most immigrant workers in the U.S.” It seems to David Martin that the biggest variable in energy efficiency is whether they roof is vented. “I figure there would be a negligible benefit, if any, on a vented roof,” he says. “On an unvented roof, would the benefit be comparable to a radiant barrier on the underside of the rafters?”His questions about the energy benefits of a metal roof are the subject of this month’s Q&A Spotlight.last_img read more

15 Dec

Microsoft Mixes Apps And The Web With Its HTML5 Port Of “Contre Jour” Game

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Contre Jour site went live on Tuesday. According to Gavin, the experience isn’t “locked” to IE10, it’s playable by any browser that can support HTML5. I could play a preview version of the site using my up-to-date Google Chrome browser on a Chromebox, although touch obviously didn’t work on my standard LCD monitor.Gavin said that Maksym (Max) Hryniv, the creator of Contre Jour, and the team at Mokus needed some convincing before Hryniv agreed to allow Microsoft to port the game. Once persuaded, however, Hryniv designed the ten “Machine” levels that form the third chapter of the game.Those levels essentially serve as an introduction of sorts to the app itself, which will be available as a Metro app for both Windows 8 and Windows RT, Gavin said. “If there’s an app available, a little message will light up and say, ‘There’s an app available,’ and it will take you to the [app] store,” Gavin said. “So we’ll actually detect if there’s an app available and draw you right into that.”Unfortunately, saved games will not carry over from the website to the app, a Microsoft spokesman said in an email.Touch Is The New Fast“It used to be three, four, fie years ago that it was all ‘fast, fast, fast,” and browser performance was sort of the conversation du jour, with benchmarks and all that,” Gavin said. Now, he said, “fast” has become the table stakes of the browser market. (Last week, Google released the RoboHornet benchmark, which Microsoft’s IE10 topped according to one report; that benchmark later generated its own criticism from Microsoft and Mozilla.) First, there was the Web. Then there were apps. Then there was the Web – plus apps. That’s the message behind Microsoft’s porting of the award-winning Contre Jour game to the Web in HTML5, intentionally blurring the line between the Web and apps.Contre Jour is the next step in Microsoft’s “Beauty of the Web” campaign, centered around its browser, Internet Explorer; its search engine, Bing; and the multitouch “Surface” tablet, all due this fall. Contre Jour is designed for the multitouch environment exemplified in both Surface and IE. The idea is to create a seamless transition between the operating system and the Web, according to Ryan Gavin, the general manager of Internet Explorer for Microsoft.Unlike Flash games, Contre Jour does not sit within a browser “box;” there’s absolutely no indication – not one pixel – of a browser framework surrounding the game. “One of the cool things of the experience is that people instantly forget that this is a website, and that’s the point,” Gavin said.  Tags:#Microsoft#mobile#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … markhachman Related Posts There’s been a constant struggle between apps and the mobile Web, with apps recently winning the war. (See  Why Facebook Ditched The Mobile Web & Went Native With Its New iOS App.) Raj Aggarwal, CEO and co-founder of Boston-based Localytics, a mobile analytics and engagement platform, recently called the mobile Web the “lowest common denominator, so it works across a large number of platforms.”In some sense, Gavin said, the Web has become a second-class citizen – and that’s the attitude Microsoft is working to overcome. Combining the Web and apps not only helps developers to push their content to new users, but also provides a bridge to a native application. “How do we make those sites, from a performance, from an experience, from a touch perspective, as good as native apps?” Gavin asked. “And there’s partners on the other end of the spectrum that are just going to have apps. But there’s a lot in the middle, with sites and apps.”Microsoft isn’t the only browser maker trying to show off games that started as apps and have moved to the Web; Google, for example, persuaded Rovio to develop a browser-based, socially connected version of its Angry Birds franchise for its Chrome browser and Google+ social network. In fact, Google offers a number of games from Zynga and other developers. It’s just that Microsoft is now using games to show off its implementation of the Web to best effect, with sites like the Atari Arcade and a Web-based version of Cut the Rope. Physics Is The Soul Of The GameThe game charts the progress of a “Little Prince”-like spherical monster, and his quest to collect water droplets for his friend, a rose. The game plays out using a mostly grayscale palette, save for the brilliant blue of the water. Players don’t control the monster, Petit, directly; instead, they manipulate his environment, “pulling” the ground upward to create inclines, and stretching tentacles for Petit to grab on to. Instead of using sprites, Contre Jour stitches together four or more canvases at a time, meaning that the physics are calculated in real time, tapping into the PC or tablet’s native hardware acceleration to process the calculations. Browser performance levels have become consistent, Gavin said. “What is not consistent, however, is level of touch.” “The reality is that people are touching the Web more than they have been, and the reality is that that just doesn’t work today.”Contre Jour doesn’t necessarily require multitouch to play; a mouse and keyboard works fine, although users may have to click quickly in spots. The exception, of course, is in the custom-designed third chapter, where the initial level requires the user to touch three points simultaneously – something users can do only with IE10, Gavin said. At that point, a message does appear noting that the level requires multitouch.Gavin said Microsoft intends to continue showcasing the Web’s innovative content: “We believe the browser is the theater, and the sites you go to is the play. Our job is to provide comfy seats, the building, a drink at the right time, and make your experience awesome. But when you’re driving home at night with your wife, you’re talking about the contents of the play. It’s Facebook. It’s Gmail. It’s whatever sites and apps I’m going to.” Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

15 Dec

A Visual History Of The Last 20 Years Of Open Source Code

first_imgdan rowinski 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Related Posts The rise in popularity of modern connected computing can be traced to the late 1980s and early 1990s. The personal computer and later the World Wide Web combined to create an unprecedented explosion in the availability of information and the ability to immediately connect to our fellow humans. To the layman, it may seem like magic. But to the people who actually built these systems, using programming languages to manipulate how computers, servers, the Web and other services function just as they were meant to.Most of these programming languages are open, meaning that anybody can use them and add to their functionality. But just as computing has significantly evolved in the last 20 years, so too have the programming languages that developers use to make those computers work. Nothing is static, everything is always evolving. For instance, did you know that one of the most popular open source programming languages in 1993 was Emacs Lisp? For those of you that have never heard of an Emacs, it is a text editor very popular created by free-software guru Richard Stallman that is used among the Linux developer crowd. Because of its extensibility, a lot of programmers use it to create code, because there aren’t a lot of full-fledged integrated developer environments (IDEs) for Linux and what few there are tend to be eschewed. Emacs Lisp is a derivative of the older Lisp programming language. The C programming language was the most popular open source code in 1993 with 51% of total commits in the first quarter that year. Make, a utility that automatically builds executable programs and libraries from source code for Unix developers, was used by 6% of developers in 1993.In the first quarter of 2013, Java was the most used open source code with 12%. C++ registered 11% while HTML had 10%.All of these open source programming languages would have influence on what was to come. C has influenced the evolution of languages like C++, Python, Javascript and Perl. Java helped form the foundations for C# while Python has influenced Ruby. The evolution will continue. In 1993 there were nearly 40 open source programming languages. In 2013 there are almost 100 and new ideas are being created every day. Check out the infographic from mobile cloud services company Kinvey charting the last 20 years of open source code. Data for the infographic was pooled from Ohloh.net and Black Duck Software. Kinvey notes:We were able to visualize the percentage of total commits in a given quarter for the top 16 programming languages from 1993 until today. We hope you’ll find this image—a provocative pattern of dips and spikes—to be as interesting as we do. It truly shows how dynamic the world of programming is. We’ve also included a few graphs on other interesting data points: total number of languages by year, average lines of code per commit, and tracking which languages influenced the development of others. Tags:#Open Source#programming language How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Top image of Open Cola, an open source soft drink, courtesy Wikipedia Commons Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Why You Love Online Quizzeslast_img read more

15 Dec

Jimmy Wales To Silicon Valley: Grow Up And Get Over Your Age Bias

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#ageism#Cloudera#entrepreneurship#Jimmy Wales#Kauffman Foundation#MIke Olson#Silicon Valley The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos All of us in Silicon Valley—business people, investors, reporters, but especially impatient young entrepreneurs—fetishize start-ups today. We obsess about technology and products. We tell the Steve Jobs story, the Mark Zuckerberg story, the Bill Gates story, over and over again. We forget about Tim Cook and Sheryl Sandberg and Paul Allen. We look at success and see only the short half of the picture. Matt Asay We forget how important it is to grow up.Not that age is not without its problems, as Netflix CEO Reed Hastings points out: “[I] started Netflix DVD rental when I was 37… and first streaming when I was 47… so maybe not too bad after 35 except that all-nighters are definitely harder.” The premise of the question is wrong.  A better question might be: How can we in the tech community make sure that unusual success at a very early age is not mistakenly thought to be the norm?“Unusual”? “Mistakenly”? Well, yes. According to data compiled by Wadhwa, the average age of a successful entrepreneur in high-growth industries such as computers, health care, and aerospace is 40. Twice as many successful entrepreneurs are over 50 as under 25. A whopping 75% have more than six years of industry experience and 50% have more than 10 years when they create their startup. And according to data from the Kauffman Foundation, the highest rate of entrepreneurship in America has shifted to the 55–64 age group, with people over 55 almost twice as likely to found successful companies than those between 20 and 34. Indeed, Kauffman highlights that the 20-34 age bracket has the lowest rate of entrepreneurial activity. Hardly a youthquake. Life Begins At 40Indeed, one of the benefits of age is that you actually have lived long enough to appreciate serious problems, and have an idea of how to fix them. Some of what Silicon Valley’s youthful entrepreneurs create tends to be somewhat silly, solving problems that only a 20-something person with no kids or other encumbrances could have. (“How DO I get that beer bong delivered in minutes, not days???”).For every Zuckerberg at Facebook, there are dozens of old codgers starting other companies. Like Mark Pincus, 41 when he started Zynga. Or Reid Hoffman, who was 36 when he founded LinkedIn. Or… the list goes on: Marc Benioff (35), Salesforce; Robert Noyce (41), Intel; Robin Chase (42), Zipcar; Irwin Jacobs (52) and Andrew Viterbi (50), Qualcomm; Craig Newmark (42), Craigslist; etc.Or even Michael Arrington, who famously argued that entrepreneurs peak at 25, didn’t start Techcrunch until he was 35.So youth can be good, and it can be bad. But it’s not a prerequisite. More often than not, age offers the best foundation for success.Which is why Mike Olson, co-founder and chief strategy officer of Cloudera, argues that the young should wait to get old:You play for high stakes when you decide to start your own business. Whenever you can, you should cheat to turn the game your way… Grow up more slowly. Stay in school, show up at class, take the full book of final exams. Hang out late at night in the lab with the rest of the crew. Then, go get a job for a regular company. Watch and learn…. Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Forty is generally the age at which people are jokingly derided as “over the hill.” In youthful Silicon Valley, however, irrelevance comes much sooner. Citing youthful entrepreneurs like Mark Zuckerberg, tech entrepreneurs tend to think of themselves as past their prime if they aren’t worth a billion dollars by the age of 35, or even 25. But according to Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and other successful tech entrepreneurs, this thinking is as wrong as it is dangerous.And Jimmy Wales should know.Silicon Valley’s Age BiasAccording to data from Payscale reported by Quentin Hardy, the median age of tech workers is young indeed. While the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics show an overall median age of 42.3 for American workers, tech workers skew much, much younger. Only six of the tech companies reviewed by Payscale had a median age (equal number of people above and below a number) above 35.And only one—HP—came in above 40. The youngest companies in the Payscale data—Epic Games (26); Facebook (28); Zynga (28); Google (29); and AOL, Blizzard Entertainment, InfoSys, and Monster.com (all 30)—are also some of the industry’s most successful. As Hardy points out, only shoe stores and restaurants have workers with a median age less than 30. I suspect most people would prefer the upside of Facebook to Foot Locker.This bias toward youth often translates into an ageism that is often understood but not overtly spoken. Except by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who noted at a Y Combinator event: “I want to stress the importance of being young and technical. Young people are just smarter. Why are most chess masters under 30?”Smarter. Willing to work for pizza and the promise of untold riches. That’s the myth of the youth movement in Silicon Valley.If only it were true. Entrepreneurship’s Dirty Secret: It’s An Old Person’s GameOne of the blessings and curses of youth is that you have no clue what’s actually reasonable. Youth can therefore deliver real innovation because a young entrepreneur may not appreciate just how difficult it is to develop a new technology or start a new company. And so she plows ahead, succeeds and hires more people like her.Sometimes it works that way. But as Duke professor and Stanford fellow Vivek Wadhwa opines, “It is the role of the old to implement [ideas that a young entrepreneur may hatch]. After all, great ideas by themselves don’t lead to breakthrough technologies or successful companies. Ideas are a dime a dozen.” Lest we think this is just one old codger justifying his old age from a university desk, it’s useful to hear what successful tech entrepreneurs think.Like Jimmy Wales.Asked what people in Silicon Valley should do once they’re 35 and officially “over the hill,” Wales responded:I turned 35 the year I founded Wikipedia.  38 the year I founded Wikia (now ranked #30, quantcast).last_img read more

15 Dec

A new era of airline Darwinism, with AI accelerating natural selection

first_imgAI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them Stephen Pratt Tags:#AI#airlines#Artifical intelligence#Internet of Things#IoT Related Posts center_img China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Noodle.ai, a San Francisco based AI software applications company, recently developed the Noodle AI Index for Airlines.  The index shows evidence that airlines that learn best, broaden their view externally, and use algorithms to better predict the future, outperform those that focus their gaze internally and look only to the past. How the index worksThe Noodle AI Index examines AI adoption (X-axis) vs. the growth in value of the airline (Y-axis).  AI adoption is quantified through analysis of skills, focus, and public commitment to the three pillars of AI: learning algorithms, supercomputing technology, and data engineering.  Stock performance is calculated as the five-year change of stock price vs. the airline industry average.What does this tell us about Airline Darwinism?Airlines are operationally-intensive data-rich environments that traditionally have been managed looking largely at internal historical data analyzed by static algorithms. This approach limits the capacity to manage critical forecast-intensive operations like revenue management, fleet maintenance, inventory management, route planning, and customer loyalty offers. Enterprise AI is an opportunity to scale human expertise and find patterns beyond human capability. See also: How to use emotion AI for all the right reasons Learning algorithms flourish when combining large amounts of internal, external, structured and unstructured data. The effects of AI on airlines steadily will increase.  Channeling Darwin, AI entering airline operations is more likely to be a natural selection process for the industry rather than a sudden Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event.  Nonetheless, the battle to be the most adaptable is amping up. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

12 Dec

Helping Military Families Who Have a Child with Disabilities

first_imgThe military lifestyle can be hard on families. There is a demand for their time, energy and commitment that can lead to stress on the family unit.6 In military families who have a child with special needs, the stress for the family is increased even further.It is important that families are taught how to cope with the stress concerning events of their lives, and to understand and expect the family environment to be adjusted due to not only the military lifestyle but also having a child with a disability.3,4 Researchers suggest that medical and mental health services alone are not enough to alleviate stress for military families who have a young child with disabilities.1,2It is suggested that military families find family-centered services, community partnerships, and support groups with similar areas of interest, to aid in lowering stress for the family.5Below are links to support groups, resources, and services for military families who have a child with special needs.Military Special Needs Network: This Facebook page is a great place for families to reach out to other families with similar needs. Ask questions, contribute advice and build relationships.Autism: the Military: This Pinterest page is a collection of articles, news events, videos, and stories to help military families who have a child with Autism.The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP): Addresses the unique needs of military families with special needs children, and provides resources, tools and articles to further inform parents about EFMP and the families is serves.Military Families with Complex Kids: In this Facebook group, ask questions and find the support of other military families raising children with special needs or medical complications.Military One Source Special Needs: provides information and support for families with special needs family members.The DoD Special Needs Parent Tool Kit: provides information for parents that is downloadable and covers birth through 18 years old. Whether you need to learn about early intervention services or want to learn how to be a more effective advocate for your child, this resources has the information you are searching for.Do you have any resources to add to our list? Post your go to resources in the comment section below. Dyson, L.L. (1993). Response to the presence of a child with disabilities: Parental stress and family functioning over time. American Journal of Mental Retardation, 98, 207-218.Dyson, L.L. (1996). The experiences of families of children with learning disabilities: Parental stress, family functioning, and sibling self-concept. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 29, 280-286.Murphy, D.L., Behr, S.K., & Summers, J.A. (1990). Do something about it-think! Cognitive coping strategies and stress and well-being in parents of children with disabilities. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association: Boston.Paulus, P.B., Nagar, D., Larey, T.S., & Camacho, L.M. (1996). Environmental, lifestyle, and psychological factors in the health and well-being of military families. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 26, 1053-2075.Russo, T.J., & Fallon, M.A. (2001). Helping military families who have a child with a disability cope with stress. Early Childhood Education Journal. 29(1). 3-8.Segal, M.W. (1989). The nature of work and family linkages: A theoretical perspective. In G.L. Bowen & D.K. Orthner (Eds.), The organizational family: Work and family linkages in the U.S. military (pp.3-36). New York: Praeger. Subscribe to our mailing list for monthly eNewslettersEmail Address First Name Last Name This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on February 26, 2016.last_img read more

12 Dec

Creative Inspiration: Subaru WRX STI vs Stick Bombs

first_imgIt’s popsicle sticks vs RC cars in Subaru’s awesome “WRX STI vs Stick Bombs” video.You may have seen “stick bombs” around the Internet but you’ve never seen them like this before. Below is the absolute best stick bomb video ever created.For those who don’t know, a stick bomb is created by overlapping popsicle sticks in such a way that when triggered makes them fly in the air. Marketing geniuses at Subaru saw this and decided that it would be a good idea to have a WRX model car race these stick bombs. The result is one of the most impressive and creative marketing stunts we’ve seen.Feel inspired to buy a Subaru?Behind the ScenesThe video was created in Japan by Subaru. Subaru stated that they used over 30,000 sticks to create the explosions and each time they would go off they would have to do it again. They also used over 25 GoPro’s to create the matrix-style pan. The whole video took about 3 days to shoot. For those into video production or advertising, you’ll want to check out this great behind the scenes video demonstrating how the spot was made. Enjoy!Have any tips for shooting stick bombs? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

12 Dec

NAB 2015 Announcements: News You Might Have Missed

first_imgThere’s a ton of industry news coming out of Vegas this week. Here are a few noteworthy NAB 2015 announcements you might have missed.NAB 2015 is in full swing and filmmakers and video producers from all over the world have turned their eyes to Vegas. The industry’s heaviest hitters are taking advantage of the hype to announce new plans and products. Here are a few of the big NAB 2015 announcements that you might have missed so far.Blackmagic Video Assist and URSA ViewfinderBlackmagic Video Assist image from BlackmagicBlackmagic’s made about a million NAB 2015 announcements so far, and it’s only Tuesday! We’ve already covered a few of them on the PremiumBeat Blog – and, well, here’s another one.The Blackmagic Video Assist is a brand new video recorder/monitor unveiled at NAB 2015. The device has SDI and HDMI inputs. The recorder can record up to 1920x1080p in 10-bit 4:2:2 HD ProRes or DNxHD. It doesn’t record 4K, so there’s no need to sell your Atomos Shogun just yet. However, at only $495, the Blackmagic Video Assist is one of the cheapest monitor/recorders on the market. The device is powered using two Canon LP-E6 batteries.Regarding the Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder — When the Blackmagic URSA was announced only a short year ago, it was awesome in almost every way, but unfortunately the camera doesn’t have a built-in viewfinder. Blackmagic has seen this problem and created an optional EVF that can be attached to the URSA. The viewfinder can be adjusted to work with both the left and right eye. It connects to the camera via SDI and has a built-in recording light that will indicate when the camera is recording.Blackmagic Video AssistPrice: $495Availability: JulyBlackmagic URSA ViewfinderPrice: $1,495Availability: JulyGoPro HEROCastHEROcast image from GoProIn an effort to make their cameras more usable in a professional context, the action-cam masters at GoPro have unveiled their first live-broadcast transmitter. The device, called HEROCast, can transmit 1080p video at 60fps with very low latency.The camera was specifically designed with live sporting events in mind. However, with only a 40 minute battery life, we will be interested to see how usable this new device actually is. Currently the HEROCast only works with the HERO4 and HERO3+ cameras.HEROCast comes in two flavors, HEROCast and HEROCast BacPac. HEROCast is essentially a wireless transmitter that connects to the GoPro via HDMI cable and HEROCast BacPac is a built-in transmitter/waterproof cage that is all-in-one.Price: $7,500 Availability: UnknownApple Updates FCPX, Motion, & CompressorGreat news for Final Cut editors: Apple has just announced a few new updates to all of their video applications.In FCPX, users can now create 3D titles directly in FCPX 10.2, so there’s no need to use an external program. Users can adjust various parameters like materials, lighting, and edges. When editing, users can see up to 4 different video scopes to help with color grading and correction. The supported formats library has also been expanded with new support for Panasonic AVC-Ultra and Sony XAVC-S. FCPX also features enhanced GPU for faster transcoding and playback.Motion 5.2 is getting more 3D capabilities, including multiple lights, cameras, and multilayered scenes. There will be 12 new generator effects with improved key framing and enhanced mask control.Compressor’s update focuses on delivering and packaging video content for the iTunes store. Users can simply select iTunes Store Package while in compressor to quickly send video to iTunes for review. Enhanced GPU rendering will also help to speed up the editing and encoding process.Pricing: $299.99 for FCPX, $49.99 for Motion, & $49.99 Compressor Availability: ImmediatelyWant even more NAB 2015 news? No problem. Just stay tuned to The Beat all week for the latest in breaking NAB 2015 announcements.What do you think about these NAB 2015 announcements? Are you going crazy with new gear lust? Share your thoughts in the comments below.last_img read more

3 Dec

I have not done anything wrong: Kamat

first_imgPanaji: Former Chief Minister and Congress MLA Digambar Kamat on Saturday said he was innocent and it was up to people to judge whether he was being politically harassed.In reply to a question about the Enforcement Directorate seizing his properties in connection with the Louis Berger bribery case, Mr. Kamat said, “I have not done anything wrong. I was given an intimation by the ED that my properties were attached only after the news appeared in the media.”Earlier this week, the ED had attached properties of Mr. Kamat and former Chief Minister and Nationalist Congress Party MLA Churchill Alemao, amounting to ₹1.95 crore. The properties were purchased in 2010, around the time of the scam.Mr. Kamat also said that he was unaware about the 14 shell companies that were allegedly used as intermediaries to channelise bribe money to him and others, as revealed by the ED probe.Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader and Leader of Opposition Babu Kavlekar said the party is supporting Mr. Kamat on the issue.Mr. Kamat said people from Margao had elected him again in the Assembly polls and wherever he had gone during the election period people had extended their support to him. Mr. Kamat, Mr. Alemao and other government officials have been accused of allegedly accepting a $976,630 bribe in 2010 from officials of U.S.-based Louis Berger consultancy firm to secure implementation rights of a ₹1,031 crore water and sewerage project in Goa, funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).Mr. Alemao, top officials linked to the project, and senior Louis Berger employees were arrested by the State Crime Branch, but were later released on bail.Mr. Kamat has been charge sheeted as the prime conspirator. He has been charged under Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) and Section 201 (tampering with evidence) of the Indian Penal Code and other relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.last_img read more

3 Dec

Amit Shah to visit Tripura

first_imgTriumph in recently held assembly elections including that of Manipur boosted the BJP’s central leadership to give a push to party organisation in Tripura. Assembly election in the left bastion state is due in early 2018. BJP’s national president Amit Shah would arrive in the state on May 7 on a two day visit to oversee organisation activities in the state. Party’s state Prabhari Sunil Deodhar detailed Shah’s tour schedule to newsmen on Tuesday. Mr. Deodhar announced the party leadership attaches importance to Tripura and Meghalaya states to wrest power from CPI(M) and Congress respectively.  BJP has been in power Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Prsadesh, running a coalition in Nagaland while Tripura, Mizoram and Meghalaya stand outside of its victory map.  He however said a final itinerary on visit of Amit Shah would be announced after a consultation between party offices of Delhi and Agartala. MR. Sunil Deodhar is leaving for Delhi on Wednesday to hold talks with central leaders.last_img read more

3 Dec

No more tankers; 30 Aurangabad villages show the way in utilising water

first_imgThirty villages in drought-affected Aurangabad district are reportedly free of dependency on tanker water, thanks to efforts by social organisations working under the State government’s Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan.Much of the work has been done by the Jankidevi Bajaj Gram Vikas Sanstha (JBGVS), the social arm of Bajaj Auto Ltd, which began working in over 50 Aurangabad villages in 2016. The trust claims its efforts at increasing storage capacity ultimately led to better percolation of water.According to JBGVS officials, the work involved widening and deepening streams and nullahs over 55 km at sites upstream of the existing cement nullah bunds (CNB) in Paithan, Vaijapur, Gangapur and Fulambri taluks. Five percolation tanks were also de-silted over the past year. The efforts have created 25,000 TCM of surface water storage capacity.“The watershed work has recharged the aquifers. In the one-km periphery of the deepened streams, wells and borewells that had earlier dried up are now rejuvenated with water levels increasing by three to seven metres,” Randhir Patil, project manager, JBGVS, said. He added that the drinking water problem has been resolved without involving tankers in these 30 villages.He said in many cases, multiple crops were being sown due to the availability of water.last_img read more

3 Dec

Police mount vigil in western Uttar Pradesh

first_imgThe police in western Uttar Pradesh police are keeping a strict vigil in over 20 districts, ahead of the sentencing of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a rape case on Monday. Saharanpur, Baghpat, Shamli and Muzaffarnagar share borders with Haryana and have a considerable number of Dera members because of which the State administration does not want to take any chances. The border districts have sealed their roads connecting Haryana. Extra police forces and Provincial Armed Constabulary units have been deployed. Ban orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code has been imposed in several districts of Meerut, Agra and Bareilly.Schools closedAll schools in Meerut, Saharanpur, Shamli and Baghpat were shut on Saturday as a precautionary measure and they will remain closed on Monday. Additional Director-General of Police (Law and Order) Anand Kumar on Sunday reviewed the precautionary steps. Though trains connecting Haryana and Uttar Pradesh were cancelled, there was a possibility of the supporters entering the State by road. Mr. Kumar directed railway, road transport and police officials to work in coordination. Intelligence units have been asked to pass on information about every move of the Dera followers. He asked officials to ensure that police forces were present with anti-rioting vehicles at places such as bus depots, railway stations, malls, district offices, government buildings and courts.He told The Hindu that ban orders had been imposed in Meerut, Ghaziabad, Bulandshahr, Saharanpur, Shamli, Muzaffarnagar, Hapur and Baghpat in Meerut zone, Bareilly, Badayun, Shahjahanpur, Bijnor, Moradabad and Rampur in Bareilly zone and Agra, Mathura, Eta, Mainpuri, Kasganj and Firozabad in Agra zone.The leave granted to police personnel has been cancelled and they have been asked to report for duty. Moreover, police presence has been increased in and around the 15 ashram-cum-centres of the quasi-religious sect in western UP.last_img read more

3 Dec

Jellyfish warning for visitors to beaches

first_imgVisitors to the Candolim-Sinquerim beach have been warned to stay alert after jellyfish washed ashore on Friday. Lifeguards from Drishti Marine, the State-appointed lifeguard agency, spotted the jellyfish and alerted the Goa tourism department. While most jellyfish stings are harmless to humans and cause only mild irritation, in very rare cases, jellyfish species are venomous and can cause harm on contact, the advisory issued by Drishti Marine said.The advisory has suggested immediate first-aid measures that should be taken if stung by a jellyfish, such as washing the wound area with hot water, as heat breaks down the toxins; spraying the area with vinegar to diffuse any poison that may be active in the nematocysts in the tentacles; and placing icepacks on the area to reduce pain and swelling. In case of chest pain and breathing difficulties, the injured person should visit the doctor.Drishti Marine has also advised locals and tourists not to venture into the sea along the North Goa coastal stretch as the jellyfish could be present in the water or along the shoreline.last_img read more

3 Dec

Beer makes a comeback in Bengal before summer

first_imgThe production and distribution of beer in Bengal is back on track after a gap of three months owing to a hike in excise duty. The State government issued a communiqué to this effect saying that beer will be back on the shelves of liquor stores with all the key breweries in the state upping production. “In order to cater to the demand of beer in the summer season, all the three breweries are now functioning in three shifts, optimizing their production capacity,” the release noted. The problem of non-availability of beer started following a sharp hike in excise duty. Following the hike, beer producers stopped production and the much desired summer drink disappeared from the market. According to the communiqué, United Breweries and Carlsberg India “now produce 30,000 cases per day”, while Celebrity Brewery is producing about 12,000 cases, thus going full capacity, the communiqué noted.“We have fixed the price in such a way that it is less than what it is in other States – like Maharastra – where the prices are around Rs.155. Here it will be around Rs.140. The producers are satisfied with the settlement and have gone to production,” a senior State Government official said. In the main retail outlet in the city’s central area in Esplanade, the price of a 650ml bottle of Tuborg has gone up from Rs.110 to Rs.145. Beer contributes around 10% of the total excise revenue collected in the State, and 95% of the beer consumed in the State is of “strong” variety with 8% alcohol content, official estimates noted.But in many of the retail outlets, and the pubs or bars in the city, beer is yet to arrive. The reason, according to Smarajit Mitra, Chairman, Banking and Finance, of the Merchants’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is that the prices are up in bars or clubs by a whopping 50%.“The [liquor] license fee has gone up from Rs.50,000 to Rs.5 lakh per year. In addition to the 30% to 35% direct increase, the cost has to be apportioned through sales pushing the charges up above 50% amount,” said Mr Mitra. The State Government official said that if the clubs file an official complaint to reduce the license “it could be considered.” Mr Mitra, however, said that the hike may “encourage illegal entry of beer” from other States to West Bengal.The other problem is logistical. The supply chain of liquor in the State has also been altered causing distribution to take a hit. Previously, liquor was sent to a “super distributor” by the suppliers who own breweries and distilleries in the State. Following a recent order by the State government, alcoholic beverages are now moved from the site of production to warehouses of the State Beverages Corporation, thereby creating logistical clogs. Government officials, however, denied the allegations. “Retailers book the consignment on the net and the warehouse delivers within a reasonable time frame even with a lag-time margin. There is no logistical issue,” the official said. Both sides, however, agreed that there won’t be any shortage of the drink as the season kicks off.last_img read more

3 Dec

Seven killed by boulder in Jammu

first_imgA huge boulder rolled down a 100-foot high waterfall in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, killing seven people and injuring 30 others, the police said. A group of people, mostly youngsters, were bathing under the Siar Baba waterfall, one of the biggest in north India, at Talwara, 10 km from Reasi town, when the loose rock and other debris fell on them, Reasi SSP Tahir Sajad Bhat said. A police officer said the death toll might rise as the condition of many injured people was critical .Most of the dead and injured belonged to Jammu district, the officer said.Many people involved in the rescue operation complained that only one doctor was present at the Reasi district hospital at the time the injured people were admitted for treatment. National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah expressed grief and shock over the incident.last_img read more

3 Dec

Fake news is a fallout of technology penetration: cautions Parrikar

first_imgSpreading of technology comes some times with fallouts and drawbacks like fake news, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Sunday. “Today we have got technology penetration everywhere. There are some drawbacks also like fake news. There is many times news which says that cell connectivity is dangerous to humans. At the same time people want cell phones, but they don’t want towers in their village,” Mr. Parrikar said at an IT-related public function here on Sunday.“People should realise that fake news can do enormous harm or a rumour can do more harm,” the Chief Minister sounded caution. He announced tha the Goa government was gearing to go fully digital vis-a-vis government transactions by December this year. “We have been completely online on payment whether it is RTGS or various other modes. Now we have decided that all our transactions will be digitalised. We are trying to do it by September. It may go up to December by which we would really be digitalised,”Mr. Parriakar said.last_img read more