Technology Buzz

By Michael Hartley CFP® | A Cultivating Change LLC curated collection of cutting edge technology blogs, articles, and books. www.cultivatingchange.com

A Security CEO and Two Hackers on Building a Safer Internet, Powered by a Community of Hackers

In recent years technology has become an increasing mainstay of businesses in how they present their products and engage their customers. The net effect of this is more and more companies building internal software engineering teams (or depending on outsourced teams) to deliver this technology.<p>This …

Cybersecurity

TVs are about to get bigger. Way bigger.

Images are about to quadruple in size. Here's how they'll look.<p><i>Muppet Babies</i> probably looked plenty clear on the 20-inch standard-definition TV that sat in the corner of Mom’s living room in the late ’80s. That relatively low-res picture had the equivalent of 25 pixels of image data per inch; blow …

Photography

This epic presentation from a top consultant forecasts the future of tech and media

Augmented reality is a nascent industry, but it will eventually become a $70 billion business, according to top business consultant Michael Wolf.<p>That's just one of numerous predictions Wolf has for the future of the tech and media industries. He's also bullish on smart speakers and digital …

Digital Media

Google's Machine Learning Software Has Learned to Replicate Itself

Oh good.<p>Back in May, Google revealed its AutoML project; artificial intelligence (AI) designed to help them create other AIs.<p>Now, Google has …

Machine Learning

Google Sister Company to Build Digital District From Scratch in Toronto

Larry Page’s ‘city of the future’ has found its first home in Toronto.<p>Sidewalk Labs LLC, the urban innovation unit of Page’s Alphabet Inc., and …

Cities

A new sulfur-based battery takes on the problem of energy storage “at the terawatt scale”

Renewable energy sources are only as reliable as the natural world that fuels them. A cloud passing overhead cuts off solar power; the wind stops blowing and windmills stop working. In order for us to depend on undependable power sources, we need a grid-sized backup to acts of God.<p>In 2012, …

Batteries

Why Smartphones Will Become Extinct by 2025

The Apple iPhone 8? Poof. The Samsung Galaxy? You won't need one anymore.<p>The world is changing, and it's all about your voice.<p>In my house, there are voicebots everywhere. In the kitchen, I use Google Home speaker to ask about recipes and the weather. In my office, there's an Amazon Echo connected …

Samsung Galaxy

Drone hits a commercial plane for the first time in Canada

A twin-engined commercial prop aircraft has struck a drone for the first time in Canada, says Minister of Transport Marc Garneau. The Skyjet Beech King Air 100 was on approach to Jean Lesage International Airport in Québec City when it hit an unknown type of UAV. Garneau said that the drone was …

Drones

The Reality Of Robots In Manufacturing

In 1984, James Cameron’s <i>The Terminator</i> blasted its way onto movie screens and not only renewed interest around sci-fi action movies, it also questioned the impact of robots on society that has persevered to this day.<p>Case in point: The Chicago Tribune article ‘Why robots, not trade, are behind so …

Internet of Things

Bots are becoming highly skilled assistants in physical therapy

Within the last decade, we’ve seen incredible progress in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence. Innovators have been seeking out ways to meld man and machine and, in some areas, remove man altogether. In robotics, we’re seeing delivery drones, security robots, and more. In AI, …

Pain

FDA-approved robot assistant gives surgeons force feedback

Surgeons are trained to accurately operate on you when you need it, but robotic assistants could help them get to hard-to-reach areas and boost their accuracy even more. Senhance, the robotic surgical assistant that has just earned the FDA's approval, was designed to accomplish both of those. The …

Medicine

2017 will likely be the worst year ever for cable TV as cord cutting continues

If you ever wanted proof that cord cutting is more than just a fad, look no further than cancellation numbers for pay TV subscriptions. In 2016,</i> …

Smart TV

Study shows robots are better at slicing humans open than humans are

Human surgeons are some of the most skilled, precise individuals on the planet, but no amount of training and experience can make them better at …

Robots

Amazon Is Developing A Doorbell For Secure In-Home Deliveries

The online retailer is also said to be working with smart license plates to enable in-trunk deliveries

Amazon

Which cloud is right for you?

The cloud industry is booming and almost every day, you hear a new platform or service from a company. The number of cloud-based products and …

Hybrid Clouds

5 Technologies to Take Your Event to the Next Level

Great artists steal. Learn how the largest event and festival organizations use cutting-edge technology so you can incorporate their strategies into your own.<p>Gone are the days of the traditional Woodstock-style music festival. In recent years, festivals and events have become cornerstones for all …

RFID

HP teases 2018 release of 3D metal printing platform

HP's innovations will bring 3D metal printing into "more mainstream, high-volume production," said Stephen Nigro, president of HP's 3DP …

3D Printing

Microsoft and Amazon unveil Gluon to help developers adopt machine learning

Collaboration in the realm of artificial intelligence leads to some strange bedfellows in the tech world. That’s certainly the case today, when Microsoft and Amazon Web Services announced their collaboration on Gluon, a new programming library for machine learning.<p>It works by providing a consistent …

Machine Learning

Ceramic Pump That Takes the Heat Promises Cheap, Efficient Grid Storage - MIT Technology Review

Scientists have developed a ceramic pump that can operate at 1,400 ˚C, several hundred degrees hotter than existing heat transfer systems, opening up …

Clean Energy

Oculus ‘Dash’ replaces your computer monitor with VR

Oculus Rift has a whole new user interface that lets you customize your VR Home space and replace your traditional computer monitor with nearly unlimited VR screenspace. Oculus Core 2.0 is rolling out in beta in December.<p>Oculus Dash<p>Dash is reminiscent of a Minority Report-style interface, where …

Virtual Reality

Hovering cars are one step closer to reality

A hovering vehicle nicknamed "Float" won a recent design contest by automaker Renault.

TBS

USB Power Delivery explained

Fast charging is a convenient way to keep your phone topped up throughout the day, but it comes in a variety of flavours. Qualcomm has its Quick Charge technology in a number of handsets. OPPO and OnePlus offer varieties of VOOC. MediaTek has Pump Express. The list goes on. But there’s also USB …

Gear & Gadgets

UK government shares its ideas for making the internet safer

Back in May, the Conservatives promised to introduce a "digital charter" if they were voted back into power. Theresa May's campaign was successful, which means it's now time to turn manifesto pledges into action. Today, culture secretary Karen Bradley has published an Internet Safety Green Paper …

Internet Safety

Intel just challenged IBM and Google in a type of supercomputing that uses temperatures 250 times colder than deep space

• <b>On Tuesday, Intel delivered something called "a 17-qubit superconducting test chip" to QuTech, Intel’s research partner in the Netherlands.</b>• <b><br>This is the world's second 17-quantum bits, or qubits, quantum computing chip. The first was introduced by IBM in May.</b>• <b><br>This chip allows Intel to put a stake in</b> …

Quantum Mechanics

It’s Time for America’s First A.I. Member of Congress

My fellow Americans:<p>This is the dumbest time to be alive, which you already know because you’re on Twitter. So maybe it’s time for something so …

Elections

You Could Soon Get on Any Subway in the World By Just Tapping Your Smartphone

Imagine you’re traveling abroad. You want to get to another side of the city using its metro system, but it’s easier said then done — the ticket …

Banking

3 Essential Technologies for the Next 10 Years

Keep an eye on these technologies and the companies behind them.<p>Just think: What if you had bought <b>Alphabet</b> (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG) just after …

Stocks

A real electric jet is just around the corner and it will change flying forever

• <b>Zunum Aero's will build a 12-seat hybrid-to-electric jet.</b>• <b><br>It will hit the market in 2022.</b>• <b><br>Zunum's jet will have a range of 700 miles.</b>• <b><br>Zunum is backed by JetBlue Technology Ventures and Boeing HorizonX.</b><p>On Thursday, electric aircraft start-up Zunum Aero announced its plans to introduce a 12-seat …

Electric Vehicles

Google's New Earbuds Instantly Translate 40 Languages

Google unveiled the Pixel Buds on Wednesday.<p>Your holiday wish list just got one item longer.<p>Google held its annual hardware event Wednesday, at which it unveiled its newest Pixel and Google Home, among other products. But, it was an item revealed late in the presentation that might have been the …

Google