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Security -  Firechat began as an application that allowed people to communicate in areas, where reception was spotty. It was initially intended for festivals such as Burning Man. Instead, it made headlines when it was used during the Hong Kong...
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#NYCTech - Everyone who schedules meetings knows the pain associated with constant back and forth on timing, location, and details. One person reschedules, the next one can’t meet at any reasonable time, and finally there’s the person who...
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Business - In a traditional payment model the user taps a card on a Point of Sale (POS) terminal.  The full payment is then executed by the terminal and delivered back to the register as a completed transaction.  A market led disruption of...
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Cool Tech -  The 17-camera “Facebook Surround 360” has been unveiled at its developer conference in San Francisco, with the design and stitching code available for free on Github this Summer
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#NYCTech -  Virtual reality and interactive installations formed a big part of this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Mark Kelly reports.
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AI - I never win raffles, but I finally did recently at the MIT Xconomy in Boston. My prize was a Roomba. These robotic vacuums have been around for years for personal use, but now hotels are using similar devices to not only automate...
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Drones -  Drones are showing up at airports, on federal land and on the Internet, and they are starting to make some lawmakers, and some members of the public very nervous.Between showing up in places they are not supposed to be,...
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Cool Tech -  Recently, I finished Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Admittedly, I am a little late to the party. The book, published in 2011, is already a classic, soon to be a movie directed by Steven Spielberg.The plot itself is okay, not...
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AI -  With the arrival of the Tap and Echo Dot, we revisit Amazon's talking virtual assistant. She's come a long way, but she's still far from perfect.
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Advice -  While I was on vacation recently, my son and I watched Will Smith’s thought provoking movie, Concussion. Football has by far the highest concussion rate of all youth and high school sports. According to the Brain Injury Research...
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News -  It turns out the first digitally native generation may not be all that tech-smart.A report by the nonprofit Change the Equation, which focuses on science, tech, engineering, and math literacy, shows that about 58 percent of...
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Cool Tech -  Dwindling farm incomes and open-source software are inspiring homespun hackers, helping advance farming technology. Manitoba farmer Matt Reimer has created a tractor that drives itself.
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Cool Tech - Recently, I was a featured speaker at the University Transportation Research Center (UTRC) conference in SUNY Polytechnic Institute. I am a strong proponent for autonomous mobility and with my 18 year old on the cusp of getting a...
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Mobile - Today millions of new smart devices include the most advanced state-of-the-art security standards. Every app and service provider should fully exploit the embedded protections delivered by the latest generation hardware.  In...
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Advice - “Go look at my Twitter. Tuscaloosa PD is about to have a lawsuit to settle.”I got that text at around 9:30 p.m. last Sunday from my brother, a sophomore at the University of Alabama (located in Tuscaloosa, AL, in case you...
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IoT -  New Enterprise Associates venture capital partner Rick Yang predicts that wearables will "disappear" in 2016. The first generation, like the Apple Watch, Google Glass, Fitbit and Jawbone, has opened the door to a slew of new, more...