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Alcatraz AI is Building Face ID for Corporate Badges

Ever experience the frustration of heading out of work for lunch and getting back to the office just in time to only realize that you left your badge upstairs on your desk? Now, you’re late and stuck waiting downstairs for one of your co-workers to be gracious enough to bring your badge down to you so that you can get back in.

Meanwhile, your boss is none too happy with you. And perhaps this is your third or fourth strike!

Well, it’s time you met Alcatraz AI, a start-up that wants to replace all the badge readers in your office with a Face ID-like camera system. With Alcatraz, any of the multiple sensors have the capability to identify faces and unlock doors effortlessly.

High-security buildings have made fingerprints and iris scanners a regular commodity, but your everyday business would end up with traffic jams at the door if they started using a fingerprint system. On top of all that, every time a new employee is hired, their biometric information would have to be added to the system.

This process would be tedious, especially for large companies with lots of employees.

Facial Authentication

However, with Alcatraz AI, facial authentication guarantees a quick, painless process. You begin with a badge, like the one you have now, but after you’ve used it a few times, Alcatraz Al has scanned your face enough to form a model. From then on, you can always leave your badge on your desk – or at home, for that matter –, and simple facial recognition will get you in the door.

Alcatraz Al has built custom hardware with three different sensors that include both traditional RGB sensors and infrared sensors for 3D mapping which they would install. Once everything is set and running, companies only need to pay an annual fee to continue using the platform.

Alcatraz AI can even detect tailgating – that is, someone trying to get in somewhere secure by following in an authorized person. It gives customers analytics and real-time notifications.

Overall, the process is much simpler and easier, and the ongoing license cost should be the same as what your company previously used to pay guards. The start-up has raised nearly $6 million already from Hardware Club, Ray Stata, JCI Ventures, Ruvento Ventures, and Hemi Ventures.

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Apple Introduces Its Own Credit Card

Apple Inc. is driven to do more and more to create more users and to make its users happier. The company is continually advancing and introducing newer technology, and now they’ve announced they’ll be releasing their very own credit card in partnership with Goldman Sachs and Mastercard.

Integrating the Apple Card will be especially useful for those who have already made it a habit to use the Wallet app and Apple Pay. According to Tim Cook, Apple CEO, Apple Pay will reach 10 billion transactions this year and will be available in over 40 countries by the year’s end.

Over 70 percent of American businesses accept Apple Pay, and more are being added to that number daily while countries like Australia are already at 99 percent acceptance.

Signing up for the Apple Card is simple; all you have to do is sign up from your iPhone, and within a few minutes, you’ll be able to use it with Apple Pay. You’ll have complete control over the card from your Wallet app.

If you want to see you credit card bill, your recent transactions, or keep track of your spending, you just tap the card, and all the information is at your fingertips. You can even see where you spent the money. When you tap a transaction, the location shows up in a miniature Apple Map.

Go Titanium

You’ll also get a hard, titanium card along with the virtual one with a laser-etched name, but there’s no card number, no CVV code, no expiration date, and no signature on the card. All of that information can only be found on the Wallet app, and each device will have a different credit card number.

Every transaction gives you an instant 2 percent cash back, and with Apple purchases, it’s 3 percent! Physical transactions, however, are only eligible for 1 percent cash back. The cash back is credited to your account daily instead of at the end of the month.

All of your private information is guaranteed to be secure; in fact, Apple won’t even be able to see what you bought, where you bought it, or what you paid for it. Goldman Sachs agrees not to sell your data for advertising or marketing.

What makes this card even more unique than it already is is that you will have no late fees, no annual fees, no international fees, and no over-limit fees. You can easily set up a monthly plan to pay off your balance if you aren’t able to, and customer support is always at your fingertips via text messages through the Messages app.

Apple says the card will be available to customers in the U.S. this summer.

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AI Google Doodle Lets Users Make Bach-Music

Google’s innovation and creativity never ceaseto amaze, and one of our favorite features is its goal of honoring different men, women, and key holidays through the Google doodle on their search engine homepage. In honor of German composer Johann Sebastian Bach’s birthday, Google created and released its first artificial intelligence-powered doodle.

Google made the doodle available internationally in over seventy countries and set it to run for a full forty-eight in most of those countries. Users had the freedom to create their own melody and allow the Al built into the doodle to form the melody they created into one that matches Bach’s own style.

But that’s not all the doodle was built to do! Users could also hear their melodies in a rock genre, seeing how it transforms the notes to sound like a Bach melody, and exactly how Google did all this is in a behind-the-scenes video they released later on.

Google’s Magenta, Google’s People + AI Research team, and doodle teams collaborated together to create the Bach doodle. Magenta is a mind-blowing project that uses machine-learning to create music – not just a single melody but harmonies and smooth transitions, as well. Then, Google’s PAIR program does the research to creates technologies that shape the approach to work with AI.

The Google team created a model called Coconet through Magenta which was able to pick out Bach’s individual style through a dataset of over 300 of his own harmonies. As a result, Coconet could match the doodle users created to Bach’s works. “Coconet is trained to restore Bach’s music from fragments: we take a piece from Bach, randomly erase some notes, and ask the model to guess the missing notes from context. The result is a versatile model of counterpoint that accepts arbitrarily incomplete scores as input and works out complete scores,” said the blog post from Magenta.

Which Calendar?

According to the Julian Calendar, Bach was born on March 21, which is now March 31 on the Gregorian calendar used today. Google decided to honor him on the original date of March 21, however, and then had the doodle run for forty-eight hours instead of just twenty-four.

What Google wanted was for users to learn more about the composer himself as they created melodies through the doodle, and what a creative and fun way to remember the famous composer! The doodle is still accessible now in the doodle archive online, so if you didn’t get a chance to use it for yourself, you still can.

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Space Odyssey: Getting Closer To A Real HAL

A few years after the hugely successful Iron Man movie series came out, people got to work on building JARVIS, the loveable AI system used by Tony Stark. However, one AI system that was probably popularized long before we could get close to realistically making it in our own time was that of HAL 9000. The awesome AI was one of the many fantastic things about 2001: A Space Odyssey, and we might now have an actual version of HAL 9000 to talk to in the near future.

No longer just a wonderful supporting character in (yet another) Stanley Kubrick classic, we can now enjoy HAL 9000 closer than we ever have until now. It’s a wonderful creation, and computer scientist and all-round expert Pete Bonasso has been at the forefront of its creation. While he’s happily informed people that paranoia won’t be making a feature this time around, we can see just about every other viable feature coming to life in impressive fashion.

Speaking about this was Bonasso, who said: “I saw 2001: A Space Odyssey in my senior year at West Point in 1968. West Point had only one computer,

“I programmed that computer to shoot pool, virtually. But when I saw 2001, I knew I had to make the computer into another being, a being like HAL 9000.”

His new study, then, titled “CASE: A HAL 9000 for 2021”, shows us exactly how Bonasso went about creating the study. Named CASE itself, he managed to create an AI that was suitable for dealing with standard day-to-day life on a virtual planet, including managing oxygen and removing carbon dioxide. He was even able to send out an AI controlled rover to pick up some rocks!

Also, this HAL-alike could even be designed to solve anything from gas leaks to dust storms. It’s a very handy piece of kit, but primarily shows us how far technology has jumped since the days of 2001.

A fantastic recreation

According to the study penned to cover CASE, it was noted that “If you say, ‘Open the pod bay doors, CASE’ (assuming there are pod bay doors in the habitat), unlike HAL, it will respond, ‘Certainly, Dave,’ because we have no plans to program paranoia into the system.”

Managed across a 4-hour session, this delivered a huge amount of useful information back to Bonasso. Nobody virtual or otherwise died during the mission, and they were able to run the overall virtual mission without a single problem – result!

While it likely won’t be working in our own day-to-day lives anytime soon, we can say that we aren’t a hundred miles away from progress. It may be 20 years after it was predicted in the movie, but we’re excited to see if HAL 9000 is kicking around, in some form or another, in 2021.

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Soon: Private Replies In WhatsApp Group Chats

As one of the most commonly used phone apps on the planet, WhatsApp is the go-to choice for mobile communication. It’s used by a good portion over a billion people, and is used for everything from group chats among friends to after-hours business brain storming. However, one feature that has often been missing from the imperious chat messenger has been the ability to send private replies. That might be about to change, though.

The company is about to set out a new and improved way to privately message someone who is party to a group chat – but privately. This is great for all those of those people who want to, uh, pass remarks on their friends less than stellar jokes in the main group chat. Now, instead of doing it half-drunk and accidentally sending that cutting bit of sarcasm to the main chat when you intended it for the ‘other’ chat, you can use private messages instead.

This is going to be useful, as people find it annoying when they want to send a simple private message but need to change chats. This is going to make sure that certain messages can be posted in the group chat, but only read privately by certain memes who you choose.

While some might wonder ‘why not just talk in a separate chat?’ it can sometimes be easier to privately respond in context. For example, if you go to a second chat and leave your remark, if they read it later without knowing its referring to the larger chat, it can create confusion. This makes it easier for you to let the other person know what you mean within the actual context of the group chat.

Private messaging in group chat: when’s it coming?

Users can expect this to arrive for Android phones as part of the new Android 2.18.335 update. Apple users, though, will need to wait a while: it’s not yet available for iOS yet. However, warnings are being put out about the latest beta and a heed not to use it just yet.

The reason why is that if you delete media within the chat at the moment on the new beta, it can crash the app. Anyway, if this sounds like something that you might want to check out, it’s well worth keeping an eye on.

For those who like to b*tch, you can continue onward without worrying about posting it in the wrong chat to the wrong person!

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Netflix Genres Boring You? Open Them Up Today

Netflix is, easily, one of the most popular online platforms used today. Millions of users curl up in front of their TV to watch their on-demand shows, when they want. While some of us complain that Netflix has too much choice, some people find it hard to choose. For example, their genre selections are, at best, poor. You can find it hard to really dig into what you wish to watch, which soon becomes an exercise in frustration.

To solve that problem, we recommend that you take a look at this easy to use Netflix genre cracker. This opens up thousands of new genres to look through when searching for movies. If you are sick of the same old genres giving you eyebrow raising returns, you can use this simple solution to open up the floor to some far more interesting movie choices.

Making the most of Netflix

To start off with, thanks to What’s On Netflix for coming across this awesome little trick. You will need to use a variety of specific codes to open up Netflix much more, giving you much more control over what you watch.

For example, if you wanted to find something very particular, you can. Mad genres appear, like “Bellydancing” and even “Campy Chinese Movies” – they have a little hidden sub-category for any kind of movie that you can think of. To make this work, all you need to do is type in the following URL:

https://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/XXXX

All you need to do is swap out XXXX for the genre you wish to browse through, and voila. You can find all of the codes that you need online, making it easy to tap into over 70,000 hidden sub-genres. It’s very interesting, and makes it easy for you to make your Netflix experience a touch more specific.

Many of us spend hours just flicking through Netflix hoping to find something decent. With this, you make more or less certain that you can find something worth watching. However, opening up the floor so much will mean potentially making it even harder to choose. If you struggle to make a choice with the options already on Netflix, make sure you have a rough idea of the genre that you wish to watch.

Decision making falls through the floor when we have too many options, so try and limit in your mind the kind of movie youwish to watch. Then, start your browser search. If you go on with so many new options to pick from, you will likely just make what is already a hard choice even harder than it needs to be!

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Pros and Cons Of Apple Data Download

With the world finally wakening up to the horrors of all those privacy policies we’ve agreed to in the past, privacy has become a major conversation topic in the last 18 months. It’s about time. Too many people have seen ‘free’ services and signed away their lifestyles and other key information.

Not reading the Terms and Conditions is always dangerous, but it’s even more dangerous when the very price you pay is your identity.

Starting from now, all US citizens will have their right to download all of their Apple data – a feature brought in thanks to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the EU. It’s going to help make Apple far less invasive on privacy, and ensure that users have total control over what data they provide.

More importantly, you now have the right to see (just about) every screed of data that Apple has on you.

How can I get my data via Apple Data Download?

 

  1. First off you need to log in to your Apple ID account on the official Apple site from a secure location.
  2. Then go to the Data & Privacy section, and select Manage Your Data and Privacy.
  3. Once you do this, select Get a Copy of your Data, and hit Get Started.
  4. Follow the Wizard provided, and choose all of the data that you wish to download. Otherwise, choose Select All to grab everything.
  5. You will then verify your identity with Apple and you’ll be sent all of your data to your Apple ID account for around 14 days.

In here, you will find all manner of critical details including:

  • Your entire call history when using your Apple ID device(s).
  • Your Apple ID details including login records and similar.
  • All data stored on your iCloud, including media.
  • All information that is stored about applications via the iCloud.
  • All Apple Music data that you might have collected.
  • All information held in the Game Center and the Apple Health app.
  • Purchase records and usage history across Apple Store, iTunes and APPLE Books.
  • All purchase records from Apple stores.

However, you need to note that the following data will not be accessible for you:

  • Your messaging history – this is because messages are encrypted and cannot be accessed outside of the device they are stored on using the right passcode.
  • Your browsing history as they are collected anonymously and thus cannot make the data attributable to your device(s).
  • Purchase history such as credit card numbers bank account numbers, device IDs and e-mail addresses. You need to contact your bank if you wish to see this information.

With this in mind, then, you should find it much easier to make a significant impact on the kind of data collected about and for you. If you are someone who is vigilant about privacy, then this should give you plenty of opportunities to learn about the kind of information that Apple has on you.

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Soon On Netflix: “Choose Your Ending”

Isn’t this exciting? Netflix users may soon have more customizable features on their subscription. We hear that you may be able to determine how your favorite shows end. This new feature is expected to be rolled out with new seasons of shows such as Black Mirror, and other interesting presentations. By allowing subscribers to choose their preferred adventure storyline, users have an opportunity to experience an ending that makes them happy.

Netflix has been around for many years. The service started as a direct mail entertainment platform where you could rent DVDs. Later, the platform was enhanced to become a streaming service which featured the popular TV shows and recent movies. Now, Netflix is leading others in a new direction. In recent years, the company has been focused on developing original content for its subscribers.

The availability of new TV shows exclusive to Netflix gives subscribers a premium service. For a monthly fee, you can have unlimited access to complete seasons of shows. This feature is mostly celebrated by subscribers who enjoy binge-watching their favorite TV shows. The idea to become an original content creator for TV and entertainment has led to remarkable success. The polls indicate that many subscribers are happy with the unlimited access they have to new TV shows and movies that seem different from others productions.

Now, we hear about a more interactive experience on Netflix. Everyone is excited about this news. The first test for this new feature was done with the children’s show- Puss in Book. Children could select their preferred storyline.

Netflix has decided to give this new feature a trial with Black Mirror, a sci-fi based TV series that has captivated the attention of a large audience. On one episode of Black Mirror, subscribers will be able to choose how the story ends.

So many companies have been exploring the idea of starting interactive TV shows. It gets even more interesting when you think about these features used for the movies. While we know there may be so many secret projects by other companies. Netflix is the first company to announce its decision to introduce this feature in a TV show for adults. There may, however, be some challenges.

It is expected that such elaborate TV shows will require more work during production. This means more financial investment and labour costs. There may be a limitation to the available choices the viewers can select for particular TV shows. Overall, the introduction of this new feature is going to require more funding for movies and TV shows. From this perspective, we are hopeful that the new feature will be successful to make more profits that can cover additional costs.

If Netflix gets it right, there will surely be an increase in the number of its subscribers. It will also mark the transition of the video streaming business to a new and better level. The goal of Netflix is to keep you entertained. It has become crucial to achieve this goal because of the rise in competition in this area. We have seen the aggressive campaigns done by other similar companies such as Hulu, and YouTube.

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Musical Playlists Built on Your DNA

While it might all sound a little too “Humans of Late Capitalism” for some, it appears DNA-driven musical playlists could be a thing. The streaming era has brought a huge amount of pros, as well as a fair amount of cons depending on your viewpoint and position within the industry.

Regardless, musical playlists have evolved to be far more personal. Rather than just a combination of different songs you think to add, apps like Spotify make it much easier to find music without having to go too far searching. Now, though, DNA playlists could be a thing.

Teaming up with Ancestry, Spotify is going to be bringing us DNA-curated playlists. If you have ever used an Ancestry DNA test at home, then you will be able to link-up to your Spotify account and curate away. You’ll be given a host of playlists to pick from that is literally built on your own DNA – taking music that is important and popular in the homeland of your very ancestors.

Although the prospect of this might sound a bit off to some, it’s definitely an interesting idea if nothing else. However, the idea that it comes from is pretty decent. According to Vineet Mehra, the Ancestry Executive Vice Preisdent and Chief Marketing Officer, speaking as part of the Spotify promotion via Quartz: “It’s so much more than the stats and the data and the records,

“How do we help people experience their culture and not just read about it? Music seemed like an obvious way to do that.”

Hitting the right note

Given music’s appeal to nostalgia and memory, it’s a nice touch to see we can now actively find music linked to the past of our very families. While it might all seem a touch gimmicky, it’s an idea that very much comes from the right place.

Ancestry has been working with Spotify to help make this a reality, with the aim to help people better connect to their heritage. It’s a smooth idea and one that obviously comes from a good place.

Of course, you don’t need to get involved with this if you don’t want to. Should you already have a Spotify account, you have no need to get an Ancestry account to continue access. If you already have an Ancestry account set up, though, it’s well worth looking a touch closer at. It’ll provide you with a rather interesting service that certainly shows Spotify is thinking well outside the box for a music streaming service.

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3 Funny Posts That Say ‘Clueless’ All Over Them

Well, no one ever said that ALL great minds think alike!  Couples are no exception when it comes to being on the same page at the same time. In an age of digital devices and high technology, some people just never really climbed on board.

Even the most successful relationships can have very funny moments that leave for more questions than answers. It’s a fact that all relationships have their ups and downs but if you can laugh it off, you are by far the better person!

The First Cut Is The Deepest

Ok, opening a package should not be a very difficult feat for anyone.  In this case, the most important step is to make sure you don’t cut into the package and slice off the cables!  When her husband brought home new cables for her, she wanted to use them right away and proceeded to cut into the packaging and ruining the cables all together!  I guess it’s back to the store!

Better Pad Up On Ya Knowledge, Pal.

We do believe there are certain items women should purchase on their own. This woman asked her husband to pick up a package of period pads. He came home with bladder leakage pads instead!  On the other hand, if the two have been living together for some time, he should have recognized the brand or at least the product, and just call to ask for the brand. It is 2018, mobile phones are around, you know?

Just One Drink. “Okay.”

Yep, this woman has obviously never poured a beer before and has no concept of foam! Her boyfriend asked her to pour him a cold one and this is what he got. I guess she was too busy to wait any longer because in a few seconds she would have noticed that the foam has disappeared.

You have to see these other people who have the most unintentional hilarious partners

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Crazy: China Has An Internet Court

Should we be surprised? Well, considering the fact that there are millions of active internet users in China, there are bound to be so many disputes. The high demand for internet access can put a strain on the Telecommunication companies who may not provide the needed services. Or other cases of breached agreement during online shopping, and different types of internet services that need to be settled legally. What we know is these cases related to internet usage are heard in a special court.

In this court, citizens can find lasting and finding solutions to their grievances. The cases related to the internet are also between citizens. A contractual agreement, copyright infringement, investments or the wrong use of the internet which causes another person to experience financial loss or emotional distress are settled in the court.

To address these issues, there are two main courts in China that handle all internet related issues.

The first internet court in China was opened last year. It is located in the Hangzhou region, which is the eastern part of China. The court has been saddled with the responsibilities of handling all disputes related to internet usage and sale. The second court named the Beijing Internet Court will support these efforts. It is expected that a third court will soon be opened in the Guangzhou region, Southern China.

It is apparent these cases are on the increase in China. This is why the authorities in the country recently found the need to establish the second internet court in China in addition to the first court. The new court – the “Beijing Internet Court” was opened in Beijing and the ceremony was officially witnessed by the notable Chinese government and legal staff. With this new addition, all cases related to contract breaches involving intellectual property and other related internet-related crimes can be adequately addressed. These two courts will operate according to the legal provisions in the Chinese constitution. The aspects of the law will be applied to the use and sale of the internet in China.

It is understandable that these two courts have been established to maintain order in the e-commerce industry and among the users. Quicker judgments and consumer protection will go a long way to encourage all the users of these services to adhere to the rules and regulations while offering or using the internet in China.

According to the statistics revealed by the Beijing Higher People’s Court, the number of internet-related cases handled by the court is increasing. The numbers have risen from the previous years at a steady rate. Last year, the courts in China handled as many as thirty-seven thousand cases related to internet crimes and disputes.

To improve its services, the internet court in Beijing will be open 24-hours daily. The staff will include thirty-eight experienced judges who are familiar with the internet rules and related constitution in China. The president of the internet court Zhang Wen has stated that every case is tried according to the legal proceedings without prejudice. Details of on-going trials can be accessed through the digital litigation platforms where the final decisions made by the judges can also be viewed.

The legal system in China which handles internet-related disputes is also used to check foreign investors who wish to establish their brands in the Chinese market.

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Google’s New “Touring Bird” App Is A Traveler’s Dream

Google’s Touring Bird website is a nifty new travel tool designed to help vacationers easily find activities in top travel destinations according to their interests, budget, and time.

Planning a trip is a key component of any successful vacation. Hours spent on the web reading reviews, scrolling through photos, and comparing prices are familiar to every traveler. “Traveling to new places is fun and exciting — but for a lot of people, planning what to do once you’re there is not. It often involves hours of research, reading dozens of travel guides and blogs across the web, sifting through reviews, compiling your own lists, comparing prices and offerings, and asking friends and family for recommendations,” Google’s Touring Bird team wrote.

Thanks to their new web application, planning a trip has never been easier. “Touring Bird helps travelers explore, compare, and book tours, tickets, and activities from multiple providers in top destinations around the world—all in a single place,” Google says.

Touring Bird is accessible on both desktop and mobile, and offers the best price for each selected activity or activities, including options to bundle activities to save money. The website includes a built-in bookmarking and sharing feature which allows you to save your favorites to a list.

The website displays a mixture of things to experience for each city divided into categories. These include:

  • Top Sights: Most popular Prague-area attractions.
  • Tours & Activities: Guided tours, tickets & travel experiences.
  • Local Tips: Recommendations from locals & travel experts.
  • Free Tours: Guided tours on a pay-what-you-wish basis.
  • and the ability to explore the city by interest.

The interest category allows visitors to filter the city’s attractions, such as helping them find essential experiences, track hidden spots and locals’ picks, discover drinking and dining (and cooking) experiences, learn about the kid-friendly activities on offer, locate the arts and architecture hub, as well as pinpoint the most Instagrammable sites and selfie-worthy spots. “A leisure trip to a destination is usually between three to eight days,” Lax Poojary, who leads the Touring Bird team said. “People want to do top activities and attractions in the first few days, but then they want to do more immersive things. We wanted to build a one-stop shop.”

An added bonus of the website is that it also serves as a useful tool to assist in locating trusted ticket booking options for when tourists are ready to start checking out attractions. Each entry on the website has a price included, with the ability to filter by price according to your budget, as well as the refund options available. The website also gives easy access to every tour and attraction’s cancellation policy terms, which is a huge welcome to travelers who typically find this difficult to locate as this is often buried in the fine print, and sometimes requires a phone call to understand.

The website currently lists attractions, activities, and tips for 20 of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, with plans to increase the number in the future. “We’re working hard to bring Touring Bird to more cities—please stay tuned!” says the website. The cities currently covered are Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Miami, New Delhi, New York, Orlando, Paris, Prague, Rome, San Diego, San Francisco, Toronto, and Washington, D.C.

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Maximizing Resources: Making the Most of Your Old Gadgets

In the ever-increasing pace of the modern world, we are always quick to throw away things that we no longer want or need. High-quality gadgets with decades left of performance soon become consigned to small cupboards, halls, and parts of the house that we simply do not check very often. If you are someone in this position and you find that you tend to make the least, not the most, of the gadgets that you buy, it might be time to take action on that front.

Rather than letting that piece of hardware rot, here are some good ideas to get the most out of every gadget that you have at home just lying around, waiting to be scrapped.

Cheap sound systems

One of the best ways to use an old smartphone is to load it up with music. Rather than filling up your new phone with your Spotify playlists, why not use an old phone and store it all on there instead?

Even older phones will be able to do this without any issue, leaving you with a cheap and easy music player that you don’t need to worry about being damaged, stolen or lost in any way, shape or form. Perfect, right?

Home Security

You could even turn your old smartphone into a CCTV camera at home or somewhere in the house. Think the kids might be helping themselves to your booze cupboard? Set up an old smartphone using tools like Manything; you can catch them in the act of taking what is not theirs with this free, easy to use smartphone camera solution!

Alternatively, turn it into an alarm clock. Make it super-duper loud, set it up across the room from you and wait for it to go off in the morning. Then, you can use it as an easy way to improve sleeping quality without worrying about your main phone dying out as you sleep.

Make a living

One of the best way that you can put your old gadgets to use, though, is to make some money from it. Make sure that it works well and that you can legitimately sell it without any feeling like they have bought a piece of junk.

If you can do that, then you can easily make sure that you can list it on sites like eBay as well as local classified ads. May as well put that money to good use and buy something that you can actually use, right?

The newer and better condition, of course, the better. Should you do this, then you can easily make a positive and proactive living from selling off gadgets at just the right time. You could sell each part individually, or you could sell it all as one: the choice is yours.

Done right, then, you can use any of the above solutions to make the most of those old gadgets which are just lying around and gathering dust at home.

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What It’s Like To Work For Elon Musk

70-hour work weeks and tasked with doing the impossible, these are some of the things employees revealed about working at Tesla under their cult-like enigmatic leader Elon Musk.

Business Insider spoke with 42 Tesla employees about what it is like to work at one of the world’s most ambitious companies. The company’s CEO, Elon Musk, is considered a visionary, as well as unpredictably demanding according to employees. Long hours and an intense work environment which they call “the Tesla life” are part and parcel of working for Tesla. Some say the attitude of worship some of their colleagues have toward Musk, is something like a “cult”.

The 5.3-million-square-foot Fremont factory, where Tesla’s all-electric cars are made is one of the world’s most advanced automotive production facilities, employing around 10,000 people. However, it is also home to the unfolding drama as Tesla struggles to meet demands for its vehicles as investors grow skeptical with each passing day.

However, for the famous CEO, it is his personal kingdom where boundaries of home and work are blurred. The method to his deepening madness never seems clear. “Elon basically does what he wants, whenever he wants,” says an unnamed employee. At 47, Musk is at the forefront of an electric revolution as he uses his force of will, grit, and stubbornness to make this vision a reality. Musk’s loyal following of employees believe if he asks them to do the impossible, they can do it. Some liken Musk to a drug.

“My favorite thing about the job is to take that thing that seemed impossible and blow it up,” said Marco Batra, a six-year Tesla veteran and the global sales delivery operations manager. Tesla employees said they love the company’s mission of making beautiful electric cars and solar products, supposedly healing the earth, and disrupting the old world along the way. To many, it’s a noble cause that inspires them to give it their all.

“This is the future,” said Branton Phillips, a material handler for Tesla Production Control at the Fremont facility. “I like the whole image, what we’re doing, the mission. We’re making history.” This is exactly the type of “startup culture” many larger established corporations strive for.

However, it may also be Tesla’s biggest weakness. The scrappy, feel-good company, built in Musk’s image, also bears many of his flaws — a place where long hours, chaos, callousness, and contradictions can grind workers down, many employees reported. Tesla burned through $3.4 billion in 2017, and another $1.05 billion in the first quarter of this year, while posing record loses. Many fear the rate of spending will result in the company running out of money by year’s end.

“There’s a big cult-like following for Elon,” said one software engineer said. “[At] no company have I worked for, in our quarterly meetings, do you clap when a CEO walks into the podium. So that’s just something that people do at Tesla.” At 6-foot-2, with broad shoulders, Musk is an imposing man. “I ran into him a couple times. He’s like this force field,” a former internal communications employee said. “You could almost see the air parting.”

Employees describe Musk as everything from aloof and intimidating to friendly and emotional. Discussions with him are littered with f-bombs, and yet he is also known to give production workers bear hugs when the company reaches a milestone. Musk works so many hours at Tesla’s 24/7 production world that virtually everyone interviewed had a story about finding him with a pillow and blanket asleep somewhere, including the factory floor, under a desk, and in a conference room. Musk has admitted he even uses the sleep-aiding machine Ambien to get rest sometimes.

But Musk’s deadlines can also seem random, even mean-spirited, to those tasked with achieving them. “He’d order a project and we’d say, ‘We need 10 weeks,’ and he’d say, ‘You get six.’ And then two weeks later, ‘We need it two weeks earlier than that,’ so you end up with four, just to hit a number. It’s an impossible workload. They’re burning people out like crazy,” one mechanical engineer said.

Tesla’s work-life balance scored 2.6 out of 5, according to Glassdoor user reviews, which was far lower than other car companies. The average employee tenure at Tesla is 2.1 years, which is at the low end when compared to other tech companies such as Apple, where the average tenure is five years, based on data gathered by LinkedIn. “You’re not there to be creative. You’re there to fulfill his mission,” a software engineer said. “If you don’t understand that and you’re talking about your feelings, you’re probably going to get fired.”

A former VP who reported to Musk said, “He is terrible, terrible at execution and terrible at management. The entire management structure at Tesla is impotent and terrible. There are exceptions, but, on average, most managers at Tesla have no idea what they’re doing.”

Now, as pressure mounts, Musk’s management style is under scrutiny, and a growing number of employees and investors are wondering whether it’s time for the company to grow up. When asked about Musk’s management style, Tesla pointed to its mission. “What Tesla is doing is incredibly difficult, as evidenced by the fact that Ford is the only other US car company to never have gone bankrupt,” a Tesla representative said.

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Bets Future Ever: IBM Unveils Coffee Drones

IBM seems to have wasted no time in patenting this idea. It is a coffee delivery drone that can detect when you are tired or in need of a drink. It has been designed to recognize signs such as blood pressure, facial expressions, and dilated pupils who are possible signs of exhaustion.

The drone proceeds to deliver a nice cup of coffee to you, such a relief. The drone is designed to be used in offices and enclosed spaces where dozens of employees sit for hours studying the screen of their computers while working. Now you don’t have to go through the hassles of fixing a cup of coffee because it will be delivered to you at the right time. This is a technology many businesses will be interested in adopting to improve the productivity of their employees.

The drone is enhanced with superior intelligence to identify the “cognitive state” of the employees in a workspace and deliver cups of coffee with the use of an unspooling string which the drone has been fitted with, and to avoid spills the cup of coffee is delivered in zip bags. Alternatively, the coffee can be dispensed from the drone directly into the coffee mug of the employees.

It is apparent that IBM has big plans for this idea. If it chooses not to sell the patent, it can proceed to develop the drone. Asides from the cognitive detection functions, the drone can also be ‘summoned’ whenever you need a cup of coffee while working on your projects. This can be done with a wave of the hands, a gesture that is recognized by the drone.

IBM filed the patent for its drone in the United States, a process that costs a lot of money. In the long run, the deal can become very profitable. Tech companies such as IBM have been keeping closely guarded secrets about special projects that are expected to become the next big inventions in the technology industry.

 

It is a good thing a tech company such as IBM are now considering the development of inventions based on artificial intelligence. We hope to hear more news about other patents for products targeted at making our lives better.

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IBM seems to have wasted no time in patenting this idea. It is a coffee delivery drone that can detect when you are tired or in need of a drink. It has been designed to recognize signs such as blood pressure, facial expressions, and dilated pupils who are...