September 25, 2016

Apple reveals 50MW solar plant in Arizona

Apple has unveiled a new 50MW solar plant in Florence, Arizona, in collaboration with local utility Salt River project.

The 121-hectare plant will generate 151 million kWh of power per year, according to Apple, and will provide enough clean energy to power more than 12,000 typical homes.

Read more... http://www.pv-tech.org/news/apple-reveals-50mw-solar-plant-in-arizona

September 24, 2016

Why Businesses Should Be Paying Attention To The Chatbot Revolution

Advancements in artificial intelligence, coupled with the proliferation of messaging apps, are fueling the development of chatbots — software programs that use messaging as the interface through which to carry out any number of tasks, from scheduling a meeting, to reporting weather, to helping users buy a pair of shoes.

Read more... http://www.businessinsider.com/chatbots-explained-why-businesses-should-be-paying-attention-to-the-chatbot-revolution-2016-7

Kids can build a LEGO drone with Flybrix kits

A company called Flybrix is putting legos on the wing.

The San Francisco startup today began selling build-a-drone kits for kids age 14 and up comprised of: LEGO bricks, boom arms and motors that don't require soldering, and other off the shelf and Flybrix-designed parts.

Read more... https://techcrunch.com/2016/09/22/kids-can-build-a-lego-drone-with-flybrix-kits/

September 18, 2016

Twitter and the NFL: 5 Good Things and 5 Bad Things

Twitter has been experimenting with live video for some time now, with ventures like its Wimbledon stream earlier this year. But the biggest deal by far was Thursday night's stream of an NFL game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets.

Read more... http://fortune.com/2016/09/16/twitter-nfl-stream/?xid=soc_socialflow_twitter_FORTUNE

September 5, 2016

How Spy Tech Firms Let Governments See Everything on a Smartphone

SAN FRANCISCO — Want to invisibly spy on 10 iPhone owners without their knowledge? Gather their every keystroke, sound, message and location? That will cost you $650,000, plus a $500,000 setup fee with an Israeli outfit called the NSO Group. You can spy on more people if you would like — just check out the company's price list.

Read more... http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/09/03/technology/nso-group-how-spy-tech-firms-let-governments-see-everything-on-a-smartphone.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0&referer=https://t.co/Fhrzs4EYJQ

September 4, 2016

IBM Watson's next match? The U.S. Open

NEW YORK—The computer that famously became a Jeopardy champ a few years ago isn't about to take on top seeded tennis superstar Serena Williams.

But off the court, IBM Watson is making its presence felt at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, Queens, home to the U.S. Open Tennis Championships that began last week. IBM is leveraging Watson's machine learning smarts and cloud-based analytics to bolster the fan experience — while simultaneously raising the self-proclaimed cognitive computer's profile.

Read more... http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/baig/2016/09/01/ibm-watsont-next-match-us-open/89720794/

Free Ways to Use Pokémon GO to Increase Business

Pokémon GO has taken the country by storm, and businesses are abuzz with the use of Lure Modules as a paid -- though totally inexpensive -- way to draw new customers in via nearby PokéStops. If you don't have a PokéStop conveniently located right next door to your location, how can you utilize Pokémon GO to boost business? Here are a few tactics that don't require any in-app purchases.

Read more... https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/280564

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