While there are many critical reasons to reform education and job training in this country, here’s one thing we definitely need to do: start preparing a generation of data scientists, analysts and engineers who know how to work with and leverage data to build our tomorrow. I know for sure that our future depends on it. We’re all data now.
Remember the sound of your computer connecting to the World Wide Web? That screeching and scratching to pull and push information eventually disappeared and soon our computers were always connected. Then our phones became connected, and TVs, tablets, and on and on.
There are more connected devices than there are people, roughly two per person in the world. And the number of devices is only going to increase as our homes, and the gadgets and appliances in them, become even more connected. A big theme amidst the tech mayhem at CES this year, the Connected Home is turning into a real-life domestic internet.
What exactly could your home look like by 2020?
Clean the house
Robotic vacuums weren’t enough, now our vacuums are cleaning and connected. Taking cleaning to the next level, the next phase of robotic vacuums are streaming live HD video and can be controlled remotely via our smartphones. Washing machines will be able to provide targeted ads and relevant coupons when your detergent is running low.
Heat the house
Our thermostat will optimize based upon our habits for maximum energy efficiency and comfort. Are you going to be home early or maybe you have to head out of town... Read more
The average person using a personal computer to track their personal finance information is nothing new. Quicken has been around for years and boasts millions of users. However, as the capabilities of smartphones increase, the growth of mobile apps, specifically those which aid in securing users’ personal finances, has revolutionized the industry.
And personal finance is something that could use a little attention in the US. Many Americans are currently mired in debt and some 16% have no idea at all of what their spending habits are. What is of more concern is interest in personal finance, it seems, tends to deteriorate as people age and finances become more complicated. Only 10% of baby boomers are truly engaged with their finances.
The Rise of Mobile Apps for Personal Finance
In many ways, the ways in which users are now able to revolutionize their finances are endless. Thousands of different applications currently exist. For example, the most popular personal finance app, Mint, helps their 9 million users who want to keep track of their spending, like Jennifer Hudson, make a budget and track their spending by category, which makes it much easier for users to see when they are overspending. Mint also informs users... Read more
Have you ever imagined tiny compasses in artificial gold teeth or maps within playing cards or cameras hidden in cigarette lighters? Don’t think that these are just TV ‘dummy’ gadgets as these are real life gadgets showcased in a 1942 book to help real life Bonds escape from the opponent’s trap.
Most of the inventions in book were creation of Christopher Hutton, an employee at MI9 government agency. The other gadgets listed in the book were cigar boxes with in built radio and silk maps. These manuals were printed and distributed to US intelligence officers as they were far behind British intelligence in espionage design.
London printing company’s dummy version guide with 76 pages is now on auction for its buyers.
A rare book of World War II has been discovered recently that documents the smart equipment by British intelligence system to let war prisoners get out of them.
This 1942 classified document lists out the secret intelligence designs for the James Bond style equipment that includes coat buttons and gold teeth that hide tiny compasses inside them.
Most of these were brainchild of Hutton, who worked on the M19 government agency. Some of these instruction documents (less than 100) were distributed among US intelligence... Read more