Coal miners become computer coders

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After five back-breaking years in a coal mine, Laucher feared his job would be next to be cut. Then the unthinkable happened: Laucher learned how to write computer code.  “I could barely get to a website, let alone build one,” says Laucher, 33.  Now he also supports his family with a second job building websites for… Read more »

15 Questions with Mark Luckie

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People like Mark Luckie have made diversity in tech a big topic of conversation this year. Luckie, 32, left his job as manager of journalism and news at Twitter in May. In September, he penned a widely circulated Medium post on what it was like to work at a tech firm as a black man. Source: CNN Date: January 29th, 2019 Link: http://money.cnn.com/interactive/technology/15-questions-with-mark-luckie/index.html Discussion 1) “A major… Read more »

IBM’s “Hack a hairdryer” campaign aimed at women backfires

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A video created by American computing giant IBM aimed to “reengineer misperceptions about women in tech, and to focus on what really matters in science”. Women working in science and tech were asked to “hack a hair dryer”, then share their work on the IBM website. Source: BBC Technology News Date: December 8th, 2015 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-35027902 Discussion 1)… Read more »

How do you turn your tech start-up into a global giant?

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Turning your “killer app” or web service into a global giant attracting millions of users and stratospheric valuations is much more difficult.  Yes, we’ve had the likes of Google, Facebook, Airbnb, Uber, and Spotify, but the reality is that 90% of all early stage businesses fail, whether through lack of investment, customers or sales. Source: BBC… Read more »

Are we addicted to technology?

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“The thing many of my patients have in common is the fact that they are in front of screens all the time. Even when they try to sleep at night. It has become so pervasive,” says Dr Ramlakhan who works at the privately run Nightingale Hospital, and is a member of its technology addiction treatment… Read more »

Losing focus: Why tech is getting in the way of work

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Professor Gloria Mark of the Department of Informatics at the University of California says email, social media, notifications and countless other digital distractions are eroding our ability to concentrate on individual tasks in the 21st Century. “Back in 2004 we followed American information workers around with stopwatches and timed every action,” she says. “They switched… Read more »

Drones

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This is a quadcopter with stabilization gimble attached to a wireless ground monitor for the on-board HD video camera. Total cost (as of October 24, 2014) is $1,500. Quadcopter – http://www.amazon.com/DJI-Phantom-Quadcopter-Zenmuse-3-Axis/dp/B00JD4TQ8Q/ref=sr_1_sc_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1414165069&sr=8-2-spell&keywords=Phantom+2+with+a+Zenmuse+Gimba Wireless video monitor – http://www.amazon.com/FlySight-Diversity-Monitor-Integrated-Battery/dp/B00KR69WHY/ref=pd_sim_p_5?ie=UTF8&refRID=1J1QPSR0MMEM0S4CHK7B HD Video – http://www.amazon.com/GoPro-CHDHX-401-HERO4-BLACK/dp/B00NIYNUF2/ref=pd_cp_p_2_ Source: University of Montana School of Business Administration Date: OCtober 24th, 2014 Link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-V3YcoliKCA Discussion 1)… Read more »