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2016
  This past year has seen some highs and lows in terms of technology advancements- Uber’s Ford Fusion self-driving vehicles deployed with relative success (with few hiccups) in Pittsburgh and has since began operating in San Francisco. Boston Dynamics revised their Atlas and SpotMini robot designs to better handle terrain and even perform rudimentary household tasks.   March brought long anticipated VR headsets to the market with the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive while the Sony Play ...
Are you really in danger of being replaced by a machine?   First, my opinion. Yes... more jobs will be automated. But, they'll need more engineers to design and maintain it all.   We use technology on a daily basis from our smartphones to computers, so it’s no surprise to still hear the old “humans will be replaced by machines” argument. It’s something Hollywood continues to thrive on. While most of us are quick to dismiss the notion, there are some analysts ...
  Cash flow is the lifeblood of any business. Without sufficient capital, it's almost impossible for any enterprise to survive, let alone progress. For startups in the process of developing their products and taking them onto the market, the money required to keep moving forwards often has to come from investment and crowd funding. The tech space is filled with stories of entrepreneurial startups who achieved major funding goals in a matter of weeks. However, this is not the reality for th ...
The Internet of Things has been hailed as a game changing innovation within technology and manufacturing, with some even hailing IoT as standing at the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution. However, if there's one current limitation to IoT, it's the fact that we still live in a world where many of the devices we use on a daily basis are offline.   One approach to overcoming this is currently being pioneered by Chirp, whose work with data-over-audio technologies allows devices to t ...
The Sinclair ZX81 was my first home computer - my brother had one as a Christmas present in 1981, and I bought it off him the next year, so that he could upgrade to a ZX Spectrum.   With just 1K of built in RAM, and a 16K RAM pack expansion, I was set to go.  I was soon typing in listings from the computer magazines and teaching myself both ZX BASIC and Z80 Machine Code along the way ( I couldn't afford an assembler and editor, so it was all worked out by hand from the comfort of my s ...
Motorola is holding a new competition that allows creators to come up with new moto mods. Moto Mods transform your phone into a different device (via Motorola)   Motorola were on top of the cellphone game until Samsung trumped them with their Galaxy line. With Samsung’s recent setback with hazardous the Note 7, Motorola is hoping to get back on top with their new line of Moto Mods. These accessories allow you to change your phone into different devices. Some of the new mods include a ...
Qualcomm announced its acquisition of smart chip maker NXP Semiconductor. Qualcomm is looking to expand their company with their latest acquisition (logo via Qualcomm)   Apple isn’t the only tech company looking to get ahead by gobbling up other companies; Qualcomm is getting in on it too. In October, the company announced its acquisition of smartphone chip maker NXP Semiconductor for $47 billion, making it the biggest semiconductor deal ever. Aside from making chips for smartphones ...