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The secret to great tech? Great teams. And if you want your team to perform like superheroes, you have to help each person tell their own story of “hero-dom.” Narrated by Masters of Scale Host Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn Cofounder, Greylock investor).

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This $1K Scholarship Covers College, Tech, Career or Online Education Costs


Everyone deserves a second chance, right?

The American Fire Sprinkler Association thinks so — and that’s why it created its Second Chance scholarship.

The scholarship is open to anyone with a high school diploma or GED certificate who is ready to go to college or attend a trade school — even if it’s been a little while since high school.

(And if you’re looking for more scholarship opportunities that can help you pay for school, be sure to like our college page on Facebook. We post awesome new scholarship opportunities there whenever we find them.)

Enter to Win $ 1,000 in the AFSA Second Chance Scholarship Contest

Here’s how you can enter to win $ 1,000 in the AFSA Second Chance Scholarship Contest to help pay for tuition or books.

Amount awarded: $ 1,000

Number of scholarships awarded: 5

To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be a citizen or legal resident of the U.S.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED certificate.
  • Be enrolled or planning to enroll for the spring 2019 semester at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or technical, career or online school. (You can check accreditation through the U.S Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.)
  • Not be related to an AFSA staff or national board member.
  • Not be a past winner of an AFSA scholarship contest.

Applicants must:

  • Submit a completed entry form on the AFSA website.
  • Complete a quiz about fire sprinklers and fire safety that follows the online entry form.

Scholarship deadline: August 31, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Central time.

Five winners will be selected randomly and contacted within 14 business days of the entry period closing.

You can read the rest of the official rules and guidelines here.

Then, be sure to check out our list of 100 more college scholarships you can apply for.

Grace Schweizer is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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Trump administration to use review panel to curb China tech investments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he will use a strengthened national security review panel process to deal with potential threats from Chinese acquisition of American technologies, instead of imposing China-specific restrictions.


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Fox spirits and demons: China’s tech giants splash out in cartoon arms race

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Toyota will invest $1 billion in Southeast Asian tech company Grab

Japan's Toyota Motor will invest $ 1 billion into Southeast Asian ride-sharing app Grab, the Singapore-based company said Wednesday.
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This Tech School Is Offering a Year of Free Tuition — With an Unusual Twist


Over the last few years, we’ve seen a new trend arise that involves free tuition at various colleges across the United States.

It’s a trend we’ve been loving, as we’re excited to see higher education become more accessible to more people, especially with the ever-rising cost of college and the ever-growing trillion-dollar student loan epidemic.

But while one year of free tuition helps with recruitment and getting students started at these colleges, the new problem these schools are facing is retention. Plenty of students will take advantage of these free first year (or two) of tuition offers, but many end up not staying around to finish their degrees.

So, when columnist Matt Reed, who writes Inside Higher Ed’s “Confessions of a Community College Dean,” suggested making the second year of college free instead of the first, a technical college in Ohio was all ears.

BOGO Tuition at Ohio’s Marion Technical College

In an effort to encourage students to stick around and see their college education through, Marion Technical College is offering students a year of free tuition after they successfully complete one year as a full-time student.

That’s right — it’s buy one, get one on college tuition.

The school was trying to figure out a way to not only attract students, but to retain them beyond that enticing first free year.

By making the second year free and including the stipulation that students must first complete a self-paid year of full-time classes (meaning at least 30 hours of coursework over two semesters), the school hopes to not only bring in students who are excited to learn, but also give them incentive to stick around and excel.

The old model, which included a free first year, Reed noted in his original proposal, “imposes a significant cost increase just as students are entering the home stretch,” making it more likely for them to walk away.

The new model would make it an easier decision to see the degree through because students would have already invested their own money in their education during the first year.

This method, Reed writes, “answers the cultural desire for ‘skin in the game’ by having students work for it.”

Marion Tech’s president, Ryan McCall, had been searching for a way to make the free tuition promise he had been seeing pop up around the country work for his own students. McCall says he had been looking into ways to make summer coursework free for some students and also trying to figure out how to encourage them to continue.

After reading Reed’s article on Inside Higher Ed, McCall posed the question: “Do we stick with the summer idea or do we try to go further and expand it to the idea of providing students with a second year free after they’ve proven they want to do the work and be here?”

The school decided to go further and run with Reed’s idea.

How “Second Year Free” Tuition Will Work

BOGO tuition at Marion Tech, a system now known as the “Get to Next Scholars” Program, will provide incoming students with a second year of up to 35 credit hours for free.

To earn the year of free tuition, students must complete one year of full-time work — at least 30 hours of college-level courses — with at least a 2.5 grade point average.

Students will also receive a $ 100 stipend toward books each semester for both years, along with access to a dedicated adviser who will help them choose their education path.

In the end, the scholarship program’s goal is to increase Marion Tech’s completion rate.

Amy Adams, Marion Tech’s vice president of planning and advancement, says incoming students in the program will be supported every step of the way in an effort to ensure they feel financially and emotionally secure in their education.

“We want to make sure they have the right support group, so we’re looking at these students as a cohort coming in,” Adams says. “They’ll be assigned an academic adviser so they’re all on the right pathways and taking the appropriate classes, not falling behind, not feeling overwhelmed, and meeting as a group.”

Since the Get to Next Scholars program is still in the pilot stage, it will be a little while before the school sees exactly how the BOGO tuition is affecting retention and completion rates.

“Primarily,” McCall says, “this is about helping students get their degree in a shorter time frame and for less of the cost.”

Grace Schweizer is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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Tech leaders push for more White House focus on AI

President Donald Trump hasn’t said much, if anything, about artificial intelligence, but his administration is warming up to the idea of investing more in the technology and finding ways to build new skills for the U.S. workers it replaces.
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Former GQ Staffer, Tech Start-up Founder and Creative Director to Unveil Seam

Justin Hruska, a sneaker collector with a background in tech, wasn’t satisfied with his online shopping experience. Oftentimes he would visit larger e-commerce sites and feel shortchanged because he knew he wasn’t seeing everything a brand had to offer, which meant he had to visit other sites to find what he was looking for.
“A lot of brands use wholesale for awareness and put their best-selling products on their own site,” said Hruska. “So the consumer has to jump through all these hoops before they can purchase a $ 300 sweatshirt. With Seam, we want to reimagine what that looks like.”
Seam is a men’s and women’s shopping app set to launch this summer that was cofounded by Hruska, the chief executive officer, and Jake Woolf, the editorial director. Nate Brown, who cofounded Studio Institute, a creative firm that’s worked with artists including Beyoncé and Jay Z on tour visuals, is a partner and a strategic adviser who worked helped design the app.
Similar to Farfetch, Seam will serve as a marketplace, but instead of partnering with boutiques, Seam works directly with brands and designers and the app will mirror the product available on their e-commerce sites. Woolf said because Seam holds no inventory

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Google is the one tech company we could never live without

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If the stream of big Google-related news so far this week — from details about Android P to some of the wow moments at I/O like Duplex — has reminded us of anything, it’s this. A fact that’s easy to overlook about the Mountain View giant, when companies like Twitter and Facebook, with all its recent mishaps, are the focus of so much media obsession:

If there’s such a thing as an indispensable company, Google may definitely be it. For better or worse.

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Dr. Oz: We need to make life-saving health tech for everyone, not just for rich people

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Sleep mode? Tech giants’ kids’ ‘fixes’ amount to baby steps

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is adding a “sleep” mode to its Messenger Kids service to let parents limit when their kids can use it.
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A tech guy messed up during Beyoncé’s second Coachella performance, but Queen Bey saved the day

A tech guy messed up during Beyoncé’s second Coachella performance, but Queen Bey saved the day


A tech guy messed up during Beyoncé’s second Coachella performance, but Queen Bey saved the day

We mistakenly thought that Beyoncé had peaked during her April 14th Coachella performance. Don’t ask us why we thought a Beyoncé peak existed — like we said, it was a mistake. But after seeing Bey’s second Coachella performance, we now know that the goddess is always at her peak, and will remain there forever (even if she has to turn on her own fan).

Yes, that’s right. One of Beyoncé’s tech guys forgot to turn on her diva fan during her April 21st Coachella set, and she was forced to take matters into her own hands like the #ladyboss she is. Bey noticed that a fan on stage wasn’t pointed in the right direction, so she marched on over to it to make the adjustment herself – literally mid-lyric. This is a woman who knows every nook and cranny of her sets, and — even after literally decades in the the business — genuinely cares that every little detail is perfect.

Check out the quick  moment for yourself, and prepare to bow down.

That wasn’t the only hiccup the queen encountered during the performance. She also tried to pick up sister Solange for a sisterly hug (that’s right — Solange was there, too!). Unfortunately, the Knowles girls ended up toppling over.

But, hello? They saved face like champs. Those kicks could have been choreographed for all we know.

If anything, these mishaps remind us that although we’re almost certain Beyoncé is at least half-goddess, she’s still relatable AF. Plus, the rest of the night went off without a hitch.

Now, um, about the tech dude who wasn’t on fan duty…you have some explaining to do, sir.

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J Crew Factory Jumps in the Tech Polo Ring, USA Made Dress Shoes, & More – The Thurs. Men’s Sales Handful

Sales that deserve some attention heading into the weekend or a bit earlier. Might not be some massive once a year event, but still worth a look. Those are what make up these handfuls. Five of the better sales, one for each finger, are below, plus bonus sales if need be. Included are a few picks worth pointing out. 

 

J. Crew Factory: 50% off (suiting excluded) + New Arrivals

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What have we here? “Performance” polos from J. Crew Factory? Ordered. And don’t worry, the annual polo palooza is fast approaching. Last year wasn’t the best polo crop. There are some good ones this year. Fingers crossed these make the list as a winner.

 

Brooks Bros: $ 100 off $ 300, $ 200 off $ 500 w/ SP18BC

Brooks Brothers

See what we’re doing here? We’re using socks from the sale section (at post time this is working) to trip the $ 300 threshold. At $ 300, use the $ 100 off $ 300 code SP18BC and you end up with Goodyear Welted, made in the USA shoes for just north of $ 200. Not bad being that they aren’t 2nds quality.

 

Target: Goodfellow & Co. Oxford Cloth Pants – $ 24.99

Target: Goodfellow & Co. Oxford Cloth Pants

So the site says these things are “poplin” but… it sure doesn’t look like it. Big thanks to Ryan N. for the tip who saw these in person, in store. Available in either slim or straight fit. Could be perfect for those hot summer days. Also, I don’t know what the “printed” distinction means on these pants. They just look like they’re heathered/chambray-ish/oxford cloth-y. Beats me.

 

 Allen Edmonds Anniversary Sale ends MONDAY

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How’d tax day shake down for you. Good? Got some money back? Y’know, that’s actually not good. But. I totally understand how it makes one feel. Anyway, sock that return away in the emergency fund. But if you just can’t stand it, there’s the big AE sale.

 

Massdrop: Seiko SKX – $ 169.99 FINAL

Seiko SKX

Well look what’s back on Massdrop. It’s worth noting that while $ 169.99 is a fine price for a Seiko 007 or 009, they’re final sale. If you want the ability to return the thing, head over to Amazon or JomashopThey’ve got much of the SKX series for $ 179.99. BUT… and this is a big difference from most Massdrop products, THIS time Massdrop actually has these in stock. No waiting. Ships in 2-3 days.

 

BONUS  Huckberry: LeviMoon is back!!! – $ 239.98 ($ 289)

LeviMoon Lamp

Good God that’s a lot of money ($ 240!!) for what amounts to a small lamp (if that, depending on how much light it casts). But… good grief I want one. Levitates thanks to magic. Or, magnets. Magic or magnets. I dunno. I didn’t major in the science.

 

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Asian shares slipped on Friday as a warning on smartphone demand from the world’s largest contract chipmaker slugged the tech sector, while lofty oil prices stirred inflation fears and undermined sovereign bonds.


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Tech stocks, Netflix power Wall Street’s gains

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More tech workers can’t afford to live where they work — and neither can teachers and first responders

Teachers, first responders, restaurant workers, and programmers have the hardest time affording a home near their jobs.
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Know Your Way Around Technology? This Tech Support Job Pays $11/Hour


Are you the person your aunt always asks to set up her phone? And her tablet? And her computer?

If so, you could be the perfect fit for this work-from-home tech support job with Conduent.

The company is seeking problem-solvers who can multitask as they assist customers, but after that fourth phone call from your aunt because she “can’t see the screen,” this should be a breeze.

The business service provider is hiring for full-time openings in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Don’t see your state? Here’s why companies sometimes restrict location for work-at-home jobs.

You’ll need a distraction-free workspace to work eight- to 10-hour shifts between the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. CST, including weekends and holidays. So your aunt will just have to wait for you to tell her how to toggle between the letter and number keyboard on her phone.

Not the job for you? No worries, there are plenty of other gigs on our Facebook Jobs page. We post new opportunities there all the time.

Remote Tech Support Jobs at Conduent

Pay: $ 11 to $ 11.50 per hour

Responsibilities include:

  • Answering customer calls and providing solutions to their technical issues
  • Attending virtual training for five to six weeks that may include nights or weekends
  • Completing initial training with perfect attendance
  • Scoring at least 80% on the final training exam

Applicants for this position must be at least 18 years old and must have:

  • High school degree or GED
  • Technical experience with smartphones, tablets and PCs and Macs
  • Minimum of six months customer service experience
  • Ability to type 25 words per minute while talking to customers
  • High-speed internet service

Benefits include:

  • Medical, dental and vision benefits
  • FSA, HSA and 401(k)
  • Paid time off
  • Varying schedules
  • Ongoing training and mentorship programs
  • Company discounts (but no hugs or homemade cookies from your aunt)

Apply here for the work-from-home tech support job at Conduent.

Tiffany Wendeln Connors is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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3 Tech Tips to Help You Move

Relocating for business can be a massive hassle, especially if your current company isn’t involved in expenses or execution. Here are three tips that will make your transition much more seamless.

3 Tips on How to Relocate

Credit

Having a great score is a must. Make sure that your credit score is fully intact before you move. Try to get it as high as possible. Any high credit card balances? Pay them down. Any outstanding loans, make sure they are up to date. Pull your own records and do a check. Credit Karma is one service that can help. They give you a breakdown of everything that is going on and even suggests ways to fix any mishaps or consolidate any loans. Don’t wait for your new place to pull your score. By then it’s too late.

If you see anything out of the ordinary, feel free to dispute it. There are companies like eMillions+ that will do that for you for a reasonable price if you aren’t familiar with how to do it on your own. In the end, your credit means everything to your move; it will determine the amount of your deposits, both for your apartment and utilities and even if you get the place that you are eyeing.

(Image: Credit Karma)

(Image: Credit Karma)

 

Apartment Scouting 

When you are looking for a new place, you want to be extremely diligent. It’s very difficult if the place is somewhere across the country and you don’t have access to see it beforehand. Apartment List is a platform that allows you to input all of your living/home workspace criteria and shows you the best matches in your desired location. It’s also extremely visual, providing you with pictures and layouts of the location.

Once you’ve found several matches that fit your standards, call the location and ask the property manager to do a virtual tour for you or check the site to see if a virtual tour is already set up. Additionally, you can also check apartment ratings through Yelp or Google to see how other tenants have rated the apartment, home, and surrounding community.

Shipping

When you are ready to ship your items consider using a marketplace. It is much cheaper. uShip is a platform that allows you to upload the items that you want to be delivered and movers to bid on your shipment. This will save you lots of time and money, giving you peace of mind because the platform allows you to see the mover’s ratings and what they’ve delivered in the past.

 

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Commentary: It’s Time for Washington to Take on the Tech Monopolies

The giant U.S. technology monopolies dangerously threaten new and small business creation–not just in Silicon Valley, but on every Main Street in America.

Antitrust has become a popular topic of conversation, especially now that Amazon


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seems to have driven Toys ‘R’ Us to close all of its 735 U.S. stores, booting 30,000 employees out of work. Amazon, Apple


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, Facebook


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, and Google


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have certainly turned into monopolies in their markets. Statistics vary depending on the source, but Google owns about 81% of online searches and 85% of search ad revenue. Facebook utterly dominates social networking, with more than 2 billion users worldwide and 77% of mobile social traffic. Apple rakes in 91% of global smartphone profits. Amazon handles at least half of the entire amount of money consumers spend online.

For comparison, when the U.S. government used the Sherman Antitrust Act to break up Standard Oil in 1911, the company accounted for 87% of refined oil sales. When AT&T


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was forced to break up in 1982, it handled 93% of U.S. phone traffic.

Yet applying antitrust laws in the usual ways is already a bit confounding when dealing with tech companies. The Sherman Antitrust Act is supposed to protect consumers from monopolies that corner a market and raise prices, yet the tech giants give consumers outstanding products for free (Google Maps and Facebook Messenger, for instance), or force prices down, as Amazon has done by under-pricing traditional retailers. The Sherman Antitrust Act forgives “innocent monopolies” that win just be being great at what they do. Admirably, our tech giants seem to have won their monopolies by playing by existing rules better than anyone, and that’s not a crime. In fact, it’s what our capitalist rules say they’re supposed to do.

However, the arguments about innocent monopolies and consumer benefits ignore a mushrooming danger to small businesses–and U.S. job growth. Tech startups, corner shops, new restaurants–these are significant engines of the U.S. economy. Small firms accounted for 64% of all new jobs generated from 1993 to 2011, according to the Small Business Administration.

But by every measure, business creation is falling. The rate of Americans deciding to become entrepreneurs has been steadily decreasing, according to the Kauffman Foundation. Since 2008, The Brookings Institution found, firm creation rates have been below business death rates–the first time that’s happened since the data began being collected in the 1970s.

If business creation is falling, and small businesses drive job growth, the likely outcome is that jobs will dwindle away. If tech startups get suppressed, the U.S. economy sees less innovation come to market, which could leave us falling behind other nations in critical areas like artificial intelligence and health care technology.

The big problem is that these tech giants don’t just sell products–they are platforms that other businesses rely on. Amazon is an enormous retailer, but it’s also a retail platform for thousands of small sellers. So Amazon is competing against small sellers and has an unfair advantage: It can see all their partners’ online activity and learn how to beat them on price or product offerings. Amazon also owns Amazon Web Services (AWS), the dominant cloud-computing platform. Amazon can spot threats or opportunities early on AWS, giving it the power to either buy or crush a potentially successful newcomer before that startup gets much traction.

Google and Facebook have similar outsized advantages. The enormous amount of data that flows through their systems allow them to spot threats early and either buy or copy them. Their everyday use by billions of people means that anything they offer immediately reaches a huge audience, potentially swamping any similar product from smaller, independent companies. I watched Facebook go after Snap, a company I invested in. When Facebook couldn’t buy Snap






in 2013, it began to clone its most popular features for Facebook users.

The giants are only going to grow in power, especially in the age of artificial intelligence. They get more data than anyone, and more data makes their AI software smarter than any other AI, increasing the giants’ lead and dominance.

I believe policymakers and regulators must focus on protecting small business from unfair competition. That may mean changing antitrust laws so they take into account damage to small companies, and then forcing the giants to divest some of their businesses to reduce their overall power. Amazon the retailer, for instance, should probably separate from AWS, the cloud-hosting service.

During Senate hearings to confirm nominees for the Federal Trade Commission, most of the nominees (now confirmed) said the FTC should take a new look at whether the tech giants are engaging in anticompetitive behavior. This kind of scrutiny, long abhorred by the tech industry, should now be welcomed by our society.

A publishing group, the News Media Alliance, asked Congress in February to set aside antitrust rules and let news outlets collectively negotiate with the likes of Facebook and Google. Again, this would’ve been anathema to tech a year ago, but now, allowing industry groups to band together to deal with monopoly giants seems reasonable. Earlier this month, Rep. David Cicilline (R-R.I.) introduced a bill–the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act–that would do just that.

Finally, I’m a believer in algorithmic accountability. The algorithms that manage internal operations for the tech giants strongly favor doing whatever is the most expedient, efficient, and effective, even if that means harming competitors or amplifying societal biases. The giants should proactively build algorithmic accountability into their systems, creating a level of automated transparency that would let consumers, the press, the technology community, or public officials look in and see what’s going on inside their black boxes. If the companies can’t faithfully and transparently act as their own watchdogs, the government likely will, and that likely would be a worse outcome for the companies than regulating themselves.

As a technology investor, I want to avoid regulatory solutions as much as anyone. Over-reaching regulations in the early 20th century killed innovation in electricity and telecommunications by creating highly regulated monopoly utilities that left little room for competitors or newcomers in those sectors. Yet, clearly, if we don’t address the dangers of tech monopolies, we’re going to wind up with that same dynamic–squashing innovation and growth in critical new industries.

Hemant Taneja is a managing director at General Catalyst, a VC firm and author of UNSCALED: How AI and a New Generation of Upstarts are Creating the Economy of the Future.

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It’s still a bull market, even as tech stocks tank: Analyst

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Waymo CEO says its tech would have handled Uber self-driving incident safely

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – The head of Alphabet Inc’s autonomous driving unit, Waymo, said on Saturday that the company’s technology would have safely handled the situation confronting an Uber self-driving vehicle last week when it struck a pedestrian, killing her.


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As a chief human resources officer in the tech industry, I know firsthand that the talent gap is real. In the cybersecurity segment alone, experts predict some 2 million roles will go unfilled by 2019. And in an ultracompetitive, fast-moving industry — where finding and securing top talent can feel akin to spotting a snow leopard in New York City — addressing diversity in the recruiting mix can be a real challenge for many hiring managers. Read more…

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Dow sheds 400 points as tech stocks crash on Facebook news

US stocks sank about 2 percent on Monday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average shedding nearly 400 points, as Facebook led a selloff in technology stocks on reports that the social media company’s user information was misused. Facebook shares tumbled 7.1 percent on reports that a political consultancy that worked on President Donald Trump’s campaign…
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Watchdog: Western tech used for hacking in Turkey, Syria

PARIS (AP) — A Canadian company’s hardware is being used to hack internet users along Turkey’s border with Syria, researchers said Friday, adding that there were signs that Kurdish forces aligned with the United States might have been targeted.
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China eyes ‘black tech’ to boost security as parliament meets

BEIJING (Reuters) – At a highway check point on the outskirts of Beijing, local police are this week testing out a new security tool: smart glasses that can pick up facial features and car registration plates, and match them in real-time with a database of suspects.


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Outdated Tech? 8 Ways to Rescue Your Old Data from Old Devices

The computer revolution is already a few generations old, and in all that time we’ve seen many technologies fall by the wayside as innovative, more efficient devices and file storage solutions moved in to take their place. Today’s computers, cameras, and flash drives with their superior processing power, versatility, and storage capacity have left in their wake a host of obsolete hard drives, memory cards, and cassettes. You’d be hard-pressed to open any files stored on these outdated media on one of today’s devices. But don’t despair: That old data isn’t necessarily lost forever. With a bit of sleuthing and persistence, you can recover files from old formats. Take care, though. If you attempt to recover on your own any data that is truly irreplaceable, such as photos of your child’s first birthday, a long-lost recording of your high school garage band, or videotaped messages from your wedding guests, you could unwittingly damage or destroy it beyond hope of retrieval. For your most precious and prized mementos, turn the original storage media over to a reputable professional restoration service.
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The CEO of the World’s Largest Advertising Firm Says These ‘Fearsome 7’ Tech Firms Are Upending Media

Shares in WPP, the world’s largest advertising group, are plunging after the company announced a 0.9% drop in net sales for 2017, which founder and CEO Martin Sorrell described as “not a pretty year.”

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, which owns ad firms such as Ogilvy & Mather and Young & Rubicam, as well as various public relations and market research companies, also forecast zero growth for 2018.

WPP shares were down 12.4% at the time of writing Thursday morning.

In his statement accompanying the results, Sorrell claimed the drivers of the moribund results and outlook were “probably the long-term impact of technological disruption and more the short-term focus of zero-based budgeters, activist investors and private equity [rather] than, we believe, the suggested disintermediation of agencies by Google and Facebook or digital competition from consultants.”

Sorrell didn’t totally dismiss the impact of digital competition, however, telling CNBC on Thursday that a “fearsome seven” tech firms–Amazon, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Netflix, Alibaba and Tencent–would cause major consolidation in the media.

“On the content side, companies like Netflix and Amazon can pay significantly higher sums for an hour of content than traditional content producers. And that has created changes in the market, some would say distortions in the market, that are driving this consolidation,” he said.

To face the turmoil, Sorrell said in his results statement that WPP would speed up structural reform within the group, shifting from an approach based on individual companies “to a cohesive global team dedicated to the core purpose of driving growth for clients.”

The market’s negative reaction suggests it is less than convinced by Sorrell’s analysis and solution, and certainly indicates deep jitters over the ongoing upheaval in the advertising market–and the “suggested disintermediation” by Facebook


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That’s because the two tech giants have become something of an advertising duopoly. Media buyer GroupM–itself owned by WPP–said in December that the two web giants likely accounted for 84% of all digital ad investment outside China in 2017. There’s often no middle-man in this picture, so less business for the likes of WPP.

Consumer goods companies such as Unilever are also cutting ad spend to save costs, although it’s worth noting that Unilever recently threatened to yank its ads from Facebook and Google if the digital platforms don’t stop dividing society and amplifying hatred.

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Shore Capital downgraded WPP to a “hold” rating on Thursday and JPMorgan Chase left it at “overweight.”

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Maduro: Digital currency puts Venezuela on tech vanguard

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Cash-strapped Venezuela on Tuesday became the first country to launch its own version of bitcoin, a move President Nicolas Maduro celebrated as putting his country on the world’s technological forefront.
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Tech titans race to replace your smartphone with this device

You might think that you can’t live without your smartphone, but tech companies like Apple, Google and Facebook expect you to do just that in the not-too-distant future. The titans of the tech industry are pouring billions into developing the device they think will replace our beloved smartphones — and the race is on to…
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(Reuters) – Wall Street surged on Thursday to notch its fifth straight session of gains, led by Apple and other technology stocks as investors shrugged off recent inflation worries that sent the market into a sell-off at the start of the month.


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Tech Luminary Peter Thiel Parts Ways With Silicon Valley

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Here’s An Opportunity to Invest in a Promising Tech Startup

There was once a time where you wouldn’t be able to get in on the ground floor of an early-stage company because those perks were reserved for accredited investors. Well, times have changed. Now, with equity crowdfunding, you can invest in companies that already have traction, and the due diligence is done for you. One standout that is currently raising is Whose Your Landlord, a startup we’ve previously covered.

Ofo Ezeugwu, the founder and CEO of Whose Your Landlord, saw a problem in the market when it came to tenants understanding who they were actually renting from. He solved it by creating a platform that provides aggregated data from both current and previous tenants that consists of reviews and a rating system.

The company attempted to raise on SeedInvest with a threshold of $ 125,000. They hit $ 64,000 coming up short of their goal. Having scaled and grown the company from the previous raise, they are back at it again on Republic with a goal of $ 50,000, which they feel confident that they will reach.

“We had several investors at the last minute that could have gotten us across that finish line but it was too rushed,” Ezeugwu told Black Enterprise. “Because it was such a public raise, all of our stats went up. We’re in the prime position to raise capital now as a result of us trying to raise capital before.”

If you are interested in investing in Whose Your Landlord there are a couple of general points that you should know. Investments are not a quick flip. It takes time for them to convert into actual equity and sometimes that’s years out. Additionally, the company may fail and they may never convert at all, so keep that in mind.

With Crowd SAFE, the instrument that the equity crowdfunding platform uses, you do not have equity in the company until the company actually converts it into such. Until then, you have a SAFE which is essentially saying that you have the opportunity for your investment to convert to equity.

According to the site, if the company gets acquired or has an IPO at a valuation higher than the one at the time of your investment, you will earn a return. Additionally, if the company has another financing round, it can decide to issue Shadow Shares to you, with economic rights that provide a return.

 

 

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These 10 Cities Are Great For Tech Jobs — and They’re Actually Affordable

If I asked you to describe the top places for tech jobs in the U.S., you’d probably rattle off the usual list of uber-expensive, congested cities: San Francisco, Boston or Seattle.

The money seems to flow to where the tech jobs go, which means rising rents (you’ll pay more than $ 1,700 for a one-bedroom apartment in Santa Clara, California) and sky-high grocery store receipts.

But what if I told you there were underrated tech centers where you could actually save enough to pay back those student loans?

With the help of a new report by Abodo, I set out to answer that very question.

The rental search company used data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to determine the best cities for computer and math, community and social service, business and finance, construction and mining and health care occupations.

Abodo used a statistic called the location quotient, which compares a local concentration of a particular set of jobs to the national average in order to rank each city.

I grabbed regional price parity data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis to measure how expensive goods and services are in each city. I also grabbed rent statistics from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and unemployment numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to gauge each city’s economic health.

Then, I applied a standard score for each category (prices, economic health, location quotient) so I could compare each one apples-to-apples. Finally, I averaged the scores by city across those categories to determine the 10 best cities for tech jobs you can actually afford.

The 10 Best Cities for Tech Jobs Where You Can Afford to Live

First off, all these cities have a higher concentration of math and computer gigs than that of the entire U.S. It should be noted that the ratio may not be as high as some of the IT heavy-hitters.

For example, Washington D.C. has a local job quotient of 2.45 (we’ll call this the tech jobs score), meaning it has more than double the concentration of tech jobs as the U.S. average. But it didn’t make our list because a single bedroom apartment goes for more than $ 1,400 (yikes!).

And D.C. has a 105.6 regional price parity (which we’ll call the cost index), meaning goods and services are 5% more expensive in the city than the national average.

So here’s the list: the 10 best cities for tech jobs where you can actually afford to live and save.

1. Kansas City, Missouri

Tech Job Score: 1.43

Rent: $ 681

Cost Index: 96.4

Unemployment Rate: 3.2%

Population: 2,104,115

2. St. Louis, Missouri

Tech Job Score: 1.15

Rent: $ 649

Cost Index: 94.2

Unemployment Rate: 3.4%

Population: 2,807,954

3. Cincinnati, Ohio

Tech Job Score: 1.04

Rent: $ 625

Cost Index: 93

Unemployment Rate: 3.7%

Population: 2,161,441

4. Raleigh, North Carolina

Tech Job Score: 1.96

Rent: $ 817

Cost Index: 97.4

Unemployment Rate: 3.9%

Population: 1,302,946

5. Columbus, Ohio

Tech Job Score: 1.43

Rent: $ 683

Cost Index: 97.4

Unemployment Rate: 3.5%

Population: 2,041,520

6. Salt Lake City, Utah

Tech Job Score: 1.31

Rent: $ 849

Cost Index: 96.3

Unemployment Rate: 2.6%

Population: 1,186,187

7. Indianapolis, Indiana

Tech Job Score: 1.05

Rent: $ 665

Cost Index: 97.6

Unemployment Rate: 3.1%

Population: 2,001,737

8. Dallas, Texas

Tech Job Score: 1.38

Rent: $ 807

Cost Index: 97.8

Unemployment Rate: 3.2%

Population: 7,232,599

9. Charlotte, North Carolina

Tech Job Score: 1.26

Rent: $ 726

Cost Index: 97

Unemployment Rate: 4.2%

Population: 2,474,314

10. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Tech Job Score: 1.06

Rent: $ 602

Cost Index: 98.1

Unemployment Rate: 4.3%

Population: 2,342,299

So if you recently graduated with a tech degree, don’t worry too much about ending up in a pricy town. Check out the job listings in these cities — you might be surprised what you find.

Alex Mahadevan is a data journalist at The Penny Hoarder. As a bonafide Florida Man, he probably won’t be leaving the state for a while.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Seven years ago, a computer beat two human quizmasters on a “Jeopardy” challenge. Ever since, the tech industry has been training its machines to make them even better at amassing knowledge and answering questions.
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This Is What the Future of Fashion Tech Looks Like

Whether it’s the latest smartwatch, “smart” wearables, or new portable charging concepts, it feels like we’re constantly inundated with the latest products claiming to revolutionize the way we connect with technology. In the fashion world, we’re generally increasing our tech savvy while on the tech side of the industry, innovations are ever more developed with fashion and style in mind. If you’re already on the forefront of the tech sphere, you might have an idea of what will come next. To find out exactly what the future of fashion tech holds, we went straight to the source of the newest product releases.

CES is a conference produced by the Consumer Technology Association and is at the forefront of innovation in the consumer products space. The conference “has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years,” reads the CES website, “the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.” So, naturally, this was where we looked for the most exciting developments in fashion tech.

What we saw was a major trend in activewear designed with the technology to monitor data like heart-rate levels during a workout. Whether thanks to an external accessory like Spire or built-in garment features à la Xenoma, workouts will never be the same after these products are introduced to the market. Alongside innovations in activewear, we saw name brands like Kate Spade New York and Fossil introducing smartwatches to their collections, making these wearables chicer than ever, and even a line of purses that come with built-in phone chargers so you never have to worry about carrying a heavy portable with you again. Curious to know what else is in store in the near future? We’re breaking down every cool fashion product we saw at the conference below.

Xenoma’s E-Skin activewear tops come with 14-strain sensor strategically built into the shirt to monitor movement like bending, stretching, and twisting joints, meaning the data it collects is a major step forward from fitness-tracking bracelets. Plus, it’s designed to be machine washable for everyday use. Simply put: Workouts will never be the same.
Easily attached to the sleeves, waistbands, or collars of your garments, this wearable accessory syncs with your mind and body by measuring your breath all day and alerting you to sudden changes.
Sleek design and Italian craftsmanship come together in Smartline Jewelry’s Electio hybrid bracelet. The buttons and LED lights subtly blend into the band while the battery and Bluetooth antenna are tailored to integrate into the design, tracking your health and activity in the chicest way possible. This product hasn’t hit the market just yet, but we’re waiting patiently until the moment we can get one of these stylish bracelets on our wrists.
The Fossil-designed shell features a touchscreen powered by Android Wear 2.0, which keeps track of every facet of daily activity from steps to calories and connects with Android and iPhone devices. In gold and rose gold, the chain-link design has a classic feel.
With a crystal dial and star-studded mother-of-pearl face, Kate Spade New York’s hybrid watch is Bluetooth enabled to track activity and sleep, connecting to your iPhone or Android device.
In a structured design with classic hardware, Mighty Purse’s top-handle bag is a perfect choice for women on the go, featuring a concealed slimline battery to charge your micro-USB smartphone or iPhone. Plus, you can also shop the rest of the portable charging bags, clutches, and pouches in the collection.
While these sneakers’ LED soles catch your eye, their built-in motion sensor works to detect movement. It gathers and analyzes your health data in real time. By connecting to your smartphone and computer, Orphe may turn into a musical instrument and controller as well. Now here’s a sneaker that does it all. Opening Image: Style du Monde

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Sports Tech Veteran Damon Phillips Named GM of NBC Sports

NBC Sports Regional Networks has appointed Damon Phillips as the new General Manager of NBC Sports Washington. The sports media veteran previously worked at ESPN in various executive level roles for the last 10 years. Most recently, he served as ESPN’s Vice Technical President, Product Management.

“I took this role because I wanted to be a part of something special, and I truly believe we have the opportunity to create the regional sports network of the future with NBC Sports Washington,” Phillips told Black Enterprise in an email.

The announcement was made last week by Ted Griggs, the President and Group and Strategic Production & Programming Leader at NBC Sports Regional Networks. “Damon has a deep understanding of the sports business and a strong background across all media platforms,” said Griggs in a press release. “His expertise and strong leadership qualities make him the perfect leader to advance our growth in this important market.”

With his new position, Phillips will oversee the network, which is the official broadcaster for the NHL’s Washington Capitals, NBA’s Washington Wizards, NFL’s Washington Redskins, and ACC. He will also serve as the network’s liaison with Monumental Sports Network to help identify business opportunities to grow both networks and work in unison. He will report directly to Griggs.

During his time as VP of Technical Product Management, Phillips provided strategic counsel to company leaders on ways to leverage technology to enhance content, operations, and monetization efforts. He also played a significant role in building ESPN’s live video streaming mobile coverage and tech devices while serving as VP of ESPN3 and WatchESPN. “He was a driving force behind ESPN’s first direct-to-consumer video product during the Cricket World Cup as VP of Digital Direct to Consumer Services,” reads the release.

In addition to working for ESPN, Phillips has over 20 years of experience working with sports programming, operation, and marketing. He has held roles at USA Football, DirectTV, Disney Regional Entertainment, and the NBA. He earned a B.A. from Stanford University on a football scholarship and graduated with honors.

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CES power outage can’t stop tech hotshots from showing off

LAS VEGAS — No power? No problem. Despite an hour-long blackout that left two-thirds of the Las Vegas Convention Center in the dark — forcing thousands of gadget heads to exit the massive building — there were plenty of new tech toys unveiled Wednesday at CES 2018. The folks at Atari went old school, unveiling…
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Verizon and Qualcomm have successfully completed a trial of a new LTE-Advanced technology, massive MIMO, that is going to give next year’s flagship Android phones a major speed boost. The test used equipment from Ericsson and a prototype phone running Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 845 chip and X20 modem to demonstrate massive MIMO on a consumer-ready device for the first time.

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Tax overhaul may add fresh fuel to red-hot tech rally

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The biggest overhaul of the U.S. tax system in more than 30 years, set to win final approval by lawmakers on Wednesday, may add fuel to a rally in technology stocks that has powered Wall Street to record highs this year.


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The top 10 tech stories of 2017

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This was a wild and tumultuous year in tech, with game-changing scandals, staggering displays of incompetence, and chin-scratching revelations. 

And while we may prefer to forget the dumpster fire that was the last 12 months, it’s worth taking a moment to sit back, kick your feet up, pour a tall glass of something strong, and stroll down this perfectly decrepit memory lane. After all, heck, you made it through. 

And so, without further ado, here are the top 10 tech stories of the year, ranked. 

1. Facebook, Russia, and ‘fake news’

The news may be fake but that smile just has to be real.

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More about Facebook, Google, Apple, Iphone, and Amazon


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Macron’s climate summit in Paris finds new money, tech help

PARIS (AP) — World leaders, investment funds and energy magnates promised Tuesday to devote new money and technology to slow global warming at a summit in Paris that President Emmanuel Macron hopes will rev up the Paris climate accord that U.S. President Donald Trump has rejected.
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China’s Tech Giants Have a Second Job: Helping Beijing Spy on Its People

Tencent and Alibaba are among the firms that assist authorities in hunting down criminal suspects, silencing dissent and creating surveillance cities. Their efforts are part a state campaign to build one of the world’s most ambitious surveillance systems.
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China’s Tech Giants Have a Second Job: Helping Beijing Spy on Its People

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Trump Takeaway on Tech: Enforcement Over Regulation

With its lawsuit against the AT&T-Time Warner deal and plan to roll back net-neutrality rules, the administration is fleshing out a regulatory approach: Instead of the Obama administration’s adoption of bright-line rules, it is stressing the enforcement of longstanding laws and regulations.
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5 Tech Trends That Could Change the Home Building Market As We Know It

 

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As technology advances, almost every aspect of the building process adapts to incorporate newer and faster ways of getting jobs done. Because it’s important for every professional should keep up to date on the latest technology trends in the market, here are five of the top tech trends that could change the home building market as we know it.

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3D printing

When the first 3D printer was invented in the 1980s, it was difficult to imagine that this particular machine would someday form a crucial part of the construction industry. Today, 3D printers are used for a wide variety of projects to replicate prducts with new materials. Architects and builders now regularly use computer programs to create scaled models of homes and small parts such as nuts and bolts.

The future of 3D printing is wide open. As the technology behind these computer-generated objects progresses, it will be possible to mass-produce 3D printed versions of furniture or larger building materials. It will even be possible to use 3D printing for different roof types and even entire homes. The pre-fab home market is still thriving, so incorporating 3D printing to save time and creatively use materials is the next logical step here.

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Drones

Once thought to be the domain of military intelligence and gadget lovers, drones are now a key part of the home building industry. From cross-site materials delivery to aerial imagery for site surveys and obscured areas, drones benefit construction projects in a variety of ways:

  • Streamlining building projects
  • Saving time and money
  • Keeping clients interested with cutting-edge technology

The future use of drones in the home building industry will most likely see links to robotics, communication, and more hands-free building practices. Keep your eyes to the skies (and the news headlines) for the latest developments, and consider using drones for your next building project if you want your business to stay ahead of the game.

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Virtual and augmented reality

Both augmented and virtual reality simulators have been around for several decades, but their popularity is still steadily growing as mobile phone and other connectivity technologies advance. Virtual reality (VR) allows users to create and view an imaginary world, while augmented reality (AR) takes existing spaces and fills them with things that could be—including furniture, landscaping, walls, and even entire homes. Currently, professionals across the home building market are using augmented reality simulators in order to visualize a building in its completed state without spending hundreds—or thousands—on prototypes and expensive models. During the building process, this tech is particularly relevant for:

  • Architects: using AR as a high-tech alternative to blueprints and scale models
  • Contractors and site managers: making decisions on placement of walls, fixtures, and fittings, and more
  • Interior designers: selecting furniture, color schemes, and decorative accessories for homes
  • Marketing teams: showing completed renderings of homes to clients during the sales process

Future uses for AR include the widespread use of virtual tours of homes and communities. This could further streamline both building and sales processes, as well as the development of AR products—including headsets that allow both professionals and consumers to see products as they are built and placed around the home. AR use could even include the possibility of designing homes with holograms (yes, like Tony Stark).

Robotics

The use of robots in industrial environments isn’t new. In fact, thousands of large industrial plants and production companies make use of automated assembly lines to mass-produce products on a daily basis. Robotic machinery is gradually being introduced into the home building market to help contractors and other industry professionals design, build, and install parts of homes. Someday this could even include building entire homes far quicker than is capable of human hands.

Because programmable bulldozers and other autonomous equipment can speed up building projects and cut down on labor costs, the next logical step here is linking robotics to some of the other tech processes mentioned in this article. Once tech-savvy contractors find a way to create machines that can visualize, transport, and create products on their own, the productivity and quality of building projects will skyrocket.  

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Apps and virtual programs

Ask any of your professional colleagues about their business technology use, and chances are that they use mobile apps and online programs to make their lives easier. Apps and Internet-based programs are invaluable these days for many reasons, including (but not limited to):

  • Communication
  • Service and production speed
  • Billing and invoicing
  • Ordering materials

Generally speaking, if you name it, an app can make it happen—both efficiently and reliably.

As tech users become more confident with their online skills, increased efficacy and speed become top priorities. The Internet of Things (IoT) and smart technology allow users to link programs and products in order to streamline processes and keep things working as fast as possible. Homeowners have already embraced this idea with their houses full of smart gadgets and products, so it only seems fair that the home building market should adopt these practices as well. In the future, apps will control all sorts of contractor-friendly tech—including robotic machinery, drones, and every aspect of site maintenance—while more homes will be equipped with IoT-friendly devices in order to keep everyone connected in our increasingly tech-centered world.

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