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The Marriage between Economics and Technology

The Marriage between Economics and Technology

Numerous economists are now turning to the exciting field of the digital world. Technology and the shared economy it ignited are able to answer  timeless economic questions. It is clear that as technology improves, it changes our daily lives and our economic system. 

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/04/technology/goodbye-ivory-tower-hello-silicon-valley-candy-store.html?src=me

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What the Fitbit lawsuit means for clinical researchers

What the Fitbit lawsuit means for clinical researchers

Fitbit has revolutionized the wearable tech industry with its sleek wristbands and addictive numerals about the user's health. However, a study at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, concludes that the Fitbit's sensors can be off. Way off. Up to 20 beats per minute off. Fitbit is involved in a class action law suit as a result, and other health tech companies (wearable and non-wearable) should be wary not to repeat. It's worth noting that Fitbit is not necessarily crooked as it is still early in the legal process.

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/18/what-the-fitbit-lawsuit-means-for-clinical-researchers/

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Big data’s humble beginnings

Big data’s humble beginnings

Big data wasn't always big data. It used to be little data, and it would byte everything (bad pun, sorry). 22 years ago, the first online advertisement was generated, birthing the online marketplace and consumer footprints simultaneously. Not only have the advertisements, audiences, or technologies advanced, but the measurements for the success of online ads have improved as well.

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/14/big-datas-humble-beginnings/

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App lets visually impaired in India hear books in their native language

App lets visually impaired in India hear books in their native language

Social Impact projects are heartwarming because those who are in need directly benefit. An app called Hear2Read developed at Carnegie Mellon translates books of one language into audio books of another to assist blind readers. The app currently knows Tamil (an Indian and Sri Lankan language) and is slated to learn a slew of others in a year's time.

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/04/app-lets-visually-impaired-in-india-hear-books-in-their-native-language/

More Women Than Men Are Playing 'Pokémon GO'--By A Lot

More Women Than Men Are Playing 'Pokémon GO'--By A Lot

63% of Pokémon GO trainers are female, and the average type of player is a 25 year-old white woman with $90,000 income and a college diploma. The results were collected by Survey Monkey, so while the results aren't official from Niantic Labs (the creator of Pokémon GO), the data is certainly intriguing and suggesting an even larger gender gap between women interested in gaming to women represented in gaming.

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Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/ryanmac/2016/07/26/more-women-than-men-are-playing-pokemon-go-by-a-lot/?utm_source=FBPAGE&utm_medium=social&utm_content=529001858&utm_campaign=sprinklrWomen@Forbes%20-%20womenatforbes#366b26584f16 

New age for airships calls for new age in repairs

New age for airships calls for new age in repairs

"We must rebuild our crumbling airships" - Bernie Sanders

Airships seem to be a forgotten technology, with the advent of drones flying across the sky. One of the last technologies to be renovated, airships can hold copious amounts of products, and necessary for the transportation of goods. Now, airships are turning into hybrids. But while the cost of creating the behemoths is enormous, so are the price of repairs. Expect extreme preventative measures for airship security, as no company wants to shell out big bucks due to carelessness.

Source: https://techxplore.com/news/2016-07-age-airships.html

Pokemon Go T&Cs strip users of legal rights

Pokemon Go T&Cs strip users of legal rights

Who knows what's hiding in the fine print of the terms and conditions? They'recumbersome, 40 pages long, and written by lawyers. Unfortunately, a close look at the contract reveals that Pokémon Go users forfeit all rights to sue Nintendo and Niantic Labs (the creator) of all personal injury liability. Additionally, Pokémon Go allows itself to wheedle into users' phones, contacts, emails, geolocations, and a slew of other privacy breaches.

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2016/07/17/pokemon-go-tcs-strip-users-of-legal-rights/

 

Code An Emoji During Google's World Emoji Day for Women

Code An Emoji During Google's World Emoji Day for Women

July 17th is National Emoji Day. On Google's home screen, there is a program encouraging teen girls to code and create a custom emoji, citing a lack of emojis of girls. Google teamed up with Made With Code for this project. Try it out!

Scientists move one step closer to creating an invisibility cloak

Scientists move one step closer to creating an invisibility cloak

While our science might be lagging behind the wizardry in the Harry Potter universe, us Muggles are closer than ever to create cloaking devices. By using nano-particles that scatter light waves, the objects being hidden would take on the qualities of an object's exterior. Current plans are to use this new technology on antennas and wires, as a functional and cosmetic improvement.

Source: http://phys.org/news/2016-07-scientists-closer-invisibility-cloak.html

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