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Some tweaks to build employee loyalty

Jan 02, 6:00PM

skipping-figure Two years here. Three years there. Another five somewhere else. Frequent job-hopping used to be a red flag, suggesting a candidate was unfocused and disloyal. That stigma seems to be gone. Changing jobs might be the best way to score a salary bump and move up the career ladder. And younger workers, those driving every startup machine, are more likely than older ones to switch employers. Read More

CES welcomes 2017 with gadgets galore: It's The Daily Crunch

Jan 02, 5:47PM

daily-crunch-2x1 New Year, new news. We’re kicking off 2017 with a nod to CES, where I’ll be for the remainder of this week checking out more gadgets than you can shake a stick at. I don’t know why you’d want to do that but here we are. Check out The Daily Crunch for January 1, 2017. 1. CES is this week CES is this week, and it’s easily the world’s biggest consumer… Read More

PixTeller makes designers (almost) obsolete

Jan 02, 3:39PM

screen-shot-2017-01-02-at-10-29-17-am PixTeller is a unique little service. Created by a Romanian web designer, Alexandru Roznovat, it is a sort of instant design studio with plenty of ready-made templates so you can create clever Instagram memes or fun book cover designs in a few seconds. After creating an account you’re presented with dozens of pre-made designs that are fairly innocuous. You can select a Facebook header,… Read More

The Age of Resilience – Security in 2017

Jan 02, 3:30PM

securityhall Security is one of the few tech sectors that thrives primarily thanks to the cruel intentions of bad actors. White hats and black hats exist symbiotically. Without the criminal element to create demand, CISOs would just hang up their spurs and call it a day. While the tension between adversaries is a necessary function of the security industry, and spurs innovation, 2016 was an especially… Read More

Fiat Chrysler and Google team on Android in-car tech

Jan 02, 2:42PM

android-fca Fiat Chrysler and Alphabet are already working together via Waymo, the former Google self-driving car project, and now Google is also teaming with the automaker for in-car system tech, using Android as the base for a new infotainment and connect car platform. The new FCA in-car system is called Uconnect, and uses Android 7.0 to deliver a range of features, including Android app… Read More

SpaceX targets January 8 launch as explosion investigation ends

Jan 02, 2:15PM

SpaceXMay27Launch SpaceX has concluded its investigation into the cause of an accident on a Cape Canaveral launchpad during which one of its rockets exploded, the company reported Monday. The investigation, conducted in partnership with federal safety and space agencies including the FAA and NASA, involved closely reviewing all recorded materials and data, as well as running tests at SpaceX’s facilities… Read More

Tesla begins rolling out much-anticipated Autopilot update for its newest cars

Jan 02, 9:33AM

MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 19:  People look at a Tesla Motors vehicle on the showroom floor at the Dadeland Mall on February 19, 2014 in Miami, Florida.  Tesla said today it earned $46 million in the fourth quarter on a non-adjusted basis, or 33 cents a share, causing shares in the company to jump 12 percent.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Tesla CEO Elon Musk has bold plans for self-driving cars in 2017, and his company took a step towards that goal after it began rolling out a much-anticipated Autopilot update to owners of its newer vehicles. Read More

Twitter's controversial head of China is the latest exec to leave the company

Jan 02, 5:32AM

screenshot-2017-01-02-12-24-25 The Twitter executive exodus continues. CTO Adam Messinger and COO Adam Bain are among those to have left the company in recent months and now you can add Twitter’s head of its business in China to that list. Read More

WTF is a VPN

Jan 02, 4:00AM

wtf-vpn You’re watching a movie. A criminal is trying to evade a crime scene in a sports car on the highway. A helicopter is following the car from above. The car enters a tunnel with multiple exits and the helicopter loses track of the car. A VPN works just like the tunnel in this movie scene; it connects different roads and turns them into one, and a helicopter can’t see what’s… Read More

Why the largest insurance companies are pouring into Silicon Valley

Jan 02, 1:00AM

computerinsurance The world continues to change, and insurance companies realize it’s time to catch up. But to really understand where the disruption is stemming from, we first need to remember that at its foundation, the insurance business comes down to managing risk and customer service. Read More

Technology trends changing the world as we look ahead

Jan 01, 11:30PM

Human and robot working together. There’s an age old saying that humans tend to overestimate what can be accomplished in one day, but underestimate what can be accomplished in one year. As 2016 comes to a close, it is a good time to zoom out the lens, and get reflective on what has happened this year, and predictive about what we are excited about for the coming 3-5 years. Read More

President-elect Trump: It's time for the art of the new deal

Jan 01, 9:00PM

Photo: Getty Images/Jose A. Bernat Bacete/Moment New jobs are going to come from technology, not traditional manufacturing. California can lead in building a new economy. Read More

Aura Health launches meditation app for people who can't sit still for long

Jan 01, 7:11PM

contemplation As someone who considers themselves to be into meditation, I don’t meditate very often. I’ve had Headspace on my phone for over a year at this point, but I’ve probably used it fewer than 20 times. In the last couple of days, I’ve been trying out a recently launched meditation app for iOS called Aura. Aura’s bread and butter is short, three-to-seven-minute… Read More

No cobalt, no Tesla?

Jan 01, 5:00PM

Photo: Getty Images/SOPHIE-CARON/iStock The battery industry uses 42 percent of global cobalt production, critical for Lithium-ion cells. Much of the world’s supply of cobalt comes out of Africa. Chinese players recently bought controlling stakes in one of Africa’s largest known cobalt sources. Tesla has stated that the cobalt it needs will be sourced in North America, but the math doesn’t add up. Is Tesla doomed? Read More

It's The Jons 2016!

Jan 01, 2:00PM

blue-referee Happy New Year! 2016 was … well, we will not soon forget it. Brexit; Trump; the Grim Reaper’s celebrity killing spree; and, on the upside, a lot of magnificent tech achievements and breakthroughs. But The Jons are not about that. The Jons, an annual award named (in an awe-inspiring fit of humility) after myself, go to tech’s more dubious achievers. And hoo boy were there a lot… Read More

Consider ethics when designing new technologies

Jan 01, 1:00AM

Trinity was the code name of the first detonation of a nuclear weapon, conducted by the United States Army as part of the Manhattan Project. 16th July 1945. Device type: Plutonium implosion fission. Yield: 20 kilotons of TNT. The White Sands Proving Ground, where the test was conducted, was in the Jornada del Muerto desert about 35 miles (56 km) southeast of Socorro, New Mexico, on the Alamogordo Bombing and Gunnery Range. New Mexico, USA. (PHoto by Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images) In the weeks since the U.S. presidential election, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been firefighting. Not literally, but figuratively. Widespread accusations assert that his social media company contributed to the election’s unexpected outcome by propagating fake news and “filter bubbles.” The case poses a thorny question: How do we ensure that technology works for society? Read More

Stroy Moyd's dating show in an Uber goes from meme to mainstream

Dec 31, 9:01PM

Rideshare the Love, the dating show in an Uber. For years, Oakland-based stand-up comic Stroy Moyd has been driving for Uber and Lyft part-time to generate supplemental income. It’s a familiar story to anyone in a creative industry — even though Moyd was headlining at top San Francisco clubs like the Punch Line and Cobbs, and opening for icons like Dave Chappelle at Fox Theater in Oakland, comedy didn’t always pay… Read More

Reverse-engineering the universal translator

Dec 31, 9:00PM

View of the 'Warp Core,' the engine of the USS Enterprise, in a scene from an episode of the television series 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' entitled 'Force of Nature,' California, November 15, 1993. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images) Cinema critics keep raving about Arrival, a sci-fi drama focusing on one linguist’s attempts to decipher an alien language. Star Trek recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. As a language geek and a sci-fi fan, I felt it only logical to look into the feasibility of the universal translator, the device used by the crew of the Starship Enterprise. Read More

How male allies can support women in technology

Dec 31, 5:00PM

F 28, M 28, Climbing over wall, Munich, Bavaria, Germany There are so many reasons that men should get involved and be true allies to women in tech: It’s the right thing to do. It’s good for business. Diverse teams that reflect the end user create better results for customers. Male allies respect and appreciate their female teammates. They believe in equality. But you’re not a male ally until women in tech identify you as one. Read More

Toymakers are the early adopters pushing AR into the mainstream

Dec 31, 3:30PM

pokemon-go One indicator of how the market is apparently more comfortable with AR than it is with its immersive sibling, VR, is that one of its earliest adopters are toymakers. Read More

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