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  1. https://techcrunch.com/gallery/dispatches-from-the-cutting-edge-of-computer-vision/?ncid=rss
    – AI is coming and these images prove it. A conference on computer vision showcases growing intelligence of computers as they: identify objects, create images, and answer questions.
    – The push to make VR more like RL (Real Life) continues with a kickstarter company looking to sell an 8k headset which offers a steep increase in clarity and pixel quality.
    – Connor Reynolds –

  2. Today I’ll be using two articles to form a brief analysis between two lines of thought.

    The first article explains how Pandora may be a dying brand, personally I still feel that Pandora is a valuable tool, as I personally have not found any service to rival it’s music discovery.

    The second article touches on how Nintendo, the legendary company that brought us the Nintendo Entertainment System, the same that also found themselves at the bottom of the heap, brought themselves back from the brink.

    Overall I think that it’s interesting how consumer choices really drive how a company fairs in today’s competitive and connected market, people want choices, and they want something that is attractive.




  3. https://feedly.com/i/entry/yCBdA8yoreqGRL2hhXIjh1hiix6td8mi+MRH6GkTRqQ=_15f9688a5ab:eb25c7:7157a206

    A new type of solar panels are 20% more effective than current technologies. They are 3D printed and also include the use of mirrors to help concentrate the power of the sun. They are cheaper to make as well.


    Texas Instruments has just introduced a new micro controller. It is smaller than most and only has one programmable part. It has a lot of analog and digital elements that allow it to be used in a wide variety of applications.

    Amy Bennett

  4. Ha! Interesting… Bram Cohen, the man who brought us the bitcoin has started a new eco-friendly option to the bitcoin-the chia. The bitcoin runs on “proofs of work,” which uses more electricity than its successor. Chia runs on “proofs of (storage) space” which requires less energy.


    Brick-and-mortar stores have been in decline in the wake of internet shopping. There is however, a glimmer of hope with the rising generation Z. To cater to this generation stores will need to integrate more technology to optimize the shopping experience.


    -Francesca Williams

  5. https://qz.com/1127274/one-billion-people-in-sub-saharan-africa-will-have-mobile-phones-by-2023/

    This article explores the expansion of the mobile phone market along with it’s potential and opposition. However, it is interesting in how it notes this technology can be used to help keep Africa informed especially in light of things like their upcoming elections.


    This article touches on the AI/Digital Assistant war, it is interesting to see that early polls conducted by Business Insider find a nearly equally divided preference between Alexa, Google, and Siri. It is also interesting to think of this as a corollary in America when combined with other articles which outline the differences between each in spaces including security, advertising, personalization, and perceived level of intelligence.

    -Jose 😊

  6. https://www.cnet.com/news/asgardia-1-space-kingdom-nasa-orbital-atk-launch-nation/#ftag=CAD590a51e
    – A nation based entirely in space? Count me in! Well almost. Asgardia is a data storage unit currently in space and it houses data owned by thousands of “citizens”. It doesn’t contain any living humans but does contain their data and germinates new questions based on human life and interaction not based entirely on Earth.
    – Sure you’ve heard of noise-canceling headphones, but what about noise-making ones? We’re not talking about the ones you pop in your ears when you’re walking from class to class, no these are different because you wear them in your sleep. These upcoming “sleep buds” act as personal white noise machines while you sleep. Drown out your spouse’s snoring and have personal alarms for yourself that won’t wake them with these personal ear buds from Bose.

  7. Alexander Salinas


    I think it’s funny that: 1) this has become such a big deal and there’s an app to fix it, and 2) the folks at Apple didn’t decide “hey, everybody might hate this” and redesign the phone.


    This is the EPITOME of the internet of things. Wow.

  8. YouTuber Jake Paul buys a $6.9 Million mansion. I’ve always been intrigued by people who make money off their YouTube videos. I am always surprised at how many views they have for stupid videos. I should’ve been making YouTube videos years ago… I could have been a millionaire by now.

    I hate being grouped into the millennial generation, but I am. And so I like reading about what stereotypes they give to my generation and seeing how I compare. For better or worse, I found this article interesting. It talks about the difference in parenting styles of millennial compared to generation x and baby boomers.

    Hunter Christensen

  9. https://www.designnews.com/electronics-test/smart-fabric-uses-magnetic-fields-store-transmit-data-without-electronics/104613276457800

    Using a magnatized electronic thread, a new type of “smart clothes” can start to be a realistic idea. These types of threads are waterproof and can even go through a laundry cycle. The application would be for things such a badges for doctors and other places with key cards. Instead the code would be sown into their cuff. Or another application would be invisible tags at stores that are sown into clothes to prevent theft.


    Instead of printing important documents as 2D papers, printed them instead as 3D micro-structures could help prevent forgery. They would still look and feel 2D and the intricacies of the 3D microstructures would be hard to detect.

    Amy Bennett

  10. https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/11/15/16655884/dji-apple-exclusive-mavic-pro-drone
    DJI released a drone exclusively for Apple. Really cool product! But quite expensive.

    The best free photo editing software for Macs specifically. This was an interesting read having been introduced to photo editing more in this class, some interesting free options for those of us poor students that can’t afford photoshop.

    – Ryan Tirrell

  11. Alexander Salinas


    Didn’t realize smartwatches were such a controversy in Europe. You hear nothing of that here in the U.S.


    This is brilliant. Anyone who has ever needed to adapt to a different shape power outlet (ex. when travelling abroad) will agree with me.

    Cheers to all.

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