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No. 201: Saving Shea, eschewing beef and offshore wind makes waves

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TG it’s Friday: Happy March 24 everybody, on which Elvis became Pvt. 53310761, Pink Floyd released “Dark Side of the Moon” and the Exxon Valdez ran aground. “Dark Side” remained on the Billboard 200 album chart for 927 weeks. That’s almost eight years. Second longest Billboard 200 album: Johnny Mathis’ greatest hits, at 490 weeks. Number of times Pink Floyd and Johnny Mathis have been mentioned in the same newsletter: This would be it. But first this: America’s changing diet has led to a 10 percent per-capita decrease in food-related carbon gases, or the equivalent of the annual tailpipe pollution of 57 million automobiles. (There are currently 253 million cars on U.S. roads.) Most prominent among the dietary changes was a 19 …

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Apple reportedly to start manufacturing iPhones in India

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LI outpaces state, nation, adding jobs

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The number of private sector jobs on Long Island increased by 27,100 or 2.5 percent year over year to 1,114,700 as of February, growing at a much faster rate than the state and nation. Long Island’s numbers far outpaced the state’s 1.6 percent and national 1.8 percent private sector growth rate, putting Long Island on a fast track in terms of adding jobs. The statistic measures jobs on Long Island, not those held by Long Island residents, helping measure what’s happening in the region – rather than by including jobs local residents might hold in New York City and elsewhere. “Overall, this jobs report was quite good,” said Shital Patel, a labor analyst with the New York State Department of Labor’s …

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Asus Chromebook Flip C302 review: standard issue

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Island posted 2.5% increase in jobs through February

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The number of private sector jobs on Long Island increased by 27,100 in the year ending in February, a bump of 2.5 percent, to 1,114,700. By comparison, the state’s over-the-year private sector growth rate was 1.6 percent and the nation’s was 1.8 percent. Long Island’s private sector job count increased by 2,500 between January and February (not seasonally adjusted), when a loss of 1,400 jobs is typical. A record warm February boosted hiring in the construction industry, which added 800 jobs when a loss of 400 is more common. The manufacturing sector also added 500 jobs in February. Five of nine private industry sectors gained jobs in February compared to a year ago, including educational and health services (+10,300), trade, …

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Bright X-rays reveal 3D structure of processors—and defects lurking within

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The Apple A8 die shot as mapped out by Chipworks. Chipworks reader comments 1 Share this story The semiconductor industry is beyond remarkable when it comes to the the complexity and precision of the processes. A modern integrated circuit is not a single layer of circuitry, but many layers, all stacked on top of each other. This is all done through photolithography, where a pattern is imaged on a silicon wafer. Each layer requires a separate image, and all the images have to be aligned. If you take the 14nm number seriously (a nanometer is 1/1,000,000th of a millimeter), then wafers and masks, which are seriously hold-in-two-hands-big, have to be aligned with a precision that is better than the feature size. But, how …

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Thinfilm’s tiny printed NFC labels enable brands to connect with consumers via smart packaging

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Norwegian tech firm Thinfilm figured out a way to print tiny electronics chips on plastic surfaces, creating tiny smart labels to put on the Internet of things, or smart and connected everyday objects. While others are making extremely powerful chips, Thinfilm is going wide. It is adding a little bit of intelligence to a lot of things. When I last caught up with Thinfilm’s people (whose formal name is Thin Film Electronics, traded on the Norwegian Stock Exchange), they were working on a different product. They had a super-thin, rewritable printed memory, which was a storage product that was printed onto a flexible plastic surface. The company licensed this technology to Xerox, which began printing the memory devices in a …

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Wiivv launches Kickstarter campaign for custom-fit, digitally measured sandals

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Wiivv launched custom-fit in-soles for your shoes last year. And now the Vancouver company is launching a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for custom-fit sandals. As with the in-soles, the sandals can be built for a precise fit through a smartphone app that digitally maps your feet. Wiivv takes the data from the app and creates the sandal arch pad with 3D printing technology. It sells the custom sandals for as little as $95, undercutting the price of custom orthotics created by foot doctors who charge hundreds of dollars, said Louis-Victor Jadavji, cofounder of Wiivv, in an interview with VentureBeat. The company can charge lower prices while delivering full customization by leveraging the power of smartphones, computer vision software, and 3D printing. …

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FundThis creates a ‘risk free’ crowdfunding platform

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FundThis is launching a new “risk-free” crowdfunding platform to enable creators to raise money for new projects, ranging from fashion ideas to tech projects. The Boca Raton, Fla.-based company is also starting a $500,000 fund to bankroll some projects that look promising. FundThis wants to empower innovative creators to successfully raise more capital through end-to-end support at no upfront cost. It will compete with rivals such as Indiegogo and Kickstarter. Applicants can apply for funding from the company’s Elite Program to get them the resources to get a campaign off the ground. The idea is to give the Elite Program members guidance and support that they can’t get elsewhere. If selected to the Elite Program, each creator is given funding …

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Early Snapdragon 835 benchmarks show mixed results from semi-custom design

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Qualcomm reader comments 1 Share this story When it announced the Snapdragon 835, Qualcomm promised that the latest in its family of ARM systems-on-chips would boost performance by 27 percent with a 40 percent reduction in power consumption. The first early benchmarks of the processor that Qualcomm doesn’t want us to call a processor have been run and the results are… well, they’re a little uneven. Anandtech went to Qualcomm’s San Diego headquarters and was shown the 835 running in a hardware platform reference—a basic smartphone built around the chip that serves as a platform for hardware testing and software development. During this visit, they were able to run a handful of basic benchmarks to gauge the performance of the …

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Lingerie maker excited to show a little more

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By GREGORY ZELLER // When it comes to exposure, they’re not shy at Impish Lee. Cofounders Noelle and Kali Ventresca have plenty of skin in the game already. Since pulling their startup lingerie-manufacturing business off peer-to-peer e-commerce site Etsy in 2015 and reforming it around a proprietary online customizer – users choose the garment, size, color and more – they’ve eschewed outside funding, “at least until we’re profitable,” according to CEO Noelle. Exposure, therefore, is key – and for a startup marketing on a shoestring, a perpetual challenge. Social media marketing, word of mouth, a $15,000 Kickstarter campaign and some $30,000-plus in family and friend investments have kept the industrial-strength sewing machines whirring in Impish Lee’s 600-square-foot Sea Cliff headquarters, …

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AP: Trump's former campaign chair Paul Manafort had plan to benefit Putin government

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin a decade ago and proposed an ambitious political strategy to undermine anti-Russian opposition across former Soviet republics, The Associated Press has learned. The work appears to contradict assertions by the Trump administration and Manafort himself that he never worked for Russian interests. Manafort proposed in a confidential strategy plan as early as June 2005 that he would influence politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the United States, Europe and the former Soviet republics to benefit the Putin government, even as U.S.-Russia relations under Republican President George W. Bush grew worse. Manafort pitched the plans …

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AP Exclusive: Manafort had plan to benefit Putin government

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President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin a decade ago and proposed an ambitious political strategy to undermine anti-Russian opposition across former Soviet republics, The Associated Press has learned. The work appears to contradict assertions by the Trump administration and Manafort himself that he never worked for Russian interests. Manafort proposed in a confidential strategy plan as early as June 2005 that he would influence politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the United States, Europe and the former Soviet republics to benefit the Putin government, even as U.S.-Russia relations under Republican President George W. Bush grew worse. Manafort pitched the plans to Russian …

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Good News: Android’s Huge Security Problem Is Getting Less Huge

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First, the good news: Half of all Android devices have gotten fairly recent security updates, patching the hackable flaws that leave users vulnerable to digital crime and espionage. The bad news? The other half hasn’t. In an annual report on the security of the world’s 1.4 billion Android devices that Google released today, the company touts the ever-improving state of Android security. Less malware winds up in its Google Play store, devices are better encrypted, and more hackers than ever report Android bugs to Google in exchange for so-called “bug bounties.” But Google has also released solid data for the first time on Android’s most serious nagging security problem: The challenge of getting dozens of manufacturers and hundreds of carriers …

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You Bought That Gadget, and Dammit, You Should Be Able to Fix It

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Michael Oberdick owns two small gadget repair shops in northwestern Ohio. He and his technicians spend their days at iOutlet replacing busted screens, repairing battered motherboards, and generally making life easier for people who’ve done something stupid with their gadgets. He found this job far easier just five years ago, when he started repairing phones for friends. Back then, anyone with basic tools, a little patience, and an instruction manual could fix just about anything. But these days, performing all but the most basic repairs requires specialized tools and knowledge that companies like Apple and Samsung guard jealously. That makes it hard for people like Oberdick to earn a living, and for people like you to repair your phone when you drop it. And that …

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Samsung Pay beats Apple and Google to launch mobile payments service in India

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Samsung has launched its mobile payments service in India. The Korean electronics giant started accepting registrations for early access to Samsung Pay in India earlier this month, and it opened to some users shortly after. Today marks the official launch of the service, and sees the company beat rivals Apple (Apple Pay) and Google (Android Pay) to launch a mobile payments service in what could prove a lucrative market. Samsung Pay launched in its native South Korea back in August 2015, and has since rolled out to the U.S., China, Spain, and a number of other markets across Europe, Asia, and Latin America. India represents Samsung Pay’s 14th launch market. The rollout comes as countless companies battle it out to target …

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Debate Over Silencers: Hearing Protection Or Public Safety Threat?

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Enlarge this image Legislation would loosen restrictions on gun suppressors, with proponents saying quieter guns protect shooters’ hearing. But opponents say easier-to-get silencers are a risk to the public. Niki Chan Wylie for NPR hide caption toggle caption Niki Chan Wylie for NPR There’s a wall-long mural in the manufacturing area of SilencerCo, in West Valley City, Utah, that shows a crowd of people with muzzled mouths. One’s holding a sign that says, “Fight the Noise.” Another says: “Guns don’t have to be loud.” As a leading manufacturer and seller of gun silencers — or suppressors, as they’re more accurately called — SilencerCo wants to quiet guns. Congress may soon help in the effort. Silencers are one of the most …

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The First Theatrical Landmark of the Trump Era

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To write “Sweat,” Nottage spent years interviewing residents of Reading, Pennsylvania.CreditPhotograph by Nathan Bajar for The New Yorker The playwright Lynn Nottage sometimes doesn’t know what her plays are about until well after she’s finished them. At the Yale School of Drama, in the late nineteen-eighties, she based a play on a news item about a Brazilian town where locals had found a glowing capsule thought to have supernatural powers; it turned out to contain radioactive waste, and more than a hundred thousand people were contaminated. Sometime later, Nottage realized that she had been writing about AIDS, which had claimed the lives of a number of her classmates and teachers. After her mother died, of Lou Gehrig’s disease, in 1997, …

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Rocket Lab raises $75 million to conduct weekly satellite launches

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Today, businesses seeking to send small satellites into space must rely heavily on larger space deliveries, which only happen about a dozen times a year. Rocket Lab wants to fix that by providing weekly launches for small, private satellites, and it has amassed $75 million in additional investment to do so. “Over the past few years, America has gone to space between 18 to 20 times a year on average,” wrote Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck, in an email to VentureBeat. “That includes all launch service providers combined.” The startup claims it would be capable of carrying out 60 percent of those payloads. Beck’s solution is Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle, which runs on a 3D printed, battery-powered …

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Taiwan announces plan to build own submarines

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Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, left, waves from a Zwaardvis-class submarine during a visit at Zuoying Naval base in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Tsai talks about the plan of manufacturing submarines domestically in a bid to enhance Taiwan’s defense capabilities.(AP Photo/ Chiang Ying-ying) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Taiwan will build its own submarines to get around Beijing’s efforts to prevent it from purchasing such craft from overseas and ensure an adequate defense against Chinese threats, President Tsai Ing-wen said Tuesday. During a visit to the navy’s main base in Tsoying, also spelled Zuoying, Tsai oversaw the signing of a memorandum of understanding on the construction of submarines. “Under… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® …

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This excavator may be better than you at dancing

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Chinese manufacturing firm XCMG makes the Spiderman, a walking excavator with 4 legs. Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/sai FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/techinsider TWITTER: https://twitter.com/techinsider INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/businessinsider/ TUMBLR: http://businessinsider.tumblr.com/

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Stop all the ‘hype’ talk. We’ve only scratched the surface with blockchain

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Recently, there’s been a lot of talk about blockchain being all hype. From institutions like the University of Pennsylvania to tech-focused investment conferences, the blockchain discussion has begun to veer into what is starting to sound like an apology from the industry about what blockchain hasn’t yet achieved. Instead of trying to use the game-changing technology in new ways, it seems like blockchain specialists are starting to cower under the weight of high expectations and attempting to backtrack on promises of far-reaching possibilities. I heard someone who runs a blockchain company say at a recent conference that everyone is too fascinated with blockchain, that it’s just a way to track financial transactions. Now, I understand the general sentiment of overhype …

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Why U.S. hardware startups will start moving to China

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Hardware startups seem to be “in” one minute and “out” the next in Silicon Valley. For years, venture capitalists wouldn’t go near hardware startups. They were, as Wired put it, “the ugly stepchild of venture capital.” This started to shift a couple years ago thanks to cheaper parts, rapid prototyping, and crowdfunding. However, the tide is turning once again. VC investments in hardware now seem to be slowing. We’re seeing a drop in funding to IoT, for example, and fewer deals in smart home hardware. We’ve also seen some big failures in consumer hardware. Take Lily, a drone startup that raised $34 million in preorders in 2015 and announced in January that it will not be going into production. Or …

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13 autoworkers get life in prison for 2012 India riots

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FILE – In this July 19, 2012, file photo, security guards stand near a burnt down reception block of Maruti Suzuki factory in Manesar, near New Delhi, India. A court in north India has sentenced 13 factory workers to life imprisonment for taking part in violence at the country’s largest automobile factory that led to the death of a manager nearly five years ago. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das, File) (Credit: AP) (AP) — A court in northern India has sentenced 13 factory workers to life imprisonment for taking part in violence at the country’s largest automobile factory that led to the death of a manager nearly five years ago. Four other workers were sentenced to five years in prison for the …

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Don’t Blame the Batteries For Every Lithium-Ion Explosion

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Lithium-ion batteries have been making headlines for all the wrong reasons. The latest marquee moment involved a pair of exploding headphones on a plane. That incendiary incident came hot on the heels of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 (double) recall and major issues with “hoverboard” batteries. You can’t chalk it all up to incompetence, either. Even rocket scientists have trouble keeping lithium-ion batteries in check. By nature, lithium-ion batteries are dangerous. Inside, the main line of defense against short circuiting is a thin and porous slip of polypropylene that keeps the electrodes from touching. If that separator is breached, the electrodes come in contact, and things get very hot very quickly. The batteries are also filled with a flammable electrolyte, one …

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Google Glass Didn't Disappear. You Can Find It On The Factory Floor

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Enlarge this image A factory worker in Jackson, Minn., uses Google Glass on the assembly line. Courtesy of AGCO hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of AGCO Remember Google Glass? They’re the headsets that look like regular glasses but have a small computer on the side to speak to and access the Internet. If that’s not ringing a bell, it could be because Google Glass fizzled out and was discontinued in the consumer market. But now, it’s getting a second life in the manufacturing industry. One of the pioneers of this technology is a company based in suburban Atlanta. AGCO has factories all over the world where it makes large tractors, chemical sprayers and other farm equipment. At one of AGCO’s …

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Peer Into the Post-Apocalyptic Future of Antimicrobial Resistance

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About 4 million years ago, a cave was forming in the Delaware Basin of what is now Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico. From that time on, Lechuguilla Cave remained untouched by humans or animals until its discovery in 1986—an isolated, pristine primeval ecosystem. When the bacteria found on the walls of Lechuguilla were analyzed, many of the microbes were determined not only to have resistance to natural antibiotics like penicillin, but also to synthetic antibiotics that did not exist on earth until the second half of the twentieth century. As infectious disease specialist Brad Spellberg put it in the New England Journal of Medicine, “These results underscore a critical reality: antibiotic resistance already exists, widely disseminated in nature, …

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Trump’s Budget Is Awful if You’re a Worker, Great if You’re a Robot

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When the robots rise up, they won’t take your life. They’ll take your job, particularly those in fields primed for automation, like manufacturing, trucking, and customer service. Technologists, economists, and policymakers believe this future is all but inevitable, and say it’s time to begin thinking seriously about how to ensure artificial intelligence advances humanity—and improves the economy, without leaving the middle class behind. Two economists who recently left Washington say the answer lies in ensuring the government provides enough of a safety net to help middle class Americans navigate the coming transition. Jason Furman and Gene Sperling—former chief economic advisors to President Obama—prefer to think of it as a bridge, not a net, that will help people reach the future. At a conference at MIT last …

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1-800-Flowers.com selling Fannie May

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Carle Place-based 1-800-Flowers.com has reached a deal to sell Fannie May Confections  Brands, including its subsidiaries Fannie May Confections and Harry London Candies, for $115.0 million in cash to Ferrero International. “This transaction will further strengthen our balance sheet while concurrently reducing the working capital requirements in our business mode,” 1-800-Flowers CEO Chris McCann said in a written statement. 1-800-Flowers.com will retain distribution rights for Fannie May, Harry London and certain Ferrero confectionery products for e-commerce, gift baskets and the club, food, drug and mass market channels in the United States. McCann said the distribution agreement will let his firm “continue offering the iconic Fannie May and Harry London chocolate brands across our e-commerce and wholesale channels” and market some …

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Makeblock raises $30 million for education robots

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Chinese robotics startup Makeblock has raises $30 million in a second round of funding to invest in robotics with an educational twist. Evolution Media China and Shenzhen Capital Group led the financing for Shenzhen, China-based Makeblock, which has created a variety of robots from aerial drones to manufacturing robots to toy robots. To date, Makeblock’s total funding is $36 million. The funding supports Makeblock’s expansion into new markets, as well as further product development and diversification of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education hardware, software and curriculum resources for educators, children and hobbyists. With the infusion of capital, Makeblock will expand its global offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, North America, Japan, and the Netherlands. Currently, Makeblock is available in more than 140 countries with …

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America may miss out on the next industrial revolution

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America may miss out on the next industrial revolution – The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem(‘chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c’) === ‘yes’) { d.documentElement.className += ‘ fonts-loaded’; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = [“https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css”]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = ‘all’; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host=”https://volume.vox-cdn.com”;var Chorus=Chorus||{};Chorus.windowLoaded=!1,Chorus.AddScript=function(o,n){var t=document.createElement(“script”);t.async=!0,t.type=”text/javascript”,t.src=o,”function”==typeof n&&(t.onload=n);var e=document.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0];return e.parentNode.insertBefore(t,e),t},Chorus.ready=function(o){“loading”!=document.readyState?o():document.addEventListener?document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”,o):document.attachEvent(“onreadystatechange”,function(){“loading”!=document.readyState&&o()})},Chorus.OnLoad=function(o){if(Chorus.windowLoaded=!0)return void o();var n=window.onload;”function”!=typeof window.onload?window.onload=o:window.onload=function(){n(),o()}},Chorus.OnLoad(function(){Chorus.windowLoaded=!0}); dataLayer = [{“Network”:”theverge”,”Community”:”theverge”,”GA Primary ID”:”UA-26533115-1″,”GA CrossDomains”:”theverge.com”,”Content ID”:”14699401″,”Entry Groups”:”front-page:report:business:tech:sxsw:ai-artificial-intelligence:robot”,”Story Streams”:”14659633″,”Author”:”Nick Statt”,”Last Time Updated”:”2017-03-15 17:51″,”Hour of Update”:”17″,”Publish Date”:”2017-03-15 17:51″,”Hour of Publish”:”17″,”Demand Post”:”no”,”All Chorus Categories”:”theverge:theverge:front-page:report:business:tech:sxsw:ai-artificial-intelligence:robot:14659633″,”Content Type”:”article”,”chartbeat_domain”:”theverge.com”,”chartbeat_zone”:”172968584/verge”,”chartbeat_authors”:”Nick Statt”,”Logged in Status”:”Logged Out”,”Day of Week”:”wednesday”,”Hour of Day”:”18″}]; window._umbel = window._umbel || []; (function() { var d = new Date(); d.setDate(d.getDate() + 365); document.cookie …

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Manufacturing in New York state expands in March

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Manufacturing in New York state expanded for a fifth straight month in March. But the pace was slightly slower than in February, when activity had climbed to the highest point in more than two years. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported Wednesday that its Empire State manufacturing index in March stood at 16.4, down slightly from the two-year high of 18.7 reached in February. The report said that the index for new orders climbed to its highest level since 2009, pointing to a substantial increase in orders. The index for unfilled orders jumped to the highest point in a decade. The regional manufacturing survey for New York added to recent evidence that U.S. manufacturing is recovering after nearly …

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How to take AI far beyond gaming

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Venture capital investments in artificial intelligence (AI), one of the biggest technological trends these days, are booming. The year 2016 saw almost ten times more funds invested in the space than 2012 did. Virtual and augmented reality (AR/VR), sometimes associated with the creative side of AI, also became a hot topic: More than $1.8 billion was invested in AR/VR, compared with just $86 million in 2012. Applying AI to solve tasks normally considered creative has historical precedent. For example, procedural generation has been used to draw textures, produce 3D models, and automatically generate large amounts of content in video games since the 1980s. Moreover, gaming has contributed significantly to the whole AI landscape. Revenues generated by game developers allowed chip makers …

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How bots can help vet the ‘wisdom of the crowd’ for bias

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The classic example of “crowd wisdom” dates back to 1906, when Sir Francis Galton observed a contest in which attendees were asked to guess the weight of an ox at a country fair in England. In what many consider to be the first experiment on crowd wisdom, the average of the 800 guesses was within one pound of being correct. Consider that these kinds of experiments can now be done digitally – across cultures and time zones and fairly instantaneously. The classic experiment was reenacted recently with a digital crowd when a photo of a cow was posted online and viewers were invited to guess her weight. More than 17,000 votes were cast and the average guess was within 5 …

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Confessions of a Watch Geek

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In October, my feelings of dread spiked, so I decided to buy a Rolex.CreditIllustration by Nishant Choksi At the start of 2016, I had a bad feeling. Time was not working right. Some weeks were as snappy as days, others were as elastic as months, and the months felt as if they were either bleeding into one another three at a time—Jabruarch—or segmenting into Gregorian-calendar city-states. Feb. Rue. Airy. Something was wrong with the world. One day in February, I took a ride on the subway. This was a rare occurrence. Since turning forty, I’d started to suffer from a heightened sense of claustrophobia. A few years ago, I was stuck for an hour in an elevator with a man …

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Toyota Prius Prime and VICE honor Humans of the Year

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Presented by Toyota “Prime” means the best of the best, the top of the heap, the first among equals. That’s clearly one of the reasons why Toyota named its latest Prius model the “Prime.” The company calls its ecological hero the most technologically advanced Toyota Prius in the model’s nearly two-decade global history. To celebrate its cutting-edge innovation, alongside the world-changing engineering and technology that goes into the 2017 Prius Prime, the company partnered with VICE to name and honor Humans of the Year: leaders in their industries working to make a powerful, world-changing impact on the global environment, who don’t make the news as often as they should. From scientists researching Mars missions and the human brain to spies …

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Matzo Makeover: Can The Bread Of Affliction Become A Snack Addiction?

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Enlarge this image Boxes of “Surprisingly Delicious Matzo” made by The Matzo Project line the shelves of Glen’s Garden Market in Washington, D.C. Kelly Jo Smart/NPR hide caption toggle caption Kelly Jo Smart/NPR Finally, a piece of matzo you can Instagram. No one has ever been all that excited about matzo, the bread of affliction. But two New Yorkers, Kevin Rodriguez and Ashley Albert, are looking to make matzo — the unleavened bread that Jews eat during the eight days of Passover — as ubiquitous as that other cracker that jumped the cultural hurdle: the pita chip. “Our goal is to move matzo out of the dusty, shadowy, ethnic food corner and into the cracker aisle. I think matzo chips …

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Intel’s 5 biggest acquisitions of all time

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Intel announced today that it’s paying a whopping $15.3 billion to acquire Mobileye, a computer vision firm specializing in autonomous cars. The gargantuan deal highlights the growing demand for self-driving car technology, but where does it sit compared to other technology acquisitions? And, more specifically, Intel’s other acquisitions? Ignoring AOL’s $106 billion purchase of Time Warner back in 2001, given that Time Warner wasn’t strictly a technology company, the biggest tech-only acquisition to date was back in 2015 when Dell acquired data storage giant EMC in a deal worth $67 billion, while last year SoftBank shelled out $32 billion for U.K.-based chipmaker ARM and Microsoft spent $26 billion on the giant resume database that is LinkedIn. Elsewhere, U.S. computing giant Hewlett-Packard shelled out $18.6 …

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Why parents might not be ready for AI in the classroom

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We previously looked at the ways artificial intelligence may disrupt the traditional classroom. From blended learning to AI tutors, algorithms are poised to reshape the way teachers engage with their students. But AI may do more than influence classroom experiences. It has the potential to replace classrooms entirely. No one can reliably predict the degree of impact AI may have in education, but one thing seems clear — parents should expect to deal with more complexity and greater responsibility in overseeing their children’s education. Parents are responsible for nearly every aspect of their children’s development. Health care, cognition, socialization, behavioral modeling — parents do it all. The one area in which they exercise less control is in formal education. They …

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Opportunities for machine-learning startups: An investor perspective

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Machine learning is a trending topic today and for good reason. It has enormous potential to transform entire markets and industries. But there’s also a lot of hype surrounding the technology. As an investor, I look for three key characteristics that I believe distinguish winners who are successfully leveraging machine learning: 1. Specific use cases in large markets. Successful machine-learning startups will be the ones targeting vertical applications with a clear need for the technology. The consumer packaged goods industry is a good example. Machine learning can more accurately predict inventory levels to better manage the supply chain, reduce inventory costs, minimize excess capacity requirements, and eliminate stockouts. According to an Accenture study, machine learning can lead to a 4.25x …

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Book explores trends through fate of Ohio glass manufacturer

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This book cover image released by St. Martin’s Press shows “Glass House: The 1% Economy and the Shattering of the All-American Town” by Brian Alexander. Joining other recent books that explore economic and social trends through the lens of Ohio communities, the book examines the central Ohio city of Lancaster and what happened after private equity firms took over the hometown glass company most residents still refer to as Anchor Hocking. Alexander grew up in Lancaster, Ohio. (St. Martin’s Press via AP) (Credit: AP) (AP) — A book that examines the history of a longtime glass manufacturing company and the corresponding changes of an American city is the latest best-seller to explore economic and social trends in the country through …

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Hey, Coastal Elites: Don’t Dis ‘Flyover Country’—Fund It

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/ Go to Source Article Here’s a math problem: Ten startup founders and CEOs hurtle down the long highway from Omaha to Lincoln, Nebraska, in a cornflower blue bus. One of the execs builds construction management software. Another runs a blog-hosting startup. A third makes medical devices used in colon surgeries. They sit facing each other on two banquettes, swapping war stories and offering each other advice on hiring and raising money. If at least two-thirds of venture capital investments go to companies in California, New York, and Massachusetts, how much of a chance do any of these Midwestern entrepreneurs have of getting funded? The answer: a much smaller chance than if they were in California, New York, or Massachusetts. …

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Amazon bets big on gaming with high-profile hires

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/ Go to Source Article Amazon clearly has ambitions in the high end of the game business. Today, it announced that Command & Conquer veteran Louis Castle has become the head of Amazon Game Studios in Seattle. It has also hired high-profile developers such as John Smedley, Rich Hilleman, and others as well. And the company is using its Twitch gameplay livestreaming division and its Amazon Web Services as the foundation of its relationships with game companies. It has also recruited high-profile developers such as Leslie Benzies and Chris Roberts to use its Lumberyard game engine, which was initially licensed from Crytek and is now Amazon’s own technology. Getting those developers to use Amazon’s game technology gives the company cred …

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LI adds 25K jobs

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/ Go to Source Article The private sector job count on Long Island rose by 24,800 or 2.3 percent to 1,111,800 in January compared to a year ago, boosted by strong growth in many categories. The New York State Department of Labor said the “greatest gains were in educational and health services,” which added 11,200 jobs. “Four of the nine private industry sectors added at least 1,000 jobs in January compared to a year ago,” James Brown, a labor market analyst with the New York State Department of Labor said in a written statement, “with two sectors – education and health services and trade, transportation – each adding more than 10,000 jobs.” The category known as trade, transportation and utilities …

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A New Lab-Built Fungus Eats Sugar and Burps Out Drugs

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/ Go to Source Article There might be older fromances out there, but by most accounts the bond between humans and yeast has been the most prolific. (Also, try to name another fungal romance.) People have been messing with yeast for millennia, ever since ancient hominins first turned wild strains of the fungus into the civilization-supporting fermenters that still make everything from beer and bread to tempeh and fish sauce. That meddling has accelerated in the last twenty years since scientists sequenced the yeast genome, yielding microbes that can burp, fart and secrete biofuels, insulin, antibiotics, and tons of other novel micro- and macromolecules useful to human industry. And soon, the takeover will be complete. Scientists have now designed an …

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US stocks mostly dip despite strong private hiring report

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/ Go to Source Article U.S. stocks are mostly lower Wednesday as investors bet on economic growth and sell high-dividend stocks like utility companies and real estate investment trusts. A survey of private business payrolls showed employers added the most jobs in three years in February, and banks are moving up as bond yields and interest rates rise. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 1 point, or 0.1 percent, to 2,367 as of 11:53 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 27 points, or 0.1 percent, to 20,897. The Nasdaq composite jumped rose 8 points, or 0.1 percent, to 5,842 as health care and technology companies rose. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks fell …

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Tradeshift Acquires IBX Business Network to Create World’s Largest Business Commerce Platform

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/ Go to Source Article Deal adds half a million suppliers to business network, 27 million SKUs, and puts Tradeshift on track to process half a trillion dollars in transacted value by 2018 SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 8, 2017– Tradeshift and Capgemini have entered into an agreement under which Tradeshift will acquire Capgemini’s IBX Business Network. The combination of Tradeshift and IBX will create the world’s largest business commerce platform connecting nearly 1.5 million businesses and more than 500 global enterprise customers that have access to the largest supply-chain app ecosystem. With the acquisition, Tradeshift’s business commerce platform is projected to see an increase in transacted value to more than half a trillion dollars over the next 12 months, which includes …

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How big data and machine learning are revolutionising manufacturing

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/ Go to Source Article Piotr Niedzwiedz, CTO and co-founder at deepsense.io, offers an insight into how big data and machine learning technologies are transforming the manufacturing process… As manufacturing businesses are increasingly on the lookout for opportunities to boost automation, it is clear that big data and machine learning are set to revolutionize the future of production. Companies are already collecting huge amounts of data from various resources, including industrial machinery, and monitoring precise details of the production process in the hope of improving quality at every stage. When companies have gathered enough of the right data, predictive technologies can allow businesses to manage the servicing of machinery based on sensor data and advanced analytics, rather than on a …

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Survey: Private employers added robust 298K jobs last month

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/ Go to Source Article U.S. businesses added the most jobs in three years last month, a private survey found, a sign that hiring may be accelerating from last year’s modest levels. Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that businesses added 298,000 jobs in February, up from 261,000 the previous month. The gains were led by a huge 66,000 increase in construction, the most in 11 years, and 32,000 manufacturing jobs, the most in five years. The hiring boom in construction was likely driven by unseasonably warm weather in much of the country. Construction sites typically shut down in snow or freezing weather. Still, job gains were broad-based and suggest that increased business optimism may have led to more hiring. January …

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Hubble Contacts Raises $16.5MM in Series A Financing

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/ Go to Source Article A New Investor Leads Round To Support Product Extensions and Marketing Initiatives NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 8, 2017– Hubble, America’s first direct-to-consumer contact lens brand, announced today the close of a $16.5MM Series A investment round. The raise was led by FirstMark Capital, with participation from existing investors including Greycroft Partners, Wildcat Capital Management (the family office of TPG Capital Founder, David Bonderman) and Two River. This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170308005046/en/ (Photo: Business Wire) After launching in late 2016, Hubble has grown at a rapid rate, acquiring thousands of new customers each week and an extensive network of hundreds of partner doctors, in less than 3 months. The Series …

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Hitachi develops AI and wearables to assist manufacturing workers

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/ Go to Source Article Japanese manufacturing giant Hitachi has teamed up with a German research institute to develop an artificial intelligence (AI) technology which can recognise workers’ actions in real-time using data collected through wearable devices. Hitachi partnered with a team of Smart Data & Knowledge engineers from the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) to create an AI solution which integrates with wearables including eye-tracking glasses and armbands embedded with sensors, to assist operations and reduce human error. According to a Hitachi press release, using the specialised glasses the AI can detect gazed objects, such as screwdrivers and other tools, without being distracted by the surrounding environment. It can then extract the data of gaze points from …

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Can Chembio rebound? You bet your assays

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/ Go to Source Article By GREGORY ZELLER // Chembio Diagnostics Systems Inc. has significantly diversified its product portfolio, built up its global sales infrastructure and expanded its operational capacities – but the numbers just aren’t there for the Medford-based biotech. Reporting Tuesday on the results of its 2016 fourth quarter and its 2016 fiscal year, which both ended Dec. 31., the manufacturer of point-of-care diagnostic tests for infectious diseases noted a series of down numbers, with declining global sales to blame. Chembio’s science continues to soar – in January, the biotech was approved to sell its combination test for HIV and syphilis in most of Europe and the Caribbean, just two months after Brazil’s national health-regulatory agency approved commercial …

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No. 196: Katy Cole, Herman Berliner, Ray Farrell and a halt on H-1Bs

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/ Go to Source Article TGIT: A great Tuesday everybody and welcome new readers John, Christina, Mark, Tom, Jody and 47 spambots from the first serious attack on our mail system. If you don’t receive this, they’re why. There are 11 seats left for the March 21 Innovator of the Year awards. (Unless we add tables, which we’re perfectly willing to do. Get yours here.) Is your startup struggling? It’s National Free Pancakes at IHOP Day, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Your two-minute economic lowdown: The futures market puts the odds of a March interest rate hike at 82% following word from Janet Yellen that a boost would “likely be appropriate” if things continue as they have been. Although the Conference Board consumer …

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Governor Cuomo Announces New Campaign to Install Charging Stations and Promote Electric Vehicle Use Across NYS

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/ Go to Source Article Governor Cuomo announced a new electric vehicle campaign that includes the installation of charging stations, incentives for employers to encourage employees to drive electric vehicles and extensive public education and outreach. Albany, NY – March 6, 2017 – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a new electric vehicle campaign that includes the installation of charging stations, incentives for employers to encourage employees to drive electric vehicles and extensive public education and outreach. The increased use of electric vehicles will help the state in achieving its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030. The campaign, which supports the Governor’s Charge NY initiative, will be overseen by the New York State Energy Research and Development …

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Velano Vascular raises $17 million for a needle-free blood draw device

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/ Go to Source Article Blood drawing and testing may have been tainted by the Theranos scandal last year, but it hasn’t kept investors from backing Velano Vascular. The San Francisco-based startup, which has developed a needle-free device to draw blood, today announced a new investment of $17 million. This technology could reduce the risks of injuries for patients that suffer from Difficult Venous Access due to weight, chronic disease, and other issues. Velano Vascular’s product is called PIVO — a single-use, needle free device that can be inserted through an existing (intravenous) IV catheter. “Nearly all hospital patients already have an IV, a one-inch piece of plastic tubing, in their arm used predominantly for the administration of fluids and …

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European shares mixed as German factory data disappoint

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/ Go to Source Article In this Jan. 12, 2017, photo, traders work on the Mizuho Americas trading floor in New York. Stocks are opening lower on Wall Street, Monday, March 6, 2017, led by declines in materials companies and banks. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) (Credit: AP) (AP) — Shares wavered in Europe early Tuesday on disappointing manufacturing data from Germany. But benchmarks in Asia were mostly higher after China’s finance minister said he was confident the government could handle the country’s rising levels of debt. KEEPING SCORE: Germany’s DAX edged 0.1 percent lower to 11,950.57 and the CAC 40 in France slipped 0.3 percent to 4,960.16. Britain’s… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers …

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The Best Trekking Poles

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/ Go to Source Article If you walk or hike regularly (and, really, if you don’t, you should), we strongly recommend a pair of trekking poles, or at the very least a walking stick. Poles improve balance and cut down significantly on wear and tear in your legs, especially in your knees, particularly heading downhill. But poles also make walking—one of the best and certainly easiest workouts you can do—even healthier. They stave off injuries and lessen impact, sure, but they also get your whole upper body involved. When you walk with poles, your breathing deepens, your heart rate quickens, and you burn more calories. Our pick If you’re looking for a fine, sturdy, simple set of trekking poles, Montem’s …

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Fitbit’s new Alta wristband has a built-in heart-rate tracker

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/ Go to Source Article Fitbit has a long road back to recover from its disastrous 2016. The top maker of fitness trackers took a small step forward on Monday with an update to its tiny Alta. The updated Alta HR adds heart rate tracking to the device, which is small enough to fit inside a variety of bands and other jewelry-like holders, including from designer brands Vera Wang, Tory Burch, and Public School. The Alta previously was useful mainly for tracking steps, sleep, and offering the occasional notification alert from a linked phone. The addition of heart rate tracking makes the band more useful for exercise and more comparable to Fitbit’s Blaze and Charge 2 trackers. The Alta HR …

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Former tech firm CEO charged with fraud

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/ Go to Source Article A Nassau County grand jury has indicted Neil Chandran, the former head of Las Vegas-based virtual reality firm Sungame, also known as Freevi, on felony charges of grand larceny and forgery. Chandran was arrested at Los Angeles County Airport by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents after returning to the United States from Hong Kong, according to prosecutors. Chandran, 45, and Sungame were both arraigned in Nassau County Supreme Court before Judge Meryl Berkowitz. Chandran’s bail was set at $1 million bond or $500,000 cash. The New York State Attorney General’s office said, if convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison. An indictment is not proof of wrongdoing. The charges focus on …

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How Epic’s Tim Sweeney sees Unreal Engine shaping VR outside gaming

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/ Go to Source Article VR video games are some of the most immersive, visceral experiences to date. Travelling to fantastic worlds, going brain-to-rotting-noggin’ with zombie hordes and throwing coffee mugs at floating sentient CRTs has never felt so real. But games are just the start of where VR and AR are heading, and honestly, most likely will not be either platform’s primary function in the future. Enhanced reality devices – especially AR — will be ubiquitous in another decade or so, and used in nearly every aspect of our lives and in nearly every industry, from automotive to medical care, education to neuroscience, engineering to shopping. We’re on the cusp of a technological evolution, and while games will be …

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What we have to learn from Uber’s recent troubles

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/ Go to Source Article Criticism of Uber continues to pile up. This week, we heard the car service was using secret software to evade government regulators and a video showed its chief executive in a verbal altercation with one of the company’s drivers. Previously, the company’s self-driving cars raised safety concerns in San Francisco when, because of faulty and incomplete technology, they reportedly barreled through red lights and crossed over bike lanes. Uber has recently been accused of sexual harassment, intellectual property theft, and other questionable behavior. And Uber isn’t alone. Silicon Valley is gaining a reputation for being obsessed with making money at any cost, i.e. Theranos, which made false claims and risked lives. The tech industry is becoming too much …

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Nissan accused of wrongly blocking union activity at plant

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/ Go to Source Article FILE – This sign photographed April 20, 2011, proclaims the location of the Nissan auto manufacturing facility in Canton, Miss. The United Auto Workers union charges Friday, March 3, 2017, that Nissan Motor Co. broke federal labor law hours less than two days before a Saturday rally in Mississippi where U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and others plan to speak in favor of unionization. The UAW says that on Thursday, a company security guard wrongfully stopped workers from handing out literature and asking fellow employees to authorize a union vote outside a gate of the Canton plant. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File) (Credit: AP) (AP) — The United Auto Workers union charges that Nissan Motor Co. …

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Aerospace supplier plans expansion in Nassau

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/ Go to Source Article Aerospace technology developer Cox and Co. aims to expand its Plainview operation, keeping 185 jobs in Nassau County and creating an additional 30 jobs, officials said. In expanding its site at 1650 Old Country Road, the company would ultimately pump $284 million into the local economy, officials said. County Executive Ed Mangano said that the company is “a growing technology and manufacturing business that represents the lifeblood of our local economy.” The company is working with the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency, which preliminary approved inducement resolutions this week to give tax breaks to assist with the property’s development. The company would receive an estimated $73,313 maximum in sales tax exemptions. And its existing PILOT would …

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Mangano: Plainview Aerospace Company To Expand Operations And Create New Jobs

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/ Go to Source Article Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) has approved an economic development compact that will allow aerospace technology developer Cox & Co. Inc. to expand its operations in Plainview, guaranteeing that 185 jobs will remain in Nassau, creating an additional 30 jobs and pumping $284 million into the Nassau County economy. “Cox and Co. is a growing technology and manufacturing business that represents the lifeblood of our local economy,” stated County Executive Mangano. “The planned expansion of a company that not too long ago relocated to Nassau County from New York City demonstrates my administration’s commitment to growing the economy.” The compact, with Cox and its …

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BlackBerry is no longer a phone company

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/ Go to Source Article Mobile World Congress 2017 concluded on Thursday, but as usual all the big devices had been announced on the opening weekend. The first phone out of the gate was TCL’s BlackBerry KeyOne, the fourth BlackBerry device running Android. With it comes a big change for the company: BlackBerry no longer makes devices; BlackBerry now only makes software. We had the opportunity to speak with Alex Thurber, head of BlackBerry’s mobility solutions unit, about the Canadian company’s transformation. Over the past year, BlackBerry’s business has increasingly relied on licensing — the division Thurber leads was once called the devices business unit. Now it’s the mobility solutions unit. That’s right — no more devices. Instead, the unit …

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With help, East/West lands in Ronkonkoma (again)

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/ Go to Source Article By GREGORY ZELLER // “Space for lease” can be a tricky proposition, depending on the space you need to lease. Just ask East/West Industries President Teresa Ferraro, who in February led her certified woman-owned small business through an intra-Ronkonkoma move to its new 50,000-square-foot home – but only after a lengthy search for just the right fit. The pilgrimage was “a long time in the making,” according to Ferraro, who noted several relocation roadblocks. Chief among them: finding enough elbow room for a thriving manufacturer that’s spent nearly five decades developing, assembling and distributing new-and-improved aircraft seats and life-support systems, primarily for military vehicles. “On Long Island, everyone always sees ‘for rent’ signs,” Ferraro told …

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Simon Lance on how China develops the manufacturing industry

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/ Go to Source Article For more on China’s manufacturing industry and how it should adapt to changes, CGTN’s Rachelle Akuffo talked with Simon Lance, managing director at Hays China. Watch CGTN LIVE on your computer, tablet or mobilehttp://america.cgtn.com/livenews Subscribe to CGTN America on YouTube Follow CGTN America:Twitter: @cgtnamericaFacebook: @cgtnamericaGoogle+: CctvamericaTvnews »» Watch CGTN «« Washington, DC (and greater area)• MHz – Channel 3• COMCAST (Xfinity) – Channel 273• FIOS – Channel 277 New York City• Time Warner – Channel 134• FiOS (Verizon) – Channel 277 Los Angeles• Charter Cable – Channel 562• Time Warner – Channel 155 Satellite Nationwide• DISH TV – Channel 279

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State funds aid Nature’s Bounty expansion

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/ Go to Source Article Ronkonkoma-based Nature’s Bounty is embarking on a major expansion with the assistance of the Empire State Development Corp. The company, which makes health supplements, is pledging to create 157 jobs and retain 2,042 jobs, while investing $142 million to modernize its Long Island manufacturing operations and consolidate its operations in China and California into its 11 Long Island facilities. according to a statement from ESD. The ESD offered the company a grant of up to $25 million, as well as up to $8.5 million in performance-based tax credits through its Excelsior Jobs Program and $1.5 million in tax credits through the Employee Training Incentive program. On Long Island since 1971, Nature’s Bounty contributes an estimated …

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Albany’s $35M offer keeps Nature’s Bounty Co. on LI

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/ Go to Source Article A leading global wellness company is dramatically expanding its Long Island operations. The Nature’s Bounty Co. will create 157 new jobs – and retain 2,042 existing jobs, counting all 11 of its Long Island facilities – while investing more than $142 million to “modernize and expand” its Island operations, according to a statement from Empire State Development, Albany’s lead economic-development agency. The company, which is headquartered in Ronkonkoma, will be relocating operations from California and China to its Long Island facilities, ESD said Thursday. To ensure Nature’s Bounty did its growing on Long Island, where it has operated since 1971, the economic-development agency offered the company a grant of up to $25 million, roughly $8.5 …

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Rechler Equity Partners meets with LI manufacturers

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/ Go to Source Article Rechler Equity Partners, the Plainview-based commercial real estate developer, hosted a meeting with the Manufacturing Consortium of Long Island, a trade organization, to discuss Long Island’s industrial future. Topics at the meeting included industrial space and business growth as MCLI sets goals for 2017. MCLI members also spoke about creating and growing partnerships with organizations, such as Stony Brook’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership, that have similar goals. Mitchell Rechler, managing partner of Rechler Equity Partners, noted that the “supply of available industrial and manufacturing space” is “so limited,” adding that his organization was “excited to partner with MCLI to discuss how we can continue to support the industry’s growth and expand Long Island’s economy.” The firm, according …

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Pharmaceutical serialization: Ekium to Offer Adents Software Solution

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/ Go to Source Article Ekium has obtained the Adents ‘Solution Partners’ certification to market and deploy Adents’ turnkey serialization solution PARIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 2, 2017– Ekium, a major player in engineering and integration, has received the Solution Partners certification from Adents, a developer of identification and traceability software. Throughout France, Ekium will market and integrate turnkey offerings consisting of Adents serialization software solutions in conjunction with Ekium’s network of qualified machine partners. To strengthen the security of distribution networks and combat the spread of counterfeit medicine, approximately 40 countries around the world have established regulations requiring the identification of each medicine box with a unique serial number. By 2020, more than 90% of the medicines prescribed worldwide will need to be serialized. This presents …

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Virgin boss warns industry of pending automation backlash

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/ Go to Source Article A senior director for Virgin Australia has warned business leaders that the current rush to automate labour with robots and artificial intelligence is likely to engender ‘pushback’ from an increasingly alienated and disregarded services sector workforce. Virgin Australia chairwoman Elizabeth Bryan, speaking at the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ governance summit in Melbourne, acknowledged that service sector jobs – representing the biggest employment demographic in Australia – are now losing their immunity from globalisation and automation, but that companies embracing the prospect have hard political and social roadblocks ahead. “[Don’t] think for a moment,” Bryan commented. “that boards will be able to drive waves of mass reduction in employment without very serious pushback.” Bryan additionally …

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Tesla’s SolarCity slashed 20% of staff in 2016

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/ Go to Source Article (Reuters) – SolarCity, which was acquired by Tesla Inc at the end of last year, slashed nearly 20 percent of its staff in 2016 as it sought to preserve cash amid slowing growth in the rooftop solar industry. In a regulatory filing on Wednesday, SolarCity said it had 12,243 employees at the end of 2016, down 19.8 percent from the 15,273 it reported a year earlier. The cuts affected workers in operations, installations, manufacturing, sales and marketing, according to the filings. The number of people in general and administrative jobs has also fallen since June of last year, the company said. SolarCity had announced job cuts before being acquired by Tesla but did not say …

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Why building social robots is harder than you think

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/ Go to Source Article Social robots stole the show at CES in Vegas this year. Dozens of offerings were on display, ranging from robots that tutor you in physics (Einstein), queue up your favorite recipes (Mykie), and even help autistic children socialize (Leka). Unlike your moody human friends, these robots promise to be available day and night, ever accommodating and practically omniscient through their persistent connection to the internet and your personal data. Who wouldn’t want a reliable companion like that? Leading social robotics companies like Anki and Jibo have raised $157.5 million and $70.4 million to date from investors, respectively, while numerous old and new robotics companies like Hanson, Mayfield, and Blue Frog are introducing companion robots for …

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Precision Label plans Suffolk relocation

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/ Go to Source Article Farmingdale-based Precision Label is planning to relocate from Farmingdale to Hauppauge. The firm manufactures, distributes and warehouses pressure-sensitive labels, printed packets and pharmaceutical rebate cards for the cosmetic, wine, health, and beauty aids industries. Now, Brad Cohen, the company’s president aims to move from the firm from its 16,500 square feet at 175 Marine Street in Farmingdale and purchase, renovate and equip a 39,130-square-foot building at 50 Marcus Blvd. in Hauppauge. Total project costs are estimated at $6 million. The company is working with the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency, which preliminary approved inducement resolutions to give tax breaks to assist with the property’s development. The company would receive a $332,750 in tax breaks over …

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US factories grew last month at fastest pace since 2014

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/ Go to Source Article In this Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, photo, recycled plastic that has been cleaned and turned into chips is shown at the Repreve Bottle Processing Center, part of the Unifi textile company in Reidsville, N.C. American factories expanded in February 2017 at the fastest pace in more than two years, according to information released Wednesday, March 1, 2017, by the Institute for Supply Management. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) (Credit: AP) Updated March 1, 2017 12:27 PMBy The Associated Press   By PAUL WISEMAN (AP Economics Writer) (AP) — American factories expanded last month at the fastest pace in more than two years. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Wednesday that its …

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Amazon’s Alexa wants to talk to you about her startup accelerator

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/ Go to Source Article Today, Techstars named Aviel Ginzburg managing director of the Alexa Accelerator, a startup accelerator managed by Techstars and paid for by the Alexa Fund, Amazon’s $100 million effort to support the ecosystem forming around its intelligent assistant. Last year, the Alexa Fund invested millions in startups like Ecobee and Nucleus home intercom systems. “You get a powerful, company-changing network and you get a partner like Techstars, with a track record of success, and I think it can fundamentally put some of these companies on a trajectory they would not have been on before,” Ginzburg told VentureBeat in a phone interview. Announced last fall, the Alexa Accelerator is a 13-week startup accelerator that will take place …

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The Best Tax Software

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/ Go to Source Article Our pick TurboTax TurboTax asks all the right questions and discards the unnecessary ones. It’s the easiest and most painless way to file your taxes online. For the fourth year in a row, TurboTax is our top pick because it’s the closest you can get to an interview with an expert without having to pay by the hour. Its attractive interface, logical topic organization, and conversational tone make entering your data more comfortable than in any other software we tested. Other tax software can leave you wondering if you’ve missed a step, but TurboTax’s understandable explanations of complex tax terms and ample support resources assure that even novice users can do their taxes right. Like …

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Sorry, But Amazon Isn’t Actually Annihilating Retail Jobs

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/ Go to Source Article Beware the lurking variable. Even if you didn’t suffer through a semester of college statistics, you’re probably familiar with the adage “correlation doesn’t imply causation.” But if you haven’t had the pleasure, it’s a fairly easy concept to grasp. WIRED OPINION About Geoffrey A. Manne (@geoffmanne) is executive director of the International Center for Law & Economics (ICLE), which promotes rigorous economic analysis over partisan outcomes. Jennifer MacLean (@jenashmac) is director of operations. ICLE receives general support funding from Amazon as well as from competitors with divergent policy goals. Take a classic example: When ice cream sales rise significantly, the number of shark attacks escalates as well. But ice cream probably doesn’t cause shark attacks. …

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President Trump looks to refocus in 1st address to Congress

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/ Go to Source Article WASHINGTON — With his first address to Congress, President Donald Trump has an opportunity to refocus his young administration on the economic issues that helped him get elected. His allies hope it will help him move beyond the distractions and self-inflicted wounds that he has dealt with so far. Trump’s advisers say he will use his prime-time speech Tuesday to declare early progress on his campaign promises, including withdrawing the U.S. from a sweeping Pacific Rim trade pact, and to map a path ahead on thorny legislative priorities, including health care, infrastructure, and military spending. “We’re going to spend a lot more money on military,” Trump told “Fox & Friends” in an interview aired Tuesday, …

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Suffolk IDA tax deal backs longtime label-maker

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/ Go to Source Article A decade-long tax-incentives package will allow a longtime Farmingdale-based label-maker to grow its Long Island operation. The Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency on Tuesday approved a 10-year, $332,000 package filled with tax abatements and other goodies for Precision Label Corp., a circa-1990 manufacturer and distributor of pressure-sensitive labels, printed packets and rebate cards for the pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and wine industries, among others. The tax breaks will allow the company to relocate from its 16,500-square-foot space in Farmingdale to a 39,130-square-foot space in Hauppauge, which Precision Label Corp. plans to purchase and renovate. The company estimates a $6 million investment to complete the buy-and-build plan. The incentives package – including state and local property tax abatements, sales tax abatements …

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ERP Power and Mouser Sign Distribution Agreement

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/ Go to Source Article Global Distributor to Stock ERP’s Small, Smart and Efficient LED Drivers MOORPARK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–February 28, 2017– ERP Power LLC (ERP), a leading provider of small, smart and efficient LED drivers for the lighting industry, has signed a distribution agreement with Mouser Electronics, Inc., the industry’s leading New Product Introduction (NPI) distributor. “It’s exciting to be literally powering the change to LED lighting across all types of businesses,” said Andy Williams, ERP executive vice president. “Mouser’s excellent customer service caters to engineers and the lighting design community, making online purchases quick and easy when designing unique, next generation LED lighting fixtures.” ERP LED drivers deliver an industry-leading combination of compact size, embedded intelligence, extensive dimmer compatibility, …

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Trump looks to refocus his presidency in first address to Congress Tuesday night

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/ Go to Source Article WASHINGTON — With his first address to Congress, President Donald Trump has an opportunity to refocus his young administration on the economic issues that helped him get elected. His allies hope it will help him move beyond the distractions and self-inflicted wounds that he has dealt with so far. Trump’s advisers say he will use his prime-time speech Tuesday to declare early progress on his campaign promises, including withdrawing the U.S. from a sweeping Pacific Rim trade pact, and to map a path ahead on thorny legislative priorities, including health care, infrastructure, and military spending. “We’re going to spend a lot more money on military,” Trump told “Fox & Friends” in an interview aired Tuesday, …

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President Trump to address Congress, expected to focus on budget, health care, infrastructure

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/ Go to Source Article WASHINGTON — With his first address to Congress, President Donald Trump gets an opportunity to refocus his young administration on the economic issues that helped him get elected. His allies hope it will help him move beyond the distractions and self-inflicted wounds that he’s dealt with so far. Trump’s advisers say he will use his prime-time speech Tuesday to declare early progress on his campaign promises, including withdrawing the U.S. from a sweeping Pacific Rim trade pact, and to map a path ahead on thorny legislative priorities, including health care and infrastructure spending. “We spend billions in the Middle East, but we have potholes all over the country,” Trump said Monday as he previewed the …

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America: Manufacturing Hope

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/ Go to Source Article CBSN Originals documents the lives of struggling Americans in Erie, PA. CBS News correspondent Jamie Yuccas explores the landscape of this once-proud town, and sees and hears firsthand the heavy emotional toll that years of layoffs and economic strife have taken on its residents. Subscribe to the “CBSN” Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Re2MgSWatch “CBSN” live HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1PlLpZ7Follow “CBSN” on Instagram HERE: http://bit.ly/1PO0dkxLike “CBSN” on Facebook HERE: http://on.fb.me/1o3Deb4Follow “CBSN” on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1V4qhIu Get the latest news and best in original reporting from CBS News delivered to your inbox. Subscribe to newsletters HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1RqHw7T Get your news on the go! Download CBS News mobile apps HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1Xb1WC8 Get new episodes of shows you love across devices the next …

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What voters in Erie, Pennsylvania saw in Donald Trump

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/ Go to Source Article CBS News’ Jamie Yuccas joins CBSN with a preview of the latest CBSN Originals documentary, “America: Manufacturing Hope,” which looks at why the people of Erie, Pennsylvania voted for Donald Trump. Subscribe to the “CBSN” Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Re2MgSWatch “CBSN” live HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1PlLpZ7Follow “CBSN” on Instagram HERE: http://bit.ly/1PO0dkxLike “CBSN” on Facebook HERE: http://on.fb.me/1o3Deb4Follow “CBSN” on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1V4qhIu Get the latest news and best in original reporting from CBS News delivered to your inbox. Subscribe to newsletters HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1RqHw7T Get your news on the go! Download CBS News mobile apps HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1Xb1WC8 Get new episodes of shows you love across devices the next day, stream local news live, and watch full seasons of CBS fan favorites …

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Why working class Americans turned to Trump

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/ Go to Source Article Tonight, CBSN Originals documents the lives of struggling Americans in Erie, Pennsylvania, a town where manufacturing jobs were once a bedrock of the community. CBS News’ Jamie Yuccas discusses her report on working class families who have put their hope in Donald Trump to turn around the manufacturing economy. Subscribe to the “CBSN” Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Re2MgSWatch “CBSN” live HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1PlLpZ7Follow “CBSN” on Instagram HERE: http://bit.ly/1PO0dkxLike “CBSN” on Facebook HERE: http://on.fb.me/1o3Deb4Follow “CBSN” on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1V4qhIu Get the latest news and best in original reporting from CBS News delivered to your inbox. Subscribe to newsletters HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1RqHw7T Get your news on the go! Download CBS News mobile apps HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1Xb1WC8 Get new episodes of shows you …

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How GameStop is faring as a video game publisher

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/ Go to Source Article GameStop has more than 7,000 retail stores for selling games, but it has also diversified into publishing games under its GameTrust label. Instead of competing head-on with game publishers, the company is going after games that might otherwise not get published or not get noticed. It is targeting titles from seasoned independent game developers whose games could sell for $15 to $40, rather than the $60 Triple-A games. Mark Stanley, vice president of internal development and diversification at GameStop, sat down with me to explain the strategy at the DICE Summit, the elite game event in Las Vegas this week. GameStop has published its first title, Song of the Deep from Insomniac Games. The title …

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Manufacturing CEOs Face Challenges Training Workers In High-Tech Jobs

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/ Go to Source Article At a meeting with President Trump Thursday, manufacturing CEOs talked about the challenge of finding workers qualified to do the high-tech jobs that are available. NPR’s Ari Shapiro talks with Mark Muro, senior fellow with the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, about what’s wrong with existing training programs for manufacturing jobs.

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America: Manufacturing Hope premieres Monday night on CBSN

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/ Go to Source Article The city of Erie, Pennsylvania, was once a hub of manufacturing, but after years of plant closures and layoffs the city has become a shell of its former self. CBSN’s Jamie Yuccas went to Erie for a new CBSN Original. Subscribe to the “CBSN” Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Re2MgSWatch “CBSN” live HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1PlLpZ7Follow “CBSN” on Instagram HERE: http://bit.ly/1PO0dkxLike “CBSN” on Facebook HERE: http://on.fb.me/1o3Deb4Follow “CBSN” on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1V4qhIu Get the latest news and best in original reporting from CBS News delivered to your inbox. Subscribe to newsletters HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1RqHw7T Get your news on the go! Download CBS News mobile apps HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1Xb1WC8 Get new episodes of shows you love across devices the next day, stream local news …

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Hip to Be Square

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/ Go to Source Article Instagram got another new feature this week (Galleries), the latest artifact of the app’s years-long expansion. Though it started as a very simple, iOS-only photo-sharing app some six years ago, Instagram has grown to become a diverse, feature-rich social giant. The Facebook acquisition helped. So did market pressure from Snapchat. There currently aren’t many types of content you can’t share on Instagram. On this week’s show, the hosts dissect Insta’s latest moves, look at how people are using it today, and try to figure out where else the little app can go. Podcast [embedded content] RSS iTunes Download Some links: Instagram galleries. Max Chafkin’s story in Bloomberg Businessweek about becoming an Instagram influencer. The Gotham …

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Foxconn and SoftBank announce $1.2B partnership

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/ Go to Source Article Asian technology giants Foxconn and SoftBank have announced a joint venture that could potentially be worth $1.2 billion. While the purpose of the joint venture was not specified, it may be related to recent announcements by both companies regarding plans to expand in the United States. Foxconn will retain a 54% stake in the venture, at an investment cost of $600 million. The deal, set up by the SoftBank Group Capital APAC subsidiary, will be finalized on March 1. While the intent of the venture has yet to be stated publicly, details have shown that a Foxconn subsidiary will purchase a controlling stake in the APAC Capital arm of SoftBank Group, thereby changing what was …

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Complicated. Weird. Beautiful! The secret Google project to put an aquarium full of tiny, wiggly water bears inside your phone

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/ Go to Source Article What is the most far-out, insane thing a smartphone could do? In the final days of 2015, Google’s secretive Advanced Technology and Projects group searched for ways to prove that Project Ara — the never-released modular phone, the anti-iPhone — could do anything, and be anything, for anyone. The group had already developed unheard-of ways of customizing Ara — from the processor to the screen to the camera — but after three years and three leadership shuffles, high-profile delays and lingering roadblocks forced the team to pivot. The Ara team had little choice but to start over, and they had to move — fast. They set off to build a “shell” from scratch — a full-blown …

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Google Spin-Off Sues Uber, Saying Leader Of Autonomous Vehicle Unit Stole Key Designs

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/ Go to Source Article Enlarge this image Anthony Levandowski, Otto co-founder the head of Uber’s self-driving-vehicle project, is accused of taking proprietary designs and information with him when he left Waymo, a subsidiary of Alphabet. AFP/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption AFP/AFP/Getty Images Waymo, the company that began as Google’s self-driving-car project, is suing Uber, saying that when the company bought a start-up founded by Waymo veterans, it also bought thousands of design files that had been inappropriately downloaded from its servers. Waymo is citing forensic evidence — and an email that The start-up in question is Otto, which was only months old when Uber bought it for roughly $680 million last summer. The deal resulted in Uber putting …

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Mangano: Indiegogo Executive To Speak About Crowdfunding At Next Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club Meeting

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/ Go to Source Article Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced that Sarah Meister, a top executive of the popular crowdfunding site Indiegogo will speak during a meeting of the Nassau County Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club on Monday, February 27 from 7-9pm in the Ceremonial Chambers of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building, 1550 Franklin Ave, Mineola. Admission is Free. “We hope this presentation will inspire our residents to turn their ideas into viable business products,” said County Executive Mangano. “Our talented residents are the County’s best resource for future economic growth.” Indiegogo allows entrepreneurs to raise funds for projects through online campaigns aimed at potential customers in exchange for perks, such as early or discounted products, or …

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Little Tykes toddler swings recalled due to fall hazard

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/ Go to Source Article HUDSON, Ohio — More than half a million toddler swings are being recalled because the plastic seat can crack or break, posing a fall hazard. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said there have been 140 reports of the Little Tykes 2-in-1 Snug-n-Secure toddler swings’ plastic seats breaking. There have been 39 injuries to children, including abrasions, bruises, cuts and bumps to the head. Two of the reported injuries included children with a broken arm. The CPSC said around 540,000 of the toddler swings were sold at Walmart, Toys “R” Us and other retailers from November 2009 through May 20014 for around $25. The recalled swings have a pink t-shaped restraint in front and are …