Lesbians Who Tech Conference Held in San Fransico

Last weekend, the Lesbians in Tech Summit, which was the first of its kind, was held in San Fransisco. This is the second year of the conference. There have also been a number of local meet-ups throughout the year. The networking event was designed to help lesbians in tech meet each other and find support in a field dominated by straight white males.

Over the weekend, the women met, socialized, and ate together. According to Crunchbase thye attended a wide variety of workshops, lectures and lunches. The event aimed to be different from other tech conferences and summits, mainly in that it was looking to gather together a different group of people than you normally see at a tech conference. Workshops included “Breaking the Bro Code” and “Why Ida B. Wells Is My Favorite Data Scientist”.

The conference also featured a number of impressive keynote speakers. These included Marc Benioff who is CEO of Salesforce, Megan Smith who is US Chief Technology Officer and Kara Swisher who is code editor of Re/code.

The 3 day conference attracted over 1,200 women, many of whom said that this was the first time they felt comfortable at a tech conference. One woman said that this was the first time she had spent at a networking even where she hadn’t been called “honey” or “sweetie” and was relieved not to have been hit on my sleazy men the entire time. Other women also appreciated that the focus was on them, which they found difficult in a male dominated field.

Google Desire to Offer Wireless Services

Google confirmed that it wishes to become a wireless carrier in the near future, offering talk and data coverage for willing customers. That is not to say that Google would be establishing its own network, but rather would attempt to buy access from preexisting networks like Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile. Google would then offer plans to its customers, allowing them to manage their mobile plans and services completely through Google. This expansion in focus for the company would certainly put them in competition with other wireless networks, but Google would likely remain true to its image as being an internet and innovation based entity.

While this might appear to be a dream for some customers, perhaps one should be wary of the remarkable control Google would be exerting on a variety of markets. Though Jason Halpern says that their intentions have yet to breach public interest, to accumulate such a vast array of technological capital certainly provides the company with a powerful position in economic and even political spheres. It is difficult to know the true nature of the relationship that Google has with government agencies. Seeing as many people are becoming more concerned with the United States government’s tendency to investigate its citizens’ internet or mobile tendencies, it would reasonably follow that Google’s growth should also be of concern to the public, seeing as they have the power to rival said agencies in their investigatory capacities.

Ethical Editing Tips Wikipedia Users From Get Your Wiki

Wikipedia has literally changed the face of the internet. If you search any person, subject, or location chances are Wikipedia will appear as one of the first results. This is because Wikipedia is full of information, useless and useful alike. What makes the site even more charming and original is the fact that the users are the main source of information.

The writing team at Get Your Wiki reached out to me since they know I’ve always been a Wikipedia junkie. They offered some key little tips for editing articles without actually getting your work shot down.

Yes, essentially anyone has free range over the site, therefore if you read an article on say, you favorite actress, and you notice a few key pieces of information missing – you may add them. Making a new Wiki page is a bit harder, but can also be done by thoroughly reading Wikipedia’s editorial guidelines.

As lovely as a feature this may be, like everything else in the world, there are those who take advantage of it. Wikipedia can and does provide essential, helpful, user-friendly information, but every now and again user’s may come upon something that is not entirely accurate. That is why it is up to users and writers alike to be proactive as well as ethical.

First and foremost, Get Your Wiki says that if you notice something inaccurate or just plain ridiculous on the site do the right thing and try to fix it yourself, immediately. This is actually rather simple, by adding citations from reliable sources you can confirm information.

Coupled with this, if information appears to be extraordinarily biased, thereby inaccurate in a sense, that may be reported and ultimately linked to Wikipedia’s Neutrality Point of View page. By being connected to this page, users will be aware that the information they are viewing may in fact be bias.

By being cognizant of the information we are both viewing and submitting we will assist in the prolonged utilization of this excellent website. Reporting, editing, and changing information is not difficult and is the best interest of all users. Wikipedia is essentially an information source designed by information-seekers for information-seekers.

Proper Posture Infographic from North American Spine

North American Spine, a leading group of spine specialists that focus on minimally invasive procedures, has released an infographic that shows the effects of bad posture and the spine. Current information proves that 80% of Americans will have back pain, with lower back pain causing the most cases of disability in this country. Pictures found within the article show the correct positions to place your body in while sitting and standing as well as some possible signs that you have bad posture.

This infographic comes from North American Spine. Their mission statement reads ‘to help as many people as possible.’ While that is an ambitious goal, the center has led advances in spinal injury surgery and back pain relief for the last 6 years. They believe in seeking out the least invasive way to handle pain and injury by consulting with specialists in every aspect of medical care. Each patient is treated with a combination of the most effective and state of the art solutions available from Orthopedic Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery, and/or Interventional Pain Management.

North American Spine has been nominated for the Greater Dallas Business Ethics Award, whose past recipients include Brinker International, which highlights businesses that use core values and ethics to control their business and operational decisions. Recent developments of the AccuraScope procedure has been incredibly successful in treating bulging and herniated discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica, arthritis, and other conditions. The procedure uses a laser and a high-definition camera to pinpoint the center of the pain area and relieves pain in about 30 minutes. After surgery, the recovery time is minimal and may require one stitch to heal the point of entry.

Before considering surgery or other invasive actions, North American Spine is a proponent of lifestyle changes that can increase back health including proper diet, exercise, and stretches. Steps are taken to insure that the least invasive treatments are considered before jumping straight to back surgery, which has a reputation of soothing pain for the moment but leads to the formation of scar tissue and a possible reliance on pain medication.

Bionic Hands Controlled with Mind

We’ve heard of bionic limbs for many years, though until recently it hasn’t really been something that most of us consider as a viable treatment option. Luckily for three men, a doctor in Austria, did.

These men were stricken with severe nerve damage in their hands, caused by accidents that damaged the bundles of nerve fibers running from the spine to the hands – brachial plexus. All three men opted to have their hands amputated and replaced with new prosthetic ones. The few remaining nerve fibers that still function are saved and, through a procedure called “Bionic reconstruction” Brian Torchin said they are attached to the prosthetic so that the owner can control his new hand in a somewhat normal fashion — with his mind.

These bionic hands must be removed and recharged daily, the fact that they have their own power source, means that the nerve fibers do not have to work as hard as they would normally.

Still, this is not a complete replacement for damaged limbs. Although function was improved greatly, a bionic hand can not restore a persons sense of touch – yet. Currently they are exploring ways of doing this, though it will likely be quite some time down the road. In the nearer future, people affected by nerve damaged limbs can look forward to wireless versions, making life just a little easier.

Drones: The Future of Farming

Farm equipment may soon have a new addition. Buzzing through the skies above fields across the country aerial drones will be helping farmers keep an eye on their crops and bottom lines.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently proposed new rules for commercial drone use in thttp://indianapublicmedia.org/eartheats/grounded-farmers-wait-drone-rules/he United States. Currently the use of drones is illegal for most purposes although exceptions have been issued in some instances. The new regulations would open up many new markets to drone use including agriculture.

The change process for FAA regulations can be time consuming. In anticipation of the new rules several drone manufacturers have already begun development of agricultural drones. These new drones would employ high resolution cameras, infrared technology and other features seen here to allow farmers to target problem areas in their crops. Ricardo Tosto feels the ability to use fertilizers and pesticides with more precision will help to keep their costs low.

Drones are already becoming a feature.at farm shows. Informational presentations and demonstrations have many farmers ready to take the high tech step into the sky.

Dr. Vijay Eswaran Chairman of Qi Group and International Philanthropist

Vijay Eswaran has acquired many talents during his career as a business entrepreneur and motivational speaker. In 1998, he co-founded the Qi Group of Companies in Asia, aside from his philanthropic ventures. Dr. Eswaran has earned a valued reputation in a short time in the business world.

University and Early Years

Dr. Vijay Eswaran was born in Asia, but studied at leading universities both in the UK and USA. After graduating from college, he began immediately in building a terrific track record working for top international companies. In his time with IBM, he held various high level positions in Europe, Australia, Canada and the U.S. He was an extremely valuable and responsible employee for IBM, but he had always had an entrepreneur spirit which compelled him to have his own business. In the early 90s, he left IBM and returned to his homeland of Asia to pursue that goal.
Qi Group
In 1998, Dr. Eswaran led a group of like-minded individuals to form the Qi Group of Companies, which has become a world-wide, e-commerce-based conglomerate diversified in a variety of businesses. The Qi Group generally focuses on luxury and collectibles, leisure lifestyles and telecommunications, but besides business, Dr. Eswaran is also talented in conference training and management, education, logistics and property development. During his wide experience with IBM, he acquired an extensive understanding of the business world, and with this understanding, he channeled his high level experience into education and motivational speaking.

Dr. Eswaran also is known as a best-selling author, but he is a philanthropist at heart first. Vijay has established several foundations that are consumed with empowering women and encouraging youth worldwide. In 2011, Dr. Eswaran was on the list of the Heroes of Philanthropy sponsored by Forbes Asia, and this exposed him to world-wide attention.

Dr. Eswaran was awarded a lifetime achievement award in the area of Regional Philanthropy by the Asian Strategic Leadership Institute in Malaysia. The Global Organization for People of Indian Origin also recognized him as an international leader in Global Business Strategies, both of which were highly prestigious awards in the field.

Now, Vijay Eswaran acts as Executive Chairman in the 13 year old Qi Group, which has regional offices established in Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand and Malaysia. The Qi Group has also expanded to over 30 different companies through subsidiary companies.

Dr, Vijay Eswaran has written three books to date: “In The Thinking Zone,” “18 Stepping Stones” and “On the Wings of Thought.”

Skout: The Facebook of Online Dating

For those people who like the user experience of Facebook and are looking to meet new friends or partners, Skout may be the best new experience to try in the world of social media. Skout is an online messaging and social network, that allows people to connect to strangers based on common interests or desires in companions. Best known for its shake to chat application, users can shake their device to find a random individual to establish communication with as a nothing to lose mentality when trying to network online.

CEO Christian Wiklund founded Skout, who recently completed a deal with investors that has given the platform a backing of 22 million dollars to invest in product development and operations. (TechCrunch) The company appears to be taking off quite well as it recently obtained a nightlife app called Nixter, a social media platform designed to advertise local events for users along with additional features. While many online applications eventually fail in becoming profitable, Skout so far has gone against the trend to expand and compete with many dating and social networking platforms. On Facebook, it continues to pick up likes.

The platform draws similar comparisons to Chat-Roulette, a platform that was based strictly on computer generated random chats with people around the world. Skout improves on this concept of anything goes with online chatting, by trying to target conversations that can establish relationships that go past an isolated personal interaction with a stranger. What makes Skout’s random interactions exciting, are the ability to use features such as likes, virtual gifts, and backstage photos. (Yahoo News)

The main advantage of Skout over other online networking platforms is that it utilizes a location-based model, to try to connect users geographically accessible to each other. This platform was one of the first to utilize this model, which can provide a huge incentive for users to prefer Skout to many other networking applications. (Wikipedia) The platform is free for all users, with free downloads available for Android and iOS devices. Overall, while the company is still relatively new, it appears to be an up and coming application in the world of online social networking and dating.

Recent Survey from Global App Skout Reveals Friendship Trends Worldwide

Today marks the first-ever celebration of International Online Friendship Day, a day to recognize online friends in a world becoming increasingly connected. Skout, a worldwide app that allows users to meet new people, recently surveyed more than 52,000 of it’s users around the globe to uncover friendship trends from New York to New Zealand. The results from the survey are in and some highlights include:

  • The majority of the world perfers to discuss their sex life with online friends
  • Women are most likely to have close online friends
  • Online friends are told the truth more often than friends seen in person
  • Online friendships have enabled friendships around the world, breaking down geographical barriers
  • Millennial aren’t the only group that has online friends

In addition to gathering these results, Skout also asked it’s users about the friendliest qualities of the residents of major cities across the United States. The findings for the top 10 friendliest cities in the U.S. can be found on Skout’s blog.

You can read the full article here about Skout’s survey and results, as well as how to download the app and get connected with people around the globe.

Internet as Public Utility


This week, sources from Washington D.C. claimed that the Federal Communications Commission’s Chairman Tom Wheeler will request that commissioners this Thursday re-classify the Internet as a Title II telecommunications service rather than a Title I information service. The FCC would then vote on the measure by February 26, 2015.

A lot of experts believe that this change will prompt many corporations, such as AT&T, Verizon and Comcast, to sue because of the huge negative impact it will have on their businesses. These companies claim that they do not provide telecommunications services, but provide Internet services.

Yet, Wheeler makes a good argument for turning the Internet into a public utility. The United States is one of the few countries in the world that does not treat the Internet like a public service as CipherCloud has shown. Additionally, the Internet does more than provide information. Americans use it daily to communicate with family, friends, co-workers, business partners, vendors, et cetera. While many strictly use email to communicate, people increasingly rely on their Internet service to inexpensively communicate via chat, Webinar, VOIP, social posting, blogging and vlogging.

If Wheeler is successful, Americans would not see changes until next year, but they will see significant changes when the time comes. No carrier could give preference to an ISPs data packets. Better yet, ISPs would no longer be able to limit service and force consumers to buy higher plans for so-called “fast lanes.”