Circadian Vs Technology/The New Challenge Our Children Face Today

As technology continues to invade our waking world, it would appear that it is having a very significant impact on our younger population in the form of smartphones, tablets and small screen video game players and their sleep. According to an article in TECH TIMES results of a study published in on January 5, 2015, showed that children who have some form of technology such as a television, laptop, smartphone, or tablet in their room experienced at least 18 to 21 minutes of sleep loss during the week as opposed to children who do not. However many children had a stronger sense of image recognition from the use of technology.

Children are using smartphones as often if not more than adults, but not just for communication. They are on Facebook posting selfies and updates all throughout the day. Children, especially pre-teens are Youtubing videos and sharing content with friends. Educational demands on the middle school sect are challenge enough without the constant competition and demands of peer pressure to have the latest form of technological devices. The greatest challenge is placed on parents to assure a good night’s sleep for their children or to help them keep up with the arrogation of their friends and the importance of fitting in.

Google Becoming a Wireless Carrier

 

There is little doubt that smartphones and data plans have become a major element in the world of technology. As smartphones and tablets continue to win users with sleek interfaces and great apps, the mobile tech world is exploding. Anyone that thought the airwaves were already crowded with wireless carriers and cell phone providers probably should get ready for another big time name jumping into the mix.

According to The Verge, Google is getting ready to offer up a wireless service of its own. However, the company responsible for Android and a whole lot of internet searches is doing things a bit different this time around. Apparently, Google will lease space on T-Mobile and Sprint networks instead of trying to build its own network. Since Google tends to try to beat competitors on price, the lease factor is an interesting one because of the associated overhead.

While only the select few inside the major technology company know exactly what is going on, it seems that other carriers should be a little nervous. The project itself still has to release details, and all that is known for sure is that the data and networks are going to be leased. Since speculation is bound to run rampant, the company will likely release some sort of statement before too long. Without a doubt consumers , like Fersen Lambranho and myself, will be listening intently to see if there is a chance their wireless bill could shrink.

The Rise and Fall of Biotech Startups according to Mark Ahn, Ph.D.

In an industry always on the brink of the next big discovery, new innovators find it hard to get an edge in the biotech field. Mark Ahn has become an expert in the field of biopharmaceutical over the last 20 years. He and his colleagues are researching the trends that lead to the rise and fall of new biotech companies. They want to be able to help new companies recognize the opportunities that will help them get a good start. Biotechnology industry has many regulations and their products can take years to hit the market and finally turn a profit. For companies to be successful they need to attract investors that are willing to take the risk.

Many investors choose to minimize risk. In an industry where great ideas blossom but the product never comes to fruition, reducing the risk to investors is key. Smart investors will diversify their biotech portfolio instead of investing in a single legitimized product. Dr. Mark Ahn made the example of either investing in small research firms involved in several products or finding similar products and investing in both. He also led startup biotech companies to heed the advice of Vertex CEO, Joshua Berger, to not give into the oscillating trends. Trends and opinions in the health field change as frequently as the wind. Berger said to ignore trends and “follow your business plan.”

Read more of the original article on “TheStreet.com” and find links to Dr. Mark Ahn’s advice for the biotech industry at his official website.

Robot Learns to Cook from YouTube

Anyone in their teens planning to become a cook in the future should rethink their plans. A new robot learns to cook from YouTube videos, so in a few years it will be the robots’ duty.

Of course, the project is at its early beginnings, so at this moment, the programmers have to watch the videos and write a list of commands according to what is being explained there. The robot is good at performing all the actions, though.

So as soon as the learning system will be improved there will be no need for Sam Tabar to hire a programmer checking each recipe. Instead, you can leave the robot with the ingredients and the YouTube switched on, and come back to serve your meal.

The process of being autonomous in learning and executing actions is called deep learning. The work for making the robot and independent cook is going fulls speed. An instruction manual is being elaborated in the meanwhile.

The advantages of this wonderful inventions are evident to everyone: better hygiene, no random hairs in the food, as well as there can possibly be a lot of time saved with a more variate menu. The drawback, as it has been mentioned, is that the real cooks in the restaurants might be replaced with robots that never get tired, but that will affect only a few select people.

First Motorcycle Based GPS

For many motor vehicle owners, a GPS is an integral part of their car, that they simply cannot live without. Motorcycle owners on the other hand, have understandably, not been able to utilize a GPS device due to the evident dangers that it poses to both the rider and other vehicles.

A Russian start-up business by the name of LiveMap, aims to change this, with their development of an Android operating system based, motorcycle helmet that has built in GPS, heads up display and voice control capabilities.

The prototype that they released this past week was fairly impressive. Jared Haftel even says the helmet itself weighing in at approximately 2.2 pounds and was constructed out of carbon fiber, which is lighter, yet stronger than steel. Within the structural properties of the helmet, there lies a light sensor, battery, micro-display, microphone and an earphone as well. With these specs, the rider can ask for directions or navigate through the system menu via voice command. Once the rider has chosen the appropriate location, the specific directions for that location pops up on the center of their visor.

The company also proclaimed that even though the device is based off the Android operating system, the user will only be able to utilize the GPS functions of the device and as such, will not be able to play games or watch videos.

Besides the fact that the device can be used as an effective motorcycle based GPS, it can give the rider other useful information such as their speed, weather conditions, temperature and ongoing traffic situations as well.

Studies Show Electronic Devices Hamper Sleep and Diminish Health

A recent study shows that our increasing use of electronic devices has negative impacts on our overall health, specifically our ability to sleep and maintain a normal circadian rhythm. Scientists have pointed to an increased use of low wavelength emitting devices in the past, and how this artificial light leads to health issues. With our newest obsession for smartphones and other devices, it appears that use right before bedtime is extremely detrimental.

For most smartphone and tablet users, these devices are the last and first thing we see in the morning. The huge amounts of light within an hour of our normal bedtimes interferes with our bodies ability to fall asleep as usual. Even slight changes to our sleep patterns can have detrimental effects, but when these changes are constant and collective, it makes a huge difference Sam Tabar found in his own experience.

Hormones are suppressed, overall sleep cycle is delayed, next day function is changed and people experience sleep deficiency. Researchers say that the only way to avoid or reduce the effects of these sleep depriving side effects, is to refrain from using electronic devices for the hour leading up to your normal bedtime.

At least one hour is necessary for the body to go through the processes that it needs to ensure you with a good night’s rest. Reading a book is perfectly fine though, and actually suggested as a healthy option for bedtime readiness.

Driverless Cars Hit the Streets

Not happy with simply taking over cyber space, Google has been dabbling in many other areas of home entertainment, communications and technology. Their newest venture has them taking on the auto industry next.

For awhile now, we have been hearing about driverless cars. Laurene Powell Jobs comments that once thought the things of science fiction writers’ imaginations, automobiles that operate and drive without the need for a human operator are about to become a reality. 

Back in May of 2014, Google released a video showing people driving prototypes. The video featured a handful of lucky individuals who sat in a tiny car, similar to a smart car. this space age car drove them around to simulate traveling without driving. 

While that was just a publicity stunt, complete with fake looking cars, Google is ready to unleash a fleet of real cars onto California streets as early as 2015.

Hackers Breech as Files for as Many as 40,000 Federal Workers

With the public eye still focused on how President Obama will deal with North Korea’s cyber-terrorist attack against Sony, which the administration acknowledged was really an attack on American freedoms, comes a report thathackers breeched into the files of as many as 40,000 federal workers. The incident occurred at KeyPoint Government Solutions, the firm responsible for conducting background investigations for federal workers at agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security. 

Ironically, KeyPoint had only been awarded the lucrative $300 million contract when government contractor United States Investigations Services (USIS) suffered a major breach affecting up to 25,000 federal workers at the Department of Homeland Security. The cyber-attack was conducted by China. Technically speaking, USIS didn’t lose the contract as a direct result of the cyber-attack, but because of their unwillingness to adopt the counter-measures demanded by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). After the two sides could not come to an agreement, the contract was revoked and given to KeyPoint. The contract made KeyPoint become the federal government’s largest public clearance firm. 

Sultan Alhokair says a review of the incident by the OPM has concluded that no serious data was compromised. That said, the 40,000 affected workers will be offered credit monitoring service free of charge. It has become an industry standard to offer affected people 90 days of free monitoring service following a security breech. Cyber-attacks against the government occurred 61,000 times last year which amount to roughly 167 daily attacks.

Snapchat CEO Expressed His Outrage on His Letter

A trove of email communications between Michael Lynton, Sony Pictures CEO, and Snapchat executives were leaked. This is part of the recently reported Sony Pictures hack. Following up on these leaks, Evan Spiegel, Snapchat’s CEO expresses his outrage in his letter that he tweeted on Wednesday afternoon. I was reading it while waiting at the Amen Clinic.

The hack exposed numerous company acquisitions, which were unannounced. It includes several specifics of Snapchat’s most recent financial standing. It places Snapchat at a $10 billion value. Also, it includes the company’s talks about video integration with Vevo. The leaked emails also revealed Facebook’s acquisition offer for Snapshot was for over $3 billion.

The emails were released along with the large-scale cyber hack on Sony. The hackers released an enormous amount of information about Sony. This includes numerous email threads between Sony and its partner companies, which involve the Snapchat. Sony Pictures’ adviser and investor is Michael Lynton, so the correspondences between him and Mitch Lasky, a member of the Snapchat Board and a general partner of the Benchmark Capital, were include in the Sony leak.

In early 2014, Snapchat made settlements with the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) for complaints that the company is misleading its users. The FCC stated that Snapchat can easily be saved despite the company’s claim that the leaked messages will disappear for good though time. As part of the settlement, Snapchat was also ordered by the FTC to implement a wide-range privacy program.

Growing Number of Countries Close Door to Uber

A growing number of countries including Belgium, Spain, Thailand and the Netherlands have banned their Uber shared shuttle to defend their traditional taxis.

Uber executives are not backing down. Neither fines or bans on their service, have stopped the controversial company in capturing funding.

A new round of funding captured $1,200 million, raising the value of the company to $40 million, more than double the estimated value in June.

“2014 has been a year of tremendous growth for Uber” said the CEO of the firm, Travis Kalanick.

However, he added that “this kind of expansion is accompanied by significant growing pains”, referring to recent incidents in which the company is faced with constant clashes with regulators in different countries and have begun to undermine Uber’s image.

I saw where Mark Ahn retweeted Travis Kalanick’s post-“Recognizing mistakes and learning from them are the first steps”. recalled that Uber happened to be present in 60 cities in 21 countries just a year ago and has grown to 250 cities in 50 countries today.

Recently, the company has been tarnished by controversy.

The company is facing multiple charges of “unfair competition” by taxi drivers.

Uber, founded in San Francisco, has revolutionized the network of private transport in cities across the US and around the world, to bring together private drivers with potential customers via smartphone.