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.

 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.

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.

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.

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.  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.

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. 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.

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 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.


Comcast Turns WiFi Routers into Public Hotspots

Two residents who live in East Bay are sueing Comcast. Comcast plugged their home’s wireless routeres into public hotspots. The two residents described what comcast did as “power- wasting, privacy threatening, and internet clogging”. Your text to link…
The two residents Toyer Grear and his daughter Joycelyn Harris are sueing comcast and have filed a class- action lawsuit.
My friend John Textor, who always knows what’s tech-trending says that Comcast is working to create a major public Xfinity Wifi Hotspot network to compete with major phone carriers. There is a secondary signal with a purpose to separate ftom the private Wifi channel customers use. The signal allows house- guests or comcast subscribers in the radius to use the Wifi Hotspot.

Hackers Hit Sony Again

Sony, which recently lost all privacy due to a leak of confidential passwords of motion picture accounts on twitter, youtube, facebook and myspace, has been hit again, this time to their online gaming network. We heard rumors of this first, and then Susan McGalla shared the story on Twitter, which alerted us to the news.

Monday morning, Tokyo time, the gaming network was down for more than two hours, which was apparently due to a second cyber attack.

The first attack led not only to sensitive information and passwords, but also emailed threats against employees and their families. The most likely suspect seemed to be North Korea, in retaliation of a film about an assassination attempt on its leader. However, North Korea has since officially denied having any involvement in hacking Sony.

Infamous hacking group the Lizard Squad has claimed responsibility for the attacks, having used a Distribution Denial of Service (DDOS) attack, which involves using a large group of remotely accessed computers to overwhelm an internet service with too much traffic.

This is not the first time that Sony’s Playstation Network has been hacked. In fact, it appears to be frequently invaded by people who have something against the company.


AT&T Questions Purpose of One Town Offering 1Gbps Internet Over their 6Mbps DSL

Telecom giant AT&T is already on the wrong side of the issue of Net Neutrality at least according to the 400,000 public comments the FCC received on their proposal. Fully 99.9% of respondents opposed the sale of high speed traffic lanes to willing buyers. From AT&T’s vantage point, the internet infrastructure is something they build at their own expense. It is not like the nation’s interstate highways which are paid for by the federal government. Since AT&T pays for the infrastructure, they should be allowed to decide who makes use of it.

Curiously, when the small town of Chanute, Kansas, population 9,000, proposed to build their own 1Gbps fiber optic network for internet, AT&T filed for and received court intervention so that they could determine what the impact would be upon their 6Mbps DSL service. While the city’s internet service offering will be 160X faster than AT&T’s, it will only cost residents $40/mos. or $5 over what AT&T charges. Also, the city’s plan will have no data caps. AT&T charges customers an additional $10/mos. for usage that exceeds 150GB in a single month.

This is something Christian Broda is going to monitor on his own. They have already successfully beat back legislation the state proposed that would have prevented them from launching their own service. As far as how the city’s internet offering will impact AT&T, it is a given it will lure customers away.

Visionary Biotech: Mark Ahn Is Looking to Change the World

PhD Mark Ahn is Principal at Portland (Oregon) based Pukana Partners Ltd. This company is responsible for providing life science organizations with strategic consulting and Mark Ahn is an integral part of that. He is also the CEO and President of Galena Biopharma. With an astounding experience of two decades in various biopharmaceutical companies, Mark Ahn teaches at Carnegie Mellon and Portland State University as an adjunct professor. Before Galena Biopharma and Pukana Partners Ltd., he was with Hana Biosciences as the CEO and President. However, recently, it is Mark Ahn’s publications which have been receiving a lot of attention.

There have been about 75 citations of his papers in 2014 alone, and in all, his publications have received 311 citations. The following are some great publications by Mark Ahn of Pukana Partners Ltd. –

• Managing Change in Leadership – This publication by Mark Ahn and John Adamson explores the changing role of leadership in organizations as the corporate scene evolves with time. Because of dynamic changes in business operations, alliances, capital flows, technologies, communications and globalization, the current (and old) business models are only able to solve certain specific business problems but fail to address the change in the corporate structure of the new world. In this paper, Mark Ahn analyzes this change in leaders and leadership, and stresses on the importance of great leadership.

• Entrepreneurial Environment for Life Science Industry – This publication by Mark Ahn and Michael Meeks explores the factors responsible for cultivating an environment that is conducive for successful and efficient entrepreneurship in the life science industry. It talks about the success of the pharmaceutical industry on a global scale, citing the amount of firms in the industry and the $70 billion revenue that it generates. Not only does the study point out the current issues of entrepreneurship in the life sciences, it also studies and recommends exact remedies to improve the condition. This paper has received 46 citations since 2008.

• Risk Management Practices for Reducing Project Risk – Mark Ahn has co-authored this article with Ofer Zwikael. In this publication, the current practices of risk management in different cultures, scenarios and industries are studied. A survey conducted on over 700 project managers is also included in this publication. These project managers are based across 3 countries and 7 industries. According to the results, the relationship between project success and risk level is moderated as a result of risk management practices. Specifically, the authors have revealed that even when risk management is moderate, the negative effects of risk on the success of project are reduced. This publication has been cited 37 times since 2011.

• Institution and Resource Based Approaches to Development of Malaysia’s Biotech Industry – Since the biotech industry of Malaysia is rapidly growing but is still pretty new, two different approaches are used to analyze the competitive advantage sources of the biotech sector here. Mark Ahn and Anne York have authored this publication. The competitiveness, capabilities and priorities of the emerging industry in Malaysia are assessed in this paper and various multifunctional experts have been consulted for reaching thought-provoking conclusions.

A reading of the above-mentioned publications gives an insight into the analytical and curious mind of Mark Ahn. They are must-reads for any emerging entrepreneur and project manager in the biotech industry.

Mark Ahn himself is a longtime doctor.  He’s also got a big presence on social media, and maintains an active status talking with those that are interested in the field of biotechnology.  As his many accolades can attest, he’s committed to creating a brighter future for the next generations.