• How Smart Dust Could Be Used To Monitor Human Thought

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    February 5, 2021 /  Computer Technology, Hardware

    A few years ago a team of researchers from Brown University made headlines after they successfully demonstrated how a paralyzed woman who had lost the use of her arms and legs could control a robotic arm using her brainwaves. In a video, Cathy Hutchinson imagines drinking a cup of coffee, and the robotic arm brings the cup to her lips.

    The scene is amazing, but also a little disturbing. Hutchinson is connected to the robotic arm through a rod-like “pedestal” driven into her skull. At one end of the pedestal, a bundle of gold wires is attached to a tiny array of microelectrodes that is implanted in the primary motor cortex of Hutchison’s brain. This sensor, which is about the size of a baby aspirin, records her neural activity. At the other end of the pedestal is an external cable that transmits neural data to a nearby computer, which translates the signals into code that guides the robotic arm.

    This method, known as BrainGate, pretty much defined state-of-the-art brain-computer interfaces at the end of the last decade. If the idea of a rod-through-the-head computer interface makes you cringe, you are not alone.

    For some time, a small team of researchers at UC Berkeley has been working on plans for a less invasive, wireless monitoring system. Earlier this month, they released a draft paper: “Neural Dust: An Ultrasonic, Low Power Solution for Chronic Brain-Machine Interfaces.”

    Dongjin Seo, a graduate student in UC Berkeley’s electrical engineering and computer science department, authored the paper under the supervision of senior faculty members, including Michel Maharbiz who has famously created cyborg beetles for the US Defense Department.

    Seo said the researchers’ goal is to build an implantable system that is ultra-miniature, extremely compliant, and scalable to be viable for a lifetime, for brain-machine interfaces. “With neural dust, due to its extreme scalability, this framework can be applied for Obama’s BRAIN initiative, which necessitates large-scale, parallel, and real-time monitoring of neurons,” Seo explained.

    The Berkeley researchers propose to sprinkle the brain with tiny, dust-sized, wireless sensors. This would reduce the risk of infection from wiring up scores of sensors placed throughout the brain and limit the trauma to one initial operation. During that operation, the skull would be opened, and sensors would be inserted into the brain. At the same time a separate transceiver would be placed directly under the skull but above the brain. The transceiver would communicate with the sensors via ultrasound.

    Another battery-powered transceiver outside the skull would receive data transmissions from the chip inside the skull and supply wireless power to it.  As the paper notes, this type of power transfer is already used in a variety of medical applications, including cochlear implants. Seo said the amount of power being proposed is within FDA and IEEE guidelines.

    The idea of neural dust immediately sparked the imagination of futurists after the paper was published on arXiv.org on July 8. “The brilliance of this system is that it could potentially allow scientists to see what’s going on with thousands, tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of neurons inside the brain at once,” wrote Ramez Naam, a senior associate at the Foresight Institute and author of “More Than Human: Embracing the promise of biological enhancement.”

    But would neural dust have practical use for the growing industry of mind-controlled computer games and brain training apps? Jon Cowan, founder

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  • Four Techniques Local Businesses Should Use for Search Engine Optimization with WordPress

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    Hands down, a WordPress website is one of the best investments that can be made in a local company’s online lead generation efforts. Admittedly, it can also be one of the biggest investments. My Local Leads, a Maine based marketing firm, works on design and development as well as continued maintenance of affordable WordPress websites for local businesses across the US. There are undoubtedly some decisions that go into the initial planning and development stages that can greatly impact marketing effectiveness of the site. Then, there are things that require continued and near constant observation and work. These few techniques are important to helping make a WordPress website part of a successful local search marketing campaign.

    Choosing the right domain name can be pivotal in helping increase a websites reach, especially in the early stages. It was popular to stuff a domain with keywords, but recent search engine algorithm updates have lessened the value of such a practice. Branding is important for the domain name. It needs to be simple enough for people to remember. If a keyword fits naturally, sure it can and should be added. If it ends up making it too weird, too long, or too hard to remember, it is most likely not worth it.

    It is also important to remember to turn on WordPress’s built in SEO tools when putting up a site for a local business. There is a setting under privacy of a WordPress site that will automatically hide the site from search engines, and this certainly is not what anyone attempting to build a site for search engine optimization wants to have set. At the same time, the WordPress website should have the permalinks set to be friendly URLs, which will help with the site ranking.

    There are important add-ons that any WordPress website should have including sitemap and SEO tools. The meta titles and descriptions can be easily added with warnings and suggestions through using a tool like Yoast. The sitemap is a factor in overall page ranking and can be done automatically through a plugin whenever new pages or posts are added.

    Another factor that business owners will want to keep an eye on with their WordPress site is the actual functionality. The site should load quickly, have no dead links, and have clean code. Ugly and broken code can harm the rankings as well as user experience. Slow sites or sites that go down frequently can also be detrimental to both customer experience and search engine rankings.

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  • Yahoo!’s Earnings and the Future of Display Ads

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    Investors were upset that Yahoo! Inc.’s (YHOO) quarterly results showed a sharp drop in display advertising revenue. And, based on its forecasts, that will not get any better soon. The Yahoo! trouble is not an isolated case. Display rates have started to collapse across the industry, making a chance for Internet advertising to expand as fast as it has over the past decade impossible. That represents trouble for tens of thousands of businesses.

    Yahoo!’s revenue fell 7% in the second quarter compared to last year, drifting down to $1.22 billion. Wall St. focused mostly on one comment:

    Iconic Brands That Just Vanished

    GAAP display revenue was $472 million for the second quarter of 2013, a 12 percent decrease compared to $535 million for the second quarter of 2012.

    At the same time, there was no evidence that Yahoo!’s audience fell, so the yield from the average display ad fell considerably.

    Yahoo! holds a special place among America’s Internet companies. In the United States, according to research firm comScore, it had a monthly audience of unique visitor that was above 192.9 million in May. That put it a very close second to Google Inc.’s (GOOG), which was 193.5 million. Because of its huge size, the trends set by Yahoo! almost certainly represent those of most of the balance of the industry.

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    The bane of display advertising today is that so many Web properties have decided to stake their futures on content delivered on small devices, which include, primarily, smartphones. All of the evidence indicates that advertisers will pay less for messages they post on these smaller screens. Actually, the amount marketers will pay for this content environment is much, much less than for traditional display ads that appear on personal computers (PCs). In an attempt to chase the online content audience as it migrates away from PCs, Internet companies have badly damaged future revenue prospects. The trouble is that people will watch content on smaller screens whether online content sites like it or not.

    Most experts hope that falling display ad rates can be offset by the increase in video content on the Internet. Advertisers will pay a great deal more for video ads than display ads. So, there is a rush to create this sort of programming. But the likelihood that video can balance the drop in display rates appears unlikely.

    Beyond Google’s YouTube, the amount of video posted on the Internet by large content companies is relatively small. In May, Google sites had 154.4 million unique video viewers, driven almost exclusively by YouTube. These visitors spent an average of 437 minutes on Google sites in May. After that, video viewership at other sites drops very sharply. For example, Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) sites had 45.2 million unique video viewers in May. The average time these viewers spent watching video on Microsoft sites was only 36.9 minutes, barely more than a half-hour TV show.

    Internet advertising may remain at current levels in terms of volume, but the monetary yield from these ads likely will never return.

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  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Software Will Increase

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    January 27, 2021 /  Computer Technology, Hardware

    Kansas – Some telecommunications companies in the United States, such as Verizon, AT & T and Sprint are currently in the process of major reform efforts on a smart phone that is now being loved, Samsung Galaxy S4. Although there is no official announcement from them, any reports from various sources stating the same thing.
    According to a report quoted by CNET site, with updates on Samsung Galaxy S4 users can move apps from internal storage to microSD card. This capability can empty the internal storage. So that the performance can be optimized.
    Other updates to security software yitu Samsung Knox and bootloader. Developmental changes are also located in the settings are easy to apply and other additional software.
    Users of Samsung Galaxy S4, just need to wait for an official announcement about this renewal. Sprint and AT & T amid spreading rumors this renewal. While Verizon is working on desktop software via Samsung Kies.

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  • 6 Facts About Everyone Thinks Are True

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    January 27, 2021 /  Software

    What to Look for When Choosing a Good Tipping Bucket Rain Gauge Manufacturer
    Many clients have confused that they find it tricky to choose an ideal tipping bucket rain gauge manufacturer in the field today. The confusion and challenge that different clients face in the field is due to the fact that there are many tipping bucket rain gauge manufacturers offering similar services in the market today. The truth is, if there are many service providers in the field offering similar services, choosing one and leaving the others becomes difficult. But this article solves the problem by highlighting some of the crucial factors that clients must observe to choose the best tipping bucket rain gauge manufacturer in the market. Therefore, by reading this article to the end, you will learn ways to identify an ideal tipping bucket rain gauge manufacturer in the field without any difficulty. Here are the vital tips to apply when looking for the right tipping bucket rain gauge manufacturer in the market.
    Check the level of experience of the tipping bucket rain gauge manufacturer. If you want to choose the right tipping bucket rain gauge manufacturer in the field, try to check the level of its experience. All clients are looking for a tipping bucket rain gauge manufacturer that offers better services in the market. For that reason, the tipping bucket rain gauge manufacturer they are looking for must be of high level of expertise. Therefore, if you want to choose an ideal tipping bucket rain gauge manufacturer in the field that will deliver better services, select one that is highly experienced. To choose a tipping bucket rain gauge manufacturer that is highly experienced, you will need to go for one that has been offering services in the field for many years. Therefore, do not partner with new tipping bucket rain gauge manufacturers in the field if you expect better services.
    Use testimonials from previous and current clients of different tipping bucket rain gauge manufacturers. Testimonies that previous or current clients of different tipping bucket rain gauge manufacturers have will help you judge of the company is good or bad. Clients of different tipping bucket rain gauge manufacturers will leave testimonial behind according to the way they were served. If the services of the tipping bucket rain gauge manufacturer were poor, the clients will leave behind negative testimonials. On the other hand, if the services were good, the tipping bucket rain gauge manufacturer will get positive testimonials. Therefore, if you to choose a good tipping bucket rain gauge manufacturer listening or reading the testimonials of different clients served by different providers is important. Therefore, it is better to choose a tipping bucket rain gauge manufacturer that has many positive testimonials from previous and current clients.
    You should know the service fee charged by the tipping bucket rain gauge manufacturer. Before you partner with any tipping bucket rain gauge manufacturer in the field, it is better to go to know the service fee you are expected to pay. Knowing the service fee that the tipping bucket rain gauge manufacturer charges will help you do proper and accurate budgeting. One of the things that one should do before choosing a good tipping bucket rain gauge manufacturer in the field is ask for service

  • Former Apple CEO Advises to Stop Producing BlackBerry Hardware

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    January 26, 2021 /  Computer Technology, Hardware

    Former Apple CEO John Sculley gives important advice to the BlackBerry. In a statement, he said that BlackBerry should change its strategy and stop producing hardware.

    Sculley, who served as CEO of Apple from 1983 to 1993 said that BlackBerry should focus on developing a secure messaging applications. He also believes that by developing it, the BlackBerry can be developed and can be equated himself with the world renowned brands like BMW.

    John Sculley himself known as a user of BlackBerry products. Even more recently, this time he’s using new products from BlackBerry, the BlackBerry Q10.

    BlackBerry itself is still struggling in the smartphone market. Although they’ve launched a new smartphone such as a BlackBerry Z10, Q10 or Q5, a Canadian company that still has not been able to raise significantly the BlackBerry name.

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  • Twitter Yields 25,300 Tweets ‘Royal Baby’ per Minute

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    London – Twitter flooded with tweets about the birth of the couple’s first child Prince William-Kate Middleton. These social media platforms stating royal baby be a global trending topic with 25,300 tweets per minute.

    Peak in the global conversation on Twitter came in at 20:37 am London time, a few minutes after the official announcement of the birth holds a couple Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Since Monday night, more than 2 million people mention news of the birth of her baby’s future king on Twitter.

    According to the Hollywood Reporter, the number of royal baby tweet tweet beat 120 thousand while Andy Murray won the prestigious Wimbledon tennis match.

    Residents Twitter using the hastag specifically to associate with the royal birth. Generally, they use a hashtag like # RoyalBaby, # RoyalBabyBoy, and # RoyalBabyWatch.

    According to a statement Twitter, since Middleton entered the hospital Monday morning with Prince William at her side, the hashtag # RoyalBaby itself has been used more than 900 thousand times on Twitter on Monday night. Tweet about royal baby news sent from all over the world, with the highest volume of conversation coming from the United States, Britain, Canada, France, and Italy.

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  • Seven signs of dysfunctional engineering teams

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    January 23, 2021 /  Computer Technology, Programming

    I’ve been listening to the audiobook of Heart of Darkness this week, read by Kenneth Branagh. It’s fantastic. It also reminds me of some jobs I’ve had in the past.

    There’s a great passage in which Marlow requires rivets to repair a ship, but finds that none are available. This, in spite of the fact that the camp he left further upriver is drowning in them. That felt familiar. There’s also a famous passage involving a French warship that’s blindly firing its cannons into the jungles of Africa in hopes of hitting a native camp situated within. I’ve had that job as well. Hopefully I can help you avoid getting yourself into those situations.

    There are several really good lists of common traits seen in well-functioning engineering organizations. Most recently, there’s Pamela Fox’s list of What to look for in a software engineering culture. More famous, but somewhat dated at this point, is Joel Spolsky’s Joel Test. I want to talk about signs of teams that you should avoid.

    This list is partially inspired by Ralph Peters’ Spotting the Losers: Seven Signs of Non-Competitive States. Of course, such a list is useless if you can’t apply it at the crucial point, when you’re interviewing. I’ve tried to include questions to ask and clues to look for that reveal dysfunction that is deeply baked into an engineering culture.

    Preference for process over tools. As engineering teams grow, there are many approaches to coordinating people’s work. Most of them are some combination of process and tools. Git is a tool that enables multiple people to work on the same code base efficiently (most of the time). A team may also design a process around Git — avoiding the use of remote branches, only pushing code that’s ready to deploy to the master branch, or requiring people to use local branches for all of their development. Healthy teams generally try to address their scaling problems with tools, not additional process. Processes are hard to turn into habits, hard to teach to new team members, and often evolve too slowly to keep pace with changing circumstances. Ask your interviewers what their release cycle is like. Ask them how many standing meetings they attend. Look at the company’s job listings, are they hiring a scrum master?

    Excessive deference to the leader or worse, founder. Does the group rely on one person to make all of the decisions? Are people afraid to change code the founder wrote? Has the company seen a lot of turnover among the engineering leader’s direct reports? Ask your interviewers how often the company’s coding conventions change. Ask them how much code in the code base has never been rewritten. Ask them what the process is for proposing a change to the technology stack. I have a friend who worked at a growing company where nobody was allowed to introduce coding conventions or libraries that the founding VP of Engineering didn’t understand, even though he hardly wrote any code any more.

    Unwillingness to confront technical debt. Do you want to walk into a situation where the team struggles to make progress because they’re coding around all of the hacks they haven’t had time to address? Worse, does the team see you as the person who’s going to clean up all of the messes they’ve been leaving behind? You need to find out whether the team cares

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  • Getting Down To Basics with

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    January 23, 2021 /  Software

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