This week we bring to you our top highlights from the Tech Sector:
These highlights include everything from Recruiting Tech to innovations in apps, and big news all the way from startups to Big Tech.
We all have a lot to keep up with these days as the TechWorld moves so quickly through trades, trends, and tastemakers who are actively changing the tech landscape on a daily basis.
We are not only invested in what is happening the Tech Sector, but why these changes are occurring over time. It is through tracking the whys that we are able to develop a predictive model and follow technological innovation from the source all the way to polished product and consumer-product relationships.
Every step of the innovation process in the Tech Sector is complex and and understanding of these steps helps us better serve people, supporting a thriving global economy.
What investors and interested parties also get with charts like this is a pretty good idea about ROI (return on investment).
For example, for Snap (Snapchat’s) relatively narrow focus area–photo filters & chat functions–its announcement of its IPO at $17a share (making it worth ~$24 billion!) promises a swift positive return.
“Naturally, the lead-up to Snap’s debut has led to plenty of analysis over whether or not the self-proclaimed “camera company” will ever live up to its massive hype. Either way, the IPO is poised to make a handful of power players very rich right away.” (via Business Insider)
Meanwhile, Amazon continues to shock, appall, and even impress by sneaking its home/personal assistant AI onto IOS not only in the form of an app, but now in the form of the main Amazon IOS app: giving users a whole new level of control and access in deploying Alexa’s “10,000” functions.
There are of course still challenges to Alexa being the winner-takes-all of intelligent personal assistants. A prediction from Wired reminds us:
“Alexa does great at controlling your lights, but unless Amazon can learn more about how you spend the rest of your day, it’s going to have a hard time keeping up with Google’s ubiquity, or even Apple’s hardware dominance. Siri can’t do much now, but it’s just an overhaul away from presenting real performance competition.
Which gets to another roadblock Alexa will run into. It may be handier than Siri by a mile, but being even two taps makes it significantly less convenient.
‘I’m not convinced that people will either want to open a shopping app to use a virtual assistant or, for that matter, want to open an app at all,’ says [Researcher Jan] Dawson.”
Finally we have arrived at the inevitable return to the Net Neutrality debate, and now it’s high time to make an actual resolution that addresses both internet freedom and the democratic structure of the web.
Check out this interactive timeline of the where we were and how we arrived here of Net Neutrality: http://whatisnetneutrality.org/timeline
Here a summary of where we are now, from Wired:
“IN 2015, FORMER Federal Communications Commission chair Tom Wheeler helped pass the Open Internet Order, a sweeping set of rules designed to protect net neutrality. The order effectively bans internet service providers from blocking or slowing down any legal content you might want to access online.Now net neutrality is in danger, and Wheeler isn’t pleased. At a Senate hearing last week, several Republican lawmakers asked the new FCC chair Ajit Pai to repeal the order, which he voted against. He assured them the FCC will revisit it soon.”
“The lack of strong privacy protections online isn’t just an issue for consumers, Wheeler argues. For consumers to trust Internet of Things devices—and in turn the companies that make them to be profitable—the internet connections they rely on need to be private and secure.
Three years ago the creator of the web, Tim Berners-Lee, called for the creation of a Bill of Rights for the internet. That might never happen. But Wheeler’s net neutrality and privacy laws offer a step in that direction. Without such protections, internet users have few guarantees that the unfettered access they enjoy remains free.”
The Tech Sector is finally going out of its way to support the LGBTQ community and other marginalized communities, but whenever we are just beginning to learn how to make space, we have to beware of well-intentioned but problematic approaches.
For example, big TechWorld companies are using their technologies now to work on projects that for a long time have been developed from within the queer/trans* community itself without any support or resources from outside.
Now that Yelp is mapping safe restrooms for the trans* people to use, many trans* engineers, developers, and Tech Sector affiliates, are interested in expanding the conversation:
“For Teagan, a software developer who founded Refuge Restrooms, a crowdsourced database of safe bathroom info, it mostly boils down to one question. “How committed are they actually to this stuff?”
‘I mean honestly… I want the information to exist. I’m glad they are doing it. I don’t think it was done to specifically target Refuge [Restrooms]. But yeah, they feel like a mainstream tech corp took a feature worked on by and for trans folks. A feature and app that was made specifically because Yelp & Foursquare didn’t have anything like this.'”
In Tech Recruiting, Recruiter is distributing a list of ways to keep top health Tech Employees happy. These can also be generalized throughout the Tech Sector, as they outline effective communication and support without becoming overbearing in an administrative role.
1. Let Them Do What They Do Best
2. Feed Their Hunger for Knowledge
3. Remember That Money Talks
4. Focus on What’s Next
“The majority of our survey respondents (79 percent) said they are either very satisfied or satisfied with their current job. Most are happy with their current roles because they have the opportunity to make a difference.”
Also, in case you missed it, we have now developed a technology that makes it possible
for a car to be driven by a goldfish.
<via Popular Science: http://www.popsci.com/article/science/fish-car-lets-goldfish-drive-around>