Techerous

My name is Bill, I am a recent graduate in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State University and this is a place for me to post or give my 2 cents on the fascinating world of technology. I am now working for a pretty big technology related company whose name I will leave out just to avoid any possible complications, however far-fetched them happening may be. Music gets included from time to time as well.

July 18, 2014 10:04 pm
smartercities:

Using Big Data to Make Education Smarter | P4SC
Numbers have always been a core part of any education. Now with smart analytics, schools can harness the power of data to better measure and track student performance in real time. Read how that adds up to fewer dropouts at one school system that has instituted a program of prevention through prediction.

smartercities:

Using Big Data to Make Education Smarter | P4SC

Numbers have always been a core part of any education. Now with smart analytics, schools can harness the power of data to better measure and track student performance in real time. Read how that adds up to fewer dropouts at one school system that has instituted a program of prevention through prediction.

(via emergentfutures)

8:09 pm

Why Music Is The Next Big Battle For The Tech Titans | Forbes

mediaor:

Reposted from http://ift.tt/1mkuWmi on July 17, 2014 at 05:54AM

What is the big attraction in music to the global tech-titans? It might be that we are on the cusp of redrawing e-commerce.

It seems that it’s agreed-upon that human curation is the focus of music platforms for now.  It’s not clear how that will solve what at least I see as the main issue which is that artists need to be fairly compensated, but it could be a start.  I hope that we find a different way besides advertising to make money on internet content in general soon though.

9:37 am
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Startups tend to hold a lot of meetings. Too many. Have less. One of the easiest ones to kill is the status meeting. You don’t need to constantly meet with your team to provide a round robin of updates. Just have them write it down. Put it in a Google Doc and have everyone read it once a week.

When it comes to decision-making meetings, make reversible decisions quickly. Most decisions in startups are reversible and yet we agonize over them for too long. When you come together, get the right data and the right people and drive toward a decision.

Do this for all decision-making meetings, unless it’s truly an irreversible decision. Take more time with those, have more conversations, involve your advisors and board. Otherwise decide and execute. Your biggest advantage as a startup is the ability to change quickly later since there are so few moving parts.

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70% Of Your Time At Work Is Wasted - How To Change That via Fast Company

Some useful tips on bringing sanity back to your life, particularly for startup founders.  There is a lot of ways to waste time, so be choosy with what you focus on and eliminate the time wasters that add up during the day.

And probably the most useful tip in the article is this:

NEVER LEAVE A MEETING UNTIL YOU’VE DECIDED WHAT THE OUTCOME IS.

(via marksbirch)

This is pretty prevalent in large companies as well.

(via marksbirch)

July 17, 2014 12:08 pm
A vagina or a bent paperclip? Airbnb rolls out new logo that sparks confusion, outrage, jokes

techheat:

The hotel alternative named the symbol ‘the Bélo’ and claimed it stands for belonging. Users have pointed out it looks like a variety of human body parts. To add …

Via NY Daily News

That’s what I thought when I saw it.

11:38 am
"Since Kickstarter benefits by taking a percentage of the money the film raises, and benefits further if they can provide a model in which films can stay with Kickstarter through distribution and receive a small theatrical release, which provides the kind of mainstream legitimacy (a review in the Times, etc.) that independent filmmakers crave, wouldn’t it benefit Kickstarter to develop some small indie film distribution arm? The possibility certainly seems tempting."
10:26 am 9:56 am
designersofthings:


Thread Sews Consistency Through the Fabric of the Internet of Things
Nest, Samsung, ARM, Freescale and three other companies have joined forces to form a group dedicated to solving some of the challenges around the Internet of Things. The non-profit is called Thread Group and they have designed and developed a protocol for the Internet of Things aimed at making the connected home much simpler and easier for users and developers alike.
Read More

designersofthings:

Thread Sews Consistency Through the Fabric of the Internet of Things

Nest, Samsung, ARM, Freescale and three other companies have joined forces to form a group dedicated to solving some of the challenges around the Internet of Things. The non-profit is called Thread Group and they have designed and developed a protocol for the Internet of Things aimed at making the connected home much simpler and easier for users and developers alike.

Read More

9:54 am July 16, 2014 7:21 am July 15, 2014 11:22 pm

Apple, IBM team up to develop apps for businesses | LA Times

mediaor:

Reposted from http://ift.tt/1qdAzem on July 15, 2014 at 07:46PM

Thirty years after Apple took thinly veiled potshots at IBM in the now-famous 1984 Super Bowl commercial, the two companies are making nice.