In Technology, Entrepreneurs Must Take the Biggest Shots to Make the Biggest Gains

Here’s how “moonshot thinking” can transform entrepreneurship – and three areas it could benefit the most. February 11, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Entrepreneurs shouldn’t be happy doing just a little bit better than yesterday. They need to think huge — as big as those who, decades before them, looked up into the night sky, saw a distant moon and thought: We’re going to walk on the moon, and we’re going to do it soon.  It wasn’t just the unthinkable achievement of landing on the moon that changed humankind. It was everything the 400,000 engineers and scientists who worked on the program developed on the way to Neil Armstrong taking his “one small step.” From inventions such as freeze-dried food to fireproofing materials, from cooling suits to integrated circuits, these 400,000 people changed the course of history. It’s the act that inspired the idea of “moonshot thinking,” […]

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SpaceX Plans to Spin Off Its Starlink Satellite Internet Business

It could also take Starlink public. February 7, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget SpaceX chief Elon Musk declared years ago that the company won’t go public until its Mars vehicle is regularly flying people to the red planet. You might get the chance to own a piece of the company earlier than that, though: According to Bloomberg, SpaceX is thinking of spinning out Starlink, its space internet business, and of taking it public. Company president Gwynne Shotwell has revealed those plans at a meeting with investors, telling them that “Starlink is the right kind of business that we can go ahead and take public.” SpaceX has also confirmed to Quartz that it’s considering a Starlink spinoff in the coming years. SpaceX has deployed almost 300 satellites for the Starlink constellation since it started launching them to orbit last year. By mid-2020, there could be as many as 12,000 satellites in the constellation. […]

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Paper Masks Are Fooling Facial Recognition Software

Researchers with an artificial intelligence firm said they were able to fool facial-recognition software at an airport and mobile-payment kiosks using a printed mask, highlighting security vulnerabilities. February 7, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on Business Insider Facial recognition is being widely embraced as a security tool — law enforcement and corporations alike are rolling it out to keep tabs on who’s accessing airports, stores, and smartphones. As it turns out, the technology is fallible. Researchers with the artificial-intelligence firm Kneron announced that they were able to fool some facial-recognition systems using a printed mask depicting a different person’s face. The researchers, who tested systems across three continents, said they fooled payment tablets run by the Chinese companies Alipay and WeChat, as well as a system at a border checkpoint in China. In Amsterdam, a printed mask fooled facial recognition at a passport-control gate at Schiphol Airport, they said. The researchers […]

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Drones May One Day Deliver Your Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream

A Japanese drone startup said on Tuesday it was partnering with Unilever, the owner of Ben & Jerry’s, to explore developing an ice cream drone-delivery service in New York. February 5, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Move over ice cream truck. The parent company of Ben & Jerry’s is looking at using drones to deliver ice cream. On Tuesday, a Japanese drone startup announced it was partnering with Unilever, the owner of Ben & Jerry’s, to explore developing an ice cream drone-delivery service in New York. The startup, Terra Drone Corporation, said it showed off the concept during a recent Unilever’s investor event by using a drone to deliver a package of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cups to a pre-determined location. The drone flew and landed, carrying three 72 gram-ice cream containers in a delivery box that said “Open Me.” Related: Amazon’s New ‘Prime Air’ Drone Can Morph […]

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How to Leverage AI to Upskill Employees

Artificial intelligence is the answer to polishing math skills and plugging our workforce pipeline. February 3, 2020 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. One of the largest economic revolutions of our time is unfolding around us. Technology, innovation and automation are redrawing the career paths of millions of people. Most headlines focus on the negative, i.e. machines taking our jobs. But in reality, these developments are opening up a world of opportunity for people who can make the move to a STEM career or upskill in their current job. There’s also another part to this story: How AI can help boost the economy by improving how we learn. In 2018, 2.4 million STEM jobs in the U.S. went unfilled. That’s almost equal to the entire population of Los Angeles or Chicago. It’s a gap causing problems for employers trying to recruit and retain workers, whether in […]

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I Don’t Care If You Like Me, I Just Want To Be Understood

‘In order to be trusted, people need to know what you stand for,’ Facebook’s CEO said on Wednesday. As a result, expect Zuckerberg and his company to better clarify their positions on various matters over the coming year. January 30, 2020 4 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Don’t get Mark Zuckerberg? Well, Facebook’s CEO plans on educating the public on what he stands for over the coming decade to try and restore people’s trust in his company. “My goal for this next decade isn’t to be liked, but to be understood,” he said in a Wednesday earnings’ call. “In order to be trusted, people need to know what you stand for.” Zuckerberg made the statement as the social network’s reputation has taken a dive among consumers. The company’s past privacy scandals, and struggles to battle misinformation while fending off allegations of censorship have infuriated users and US lawmakers across […]

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Atari Wants to Build Video Game-Themed Hotels

The first hotel will break ground later this year in Phoenix, Arizona. Another is being planned for Las Vegas. They promise to offer Atari-themed lodging, along with lots of video gaming experiences. January 28, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Atari Interactive thinks it has an idea to rekindle interest in the gaming brand: It wants to build Atari-themed hotels. On Monday, the company announced it was partnering with a design agency to build at least eight video-gamed themed Atari Hotels in the US with the first one slated to break ground in Phoenix, Arizona later this year. Related: How Boutique Hotels Are Courting Googlers and Gamers The idea is certainly unconventional, but Atari says the concept will connect with the public at a time when the market for gaming is exploding. Not only will the hotels provide Atari-themed lodging, but also lots of video gaming, including the latest VR and […]

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4 Mistakes Not to Make When Choosing A Software Development Company

January 25, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In theory, solving problems with software development is easy — just find the best custom software development company to bring your ideas to life. But how do you actually find companies with talented developers? That’s where the problem lies. There are many factors to consider when choosing a software development company to work with, and here are four of the most common mistakes people make in the process.  1. Lack of comprehensive research According to Deloitte’s 2018 Global Outsourcing Survey, 59 percent of companies who outsource do so in order to cut costs. Although cost efficiency is a valid reason to outsource, companies who find themselves focusing on that alone ignore other aspects of outsourcing.  This desire to cut costs at all costs might be okay in other industries, but not in software development. In fact, if a […]

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23andMe Lays Off 100 Workers Amid Shrinking Demand for DNA Tests

It’s not the hot market the company predicted. January 24, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget If you’re skittish about DNA testing services, you’re not the only one — and it’s directly affecting one of the heavyweights in the field. The 23andMe team is laying off about 100 workers, or 14 percent of its total workforce, in light of declining sales. The job cuts will focus on units responsible for growing and scaling the company. In the months ahead, 23andMe expects to cut back its work on clinical studies and focus more on its home testing and therapeutic offerings. Related: The DNA Testing Company 23andMe Reveals a New Genetic Analysis Company chief Anne Wojcicki didn’t have definitive explanations for the shrinking sales in a chat with CNBC, but did speculate that privacy was “top of mind” for customers and might have been a factor. Cold cases like the Golden State Killer appear to […]

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9 Big Brands That Are Headquartered Where You Least Expect

Some of the country’s biggest companies aren’t anywhere near Silicon Valley or New York. January 24, 2020 7 min read In the U.S., there’s no denying that San Francisco is the undisputed king of tech and New York is the undisputed king of finance. Apple, Google and Facebook all call the Bay Area home, and most of the country’s biggest banks are headquartered in Manhattan. There are a few notable exceptions (Seattle holds Microsoft and Amazon, for example), but as a general rule those two cities have a reputation as epicenters of business. But as the cost of living in big cities continues to rise and remote working becomes more prevalent, smaller cities like Boulder, Colo. and Cincinnati are establishing themselves as regional tech hubs. And for these companies (some household names, some you might not have heard of), small cities and towns have been key to their success. In […]

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Snap CEO Evan Spiegel Says TikTok Could Be Bigger Than Instagram

He says it’s because TikTok focuses on talent, not likes. January 20, 2020 3 min read This story originally appeared on Business Insider CEO and founder of Snapchat Evan Spiegel thinks short-form video app TikTok has the potential to dethrone Instagram in terms of popularity. Speaking during a fireside chat at the Digital Life Design (DLD) Conference in Munich on Sunday, Spiegel responded to a question from an audience member about his opinion on TikTok. “I should say I love TikTok, I’m a big fan,” replied Spiegel. He elaborated that traditional social media revolves around status. “Social media in its original construct is really about status, representing who you are, showing people that you’re cool, getting likes and comments, those sorts of things,” he said. Related: 9 Inspiring Quotes from the 27-Year-Old Billionaire and Snap Co-Founder Evan Spiegel By contrast, Spiegel said users show off talent rather than social status on […]

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Elon Musk Expect’s SpaceX’s First Crewed Mission Between April and June

Crew Dragon could live up to its name this spring. January 20, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Now that SpaceX has completed Crew Dragon’s in-flight launch escape test, when can you expect a mission with humans aboard? At last, the company has a more specific answer than early 2020. Company chief Elon Musk told attendees at a post-test conference that the crewed mission to the International Space Station will likely take place in the second quarter of the year, or sometime between April and June. SpaceX was “highly confident” the hardware would be ready in the first quarter, “most likely” in February. Related: 3 Executive-Branding Lessons We Can Learn From Elon Musk It’s a good idea to take estimates like this with a grain of salt. Schedules for spaceflight can slip with little warning (even this latest test was delayed by a day). And there’s no denying that Musk’s […]

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4 Ways Tech Can Improve Your Investment Strategy

Innovations have radically democratized investing, making it more transparent and easier to engage in. January 17, 2020 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Investing has always had the feel of being a traditional affair that’s done by older people or the extremely wealthy, and it’s often an intimidating activity for many people to consider getting into. That has been changing in recent times, and one of the most important factors is the attention that has come from the tech industry. From new fintech innovations like blockchain to apps that help people make myriad investment decisions, you can now proceed with full confidence that there are several tech aids to help you navigate the markets and come out unscathed and with a fuller pocket. Here are a few of the options you have and how to leverage them properly. Financial-Planning Software When it comes to investing, there […]

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Microsoft to Go ‘Carbon Negative’ by 2030 to Combat Climate Change

Microsoft originally sought to become a ‘carbon neutral’ company, meaning it could generate carbon emissions as long as it offset them through other means, but “in short, neutral is not enough to address the world’s needs,” says Microsoft president Brad Smith. January 17, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Microsoft is tackling global warming by pledging to remove more carbon out of the air than it generates by 2030. The ambitious plan to go “carbon negative” will entail Microsoft moving the company’s infrastructure to run on renewable energies and electric vehicles, planting entire forests, and investing $1 billion to fund carbon capture technologies. “If we don’t curb emissions, and temperatures continue to climb, science tells us that the results will be catastrophic,” Microsoft President Brad Smith said in Thursday’s announcement. Microsoft originally sought to become a “carbon neutral” company, meaning it could generate carbon emissions as […]

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Fitbit Quietly Enables Blood Oxygen Tracking on Its Wearables

It could help track breathing issues – if you have the right device. January 16, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Fitbit’s devices from recent years have blood oxygen monitoring (SpO2) hardware, but they haven’t used it — until now. Users on Reddit and elsewhere have noticed that their Versa, Ionic and Charge 3 devices are suddenly (if sometimes temporarily) providing blood oxygen data to help track health issues like asthma, heart disease and sleep apnea. It’s not clear who’s getting first dibs, but it’s not dictated by device type or Premium memberships. Related: Why Fitbit Prioritizes People Over Products Fitbit confirmed the rollout to Engadget. The devices are using a combination of red and infrared sensors to determine oxygen variation, although the company cautioned that it wasn’t a relative figure. You shouldn’t see large variations in your sleep if you’re healthy, the company said. Related: 5 Fitness Trackers That Guarantee a Smart Workout This is coming […]

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4 Tips to Optimize Your Office’s Network Infrastructure

A well-oiled network can ensure that businesses make and implement smart decisions efficiently. January 6, 2020 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Although a lot of business functions are rapidly moving to the cloud., it is not yet a practical option for many businesses to migrate totally. First, the technical know-how that’s required might not be readily available, especially in smaller businesses. Secondly, there are also advantages to keeping your data and processes in-house. If you’re able to optimize your office network, you’ll find that your staff can store and process data quickly and efficiently, which will translate to better business efficiency overall, and more profits. Everything rests on getting your network infrastructure right though, and here are a few tips on doing just that. 1. Audit your network. Before embarking on any major optimization efforts or even upgrading, it’s crucial to first understand exactly […]

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4 Ways Tech Will Disrupt the Travel Industry in 2020

Here are several of the innovations opening up new opportunities for entrepreneurs. January 2, 2020 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. If you’ve been traveling internationally for a decade or more, the vast amount of innovation has been amazing. Most of it has been driven by technological advancement and come to the fore just in the past few years. From the planning and booking stages to the actual arrival at your destination, here are a few of the innovations currently reshaping international travel by leveraging state-of-the-art technology. AI-Aided Biometrics Security has always been a crucial part of traveling, and the focus placed by countries on identifying and ensuring the safety of people who want to travel has been increasing, along with technology available to the authorities. One of the ways that this is being done is by employing a combination of biometric technology and AI to identify […]

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5 Innovations That Will Dominate CES 2020

CES 2020 is set to give a glimpse of the leaps forward that today’s consumers are most excited about. December 30, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Once again, the hottest event in consumer tech is just around the corner. Hosted in Las Vegas, CES 2020 will run January 7-10. Entrepreneurs who attend will get more than a sneak peek at the coolest gadgets hitting the market. They’ll also see how much the competitive landscape has changed in the space of a year, giving them fresh insight into where other disruptive opportunities lie. Related: Does Appearing at CES Actually Pay Off? Plant-based burgers, 8K televisions, and smart toilets wowed audiences at last year’s CES event. This year, five tech innovations are likely to take center stage: 1. Remote health monitoring Most remote health monitoring devices to date have used biometric sensors to read vital signs, […]

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How to Harness Solar Energy for Good and Profit

Your business can be successful and sustainable without installing a single panel. December 18, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When you consider the benefits inherent to using solar power — monetary savings, environmental sustainability and a better reputation — it’s really no surprise that massive corporations like Amazon and Target have gone all in on installing solar panels. But while business leaders across the board say solar energy is top of mind, many companies don’t think it’s feasible to install panels for many reasons, including affordability, lack of control over a commercial property or limited roof access. A 2015 NREL and DOE report projected that nearly 50 percent of consumers and businesses were unable to host their own photovoltaic systems, the fancy term for how power is generated from the sun. But thanks to a new development, companies are no longer limited to using clean […]

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Google Assistant Will Place Your Dunkin’ Orders, Finally

December 6, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Google just added a handful of voice control features to Google Assistant. You can now manage notes and lists in select third-party apps, ask Assistant to search your photos, search for podcasts by topic and set reminders for the whole family. You can also place Dunkin’ Donuts orders — just what everyone was hoping for. If you have the Dunkin’ App on your Android phone, you can now place orders through Google Assistant. Alexa has been serving up Dunkin’ drinks and donuts for more than a year, so really, it’s about time that Google Assistant caught up. Related: Google Home and Amazon Echo Can Store Your Voice Recordings. Here’s When They Could Be Used Against You. Google Assistant now works with Google Keep, Any.do, AnyList or Bring! too. So you can create and manage your holiday notes or lists in more apps. The […]

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