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December 2017

In spite of digital transformation, 2017 did not yield the desired financial results for GE

By | December 10th, 2017|Technology|

GE is a great example of a traditional company that has recognized the need to transform into a digital organization, but by all measures 2017 has been a tough year for the industrial giant financially. The company stock price has tumbled, and last week it announced that it was laying off 12,000 employees in its power business [...]

How tax changes may impact US startups

By | December 10th, 2017|Technology|

Although U.S. businesses may be poised for massive tax reductions, most tech startups have little immediate reason to celebrate. After all, the vast majority are unprofitable. So cutting the corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent, as Congress has opted to do, has zero effect on their near-term finances. That said, what [...]

Net Neutrality isn’t the only thing the current FCC is screwing up

By | December 10th, 2017|Technology|

Lost amid the furor over the Federal Communications Commission’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad decision to reverse net neutrality requirements is another, equally awful decision that has slipped through the cracks. In mid-November, the Commission decided to “re-think” it’s Lifeline program, which provides subsidies for broadband internet subscriptions to low-income Americans in cities and tribal [...]

This is the future if net neutrality is repealed; the creeping, costly death of media freedom

By | December 10th, 2017|Technology|

If you’re scared of a future America without net neutrality, I want to terrify you. The potential repeal of what should be a civic right should chill you to the bone. No, there is more than one future you should fear, and it isn’t just one that involves the (falsely reported) Portuguese internet where we [...]

Gillmor Gang: Coin Operated

By | December 9th, 2017|Technology|

The Gillmor Gang — Frank Radice, Dan Farber, Denis Pombriant, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, December 8, 2017. G3: Last Hope — Mary Hodder, Francine Hardaway, Elisa Camahort Page, and Tina Chase Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, December 8, 2017. @stevegillmor, @dbfarber, @fradice, @kteare, @DenisPombriant Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor [...]

Google Maps will soon tell you when it’s time to get off your train or bus

By | December 9th, 2017|Technology|

Google is about to launch a small but useful update to Google Maps that will give you live guidance and interactive real-time notifications during your journey. The idea here is to give you real-time updates while you are on your transit journey. These updates will appear in the Google Maps app and, maybe most importantly, [...]

Jony Ive is leading Apple’s design team again

By | December 9th, 2017|Technology|

Two years ago, Jony Ive was promoted to chief design officer at Apple. The newly created role found the company’s beloved designer taking a break from day to day management of the team, handing the reins over to VPs Richard Howarth and Alan Dye. The duo took over the management of its industrial design and [...]

Holography-based 3D printing produces objects in seconds instead of hours

By | December 9th, 2017|Technology|

3D printers are useful devices for all kinds of reasons, but most have a critical weakness: they simply take a long time to actually make anything. That’s because additive manufacturing generally works by putting down an object one microscopic layer at a time. But a new holographic printing technique makes it possible to create the [...]

Following controversies over kids’ content, YouTube makes several YouTube Red family shows free

By | December 8th, 2017|Technology|

Amid controversies over how YouTube has been handling content aimed at children on its network, YouTube is making a number of its previously subscription-only YouTube Red shows available on its YouTube Kids application for the first time as part of a new promotion. The shows come from YouTube Red, the subscription offering launched in fall 2015 [...]

Why is bitcoin’s price so high?

By | December 8th, 2017|Technology|

Bitcoin’s price has risen stratospherically, a fact that leaves many minor players in the market with massive gains and many bigger players millionaires. But is this a bubble? Are the gains real? And are the bitcoin whales in for a sad Christmas? First we must understand what drives bitcoin price and, in particular, this boom. [...]