March 2017

As hyper-conservative media surged, Republicans’ trust in news cratered

By | March 19th, 2017|Technology|

 In 2000, Republicans, Democrats and Independents were all within six percentage points of one another in terms of their trust in the media, ranging from 47 percent to 53 percent. But since that time, figures for both Independents and Republicans have been declining, with Republicans generally declining at a sharper rate. Read More

How Spotify is finally gaining leverage over record labels

By | March 19th, 2017|Technology|

 That’s why over the past few years, Spotify has been pushing five different paths to putting pressure on the labels to cut it a better royalties deal. They all hinge around the idea of making the labels need Spotify as much as it’s historically needed them. When Spotify launched in 2008, it had no power [...]

Google offers more control, after ads on offensive content leads to brand boycott

By | March 19th, 2017|Technology|

 Google plans to give its advertising clients more control over where their ads appear on YouTube and the Google Display Network, which posts advertising to third-party websites. It announced the move in a blog post from its European business after major brands pulled ads from the platform because they appeared against offensive content, such as [...]

SVRF may have the answer to VR’s search problem

By | March 18th, 2017|Technology|

 For websites we had Google. For videos, YouTube. For products, Amazon. For general reference, Wikipedia. For Gifs, Giphy. Well when VR and AR devices become mainstream, imagine all the new types of content that will be out there to explore. How will we find what we’re looking for in a brave, new, 3D world? In [...]

The great enterprise chat race

By | March 18th, 2017|Technology|

 The competitive deck appears nearly stacked against the startup, and it seems that every other month a new product launches from a major tech company that’s billed in the tech press as the next “Slack Killer.” What Slack does isn’t actually all that original as startup ideas go. It merely provides an environment for teams to [...]

Marine Corps updates social media guidance to address online misconduct

By | March 18th, 2017|Technology|

 As its revenge porn scandal continues to unfurl, the Marine Corps took steps this week to bolster its standards for online behavior. Following a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller signed off on a set of guidelines that expand the definition of sexual harassment to include online activity. Just like [...]

Watch sensors track a full-court basketball game in real time

By | March 17th, 2017|Technology|

 Here’s your cool sports hardware demo of the week: ShotTracker, the Kansas City-based startup whose team-focused offering can track and collect analytics from an entire basketball game in real-time, is demoing for all 31 games of the NAIA D1 Men’s National Championship tournament this week in Kansas City. It’s the first time automated, real-time stats have been available… Read [...]

Niles is a Slack bot that learns your teams questions and answers them so you don’t have to

By | March 17th, 2017|Technology|

 Most chat bots are dumb. No one wants to message a soulless stack of if-then statements just to order a pizza when a half-decent app or website interface can do the same job in half the time. Chat assistants are a different matter. Rather than actively bugging you for information in a back-and-forth no one [...]