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08 Jan 2019

Cashierless Shopping

With the introduction of online shopping, many brick-and-mortar retailers have noticed a decline in sales – primarily because if the same product can be ordered, and the need isn’t immediate, many would rather pay a minimal fee than wait in line. However, many retailers are now implementing programs or apps that allow for cashier-less checkout – simply grab whats needed and go! Amazon is leading the shift towards more innovative physical locations with their offset Amazon Go. As described on their […]

01 Jan 2019

Smartwatches as Fitness Trackers: Worth the hype?

Smartwatches with heart-rate monitors are becoming more prevalent with every passing year, and many advertise themselves as fitness trackers, but are they worth the investment? Wrist-worn heart-rate monitors measure your pulse by shining light into the blood vessels in your wrist, and then detecting the changes in blood volume that occur each time your heart beats and pushes blood through your body. This way of measuring heart rate becomes increasingly inaccurate when people move around a lot (like when they […]

27 Dec 2018

Google Employees Release Statement Condemning Dragonfly

On Tuesday, more than 200 Google employees spoke out against their employer in an open letter that urged the company to drop Project Dragonfly: a censored search engine designed for the Chinese government that enables state surveillance. “Our opposition to Dragonfly is not about China: we object to technologies that aid the powerful in oppressing the vulnerable, wherever they may be,” employees write in “Google Employees Against Dragonfly” – a letter published on Medium. The letter also states that employees have […]

21 Dec 2018

Autonomous Vehicles: Congress’s last push for legislation before year’s end

An autonomous car is a vehicle that can guide itself without human conduction – this kind of vehicle has become a concrete reality in recent years and may pave the way for future vehicles driven by computers. By one count, around 46 companies are piloting autonomous vehicles in cities across the country and the world. U.S.News reports, “Fifty percent of large American cities are now exploring how to integrate self-driving vehicles into their long-range transportation plans – up from under […]

27 Nov 2018

Logitech Ends Plantronics Acquisition Negotiations

Logitech, the Swiss keyboard and webcam manufacturer, and Plantronics, the US Bluetooth and headset creator, have recently revealed acquisition plans ended in the negotiation phase. Reuters reported on negotiations between the two tech companies last Friday, talks were then confirmed on Sunday, but by Monday plans had been terminated. According to sources close to NDTV, Logitech’s board ended negotiations over price disagreements despite Plantronics having opened its books to Logitech on the basis of an offer by Logitech that was well in […]

31 Oct 2018

$1k Smart Glasses

Google took one of the first stabs at the idea of smart-glasses back in 2013 with Google Glass, but the product never really took off. Now, the Amazon-backed startup North – until recently known as Thalmic Labs – is releasing their version of smart glasses with Focals. At $1000, Focals come in well under Google Glass’ introductory $1500 price-point, but will they have more success than the tech giant did? North has raised around $140 million in funding from investors […]

31 Oct 2018

2018 Top Smartphone Breakdown

The Smartphone market is booming once again with six competitors releasing new devices this 2018 calendar year. Industry leader Google released the Google Pixel 3 variations shortly after Samsung and Apple put their equally highly anticipated Galaxy Note 9 and iPhone XR/XS models into circulation. We’ve also seen some smaller companies release competitive devices in this bracket, like Huawei’s P20 Pro. Google Pixel 3 Google’s new Pixel 3 has a bezel-free 5.5in OLED panel with a resolution of 2220×1080 pixels. […]

05 Oct 2018

Buying A New Computer Part One: The Basics

  The idea of buying a new computer can be mystifying to some – how much ram do I need, what about a video card, hard drive space?  This post will help demystify this task by breaking down the process of buying a computer into easy, bite-sized chunks that should leave you confident in your ability to purchase a new computer that meets all your needs and doesn’t exceed your budget! Most people who head out to buy a computer […]

22 Feb 2018

NANOG 72 Atlanta

Another fantastic event with NANOG!   The Loews Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia was the venue this time around and it was a beautiful hotel.  Thank you!  Everyone at Linespeed, Kaskadian, and Clarity were amazing as always.  I will post some links to videos for some of the talks that happened during this NANOG soon. The NANOG Program Committee also put on a Hackathon which took place Sunday, February 18, 2018.  During the Hackathon, participants were able to develop hacks which prototype innovations around […]

10 Feb 2018

A Successful trip to Sun River

The wonderful guys over at Cannabis Nation are opening a new location in Sun River, Oregon, and I deployed the new location.  You can see from one of the pictures we really had to unpack A TON of brand new shiny hardware and get it deployed.  With  a little elbow grease we got through all of it, top to bottom.  Brand new workstations, security cameras, redundant data storage, and all the little updates and tweaks in between. Thanks to Matt […]