Google Glass Finds New Life in the Workplace

Just four years ago it seemed that Google Glass, the Internet search and advertising giant’s foray into the new frontier of smart eye-wear, would never grow beyond the limited open beta, where the product was met with both privacy concerns and disappointment over its somewhat limited range of features. However, after a careful period of retooling and testing, Google has recently relaunched the product with the Google Glass Enterprise Edition, this time focusing on more practical, business-oriented applications for the device.

The updated model, while similar in design to the original, boasts a number of improvements, including superior wifi functionality and security, extended battery life, superior processing power, and a more powerful eight megapixel camera. Most important to the product’s newfound success, however, is its modular design. The device’s new design allows it to be attached to the wearer’s base eye-wear, meaning the Enterprise Edition can be used in conjunction with safety or reading glasses, making it suitable for a number of industrial applications.

The vastly improved device has found a home in a number of industries. Jay Kothari, the project lead for the Enterprise Edition, cited “manufacturing, logistics, field services, and healthcare” as just a few of the earliest adopters for the cutting edge tech. Kothari and his team spent two years redesigning Google Glass, moving the eye-wear away from its consumer roots into a product focused on meeting industry demands.

This new version allows, for example, a manufacturing floor worker to quickly access data regarding other points along the assembly line without abandoning his station. This sort of hands-free access to data is a remarkable boon for industries heavily dependent upon quick access to information in a multitasking environment. Volkswagen, Boeing Company, and DHL are just a few of the companies who have already successfully integrated Google Glass into their day-to-day operations. While the project may have strayed from its consumer roots, the adoption of Google Glass by these businesses offers a bright and interesting future for smart eye-wear technology.

Augmented Reality Predicted to Reach Over One Billion Users

One of the most recent predictions from the tech world is that over one billion people will engage with augmented reality tech by 2021. With Facebook only recently reaching the 2 billion mark, perhaps one billion doesn’t seem quite as impossible as it sounds. If half of Facebook’s users adopt AR then the prediction can easily be met, the question is how AR will be accessed. Apple has a four-wave answer that includes mobile devices, wearables and hardware.

The most obvious first wave of AR tech is already in use. Facebook’s Camera Effects platform and Apple’s ARKit for iOS provide users the opportunity to engage with digital effects that merge with reality on the phone they already use. This wave will most likely account for the largest number of users, especially if AR becomes a standard feature in future smartphones.

The second wave is AR hardware, like Google’s Tango. This device is a smartphone/tablet that is used only for augmented reality. These singular devices are meant for AR geeks who are committed to the full augmented reality experience. Think gamers and graphic designers. There might not be a billion of them but they make up a huge consumer base.

Next up are wearables, both tethered smartglasses and untethered smartglasses, the third and fourth waves, respectively. Tethered smartglasses give the user a chance to fully engage with AR, leaving his or her hands free. The rest of their person isn’t entirely free, as indicated by the word tethered. Tethered smartglasses are peripherals to a users’ smartphone and make use of smartphone mobile coverage, battery power and existing apps. Standalone smartglasses will cost the most and will likely experience the most hiccups. But with every consumer base covered, it makes sense that Apple will likely dominate the future of augmented reality.

India Railways Embraces Solar Energy

Developments in solar energy are one of the main ways that developing countries will be able to combat global warming. They provide a clean source of renewable energy that can help us reduce our dependence on fossil fuels all around the world.

The railway system in India is a prime example of outdated technology that contributes massively to greenhouse emissions. In 2014, Indian Railways consumed 2.6 billion liters of diesel fuel. That amount accounts for almost 70 percent of the network’s total fuel bill.

However, Indian Railways recently announced its plans to reduce its total diesel fuel consumption. They rolled out a series of trains that have been outfitted with solar cells on the tops of the passenger coaches.

These solar cells are not intended to completely replace the diesel system. Instead, they are used to power passenger displays, lights, and fans inside the passenger coaches. The actual train will still be pulled by a diesel engine.

However, these small changes can potentially add up to significant savings. For each train with six solar powered coaches, the approximate savings is estimated to be around 21,000 liters of diesel fuel a year.

The most positive thing about this development is that it can positively impact the air quality of India. The first trains are set to begin operation in the most polluted city in the country, New Delhi. Once the trains are all converted in this area, they will then be rolled out to other major cities.

India Railways has set a rather lofty goal of 1,000 megawatts of solar energy production by 2020. This goal can then be scaled up to 5,000 megawatts by 2025. While they have only made small amounts or progress towards this goal, the developments of their solar powered coach program are definitely a step in the right direction.

3,000 New TV Episodes Set to Stream on Hulu Thanks to 20th Century Fox Deal

Hulu announced on their website today that they will be launching 3,000 new television episodes on their streaming service due to a new agreement with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution.

These episodes will be from shows that are currently popular on cable television as well as dramas and comedies. Hulu has received streaming rights to shows such as “Bones,” “Burn Notice,” and “Glee.” Hulu will also be streaming older television series as well, such as “MAS*H” and “NYPD Blue.”

The list also includes episodes from shows that have completed and/or been canceled, such as:

“How I Met Your Mother,” “Raising Hope,” “The Bernie Mac Show,” “Better Off Ted,” “Reba,” “Life in Pieces,” “White Collar,” “The Practice,” “Don’t Trust the B—in Apartment 23,” “The Grinder,” “Blue Collar,” “Saving Grace,” “Lie To Me,” “Graceland,” “Dollhouse,” “Wilfred,” “The Glades,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “St. Elsewhere,” “Hill Street Blues,” and “The Bob Newhart Show.”

Even though 20th Century Fox Television Distribution owns one third of Hulu, the streaming service still needs to vye for the right to stream 20th Century’s content. Thankfully, they have been able to come to multiple agreements since their collaboration.

Previously, Hulu announced that they received permission from 20th Century Fox to stream episodes of “Bob’s Burgers,” “Futurama,” “American Dad,” and more.

Another deal arrived when 20th Century Fox and Hulu arranged for the streaming of television shows such as “This Is Us,” “Last Man on Earth,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” and “Homeland.”

Hulu has stated that these new television series episodes will be available to be streamed to subscribers’ in-home devices in the coming weeks, with no definitive release date set for any of the shows. TechCrunch states that it’s predicted that some of the episodes will be released by the end of the summer, and the full list of content should be accessible by the end of the year.

Hulu notes that they will be announcing the inclusion of even more television series episodes in the coming weeks.

India Railways Debuts First Solar Train

India Railways is embracing new technology to help them save money and the environment. They recently debuted a train powered by solar panels fitted along its roof. It is the first train of its kind in India.

The solar panels will be used to power all of the train’s electrical needs. That includes the lighting, cooling system, and informational displays inside the passenger compartments of the train. It also features a battery bank to ensure there will be enough power even on cloudy days and during the nighttime.

This is part of a series of steps that India Railways is taking to become more environmentally friendly. Other methods they are using include water recycling, bio-toilets, and wind energy. They plan to continue increasing their use of alternative energy sources in order to cut back on the large amount of diesel typically used by their trains.

The locomotive that pulls the solar train will still be using diesel as its power source, but the other applications normally powered by diesel will instead be powered using the solar panels. The solar powered train is expected to save approximately 21,000 liters of diesel. That will amount to financial savings of ₹12 lakh each year.

That is still only a drop in the bucket for a company that uses around 2.6 billion liters of diesel in a year, but the reduction in diesel will increase as they continue to add more trains to their solar lineup. India Railways plans to generate 1,000 megawatts of solar power by 2020.

Apple Wants its Machine Learning Research Reaching Masses and Launches a Publishing Site

Apple recently launched a publishing site for its machine learning research to bring its findings on machine learning to the masses. As of now, the Apple Machine Learning Journal has only one paper published, but more posts are expected in the coming weeks. The move by the electronic giant is considered as a new step, as the firm was tight-lipped about its projects and researches until the date.

The blog and its initial post reveal some interesting facts. The reports confirm that the initial research paper was already published on arXiv, an online preprinting repository for publishing papers. It is also concluded that Apple is trying to attract the research talents through the blog as the initial post also contained a link to Apple jobs page at the bottom. Industry experts say that Apple is trying to grab the attention of machine learning through the initiative as most people think Google and Amazon are doing a better job in machine learning compared to the smartphone major.

The research paper published on the platform discusses the possibilities of improving the realism of various synthetic images. The blog discusses different methods applied to improve the accuracy on various machine learning tasks using the refined images. For illustrating the realism of images better, the blog added images, GIFs, and more. It also discusses a unique and inexpensive method developed by Apple to improve the realism of artificial images.

The paper says that the firm had to train its neural networks to identify the faces and other objects in various photos. The company made a collection of synthetic images to train the neural networks instead of going for any image data base of real images. Interestingly, the tech giant applied its unique method to make them more real and claims that the technique offers faster and cheaper option to train the neural network.

Orange Coast College

Orange Coast College is a community college that was founded in 1947 and was up and running the next year. The beautiful Orange Coast College is located near the coast of Southern California in Costa Mesa.

Orange Coast is a rather popular community college, for they have 135 possible career programs and over 25,000 students enrolling each semester. The majority of students come to OCC to enroll in their Career and Technical Education programs. The students coming from this facility receive a top notch education.

This is proven through the transfer students that come from their college. The majority of students who attend Orange Coast College transfer to the University of California and California State University, which are very prestigious Universities.

There are even alum and old professors from this college who show their appreciation for the school. Very recently, a professor, Mary McChesney, who retired gave Orange Coast a new planetarium. This was a one million dollar donation put towards their astronomy field.

Although Orange Coast does not have on campus housing, there is a lot to do on campus. There are various clubs and sports teams you can join. For men, they have nearly every sport, such as, basketball, volleyball, track, tennis, swimming, soccer, golf, baseball and a few more. For women, they also have basketball, beach volleyball, softball, tennis, swimming, soccer, cheerleading, basketball, water polo, and a few more.

If you are an academic scholar, then there are academic options as well. They have an Academic Honor Society that does a lot for scholars. They have events, community service days, scholarship opportunities, the chance to graduate college with honors, and much more. Another benefit of OCC is the tuition. It costs around 317 dollars per credit hour.

For the average 16 credit hours per semester, this adds up to around 10,000 dollars a year not including extra fees. So, as a student staying on campus, and with the extra fees, it would cost about 21,000 dollars to attend Orange Coast College. Overall, this is a very good deal for the great education you will be receiving.

For a community college, it can pretty much be noted that Orange College is one of the best. This college gives you the feel of a university, but of course not the financial feel. You are allotted nearly all of the same things students at universities are.

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Anticipating User Actions Before the Process Even Begins

The world’s most visited website is due for some big changes in the near future. Google had quite humble beginnings. The company started out as a search engine which seemed to be little more than logo and text entry field. The results were impressive right from the start though. Since those early days Google has grown in quite a few different ways. The most noticeable is the scope of their product line. The company is perhaps still best known as a search engine. However, since their initial launch they’ve managed to create multiple successful operating systems and a whole suite of applications. The scope of Google’s interests has grown. But the sparseness of the main Google search page has been a constant for quite some time. Additional features pop up every now and then. Still, most users have found that the search engine’s whitespace is fairly predictable.

All of this is about to change soon. Google recently announced that they have plans to integrate some new features into their search engine’s presentation. The new features are going to be a big change to the search engine’s functionality. But the change might not come as a huge shock to people who love Google’s services. The new features are going to borrow heavily from functionality that’s long been a staple of Google’s other platforms. In particular much of the new system is going to be quite similar to Google Now functionality that’s long been part of Google’s Android devices. There was even a brief period where Google Now feeds were present as an optional feature on Google’s desktop web browser, Chrome.

Google’s known for quite a while that they wanted to offer the Google Now functionality to everyone, no matter what platform they were on. It’s only recently that they’ve decided that the best way to do so is through the page which brought them so much attention in the first place.

India Tests Solar-Powered Trains

Solar energy is being utilized in all sorts of innovative ways, but Indian Railways seems to be the first train service to try installing solar panels on their coach cars. To be clear, the trains themselves will still be pulled by the traditional diesel engines, but the railroad hopes that installing the solar panels will cut costs and help make their trains more energy efficient.

The first solar-powered coaches are already in use, with sixteen solar panels installed on the roof of each car. The power generated by the panels runs the coaches’ lights, fans and display monitors and six solar-powered coaches can save the railroad about 21,000 gallons of diesel fuel each year.

Indian Railways did have to overcome some challenges to get the coaches into operation. Space had to be carved out of the passenger area in order to hold the batteries which store the power in event of darkness or bad weather. The panels themselves are also expensive, although the railroad expects the installation costs to be recovered in a bit over 18 months.

The real question is the reliability of the solar panels. Unlike panels that are installed on a traditional house or office space, these panels will be subjected to vibrations, weather and road hazards. It’s not clear how the panels will hold up to the stress, which is why Indian Railways is describing this idea as a “test” until they have some time to judge the durability of the installed panels.

Still, it’s an idea with a lot of potential and the minister of the railroad recently described solar-powered coaches as a “path-breaking leap” towards making its cars more green.

Susan McGalla: A Role Model For Business Marketing Consultants

Susan P. McGalla is a renowned expert consultant on marketing, branding, operational efficiencies, and talent management. McGalla has discussed about her experiences and offered advice to women on many forums including the Carnegie Mellon University Speaker Series for CEOs and the Women and Girl’s Foundation of Pittsburgh. Here is a brief look at her personal profile and her journey towards prosperity.

McGalla’s Earl Life

McGalla was born in East Liverpool, Ohio. The daughter to a football coach and sister to two boys, McGalla was not given preferential treatment because she was a girl. Her parents brought her up to be confident and hardworking. This is one of the reasons McGalla is comfortable working with both men and women. This kind of confidence has been instrumental in her successful career.

McGalla’s Career

McGalla graduated from Mount Union College with a bachelor’s in business and marketing. She got married to Stephen McGalla, a wealth manager. She currently serves in the board of advisors at the Mount Union College. McGalla got her first job at Joseph Horne Company. She worked her way up through a series of marketing and managerial posts between 1986-1994. She later left the company and joined American Eagle Outfitters. Her first position in the company was that of a merchandise buyer dealing in women’s clothing. According to McGalla, American Eagle was a male predominated firm with no women serving in executive posts. However, her quick rise in rank helped reverse the culture that only men would be leaders.

Through hard work, McGalla managed to climb up the ranks to the position of chief merchandising officer and president. As the president of the company, McGalla presided over the launch of 77 children brands. She was also responsible for the firm’s revenue of $3B, and an ecommerce site.

After spurring American Eagle to great heights, McGalla resigned from her post in 2009 and decided to become a private consultant. Later that year, she was appointed as the Board of Directors at renowned firm, HFF Inc. In 2011, McGalla was hired to the position of chief executive officer at Wet Seal Inc where she left in 2012. After leaving Wet Seal, McGalla established P3 Executive Consulting.

McGalla’s Career Advice

McGalla’s advice to women is not to let their gender stand in the way of their passions and dreams. You should not expect to receive certain prejudices or entitlements because you are a woman. With the right attitude, hardwork, and flexibility, the sky is the limit.