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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Home Wine Selling – Traveling Vineyard

Many mothers are seeking jobs that will give them an opportunity to work from home as they spend more time with their families. Such companies which offer the working opportunities to not only stay home mothers but also to other individuals who would wish to work in the comfort of their living rooms and also have flexible working hours are gaining popularity all over the world. Some of these organizations include; Traveling Vineyard. The firm offers individuals a golden opportunity to work at home, travel to meet new as well as old friends, and also to sample some of the delicious wines in the world. Traveling Vineyard also trains their workers as they give them other support systems.

When a mother who is the corporate world decides to work from home they should consider the following things before quitting their full-time career jobs.
1. Are you a self-starter?
2. What do you hate about your work place?
3. Does the tradition office structure distract you?
4. Would you wish for a more flexible work schedule
5. How much more would you gain when you work from home

After asking oneself the above questions and most of the answers being yes, then Traveling Vineyard is the best place to be. Working with Traveling Vineyard is easy as one only needs to purchase a Success Kit which goes for only $99 and contains all one needs to get started. In the Traveling Vineyard, a kit includes; marketing materials, order forms, as well as brochures. Also, included in the success kits are wine carrying bags, wine glasses, and wine decanters. Anyone interested in working with Traveling Vineyards will also require buying testing kits for their first two parties which go for only $75. A worker earns 15-35 commission which will depend on their sales. They can also earn form inviting their friends.

Traveling Vineyard is an American sales firm which has its Headquarters in Ipswich, Massachusetts. The organization mainly uses direct-sales and tasting of wine for home users. The company which h has been offering a working opportunity for stay home mums was established in 2001 and later in 2010 it was acquired by Rick Libby who re-modeled the firm. Ever since its foundation the company has expanded with more than 5000 in dependent representatives who are trained by the company. One doesn’t need to worry because the organization is a member of Direct Selling Association which is responsible for protecting the sales persons as well as the consumers.

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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.

Are Robots Soon To Acquire An Ethical Infusion?

Robots are going to play a big part in people’s lives. The image of robots, as presented in classic science-fiction films, may be a massive fantasy dramatization but the integration of task-performing robots into people’s lives won’t be a pure fantasy for much longer. Researchers and developers realize robots can be utilized as mechanical helpers capable of making life easier. Robots may be programmed to perform certain tasks, but developers and designers cannot guarantee robots can perform their duties perfectly and without error.

Researchers want to install “ethical black boxes” in robots. This way, the robots can report facts associated with their decision making when an accident occurs. Doing so comes with more than a mere explanation about what went wrong. The information can assist with reprogramming a robot to prevent mistakes from happening again. Error reports could be uploaded to the manufacturer. The information might be used to improve future models of robots.

Robots cannot think for themselves nor can they make moral decisions. Robots are machines. They can only do what they are programmed to do. Their abilities are limited to their physical capabilities and programming-based artificial intelligence.

This does not mean, however, steps must be done to reduce the potential failures robots may cause. Again, robots cannot act in a perfect way. The main trait they may share with humans is imperfection. Reducing imperfections in robots also could reduce their potential to cause harm due to malfunctions and other issues.

Instilling actual moral ethics may be impossible. Improving performance likely is not.

Amazon Position as a Tech Giant is Intimidating to some Consumers

Amazon is a powerful technology company that specializes in the sale of online merchandise a goods. Now, keep in mind that Amazon is not a tech company in the same sense as Apple or Microsoft.

This organization does not just rely on developing, perfecting and then selling technology products for a profit. Instead, it uses its technology to make itself a powerful seller of goods. Some people object to this stance by Amazon because they feel like this company is taking over too much in terms of commerce.

Amazon not only dominates the internet as the world’s number one marketer it is also encroaching (if you want to use that term) into brick and mortar operations. Amazon is based out of Seattle, Washington and this company just purchased a grocery store chain called Whole Foods earlier in 2017. Now that Amazon owns this grocery retail outlet the company has clearly captured more market share from the competitors.

Some people do not like what Amazon is doing. They feel like this company is dominating too much of commerce online and in the real world. While it is true that Amazon is the reigning champion of online sales, its reach is not so strong that it has taken over the brick and mortar businesses. Truth be told, most commerce (at least 90%) still comes through brick and mortar outlets.

Amazon is not trying to necessarily dominate the commerce market and not give people a choice. Instead, it simply trying to keep shopping so convenient that customers will not easily walk away from them. They do this by selling their items in bulk. Lots of bulk to be exact.

That is the secret to Amazon’s success. They keep overall prices cheap, which in turn keeps customers from stepping away from their organization. After all, if a person can save hundreds of dollars instead of tens of dollars on their grocery bills; then you can reasonably expect for them to continue shopping where they save the most money. You can find out more about Amazon’s market dominance on ABC News.

India Debuts Solar-Powered Trains

Solar energy continues to become more integrated into common energy use. In several locations in the United States, solar panels on homes are a common sight. That was not the case 20 years ago. In India, something very uncommon is occurring and it may reflect the future of solar energy in the world. Trains with solar-powered coaches have arrived. With solar power as a source of energy, there won’t be as much of a need for diesel fuel. Diesel fuel is expensive. Solar energy could provide a massive cost-saving solution in the travel and train industry.

India now appears to be the test platform for solar-powered trains. Indian Railways is the company launching the initiative.

The rollout of the newly solar-powered trains starts in the suburban section of New Delhi. While the solar-powered generators were likely tested thoroughly long before their debut on actual in-service trains, there are probably some bugs to be worked out. This is why the rollout starts slow and expands over time. A massive rollout would not likely be wise since revisions and improvements may be necessary. Hopefully, for the success of the program, any necessary improvements will be minor ones.

Solar-powered vehicles, planes, trains, and more have been in various stages of planning and development for years. The lack of viable technology contributed to progress being slow. Significant interest and investment dollars in solar energy have advanced technology greatly leading to the arrival of solar-powered trains. A success in India could harken the expansion of these trains worldwide, a welcome advancement to be sure.

Classrooms Uniting Through ClassDojo

ClassDojo is an amazing app that allows not only teachers to keep up with the progress their students are making in class, but allows students and guardians to stay involved as well.

With ClassDojo, teachers have the ability to keep guardians in the loop with the activities their class is partaking in, through video, pictures, and announcements. The class is able to choose skills and values that are important. The students can later receive points for using the chosen skills and values as positive reinforcement. Teachers are able to exchange private messages with guardians using ClassDojo as well, without having to share contact information. It even allows teachers to give feedback on, what students are excelling at and what needs improvement. Teachers also have a “Quiet Hours” setting that shows guardians when teachers are not available.

Students are able to create their own portfolio using ClassDojo. This providing students with the option of taking ownership of their work by capturing photos and video that illustrate what they’re completing in class. They can even create their own monster as an avatar. Students can only see their profile and feedback, thus allowing them to focus on their progress.

ClassDojo has its own learning tool that both teachers and guardians have access to called, Big Ideas. Big Ideas helps students learn about social skills as well as emotional skills with the help of a monster named Mojo. So far, the videos available teach students, “Growth Mindset”, “Perseverance”, “Empathy”, “Gratitude”, and “Mindfulness”.

ClassDojo doesn’t discriminate, it can be accessed on any device and translates to 35 different languages. This app is truly giving classroom a whole new meaning. It has the ability to get parents, teachers, and students involved to make education a team effort.