Advantages of Automated Delivery Drones

The limitations of today’s transportation technology has created a number of obstacles that businesses may soon be able to surmount through use of drone-based delivery systems. Small and even mid-sized aerial vehicles that are able to transport payloads to their destinations without the need for a human pilot or operator can provide a seemingly endless range of benefits. From shorter delivery times to decreased operational costs, use of a fully-automated transport and delivery system will soon change the way that businesses and other organizations are able to operate.

Cost Advantages of Automated Delivery

From staffing costs to the maintenance needed to keep a fleet of conventional delivery vehicles operating in the field for any length of time, logistical expenses associated with existing delivery systems are often substantial. Smaller drones that are only dispatched at need and that can bypass ground-based obstacles with ease will be able to provide a far more cost-effective way to fill orders and make deliveries. New startups that would otherwise lack the resources needed to handle a delivery process and larger organizations interested in curbing operational costs would do well to learn more about automated delivery options and drone-based transport solutions.

Other Uses for Aerial Drones

When it comes to the many potential uses for autonomous drone-based transport, commercial delivery services are just the beginning. Drone-based solutions are ideal for optimizing the effectiveness of limited resources and drone delivery may soon be used to delivery defibrillators or other life-saving equipment to the scene of an accident or other emergency. Areas and regions that lack conventional infrastructure may also be able to utilize drone delivery in order to better service a rural or developing population. The sheer number of drone delivery systems that are already being developed and those that are beginning to see implementation and real-world use offer a valuable glimpse into the many ways that this technology may soon be utilized.

Amazon Will Open Additional Stores Without Cashiers

Amazon has been dominating the online retail industry for a very long time. The company has used their money to get into other industries. For example, they purchased the Whole Foods Market chain of grocery stores. Amazon is currently trying to revolutionize the convenience store industry. They have already opened one Amazon Go store in Seattle. The unique aspect that separates Amazon Go stores from other convenience stores is the fact that there are no cashiers. Customers download an app and scan a bar code on their phone. This opens a turnstile that allows them into the store. A running tally is kept as he or she places each item into their cart. They are charged when they leave the store.

This type of store is appealing to customers because there is no need for customers to wait in line. There is also no need to carry cash or a credit card when you shop at a store like this. The one Amazon Go store in Seattle has been a success so far. This is why Amazon is already planning to open six additional Amazon Go stores in Los Angeles and Seattle. However, the exact locations of these stores have not yet been revealed by the company.

Amazon has not released a time frame regarding when the six new stores will open. There has also been no word about the size of each store. The company released a statement saying additional info on each of the new stores will be released within the next months. There are rumors that the new location will be larger than the original store. This has led to speculation that a larger selection of items will also be available. However, that it purely speculation at this point. Amazon said that more stores will open later this year.

Changes in the Mobile Industry

There are currently changes in the mobile industry. While smartphones are selling as much as ever, there is another form of technology that is starting to take off. This is the virtual reality technology. The interesting thing is that this is one of the most anticipated forms of technology in that it has been showcased in sci-fi productions. It has also been one of the most talked about forms of technology. Now, it has finally been unveiled to the public, and people are taking advantage of all of the fun they can have with the products as they try the games in virtual reality simulators.

However, there is one company that is looking to merge the mobile phone and virtual reality sections in order to be more efficient. This company is HTC. HTC has been struggling and is actually laying off a lot of people and preparing what could be its last flagship. One thing that can be said about HTC is that it is a good mobile phone company. The only thing is that the mobile industry is saturated and dominated by Samsung, Google, Apple, and LG. Fortunately, there is always going to be hope for HTC to move with its next project.

One of the best things to happen for HTC is that the smartphone division has been acquired by Google. Therefore, HTC is going to receive the Google touch and come up with some better selling phones. One of the best things about Google is that it is one of the more marketable company. With all of the expert marketing, there are going to be phones that are going to sell better than the last.

The Future of Augmented Reality Applications

While a technology that is still in its infancy, augmented reality (AR) is a term that end-line consumers can expect to hear a whole lot more of in the days to come. AR applications function by providing a visual overlay, one that augments but does not supersede a users field of vision. AR has numerous uses in terms of both practical applications as well as games and other forms of recreational media, but its true potential as a marketing tool often goes overlooked. Providing end-line consumers with relevant product information in real-time or making use of an AR overlay to ensure quicker and easier access to a payment portal can offer several key benefits.

Next-Generation Promotional Strategies

Businesses that fail to market themselves effectively could be missing out on a great deal. The rapid pace of technological advancement often means that even promotional and advertising strategies that were once effective can quickly loose their impact over time. AR-based marketing tools will be able to provide a number of uses, features and benefits that established techniques may simply be unable to rival. Investing in a more effective advertising strategy and taking advantage of the latest technologies and marketing methods can help to ensure that businesses are able to remain competitive and successful.

Future Commercial Uses

Technology that provides new ways for businesses to interact with their customers and clients can become a crucial asset. Ecommerce applications that may be able to combine various retail uses with marketing content have the potential to become a real game changer. The full range of potential commercial uses that AR may be able to offer is just beginning to be explored. Businesses that wish to keep pace with changing times and evolving consumer habits would do well to keep an eye out for the latest AR trends, applications and other emerging developments.

New Security System Uses the Latest Technology

Home security has gone high-tech, with equipment now available that can actually recognize who has entered the property or who wants to enter. The equipment has been designed by the company Lighthouse AI and is based on the technology used in self-driving automobiles.
The key to the new system is a computerized sensor that is attached to a security camera. It is the sensor that can help identify, through facial recognition principles, different members of the family or others who may have access to a property. It can even identify family pets. The system also has a siren and is sophisticated enough to prevent accidental activation by an animal.
In addition to the camera and sensor, the system uses voice-based interface principles to help homeowners keep a close eye on their properties and on other family members. Under the system, one can request a previous recording of a pet or even ask for an alert if a child did arrive home at the proper time. This monitoring could be extended beyond children and pets, reaching into the field of elder care. The way a person walks could portend a potentially dangerous fall. More information about the new security system is available at www.reddit.com/r/technews.
Lighthouse AI has no plans to share its user information with outsiders, further emphasizing that the camera is only supposed to be operational when nobody is home. This may not allay privacy concerns, but the company hopes that these issues will be offset by the benefits of its security system. The system is available for about $300, with a monthly service fee of $10.
Born from the computer laboratories at Stanford University, Lighthouse AI was founded by Hendrik Dahlkamp and Alex Teichman, who initially concentrated their efforts on developing autonomous vehicles. Safety concerns led them to abandon these plans and ultimately bring this technology to the domain of home security.

Intelligence Chiefs Warn Against Using Chinese Phones

On Tuesday at a U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, American intelligence chiefs said its citizens should not use phones manufactured by Huawei and ZTE.

The directors of the CIA, FBI, NSA, as well as the director of national intelligence appeared before the committee, and they all issued the same warning against the two Chinese tech giants.

Chris Wray, who is the director of the FBI, said during his testimony that he was worried about letting any company or organization have access to American telecommunication networks when such a company or organization was bound by a foreign power that does not share American values. He went on to say that, by allowing this to happen, it would give these foreign powers the ability to steal or modify proprietary information. It would also give them the ability to spy on the United States without detection.

U.S. intelligence agencies have been suspicious of Huawei for many years. The Chinese company was founded by an engineer who previously worked for the People’s Liberation Army in China, and many in the U.S. government think that the company is essentially an extension of the Chinese government. It was this that led the U.S. government to ban Huawei in 2014 from receiving government contracts.

Huawei began as a telecommunication company that manufactured various forms of infrastructure-related hardware. But it has since become a major worldwide producer of smartphones. Last fall it even surpassed Apple to become the second largest manufacturer of the devices in the world, trailing only Samsung.

However, Huawei has so far failed to have much success in America, mostly because of the actions of the U.S. government. In January, it was about to announce an agreement to sell its phones through AT&T, but the deal fell through at the last moment, reportedly because of government pressure.

U.S. legislators are currently considering a bill that would prevent government employees from using phones made by either Huawei or ZTE.

How Consuming Entertainment Has Changed

In the past 10 years there has been a lot of changes made to how people consume entertainment. Just a little over 15 years ago, if anyone wanted to watch any type of video, they needed a TV set. However, there were some computers and laptops with DVD drives. Then YouTube has came out which has brought forth advancements to streaming technology. Eventually, streaming has gotten to the point where people can watch high quality pictures in fluid motion. Before YouTube, people were for the most part stuck with choppy and blurry video. The interesting thing is that the choppy and blurry videos were viewed on much larger screens.

Then as recently as 5 years ago, the smartphone has become one of the most popular devices. One thing that made the smartphone stand out from the other types of phones is that people were able to watch videos. The best part is that some of the best smartphones at the time allowed 1080p high definition playback. This gave people the ability to watch images that are very clear and sharp. The best thing about this is that even though the screen is a lot smaller than a television or even a smaller computer monitor, the definition was so high that people can easily make out video definition as if they were watching it on a larger screen.

Another interesting thing about smartphones is that they can present images that have a sharpness that can actually surpass that of some of the lower end digital cinema projectors. With 4K technology available, it is only a matter of time before they start releasing smartphones equipped for 4K playback.

Rick Smith: Bringing Changes to Securus Technologies

Rick Smith is the current chief executive officer of Securus Technologies, and he is vital in making the company one of the leading telecommunications company in North America. The company is serving over 3,000 prisons in the United States and Canada, and they are currently the leading choice of prison authorities when it comes to communication services inside the correctional facility. The reason why they are the first choice when it comes to communication services is because of the high end devices that they create, and another reason is because of the efforts of Rick Smith to promote the company and its products. Read more on PRNewsWire.com.

The current chief executive officer of Securus Technologies worked with a number of companies before, all of them specializing in telecommunications. The last company Rick Smith worked with before transferring to Securus Technologies is Eschelon Telecom Inc., where he served as the president. During his term, he managed to increase the company’s revenue, and he managed to get them out of financial troubles. The board of directors noticed the performance of Rick Smith with Eschelon Telecom Inc., and they ultimately decided to invite him to work for Securus Technologies. Rick Smith accepted the offer, and he joined the company in 2008. According to the board of directors, Rick Smith was chosen because of his expertise in the field of telecommunications. Check this article at Bloomberg.com to know more about Rick Smith.

Their decision to include Rick Smith in the team paid off, as the new chief executive officer immediately released memos and notices on how the company should work to get to the top. Under the leadership of Rick Smith Securus, the company managed to develop devices and products that are considered to be top of the line, providing video calling services and voice calling services for prisoners, with incredible speed. They also created software that helps the jail authorities in monitoring the inmates, increasing the security inside the correctional facilities as well as the community where the facility is located. Rick Smith is also known for spending hundreds of millions of dollars to protect the company’s inventions and patents, and he stated that it is very important to protect their assets so that introduction of fake counterparts can be prevented.

Rick Smith is working hard to expand the company’s presence outside of North America. He is currently studying the possibility of exporting their products and services to Europe and Asia, and he is hoping that new markets would open for Securus Technologies. For the meantime, he is dedicating his time to oversee several products and software that is being developed inside the company. He promised everyone who are using the product from Securus Technologies that more improvements would come, and that the company is dedicated in providing high quality communication services to connect the prisoners with their loved ones outside.

Read: http://cityscene.org/securus-technologies-ceo-rick-smith-cuts-prison-communications-costs/

Why Interswitch has not Made Good its Promise to go Public

In 2016, speculations were rife that Interswitch, a payment processing firm based in Lagos, Nigeria, would be the first African tech firm to be listed both on the Lagos and London stock exchanges. The tech firm would be listed at a $1 billion valuation. All indicators were right, Interswitch had selected investment bankers, and Helios Investment Partner stood by the company as a primary backer.
Almost two years later, Interswitch has not gone public; neither has any other VC backed African tech firm. TechCrunch sought to establish why Interswitch has not made good its promise. However, it appeared as if Interswitch is unwilling to discuss the matter as the spokesperson for the tech firm reserved their comments regarding the pending IPO. Nevertheless, TechCrunch found out that Interswitch had partly addressed the matter in the last quarter of 2016. Through Akeem Lawal, Interswitch divisional officer, Interswitch had blamed “unfavorable equity markets,” while affirming it would go public before the end of 2019.
In pursuit of more information on Interswitch’s delay to go public, TechCrunch sought the opinions of some Nigerian tech insiders. Also, TechCrunch wanted to establish whether another company could be publicly listed before Interswitch.
Tayo Oviosu, the CEO of Paga—a Nigerian mobile money firm—suspects that Interswitch had not gone public owing to macroeconomic dynamics in Nigeria. He added that 2016 was unfavorable economically to launch an IPO. The weak Naira made it impossible to fetch a reasonable IPO valuation or opening share price. Consequently, Interswitch would have been valued lower than its actual market standing. Omobola Johnson, a senior partner at TLCom Capital, echoed Oviosu sentiments. Apparently, all analysts agree that 2016 was a bad year for a private company to go public. Johnson is also a former Minister of Communication Technology.
While Interswitch remains capable of going public anytime, Johnson named some companies which he believes might be listed soon. They include Andela and Flutterwave and Kenya’s Twiga Foods. Nigeria’s 2017 economic outlook is a marked improvement from 2016.

Can An AI Attorney Generate Billable Hours?

When most people think about jobs that can be lost to artificial intelligence (AI), their first though is not an attorney’s job. Case Cruncher Alpha‘s founders, Jozef Maruscak, Rebecca Agliolo and Ludwig Bull, saw the outcome of legal cases as something that deep learning could predict. The three were Cambridge law students who started out developing a chatbot to answer legal questions, even though they had no tech background.

 

To test Case Cruncher Alpha’s artificial intelligence, the U.K startup pitted its program against 100 London lawyers. Both the lawyers and Case Cruncher Alpha were given payment protection mis-selling complaints, which were already decided by a Financial Ombudsman Service. The attorneys correctly guessed the outcome of 62.3 percent of the mis-selling complaints, while CaseCruncher Alpha correctly predicted the outcome of 86.6 percent of the complaints.

 

Law firms and other organizations that currently devote resources to legal decision predictions could use Case Cruncher Alpha to do the work faster, and more accurately. Each of the AI company’s customers receive a program tailored to predict specified types of legal cases. Case Cruncher Alpha’s founders are quick to point out that the AI can make predictions when it is asked a precise question; they will be publishing a paper soon that explains exactly predictions their AI can make for organizations.

 

Case Cruncher Alpha’s AI cannot replace a flesh and blood lawyer who empathizes with clients or argues in front of a jury, however, large firms often use junior attorneys to make outcome predictions based on many billable hours of research. Would it be possible for law firms to bill for an AI’s hours or its use in the client’s case? While Case Cruncher Alpha has not released any pricing information yet, a customized AI program will not be cheap.