The state of Washington is suing Comcast for more than $100 million, alleging it willfully and knowingly deceived customers into paying for services it never intended to provide.In a statement, Attorney General Bob Ferguson had the following to say:This case is a classic example of a big corporation deceiving its customers for financial gain.I won t allow Comcast to continue to put profits above customers — and the law.The Attorney General s AG office claims Comcast duped Washington residents into paying at least $73 million in subscription fees for a near-worthless protection plan that covered the cost if a Comcast technician had to visit your home.The $4.99 per month plan says it covers all costs including those related to inside wiring, customer-owned equipment connected to Comcast services and on-site education about products.
Your browser does not support HTML5 videoPlayPausePlayPauseMute0%00:00 / 00:00FullscreenSmallscreen Close Embed Feed How Blockchain is going to change your life IBTimes UKCredits, the blockchain platform provider, is now supplying its secure Blockchain-as-a-Service to the UK public sector through the Government Digital Services' Digital Marketplace.The Crown Commercial Service CCS awarded a place on the G-Cloud 8 framework agreement to Credits for the supply of distributed ledger technology DLT , enabling the Credits Blockchain platform-as-a-service to be used by organisations across the UK public sector including central and local government, the devolved administrations, health, education, emergency services, defence, and not-for-profits such as housing associations and charities.CCS acts on behalf of the Crown to drive savings for the taxpayer and improve the quality of commercial and procurement activity.Its vision is to deliver value for the nation through outstanding commercial capability and quality customer service.The Digital Marketplace is the official platform for UK public sector organisations wanting to procure cloud and digital specialist services.
With revenues down and education spending stuck in the doldrums, supplier RM has hit upon a novel idea to expand - reselling low-margin kit from the vendors that helped sink its own hardware production line.The one-time system builder powered down its own manufacturing facility in Oxford in late 2013 after mounting losses, the closure of BSF and falling demand in a market dominated by the American big brands.A subsequent referral agreement struck with reseller Misco ran for two years, letting patrons of RM s managed services get continuity of service , a PR person at the company told us.But increased demand from the clientele to get their hands on more third party gear forced a rethink, and that is why we decided to bring it back in-house , the spokeswoman added.Squeezing an extra few per cent margin out of each box sale probably persuaded management to jump into reselling, but reselling is a tough game, just ask any reseller.Long gone are the Bentleys, the strap-on gold-buckled shoes, the exchange of briefcases in car parks OK so the last one still exists .
A number of modern tools are available to help you here, some of which are free — like American FactFinder, which uses United States census information to help you find out key pieces of information about specific demographics.Don t just look at the one demographic you ve assumed from the beginning; branch out to learn about related niches, and gauge interest in your product from other areas.In some ways, this is an alternative form of market research.Evaluate their brand, their brand voice, the types of marketing strategies they use and the messaging they bring out in their advertising.In most cases, this takes the form of a fictional character, whom you shape with bits of information like education level, family life, career and income, and maybe even details like a name and personality traits.This helps you conceptualize and talk to your average target customer, and it serves as an ideal tool to get your other team members up to speed.
The advent of virtual reality may mark a major turn toward gender equality in tech.The roaring debate regarding the lack of women working in technical roles has spawned a real effort to create gender equality in the workforce.We need a giant cultural shift, beginning with schools encouraging more women to study computer science to join these elite ranks and through to companies hiring more women for technical roles and grooming them for the climb to the C-suite.Can virtual reality be the catalyst?For those individuals who dare to be pioneers, new industries can create spaces for career breakthroughs.Virtual reality may represent a big opportunity for women developers and programmers in film, journalism, education, and gaming.It is estimated that by 2020 it will be a $30 billion industry and that currently about 22 percent of game developers in virtual reality are women.We are close to achieving a quarter of the workforce with a 50/50 split in sight.This shift is further supported by a new study that found women are considered better developers but only if they hide their gender.
This week on Technotopia I talk to Rob Anderson, founder of Convergent Media Group and a former founding team member at MTV Russia.Anderson has some interesting ideas on education and the necessity for a true way to assess and hire based on personality types and skills.Anderson is constantly hiring for his media company and he s looking forward to a future when we will all be working a few hours a week at jobs perfectly suited for our aptitudes.While personality is a bit difficult to pin down, talent and skill can be measured and you can be placed on an educational track the could make you more than happy.The mission, then, is the sci-fi-like notion that humans are not one-size-fits-all and that smarter systems will slot us into exactly the right place at the right time.Incidentally, if you re looking for something a bit funnier and a lot raunchier NSFW language , I d encourage you to visit with Rich Lowtax Kyanka, founder of SomethingAwful.
Theranos has a lot to prove.And on August 1, Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes will have a chance at some redemption.She is presenting data on the company's controversial "revolutionary" tests that take only a finger-prick's worth of blood.That's happening at the American Association for Clinical Chemistry's annual conference in Philadelphia.Theranos has never publicly shared any its data before, saying for a long time that it'd rather go through the FDA approval process.This will be the first time Theranos data has been presented at a medical conference.Holmes is talking now because Theranos has faced withering criticism — ranging from reports that it tests don't actually work to a government shutdown of one of its labs — for almost a year.Even so, it might not be the data that puts the company back in good graces, lab-testing experts told Business Insider.Here's what's in store, according to the presentation's abstract:It's going to be an education session, which means that it's not pegged to specific study data and conclusions that a study-poster presentation would display.This also means that there won't be independently validated data.Theranos will be presenting data that intends to show how the company's finger-prick blood test, which requires only a small amount of blood, stacks up to a typical blood test that draws a few tubes of blood from a vein.Among the tests Theranos will be demonstrating is a test to diagnose the Zika virus.But that information is essentially "useless," since it's still not validated by independent reviewers, Dr. Eleftherios P. Diamandis, head of clinical biochemistry at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, told Business Insider.That's because it won't be independently validated data from a large amount of test samples.
When you cast your mind back to the days of school, you probably think of dusty textbooks, graffiti and chewing gum, lessons that were both boring and unengaging, and many, many chewed pens.Toronto-based tech startup Discovr Labs is one of many firms that want to bring new opportunities to schools and colleges through the power of VR.Founded in January 2015, it's already created VR training solutions for healthcare education programs at several hospitals and universities in Canada, along with a tour guide app of King Tut's Tomb for Gear VR and Steam.Based on the products it currently has in its portfolio - which also includes a VR training app for trainee doctors - Discovr says it has seen an 80% increase in subject retention when compared to more traditional teaching methods, such as reading from a textbook.Josh Maldonado, founder of Discovr Labs, sees VR as the future of education.He tells TechRadar: "VR is helping to bring the concept of experiential learning to the forefront.
Social media marketing has become a more data-driven endeavor, with an emphasis on analytics and the insights gained from using data to make decisions.As social media networks mature, they usually release a native analytics platform that marketers can use to hone their campaigns.These APIs empower developers to create tools that enhance marketers experience with the platform.Now Instagram, which has kept its analytics under lock and key since it was founded, will soon be releasing the company s analytics API.Instagram has already presented incredible opportunities for social marketers.This article shares what marketers can expect from the launch and how it can help their campaigns.Even without native analytics at their disposal, a handful of brands have used Instagram as a primary driver for sales and revenue.With the goal of driving purchases, and a tertiary goal of feature-benefit education, Caeden was able to increase its reach as much as 50 percent and increase revenue by 17 percent.In the right hands, there is massive potential with Instagram Marketing.Short of navigating a time-consuming labyrinth, your options for insights are limited.Trackable links in bios, vanity coupon codes, and spreadsheets detailing who liked what, where, when, and how are your best bets for gleaning any meaningful insights from your Instagram activity.According to Instagram for Business  latest blog post, brands will soon be able to create business pages that boast enhanced features, such as calls to action, contact capabilities, insights, and content promotion.
Only 5 hours a weekFounder & CEO of BusinessBlocksJustin was a founding member and principal at Weld North, a venture capital firm focused on education investments.At Weld North, Justin held board and executive level leadership roles at Edgenuity, The Learning House, Generation Ready, Voxy, Imagine Learning, and Truenorthlogic.Previously, Justin held investing roles at The Hearst Corporation and Giza Venture Capital and operational roles at Google, Credit Suisse, General Electric and Schering-Plough.Justin holds a BS and MS from Carnegie Mellon, an MBA from the MIT and an MPA from Harvard.
Learning to code is an increasingly valuable investment in your own skill set, with greater demand for programming basics rising every day.And while there s a labyrinth of online courses offering cheap instruction, many of them fall short on quality and qualification.You ll find true, high-caliber training in the Complete Front-End to Back-End Coding Bundle, delivering an essential foundation in widely used programming languages such as Django, Scala, Scheme, Linux, and more.For a limited time you can get started at 95 percent off from TNW Deals.The Complete Front-End to Back-End Coding Bundle delivers a direct path to confident mastery of programming essentials, to set you on track for success.Across thousands of hours of content in virtually any major programming language, you can customize your own curriculum as you learn how to create a website CMS and other web apps.
The festivities have wrapped for Microsoft s Imagine Cup, a global competition among students and young people to create new software and devices.The winner this year was ENTy, a polished and highly practical hardware solution for tracking posture, helping with diagnosis and possibly treatment of diseases that affect balance.There were 35 teams in the finals, split evenly between three categories: games, innovation, and global citizenship.All of them presented to a panel of judges on Wednesday, after which a winner was selected for each category.Those three were each awarded $50,000, but the grand prize — prestige and a private mentoring session with Satya Nadella — was reserved for today s final ceremony.Eventually the finalists were ushered out, along with the three judges: Dr Jennifer Tang, a previous winner and founder of Eyenaemia; Kasey Champion, computer science education specialist at Microsoft Learning; and John Boyega, whom you might remember from 2011 s Attack the Block and some flick about a Star War.
He oversees the continued growth the company s used games business, as well as new diversification opportunities, such as indie game development and publishing with the company s new game publishing label GameTrust.Also speaking is Walter Driver, CEO of Scopley, which just raised $55 million to expand and execute on its publishing strategy.Driver cofounded Scopely in 2011 with former Applied Semantics cofounder, Eytan Elbaz; former lead software developer on MySpace s Developer Platform, Ankur Bulsara; and startup veteran, Eric Futoran.David Jaffe is a game director and game designer at Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency, a game studio.In 2013, Jaffe cofounded The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency, where he is directing and lead designing the Sony published PS4 exclusive Drawn To Death.After a long break, he rejoined the game industry as chairman of Gazillion, maker of Marvel Heroes 2016.He is also executive chairman of Global Education Learning and one of the founders of the company.GEL is involved in acquiring companies in China focused on improving education for young children 2-7.He leads a team dedicated to supporting the massive League of Legends community through marketing, social media and live event efforts that highlight the diversity and passion of its players.
That s why we re excited to announced that our closing speaker at our GamesBeat 2016 event in Los Angeles next week will be Tom Kalinske, the chairman of online game firm Gazillion and the former president of Sega of America.After a long break, he rejoined the game industry as chairman of Gazillion, maker of Marvel Heroes 2016.He is also executive chairman of Global Education Learning and one of the founders of the company.GEL is involved in acquiring companies in China focused on improving education for young children 2-7.He also served leadership roles at Leapfrog, Mattel, and Knowledge Universe.From 1990 to 1996, Kalinske ran Sega of America.He leads a team dedicated to supporting the massive League of Legends community through marketing, social media and live event efforts that highlight the diversity and passion of its players.He specializes primarily in League of Legends, but also covers Hearthstone, Dota 2, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
Twitter woke up this morning to a wonderful appreciation of Blackgirlmagic, cataloguing centuries of achievements by black women with the hashtag BlackWomenDidThatCurrently, only 1 in 10 science or engineering jobs go to black women despite being the most educated demographic overall, according to the National Center for Education Statistics .But every day, more and more women break through the ranks.Read on to see how black women have paved the way for advancements in STEM throughout history.Shirley Jackson, who allowed us to connect with loved ones from afar, and to screen their callsClaudia Alexander, who oversaw a NASA flight to Jupiter and the European Rosetta comet mission
In its first year, Amazon Business has generated more than $1 billion in sales from more than 400,000 business customers, the company said during its earnings report released on Thursday.Amazon Business wasn't exactly a started-from-scratch new unit, as Venture Beat reported at the time.It launched at the end of April, 2015 and replaced a service called AmazonSupply that had been around since 2012.AmazonSuppy was a marketplace that focused more on industrial products and office supplies.It was Amazon's first attempt to get into the market occupied by warehouse retailers.Amazon Business is run by Prentis Wilson who also ran AmazonSuppy.Wilson came to Amazon after working as a buyer for Cisco.The revised Amazon Business expanded the scope of the stuff for sale.As Amazon describes it, it offers "hundreds of millions of products – everything from IT and lab equipment to education and food service supplies" that businesses can buy for special prices.It also enlisted manufacturers and distributors to sell their stuff directly to Amazon customers.Amazon said that 30,000 third-party sellers have participated and have fulfilled over half of the Amazon Business orders.All this to say that Amazon Business may have had a bit of head start in reaching $1 billion in its first year but, even so, it looks like Amazon has another hit on its hands.Disclosure: Jeff Bezos is an investor in Business Insider through his personal investment company Bezos Expeditions.NOW WATCH: The first major heat wave of the summer is about to slam the East Coast — here's what you can expectLoading video...
Andrew Holbrooke/Corbis via Getty ImagesMeet Sea Gull, private eye.Garbage-loving gulls in Spain fitted with GPS trackers led researchers to an illegal waste dumping site.High taxes on landfilling in Europe have led to a black market for waste disposal, says Jim Baird at Glasgow Caledonian University.In the UK, the cost of illegal dumping to taxpayers runs to at least £300 million, according to a 2014 report by the Environmental Services Association Education Trust.Illegal dumping can be hard to spot because the perpetrators are often white-collar criminals who create what looks like a law-abiding company.
By Matt Heinz, President of Heinz Marketing How I Work is one of my favorite recurring features in Inc Magazine as well as via Lifehacker s This Is How I Work Series, and recently several sales experts including Anthony Iannarino, Dave Brock and Trish Bertuzzi participated as well.Periodically moving forward we will feature a new B2B sales, marketing or business leader here answering what have become the standard How I Work questions.You can catch up on everyone we ve featured thus far in the How I Work series here.This week I m really excited to feature Peter Isaacson, chief marketing officer for Demandbase.Despite his University of Colorado education go Huskies!
Data-driven investor community TradingView has hit one million monthly active users and is expanding globally to under-served markets.The site differs from other investor communities like Seeking Alpha because of its emphasis on visuals.TradingView takes a chart based approach to supporting investing.The app opens up stock trading to customers that were previously cut-out by trading-fees that ate into profits.Stan Bokov, co-founder and COO of TradingView, believes education is one of the site s strongest assets.Like Twitter, TradingView lets users message and follow others with good ideas.
Microsoft has announced two new cuts of Windows 10, for schools.Windows 10 Pro Education and Windows 10 Education have been designed for the unique needs of K-12 institutions.That means Microsoft's voice assistant, Cortana, has been expelled.Kids will therefore be spared the brave new world of context-aware search and be forced through the medieval quagmire that is search unassisted by big data.The Microsoft store has also been declared out of bounds, so students won't see suggestions for apps they might want to add to school machines.Nor will other productivity tips appear.
And that s good, right?Scobleizer, the Entrepreneur in Residence at Upload VR and noted futurist, took some today time to tell me all about it.Like it or not, automation is coming hereWhile most of us are already aware that automation is coming, I think those outside the tech community are blissfully unaware at how close they are to getting the axe in favor of cool, efficient steel — or binary code.According to Oxford researchers Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael A. Osborne, 47 percent of the jobs in the US could be automated by 2033.Using a Gaussian process classifier — also called a machine learning algorithm — to estimate the impact of future computerisation automation , the primary focus was analyzing the number of jobs at risk and the relationship between an occupation s probability of computerisation, wages and education attainment — put simply, the risk of automation for those based on their skill level, experience and difficulty of their job.
Tune in 8/4 at 10:30 a.m. PT.Four out of every five folks say they have at least one book inside them -- and, as an entrepreneur, you d better be one of them.Imagine citing examples from your own book or being introduced as an author at an event or on a podcast.The credential raises the bar to a whole new level.So much to gain from giveawaysSome of the most successful entrepreneurs have capitalized on the giveaway approach, including Danny Iny, founder of Mirasee, a marketing and education firm.
Design trends, such as the windows-based user interfaces of PCs or Apple s rejection of skeuomorphism, have defined the aesthetics of our digital lives and shaped our experiences of work and play.Unsurprisingly then, companies, institutions and individuals have started exploring how the technology could enhance fields from communication and education to shopping and advertising.Some British companies have already shown how virtual reality could significantly innovate storytelling in gaming and in the movie industry; create new social experiences; transform the way we think about theatrical productions; and become an entirely new method of receiving training in complex disciplines such as anatomy and surgery.As one of the nominating judges, CEO and co-founder of Visualise, Henry Stuart, puts it: VR has an immense ability to connect emotionally with its viewer.Granted, we have a way to go before these tools are adopted en masse.VR headsets are still expensive and technically imperfect, with limited polished products and apps.
Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen and NYCEDC President Maria Torres-Springer have announced New York City s first official approval of the Lowline project in Manhattan s Lower East Side.As the first major step in making the project a reality, the approval will help to create the world s first underground park, a community-oriented public and cultural space that will become both a local resource and an attraction for worldwide visitors.Although the Metropolitan Transit Authority MTA did express interest in the space last fall, the Lowline team was awarded conditional use due to its high community potential.Conceptualized in 2011, the Lowline seeks to utilize cutting edge solar technology to transform the abandoned Williamsburg Bridge Trolley Terminal located under Delancey Street into a one-acre underground public park.Here, sunlight is delivered underground, activating photosynthesis to create a lush garden space year-round.In addition to creating much-needed public space, the Lowline team hopes to set a model for adaptive reuse and cultivation of abandoned underground spaces, as well as to shape the future of the City through innovation, deep community engagement, education, and youth development.
It turns out that even the well-off need help in a housing market as crazy as the one in the San Francisco Bay area, and lenders are elbowing each other in a rush to provide it.They re courting Silicon Valley workers with tailored loans, guaranteed 24-hour approval and financial-planning services.First Republic Bank -- which gave Facebook Inc. billionaire Mark Zuckerberg a 1.05 percent interest-rate mortgage -- has opened branches in Facebook and Twitter Inc. headquarters.The downside is that the most expensive U.S. housing region is becoming a no-fly zone for anyone outside technology, especially with so many people shut out altogether by tight credit standards imposed after the 2008 real-estate crash.What s going on might be good for the borrower and good for the lender, he says, but it s not necessarily good for San Francisco.The city s median home value is $1.13 million, up almost 67 percent since 2011, and the numbers are higher in some nearby towns -- $6.36 million in Atherton, according to Zillow Group Inc., and $4.12 million in Hillsborough.Nick Merz knows how tough it can be.He s a 41-year-old product designer at Apple Inc. whose wife also works there, and says they couldn t figure out if they could afford to own a place anywhere near the company s offices in Cupertino, where the median value is $1.8 million.One reason: Almost half of their compensation packages are in Apple shares.So their lender, Opes Advisors, assigned the couple a financial adviser who used a software program to factor in debts and future income, including the stock, and the costs of education over the years for two young children.The result?
In March 2016, Forbes reported there were 159 technology billionaires, and four of the 10 richest people in the world made their money in the tech sector.We believe there are opportunities for these technology developers to play a differential role in philanthropy — one that brings together their ability to invest wisely and their acumen for using technology to change the world.Which types of technology-enabled interventions and tools most help to support healthy development and are worth big philanthropic bets is the subject of our latest research.The early childhood development crisis facing the United StatesNationwide, 5.8 million children, from birth to age five, are not on track to succeed when they begin kindergarten.They lack the cognitive skills, physical development and social and emotional maturity to succeed in a formal learning environment.
But as the results of the poll show, most Americans aren t ready to buy into this biologically enhanced future.More than 4,700 American adults were asked to consider the ramifications of three different, but still hypothetical, biomedical interventions.These included gene-editing to prevent babies from developing serious diseases, implantable brain chips to give people improved ability to concentrate and process information, and the prospect of synthetic blood transfusions to endow people with greater speed, stamina, and strength.The Pew researchers carefully chose these three enhancements following focus group sessions and advice from experts.The idea was to pick interventions that touched upon an important aspect of human enhancement, while still remaining relatively straightforward and constrained.Results of the survey were sorted according to age, gender, socioeconomic status, education, and so on, but the true delineator of opinions was the strength of religious convictions.
HP has revealed the third-generation of its Z240 workstation, which is aimed at SMBs and boasts a major jump in performance.The new relatively compact PCs can be specified with an Intel CPU running at up to 4.2GHz, and up to 64GB of DDR4 ECC memory in other words, you can fit twice as much system RAM compared to its predecessor workstation .Nvidia or AMD graphics can be specified, and you get a built-in M.2 slot for expansion cards, with HP noting that this frees up a PCIe slot – which can then be used for an HP Z Turbo Drive optionally, two of these SSDs can be included on board .On the operating system front, you can either go with Windows 7 or Windows 10, or for those who prefer the non-Microsoft route, Linux can be installed.Josh Peterson, vice president, global product management for workstations at HP, commented: "The Z240 is ideal for customers in the video editing, product design, architecture, engineering, education, public sector and image-viewing industries."The machine is also fully ISV-certified, and Peterson added: "The 368,000 hours of gruelling quality testing and ISV certification means the HP Z240 is designed as a long-term budget friendly solution."
Even if we re not yet at the point of 3D printing full biological organs that can used in surgery, the subject of 3D bioprinting is regularly in the news.But French 3D-printing startup Biomodex has a different goal — to use regular additive manufacturing to create ultra-realistic organ replicas to help train surgeons.We do not do bioprinting, Thomas Marchand, founder of Biomodex, tells Digital Trends.One application Biomodex is using its technology for is education: Medical schools can use the 3D printed plastic organs instead of cadavers to make it easier to teach classes on specific pathologies.More interestingly, however, is the fact that the startup can also create patient-specific organ replicas designed to enable surgeons to prepare more thoroughly for operating on individual patients.Surgeons can train on an exact replica of a person they are about to operate on the next day, Marchand continues.
Technology now forms a cornerstone of education, and children of all ages are expected to use computers for their work, whether it's in primary, secondary or further education.Schools and colleges are now well equipped with libraries and computer rooms, which children can use before and after school to research and write their homework.However, a PC at home is now pretty essential to get the most out of education, and the good news is that it doesn't have to cost the earth thanks to our how to get the best Back to School deals guide.Dell's updated Chromebook is a star in almost every regardCPU: 2.6GHz dual-core Intel Celeron Bay Trail-M N2840 Graphics: Intel HD for Intel Celeron processors RAM: 4GB RAM DDR3L, 1,600Mhz Screen: 11.6-inch HD, 1366 x 768 touchscreen Storage: 16GB SSD Optical drive: none Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0; 802.11ac B/G/N , dual-band Wi-Fi Camera: 720p webcam Weight: 2.91 pounds Dimensions: 12.6 x 8.4 x 0.76 inchesWith its 180-degree reinforced hinge, rugged build and sealed keyboard and trackpad, Dell has created the perfect Back to School Chromebook.