From Silicon Valley, Colombian Juan David Cruz tells us why he created the Vhista App, a tool that gives vision to the blind via the iPhone.
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Silicon Valley may no longer be the center of tech it once was, as companies like Amazon and Uber plan for a future around satellite offices.
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Slack Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: WORK) today announced the appointment of Nadia Rawlinson to its Executive Team as Slack’s Chief People Officer.Former Senior Vice President of People Robby Kwok has been named Chief of Staff to the CEO.Nadia brings exceptional experience across all facets of human resources strategy and development on a global scale, most recently serving as the Chief Human Resources Officer for Live Nation Entertainment, a Fortune 500 global leader in the live events industry.Prior to Live Nation, Nadia worked in Silicon Valley, leading and co-leading human resources teams for Rakuten USA and Groupon, respectively.A Proven Leader with Global Bona Fides“Nadia is bringing her exceptional talents to Slack at an incredibly important moment,” said Slack Chief Executive Officer and co-founder Stewart Butterfield.Our culture has always been a strategic advantage, and since the pandemic started our People team has done a remarkable job in maintaining and even strengthening that culture in the face of many wholly new challenges.As we enter a new phase of growth and development, I’m excited to welcome Nadia to the company and I know her leadership will have an enormous impact.”“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be joining Slack as its new Chief People Officer,” said Nadia.“During these uncertain times, supporting Slack’s employees and prioritizing a strong, inclusive culture is more important than ever.
Vector-math processor core for high-perf computing promised, too Ex-Qualcomm exec Patrick Little will today take over as CEO and president of Arm-wrestling RISC-V chip design upstart SiFive.…
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Data-harvesting test pilots to roam the streets wearing AR glasses and little lanyards explaining that you’re being recorded By permitting conspiracies and blatant falsehoods to circulate unchallenged, Facebook made denial of reality a nasty feature of actual reality. And now the Silicon Valley juggernaut has decided it wants to figure out how to build a digital layer that overlays the real world.…
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The Institute of Business and Technology is conveniently located at 2400 Walsh Ave., in beautiful Santa Clara, California and is easily accessible from all major highways and thoroughfares.IBT is situated in the heart of the Silicon Valley, the epicenter of California's booming high tech economy.
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I. A dilemma On Sunday night, after being encouraged to by friends and family, I hit play on a new documentary about our digital lives. Directed by Jeff Orlowski, The Social Dilemma explores the effect of smartphones and social networks on human behavior. Blending talking-head interviews with some well known Silicon Valley apostates and fictional, after-school special-style dramatizations of what happens when Johnny and Janey scroll through feeds all day, the film presents itself as an urgent warning about our modern condition. I’m more than a little sympathetic to these concerns. I started writing this newsletter in 2017 after coming to the belated realization that social networks really did have an outsized impact on modern life, and... Continue reading…
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Verena Löw will speak at our online event, TNW2020. Secure your free ticket now and learn how data, autonomy, and connectivity are fueling the future of mobility You can’t go a week these days without reading the word “disruption” in relation to some new piece of tech that says it’s going to change the way we live forever. Many startups in the mobility tech world profess that very Silicon Valley infused mantra of ‘moving fast and breaking stuff’ — but as regulators and industry watchdogs get involved, the disruptors run the risk of becoming the disrupted. It seems sizeable parts of the mobility space exist either… This story continues at The Next Web
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“Wow, what a time to arrive,” chuckled the 7-Eleven shop assistant as he looked out of the store windows to the semi-darkness outside. We smiled ruefully in response. It was 2pm.Moving continents in the midst of a pandemic has not been without its challenges, so when we touched down in San Francisco last Tuesday it already felt like we’d done the hard yards.That evening we arrived in Palo Alto in preparation for my wife’s new job at Stanford University. Predictably, I woke prematurely the following morning due to jet lag. Looking through the slats in the blinds of our Airbnb, the sky had an unmistakable orange hue. I assumed it must be sunrise and privately congratulated myself for having the good fortune to witness such a delightful Californian welcome.But as I lay there over the next 30 minutes, the light didn’t alter. I looked at my phone and was disconcerted to see the weather forecast wasn’t predicting sunshine, but smoke. I didn’t even know that was a setting. During the hours that followed, rather than getting lighter, the sky turned redder and darker. By the afternoon, California’s wildfires had caused the sky to resemble the angry, dying light of a distant sunset.While we were taken aback by the colour of the sky, we assumed that this had perhaps been a common side effect of the fires that had featured in the news bulletins of recent weeks. We didn’t want to reinforce the British stereotype of always talking about the weather the first day we got there, so instead deployed another and adopted a stiff upper lip.However, as we walked into town it was clear this was unusual by anyone’s standards. The main street has been temporarily pedestrianised to allow restaurants to arrange tables – all two metres apart of course – on the road so businesses can operate outdoors while indoor dining is prohibited. Few people were tempted by the prospect of al fresco dining though. It was hard to blame them; the epicentre of Silicon Valley suddenly looked like it belonged in an episode of Black Mirror.It’s safe to say this wasn’t how we had pictured our first day. It was both sad and unsettling to see our new hometown, which evidently had so much going for it, almost devoid of life under an ominous, otherworldly sky that was in equal parts compelling and intimidating.The drama of Wednesday’s radiant sky hasn’t been replicated since, but the air quality has worsened considerably. As the San Francisco Bay Area is surrounded by forest fires, it’s afflicted by the smoke regardless of which way the wind blows and, on Friday, California had the poorest air quality of anywhere in the world.Health warnings were issued advising residents to “stay inside, keep windows and doors closed, and keep your indoor air purified.” Some office workers received free respirators from their employers while a staff member at Stanford University used the institution’s online forum to enquire about the “best ways to remove hot ash from outside work surfaces”.As new arrivals, we were ill-prepared for the smoke’s detrimental health effects and have neither respirators nor indoor air purifiers. Without them it’s impossible to avoid the harmful particles that irritate your airways.The fires in California are the worst on record. In total six of the largest 20 blazes ever recorded in the state are currently raging and, with several weeks of the wildfire season remaining, three million acres of forestry have already been destroyed.The previous record was 1.8million acres, which burned during the devastating wildfires of 2018. During those months, many residents bought respirators to cope with the poor air quality and so are better equipped to deal with the pollutants in the air this time around. As new arrivals, we were ill-prepared for the smoke’s detrimental health effects and have neither respirators nor indoor air purifiers. Without them it’s impossible to avoid the harmful particles that irritate your airways. Upon our return from brief trips outside for food, our throats feel sore, so it’s disconcerting to reflect that the air quality is probably not much better in the small converted garage that we now call home.Putting aside the elephant in the room of the glowing orange sky above, the other observation we made on Tuesday was that everyone in Palo Alto wears masks – even to walk along the street. This is because, back in May, Palo Alto city council issued an emergency order requiring all members of the public to wear face coverings outside their home. This strong stance was in stark contrast to the numerous government U-turns back home.Before we arrived we’d read that California had the highest number of Covid-19 infections of any state in the US. We had also seen coverage of the vehement protests in the country opposing the lockdown restrictions. So we anticipated there would be some fairly liberal interpretations of the rules. Yet it has been quite the opposite.We’re keen to meet our neighbours properly, but they have a one-month-old baby and are understandably cautious given the maelstrom around us. As a result of the pandemic and the wildfires, we can neither meet our prospective friends inside nor out, so for now, we merely wave at each other from the window.Settling in a new country is never easy, and the unique circumstances have added additional challenges. Though it has bought us time to overcome the jet lag, it feels strange to move to a faraway land with so much to offer, and have to sit inside as the Golden State burns around us.Chris Atkin is a freelance journalist. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisjatHave a compelling personal story you want to tell? Find out what we’re looking for here, and pitch us on [email protected] from HuffPost UK Personal Oregon Wildfires Are Decimating Homes Near Me And I'm Terrified About What's Next I’m A White Teacher. 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While employees at companies like Twitter and VMware can work remotely on a permanent basis, they could face a pay cut for leaving the Bay Area.
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"Little real synergy despite the extraordinarily high price tag" The post NVIDIA’s Agrees $40 Billion Deal for UK’s Arm appeared first on Computer Business Review.
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Many Democrats agree with Trump on curbing the country’s influence. But a Biden administration, influenced by tech, may strike a different tone.
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What's that? You want to breathe clean air? Tough luck then VMware, the cloud computing biz headquartered in Palo Alto, California, will reportedly cut salaries for employees opting to permanently work-from-home if they decide to move out of Silicon Valley.…
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Anduril Industries' Palmer Luckey warns of an "AI arms race" and embraces the defense sector while much of Silicon Valley shuns it.
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HBO (Home Box Office) is an American cable and satellite TV network.It has been the king of premium and quality content for around 50 years now.Its shows and movies, like Game of Thrones, Veep, Silicon Valley, Westworld, Watchmen, and Lovecraft Country have gained love from all over the world.Consider turning off your modem for up to 30 seconds and then restart it.Merely reinstalling the HBO or HBO Max apps turn out to be helpful sometime.A speed of at least 3Mbps is required to download or access content on HBO Now or HBO Go.To fix this, you can try to move your router to an open area.
Facebook — long seen as one of the most sought-after workplaces in Silicon Valley — has faced mounting pushback from employees in recent years.
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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says he doesn’t expect his company’s employees to return to the office until the “majority” are vaccinated — a shifting deadline that will probably see staff working from home into 2021 given current time frames for vaccine development. Netflix is one of many Silicon Valley firms currently trying to balance a desire to keep its employees safe while maintaining the sort of in-person interactions that can define a company’s culture. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Hastings made it clear he thought working from home was detrimental to his business, and that he’d be pushing for a return to the office as soon as possible. Here’s what he told the WSJ: WSJ: Have you seen benefits from people working at... Continue reading…
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The birthplace of tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, and home to several successful tech outfits such as Naspers, South Africa, unsurprisingly, has a flourishing startup ecosystem. Cape Town, where Naspers – one of the world’s top 10 tech investors – is headquartered, hosts a thriving startup community and though nascent, it is showing great promise. “It is perhaps too easy – and too early – to designate a specific geographic zone as our local ‘Silicon Valley’. What we can say is that between Cape Town and nearby Stellenbosch, there is a good deal of entrepreneurial business action,” says Fabian Whate, head… This story continues at The Next Web
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Parents across Silicon Valley say they're concerned they'll be judged by peers who don't have the same family obligations during work hours.
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To survive, Tesla had to charge a lot for its vehicles — that runs counter to Musk's master plan to kill off the internal-combustion engine.
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Google wants the town-like campus to be walkable and bikeable, with all the amenities and services within a 10-minute walk for residents.
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Facebook's new election policies will apply to the president. Trump's campaign responded by saying he's being "silenced by the Silicon Valley Mafia."
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Five years after arrest at LAX, Broadcom secret snatcher sent down A Chinese professor who stole trade secrets from a Silicon Valley semiconductor company was yesterday sentenced to 18 months in jail and fined $476,835.…
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Trump's campaign went after Facebook's new election policies, which include a freeze on new political ads in the week leading up to Election Day.
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Local businesses proved their prowess the past several months as they completely transformed their business models, moving physical stores online and introducing new products and services. While everyone was in the same boat of trying to stay afloat, some businesses stood out in lockdown, giving back to the community with free food and services - and they thrived in the process.We take a look at two UK small businesses to see how they pivoted with the changing times but continued to put people first, in lockdown and beyond.The social enterprise pizzeria fighting to eradicate food povertyTiny Idea, a community-focused non-profit based in West Yorkshire, was founded by father-of-three, Steve Wright, and makes delicious artisanal pizzas made with local ingredients, distributed from a 1958 English caravan. Pizzas are donated to the homeless and those who access food banks in a discreet brown box - Wright describes it as “almost like a food bank, but without the stigma.”“We have found that in this district that people are very proud. They don’t want to be judged. However, when they come to our caravan they leave with a brown box with a hot, amazing pizza inside. Who’s to know whether they’ve been given it for free or paid £7 or £8 for it?” he says.The pandemic put a total stop on the business as suppliers ran out of flour and yeast and trading ceased - Wright used up all of his remaining ingredients to make pizzas to donate to the local homeless community twice a week. When that ran out, he started getting Chinese takeaway noodles from his supplier and delivering them to rough sleepers. When Wright was able to produce pizzas again, he launched DIY pizza kits, with dough and ingredients to make pizzas from scratch at home, hand-delivering them to customers who purchased them from the caravan and his online store, which also sells Tiny Idea’s homemade bottled sauces. The proceeds from these purchases then paid for more noodles, so Wright could continue helping those in need through lockdown.In addition to helping tackle food poverty, Tiny Idea is committed to a zero-waste policy - all unused ingredients are donated to local food banks and packaging is compostable, degradable, recycled or plant-based.Collaboration has been another key component of Tiny Idea’s success: Wright reached out to Alex, who runs Maud’s Cafe, to work on events together, and also enlisted local artist Rachel List - known for her artwork celebrating the NHS - to paint a mural on the side of his caravan. “We are in talks with someone at the moment to lease a cafe in Pontefract so we have a brick and mortar premises. The plan is to look for local unemployed people suffering with their mental health, and homeless (recently housed) to work in the cafe. We will have ‘pay what you feel’ weeks, as well as ‘pay it forward’ schemes in place,” Wright says of his future plans for the business.For anyone working for the NHS or emergency services, you get 25% off DIY pizza kit and pizza orders from the caravan - for good. The children’s entertainer who provided online classes for freeRuth Silver runs KangaRooKids, which offers inspiring drama and music classes and camps for young children in locations in north London and Hertfordshire.She created a video of herself with a kangaroo puppet on March 19th, 2020 and posted it to a Family Lockdown Tips & Ideas group on Facebook, which now boasts over 1 million members. Overnight, her followers grew from 1,000 to 4,500 - as did demand from parents for her Facebook Live classes, which kicked off the following day for babies through six-year-olds, with hundreds of people attending virtually and parents messaging with feedback. “I was reactive. I was one of the first in my area to get online and I made it free for the first three weeks, setting up a Go Fund Me account,” Silver tells HuffPost UK.Harried parents were scrambling to find online classes and entertainment at the height of the pandemic - especially if they were working alongside homeschooling and entertaining the kids. Not everyone had the budget to spend money on classes they weren’t sure their kids would participate in, let alone enjoy. “I saw a lot of people going on and charging straight away, but I wanted to offer it as a free model for marketing purposes. Everybody was struggling financially anyway, so I think people really appreciated that I was on Facebook Live,” Silver says.While Silver wasn’t able to go into schools, she also hosted kids’ parties via Zoom, before moving to outdoor sessions for the first time - her classes had all been held in schools and indoor venues previously. Silver also took advantage of a few corporate opportunities that came her way, to host Easter themed sessions for children of Silicon Valley Bank employees to entertain kids as their parents worked from home. She is also organising private sessions in small groups in people’s gardens and will continue outdoors while the weather holds.
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Tech companies are swapping on-campus gourmet chefs for free snack deliveries, but they're also stepping up childcare support and mental health services.
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In 2016, then 30-year-old Mohammed Bin Salman made a move that would soon have him brushing elbows with tech industry elites like Mark Zuckerberg,
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Silicon Valley heavyweights demand access to review boards that can shoot down trolls just ahead of trial Intel is leading an effort to force the US Patent and Trademark Office to axe a new rule said to favor litigious patent trolls.…
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For those tech CEOs who are married, many of them have been with their spouses for years — or even decades.
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