When Tech Media Starts Telling Us to Go Back to Emailing – Maybe We Should Listen

From Digital Media Magazine Fast Comany

It amazes me how many communication “solutions” are available nowadays–and yet, we feel more stressed than ever. We talk endlessly about focus and productivity but the very same tools that claim to offer these values appear to make the situation worse.

It’s no coincidence that burnout levels are at an all-time high, and our attention spans are blitzed. How can we be expected to focus when alerts are constantly going off in the background, not to mention the battle to stay on top of hundreds of conversations scattered throughout our numerous apps?

Email, on the other hand, is simple. It’s unified. It’s an open channel of communication that is used worldwide to maintain an open dialogue both inside and out of the workplace.

The problem is, people still aren’t using it properly. They spend endless hours trying to grapple with a bloated inbox, and then, frustrated, turn to other apps for help. This only fuels the problem, making workflow confused and fractured. . . . . full article

Autodesk Says Construction sites will become automated factories

A new wave of technology is coming out of the world of design software for automated construction and environmental improvements. This is good news for cities where buildings must be built in cramped spaces – buildings can be assembled in modules and brought to constructions sites. But is it also an important consideration regarding jobs and the automation of work. Full story

Future of Technology & Entertainment: Jobs, Business Potential and Policy Questions

As the epicenter of digital entertainment creation and entertainment jobs, keeping up with tech and entertainment is part of our mandate. With the dawn of AI and the rise of social media, technology is scarier — and more exciting — than ever. Here’s how it’s changing music, TV, sports and more.

Virtual reality is going hyper-real. CGI is bringing back the old stars. A recent concert used no less than 157,000 multidirectional speakers to send the music to its audience! One car company is doing away with speakers and simply turning. the entire car body into a speaker. Machine made music, anyone? AI songwriting is gaining traction. Several artists using a songwriting algorithm called Flow Machines already have appeared in Spotify.

But in addition to innovations and job potential, there are policy questions in need of addressing when it comes to entertainment technology, just as there are in other tech fields. For instance, according to Rolling Stone Magazine, ” Taylor Swift fans mesmerized by rehearsal clips on a kiosk at her May 18, 2019 Rose Bowl show were unaware of one crucial detail: A facial-recognition camera inside the display was taking their photos. The images were being transferred to a Nashville “command post,” where they were cross-referenced with a database of hundreds of the pop star’s known stalkers, according to Mike Downing, chief security officer of Oak View Group, an advisory board for concert venues including Madison Square Garden and the Forum in L.A. “Everybody who went by would stop and stare at it, and the software would start working,” …. Despite the obvious privacy concerns — for starters, who owns those pictures of concertgoers and how long can they be kept on file? — the use of facial-recognition technology is on the rise at stadiums and arenas, and security is not the only goal. . . . “ full article

Is it Time to Outsource Your Passwords to an App?

First, if you are storing passwords in your web browser, stop. Because storing passwords in your browser is a terrible idea! For example, If other people (like the system admin at the office) have access to your computer, they can open Chrome’s settings tab and see all of your passwords in plaintext. 

Wired Magazine suggests: “Your brain has better things to do than store secure passwords. Get a dedicated password manager to keep your login data synced and secure across all devices.

And here are some that are recommended:

Bitwarden is the most transparently secure password manager we tested; it’s built on open source code that’s subject to regular security audits. The app is also free, making it a good choice for the password-manager curious. Advanced users like the ability to study the code, and they can even host Bitwarden on their own server. The free account has no limitations, but premium accounts ($10 a year) offer extras like support for logging in with a YubiKey and advice on strengthening your passwords.

The most user-friendly service of this bunch, 1Password seamlessly integrates with login windows to autofill passwords across all your browsers and apps. This is especially true on iOS, where the procedure is smoother than it is on other platforms. Features like Travel Mode, which automatically deletes sensitive data from devices before you go on a trip, and Watchtower, which identifies weak or reused passwords, help justify the cost: $36 a year for one user, $60 for the whole family. . . . full article

The Future of Healthcare Personalization- Forum – Oct 2, 2019

The LAEDC’s next Future Forum featuring the topic of Healthcare Personalization will take place on October 2, 2019. The Future Forum series is presented by California State University, Dominguez Hills.

This unique event has gathered leading industry experts and developers of advanced technology to take a closer look at what the future holds for healthcare personalization. 

Join the conversation and gather insights from SOPHiA GENETICS, whose mission is to combine the first two pillars of Data-Driven Medicine, Genomics and Radiomics to ensure that the data used to help patients today will also benefit the patients of tomorrow. BioStrap, a company in the wearable space, focused on clinical-quality heart analysis, implementing fascinating tech that captures over 2,000 heartbeats every 24 hours, analyzing 29 different parameters, then analyzing against all of your other heartbeats from the last 24 hours. AppliedVR, operating in virtual reality; transforming the patient experience in hospitals, surgery centers, and exam rooms across the country. FocusMotion, creating data-driven orthopedic recovery solutions to automatically assess and monitor pre- and post-operative patients, building the deep learning and diagnostic AI that will transform human recovery. LAEDC, whose mission is to advance opportunity and prosperity for all and the creation of well-paying jobs in the region. This cutting-edge forum will set precedents for meaningful networking and partnership opportunities to enhance and promote the future of healthcare in L.A. County.

Click here for tickets and more information

Pasadena’s Women In Tech and Glendale’s Beyond Limits Host Networking Event August 28, 2019

Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at WeWork 177 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA

Come join us to connect with your fellow women in tech and learn more about Cognitive AI and how Beyond Limits is applying AI technology for the world’s most demanding industries. We’ll be talking about the cutting-edge projects we’re working on, our dynamic culture, and the many ways in which we support diversity & inclusion within our company and the larger AI industry. Above all, enjoy a chic happy hour alongside some valuable networking with like-minded females!

After Beyond Limits’ overview, the rest of the evening will be spent socializing. Beyond Limits will also be doing demos of their product offering for those interested in learning more about the company.

Check-in – take the elevators to the 2nd floor and check-in at WeWork’s main desk, and you will be directed to the event

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Glendale Tech Week Announces Event Lineup – September 14 – 21, 2019

Glendale Tech Week 2019

Glendale Tech Week 2019 events have gone live! We’ve got 45 pop-up events this year, from an Artificial Intelligence presentation by Beyond Limits, to a talk on the powers and pitfalls of mobile app development, and even a free “tech ride” at Sync Yoga. View the full lineup here, and check out some more opportunities to get involved:

  • Nominate an outstanding techie to shine at our Tech Awards. Deadline to apply is August 26.
  • Apply to compete at Pitchfest. Applications close this Sunday, August 18.
  • Answer our “call for funders” to mentor startups at Meet the Funders.

Important Tech News – Check to see if your data was breached and if you qualify for free data monitoring

It is quite likely that your data WAS breached as over 100 million people were affected.

Equifax has been ordered to pay a $700 million settlement in response to their 2017 data breach. A whopping $425 million of that total is eligible to be paid out to consumers affected by the breach. First step: check if you’re eligible. If you are, then it’s time to file a claim. Lastly, you’ll need to decide: do you take (up to) $125 in cash or 10 years of credit monitoring. Depending on the number of claims, it’s likely that the more valuable option is the 10 years of credit monitoring. Make sure to file your claim by January 22, 2020.

Glendale Tech Week 2019

Innovation peaks in the silicon mountains.

SEPTEMBER 14-21,2019

Glendale, California boasts a thriving tech ecosystem that is home to over 1000 high tech firms that generate over $5 billion dollars in sales each year and employ over 41,000 people. Get in on the action during Glendale Tech Week 2019 and during our year round programming.

Link for 2019 tech week details

Tech News: French Parliament Approves Digital Sales Tax, U.S. Orders Inquiry

The French parliament has just approved a 3% digital sales tax aimed at closing the loopholes big tech companies use to bring down their tax bills.  

The plan: The tax on sales generated in France will apply to companies with global revenues over €750 million ($849 million) or French revenues over €25 million. It is expected to raise about €500 million a year.

A backlash: Inevitably, most of the companies affected are based in the US. It’s for that reason that the US government has ordered an inquiry into the new tax, with the potential to implement tariffs on French goods in retaliation.

First of many: The low tax yield from wealthy global tech firms is controversial far beyond France. The UK, Spain, Italy, and Austria are considering similar sales taxes, raising the question of how the US will respond if they take effect. Perhaps it might even prompt countries to finally agree on some common tax rules.

source: MIT Technology Review and Wall Street Journal