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The day–to–day grind can be daunting: Bills need to be paid, errands need to be run, and work must be accomplished. But occasionally, the wonders of what is possible with technology hits us. Among them are devices, systems and programs that not only make life better (read: easier), they also open up possibilities for new branches of development. To find out what recent technologies excite members of the Young Entrepreneur Council, I asked the following question: What’s the best tech innovation you’ve seen in the past quarter and why? Their best answers are below: 1. 360-Degree Selfies We live in…

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Author: Scott Gerber
Posted: June 23, 2017, 6:00 am

Of all the things Tesla might want to busy itself with at this point in its journey, it’s apparently chosen an incredibly difficult – and possibly foolhardy – challenge: launching its own streaming music service. Recode reports that the electric car maker has met with numerous major labels with regards to building a service that it’ll make available in its vehicles. I’m still trying to figure out how this makes any sort of sense, and I can’t come up with anything. For one thing, the streaming market is saturated. There are already several services available in the US and across…

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Author: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
Posted: June 23, 2017, 5:21 am

If being a leader was easy, then everyone would do it. What exactly sets apart those who reached the pinnacle of business achievement? What is their secret sauce? As an aspiring leader, your goal should be to create not just a good company, but a great one. That’s why it’s important to study those who have gone before you. Below I’ve listed a few of my favorite books to help get you started. From management to personal inspiration, they provide a broad palette to help you gain as much leadership insight and knowledge as possible. Meetings Suck by Cameron Herold…

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Author: Nathan Resnick
Posted: June 23, 2017, 3:17 am

More than a thousand current Uber employees have signed a letter asking for Travis Kalanick to return. After stepping down earlier this week, employees went to bat for their former CEO. 1,100 employees “signed” a document by logging into a Google Doc using their Uber credentials. Below is the full text of that document: Board of Directors — I’m writing to you today ahead of your scheduled meeting to share the thoughts of over 1,100 full-time Uber employees (and counting) who vehemently disagree with Travis’ resignation as CEO and the associated pressure placed on him to do so by investors…

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Author: Bryan Clark
Posted: June 23, 2017, 12:12 am

Girls as young as eight have become easy prey for plastic surgery apps, according to a report from the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. The report also calls out the concerns over anxiety and self-image issues related to unattainable appearances.   These “fun” gaming apps allow the user to slice, inject, chop, and rip any part of the subject’s body. “Beauty Clinic,” “Princess plastic surgery,” and “Little Skin Doctor,” mimic explicit plastic surgery procedures ー except there’s cute graphics. The recipient of the surgery shows up on screen and the surgeon (the user), has to manipulate the face and/or body to…

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Author: Carissa Lintao
Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:52 pm

Law enforcement agencies across America are unprepared to combat the threat of drone use by terrorists and common criminals. The problem isn’t a technological one, or a training issue; it’s a legal concern. The technology exists, but legally, we aren’t allowed to use it The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) explicitly forbids the use of technology that jams cellular, radio, or Wi-Fi by anyone other than federal organizations. Police, sheriffs, state troopers, and state correctional facilities are prohibited from using the jamming technology required to combat drones because of this rule. Instead we are left with choices like shooting at a…

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Author: Tristan Greene
Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:17 pm

The Supreme Court issued a decision this week in the case of Packingham v North Carolina, which acknowledged the importance of the internet to modern life. It ruled that the internet, and social media in particular, has become so “integral to the fabric of our modern society and culture” that banning someone from engaging there is a violation of First Amendment rights — even if that person has been convicted of a heinous crime. Lester Packingham was convicted of “indecent liberties” with a minor in 2002, and is now a registered sex offender. He was arrested in 2010 when authorities…

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Author: Rachel Kaser
Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:09 pm

There are few things YouTube commenters like to call people out on more than shooting a vertical video. But they’ll have one less reason to do so after the YouTube app’s latest update. The update finally allows YouTube to properly display vertical video, filling up the whole screen instead of the usual heavy letterboxing. In fact, YouTube says video will “dynamically adapt to whatever size you choose to watch it in,” so other aspect ratios will see an improvement as well (such as watching video on a 3:2 tablet). While I’m glad YouTube will properly display videos that happen to…

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Author: Napier Lopez
Posted: June 22, 2017, 10:47 pm

Researchers at Caltech have come up with a new digital camera design that does away with the need for optics. The new technology uses an optical phased array to capture light at different times with different focus, thus creating an entire image. Traditional cameras require a lens or pinholes to focus light onto a sensor, which makes them bulky. This would eliminate that protruding camera lens from the back of cellphones. Professor of Electrical Engineering at Caltech Ali Hajimiri says that it could be made thinner than paper. Hajimiri explains the optical phased array system by comparing it to a…

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Author: Tristan Greene
Posted: June 22, 2017, 10:16 pm

If you’ve ever spent an extended period of time using a VR headset, you know that the whole 360-degree video thing can get old pretty fast. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve had some amazing VR experiences that gave my neck a serious workout, but a significant portion of the content would have been just as fine only looking forward. YouTube’s new VR180 format embraces that idea, essentially cutting VR video in half so that only the front half of video is visible. That sacrifices some of the VR immersion, but I’m usually looking within 180 degrees in front of me…

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Author: Napier Lopez
Posted: June 22, 2017, 10:03 pm