JC Penney Has Had the Secret to Clean Cooling Energy for Centuries...

Ice is being used for more than chilling your drinks these days. Using ice storage technology from CALMAC, a global leader in energy storage, JC Penney has been cooling off efficiently for a quarter century. Energy Manger Today cites that by adopting this approach to air conditioning, the retailer saved an average of $100,000 at its Plano, TX, headquarters. “Ice storage is a tool for dramatically reducing peak demand, which is the utilities’ real problem, while possibly also saving energy,” wrote CALMAC CEO Mark MacCracken in response to emailed questions from Energy Manager Today. “The energy savings vary by installation application. One way it saves energy is it shifts usage to nighttime generation which in most areas of the country is much more.” The technology works by freezing water at night, then using that ice during the day for various cooling operations. Storing energy during off-peak hours results in energy that is cleaner and more efficient when used during peak hours. While the market for this kind of technology is not big at the moment, it is significantly growing. Transparency Market Research estimated that the market would increase profits from $600 million in 2013 to $1.8 billion by 2020. Researchers at CALMAC are not the only ones looking to improve how we will be cooling off in summer months. Researchers at Arizona State University are working to develop new technology to help lower the cost of air conditioning. The researcher was funded by the Department of Energy. According to Fox News, the Department of Energy gave a group of researchers $2 million to improve the energy efficiency of single pane windows, which are not known to be as energy efficient. Homeowners can spend thousands replacing them as about a third of the homes in...

Facebook Releases DeepText Technology, Gives Other Search Engines a Run for Their Money...

A whopping majority — over 80% — of Internet users type search phrases into search engines to find information. But now, Facebook is hoping to enter into the world of search engines with the implementation of their DeepText. Described as a deep-learning based text understanding engine, the goal of Facebook’s DeepText is to provide almost human accuracy to the process of sorting through all the social media posts on its platform. This system is able to understand the textual accuracy of several thousand post per second, in over 20 different languages. The company also hopes to expand the system’s natural language processing (NLP) abilities, as these are typically confused by slang. That means Facebook is developing a search engine that will understand acronyms and phrases like “LOL,” “OMG,” “BTW,” and “bro.” This word-embedding software is also able to understand and compare similar semantics across different languages. For example, Facebook will learn to recognize “feliz cumpleanos” and “happy birthday” as having the same meaning. As reported on Enterprise Tech, the Facebook researchers explained the importance of this technology in a statement posted on their website: “Text understanding on Facebook requires solving tricky scaling and language challenges where traditional NLP techniques are not effective. Using deep learning, we are able to understand text better across multiple languages and use labeled data much more efficiently than traditional NLP techniques.” DeepText also promotes text understanding, which will help filter out unrelated news stories on the Facebook News section of the site. It will also determine a general classification of what the search is about and then provide relevant information that the user could be interested in. Take the word “basketball.” If a user was to search for a particular basketball team on Facebook’s search engine, DeepText would recognize...

New Medical Technology May Boost Survival Rate of Gunshot Victims...

Gunshot wounds are getting deadlier as weapons and ammunition get stronger, but there is new technology helping surgeons save these victims. While it is difficult to prepare for a mass casualty event, trauma surgeons are trained to handle it. However, with stronger weapons come more severe injuries. “With higher velocity bullets, it transfers more energy to the tissue, there’s more tissue damage, more bleeding and when you have more bullets then yeah they’re more severe,” said Dr. David Ciesla, director of the trauma program at Tampa General Hospital. “The guns themselves have higher-capacity magazines so people come in with more wounds, more gunshots than they used to,” Ciesla continued. The tragedy in Orlando this month has given medical professionals a vivid and jarring reminder of the damage that guns can do. “It’s almost like time stopped,” Dr. Joshua Stephany, a medical examiner in Orlando, told CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Wednesday in his first media interview since the incident. “TVs were playing in the background; strobe lights were blinking; drinks had just been poured, food half-eaten, checks about to be paid. It was truly like time stood still.” More than 60% of cell phone owners find themselves checking for notifications even if their phone isn’t ringing or vibrating, but for doctors in the Orlando area this weekend, the ringing was non-stop. At Tampa General Hospital, physicians are seeing fewer gunshot victims than they used to, but the wounds do tend to be more severe. The good news: new technology is helping increase the survival rate of those patients. “A lot of these innovations have come from battlefield casualties, what the military medics and surgeons have learned, you know, in times of war,” said Ciesla. The most important of these innovations was...

Lenovo Teams With Lowe’s to Debut New Tango Technologies...

Home improvement projects just got easier with a new Tango augmented reality (AR) app from Lowe’s. Using Google’s Tango technology, Lowe’s will be the first third-party company to use the consumer-facing augmented reality app. Android Headlines cites that the new app will allow consumers to preview home improvement projects, including appliances, to see exactly what they will look like. The app uses Google’s advanced 3-D mapping technology to check the measurements and materials inside a user’s home to show how something will fit and look within a given space. Considering that many homeowners are now choosing more energy efficient products like low flush toilets in order to save 18,000 gallons of water each year, being able to see how the product will look ahead of time is a great advantage. Not only will the app save time during the process of home improvement projects, but it will also save money, since the probability of something not fitting correctly is greatly reduced. In addition to being able to virtually place appliances wherever they want, users will have the ability to make other virtual tweaks to their space. Technology such as this will appeal to both interior designers and do-it-yourself types. According to Engadget, the company will also be selling Lenovo’s Phab2 Pro, the first device to be compatible with Tango technology. News of the device was shared just before the reveal of the new Lowe’s app. With a 16-megapixel camera and various sensors, the large handset is priced at $500 and will be unlocked for users. Currently, there is no word yet on which carrier models will be available to consumers. Lowe’s is not the only retailer using Tango technology. Online furniture retailer Wayfair also has an app that allows users to virtually place furniture...

New Lowe’s App Let’s Users Virtually See Their Home Improvement Projects...

Lowe’s is looking to make home improvement projects even easier with its latest app. The home improvement retailer will launch an augmented reality app featuring Google’s Tango technology. Not only will users be able to choose their appliances with the app, but they will also have the chance to see what products will look like in the home virtually. Using Google’s 3D mapping software technology, users can place appliances where they want, add accessories, and make other virtual changes before beginning a project. Considering that the home improvement industry in the United States generates around $144 billion from retail stores alone, innovations such as this are sure to be a hit on the market. In addition to debuting the app, Engadget reports that the company will also sell Lenovo’s Phab2 Pro, the first mobile device with Tango software, for $500. The device has four cameras including an eight-megapixel front camera, a 16-megapixel rear camera, and camera sensors to digitally map out a space and create a 3D version of it to be edited by the user. “It is a device that truly understands our surroundings and augments our reality,” said Lenovo CEO Yuanqing Yang. Lenovo recently purchased smartphone maker Motorola from Google in 2014 and now produces smartphones using the Moto name along with its own brand. While it is not known which mobile carriers will service the device, consumers are curious to find out. The Lowe’s Vision app gives a practical solution to interior designers, contractors, and the do-it-yourself Americans looking to spice up areas of their homes. This app is the latest development from Lowe’s who continues to produce consistently high numbers each quarter. These are part of its efforts to distinguish itself from fellow home improvement retailer and competitor Home Depot....

Fact Check: Did Stem Cells Really Help a Stroke Victim Walk Again?...

Trending on social media this week was a story that has stunned Stanford researchers and the scientific community at large: a new stem cell experiment conducted at the California university has helped a stroke victim walk again. It’s the kind of story that’s destined to go viral in the social media age, a rare piece of happy news in an otherwise bleak election year. It’s also the kind of news story that content writers have a special phrase for: it’s too good to fact check. So do the viral, click-baity headlines actually check out? Can stem cells really help people walk again? There’s no simple way to summarize the research, published in the medical journal Stroke. However, for once the story actually does check out, and scientists say this really is a monumental breakthrough. Previously, neuroscientists had long believed that brain damage is both permanent and irreversible. This study involved 18 patients who had already passed the “six-month plateau,” the point at which stroke victims rarely show further improvement. But after receiving a stem cell injection, the Washington Post reported that “seven of the 18 patients experienced significant improvement in their abilities following treatment.” There’s no other way to put it — it’s a very big deal. So how does the treatment work? It’s a gruesome process but one that’s considered relatively safe, as far as brain surgeries go. For the study, the Stanford team used “surgeons drilling a hole into the study participants’ skulls and injecting stem cells in several locations around the area damaged by the stroke.” Stem cells are one of the most promising areas of regenerative medicine, which has been booming in recent years. Experts say that the regenerative medicine market will reach $6.5 billion by 2019, nearly triple the...

Paul Arriola Makes History During Debut Against Puerto Rico...

The men of the USA soccer team have beaten Puerto Rico 3-1 and made a history in the process. According to CBS, rookie Paul Arriola became the first player since Landon Donovan to score a goal and have an assist in his initial appearance. This has not happened on record since 2000. Also contributing to Team USA’s win were Tim Ream and Bobby Wood who also scored during the game. USMNT coach Jugen Klinsmann utilized a transitional roster throughout the game in order to give new players a few minutes of playtime. His plan worked to his benefit as Ream and Arriola scored their first goals for the National team, leading the U.S. to victory. The game, which includes running, walking, sprinting, and jumping during its 90-minute period, was watched by millions around the world. Sunday’s friendly match against Puerto Rico saw the potential of Arriola and seven other players currently in a training camp with the team while the regular players stayed with the Major League Soccer teams over the weekend. Speaking on Arriola’s impressive debut, U.S. coach Klinsmann said, “He did well, and he knows he has a huge learning curve still ahead of him.” Team USA is currently tied for 29th in the FIFA rankings and could have a chance of ranking higher with additions like Arriola, once he has gained more experience. The U.S. had an 11-5 advantage over Puerto Rico’s team, which is currently tied for 152nd. Sunday’s match against Puerto Rico in Bayamon is just one of three the team will have before next month’s Copa America. The team will face Ecuador on May 25 and Bolivia on May...

Harvesting Stem Cells From Baby Teeth Can Save Lives, Researchers Say...

According to the American Dental Association, a person’s smile is rated as more important than their eyes, hair, and body. And now, this important feature has the ability to save lives. Researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina have discovered that harvesting stem cells from umbilical cord blood can regenerate tissue, cells, and even entire organs. The health benefits of cord blood have been gaining the world’s attention for the past decade. These cells are already being used to treat 80 different diseases, including blood disorders, cancers, and both immune and metabolic disorders. But the researchers are offering an option for parents who did not harvest their child’s cord blood at birth but still want to benefit from all the health opportunities. That method? Extracting a child’s baby tooth. Dr. Michael Schmidt, professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of South Carolina tells ABC that a child’s baby teeth hold stem cells and are the best way to recover these potentially lifesaving cells. Schmidt says, “Cord blood is great, but if you can get them from baby teeth, so much the better because you don’t have to bank them at the day you are born. You can actually wait until the teeth grow out.” Once the tooth is extracted, it is sent to a lab and held until the development of more advanced medical technology. At the lab, the tooth is drilled and the stem cells are harvested. The samples are then frozen in a mixture of liquid nitrogen and other chemicals used for preserving. As the stem cells must be harvested within 48 hours of coming out, dental DNA experts suggest having a dentist pull the tooth properly and then immediately sent to a lab. While this technology is in its...

New Study Finds Human and Rat DNA in Burger Meat Samples...

If you think of quintessentially American food, nothing screams “American pastime” quite like a juicy cheeseburger. According to statistics, Americans eat almost 50 billion burgers per year, breaking down to an average of 4.3 times each month. But new and disturbing research might give us a reason to cut back on our burger obsession. Earlier this month, the food company Clear Labs released a report titled, “The Hamburger Report.” In this report, the researchers found multiple instances where burgers tested positive for rat DNA. And in one sample, the researchers even found that the burger meat tested positive for human DNA. If this information isn’t disturbing enough, the researchers also looked at vegetarian burgers and found that many don’t even contain the main ingredients they claim to. For example, researchers found that one sample of vegetarian burgers labeled “black bean burgers,” didn’t contain a single black bean. What’s worse, meat was found in vegetarian products on more than one occasion. The lab results from The Hamburger Report came from 258 samples of ground meat, frozen burger patties, fast food items and veggie burgers from 22 retailers and 79 brands. “This report provides new insights into the burger product industry to give suppliers, manufacturers, and retailers a representative overview of the supply chain at large and provides insights based on an objective molecular analysis into how we can strengthen the good and improve the bad,” the company wrote on its website. The study used next generation genomic sequencing as well as other third party tests in order to screen the samples for contamination, authenticity, gluten, substitution, and other elements. Clear Labs also says that it hopes to “help the food industry future-proof their supply chains, reduce the risk of costly recalls, and generally improve qualities...

Nokia Phones May Come Back to the Market After Microsoft Sells Feature Phone Assets...

Nokia devices will soon be back on the market. It’s the result of the sale of feature phone assets by Microsoft to a subsidiary of Taiwanese firm Foxconn Technology, and the newly established firm HMD Global, for $350 million. The deal means that Microsoft will transfer all of its feature phone assets, which includes brands, software, services, customer contracts and supply agreements, to Foxconn subsidiary FIH Mobile to HMD Global. About 4,500 employees will also be transferred or have the chance to join either company. The deal also includes FIH Mobile’s acquisition of Microsoft Mobile Vietnam, the company’s manufacturing facility in Hanoi. The transaction is expected to close later in 2016. Microsoft will continue to develop its Windows 10 Mobile operating system and support its Lumina brand of phones and devices. As phone technology rapidly grows, the smartphone and tablet market is becoming more lucrative from all sides. A full 62% of companies that designed a website specifically for mobile had increased sales, and a phones web browsing capabilities have become much more important. Nokia, once a major consumer brand and still very iconic, has been in a strange place since Microsoft bought it but has had a large role in behind the scenes network and infrastructure work. Nokia Technologies has recently released a virtual reality camera and the digital health-tracking company Withings. CEO Arto Nummela, formerly of Nokia, heads HMD Global, and has a lot of hope for the company’s recent acquisition. “We will be completely focused on creating a unified range of Nokia-branded mobile phones and tablets, which we know will resonate with consumers,” Nummela...

HP Raises the Bar With New 3D Printers...

Tech industry veterans Hewlett-Packard announced recently at an industry conference the official sales launch of their first ever industrial-grade 3D printers. The company will now begin accepting preorders for both the HP Jet Fusion 3200, set to release in October, as well as the larger 4200 series, which is slated for production sometime next year. The Multi Jet Fusion technology that powers HP’s new printers promises significant leaps and bounds for 3D printing productivity. The company claims that their new models will be able to materialize items ten times faster than the current leading industrial 3D printers, enabling increased production and lower costs for manufacturers as well as shorter wait times for custom projects. The printers are also scaled at about half the cost of other 3D models. The 3200 series is priced at $130,000 while the 4200 is anticipated to be in the low-$200,000 range. While 3D printing — also called additive manufacturing — technologies are a new frontier for Hewlett-Packard, it’s a well established trade for the tech industry. Three-dimensional printed objects have been highly useful and successful for operations that require customizable parts in small quantities, as in aerospace and biomedical fields. Dentists have been using physically-printed crown replacements alongside 3D X-ray technology for ceramic reconstruction since 2009, for example. But HP aims to bring 3D printing out of niche markets and into larger assembly processes. “We see it having an impact that we haven’t seen in 28 years,” 3D printing consultant Terry Wohlers told the Wall Street Journal. The 3D printing business experienced a 17% increase last year, an upward trajectory likely to continue with HP’s imminent entrance. As a symbol of their dedication, HP is even self-manufacturing 66 of the 135 various parts for their printers using their own...

New Technology Brings Disney Goers All Over the World...

Disneyland and Disney World are the most magical places on earth, and for the 45% of Americans who take a summer vacation, their retreat just got a little bit more high-tech, too. One of Disney’s most popular rides, Soarin’ Over California, is set to be replaced with Soarin’ Around The World. Making its debut in Disneyland in 2001, and in Disney World in 2005, Soarin’ Over California is known for its hang-gliding simulation and smell of fresh orange groves. The film takes viewers on a flight over California landmarks while the seats move in synchronization with the scenes. But now, a new and improved technology will bring riders on an epic journey to six continents. Advanced technology will upgrade this ride in every way. This means that viewers will get even closer to the world’s wildest wonders. Camera equipment was dangled below a helicopter as it flew between rock formations and across varied terrain. A high resolution camera was even attached to a low flying helicopter, bringing viewers up close and personal to the Great Wall of China. This is an unprecedented luxury, as Disney has not been able to film the Great Wall since 1982. Jason Grandt, art director for Walt Disney Engineering says Soarin’ Around the World will focus on human-made monuments. He adds that new cameras with laser projection will make the attraction even more exciting. “The sights you’re going to see are going to be stunning, crystal-clear and unlike anything you’ve ever seen,” Grandt reported to Orlando Sentinel. “Imagineering has sort of created this one-of-kind, unique camera system that delivers the highest resolution film imagery anywhere… We’ve coupled that with a new laser projection system.” Coupled with these new cameras are higher resolution screens and projection systems, a third theater,...

Underrepresentation of Women Bad News for Tech Startups...

Despite the fact that 200,000 new tech jobs were formed in 2016, women are still severely underrepresented in the industry. Startups are popping up all over the country, and in California in particular, but recent studies have shown that the majority of women in tech would rather work anywhere else. Startups have somehow managed to isolate women even more than the tech industry has in the past. A recent study by Women Who Code (WWC) in partnership with Pluralsight reveals that there are several reasons few women are interested in joining the many freshly budding startup companies. One reason is simply that women are not as interested in the benefits that startups are likely to offer employees. Larger companies are more inclined to offer flexible work schedules, while startups usually offer benefits that highlight stock options. WWC CEO Alaina Percival suggests that women value their spare time more and are more “interested in nurturing other aspects of their lives.” Flexible hours relate to the amount of time a person can spend with her family. Percival argues that this is a major reason why women are showing little interest in startup lifestyles. Unfortunately, the United States has no federally mandated maternity leave, so companies that can offer this benefit are more attractive to mothers. Simply put, startups do not always share the same values held by many women in the workforce. Percival finds this troubling, saying, “What we want to do, especially through this report, is let those companies know — because those companies absolutely want to hire the 50,000 technical women from our organization — let them know that these are the kinds of things that women value and if you can put them in place faster, you’re more likely to attract women engineers.”...

How Did European Carmakers Beat Their Emissions Targets?...

This April the European Environment Agency of the European Union announced that automakers there actually came in below the reduced emissions target set by regulators. In 2015, new cars sold in the 28 EU member countries emitted 119.6 grams of CO2 per kilometer on average, a full eight percentage points below the year’s target rate. In total, European carmakers reduced emissions by 3% compared to 2014. The European strategy is two-fold: downsize engines and reduce overall vehicle weight, a process known as lightweighting. Unfortunately, lightweighting has had some unintended consequences. One of the easiest ways for carmakers to reduce weight is by eliminating parts that dampen road noise, which is why so many new cars are far louder than consumers are used to. Unfortunately, many consumers now expect cars to be quiet enough to accommodate cell phone conversations and Bluetooth technology, which isn’t possible if the vehicle interior sounds like a race track. In the 1990s carmakers in the United States began using mass backing, an insulating material bonded to the vehicle’s molded carpet. Mass backing provided sound protection, heat insulation, and a luxury aesthetic. In the era of lightweighting, components like these are quickly flying out the window, along with once standard features like spare tires or acoustic panels. At the 2015 WardsAuto Interiors Conference, auto industry experts described a lighter car seat as the “holy grail” of lightweighting, and carmakers will seemingly do anything to meet new fuel-economy mandates (ahem, Volkswagen). So far, it looks like these efforts are paying off, at least according to the latest emissions figures from the European Union. Still, the auto industry faces an uphill battle moving forward. In Europe, the target emission for 2021 is just 95 grams of CO2 per kilometer, and the industry may...

Art Inspired By Richard III’s Skull Is On Exhibit In London...

Richard III had a long and dramatic life — and even after his death, his remains are experiencing celebrity status. The king’s remains were found during an archaeological excavation in 2012, under a city council parking lot in Leicester at a site that had once been a Medieval friary. After extensive DNA testing, the team at the University of Leicester Archaeological Services announced that they had found King Richard III. Now, a series of portraits based on X-ray images of the king’s skull are set to go on display in London. British artist Alexander De Cadenet, who has created the images, is known for his skull portraits. The X-rays are from the University of Leicester analysis of the royal remains. High quality X-rays, which can be taken as fast as 30 frames per second, were used to create records for extensive scientific analysis. “I am extremely grateful to the University of Leicester for allowing me access to the X-ray scans, without which this creation would not be possible,” said De Cadenet. “His remains have been discussed and analyzed in such scientific detail, I felt he was an extremely appropriate subject to be present as his skull is likely the most recognizable and iconic in the world today.” The first of a six-portrait series will go on display at a gallery in London, from April 14 until April 25. Indeed, Richard III has already stirred the creative minds — a facial reconstruction was commissioned by the Richard III Society, and a large photo-mosaic portrait was revealed on the first anniversary of his discovery. History and literature enthusiasts were aghast — and fascinated — when medical scanners found that the king had died of devastating injuries. Two large wounds were found at the base of his...

‘Terrorist Sounding’ Dog’s Name Leads to Bank Freezing Man’s Online payments...

In the United States, about 26% of people admit to not making their payments on time. There are many reasons why people miss payments, but for Bruce Francis of San Francisco, his reason is more of a rarity after Chase Bank misunderstood the memo line on his check. The Huffington Post reports that Francis was attempting to transfer money from his Chase Bank account to his dog walker’s account, but it was blocked because his dog’s name “sounded like a terrorist network.” Francis’ nine-year-old dog’s name is Dash. Bank officials though that sounded too much like Daesh, the Arabic term for the jihadist militant group and self-described Islamic State. Francis was not too upset about the misunderstanding. “I think anything we can do to stop the terrorists and the funding of terrorists, let’s do it,” Francis told KTVU. “If it means an inconvenience to me and my dog walker, then that’s a price I’m totally willing to pay.” The payment was flagged with the U.S. Treasury Department, and asked Francis to explain what Dash meant. Once Francis explained that Dash is actually his dog’s name, the flag was lifted and his payment was processed. According to the New York Daily News, Chase Bank officials defended the reasoning for originally flagging the email. “If a name on the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) list appears on a payment, we are required to review it,” Chase Bank said. “This is an important part of ensuring that crime does not filter through the U.S. banking system. In this instance, the payment was flagged, reviewed and eventually released.” Although a serious issue, Francis found some humor in the misunderstanding. “The idea that my dog is a terrorist is pretty funny,” Francis said. “Seriously, the only thing Dash...

Caught on Camera: Five Guys Burglar Cooks Himself Midnight Snack...

This April an anonymous Washington D.C. man has gone viral for a most unusual crime. On March 18, between the hours of 3 a.m. and 5 a.m., the suspect stealthily followed a delivery man inside a Five Guys fast food restaurant. The man waited for the delivery man to leave, then proceeded to rummage around the restaurant and treat himself to a free meal. Eventually, the man decided to fire up the grill and cook himself a midnight snack, all the while talking to someone on his cell phone. Finally, he stole some bottled water and made his escape. Footage of the nighttime prowler was captured on the restaurant’s surveillance cameras, and the Metropolitan Police Department released the footage on April 10 via YouTube. According to a statement that accompanied the video, “The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying a person of interest in reference to a Burglary II incident which occurred in the 1400 block of Irving Street, NW, on Friday, March 18, 2016… DC Crime Solvers currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a serious crime committed in the District of Columbia.” Presumably, the Case of the Five Guys Crook qualifies as a “serious crime.” Often, the mere presence of CCTV video surveillance is enough to prevent burglaries. Police believe that up to 67% of such crimes could be prevented by video cameras, and most crimes are impulsive crimes of opportunity. The Five Guys incident seems like the perfect example of a crime of opportunity perpetrated by an impulsive burglar, but the brazen nature of the crime suggests he either did not notice or did not care about the...

Ohio Pilots a High Tech School Bus Alert System to Protect School Children...

In Ohio, Department of Transportation officials are trying to figure out how to get drivers to pay more attention to signs on and about school buses. School buses are so ubiquitous across the American educational landscape that they have penetrated our understanding and perception of the primary school experience. Not only that, but they are subject to many safety rules, keeping then heavy, tall, and equipped with emergency exits — and they are notoriously safe. Data shows that just four school-aged children are killed aboard buses every year, as compared with the 490 killed going to and from school in passenger vehicles. The real risk to school children when riding the bus is actually while getting on and off. This is despite the stop sign that indicates to drivers that children are boarding or disembarking; it is illegal to pass a school bus at this time. In advertising, on-site signage can have a value of more than 25 newspaper ads per year, but for school buses, enforced signage has saved children’s lives. Researchers are trying to utilize signs to improve safety even more; they have suggested installing flashing lights on signs in order to get drivers attention by activating proximity sensors to determine when a bus is approaching. The sensors would depend on radio frequency to tell when the bus was approaching and light up a “School Bus Stop Ahead” sign. Other innovations are also coming to the school bus arena, such as a school bus tracking app that has been developed by AppAlert Inc, a startup making school-bus monitoring software. Seed funding for the project has amounted to $900,000 in a round led by Narinder Singh, a U.S. based investor. Trials of the product have been deployed across 20 school in the National...

Apple Not Suing FBI Over Purchased iPhone Hacking Device...

Apple has announced that they are not suing the FBI over the recent iPhone hack, and that they are confident that whatever method officials used to gain access will not be a security threat for the majority of iPhone users in the future. Just last month the Federal Bureau of Investigations revealed that they had been able to gain access to the iPhone used by Syed Farook, one of the shooters in the December terrorist attack that killed 14 people. The FBI has admitted to purchasing a “tool” from a third-party that allowed them to hack into the terrorist’s phone. The FBI had pursued legal action in order to force Apple to bypass the phone’s security, but the company refused to cooperate, claiming that to do so would compromise the security of all Apple product users. They argued that creating a “back-door” to access any iPhone’s data would mean creating an easy opportunity for malevolent hackers to commit identity theft. Apple consumers expressed concern that the existence of this tool would put their privacy and security in jeopardy, but FBI director James Comey assured the public that he as a “high degree of confidence that [the creators of the tool] are very good at protecting it, and their motivations align with ours.” Comey also revealed that the purchased tool could only be effective on a “narrow slice of phones,” which do not include the newest Apple models. The concern expressed by the public is easily understood, as web-based security attacks have increased 23% since 2013. Identity theft is a very real problem in the world today, and as iPhones become increasingly multi-purpose and thus contain more of our personal information, the higher the stakes...

The Invention You Didn’t Know You Needed Till Now: The Flying Selfie Stick...

According to Mashable.com, the industry of self-photo taking just took an innovative, if not contradictory, turn. IoT Group, an Australian-based technology company, just began the pre-sale of the ROAM-e, a flying selfie stick. “The selfie stick’s problem is it’s confined by the length of the stick,” Ian Duffell, executive director of the IoT Group, told Mashable Australia. “The thought was, let’s get the thing taking the picture flying with you.” He described the company’s vision as creating a, “selfie stick on steroids.” The fact that, by definition, a selfie was originally designated for pictures one took of themselves aside, the invention could be set to change the way society documents their lives in the digital age. Approximately eight million people fly on planes every day, but now you won’t even have to leave the comfort of your home to take a flying picture. The device, which basically looks like some sort of camera-equipped drone, can be tethered to a smartphone and programmed for facial recognition to use at distances as far as 82 feet away. The device features a 360-degree camera with live streaming capabilities for up to 20 minutes. Inside, it packs a 5 Megapixel CMOS sensor and a Quad Core ARM Cortex A7 Processor, according to the ROAM-e website. Duffell was quick to point out the difference between this new device and typical drones for critics who might try to classify them as virtually one and the same. “We all know drones fly around and take pictures, but because we’ve tailored it to be portable and in your space, it fits into a different category,” Duffell explained. “We wanted it to be small enough to fit into a bag or pocket. We modeled it on not being bigger than a 600-millilitre water...