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Louis Chênevert: An Imaginative Visionary

Current CEO of United Technologies Corporation, Gregory Hayes, explains the power and necessity of future promise when investing in a company. He tells that CEOs must have the presence to make investments that conjure up benefits in the short run, yet yield an even greater occurrence in the long run. One specific example of this investment in the future that UTC has made is the Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan engine, which was an investment of more than 10 billion dollars over 20 years to be a pioneer in cutting emissions and noise pollution. UTC also believes in investing in human capital, hiring many new workers to their team who will bring these new and advanced technologies to the table, and also paying for their degrees through the Employee Scholar Program so they can advance throughout a multitude of career options.

Prior to current CEO Gregory Hayes, United Technologies Corporation was led by CEO Louis R. Chênevert. He truly blossomed the ideas that Hayes talks about, as he invested and had faith in the future of UTC. When he joined UTC in 1993, he was able to lift the company out of recession and raise UTC’s share price from $37 to $117 in a single week. His effort and commitment started very early in his leadership.

Many think that if Chênevert was able to make profits and gains this tremendous, there had to be sacrifices elsewhere in the corporation. But this is opposite of the truth, as Chênevert did not ship any jobs overseas or cut out any investments in the workforce.

The final founding principle that made Chênevert such a successful CEO was the fact he could combine the intricacies of a market economy with the creativity and imagination one needs to dream big and accomplish anything. As described by Hayes, the investment in the Geared Turbofan engine proved to be one of Chênevert’s riskiest yet most fruitful and rewarding efforts, proving once again how he has pioneered the promise that UTC will continue to innovate through investment.

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Technology is Changing Business, Shaygan Kheradpir is Changing Technology

Technology is changing our lives in many ways. From how our cars drive, how we connect with loved ones all the way to how we cook our food and clean our houses. Everywhere that you look you can see things that have changed due to technology. The same applies to the business world and how many daily functions are handled. We have cell phones that can give us directions, talk to us, schedule reservations for us and much more. We have automatic vacuum cleaners that can just roam around our house and pick up dirt and debris wherever located, without us having to blink an eye. We have satellites that are exploring space and sending back pictures to us of planets that are years away in space travel, and they are clear as can be. This is incredible if you look at where technology was just 5-6 decades ago. Technology is a large part of our daily lives, and many of the crucial technologies are controlled by IT systems and IT professionals so that they function properly and provide the service that they are designed to. A lot of people don’t care how things work, only that they work so, it is common that people do not think about the men and women that program and manage these systems for our luxuries. Beyond luxuries technology provides a completely new way of conducting business.

One of these individuals is Shaygan Kheradpir. Shaygan is a technology and business executive who has a bachelor’s degree, a masters degree, and a doctorate from Cornell Univesity in the field of electrical engineering. Shaygan was born in London but was primarily raised in Iran. His high school education was obtained at the Aiglon College in Switzerland. His career began at GTE Laboratories. It was here that he handled working with network routing, control, and management. He showed extreme dedication and worked his way up to the position of Chief Information Officer. He later moved on to become the President of Verizon’s e-business division after GTW merged with Bell Atlantic in 2000 to become Verizon Communications. He later became the company’s very first CIO/CTO. He contributed to the integration of Fios at Verizon while holding this position. He helped pioneer “automation of operations” at Verizon as well. His next career position was the Chief Operating Officer of the Global Retail & Business Bank at Barclays. It was here that he was able to contribute to the development of Pingit mobile payments software. He was later promoted to Chief Operations, and Technology Officer making him the first tech executive to be on the executive team at this corporation. In January of 2014, Kheradpir became the CEO of Juniper Networks where he implemented an Integrated Operating Plan aligned to buy back stock, increase profits and reduce expenses. Shaygan was also a member of the board at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology.

The Complex and Rewarding World of Image Recognition

Look around you and try to put a name to the things you see. Chairs, tables, floors, cups, plates, they’re all easy to recognize. You can probably even recognize the brands of many of those items when you see them. It’s a fairly easy task for people. But it’s a shockingly difficult task for computers. Many people aren’t aware of how many decades of serious research have gone into the seemingly simple task of computers being able to recognize a chair when they see it. This process, known as image recognition, has been one of the most complex problems within the field of artificial intelligence.

The past few years have seen some amazing advances though. What used to be a distant dream is now a reality. The right software, created by the right people, can finally recognize and define the objects within a picture. Of course that’s impressive on a technical level. But people might wonder what that means on a practical one. What can image recognition actually do? By itself it really is just an academic accomplishment. But some companies are working on ways to integrate this new technology with existing platforms. One of the most powerful comes about through the use of mobile phones and image recognition.

There’s been two noteworthy changes in smartphones which have made this possible. The first is that the quality of cameras has gone up tremendously. The cameras in smartphones were often more of an afterthought. Today the cameras in smartphones rival professional quality equipment. This ensures that the image recognition software has high quality images to work with. The other improvement happened with networks. The software on the phone isn’t even close to powerful enough to run high end image recognition software. So the image needs to be offloaded onto higher powered equipment. Higher quality data connections make this trivial to accomplish. It just takes a few seconds to snap a high quality picture and send it off to a more powerful remote server for processing. Of course that requires a company to do the processing.

The current industry leader in image recognition in phones is Slyce. They make it easy to work image recognition into an app. For example, one of their services involves product recognition. They can enhance or even build apps which will notice a particular item, search internal databases, and lead potential customers to a location where it can be purchased. But their “snap to buy” service is only the beginning of what they can do. They have specially tailored services to match almost any image recognition need.

Flying Cars Could Get Off the Ground by 2017

AeroMobil presented its prototype flying car last October, now the company announced in addition to flying, the car will also be driverless.

Among its most striking features, this two-seater car can travel on the road as a normal vehicle and in a few seconds spread its wings and fly. But this is not enough for the company.

Zeca Oliveira has learned that they already have begun drafting plans to make the first prototype of an autonomous flying car that does not need human control to run.

The communications director, Stefan Vodocz , said “Maybe in 10 years, the flying car will be automatic.”

The development of innovative technologies in the automotive industry is on everyone’s agenda.

Google is hard at work to make their own autonomous car, that could hit the market in the next five years, and Apple, Tesla, and overseas Chinese markets are also developing a car. AeroMobil is looking to take mobile operating systems to the next level.

AeroMobil knows there is a tough legal battle ahead. The company’s flying roadster will have to overcome many regulations to becoming a reality.

The company expects its flying car is a solution for less developed countries that cannot invest much in infrastructure, such as the roads.

Millennials Find YouTube More Entertaining Than TV


Young Consumers Watch YouTube More Than TV Because It Makes Them Feel Good

TV may be becoming a modern day dinosaur faster than we realize. Consumers born between the years 1980 and the end of the century are watching more YouTube posts than TV shows stated a poll on The reason is simple. YouTube is relevant and watching TV can be a struggle. In fact, consumers ages 13-24 watch YouTube videos a little over 11 hours week, and they watch TV a little more than 8 hours a week

That doesn’t sound like much, but when the entertainment and feel good factors are considered, YouTube watching will grow in popularity at TV’s expense. The reality phase is an important ingredient to Millennials. They want to relate as well as learn from real experiences. Young people see themselves in videos, and TV just doesn’t do that for them.

The study that compiled this information is associated with YouTube, so there is some question about the results. But even when that association is factored into the study, it’s safe to say TV has some work to do if it is going to be relevant to Millennials. Millennials think TV needs an injection of coolness.


Our Tech Industry, Along with Our Freedom, Are Suffering Because of NSA Spying

Our tech industry depends on trade with China for its economic vitality. It is looking as though recent revelations about NSA spying is hurting that trade. It is now being reported that China is removing US tech brands from an authorized list of brands for state purchases. Marcio Alaor BMG knows that this comes at a time of rumors and reports of the NSA installing implants and back ways into various technology devices to make interdicting and monitoring communication easier. The effects are already being felt in Silicon Valley among companies such as Cisco, Intel and Apple.

It is not surprising that other countries are shying away from US technology brands. Even our allies got upset when it was uncovered that world leaders’ cell phones were tapped and their calls listened in on. The Edward Snowden revelations have removed a veil of innocence from many American’s eyes about what their government does on a daily basis for national security. While many of these measures may be seen as a necessary part of a seemingly unending war on terror, it does feel as if we are speeding toward George Orwell’s depiction of an oppressive society in his novel “1984.” Feeling like your government is monitoring your every move is not a good feeling for the citizens of a supposedly free country to be experiencing. We live in a world now where everyone must expect that anything they write in an email or text to anyone will eventually become public knowledge.

Entertainment Site Outages Not The End of the World

Last week, a Netflix outage resulted in users complaining at length about their ruined lives. Flavio Maluf knows there is no doubt that video entertainment soothes the masses: It helps people unwind after work and people with health issues who need a distraction from pain or depression.

Yet, entertainment service outages are normal and users need to calm down when they can’t get access. A Netflix outage won’t result in users losing an opportunity to watch later like with cable or satellite. Netflix pauses streaming at the point the connection stopped. Additionally, there are a ton of other online resources that users can enjoy while waiting for Netflix to fix the issue, such as Hulu, Viki, DramaFever and YouTube.

Instead of allowing an entertainment site outage to become a stressful and frustrating event, users need to see it as an opportunity to check out other services or do things away from their computers.

There are many more serious topics to freak out about that can actually end the world as humanity knows it, such as global warming, climate change and mass pollution. At the very least, if users need to get upset over something Internet-based, they should be more stressed, frustrated and angry about ISPs throttling user bandwidth and when government websites go down like the Dutch government’s outage this morning that can cause people to not get access to important government services when they need them.

Mark Ahn: His Thoughts on The Future of Technology

Mark Ahn, a professional in the tech industry, sees several of the new technology trends as those that are sure to make a global impact.

As cited by a recent PR Newswire web article, Mark suggests that we see more caring in tech product and service related businesses. Today, being a tech entrepreneur is about caring and meeting the customer’s unmet needs. But primarily its about CARING and taking an interest in both local and global needs.

These tech startups are often involved in interest such as food planning, global warming and climate change. It’s these entrepreneurs who believe that a business cannot succeed in any industry if they don’t care about how their efforts will help on a larger scale. Philanthropy is not new, and businesses have embraced it for decades, but now more than ever there is a remarkable emphasis on value and caring in the corporate arena.

Because of this new trend entrepreneurs are looking at global problems from the macro level. They work hard to identify issues and solutions in global warming, agriculture and poverty. The idea is to use smarter technology to increase sustainability and agricultural productivity. As an example, Mark Ahn believes that 2015 will be the growth year for technologies working on drought resistant crops and water conservation. Alternative power sources are also of primordial concern.

Don’t knock the little guy.It’s the little company that will help change the world, just because the small entrepreneur is not afraid of failure. According to Ahn’s analysis, it is the strong business ethical and moral code that will offer better solutions for the world’s problems.

Affordable Liquid Z410 LTE Smartphone Announced By Acer

January 5 will be the day for the announcements of the latest smartphones by different mobile brands. Being a big tech lover, Ben Shaoul is surprised to find Acer has made the announcement for the Liquid Z410 smartphone that is regarded as an affordable device.

Liquid Z410 is a smartphone that comes with a price tag of $155. However, the hardware and features are really fine comparing to the price. This is a compact device of 4.5-inch Quad HD display with 540 x 960 pixels resolution. 245 ppi density is really good for the display and powered by a 64-bit, quad-core MediaTek MT6732 with an ARM Mali-T760 GPU. At the same time, it will support Category 4 LTE network system.

The camera features in 5 megapixels camera with LED flash to ensure good picture quality, the selfie snapper offers 2 megapixels camera with 80-degree lens.

The Acer device will provide 5.5 hours of talk time backup with 400 hours standby time backup to the users. However, there is no announcement of Android OS version of the smartphone. We do not have any announcement on its software but we expect to have Acer QuickTouch and AcerRapid key.

This is one of the products from Acer for the CES 2015. The smartphone will be available at the end of February and sold in Europe, Africa, and Middle East only.

Experts Now Think Sony Hack Could Be An Inside Job

New Evidence Points To A Former Sony Employee

The FBI believes North Korea is the cyber bandit that hacked Sony Pictures files, but new evidence points to a former Sony employee with a very technical background. That employee was not Dr Rod Ronrich; he was laid off in May due to internal restructuring. Norse, the Internet security firm, also has evidence that a total of six people were part of the hack. Those individuals include two U.S. based people, one in Canada, one in Thailand and one in Singapore.

A senior vice-president of Norse told The Ledger, a security industry news website that the former Sony employee was a ten year veteran. She posted negative statements about the Sony layoff on social media sites. The Ledger said that Norse was able to access Internet Relay Chat (IRC) forums and other websites and retrieve communications with individuals associated with underground hacking groups in Asia and Europe. Norse also used leaked human resource documents to identify the former Sony employee and her activity since she left the company in May.

Norse said its findings were not conclusive, but the company gave the FBI the information they accumulated in the case. But the FBI released this statement on Monday: “The FBI has concluded the Government of North Korea is responsible for the theft and destruction of data on the network of Sony Pictures Entertainment.”