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Iowa is Creating the Digital Drivers License for Smart Phones

December 16th, 2014 at 12:26 pm » Comments Off

Iowa residents may become the first in the U.S. to use a smartphone mobile app as their driver’s license. The Iowa Department of Transportation wants to let drivers keep an electronic version of a license on an app, in addition (or in lieu of) the traditional plastic one you’d keep in a wallet.



FAA Drags Feet on Drone Rulings

December 16th, 2014 at 9:58 am » Comments Off

Many new drones are now making their debut – Image by media.salon.com In August, the Federal Aviation Administration missed a key deadline for developing rules for small commercial drones. That failure has infuriated businesses that want to test and use drones for delivering goods, monitoring crops and doing other awesome things. Some have even threatened […]



Sneak Peek: George Lucas’ Future Museum

December 14th, 2014 at 7:41 pm » Comments Off

Isolated, the words all sound so cliché. Organic. Flowing. Curvy. But set to the backdrop of Chicago’s blocky skyline, they assemble a brash thesis on the city’s future: The new George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is a low-slung knoll inside a landscape of towering Lego, an Egyptian pyramid reimagined for the year 2020.



Amazon slated to open two pop-up stores in California

October 24th, 2014 at 9:03 am » Comments Off

The pop-up stores will carry Amazon-branded e-readers, tablets, smartphones, and streaming media players. Amazon announced last week that it is opening up pop-up stores in San Francisco and Sacramento, California, next week for the holiday shopping season. The online retailer is also rumored to be opening a brick-and-mortar store in New York.    



Apprenticeship programs could close the skills gap, but have been slow to gain traction

September 17th, 2014 at 10:22 am » Comments Off

Governors from Michigan to North Carolina and the Obama administration have a solution for some of the U.S. manufacturing sector’s woes: German-style apprenticeship programs.    



Denver crime rate falls over 10% after pot legalization despite dire predictions

June 10th, 2014 at 1:45 pm » Comments Off

The most dramatic decrease was in the number of homicides. Overall crime rates in the city of Denver are down more than five months after legal marijuana sales began in Colorado, despite dire predictions by anti-marijuana activists. Rates of violent crime are down, as well as burglaries, leading to an overall decrease in crime of […]



Is the traditional university lecture dead?

September 30th, 2013 at 12:02 pm » Comments Off

The aim of open online massive courses is to provide instruction similar to what students can get in a traditional college atmosphere, only more cheaply and conveniently. Why would you pay thousands of dollars to sit in a university lecture hall as a professor drones away in front of bored students when you could instead […]



Argentina teen ‘superhacker’ has been arrested for stealing $50,000 a month

September 17th, 2013 at 10:02 am » Comments Off

The teenager used malware to create a network of computers which diverted money illegally from accounts. Buenos Aires, Argentina police have taken a 19-year-old man into custody on charges of orchestrating a hacker ring that stole $50,000 a month. The teenager, who has been dubbed a “superhacker” by the press and faces up to 10 […]



When unemployment rises among men, domestic violence falls

August 8th, 2013 at 9:49 am » Comments Off

Gender-based jobless rates change household dynamics. The European Union’s unemployment rate fell in June for the first time in more than two years — that is, until you consider that 10.9 percent of the union’s workforce is still jobless, and that number for countries that use the euro is 12.1 percent.    



Startups usher in retail revolution by clearing out cash registers

March 29th, 2013 at 10:20 am » Comments Off

Business are replacing traditional cash registers with such products as Square’s Business in a Box. The cash register has reigned as an icon of American commerce ever since the Civil War era. It’s an American ritual to pay for your purchases at the cash register. But, the average point-of-sale (POS) system is expensive, inconvenient to […]



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