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This Musician Wants To Change How People Buy Marijuana

August 24, 2016

Musician Brendan Hill has been using marijuana for decades, and he claims that it has helped him succeed in his chosen career. As a member of the Grammy-winning band Blues Traveler, Hill says he has used marijuana for a long time, and that it truly makes him, and others, better at their jobs. “When you’re playing live and being creative on a daily basis, I think cannabis helps you get to that flow moment without much effort,” he explained, adding that weed helps form a “connection between the players,” which is especially important when playing live. Now that marijuana is legal to buy and sell where he leaves in Washington state, Hill is helping people learn more about the drug and buy it in a fashion they probably aren’t used to. For the past year, he has been running Paper & Leaf, which is “Bainbridge Island’s first and ONLY premier recreational cannabis boutique,” according to its website. While a small island outside of Seattle might sound like an odd place to open up such a specific type of store, the location is apparently perfect, considering how those that live there feel about the drug. According to Hill, over 70% of the population of Bainbridge Island voted in favor of the legalization, which was the highest in the state. While that might indicate that the town was ripe for this kind of business, opening the store still had to be done delicately and with care, so as to ensure that it would be a success.

Pokemon World Championship Held in San Francisco

August 19, 2016

Contestants compete during the 2016 Pokemon World Championships on August 19, 2016 in San Francisco, California. Over 1,600 contestants from more than 30 countries are competing in tournaments of the Pokemon video game, Pokken and Trading Card Game events during the 2016 Pokemon World Championships. $500,000 in scholarships and prizes will be awarded to winners.

10 Cool Machine Learning Startups To Watch

August 16, 2016

Amplero's predictive customer lifetime value platform, AmpIP, is designed to give marketers the power of machine learning. For instance, organizations can set boundary rules and constraints and then unleash the platform to test thousands of permutations to ensure the right message is delivered to the right person at the right time. Amplero raised an $8 million round of venture capital in July 2016 with investors including Salesforce Ventures.

Wow cable promises gigabit Internet service in five cities by year-end

August 9, 2016

Wow, a cable company, is the latest ISP to announce gigabit Internet plans. By the end of this year, Wow promises to offer gigabit speeds to "thousands of residential and business customers" in Huntsville and Auburn, Alabama; Evansville, Indiana; Knoxville, Tennessee; and Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan. Wow will offer symmetrical gigabit using fiber-to-the-home in Grosse Point, but the other cities may end up with cable. Using newer DOCSIS technology, Wow can offer gigabit download speeds over cable. But cable upload speeds will be just 50Mbps, a Wow spokesperson told Ars today. The spokesperson declined to provide specific launch dates and prices, saying, "As we turn up each market later this year we will be announcing our very competitive pricing." Pricing may have to be as low as $70 a month for gigabit service to be competitive against Google Fiber and AT&T. Google hasn't turned on service in any of Wow's announced markets, but it has plans for Huntsville, Alabama. AT&T also plans to launch gigabit Internet in Huntsville by the end of 2016. Wow's existing Internet service is available in parts of Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kansas, Maryland, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida, and Georgia. Existing speeds range from 8Mbps to 600Mbps downstream and 1Mbps to 40Mbps upstream. Wow is branding the gigabit offering as "Gigtopia" and has set up a sign-up page for those who want e-mail updates.

Surveys suss out Windows 10 enterprise migration timelines

August 4, 2016

Windows 10's adoption in the enterprise will be critical to the OS's success, especially from this point forward: The consumer-centric free upgrade offer has expired and the historic slump in PC shipments, mostly blamed on consumers' refusal to buy new systems to replace aged ones, continues unabated. Now that the consumer winds have calmed, businesses must begin deploying the operating system if growth is to continue. That will happen. But the question is: When? The 300 polled by Adaptiva, a Seattle, Wash. systems management developer that specializes in enhancing the capabilities of Microsoft's management and distribution platform -- System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) -- were optimistic. More than half asserted that over 50% of their company's PCs would run Windows 10 within the next year. "The people who we're working with in that [migration] process seem to be moving at that pace," confirmed Jim Souders, Adaptiva's chief operating officer.

Surveys Reveal Various Windows 10 Migration Priorities

August 3, 2016

Migrating PCs to Windows 10 is the top end user computing priority of VMware customers, according to the results of a survey published yesterday. Yet another survey by systems management software supplier Adaptiva found more than three quarters see no urgency to upgrade, with 64 percent saying they'll upgrade within the next year. With any survey, it depends on who you ask. VMware polled organizations of various sizes from small businesses to large enterprises. Adaptiva's customers are typically very large enterprises that use Microsoft's System Center Configuration Manager. Naturally, both companies timed the release of their findings in concert with Microsoft's release of its Windows 10 "anniversary update," which, for many IT decision makers, is the equivalent of what historically was known as the operating system's first service pack. IT organizations typically wait for that first major update before embarking on major upgrades to the new operating system. Interestingly, only 30 percent of the 300 Adaptiva customers with more than 10,000 seats say the anniversary update is signaling them to upgrade right away.

Windows 10 Adoption: One Year Later

August 1, 2016

Among the 300 IT professionals recently polled by Adaptiva, an IT systems management company, the majority (76 percent) said that the Aug. 2 update isn't persuading them to upgrade to Windows 10. In addition to the Bash Unix shell, the update includes built-in threat detection and data protection capabilities, among other business-centric features. Nonetheless, there are signs that adoption will ramp up, helping make 2017 a banner year for Windows 10. According to Adaptiva's survey, 64 percent of IT professionals plan to make the switch over the next 12 months. Currently, app compatibility (68 percent) and time constraints (62 percent) rank among the top reasons holding up Windows 10 adoption at most enterprises.

Windows 10 Provides Little Incentive For IT To Upgrade

August 1, 2016

This month's Windows 10 Anniversary OS release from Microsoft isn't proving to be a huge motivator for upgrading, and a spike in Windows 10 deployment isn't expected until early 2017, according to a survey of more than 300 IT personnel by systems management specialist Adaptiva. The update will be one of the biggest to arrive on Windows 10 since it was released to the general public on July 29, 2015. Since then,Microsoft reports its newest OS is running on 350 million devices and that users have spent more than 135 billion hours on it. The Adaptiva survey, which was released Aug. 1, found that 63% of enterprises plan to wait at least six months to upgrade, and slightly more than three-quarters of respondents (76%) reported that the anniversary update, which Microsoft plans to release Tuesday, Aug. 2, was not increasing their sense of urgency.

TechTarget for OpsDataStore

July 29, 2016

On the IT operations side of the development pipeline, a team led by Dave McCandless, VP of IT, is gathering various monitoring tools' data streams together under a tool called OpsDataStore. This tool gives ops pros quicker feedback on whether there's space enough in the internal VMware environment for testing, to keep AWS costs as low as possible. Eventually the goal is to give developers faster feedback on how their builds perform in that infrastructure using a tool from AppDynamics. "We can plug that right in to the OpsDataStore infrastructure as well," McCandless said. "We don't have to go out and manage that solution separately, we just plug it in to one big ecosystem."

CNet for Sioeye

June 29, 2016

The Sioeye 4G LTE-enabled Iris4G action cam live streams video at the push of a button, but, as you might expect, it requires a mobile data plan (and a MicroSIM) to do it. That's an extra step that the company just eliminated with a T-Mobile partnership. The $429 camera (approximately AU$580 or £320), which became available in March, will now come with a preinstalled MicroSIM card for use on T-Mobile's network. Users can self-activate the camera and get 5GB of data to get started with that Sioeye says is good for up to 10 hours of live streaming. After that you can get a monthly plan or pay as you go, or just switch to another service provider.

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An Olympic Sized Scandal: PR Lessons Learned

They say a party isn’t a party without a good old fashioned scandal and, in that sense, the 2016 Summer Olympics didn’t disappoint. There was Gabby Douglas who was skewered for not putting her hand to heart during the national anthem. Hope Solo who called the Swedish women’s soccer team ‘cowards’ after a disappointing loss. [Read More]

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