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|This is the Daily Tech News for Friday August 11th, 2017 I'm Tom Merritt|
|Doctor Kiki Sanford and Len Peralta|
|Let's start with a few tech things you should know...|
|Microsoft unveiled Windows 10 Pro for Workstations coming this autumn. It's designed for server grade PC hardware, including non-volatile memory, support for up to four physical CPUs and up to 6TB of RAM, the Resilient File System (ReFS) enabled by default and support for Remote Direct Memory Access via SMB Direct, for high performance networking.||https://www.theverge.com/2017/8/10/16128072/microsoft-windows-10-pro-for-workstations-features|
|Reuters reports its sources say Amazon has held talks with major US venues about ticket sales. Amazon has explored becoming a ticket vendor or partnering with an existing company like Ticketmaster. Amazon already has a ticket sales operation in the UK.|
|Soundcloud closed a round of funding Friday that was necessary to keep the company running. Former Vimeo leader Kerry Trainor joins as CEO and Founder Alex Ljung will stay on as chairman. Mike Weissman also formerly of Vimeo, has been hired as COO.||https://blog.soundcloud.com/2017/08/11/exciting-news-future-soundcloud/|
|Now here are some more top stories|
|Snap Inc announced it lost $0.16 per share in Q2 on revenue of $181.6 million. Analysts had expected a loss per share of $0.14 and revenue of $185.8 million. Snap saw it's daily active user growth slow from 5% in Q1 to 4.2% in Q2, adding 7.3 million for a total of 173 million DAU. Average revenue per user was up 16% from Q1 to $1.05. ARPU outside of North America increased 52% on the quarter to $0.29. Snap's Other Revenue, largely from its Spectacles sales, fell 35% from Q1 to $5.4 million, or roughly 42,000 devices.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/10/snapchat-earnings-q2-2017/|
|Researchers at the University of Illinois developed a $550 attachmnent for smartphones that performs lab-grade medical diagnostic tests. The spectral transmission-reflectance-intensity (TRI)-Analyzer from Bioengineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor Brian Cunningham's lab can analyze blood, urine, or saliva samples as reliably as clinic-based instruments that cost thousands of dollars. In a paper Cunningham and team describe using it to detect a biomarker associated with pre-term birth, and to test newborns for an enzyme essential for normal growth. Results were comparable with those from a clinic-grade spectrometer. It works by using the phone’s LED or an external green laser diode to illuminate sample fluid. The light travels through an optical fiber through diffraction grating into the phone’s rear camera. A cartridge can slide through the attachments to measure multiple samples.||https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/uoic-nhs081017.php|
|Advanced Mobile Location —or AML— is a system that can give emergency services the ability to locate a cell phone that is placing emergency calls. The European Emergency Number Association which is in charge of implementing AML released a public statement asking Apple to participate in the program. The EENA said it has been trying to get Apple to agree to implement AML for months. Google enabled the feature in Android more than a year ago.|
|Amazon is exploring using a technology called microwave assisted thermal sterilization or MATS to produce prepared meals that don’t need refrigeration. MATS was developed by researchers at Washington State University and is being marketed by 915 labs in Denver. It works by placing sealed packages of food in pressurized water and heating them with microwaves for several minutes. Dishes retain natural flavor and texture and are good for up to a year. The procedure was developed with funding from the US Army. 915 Labs has also sold machines to Australia, and food companies in Asia. ||https://www.reuters.com/article/us-amazon-com-food-idUSKBN1AR11X|
|Researchers at The Ohio State University have developed something called Tissue Nanotransfection that can generate cells for treatment in humans.It could be used to repair injuries or restore function to aging tissue. The researchers have successfully converted skin cells to vascular cells to restore blood flow in mice and pigs. They also reprogrammed skin cells to be nerve cells to restore functions to help mice recover from a stroke. A nanotech chip delivers the cell conversion material to the right place using a small electrical charge.||https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170807120530.htm|
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|The sciene behind STEM employment|
|What we’re not going to do. Talk about the merits of Damore’s memo or Google’s responses to it.|
What we ARE going to do. Instead of telling you what to think, give you some resources to help you decide what you think for yourself.
- Is there significant difference between male and female brains when it comes to STEM?
- But there are brain differences between people no?
- So what could affect a person’s ability?
- There are differences in participation in STEM between male and female? What do we know might cause that?
- So what's the take-home message?
|"Kiki's notes/comments to make|
- there is absolutely no evidence that men or women are better at science
- Analytical/spatial abilities have been linked to testosterone levels in the womb... maybe we should be discussing brain diffs and not gender diffs.
- Exposure to 3D objects and tasks has been linked to development of spatial/analytical abilities
- family income has been linked to development of spatial reasoning
- self-confidence has been linked to performance; girls are often less confident
- interest in a subject plays a major role in performance and future career choice
- take home message is that there are differences, but it is a complex issue combining both genetic/biological and environmental/social influences.
- when name/gender was removed from resumes for academic jobs, more women were called for interviews
- when you hire someone for a job, they should be paid the same as others doing the same job at the same performance level. Full stop. "
|Psychology professor Janet Hyde of the University of Wisconsin–Madison has strong U.S. data showing no meaningful differences in math performance among more than seven million boys and girls in grades 2 through 12.||http://news.wisc.edu/study-no-gender-differences-in-math-performance/|
|Professor David P. Schmitt University of Michigan, says that the sex differences are unlikely to be relevant in the workplace. He argues for thinking of sex and gender as dials not switches||https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/sexual-personalities/201605/sex-and-gender-are-dials-not-switches|
|Few differences in math ability when girls and boys worldwide are compared. Differences seem to be more socially based.||https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/01/100105112303.htm|
|A good collection of primary sources on studies of gender deiffernces in math ability. From April this year.||http://www.etr.org/blog/gender-differences-in-math-ability/|
|Stats in Brief: Gender Differences in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Interest, Credits Earned, and NAEP Performance in the 12th Grade (Feburary 2015 US DoE)||https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2015/2015075.pdf|
|Can our brain type explain the gender gap in STEM subjects and careers?||https://phys.org/news/2016-02-brain-gender-gap-stem-subjects.html|
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|Hi Tom, Roger, Len, and Dr. Kiki,|
Wanted to respond to yesterday’s story about Facebook Watch.
I think this is a huge move to win dollars from advertisers. There’s a lot of interest from advertisers to work with publishers to produce branded content in the form of videos on Facebook (e.g. A series of Tasty videos sponsored by Brand X, or a sponsored episodic video series by Adult Swim in collaboration with Brand Y), as Facebook has the reach and the targeting capabilities. The problem to date is that these videos aren’t very accessible after it’s posted. There’s been no central hub for video so users to find older episodes. This new section will definitely help to provide longevity to content, for both paid (branded) and organic, which means more ad dollars going through the Facebook platform.
|Listening to the show on the 10th and the discussion of Sarahah.|
You might want to reconsider the causal use of the word anonymous. While the users/feedback is not visible the app maker surely is able to identify users through provided data (email, device, IP) and the fact that identities can be inferred/reconstructed on the back end by analyzing all the data and connections made though giving feedback and possibly merging with third party (purchased) datasets.
I know I know nearly nothing is anonymous on the web and there is probably a 'continuum of indentity obfuscation', but the use of the word anonymous (esp by app makers or social media sites) is more marketing than fact and belies the trove of value being handed over by users in the form of data and attention and behavior and identity.
Opaque is probably a better word.
I haven't had my coffee yet so hopefully that is coherent
Keep up the great work! - demianco
|As Tom said on Wednesday's show, Consumer Reports has been operating in a very similar way to the way they functioned in the 70s and 80s. In my opinion this is a GOOD thing that reinforces methodical and thorough testing and reporting.|
CR is more than a review site or an information outlet; they do their own independent testing that is not influenced by PR or outside forces. It's not their job to pinpoint what might be causing a product's inferior performance, but rather to test the product that is available to the consumer and report on how that product performs. If they find something specific and dangerous, Consumer Reports DOES let the public know what it is.
I value the deep-dive teardown of sites like iFixIt and Wirecutter but I also see value in independent testing and evaluation.
|Clarification: Consumer reports told PC World "“Essentially, our analysis isn’t of the Surface laptops or any specific model line or family. Rather we conduct annual laptops and tablets brand reliability surveys. We are not making claims about a specific laptop or tablet model released at a specific point in time. We are making reliability predictions at the brand level, based on the devices purchased between 2014 and the first quarter of 2017.”|
Consumer Reports noted that it ranked the new Surface Pro very highly in recent Consumer Reports tests, including display quality, battery life, speed, and ergonomics. ...models within a brand may vary, and that changes in design and manufacture might affect future reliability.
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