SoTechie Spaces http://sotechiespaces.com Coworking Spaces for Entrepreneurs, Startups & Telecommuters Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:37:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 Startups Fight For Positions In Race to Space http://sotechiespaces.com/2014/04/startups-fight-positions-race-space/ http://sotechiespaces.com/2014/04/startups-fight-positions-race-space/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:31:07 +0000 http://sotechiespaces.com/?p=5749 Planet Earth is on the brink of a space travel race, with startup space companies vying for new ways to achieve what were once percieved as outlandish goals. Tourist-astronauts embarking on expeditions to space may very well be likely in the nearing future. Concerns between Russia and the U.S. are moving likely expeditions away from NASA to privately owned companies such as SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, and Bigelow Aerospace. Currently, the US relies on Russia’s spacecraft, Soyuz, to shuttle astronauts to and from the ISS. Yet, privatization of modernized, cutting-edge space companies which are pushing new boundaries, give hope to US space travel. However, these companies face competition from India and China, notorious for endeavors to fuel record-breakingly cheap missions to outer-space. Right now, a ticket on a Virgin Galactic spacecraft costs $250,000; a fee that only some celebrities like space activist Richard Branson, can afford to pay. A philanthropic startup, The Urgency Network, offers a platform where those interested can donate in various dollar amounts, and are subsequently entered in a raffle to win a trip to space. This initiative, Ticket to Rise, gives those who could not otherwise afford the lofty ticket to space, a chance to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Other efforts at slashing associated costs have been made by innovative advancements to spacecraft technology. SpaceX’s recent launch of the Falcon 9 rocket represents an important milestone in space travel, since the spacecraft proved it’s ability to be re-usable, and thus, atleast twice as cost-effective. While space travel is certainly not out of the realm of possibility, many harbor doubts. Neil Armstrong, in an unexpected public appearance, during a Senate committee meeting, stated that such space companies are “overpromising,” and warned that plans may take longer than expected. But whatever outcomes may result from these emerging businesses, and the interested billionaires funding them, don’t be too surprised when the day comes that travel to outer-space has become the new norm.   Sources: http://business.financialpost.com/2014/03/27/elon-musks-falcon-9-rocket-could-slash-costs-of-space-travel-by-200-and-open-new-frontier-for-private-space-travel-says-canadian-astronaut-chris-hadfield/?__lsa=a618-9f74 http://www.virgingalactic.com/booking/ http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=newssearch&cd=10&ved=0CD8QqQIoADAJ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.allvoices.com%2Fcontributed-news%2F16862174-is-the-us-russian-space-partnership-spiraling-out-of-control&ei=0ctXU_nrJ-mwsQTjooGoBw&usg=AFQjCNEJePc_8ULVoY11SLxwd35q7ymaOA http://www.the-standard.org/opinion/martin-privatization-will-lead-space-travel-race/article_5fbfa9e2-c9b4-11e3-bf0e-0017a43b2370.html http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/04/14/launch-of-space-x-rocket-illustrates-nasas-growing-use-of-private-companies/ http://www.forbes.com/sites/sarahmckinney/2014/04/22/want-to-travel-to-outer-space-the-urgency-network-is-making-it-possible-for-anyone/

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Planet Earth is on the brink of a space travel race, with startup space companies vying for new ways to achieve what were once percieved as outlandish goals. Tourist-astronauts embarking on expeditions to space may very well be likely in the nearing future. Concerns between Russia and the U.S. are moving likely expeditions away from NASA to privately owned companies such as SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, and Bigelow Aerospace. Currently, the US relies on Russia’s spacecraft, Soyuz, to shuttle astronauts to and from the ISS.

spaceYet, privatization of modernized, cutting-edge space companies which are pushing new boundaries, give hope to US space travel. However, these companies face competition from India and China, notorious for endeavors to fuel record-breakingly cheap missions to outer-space.

Right now, a ticket on a Virgin Galactic spacecraft costs $250,000; a fee that only some celebrities like space activist Richard Branson, can afford to pay. A philanthropic startup, The Urgency Network, offers a platform where those interested can donate in various dollar amounts, and are subsequently entered in a raffle to win a trip to space. This initiative, Ticket to Rise, gives those who could not otherwise afford the lofty ticket to space, a chance to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Other efforts at slashing associated costs have been made by innovative advancements to spacecraft technology. SpaceX’s recent launch of the Falcon 9 rocket represents an important milestone in space travel, since the spacecraft proved it’s ability to be re-usable, and thus, atleast twice as cost-effective.

While space travel is certainly not out of the realm of possibility, many harbor doubts.

Neil Armstrong, in an unexpected public appearance, during a Senate committee meeting, stated that such space companies are “overpromising,” and warned that plans may take longer than expected.

But whatever outcomes may result from these emerging businesses, and the interested billionaires funding them, don’t be too surprised when the day comes that travel to outer-space has become the new norm.

 

Sources:

http://business.financialpost.com/2014/03/27/elon-musks-falcon-9-rocket-could-slash-costs-of-space-travel-by-200-and-open-new-frontier-for-private-space-travel-says-canadian-astronaut-chris-hadfield/?__lsa=a618-9f74

http://www.virgingalactic.com/booking/

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=newssearch&cd=10&ved=0CD8QqQIoADAJ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.allvoices.com%2Fcontributed-news%2F16862174-is-the-us-russian-space-partnership-spiraling-out-of-control&ei=0ctXU_nrJ-mwsQTjooGoBw&usg=AFQjCNEJePc_8ULVoY11SLxwd35q7ymaOA

http://www.the-standard.org/opinion/martin-privatization-will-lead-space-travel-race/article_5fbfa9e2-c9b4-11e3-bf0e-0017a43b2370.html

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/04/14/launch-of-space-x-rocket-illustrates-nasas-growing-use-of-private-companies/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/sarahmckinney/2014/04/22/want-to-travel-to-outer-space-the-urgency-network-is-making-it-possible-for-anyone/

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A Great Choice for Coworking is SoTechie Spaces http://sotechiespaces.com/2014/04/great-choice-coworking-sotechie-spaces/ http://sotechiespaces.com/2014/04/great-choice-coworking-sotechie-spaces/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:21:17 +0000 http://sotechiespaces.com/?p=5727 If you are interested in a co-working space in Midtown Manhattan, SoTechie Spaces is a great venue to set up camp. While you’ve probably heard that coworking is a good way to work flexibly, save money, and benefit from connections, you might be wondering why, specifically, SoTechie Spaces, should be your number one choice. Home to many successful companies, SoTechie Spaces hosts marketing, web design, investment, telecommunications, IT, and public relations companies. Thus, by choosing SoTechie Spaces, not only are you making an affordable choice, but are also opening your own business up to potential avenues for success! As coworking is a way for businesses to collaborate on various skills, the members of SoTechie benefit from one other’s expertise. Listed below is a brief overview of a number of SoTechie’s member companies. Coriolis Investment Group: An investment group which understands the flucuating nature of the market, and works hard to ensure that effective techniques are applied to preserve and grow capital, in a careful, and thoroughly planned way. Nuvosys Solutions: An IT company which provides clients with business solutions to the technology issues they encounter, offering services such as cloud computing. AMG Media Group: A media group which offers video production services, specifically capabilities such as concept, scripting, shooting, editing, graphics, sound, and more, for clients ranging from CNN to Doritos. Tranquility 49: A communications, fundraising, and public relations company which provides modern, cutting-edge services to help clients reach desired audiences. Go Elaborate:  A company that offers web design and marketing services to clients I’m Lit Media: An online hub for entertainment and fashion news It is easy to see how and why these companies can complement each other. Almost all of them are client-driven, and bring various skills into action. Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaC4QfecY4o to learn more about SoTechie Spaces! Click here to sign up! One last thing! NY Tech Day is right around the corner, on April 24, 2012 @ Pier 92 NYC from 9 AM to 5:30 PM. Register here: https://nytechday.com/attendees/signup to attend this free event! SoTechie members receive discounts on exhibit booths!                  

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If you are interested in a co-working space in Midtown Manhattan, SoTechie Spaces is a great venue to set up camp. While you’ve probably heard that coworking is a good way to work flexibly, save money, and benefit from connections, you might be wondering why, specifically, SoTechie Spaces, should be your number one choice.

coworkingHome to many successful companies, SoTechie Spaces hosts marketing, web design, investment, telecommunications, IT, and public relations companies. Thus, by choosing SoTechie Spaces, not only are you making an affordable choice, but are also opening your own business up to potential avenues for success! As coworking is a way for businesses to collaborate on various skills, the members of SoTechie benefit from one other’s expertise. Listed below is a brief overview of a number of SoTechie’s member companies.

Coriolis Investment Group: An investment group which understands the flucuating nature of the market, and works hard to ensure that effective techniques are applied to preserve and grow capital, in a careful, and thoroughly planned way.

Nuvosys Solutions: An IT company which provides clients with business solutions to the technology issues they encounter, offering services such as cloud computing.

AMG Media Group: A media group which offers video production services, specifically capabilities such as concept, scripting, shooting, editing, graphics, sound, and more, for clients ranging from CNN to Doritos.

Tranquility 49: A communications, fundraising, and public relations company which provides modern, cutting-edge services to help clients reach desired audiences.

Go Elaborate:  A company that offers web design and marketing services to clients

I’m Lit Media: An online hub for entertainment and fashion news

It is easy to see how and why these companies can complement each other. Almost all of them are client-driven, and bring various skills into action. Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaC4QfecY4o to learn more about SoTechie Spaces! Click here to sign up!

One last thing!

NY Tech Day

NY Tech Day is right around the corner, on April 24, 2012 @ Pier 92 NYC from 9 AM to 5:30 PM. Register here: https://nytechday.com/attendees/signup to attend this free event!

SoTechie members receive discounts on exhibit booths!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Primary care startup raises 40 million http://sotechiespaces.com/2014/04/primary-care-startup-raises-40-million/ http://sotechiespaces.com/2014/04/primary-care-startup-raises-40-million/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:21:18 +0000 http://sotechiespaces.com/?p=5717   One Medical Group, a primary care startup that specializes in high quality patient clinics has raised $40 million in funding. It has altogether raised $117 million dollars ( previously $77). It was reported that the latest round was led by Redmile Group with their current investors Benchmark capital, DAG Ventures and Oak Investment Partners.   Founder and CEO  MD Tom Lee wanted to change people’s experience of visiting a doctor and thus started this service. In an interview he said,”We started One Medical to build a better primary care delivery model – one that uses technology to deliver higher-quality care and service more affordably. ” Started in 2007, Lee had $3.5 million to execute the plan. Now, they have 150 healthcare professionals across 27 different locations including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.  Here, you don’t need to wait for days to get an appointments. You can schedule blood tests, request prescriptions and get lab results online. All the records are available digitally so patients can go to any of the clinics as all doctors have access to their records. The annual fee is between $149 and $199. Some of their business customers include, Adobe, NBCUniversal, Uber and Fitboit.  Lee says he will be open more clinics with the funding nationwide. It will also be used to develop One Medical’s iOS and Android apps to make it more user-friendly.    Sources:  http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2014/04/17/primary-care-startup-one-medical-raises-40-million-plans-more-clinics/?iid=SF_T_LN  http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/17/one-medical-group-raises-40m-to-help-reinvent-the-doctors-office/?ncid=rss

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One Medical Group, a primary care startup that specializes in high quality patient clinics has raised $40 million in funding. It has altogether raised $117 million dollars ( previously $77). It was reported that the latest round was led by Redmile Group with their current investors Benchmark capital, DAG Ventures and Oak Investment Partners.  

Founder and CEO  MD Tom Lee wanted to change people’s experience of visiting a doctor and thus started this service. In an interview he said,”We started One Medical to build a better primary care delivery model – one that uses technology to deliver higher-quality care and service more affordably. ”

tom-leeStarted in 2007, Lee had $3.5 million to execute the plan. Now, they have 150 healthcare professionals across 27 different locations including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.

 Here, you don’t need to wait for days to get an appointments. You can schedule blood tests, request prescriptions and get lab results online. All the records are available digitally so patients can go to any of the clinics as all doctors have access to their records. The annual fee is between $149 and $199. Some of their business customers include, Adobe, NBCUniversal, Uber and Fitboit. 

Lee says he will be open more clinics with the funding nationwide. It will also be used to develop One Medical’s iOS and Android apps to make it more user-friendly. 

 

Sources: 

http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2014/04/17/primary-care-startup-one-medical-raises-40-million-plans-more-clinics/?iid=SF_T_LN 

http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/17/one-medical-group-raises-40m-to-help-reinvent-the-doctors-office/?ncid=rss

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Startups Battle Energy Poverty, Selling Solar Lanterns To India’s Poor Communities http://sotechiespaces.com/2014/04/startups-battle-energy-poverty-selling-solar-lanterns-indias-poor-communities/ http://sotechiespaces.com/2014/04/startups-battle-energy-poverty-selling-solar-lanterns-indias-poor-communities/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:05:20 +0000 http://sotechiespaces.com/?p=5705 “Energy Poverty” is not a new concept in India, where extreme disparities between the rich and poor leave the people of the slums struggling for basic necessities. The millions living in poverty, who are not part of the energy grid, rely on kerosene lamps to provide light and wood stoves to cook food.   However, this system is faulty and dangerous, since women and young children face death from the air-pollution caused by burning fossil fuels indoors, especially in small tents.    A philanthropic startup, founded in 2013, named Pollinate Energy, strives to bring solar lanterns to millions, reaching 14,163 people so far.  The solar lanterns cost 17,000 rupees or $30 dollars each.  While Pollinate Energy may not be able to boast the cheapest price per lantern, they hold themselves accountable to any issues users may encounter with their after-care services.  Another like-minded startup, Frontier Markets, was begun in 2011 by Ajaita Shah, a daughter of immigrants. Shah’s purpose is the same as Pollinate Energy’s, but her business model is dynamically different. Recently awarded as a recipient of Forbes’ “30 Under 30″, Shah strives to target India’s low-income customers, those living in the poorest villages. Her endeavors involve discovering what the villagers seek the most.  “If they have five rupees what would they spend it on?,” quote Shah, illustrating the approach her startup takes. Rather than employing salesman to sell door-to-door, her startup, Frontier Markets, cuts-to-the-chase, collaborating with small retailers in the selected villages, selling bulk amounts of solar lanterns at highly discounted prices.  Like Pollinate Energy, Frontier Markets holds itself accountable to their buyers, going the “extra mile,” and opening customer-service centers to ensure this promise.    By creating a culture of care while targeting low-income slums, and poor villages, clean tech startups like these are revolutionizing poor areas, gradually lifting stagnant communities into modern ways of using energy.  According to India’s Slum Census of 2011, one in six urban Indians live in slums.  They may be poor, but as a result of always living on less, are resourceful, and good at conserving: they are the ones who will be the pioneers of solar energy for domestic purposes.          Those living in poverty can benefit greatly from your donations. If you would like to donate to Pollinate Energy visit http://pollinateenergy.org/donate/!   Sources: http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/solar-lighting-india-cleantech-startup http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/04/15/india-villages-solar-lanterns-kerosene-l-idINKBN0D101L20140415 http://www.theatlanticcities.com/jobs-and-economy/2013/04/selling-solar-power-indias-slums/5153/ http://pollinateenergy.org/          

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“Energy Poverty” is not a new concept in India, where extreme disparities between the rich and poor leave the people of the slums struggling for basic necessities. The millions living in poverty, who are not part of the energy grid, rely on kerosene lamps to provide light and wood stoves to cook food. 

 However, this system is faulty and dangerous, since women and young children face death from the air-pollution caused by burning fossil fuels indoors, especially in small tents. 

  A philanthropic startup, founded in 2013, named Pollinate Energy, strives to bring solar lanterns to millions, reaching 14,163 people so far.  The solar lanterns cost 17,000 rupees or $30 dollars each.  While Pollinate Energy may not be able to boast the cheapest price per lantern, they hold themselves accountable to any issues users may encounter with their after-care services. 

Another like-minded startup, Frontier Markets, was begun in 2011 by Ajaita Shah, a daughter of immigrants. Shah’s purpose is the same as Pollinate Energy’s, but her business model is dynamically different. Recently awarded as a recipient of Forbes’ “30 Under 30″, Shah strives to target India’s low-income customers, those living in the poorest villages. Her endeavors involve discovering what the villagers seek the most.

 “If they have five rupees what would they spend it on?,” quote Shah, illustrating the approach her startup takes.

Rather than employing salesman to sell door-to-door, her startup, Frontier Markets, cuts-to-the-chase, collaborating with small retailers in the selected villages, selling bulk amounts of solar lanterns at highly discounted prices.  Like Pollinate Energy, Frontier Markets holds itself accountable to their buyers, going the “extra mile,” and opening customer-service centers to ensure this promise. 

  By creating a culture of care while targeting low-income slums, and poor villages, clean tech startups like these are revolutionizing poor areas, gradually lifting stagnant communities into modern ways of using energy. 

According to India’s Slum Census of 2011, one in six urban Indians live in slums.  They may be poor, but as a result of always living on less, are resourceful, and good at conserving: they are the ones who will be the pioneers of solar energy for domestic purposes.

         Those living in poverty can benefit greatly from your donations. If you would like to donate to Pollinate Energy visit http://pollinateenergy.org/donate/!

 

Sources:

http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/solar-lighting-india-cleantech-startup

http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/04/15/india-villages-solar-lanterns-kerosene-l-idINKBN0D101L20140415

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/jobs-and-economy/2013/04/selling-solar-power-indias-slums/5153/

http://pollinateenergy.org/

 

 

 

 

 

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Did you buy the Google Glass? http://sotechiespaces.com/2014/04/buy-google-glass/ http://sotechiespaces.com/2014/04/buy-google-glass/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:15:26 +0000 http://sotechiespaces.com/?p=5688 It’s April 15 and today is the only day you can go and purchase the Google Glass . Last week Google posted… “We’ve been trying out different ways to expand the Explorer program.…We’re excited to meet our new Explorers, and we can’t wait to hear your thoughts about Glass.”   So, you can get a sunglass shade or the new prescription glass frames with your purchase. It is ONLY  $1500 (plus tax).    The condition is that any adult ( above 18) in the U.S. with a U.S. shipping address can become an Explorer by going on this website. You will get the Glass, a “pouch,” a mono ear bud and a choice of frame. The Google Glass device is positioned in a  glass above the users right eye. They have access to the internet, take directions, get notification and search for content. It has a voice control or a touch on the pad.  Next week Google will push the Kitkat software update to the Google Glass next week. It will improve the battery life , a new photo sharing feature and an updated SDK for developers.    It has been year for them as the Google Glass has been criticized for some of its features. People wearing the Glass have been banned from bars and have given tickets for distracted driving. The most controversial feature is the  small camera  which could take videos and photos.    In a story in WSJ, Google calls these Explorers — a group of consumers and developers serving as guinea pigs testing the hardware.   Well, guinea pigs or not this is definitely an expensive gadget to have on your list. Sources: http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/04/14/glass-day-for-one-day-only-you-can-buy-google-glass/?mod=e2tw&mg=blogs-wsj&url=http%253A%252F%252Fblogs.wsj.com%252Fdigits%252F2014%252F04%252F14%252Fglass-day-for-one-day-only-you-can-buy-google-glass%253Fmod%253De2fb https://glass.google.com/getglass/shop/glass  

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It’s April 15 and today is the only day you can go and purchase the Google Glass . Last week Google posted… “We’ve been trying out different ways to expand the Explorer program.…We’re excited to meet our new Explorers, and we can’t wait to hear your thoughts about Glass.”
 
So, you can get a sunglass shade or the new prescription glass frames with your purchase.
It is ONLY  $1500 (plus tax). 
 
The condition is that any adult ( above 18) in the U.S. with a U.S. shipping address can become an Explorer by going on this website. You will get the Glass, a “pouch,” a mono ear bud and a choice of frame. The Google Glass device is positioned in a  glass above the users right eye. They have access to the internet, take directions, get notification and search for content. It has a voice control or a touch on the pad. 
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Next week Google will push the Kitkat software update to the Google Glass next week. It will improve the battery life , a new photo sharing feature and an updated SDK for developers.
 
 It has been year for them as the Google Glass has been criticized for some of its features. People wearing the Glass have been banned from bars and have given tickets for distracted driving. The most controversial feature is the  small camera  which could take videos and photos. 
 
In a story in WSJ, Google calls these Explorers — a group of consumers and developers serving as guinea pigs testing the hardware.
 
Well, guinea pigs or not this is definitely an expensive gadget to have on your list.
Sources:

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/04/14/glass-day-for-one-day-only-you-can-buy-google-glass/?mod=e2tw&mg=blogs-wsj&url=http%253A%252F%252Fblogs.wsj.com%252Fdigits%252F2014%252F04%252F14%252Fglass-day-for-one-day-only-you-can-buy-google-glass%253Fmod%253De2fb

https://glass.google.com/getglass/shop/glass

 

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Why the Heartbleed Bug Could Have Been Avoided http://sotechiespaces.com/2014/04/heartbleed-bug-avoided/ http://sotechiespaces.com/2014/04/heartbleed-bug-avoided/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:39:57 +0000 http://sotechiespaces.com/?p=5660 The Heartbleed Bug, a technically miniscule, but overwhelming flaw in internet software, leaks personal information, usernames, and passwords, to hackers and other snoopers.  Heartbleed has gone unnoticed for too many years, leaving behind no fingerprints of the ruthless crime it commits.  Leaving internet users vulnerable, the Heartbleed Bug has been quoted by CNN as the “biggest exploit of the last twelve years.”  The Heartbleed Bug is a flaw that is, perhaps, a result of lack of awareness of and funding for Open SSL, a server software used by thousands of companies for their websites.  According to James Lyne of Forbes, Open SSL is open-source; any knowledgeable coder can easily view it, and unfortunately, exploit it. Open SSL, although usually highly regarded, overlooked a huge error in the code. But a shortage of funds for Open SSL stands out as the reason why their workers are scarce, tired, and overworked.  Now, Fixed-Open SSL software has been created, and now it is up to companies to install it, but the longer they wait, the longer users are exposed and vulnerable. The only thing we can do right now is change our passwords, and perhaps donate to Open SSL, which is even still, struggling for adequate funding.  Perhaps if there is more funding, and a society that is more educated on the subject, an issue like this can be avoided in the future. Or it could have been stopped two years ago.  While the NSA denies having information of the heartbleed bug for the past two years, Bloomberg has claimed they in fact, did, aggressively suggesting that the NSA neglected to report the issue to Open SSL developers.  If the NSA was involved, the controversy surrounding Snowden pales in comparison. Sources: http://money.cnn.com/2014/04/11/technology/security/heartbleed-gear/index.html http://money.cnn.com/2014/04/09/technology/security/heartbleed-bug/index.html http://heartbleed.com/ http://www.forbes.com/sites/jameslyne/2014/04/14/how-heartbleed-happened-the-nsa-and-proof-heartbleed-can-do-real-damage/ http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/180435-the-nsa-knew-about-and-exploited-the-heartbleed-bug-for-at-least-two-years  

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The Heartbleed Bug, a technically miniscule, but overwhelming flaw in internet software, leaks personal information, usernames, and passwords, to hackers and other snoopers. 

Heartbleed has gone unnoticed for too many years, leaving behind no fingerprints of the ruthless crime it commits.  Leaving internet users vulnerable, the Heartbleed Bug has been quoted by CNN as the “biggest exploit of the last twelve years.” 

The Heartbleed Bug is a flaw that is, perhaps, a result of lack of awareness of and funding for Open SSL, a server software used by thousands of companies for their websites.  According to James Lyne of Forbes, Open SSL is open-source; any knowledgeable coder can easily view it, and unfortunately, exploit it. Open SSL, although usually highly regarded, overlooked a huge error in the code.

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But a shortage of funds for Open SSL stands out as the reason why their workers are scarce, tired, and overworked. 

Now, Fixed-Open SSL software has been created, and now it is up to companies to install it, but the longer they wait, the longer users are exposed and vulnerable. The only thing we can do right now is change our passwords, and perhaps donate to Open SSL, which is even still, struggling for adequate funding.  Perhaps if there is more funding, and a society that is more educated on the subject, an issue like this can be avoided in the future.

Or it could have been stopped two years ago.  While the NSA denies having information of the heartbleed bug for the past two years, Bloomberg has claimed they in fact, did, aggressively suggesting that the NSA neglected to report the issue to Open SSL developers.  If the NSA was involved, the controversy surrounding Snowden pales in comparison.

Sources:

http://money.cnn.com/2014/04/11/technology/security/heartbleed-gear/index.html

http://money.cnn.com/2014/04/09/technology/security/heartbleed-bug/index.html

http://heartbleed.com/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jameslyne/2014/04/14/how-heartbleed-happened-the-nsa-and-proof-heartbleed-can-do-real-damage/

http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/180435-the-nsa-knew-about-and-exploited-the-heartbleed-bug-for-at-least-two-years

 

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Undergrad students build Open-Source API For Voice Control http://sotechiespaces.com/2014/04/undergrad-students-build-open-source-api-voice-control/ http://sotechiespaces.com/2014/04/undergrad-students-build-open-source-api-voice-control/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:40:22 +0000 http://sotechiespaces.com/?p=5652   Two Princeton undergraduate students Charlie Marsh and Shubhro Saha have created a open-source voice recognition and control application called Jasper. This isn’t that complicated and you don’t need your smartphones for this. All one needs is a small network adaptor with a microphone and internet connection. It also comes with a ‘Dead’ simple API and a development kit based on Rasberry Pi model B.  It can perform actions such as Internet searches, email notification and can control music and give you social media update. The voice recognition is build on CMUSphinx , CMUCLTK and Phonetisaurus. Since this it’s open-source anyone can build their own Jasper.    By default they have built modules to demonstrate  Jasper’s capabilities: Time: “What’s the time?” Weather: “How’s the weather?… What’s the weather like tomorrow?” News: “What’s in the news?” Gmail: “Do I have any email?” Hacker News: “What’s on Hacker News?” Facebook Notifications: “Facebook notifications?” Birthday: “Who has a birthday today?” Jokes: “Tell me a knock-knock joke.” Life: “What is the meaning of life?”   In an interview on Wired, Marsh said this is a great way to show developers what can be done with open-source. “We were amazed by how far we could get with these free, open solutions, and we wanted others to be similarly inspired.”  The files for Jasper are now available over on the GitHub and full documentation is available from the official Jasper website.     Sources:  http://jasperproject.github.io/ http://www.wired.com/2014/04/out-in-the-open-jasper/  

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Two Princeton undergraduate students Charlie Marsh and Shubhro Saha have created a open-source voice recognition and control application called Jasper. This isn’t that complicated and you don’t need your smartphones for this. All one needs is a small network adaptor with a microphone and internet connection. It also comes with a ‘Dead’ simple API and a development kit based on Rasberry Pi model B. 

It can perform actions such as Internet searches, email notification and can control music and give you social media update. The voice recognition is build on CMUSphinx , CMUCLTK and Phonetisaurus. Since this it’s open-source anyone can build their own Jasper. 
 
By default they have built modules to demonstrate  Jasper’s capabilities:
  • Time: “What’s the time?”
  • Weather: “How’s the weather?… What’s the weather like tomorrow?”
  • News: “What’s in the news?”
  • Gmail: “Do I have any email?”
  • Hacker News: “What’s on Hacker News?”
  • Facebook Notifications: “Facebook notifications?”
  • Birthday: “Who has a birthday today?”
  • Jokes: “Tell me a knock-knock joke.”
  • Life: “What is the meaning of life?”
 
In an interview on Wired, Marsh said this is a great way to show developers what can be done with open-source. “We were amazed by how far we could get with these free, open solutions, and we wanted others to be similarly inspired.” 
The files for Jasper are now available over on the GitHub and full documentation is available from the official Jasper website. 
 
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Google Glass Proves It’s Potential In Hospitals http://sotechiespaces.com/2014/04/google-glass-proves-potential-hospitals/ http://sotechiespaces.com/2014/04/google-glass-proves-potential-hospitals/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:21:27 +0000 http://sotechiespaces.com/?p=5633 Google Glass, a savvy and compact new eyewear, comes in various, trendy styles, and enables users to access information on the web, check their gmail, find directions to new destinations, stream their experiences to others, and more.  However, the device that may seem like just a smartphone for your eyes, is gradually becoming accepted among members of the medical community, who are beginning to realize its capabilities.  The story of Google Glass saving a man’s life is spreading like wildfire. Dr. Horng, of Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, was treating a patient whose brain was bleeding last year. The doctor needed to find out which drugs he could treat the patient with, without causing an allergic reaction, but he did not have the kind of time it would take to manually search through the patient’s medical history.  Fortunatey, Dr. Horng was able to pull up the information on Google Glass, and the man survived.  Evidently, Google Glass, has great benefits in medical settings where professionals are pressed for time, and data.  Yet, the device faces regulation difficulties, and is still being used at the experimental level.  However, Beth Israel has altered Google Glass’s functions to ensure patients’ data privacy, and in other subtle ways, catering it to fit the hospital setting.  It enables doctor’s to easily scroll through patient’s data and history, as they observe them, to make check-ups more focused, and effective. Another hospital which is in the process of embracing Google Glass, is Rhode Island Hospital.  The emergency room of this hospital has launched a pilot to use the new technology’s live image, and audio streaming abilities to make the task of consulting outside specialists a more efficient experience for both sides.  To begin, patients who will be observed with Google Glass will do so on a volunteer-basis. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and Rhode Island Hospitals’ experiments with Google Glass are small scale trials, attempts to measure the potential of what could be the next big thing in healthcare.   Sources: http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/9/5596654/google-glass-helps-save-mans-life-in-hospital-says-doctor http://www.advisory.com/daily-briefing/2014/03/17/how-beth-israel-modified-google-glass-to-use-in-its-ed http://www.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/content/20140307-r.i.-hospitals-emergency-department-first-to-test-google-glass-on-medical-conditions-video.ece http://www.google.com/glass/start/

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Google Glass, a savvy and compact new eyewear, comes in various, trendy styles, and enables users to access information on the web, check their gmail, find directions to new destinations, stream their experiences to others, and more. 

However, the device that may seem like just a smartphone for your eyes, is gradually becoming accepted among members of the medical community, who are beginning to realize its capabilities.  The story of Google Glass saving a man’s life is spreading like wildfire.

Dr. Horng, of Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, was treating a patient whose brain was bleeding last year. The doctor needed to find out which drugs he could treat the patient with, without causing an allergic reaction, but he did not have the kind of time it would take to manually search through the patient’s medical history.  Fortunatey, Dr. Horng was able to pull up the information on Google Glass, and the man survived.  Evidently, Google Glass, has great benefits in medical settings where professionals are pressed for time, and data. 

Yet, the device faces regulation difficulties, and is still being used at the experimental level.  However, Beth Israel has altered Google Glass’s functions to ensure patients’ data privacy, and in other subtle ways, catering it to fit the hospital setting.  It enables doctor’s to easily scroll through patient’s data and history, as they observe them, to make check-ups more focused, and effective.

Another hospital which is in the process of embracing Google Glass, is Rhode Island Hospital.  The emergency room of this hospital has launched a pilot to use the new technology’s live image, and audio streaming abilities to make the task of consulting outside specialists a more efficient experience for both sides.  To begin, patients who will be observed with Google Glass will do so on a volunteer-basis.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and Rhode Island Hospitals’ experiments with Google Glass are small scale trials, attempts to measure the potential of what could be the next big thing in healthcare.

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Sources:

http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/9/5596654/google-glass-helps-save-mans-life-in-hospital-says-doctor

http://www.advisory.com/daily-briefing/2014/03/17/how-beth-israel-modified-google-glass-to-use-in-its-ed

http://www.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/content/20140307-r.i.-hospitals-emergency-department-first-to-test-google-glass-on-medical-conditions-video.ece

http://www.google.com/glass/start/

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What entrepreneurs can learn from children http://sotechiespaces.com/2014/04/entrepreneurs-can-learn-children/ http://sotechiespaces.com/2014/04/entrepreneurs-can-learn-children/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:53:16 +0000 http://sotechiespaces.com/?p=5625 When it comes to children most of the times we never take them seriously. You will be surprised how much one can learn from these tiny human beings. There are certain characteristics about them that entrepreneurs should observe and learn.    Being creative  The word impossible does not exist in their dictionary. They constantly change and come up with something new with their old toys. Give them a spoon and they have multiple ideas to play with it. As entrepreneurs being creative is your key tool. You need to constantly change and be innovate. The more creative you get, you are challenging yourself even more.    Take risks  As children they don’t think what looks good or what others may think. They don’t do things that are dangerous but they are ready to take that big step. As entrepreneurs you must invest your time, money, idea and take that risk. If there is something unexpected on your platter, you should try it.    Have passion Whenever children pick a particular game they really like they do everything to play with it till the end. They dream about it, they talk about it and their energy is focused towards it. Entrepreneurs must have that same passion when it comes to their project, work and their team.    Dream big If you listen to kids carefully they can make you believe that a fairy land exists and they know a secret passage to reach there.  They are not restricted by anything , they are not afraid and they learn from their mistakes. As entrepreneurs you must dream big, you must be a little more brave and have a goal that should surprise everyone.    Making decisions  Children know what they want. They are clear. Between red and white they know they know which color to choose. Even for entrepreneurs decision-making is essential and should be done at the right time.        

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When it comes to children most of the times we never take them seriously. You will be surprised how much one can learn from these tiny human beings. There are certain characteristics about them that entrepreneurs should observe and learn. 
 

Being creative 

The word impossible does not exist in their dictionary. They constantly change and come up with something new with their old toys. Give them a spoon and they have multiple ideas to play with it. As entrepreneurs being creative is your key tool. You need to constantly change and be innovate. The more creative you get, you are challenging yourself even more. 
 

Take risks

 As children they don’t think what looks good or what others may think. They don’t do things that are dangerous but they are ready to take that big step. As entrepreneurs you must invest your time, money, idea and take that risk. If there is something unexpected on your platter, you should try it. 
 

Have passion

Whenever children pick a particular game they really like they do everything to play with it till the end. They dream about it, they talk about it and their energy is focused towards it. Entrepreneurs must have that same passion when it comes to their project, work and their team. 
 

Dream big

If you listen to kids carefully they can make you believe that a fairy land exists and they know a secret passage to reach there.  They are not restricted by anything , they are not afraid and they learn from their mistakes. As entrepreneurs you must dream big, you must be a little more brave and have a goal that should surprise everyone. 
 

Making decisions 

Children know what they want. They are clear. Between red and white they know they know which color to choose. Even for entrepreneurs decision-making is essential and should be done at the right time.  
 
 
 

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Startup, BioConsortia, Strives to Increase Crop Yields http://sotechiespaces.com/2014/04/startup-bioconsortia-strives-increase-crop-yields/ http://sotechiespaces.com/2014/04/startup-bioconsortia-strives-increase-crop-yields/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:17:50 +0000 http://sotechiespaces.com/?p=5611 Agricultural startup, BioConsortia, has recently received fifteen million, combined, in new funding from investors, Khosla Ventures and Otter Capital.  The agricultural company’s purpose is combat climate change’s negative affect on farming by altering the microbe composition in the soil, which can boost crop growth, and function. Soil microbes, bacteria and fungi, are often regarded as pests that wreak havoc on farms, but they, in fact, have many essential purposes. Not only do they work to decompose and recycle plant waste and material, but can provide valuable nutrients, like nitrogen and phosphorus, to plants at the root level.  Strangely enough, some viruses even can work towards the advantages of plants.  Through an accelerated microbe selection, or AMS, process, BioConsortia efficiently seeks out microbial combinations that optimize plant functionality.  This process differs from genetic modification, but the methods can be used in fields with genetically modified or organic plants. With concerns of food security on the rise, BioConsortia is a useful startup that can greatly increase crop yields as well as  longevity of thousands of individuals who are suffering as a result of climate change. Climate change is projected to affect world hunger by a daunting twenty percent by 2050, especially in places like Africa, India and China.  Hopefully, the advanced agricultural technology of BioConsortia will be able to mitigate this global issue. Sources: http://gigaom.com/2014/04/07/meet-bioconsortia-a-startup-using-microbes-to-boost-crops/ http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/07/bioconsortia-raises-15-million-to-boost-crop-yields/ http://www.noble.org/ag/research/microbes/ http://bioconsortia.com/ http://www.wfp.org/climate-change  

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Agricultural startup, BioConsortia, has recently received fifteen million, combined, in new funding from investors, Khosla Ventures and Otter Capital.  The agricultural company’s purpose is combat climate change’s negative affect on farming by altering the microbe composition in the soil, which can boost crop growth, and function. Soil microbes, bacteria and fungi, are often regarded as pests that wreak havoc on farms, but they, in fact, have many essential purposes. Not only do they work to decompose and recycle plant waste and material, but can provide valuable nutrients, like nitrogen and phosphorus, to plants at the root level.  Strangely enough, some viruses even can work towards the advantages of plants. 

Through an accelerated microbe selection, or AMS, process, BioConsortia efficiently seeks out microbial combinations that optimize plant functionality.  This process differs from genetic modification, but the methods can be used in fields with genetically modified or organic plants.

With concerns of food security on the rise, BioConsortia is a useful startup that can greatly increase crop yields as well as  longevity of thousands of individuals who are suffering as a result of climate change. Climate change is projected to affect world hunger by a daunting twenty percent by 2050, especially in places like Africa, India and China.  Hopefully, the advanced agricultural technology of BioConsortia will be able to mitigate this global issue.

Sources:

http://gigaom.com/2014/04/07/meet-bioconsortia-a-startup-using-microbes-to-boost-crops/

http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/07/bioconsortia-raises-15-million-to-boost-crop-yields/

http://www.noble.org/ag/research/microbes/

http://bioconsortia.com/

http://www.wfp.org/climate-change

 

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