Apple CEO Claims Free Market Doesn’t Work, Says Tech Regulations Are Inevitable
Nov29

Apple CEO Claims Free Market Doesn’t Work, Says Tech Regulations Are Inevitable

The biggest tech company in the world has claimed that internet regulation is on its way. Apple CEO Tim Cook has reported that too many products have been used for the sake of evil, prompting the need for government regulation. For obvious reasons, it’s a highly unusual statement to hear from a corporate titan. Cook claims that though tech products are made from a state of neutrality, many products have inevitably been used for evil. As such, Cook has predicted that federal regulation of Silicon Valley is likely on its way. “Generally speaking, I am not a big fan of regulation. I’m a big believer in the free market,” claims Cook in a recent interview with Axios. “But we have to admit when the free market is not working. And it hasn’t worked here. I think it’s inevitable that there will be some level of regulation. I think the Congress and the administration at some point will pass something.” This comes after Cook reprimanded the “data industrial complex” surveillance of personal data back in October. At the 40th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Brussels on October 24, Cook claimed that the personal data of countless internet users are being traded and sold without user knowledge. Though Cook didn’t call out specific companies, many inferred he was referencing the actions of Facebook and Google, two of the most profitable tech companies on the internet today. These two companies have a track record of profiting from user data through targeted advertising. It’s estimated that Google receives more than 100 billion user searches every month, making it the undisputed leader in its field. Through these searches, Google is better able to tailor ads to the individual with virtually no government regulation, at least in the United States. And internet sales are only expected to increase. It’s estimated that the U.S. market for apparel will grow to more than $385 billion by 2025. As more people shop online, the information garnered from your purchases and searches can be used to target you in the future. It’s this kind of data mining that Cook seeks to reprimand, but the Apple CEO has recently been called out for his hypocrisy on the subject. Apple has profited from the same practices Cook admonished in his speech. It’s been reported that Apple receives billions of dollars from Google alone to use their search engine as the default browsing app on most Apple products. With Europe’s internet privacy law, known as the General Data Protection Regulation law (GDPR), in full effect, many online businesses have needed to change their policies. Despite Cook’s hypocrisy, the Apple CEO hopes that this regulation will extend...

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Police Departments Involved In Various Rear-End Collisions
Nov27

Police Departments Involved In Various Rear-End Collisions

On average, there’s a rear-end collision on the roads every eight seconds across the United States. Common factors that contribute to rear-end accidents include distracted driving, tailgating, panic stops, reduced roadway traction, weather factors, and much more. Though the police are notified immediately following these roadway incidents, or at least they are supposed to be, there have been a few police vehicle actually involved in rear-end collisions as of late. So what happens when you get rear-ended by the police? According to WMDT, in early November, an officer was hit in a rear-end collision during a routine traffic stop. In Maryland, Corporal Hamilton of the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office was hit during a traffic stop and suffered a concussion. The driver of the vehicle slammed into her police cruiser while she was stopped on the road during the middle of a traffic stop. Officer Hamilton was treated and released from the hospital. KTNV adds that just outside the Las Vegas Strip, an officer is actually at fault for a rear-end collision involving a limo. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department stated that an officer was at fault for an incident that injured a limousine driver at about 4:15 a.m. on Flamingo Road near Interstate 15, just outside of the Las Vegas Strip. The officer made an illegal U-turn in front of the limo, which led the limo to rear-end the patrol car. Both automobiles crashed into a wall after contact and the limo caught on fire. The officer, who suffered a broken left arm, leg, and face injuries, was able to get the limo driver out of the vehicle before it was fully engulfed in flames. Lastly, according to AZ Central, a Phoenix police officer and a prisoner suffered minor injuries after another rear-end collision. Sgt. Armando Carbajal of the Phoenix Police Department said that the patrol vehicle was stopped at a red light around 8:30 a.m. when a truck crashed into it from behind, causing the patrol car to hit another vehicle in front of it. An investigation is ongoing. No matter where and what you are driving, always give yourself plenty of time to stop in order to avoid these dangerous and costly rear-end...

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Revolutionizing the Modern Workforce: Knowledge Workers Relying More On Innovation
Nov27

Revolutionizing the Modern Workforce: Knowledge Workers Relying More On Innovation

Knowledge workers are employees whose main capital is actual knowledge. Example knowledge workers include physicians, pharmacists, architects, programmers, engineers, design thinkers, scientists, lawyers, accountants, academics, and other white-collar workers, whose career requires them to “think for a living.”   In the past, there weren’t very many knowledge workers, as there were only a handful of careers, which were primarily blue-collar jobs. That has certainly changed. Approximately 73% of the America’s workforce — 100 million people — are currently knowledge workers.   According to CISION, Seva, a modern day knowledge management and search platform is hoping to revolutionize how knowledge workers actually search for prospective jobs and how to organize various information at work.   The New York City-based company has raised $2.4 million in seed financing, led by investors Avalon Ventures, Studio VC, and Datadog found and CEO Oliver Pomel.   Currently, the modern knowledge worker utilizes around 15 or more applications for work and can spend nearly an entire day searching for various pieces of necessary information. Managing and searching for emails, notes, chats, digital documents, schedules, and so much more can result stress and overwhelming feelings for employees, resulting in a significant drop in productivity.   Seva’s innovation offers a one-click setup to easily search between and better manage various platforms.   “I’ve been CTO at companies of varying sizes and stages over the last 10 years, and it’s been incredible to see how a growing reliance on cloud applications has really hindered our ability to self-serve relevant information,” said Sanjay Jain, founder and CEO of Seva. “Whether it’s as simple as finding the holiday calendar or making sure client-facing teams have accurate 360 degree views of their customer, professionals need a better way to manage information at work.”   Seva is currently accepting organizations to participate in its Beta work stack platform, with plans for even more innovations in the near...

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Businesses Across the Globe Are Implementing Meditation Rooms and Wellness Programs
Nov26

Businesses Across the Globe Are Implementing Meditation Rooms and Wellness Programs

The global wellness industry is worth approximately $3.7 trillion. In the past, no one really focused on various aspects of wellness — at least not nearly as much as they do today. In fact, wellness programs are even breaking their way into the workplace. According to Market Watch, meditation and similar wellness trends are finding their way into plenty of businesses across the country and globe, and not just smalltime shops, either. Google, Apple, and Nike are three of the most popular companies that are opening up meditation rooms to give employees a peaceful and quiet space to focus on their wellness. Pearson, a publishing organization with offices across the globe, took the meditation room to an all-new level: transforming all of their rooms into all-around wellness pods to be used for meditation and other peaceful activities. Considering that almost 37% of employee time is spent in meetings, having a place to re-center could help change the way we work for good. “They have become part of the culture,” said Angela Schwers, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Pearson. “You can dim the lighting, you can be in the dark… The wellness rooms are used every hour of every day. We get such positive feedback, it’s been such a part of our culture we’d hear noise if we weren’t going to offer them anymore.” According to Live Well, more than 35 million Americans currently experiment with meditation. A new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report shows that 14.2% of American adults surveyed in 2017 said they had practiced meditation at least once throughout the year — up from only 4.1% for 2012. Office life might seem like a walk in the park compared to some career fields, but these environments can result in all kinds of stress. When employees are stressed out about approaching deadlines, familial issues, or simply cannot focus; heading into a meditation room to focus on his or her wellness could be a lifesaver. “It’s massively helpful to know that there is a space to quiet the noise for even 10 minutes, and just center on breathing and being still amidst all of the deadlines and activity we have flying our way,” added Janna Dinolfo, manager of virtual events for Pearson’s D.C....

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Agricultural Technology Helps Keeps Farmers With Disabilities In The Field
Nov26

Agricultural Technology Helps Keeps Farmers With Disabilities In The Field

A study recently published in The Journal of Agriculture Safety and Health is shedding light on a community of farmers not often discussed. According to this study, as many as one in five farmers in the United States has a disability. The umbrella of disability in this study is a wide one. For that 20% figure, researchers included disabilities that impacted the farmers’ physical health, senses, or cognition. To combat the obstacles farmers with disabilities face, a wide variety of assistive agricultural technology exists. These technologies include four-wheel-drive golf carts, auto-locking tractor hitches, and smart tech connected to smartphones. Agricultural equipment companies have been making traditional tractors for decades. Legacy companies like Kubota have been making agricultural equipment since 1890 and commercially developed Japan’s first farm tractor. However, assistive modifications to tractors have been appearing much more recently. One of the most significant modifications is motorized tractor lifts. Ed Bell is just one farmer who uses those lifts in the day-to-day operation of his hog farm in Indiana. Bell was shot in 1982 and paralyzed from the torso down. He’s able to successfully work his farm today with his electric wheelchair outfitted with off-roading treads, another wheelchair that allows him to stand, and mechanical lifts that he can operate by hand to get in and out of his tractors. Thanks to the Americans With Disabilities Act and a growing empathy for differently abled Americans, modern workplaces have become much more accessible in the past few decades. However, many farmers are self-employed, which means it’s up to them to find accessibility solutions. These solutions can have a wide range of benefits. Researchers from Exeter University’s School of Psychology recently found that employees who have control over the design and layout of their workspace are up to 32% more productive — not to mention happier and healthier at work. Of course, funding these changes and purchasing specialty equipment can be a major barrier. Agricultural is an industry infamous for being a bit cash-strapped, but a federally-funded program called AgrAbility has been helping farmers with disabilities get the assistance they need for almost 25 years. AgrAbility features an entire Assistive Technology Database, which is an index of over 1,400 vetted solutions for a variety of problems. There are many easy-grip hand tools for those with arthritis, telescoping technology to tend to fruit trees, and an array of customized tractor lifts, cranes, and cherrypickers. Providing all of this modified technology is essential in making sure that the agricultural industry is able to sustain its part in the national economy. In 2015, farms contributed approximately $136.7 billion of the U.S. gross domestic product, or...

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