Wednesday, August 2, 2017

8 Underrated Emerging Tech Companies.

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Today, we explore these underrated emerging technology companies. All of these companies are unique and I can't wait to see them expand. Be sure to click on the links to read more information on each company.






Uptake uses analytics and predictive software to increase safety and enhance performance for companies in industries like construction, aviation and mining. Uptake was founded by co founder Brad Keywell and has the backing of construction-equipment giant Caterpillar.







Hudl is a key component in helping more than 100,000 sports teams nationwide win games. The startup allows coaches to record or upload video to its platform, take notes, drawings, or recordings and share it with players on their mobile devices.









In 2014, Google released the free software Kubernetes — a tool to manage and maintain huge piles of containers that's based on the tech it had developed for the same function. Kubernetes became very popular, with developers all over the world using it in their own computing infrastructures. Now two of its team members have launched a new startup, Heptio, to turn it into a business and make it accessible to other tech companies.









Pindrop is a fraud prevention and authentication tool that is now being used in some of the top banks. The company has spent the last five years building up a digital library of audio traits that can pinpoint where and what kind of call is coming through. If the service or the geography doesn't look right, or if it looks like the same kind of phone print that it's picked up over and over again, then Pindrop can flag the call as a possible risk.






Starry makes a receiver called the Starry Point that hangs out your window like an antenna. You can hook up your own wireless receiver or use its own Starry Station, a $250 device that can tell you right from its screen how fast your internet is performing.







What started out as a bootstrapped company founded by two IT guys who loved Macs has become bigger than what they expected. Jamf makes software that lets companies manage hundreds or thousands of Macs and iOS devices. The company has more than 9,000 customers — including one of the world's biggest Mac users, IBM — and has over 38,000 members in its Jamf Nation, an online community for Apple IT professionals.






Nowait allows users to virtually "get in line" at a restaurant and track their place without having to physically be there. In August, Yelp made an $8 million investment in Nowait and and integrated Nowait's technology into the Yelp app. Now, if Yelp users find a restaurant they like, they're now able to get in line using Nowait directly within the Yelp app.







Bellhops is an on-demand startup for moving. The Tennessee-based company operates in more than 50 cities nationwide and is staffed by local college students. What sets Bellhops apart from other movers is its convenience: you can instantly get a quote online, reserve a moving crew for $1, and choose from three different types of moves. 



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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

I am Megan Meier. A victim of cyberbullying.

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I am Megan Meier, this is my suicide.

Most days of my life has been a struggle. I grew up with attention deficit disorder (ADD) and depression due to a long battle with my weight. I'm only thirteen, but I've never felt pretty or worthwhile for anyone. One day I found this social media website called MySpace and through the site I met this boy, a 16 year old boy called Josh Evans, who I thought really liked me. He asked me to be his friend and I accepted.

I really liked him. I just wished I knew his intentions at the time, then maybe I wouldn't be in this situation, telling you this story. I remember we communicated regularly online and although we never spoke on the phone or saw each other physically, I thought "I had finally found a boy who thought I was pretty". I was happy for time, but nothing lasts forever.

A few weeks went by and the boy started to change the way he spoke to me. He would say that he didn't want to be my friend anymore and concluded one of his lasts messages by saying "The world would be much better off without you". Then, the unspeakable happened, my messages with Josh were known to other classmates. They wrote horrible things about me, I didn't understand why they would do that. Was Josh a fake account and I was being tricked into thinking it was real this whole time? I just wanted to be liked. I just wanted a friend. This was too much for me to fathom. I decided Josh was right, so I took my own life.

Megan Meier was a beautiful 13 years old girl whose life was cut short because of cyber bullying.  Her mother, Tina Meier founded the Megan Meier Foundation, to help fight against cyber bullying.

This is the dark side of what the internet can do, so please try to always keep a positive mindset in order to live a good life.

Stay strong!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Interview with a Devops Engineer.

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DevOps is a combination of software development and operations. It is essentially a melding of these two disciplines in order to emphasize communication, collaboration, and cohesion between the traditionally separate developer and IT operations teams.

Akash Jain is a Devops engineer from India. He also was a tutor for but started tutoring on his own. Although we have never physically met, I decided to conduct a short interview with Akash Jain during this blog post to demonstrate his knowledge as a Devops Engineer. Akash is the best tutor I have had and he has a lot of knowledge across many subjects in the Information technology field such as Java and C++ Programming, Database Management and Discrete Structures.

During the interview conducted I asked Akash :

What does a Devops Engineer do ?
As a Devops Engineer my job is to ensure continuous integration and deploy of all the services developed in company. I do that using automation tools like chef, Jenkins, Docker, Kubernetes and cloud technologies like Amazon Web service and Google Cloud.

What inspired you?
I didn't choose this profession, the profession chose me. I wanted to be a software engineer or machine learning engineering but the requirements of company were different and I worked accordingly and things fell into place and enjoy the work that I do. It's the new things that I learn at work that inspire me to go to the office everyday.

How do you keeps your skills current ?
Devops is all about keeping yourself updated with the current technologies currently developing and I keep reading blogs and work with people working in big MNC's and observe their work which gives me insights on what I can change in my current implementations and do my work more efficiently.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I like to live in the present and I don't think much about the future. It may be taken as carelessness but in today's world everything is dynamic. I might not enjoy my work after sometime or may get interested in other field. Or it might be that I decide to have my own startup if I am with the right people. So it all depends on where I am, with whom I am and what work I am doing at that point to time.

Thank you so much Akash Jain for taking part in this interview! Also, if anyone reading this blog ever needs tutoring on the field of Information Technology, here is his contact information: akash.jain5587 @

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Futuristic tech that will blow your mind.

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Here are a few technologies headed your way in the near future:

The Hologram

Design homes. Play games. Build worlds. All using 3 full dimensions. Holograms have already been implemented and used for concerts and other types of entertainment for the masses but what if you could have your smartphone utilize this technology like an episode out of Star Trek: The Next Generation? This technology will change the world and it has so many applications that it deserves its own blog post. 

Household Robots and Drones  

Imagine a world where robots are at your side. They could be helping with the dishes, vacuuming the carpet or fixing the bed. Well, we won't be imagining it too much longer. Whether it is Honda’s ASIMO, a helper bot designed to interact with and aid humans, or a rise in the use of machines to perform human tasks, we can expect that this is not a trend that will slow down anytime soon.


Now, that you can imagine a world with robots in your house, try imagining a world with microscopic robots inside your body. These machines are so small that they can be powered by the beating of your heart or the chemical energy inside of cells. With nanotechnology, we can track the progress of diseases like Alzheimer’s and cancer, create more efficient batteries, and create damage- and rust-resistant materials that could last forever or break down when exposed to certain waves of light.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

A breakthrough for a paralyzed man.

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Breaking through with a thumbs up!

There hsve been many breakthroughs in technology that have occurred in the past 5 years ranging from cool gadgets to prosthetic arms. However, one breakthrough in particular happened early this year. In an article written by, The Guardian, titled "Paralyzed man moves arm using power of thought", Bill Kochevar, 53, was paralyzed from the neck down due to a tragic accident where he crashed his bike into a truck. Fortunately for Kochevar, he became the subject of a neuroscience based experimental technology where he could actually move his arm using electrical implants in the motor cortex of his brain and sensors in his arm. 

The technology was pioneered by the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. The technology is the first of its kind and is developing at a slow progressive pace. A quote from the article reads:

So far it has helped a man with Tetraplegia to reach and grasp, meaning he could feed himself and drink. With further development, we believe the technology could give more accurate control, allowing a wider range of actions, which could begin to transform the lives of people living with paralysis.

We know this technology is very new, but once it is fully developed, it will provide many more people suffering from this condition with a chance at a better life. If you would like to read the full article please do not hesitate to click on the link above. 

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Net Neutrality. Why you should care.

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Today, I will discuss a little on net neutrality and its importance and the impact it has on the internet community.

So... What is net neutrality? 

The internet is a vast interconnected pool of seemingly endless data. Through the principle of net neutrality, packets of data are sent to everyone in the world equally. Basically, the internet stays open to everyone without discrimination. 

So... Why should you care ? 

Net neutrality is being threatened by those who seek to control it's traffic. These bigwigs are Internet Service Provider's or ISP's, who (with the downfall of net neutrality) can dictate usage terms for both websites and users alike. An ISP can charge more to those users consuming more of those precious data packets. If you liked streaming video before, you might end up having to cut the habit. ISP's can also charge those companies that provide the streaming video that you like watching, like Netflix and YouTube, to maintain a certain streaming speed on their end. 

The FCC is currently fighting the hard battle and standing up for net neutrality. We all use the internet, whether it be for knowledge, free speech or just to make an honest living and net neutrality keeps things afloat. These companies are becoming ruthless in their endeavors to control the internet but the internet can never truly be contained and the fight will keep going.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

How To Do Computer Yoga.

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We are so dedicated to our work sometimes that we forget to take a break and stretch our problems away. Everyone needs a break, so if you're feeling wound up in work or at school, here is how to relax with computer yoga. Then you will be able get back to work feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day!

Follow these steps and you're guaranteed to feel better thoughout the day.

  1. Move your head and chant the "om" mantra in your head. Turn your head left and right and then, forward and backward. 
  2. Move your shoulders so that all tensions resolve. Find the way that works best for you. Move forward, and then move another way round. Move with your elbows and keep chanting the om mantra.
  3. Move your spine to the right and the left side. Chant the om mantra when you're doing this.
  4. Massage your body from head to feet. Hold your hands together over your head, rub the palms, visualize the sky above you.
  5. Move your hand and send good vibes to your loved ones and to all people.
  6. Rub your palms together. Feel the energy moving through your hands.
  7. Put your hands on your legs or your belly. Make your mind calm and think the mantra "Om" in your head, your thorax, your belly, your legs, feet, in the earth and in the whole cosmos. 
  8. Stop your thinking for a minute. Simply sit there. Don't think about anything.
  9. Done!

I hope this works for you !

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