How 3D Printing Will Impact Our Future: A Rundown of Companies to Keep Your Eyes On

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By Rude de Waele

The first time I saw a 3D-printer in action was when I participated to the Singularity University Executive Program in the spring of 2011. It was a place that offered corporate executives and entrepreneurs the tools to predict and evaluate how emerging technologies will disrupt and transform their industries, companies, careers and lives.

Since then, I have been following the explosion of 3D-printing products and services closely and it’s an integral part in most of my talks for clients and at conferences.

During the program we visited TechShop; there, we experimented with miniature 3D modeling, as well as the Autodesk offices in San Francisco. Those visits really blew my mind as I realized the broad possibilities of use and the impact 3D printing could have in many different sectors. It was incredible to see last week at the 3D-print show in London how this industry has grown in just three years’ time.

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Everything Apple Announced At Its September 2014 Keynote

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By Nat Garun

After months of anticipation, the iPhone 6 is finally official… along with a bunch of other stuff! Here’s a recap of the highlights from Apple’s event today in Cupertino in case you were having some technical problems with the livestream. For full details, check out the link(s) below each highlight.

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Why Big Data Has Some Problems When it Comes to Public Policy

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By Derrick Harris

For all the talk about using big data and data science to solve the world’s problems — and even all the talk about big data as one of the world’s problems — it seems like we still have a long way to go.

Earlier this week, an annual conference on data mining, KDD 2014 for short, took place in New York with the stated goal of highlighting “data science for social good.” It’s a noble goal and, indeed, the event actually did highlight a lot of research and even some real-world examples of how data can help solve various problems in areas ranging from health care to urban planning. But the event also highlighted — to me, at least — some very real obstacles that stand in the way of using data science to solve society’s problems in any meaningful way at any meaningful scale.

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Citizen’s Drone Video Shows Damage of Napa Earthquake

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By Jeff John Roberts

A Napa resident used his drone to capture the fallout from the 6.9-magnitude earthquake that rattled the California town on Sunday, and posted scenes of the damage on YouTube.

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Instagram Launches Advertising Analytics

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By Selena Larson

Instagram is making it possible for businesses to find out just how well their advertising performs.

On Thursday, the company rolled out a suite of business tools to manage ad campaigns. Account insights and ad insights display impressions, reach, and engagement, both for particular ad campaigns and the account itself. An advertising staging feature enables advertisers to edit and preview campaigns before launching.

Instagram worked with a handful of advertisers before giving analytics to all advertisers this week. The company will make the new tools available to all brands later this year.

Instagram launched advertising last fall. 

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Eight Charts That Put Tech Companies’ Diversity Stats Into Perspective

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By Carmel DiAmicis

The latest hot-button subject in tech, hotter even than ephemeral apps, is diversity. Or at least, if not actual diversity, the act of releasing employee diversity statistics. From Apple to Twitter, almost all the big names in Silicon Valley are doing it. Google fell first in May, and with some pushing by activist organizations the rest soon followed suit.

We’ve broken down some of the top players – AppleTwitterPinterestFacebookGoogleYahooMicrosofteBayLinkedInCiscoIntel, and HP – comparing their overall gender and ethnicity demographics. Then we went a step further to look specifically at the tech and leadership roles. Where relevant, we also charted the demographic information of the U.S. labor force and the graduating computer science class.

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Just How Creepy Can Targeted Ads Get? New Tool Promises to Tell You

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By Selena Larson

Ever find yourself scrolling through a website and seeing an advertisement that’s a little too well-targeted? You know, as if the advertiser knew you recently twisted your ankle and need to buy some sturdier shoes? 

Columbia University researchers are working on XRay, a tool to help innocent Internet users make sense of those ads that stalk us, sometimes in ways that are worse than creepy.

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DataGravity Says It’s Time For Your Storage to Smarten Up Already

By Barb Darrow

DataGravity, the thus-far secretive startup co-founded by Paula Long of EqualLogic fame, is finally ready to talk about its DataGravity Discovery storage array.

Lately, much of the discussion around storage has been about speeds and feeds of the latest flash arrays — and that’s valid. But Long’s position is that much of the value of what companies store is lost because that data goes into a black box, and companies have to deploy audit software and other extras it to wring important information out of it. DataGravity integrates those tools, search and analytics, into its software.

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Teenager Could Revolutionize Malaria Testing with a Cheap Smartphone Attachment

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By Pavel Curda

Tanay Tandon is the 17-year-old founder of Athelas, a blood-testing kit for smartphones that is designed to diagnose malaria.

For more than two centuries, cell morphology – or the practice of viewing/analyzing a person’s blood – has been the primary way to approach medicine. The process is generally long and expensive: go to the doctor, get a sample taken, wait for a couple of days for a trained professional to analyze the blood, and then receive your report. Athelas changes all that.

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A Fascinating Visualization of How Culture Expanded Around the World

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By Matthew Elworthy

The theme of this year’s #TNWUSA conference is ‘Where Business and Cultures Collide.’ We’ll be focusing on international growth and regional technology trends, as well as best business practices and experiences when it comes to expanding abroad.

One of the most exciting things we’ve noticed about 2014 has been the number of tech companies testing the waters of unfamiliar markets. Regardless of our unparalleled access to information today (thanks to a little thing called ‘the internet’), cultural and regulatory differences around the world can trip up the most sturdy of expansion plans. #TNWUSA ‘14 aims to help you get to grips with these cultural contrasts and market differences, armed with a new range of tools and techniques.

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