The city of San Diego is soliciting locals for help solving urban problems, joining up with startup and business groups to hold a high-tech brainstorm session in April.The think session will be hosted by Ignite Scale San Diego, a consortium of private and public groups that are all bent on building out the region as a “smart city.” The best ideas from the community will advance into a city-backed startup accelerator program and later be tested in pilot programs in San Diego and surrounding areas.The organization is asking for local innovators to solve three urban challenges in San Diego.1 Smart traffic lights that adapt to immediate needs or changing traffic conditions: What if first responders could be routed through the city by switching the signals ahead of time, thereby clearing the path to a destination? This is one way the city would like to see traffic lights modernized. Other situations that might call for adaptive lights include big events like marathons, in which … [Read more...] about Can high-tech locals solve San Diego’s problems? City to hold brainstorm session to find out
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The majesty of Moscow is no secret, but relatively few Westerners have had the chance to get to know it up close. Fulfilling a longtime dream, a team member recently had the special opportunity to see and explore Russia’s larger-than-life capital. He returned telling us of the awe-inspiring Red Square, the Kremlin’s looming presence over the city, and the opulent beauty of the capital’s many colorful, gold-hatted Orthodox churches glittering in the sun. But besides being stunned by Old Moscow, he had a great deal to say about New Moscow, and the vibrant community of young, engaged and open-minded tech enthusiasts breathing life daily into its startup ecosystem. Here be gadgets Not here exactly, but on our new hardware site Plugged. Here Despite U.S. and E.U. economic sanctions, Inc Magazine last year voted Moscow the second best-performing city in the world for fast-growing private enterprises by. And, as my colleague’s many meetings with Moscow’s … [Read more...] about An entrepreneur’s guide to Moscow: Scaling between the golden domes
5G to transform Middle East mobile market in 2019Jawad Abbassi, head of Middle East and North Africa region, GSMA The Gulf states are set to be global leaders in the deployment of 5G networks, with many expected to launch commercial 5G services in 2019. According to a recent GSMA Intelligence report, 5G will account for 16 percent of mobile connections across the six Gulf states by 2025 -- slightly ahead of the global average. Early 5G offerings in the region are likely to focus on enhanced mobile broadband services and 5G-based fixed-wireless -- especially in regions with limited fiber penetration. However, there is also an opportunity to use 5G to drive developments in immersive reality, e-sports, and enhanced in-venue digital entertainment. On the enterprise side, 5G will enable operators and governments to collaborate on smart city initiatives, focused, for example, on addressing population-related challenges. Oil and gas, mining, and tourism -- each particularly relevant to the … [Read more...] about Middle East tech: What does 2019 have in store?
By Lara O’Reilly The Wall Street Journal Laura Stevens Mon., Nov. 26, 2018 Amazon.com Inc. handles nearly half of all online sales in the U.S., giving it a popular platform and a wealth of consumer data. Now it’s on track to become the next juggernaut of online advertising, and its rise threatens to upend Silicon Valley’s ad titans and change the way business is done on Madison Avenue. The online retailer has ascended to the No. 3 spot in the U.S. digital ad market behind the dominant players, Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc. Though Amazon has just 4% of the market now, the company is expanding its avenues for marketers and hiring aggressively for its ad unit. Some marketers eager for a new digital ad alternative are also conflicted about the rise of Amazon—a competing retailer with its own in-house brands to sell—setting up a new potential source of tension. Amazon’s ad revenue is on pace to double this year, … [Read more...] about Amazon, with little fanfare, emerges as an advertising giant