Walt’s column this week discusses the balance between design and functionality in tech today. This week on Ctrl-Walt-Delete, Walt and Nilay discuss the products and companies where the balance may be wrong, with more in favor of design. The duo also bring up the state of gadgets and whether or not there is a gadget apocalypse approaching. We love your feedback on the topics of the show and suggestions on how to make our show better and more fun — you can tweet at Walt at @waltmossberg and Nilay at @reckless. And of course, we'd love it if you subscribed in iTunes (here's the direct RSS feed, if you like), along with The Verge's other great podcasts like What's Tech, and The Vergecast. You might also want to check out Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, and Too Embarrassed to Ask featuring The Verge's Lauren Goode. And hey, we finally have Ctrl-Walt-Delete T-shirts! Check out our merch store here. … [Read more...] about Functionality vs. design: is there no balance today?
Remember when it first became obvious that the semiconductor manufacturing industry was going to expect lithography to resolve features smaller than the wavelength of light used in the litho tools themselves?Thanks to techniques such as the use of phase shift photomasks, sub-wavelength lithography is standard in chip fabs today. It might even be viewed as “old hat,” although still an expensive old hat.Whether non-visual defect (NVD) inspection follows a similar trend remains to be seen. This is perhaps especially true in light of the history of metrology and inspection technology. Chipmakers always have been loathe to spend money on these often expensive tools and processes unless it proves indispensable in production. That explains why historical adoption rates of today’s standard metrology and inspection tools tend to have long ramps.Still, it’s clear that as the industry begins to get serious about the forthcoming 14nm and 10nm nodes, NVDs, such as … [Read more...] about Non-Visual Defect Inspection: The Tech of Tomorrow?
Delta Air Lines reportedly canceled 300 flights Tuesday morning, a day after a mammoth outage that forced it to temporarily ground thousands of flights worldwide and ultimately cancel more than 400 of them.Although an update posted at 10:00 p.m. ET Monday night warned that there would be more than 100 flight cancellations and roughly 200 delays Tuesday morning, the actual numbers appeared considerably worse.The disruption began with a power outage that took place around 2:30 a.m. on Monday at the airline's Atlanta headquarters, according to Delta and Georgia Power.Delta CEO Ed Bastian apologized to customers later Monday in a video message taped live from the airline's operations and customer center, saying the carrier was engaged in an "all hands on deck" effort to restore service. "I apologize for the challenges this has created for you with your travel experience," Bastian said in his video message."The Delta team is working very, very hard to restore and get these systems back as … [Read more...] about Delta’s Tech Glitches Cause More Cancellations, Delays
The Internet Association, which represents 40 of the United States' leading technology companies -- including Facebook, Google, Amazon and others -- on Monday filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission, urging it to maintain Net neutrality regulations enacted during the Obama administration.The rules have created a level playing field that has helped fuel innovation in the broadband Internet space, according to IA, and any attempt to unravel them could have a disruptive impact on the industry. The 2015 Net neutrality rules not only were upheld in a 2016 court decision, but also have helped spur investment in the tech sector, notes the filing, submitted by Internet Association President Michael Beckerman and General Counsel Abigail Slater. The rules also helped accelerate a critical new cloud computing economy that would be hurt if they should be overturned."Clear rules of the road have given edge-based apps and services the certainty needed to attract investment and … [Read more...] about Major Tech Firms Pressure FCC to Stay the Net Neutrality Course
Beena Ammanath is vice president for data and analytics at GE Digital.She has worked in the data analytics field for more than 20 years and serves as board director at ChickTech, a nonprofit dedicated to recruiting girls and women into the tech workforce and retaining them once they're there.Ammanath also serves on the Cal Poly Computer Engineering Program Industrial Advisory Board, helping to shape the future generation of computer scientists with her expertise. She recently was named one of the topfemale analytics experts in the Fortune 500 by Forbes contributor Meta S. Brown.In this exclusive interview, Ammanath speaks to TechNewsWorld about AI, analytics, and diversity in tech. TechNewsWorld: You are one of the thought leaders on artificial intelligence. How do you think AI will impact businesses and jobs?Beena Ammanath: I have worked in a number of industries -- e-commerce, financial, marketing, telecom, retail, software products and industrial -- over the past two decades. I … [Read more...] about WOMEN IN TECH GE Digital VP Beena Ammanath: For Most Women, STEM Is an Uphill Battle
NEW YORK, NY., June 7, 2017- Leading consumer technology publisher Digital Trends (www.DigitalTrends.com) will present Tech Talks at multiple advertising agencies throughout the month of June in an effort to educate and entertain partners. Global media agency OMD will host the latest event today at its Chicago office. Digital Trends Editor in Chief Jeremy Kaplan and Managing Editor Nick Mokey, will give a presentation and address questions during the agency talk regarding the current state of technology, and how consumers are using tech in their everyday lives. “Our editors are trained to spot movements within the tech world and report on them on a daily basis,” said Digital Trends Editor-in-Chief Jeremy Kaplan. “Teaching these trends to our various clients and agency partners gives them a chance to be ahead of the curve.” The following week, both Kaplan and Mokey will host a multi-agency and client meetup in San Francisco to outline seven trends to … [Read more...] about Digital Trends Delivers Agency Tech Talks for the Future
Electronics are getting smaller and smaller, and we all seem to have our own special portable tech gadgets that we never leave home without. You probably already have a smartphone with you just about everywhere you go, but if you’re in the market for some new portable tech, we’ve rounded up a handful of great palm-sized devices.Below are our top 10 favorite portable tech deals going right now, from a pair of wireless headphones to a new smartwatch. Even better: All of these gadgets are currently on sale on Amazon at deep discounts of up to 88 percent off.Bestkee LED Lightsaber Umbrella — $23Sometimes the only way to fight the rains is to harness the power of the Force for yourself. If you’re looking for a decent weapon to battle the elements and keep you dry, this handy little lightsaber umbrella is perfect for you.You can pick up the Bestkee Lightsaber umbrella for just $23, or check out our favorite windproof umbrellas for more options.See … [Read more...] about 12 must-have portable tech gadgets you can score for cheap right now
Debbie Berebichez is chief data scientist at Metisand co-host of the Discovery Channel's Outrageous Acts of Science. You can follow her on Twitter @debbiebere.In this exclusive interview, Berbichez shares her thoughts on shaping the STEM conversation to make it more inclusive for women. TNW: Describe the trajectory of your career. How did you get where you are today?Debbie Berebichez: I grew up in Mexico City, and I was part of a conservative community that discouraged women from studying STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. I was told that I should probably study something easier and more feminine than physics. My mom told me not to tell boys that I liked math, because I'd have a hard time meeting someone.When it came time to go to college, I applied to schools to study philosophy, which was a field where I could ask questions that seemed more appropriate for girls. I realized, though, that the more I tried to hide my love of physics and math, the more it … [Read more...] about WOMEN IN TECH Metis CDS Debbie Berebichez to Women in STEM: Chase Your Dreams
MarySue Hansell is president and COO of A Better World.In this exclusive interview, Hansell provides some insights into the principles underlying her firm's Facebook game, A Better World. TechNewsWorld: Describe the vision of A Better World.MarySue Hansell: We saw that there was a lack of kindness, a lack of empathy, and negative thinking, and we thought it would be nice if we could use technology to do something about it.We thought Facebook offered a wonderful opportunity to use a large technical platform to create a virtual world that would have a big impact, with a game that emphasizes positive thinking and good habits.Basically, we wanted to combine the popularity of video games and the Facebook platform, and we were all avid followers of positive psychology, which is a science that shows that you can increase your well-being by doing things like altruism and expressing gratitude. We wanted to use those basic scientific principles.The activities in A Better World increase … [Read more...] about WOMEN IN TECH A Better World President MarySue Hansell: Getting Real With a Virtual Do-Good Game
TVs have come a long way, especially in the last few years. Picture quality has never been crisper, brighter, or more colorful; TVs get thinner yet screens get bigger; and more and more TVs integrate features and services that cut down on the need for tons of extra devices. However, all these leaps in technology has lead to more complexity, and frankly it can be overwhelming. Deciphering all tech related acronyms is a chore, and sometimes it can be hard to catch the differences a subtle change in phrasing can mean. In this 4K TV buying guide, we’re going to give you the tools to navigate the world of 4K televisions, and make the right decision when buying one.Size and setupWhen you’re looking into a new TV, the first thing to check is how much space you’ve got to spare in your entertainment room. Keep in mind that TV screens are measured diagonally. So when you see a TV listed as 62 inches, that’s the diagonal measurement, not the height or width. Those … [Read more...] about Become an expert in all things TV tech with our 4K TV buying guide