Rise of the touchless doorbell This year’s CES brought not one, but two companies promising doorbell cameras with contactless ringers. Both Alarm.com and Arlo say their products will automatically detect when someone approaches and alert the homeowner accordingly. (The former will even sell an optional mat to ensure that the visitor is standing in the right spot.) As The Verge’s Sean Hollister notes, it’s not entirely clear why this couldn’t just be a feature of existing doorbell cams, but it’s still a clever idea in the COVID-19 era and a nice way of using doorbell cameras for more than just neighborhood surveillance. … [Read more...] about CES 2021: The smartest ideas from the scaled-down virtual show
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Mook and Broksas tout the GoalZero Sherpa power bank, a $300 device that can recharge everything from a smartphone to a laptop and which can charge itself from GoalZero’s portable solar chargers. But more often, they rely on traditional generators or the power ports in vehicles. So as much as WCK might benefit from cutting-edge technology such as a field-deployable fuel cell, it would settle for quieter, less-polluting generators. … [Read more...] about The tech that keeps World Central Kitchen cooking in times of disaster
Now the FCC has approved the plan that will hopefully restore some internet access to the islands. To make the plan a reality, though, Alphabet still needs a telecommunications partner to work with, but as the private sector rushes to the island’s aid, it seems likely that a company will step forward to help. Alphabet isn’t the only tech company doing their part in Puerto Rico. Tesla sent hundreds of its Powerwall battery systems to Puerto Rico, along with employees to install them. Facebook sent its connectivity staff to the island to help in recovery and reconstruction, too. Want to help? Here’s how you can assist Puerto Rico right now. … [Read more...] about Puerto Rico cell phone service is still out. Can Alphabet’s Project Loon fix it?
Data science literacy The use of technology at scale over the last several decades has resulted in the collection of vast amounts of data. Governments, nonprofits, and corporations are increasingly interested in “mining” this data for information that increases efficiencies, improves financial returns, and identifies trends. No matter your role, if you are to participate in critical workplace conversations or recommend courses of action based on supporting data, you must understand the basics of data science, including topics like causality, regression analysis, descriptive statistics, and data visualization. … [Read more...] about These are the 3 skills you need to succeed in 2021
Turn off all new email notification alerts. Check email at specific intervals throughout your day. Add to your email signature when you respond to your email messages. Write a rule to respond to all incoming emails notifying the sender when they can expect a response from you. Write a rule to respond to all incoming emails that enables senders to access resources and answers without you. For example, include the customer service line number, a link to the quick reference guide on how to update their company profile, or a link to the 2021 vacation policy. Email = learning Email is a tool that enables me to continuously learn. I subscribe to numerous blogs, newsletters, LinkedIn groups, and RSS feeds that fill my inbox with new information, courses to attend for continuing education, and generally expand my knowledge base. Email makes it easy for me to learn from a variety of people and organizations. … [Read more...] about Why I love email and you can too if you try these extremely easy tips