Expert Edge News

June 28, 2017

  • February 2016: Brian A. Berg Featured ConsultantFebruary 2016: Brian A. Berg Featured Consultant
    This month Brian A. Berg, Senior Certified Professional Consultant of Berg Software Design is PATCA’s featured consultant. He has been consulting for 36 years, and has been a PATCA member for 35 of those years. His specialty is hardware and software in the storage industry, and his skills have progressed through various technologies in that arena including […]
  • Behind the Scenes of ‘Earth a New Wild,’ PBS’s New Nature ShowBehind the Scenes of ‘Earth a New Wild,’ PBS’s New Nature Show
    Tech & Science M. Sanjayan “parahawking” with a vulture in Nepal. M Sanjayan / PBS Picture Planet Earth , the groundbreaking BBC nature show , but with people in it. That’s sort of what PBS’s new show Earth a New Wild is like: a documentary about the beautiful landscapes […] Click to view full article
  • Drought or Business Opportunity?Drought or Business Opportunity?
    California Governor Jerry Brown recently imposed mandatory water restrictions to combat severe drought that “demands unprecedented action.” Many investors have grown familiar with the global trends changing in the way water is supplied, transported, treated and used. Those mega-trends, however, have not translated into much action from the venture community. The current drought in California […]
  • Coyotes Are New York’s Newest ImmigrantsCoyotes Are New York’s Newest Immigrants
    Tech & Science Coyotes have slowly crept into more urban areas, as humans force them out of their habitats and into new wilds. Tom Murphy/National Geographic Creative My attire this morning: long johns under jeans, two layers of wool socks, heavy hiking boots, a turtleneck, two scarves, gloves, a […] Click to view full article
  • The Evolving Technology Of The Super BowlThe Evolving Technology Of The Super Bowl
    Don Basile is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist with more than 20 years of executive experience in technology, healthcare and telecommunications. As football fans gear up for the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl this Sunday, we can expect to see not only a great athletic game, but a host of dazzling new technology at […]
  • Gartner spies growing opportunity for voice-driven devicesGartner spies growing opportunity for voice-driven devices
    Analyst Gartner is projecting flat growth for worldwide device shipments; it says the combined shipments of PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones will total just 2.3 billion in 2017, the same as 2016 estimates — with no growth in these so-called “traditional” computing devices expected until 2018. As of the end of 2016, nearly seven […]
  • January 2017 – Featured Consultant: Keith RiordanJanuary 2017 – Featured Consultant: Keith Riordan
    Keith Riordan is currently PATCA’s Secretary and Vice President of Engineering at Sector Technology, a product development firm. Sector Technology’s major focus is on developing medical devices for startup companies. Most lately have included wireless capability, usually Bluetooth but also Wi-Fi and RFID. Challenges arise when multiple wireless devices must function on the same board […]
  • Tim Cook at World Wide Developers ConferenceTim Cook at World Wide Developers Conference
    “The epicenter of change.’ That’s Apple’s slogan for this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), and it resonates with me in a special way. Event after event, Tim Cook makes a point to remind the audience that Apple’s ethos is to build best-of-breed products that change people’s lives. I believe […] Click to view full article
  • The Future Of the Internet of ThingsThe Future Of the Internet of Things
    The Internet of Things (IoT) has metamorphosed over the last few years. In the future, its applications will no doubt impact industry, urban development, healthcare, agriculture and other major ecosystems. Gartner projects there will be 6.4 billion connected things in use worldwide in 2016 (a 30 percent increase from 2015), and that the market will […]
  • Ford Opens New Silicon Valley Research CenterFord Opens New Silicon Valley Research Center
    Ford Motor Co. opened a new Silicon Valley research center in Palo Alto to speed up technology development and experiments in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles and big data, the company said on Thursday. Dragos Maciuca, an engineer formerly with Apple, will head the facility, Ford said. The research center […] Click here to view full […]
  • Must-see: ‘The Queen of Code’ gives the lowdown on Grace Hopper, who should be a tech household nameMust-see: ‘The Queen of Code’ gives the lowdown on Grace Hopper, who should be a tech household name
    Must-see: ‘The Queen of Code’ gives the lowdown on Grace Hopper, who should be a tech household name.  Considering the scandalous lack of women entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, and the debased treatment some receive in the industry, it can be hard to remember that women helped […] Click to view full article
  • Women in Management: Ceiling Is BelievingWomen in Management: Ceiling Is Believing
    Glass Ceiling February 2015 Female managers’ long march to corporate America’s corner offices has led to a record 26 female CEOs at Fortune 500 companies. Danielle Weinblatt’s experience as a CEO, however, shows how much further women have to go to attain parity with men in the executive suite. […] Click here to view full […]
  • BPA Is Fine, If You Ignore Most Studies About ItBPA Is Fine, If You Ignore Most Studies About It
    Bisphenol A (BPA) is present in many types of hard, clear, plastics. Paul Taylor/Corbis Bisphenol-A (BPA) is either a harmless chemical that’s great for making plastic or one of modern society’s more dangerous problems. Depends whom you ask. BPA is in many types of plastics and the epoxy resins […] Click to view full article
  • Welcome to 2017, where Alexa even made its way into a fridgeWelcome to 2017, where Alexa even made its way into a fridge
    Okay, try not to get too excited: LG today unveiled a smart fridge at a big event ahead of CES in Las Vegas. It has a big touch screen and lets you control a whole host of things — which is fine . However, the most interesting part here is that the fridge is integrated, […]
  • Augmented Reality Has An Image ProblemAugmented Reality Has An Image Problem
    To date, Augmented Reality (AR) has been referred to as “the biggest technological advancement of our lifetime” by some, a mere “gimmick” by others or, worst yet, the next iteration of the QR code. The divisive term was introduced more than 25 years ago (although elements of AR technology have been used in science labs […]