Day: September 3, 2020

Technology entrepreneur Doug Pihl dies at 81

Technology startups can be filled with big egos and difficult personalities, but those who worked with Doug Pihl remember him as thoughtful and supportive of other people’s ideas and pleasant to be around.

Pihl, who made thousands of local investors wealthy through pioneering Minnesota-based high-technology companies, died of cancer July 28. He was 81.

Pihl and his sister, Audrey, were raised in Minneapolis by father Carl-Oscar, a tool maker at Honeywell, and mother Colona. Later cousin Mary Jane Johnson Olson also helped raise them after Colona Pihl was quarantined with tuberculosis.

Pihl graduated from Washburn High School, studied physics and engineering at the University of Minnesota and started his career with Minnesota’s budding computer industry at Data Display, Data 100 and Control Data.

In 1979, Pihl entered the entrepreneurial world, starting Lee Data with some colleagues to make peripheral equipment for IBM’s large computer systems. After several name changes, it

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UArizona collaborates on $115M effort to build quantum computer


IMAGE: University of Arizona engineers are lending their expertise in quantum error correction and quantum sensor networks to a new $115M center, led by Fermilab.
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Three University of Arizona engineers are part of the newly established $115 million Superconducting Quantum Materials and Systems Center, led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermilab. The center aims to build a quantum computer and develop quantum sensors that could lead to discoveries about dark matter and other elusive subatomic particles.

“The SQMS Center will combine the theoretical and experimental expertise of individual research groups to advance long-term success of quantum technologies,” said Bane Vasi?, professor of electrical and computer engineering and mathematics and a member of the university’s BIO5 Institute.

The Superconducting Quantum Materials and Systems Center is part of a $625 million federal program to foster quantum innovation in the United States. Total planned Department of Energy funding

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Class 1 Railroads Need To Improve Their Performance By Investing Technology

My colleague Muhammad Wasay Rashid has just completed a market study on the adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies by the global rail industry, including the freight segment. Mr. Rashid reports that sales of IoT technologies for Rail are bigger, and growing faster, in Asia and Europe. This article will explain why there are good reasons why North American Class 1 Railroads should be more aggressively investing in these technologies, particularly geolocation technologies.

IoT “things” are industrial smart devices, often sensors, that connect to the Internet and can collect useful data. In rail these IoT devices are used to improve rail operations in several ways. Rail applications that utilize the sensor

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Vernier and SAM Labs Help Teachers Incorporate Science and Coding into Instruction

Middle school teachers can now integrate science lessons with data collection and coding using new packages from Vernier Software & Technology and SAM Labs. Each new topic-based package—comprised of a Go Direct sensor, SAM Labs output blocks, and ready-to-go activities within the Google Workbench programming platform—engages students in scientific discovery and introductory block-based coding.

“The new Vernier Coding with SAM Labs packages provide a cost-effective solution for teachers looking to introduce data collection and entry-level coding using SAM Labs with Vernier sensors,” said John Wheeler, CEO of Vernier Software & Technology. “The packages are versatile in that teachers can use them for in-person instruction or in a hybrid learning model. For the latter, students collect data that interacts with their output blocks in class or borrow the package for use at home.”

Each package is designed to help students explore a specific scientific topic, such as temperature, magnetism, sound, force,

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2020’s top 10 construction technology trends

Many industries have come to a halt this year, but there is one sector that never stops working and that is the construction industry. An essential part of the economy, the industry is constantly seeking new ways to speed processes up, reduce costs, and make each site as safe as possible.

Technology is forever changing and growing; however, the construction sector has been slow on the uptake of these new technologies. From installing construction site broadband to using drones and robotics, it has taken up to a decade for these technologies to reach the high standards and regulations needed within construction.

Previously, the majority of new technologies did not meet the strict safety standards required to be used on the worksite, or the error margin was simply too great for the overall finished project. However, things have now changed and we can begin to see the impact of these within

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Verizon, Dish and cable are winners in 5G U.S. airwaves sale

Verizon Communications and Dish Network were the top winners in a U.S. auction of airwaves that also saw cable providers take home rights to use the frequencies that are useful for fast 5G service, the Federal Communications Commission said.

The agency in an emailed statement released results of the auction that raised $4.6 billion in bidding that concluded Aug. 25.

Cable providers Charter Communications and Comcast were the third- and fourth-largest winners, ranked by spending, the FCC said.

Another FCC airwaves sale set to begin in December will offer even more 5G airwaves. The auctions are part of U.S. efforts to make way for the ultra-fast mobile internet service expected to underlie remote surgery, autonomous vehicles and other advanced applications.

Verizon placed $1.9 billion in winning bids, compared with Dish’s $913 million. The spending reflects a race to serve customers who relentlessly increase their use of mobile data for video

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A Case Study With DIA

A recent survey by GE found that nearly 75% of global executives believe a lack of skills is an issue within their industry, with 64% saying this problem is impacting their company’s ability to innovate. 

This is an urgent problem, as a lack of innovation can slowly remove any competitive advantage a company has accumulated over the years. 

This is usually when emerging startups begin to fill the gap, disrupting the legacy industry and pushing existing participants out due to their lack of innovation. 

This is currently occurring at a rapid pace within the Web3, or decentralized internet, industry. Built on the same principle as blockchain, decentralized technologies offer greater security, greater transparency, and greater control over our personal data and privacy.  

Why does this matter? Because currently, data in any industry is typically controlled by

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Tech Has Worst Day Since June In Broad Sell-Off Hitting Apple, Chip Stocks

Key Takeaways:

  • Tech gets slammed across the board as mega-caps see biggest losses since June
  • Volatility hits two-month high after showing signs of rally earlier this week
  • All sectors end lower, but “unloved” Financials, Energy perform best

They say everything happens for a reason, so it’s not too surprising that Thursday’s market wipeout occurred one day before the jobs report and as investors looked ahead to a three-day holiday weekend.

The markets were due for a selloff—let’s be honest. As we noted earlier this week, It seems like a natural time to expect profit-taking even in a normal market, but that’s even more the case here with the S&P 500 Index (SPX) starting Thursday at an all-time peak and about 15% above its 200-day moving average. From a technical standpoint, that’s historically high and might have had people feeling a bit queasy about taking on fresh

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Google proposes new town-like tech hub in Mountain View

  • Google plans to convert 40 acres of Mountain View land into a new mixed-use campus.
  • The plans include a mix of office space, housing, retail and event space.
  • It comes one year after the company committed to incorporating more residential space amid the Bay Area’s housing crunch.

a group of people in a city: Rendering of Maude Park, Middlefield Park

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Rendering of Maude Park, Middlefield Park

Whoever thought the coronavirus pandemic would drastically change tech companies’ real estate plans in Silicon Valley, hasn’t met Google.


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The Alphabet company has proposed a new tech campus in its historic home city of Mountain View, with plans to remodel 40 acres into a mixed-use center that includes housing, retail and community gathering spaces in a town-like tech campus, the company said Tuesday.

The Middlefield Park Master Plan envisions a campus that includes up to 1.33 million square feet of office space, 30,000 square feet of retail-type use, up to 1,850

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Tech rout sends stock market to its biggest loss since June | National News

”There’s really very little to justify (these big stocks’ upward move) other than euphoria,” said Mark Hackett, chief of investment research at Nationwide.

Hackett noted the market has “embedded very optimistic assumptions” about the virus’s impact on the economy, as well as on prospects for Congress and the White House coming up with another economic relief package.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 874 points, or 3%, to 28,227. It was briefly down 1,000 points earlier.

Technology stocks, which account for a significant chunk of the U.S. stock market’s value these days, fell broadly. Apple dropped 7.1%, Amazon lost 5.5% and Facebook gave back 5.1%.

Semiconductor stocks also fell sharply. Nvidia, Qorvo and Advanced Micro Devices fell 8% or more. Even with Thursday’s drop Nvidia is still the biggest gainer in the S&P 500 so far this year.

The stocks that were doing better than the rest of the market

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