Monthly Archives: March 2015

LinkedIn Purchases Lynda.com On Its Journey To Become A Career Advancement Portal

Linkedin has recently bought Lynda.com in a $1.5 billion deal. The CEO of LinkedIn, Jeff Weiner, has long had high hopes for his site to provide people with ways to hone their skills, connect with opportunities, and communicate with the right people. With the recent acquisition, that is precisely what LinkedIn is ready to do.

LinkedIn has been making great strides in its journey to become the one-stop-shop for career advancement. In February of last year, the company announced improvements to its publishing capabilities. At first, LinkedIn invited over 25,000 members to publish pieces to the website. In addition to the posts that were seen from experts in their field, the new publishing aspect of LinkedIn allowed invites to post pieces relevant to their knowledge. Though there are differences in how far the published pieces spread, the goal was to create an environment where individuals could publicly display their skills and knowledge.

For its second act, LinkedIn integrated an intelligent forecasting tool that allowed users to see where their career future is headed. The “Professionals Like You” feature analyzes data within a user’s profile, and then compares it to others within the same skill set. It then lets users see these other profiles who have similar jobs and skills, from which users are able to see current and alternate career paths that others have taken. Branching off from its pre-existing Similar Profiles algorithm, “Professionals Like You” gives users a big-picture view of their working lives, and matches their specific skill sets with job opportunities.

LinkedIn’s recent purchase of Lynda.com even furthers opportunities for job seekers. LinkedIn will now function as a full-service portal for advancement in the working world. Lynda.com is already well known for its plethora of online courses taught by industry professionals. Technical, business, and online media skills are taught by experts in the field to assist jobseekers in securing the necessary skills for a position. Being a member of LinkedIn will tell users exactly what those skills are. Job seekers will now have the ability to see career paths, identify necessary skills, acquire those skills, and then connect with appropriate industry professionals.

Source: http://readwrite.com/2015/04/09/linkedin-lynda-com-career-one-stop-shop

http://readwrite.com/2014/08/13/linkedin-career-path-algorithm-professionals-like-you

http://readwrite.com/2014/02/19/linkedin-publishing-platform-expansion

Microsoft Rumored To Be Releasing New Browser

Rumors of Microsoft’s new browser are beginning to circulate, and people are looking forward to the possible announcement of its new features. The browser would provide a refreshing change to the company’s Internet Explorer, which has long been looked down upon for its propensity for crashing and significant lack of substantial updates.

Project Spartan is the name of the new browser, which is expected to be released as the designated browser along with Windows 10. The browser comes packed with an array of new features, built on a framework of a new rendering engine. One of the new features includes inking support, which lets users tabulate web pages, make notes, and sync notes to OneDrive for sharing and collaboration. Notes can be taken using a stylus in combination with Microsoft surface, or comments can be added by clicking anywhere on a page.

Second on the list of exciting features is a new web reading mode, which streamlines pages by cutting out excess clutter and presents the page more like the style of reading a book. This feature has been long standing with Mac’s browser Safari, and is highly anticipated by PC users. Additionally, users will be able to create a reading list that syncs across all other devices.

Lastly, Microsoft Cortana will be fully integrated with the new browser. Cortana is a personal assistant software similar to Siri, and is capable of setting schedules, answering questions, conducting searches, and providing reviews and directions. Within the new browser, Cortana will be integrated to assist the user. For example, if a user is on a company’s web page, Cortana will supply directions, reviews, and contact info. If the user is on a restaurant or airline page, reservations for tables and flights will pop up on screen as well. Cortana also utilizes an internal “notebook,” which stores the users search behaviors for easy retrieval. By cataloguing the users’ interests, locations, and contacts, Cortana is able to make intelligent suggestions. Users can add to or delete data for further control of the assistant.

After years of waiting for Microsoft to catch up with its browser features, Project Spartan is a much anticipated (and needed) improvement.

 

Source: http://www.theverge.com/2015/1/21/7863331/microsoft-project-spartan-new-web-browser

3-D Printing: The New Industrial Revolution?

Since its official introduction in 1987, 3-D printers have undergone a long line of evolution and are being projected to “change the world.” As prices continue to drop, printers are becoming more affordable, and thus more widely applicable to a variety of industries. Modern applications are seeing a surge of 3-D printing uses, most notable in manufacturing. The idea of a manufacturing plant no longer needing a factory is not out of reach, and the affordability and ease of 3-D printing are bringing this concept even closer to reality.

Though it has been around for decades, the concept of 3-D printing has just recently become affordable to the point of being on the edge of a household commodity. When consumers are able to purchase 3-D printers for themselves, they will be able to participate in the technology from home, and altogether rule out manufacturing plants. Recently, Amazon has joined the 3-D printing phenomenon on a grand scale. The company supplies digital files to consumers to allow them to print products in their own home. Most recently, they have partnered with two services that print intricate products from metal and other high-end materials, and is creating a storefront based on the new designs being made available.

Aside from the consumer standpoint, 3-D printers are being used by other industries to further innovations in service. In October of last year, a Boston Children’s Hospital surgeon used a 3-D printer to reshape a 2 year olds face who had suffered from congenital birth defects. Dr. Peter Weinstock used the printer to create 3D models of the girl’s skull by using magnetic imaging pictures, a process which would normally cost thousands of dollars and take weeks to complete. The models were high-quality, highly accurate, and did not require Dr. Weinstock to interfere with the child’s brain or nerve function.

With large technological strides and lower price points in 3-D printing, a new industrial revolution may be on the horizon.

Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/tjmccue/2014/07/31/amazon-enters-3d-printing-race/

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/violet-pietrok-surgeons-use-3d-printing-to-reshape-toddlers-face-10165362.html

Uber In A Close Second To Take The Carpool Market in India

Since its founding in 2009, Uber has launched in over 200 cities throughout the world. From its humble beginnings, Uber raised $49 million dollars by 2011, with total funding reaching $2.8 billion in this year. The company’s first expansion was to China in March of 2012, and since then has expanded to 55 countries.

Uber’s technology uses social media and apps to schedule carpool rides to locations in their city. The app automatically finds the driver closest to their current location and alerts the passenger when they are on the way. The driver’s name, license plate number, route, and ETA are all displayed to the customer. Passengers and drivers can both be rated. Fares are pre-calculated based on a formula of location and “surge” (busy) periods, and tips are not necessary. Uber offers a variety of car styles and prices, ranging from regular sedans, to trucks, to luxury SUVs.

Since its expansion to India, Uber introduced its newest style car in New Delhi: the auto Rickshaw. Just this past week, Uber announced its rickshaw service and ability to take cash payments for the first time. Just like with scheduling a regular cab, customers will use the app to hail a rickshaw, but now do not need to have money in their payment wallet to do so. Uber’s cash service opens up opportunities to new markets, as cash is still the primary payment method in many Asian countries. Uber has been offering service as a non-profit company since 2014 in New Delhi, and will continue to follow the same model with the UberAuto rickshaw.

Though Ola still remains the leader in taxi and rickshaw hailing, with over $310 million dollars in funding, Uber is following a close second. The company currently offers services in 11 Indian cities, and is rapidly expanding in its larger cities like New Dehli. In New Dehli, Uber currently offers Uber Black, Uber X, Uber Go (small vehicles), and now Uber Auto (rickshaws).

Source:  http://techcrunch.com/2014/11/19/uber-wants-to-replace-indias-iconic-auto-rickshaws-with-chauffeured-hatchbacks/