Nov 042019
 

Hackers Can Use Lasers to ‘Speak’ to Your Amazon Echo or Google Home | WIRED:

“Hackers Can Use Lasers to ‘Speak’ to Your Amazon Echo or Google Home By pointing lasers tuned to a precise frequency at a smart assistant, researchers could force it to unlock cars, open garage doors, and more.”

*Interesting. Worth a read.

Sep 102019
 

McDonald’s acquires AI company trying to automate the drive-thru:

“McDonald’s said Tuesday it has agreed to acquire a company that is trying to automate the drive-thru. It’s the fast-food giant’s third tech-focused deal this year.

Apprente, a Silicon Valley company founded in 2017, uses artificial intelligence to understand drive-thru orders, which could cut down on service times. McDonald’s said the technology also could be used someday in its self-order kiosks and mobile app.”

*Not only can technology be used to show people different menu items based on time of day to increase order size, AI could be used to reduce labor costs.

Aug 042019
 

“The hardest part of making a suit is the customer,” he said. “Some people don’t know what they want. They want it loose, then they want it tight. That’s why you have to have two fittings.”

Jun 202019
 

Slack Stock Soars, Putting Company’s Public Value at $19.5 Billion
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2019/06/20/technology/slack-stock-ipo-price-trading.html

May 022019
 

When George Eastman, founder of the Eastman Kodak Company, introduced the Kodak #1 camera in 1888, photography became vastly more convenient. With a sale price of $25 (roughly $700 today), the camera was preloaded with a 100-frame roll of film.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2019/05/01/nyregion/nyc-photos-from-1951.html

*Did not know that.

Apr 292019
 

The company had 88,000 paying customers at the end of the most recent fiscal year, up almost 50 percent from the previous year. Of those customers, 575 paid more than $100,000 for their subscriptions, contributing about 40 percent of the company’s revenue.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2019/04/26/technology/slack-filing.html

Apr 132019
 

Contrary to the public imagination, bankruptcy courts are not where businesses go to die. In fact, there is potential for creativity and rebirth in Chapter 11, the uniquely American law for corporate reorganizations.

“Most countries just liquidate companies,” said Richard Gitlin, a bankruptcy lawyer specializing in international debt restructurings who has worked with Mr. Alix in the past. “We are the best at restructuring the resources, taking the good part of the business, adding professional management and making it profitable.”
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2019/04/11/business/jay-alix-mckinsey-bankruptcy.html

*Really interesting article. The snippet above is just one of many interesting sections of this article.