Extremely rare photo of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett surfaces, could be worth millions

Frank Abrams had no idea he was getting his hands on a valuable piece of history when he bought a grainy 19th-century photo for $10 at a North Carolina flea market.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/11/17/extremely-rare-photo-billy-kid-and-pat-garrett-surfaces-could-be-worth-millions.html

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Digital Hub Returns


Digital Hub is not a new idea. It’s been percolating for a few years, and its roots can be traced to Dublin, Ireland, where in a cluster of eight buildings, there exists what might be the original hub. In Dublin, it’s made up of 97 companies employing 725 people, and it was given a jumpstart by the government in 2003. Elsewhere, we might be more attuned to the idea of a tech incubator. Fast-forward to today and half a world away in Kuala Lumpur, where Oracle has employed the hub concept to label its SME incubator — and for good reason.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84844.html?rss=1

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Using tech to get a good night's rest

Most of us know about circadian rhythms and the sleep cycle. We have a basic idea of REM. We know it’s best not to wake up during a deep sleep. But all of this used to be academic. It wasn’t like you could watch yourself sleep. Alarm clocks were set for a certain time, and that time had nothing to do with how deeply you were snoozing.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/09/23/using-tech-to-get-good-nights-rest.html

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The Vision Thing


Salesforce earlier this year introduced its Einstein Vision capability, an idea with a lot of promise but not a great deal of precedent. Who had applications that could see, and how would this be used? For decades, we’ve been content with scanning documents and analyzing them with optical character recognition tools, or we’ve used bar codes and QR codes — but it all came down to recognizing simple symbols. Suddenly there was something much closer to human reading that needed explaining — visual search.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84811.html?rss=1

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Alphabet sees power in molten salt, a new moonshot

Google parent Alphabet Inc. is pitching an idea to store power from renewable energy in tanks of molten salt and cold liquid, an example of the tech giant trying to marry its far-reaching ambitions with business demand.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/08/02/alphabet-sees-power-in-molten-salt-new-moonshot.html

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Amazon's Prime Air 'drone tower' would look and sound like a giant beehive

Amazon has an idea for a “drone tower” that could one day act as both a fulfillment center and a busy drone delivery base. The beehive-like building would be built in urban centers where most of its customers live.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/06/23/amazons-prime-air-drone-tower-would-look-and-sound-like-giant-beehive.html

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Scientists may have found evidence of a parallel universe

The idea that we might be living in just one of an infinite number of universes has been fodder for scientific debate and sci-fi movie plots for a long time, but coming up with evidence to support the theory has been hard to come by.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/06/01/scientists-may-have-found-evidence-parallel-universe.html

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CPQ: Boost Selling Performance and Accuracy


They say it can take a product idea 10 years to go from concept to mass-market appeal but that might be only an optimist’s viewpoint. Some of the best ideas in CRM right now have been marinating for at least that long — and some for much longer. Two great examples are analytics and CPQ, which companies like Oracle, Salesforce and others have embraced with passion. Interestingly, each technology has traversed a path that needed other technologies to become fully mature. “Analytics” is an old term for what we now call “machine learning.”

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84462.html?rss=1

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Oxford scientists are building robots that 'wear' artificial skin before it's transplanted

Earlier this month, a team of Oxford professors proposed a provocative idea: grow human tissue on humanoid robots.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/03/14/oxford-scientists-are-building-robots-that-wear-artificial-skin-before-its-transplanted.html

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AT&T just tested a flying cell tower, and it could change everything

Regardless of where you live, you probably have a really good idea of what sections of your city, neighborhood, or rolling rural hills offer good cellular reception.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/02/16/at-t-just-tested-flying-cell-tower-and-it-could-change-everything.html

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eBay founder throws $500G into experiment on income

The concept of basic income is a simple idea: Impoverished people receive a fixed amount of money on a regular basis to pay for necessities such as food, clothing, and housing.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/02/13/ebay-founder-throws-500g-into-experiment-on-income.html

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Self-destructing phones are finally a reality

The idea of a self-destructing phone is usually something you only encounter in goofy spy movies, but it’s actually a potentially valuable invention that could aid in security for high profile individuals.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/02/13/self-destructing-phones-are-finally-reality.html

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The 4 Fundamental Attributes of Customer Loyalty, Part 2


Lots of CRM vendors talk about personalization, but their idea of how to do it leaves much to be desired. They address personalization very late, using a just-in-time approach to accessing customer data to support a sales or service encounter in the moment. This certainly is important, and it achieves the goal of personalizing the encounter by producing a catalog of data points, including the customer’s history, demographics, and other relevant information that a customer-facing employee can use.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/83700.html?rss=1

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Man builds 100mpg engine using 200-year-old technology

Josh “Mac” MacDowell of San Antonia Texas had a brilliant idea. He took a 200-year old Stirling engine and added some 21st-century technology to it. The result is a Hybrid electric car so efficient that you never have to stop to recharge.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/06/15/man-builds-100mpg-engine-using-200-year-old-technology.html

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Disrupting Software Development in an On-Demand World


The idea that software is eating the world has become a generally accepted dictum. Everywhere you look, industries and institutions are being disrupted by the unprecedented power of software. Now, the world is demanding a new way to develop software to keep pace with the pace of disruption. The greatest poster child for the brave new world of software-driven business is General Electric. In response to the changing needs of its customers and to fend off growing competition, GE is shifting its operations rapidly to a software-defined business.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/83341.html?rss=1

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A Future Without Work?


Periodically, a blatantly silly idea gains currency, spreading throughout society, and it has one of two effects: Either it scares the heck out of people, or they become enraptured with its seeming plausibility. Last week, The New York Times published a piece titled, “A Future Without Jobs?” I thought it fell into the silly category. There has been a great deal of speculation lately about dwindling job prospects as automation has replaced many blue-collar jobs and is now threatening white-collar jobs.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/83246.html?rss=1

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