Casinos Deploy A.I. for an Even Better House Advantage

Man crossing fingers while looking at casino website on tabletPublic health hazard or just fantastic marketing?

By Rick Richardson

Casinos and gambling websites, already adept at tilting long-term odds in their favor, are getting a leg up from technology that could inject even more certainty into their profit calculations.

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The catch: Experts worry that tweaks nudging gamers to play more – and bet bigger – could propel some toward excess and addiction.
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Anti-Robocall Legislation Sails Through House in Landslide Vote

The statute of limitation would increase from 1 to 4 years.

By Rick Richardson

A bipartisan act designed to rein in unwanted robocalls in the U.S. passed through the House of Representatives in a decisive 429-3 vote in late July, pushing the legislation one step closer to ratification.

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The Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, sponsored by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), aims to put an end to spam phone calls by leveling carrier requirements and bolstering Federal Communications Commission authority to take action against offenders.
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Go Off-Grid with Satellite System Iridium GO!

Satellite Iridium GO!
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Yes, there's a solar charger option.

By Rick Richardson

If you are planning any trips that are off the grid and yet still want access to phone and internet, then you need to become familiar with the Iridium satellite constellation.

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With satellites orbiting approximately 485 miles above the earth, this network offers global phone and data coverage, no cell towers or Wi-Fi hotspots required.
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The Argument for a Robot Tax

EmTech panel... and why many people still think it's a bad idea.

By Rick Richardson

Should we should tax robots? We heavily tax human workers, so why not the machines that replace them?

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Then, goes the theory aired at MIT’s Emtech Next Conference, that tax money could help provide training or benefits for workers who’ve lost their jobs to automation.
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Microsoft Issues Warning to 800 Million Windows 10 Users

System restore warningYour “backup” might not exist.

By Rick Richardson

Microsoft’s Windows 10 OS has been facing multiple problems in recent months. In the latest development, Microsoft has now released an important new Windows 10 warning to 800 million users.

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The company has identified a serious and long-running bug on its OS platform.
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Microsoft and Oracle Join Cloud Forces to Take on Amazon

Illustration of companies working togetherWho are they targeting? Large business and government customers.

By Rick Richardson

Microsoft and Oracle recently said they reached an agreement to make their two cloud computing services work together with high-speed links between their data centers, targeting significant business users and uniting against cloud computing leader Amazon Web Services.

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The two companies said the high-speed link between their data centers would start with facilities in the eastern United States and spread to other regions. They will also work together to let joint users login to services from either company with a single user name and get tech support from either company.
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Front-Facing Display Puts DJI Osmo Action Ahead of GoPro

Photo of the cameraThe company is an expert at EIS.

By Rick Richardson

Following its release of a pocket-sized handheld camera late last year, DJI – the Shenzhen-based tech company best known for its drones – has recently launched its first action camera, the Osmo Action.

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While the new camera is a latecomer to the game, it should compete well with similar products, such as the GoPro.
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Breaking Up Big Tech Will Be Really Hard to Do

Illustration with big tech company names imbedded in broken glass... but that doesn't mean the government won't try.

By Rick Richardson

Regulators in the U.S. have taken a big step toward bringing antitrust suits against American tech giants, but they face a long road ahead.

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Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook are facing unprecedented scrutiny in their own backyard. The U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission are preparing antitrust investigations into the companies, and plan to divvy up the work. As the news emerged, the firm’s share prices were hammered, a clear signal that Wall Street believes the feds mean business.
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Salesforce Buys Data Visualization Company Tableau

Infographic about company purchase“Data is the foundation of every digital transformation.”

By Rick Richardson

On the heels of Google buying analytics startup Looker for $2.6 billion, Salesforce last week announced a huge piece of news in a bid to step up its own work in data visualization and tools to help enterprises make sense of the sea of data that they use and amass: Salesforce is buying Tableau for $15.7 billion in an all-stock deal.

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The deal creates a data-mining giant on the leading edge of artificial intelligence.

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What Your Car Will Know About You

Illustration of car interiorShould we be concerned?

By Rick Richardson

Cars will soon be able to recognize you by your eyes, skin, gait and even your heartbeat.

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This enables a host of personalized experiences but raises troubling privacy questions, as well.
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New Translator Gadget Could Be a Traveler’s Best Friend

Photo of ONE Mini deviceHave a full conversation with someone whose language you don't know.

By Rick Richardson

If you’re lucky enough to get to travel abroad, you know it’s getting easier and easier to use our phones and other gadgets to translate for us. So why not do so in a way that makes sense to you?

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This little gadget seeking funds on Kickstarter looks right up my alley, offering quick transcription and recording – plus music playback, like an iPod Shuffle with superpowers.
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Flying Taxis Could Beat Cars for Efficiency

Illustration of flying taxiDistance and capacity matter.

By Rick Richardson

Flying cars do sound cool, but whether they’re a good idea is up for debate.

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Fortunately, they do seem to have some benefits, among them, improved efficiency – at least on long trips.
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How to Beat the Online Sales Tax

logosIs a special card the answer?

By Rick Richardson

Nobody likes to pay sales tax and until recently, most of us shopped online to avoid our local sales tax.

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Nearly one year ago, the Supreme Court ruled that out-of-state retailers must collect sales tax on internet sales.
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