Innevation BLOG

The news: The word “digital” came up 44 times on Starbucks’ investor call Thursday, following its earnings report that beat analyst estimates with $6.75 billion in third quarter revenue. Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson highlighted the company’s “Deep Brew” initiative that leverages artificial intelligence to automate inventory orders; predict staffing needs; anticipate equipment maintenance; personalize customer offers (its Starbucks Rewards loyalty membership program grew 15 percent to 17.6 million members); and more. “Deep Brew is a key differentiator for

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The Department of Defense has selected the four military installations that will be experimental test sites for 5G prototyping. DOD announced Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; Hill Air Force Base, Utah; Naval Base San Diego; and Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Georgia, as the first test sites for 5G wireless networks. The installations were chosen “for their ability to provide streamlined access to site spectrum bands, mature fiber and wireless infrastructure, access to key facilities, support for new or improved infrastructure

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Hour of Code is a global movement reaching millions of students in 180+ countries brought to you by Code.org, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools. The team at Code.org has a vision that every student is given the opportunity to learn computer science. With the goal of broadening participation in the field of computer science, this movement has become a worldwide effort to celebrate technology. Every year Rob Roy’s Innevation Center hosts

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Firefighters battling wildfires face more danger than just getting burned. They’re in the field for hours, sometimes days, while being exposed to high heat, humidity, and smoke inhalation. Prometeo, a Spanish startup, aims to better protect the health of those first responders with individual wearable devices. Each straps to your arm and is about the size of a smartphone. These monitor both real-time risks—say, that air quality levels are getting dangerous—and the cumulative effect of exposure

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11/07: Kubernetes Meetup 11/07: Las Vegas CISCO User Group 11/07: Las Vegas SolidWorks Meetup 11/07: PHP Vegas Meetup 11/12: Ansible Las Vegas Meetup 11/12: Architect Anything Meetup 11/12: Las Vegas iOS Developers Meetup 11/12: Las Vegas SEO Social Media and Digital Marketing Group 11/13: Las Vegas Macintosh User Group Meetup 11/13: Las Vegas Ruby Users Group Meetup 11/13: Nevada Aerospace Professionals Meetup 11/14: .Net Meetup 11/14: 3D Printing Meetup 11/14: Docker Las Vegas Meetup 11/14: Las Vegas Pluralsight Meetup

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It will still be a while before you are able to order drone-delivered packages, however. The news: The Federal Aviation Administration has granted UPS’s drone business a Part 135 certification, meaning it is treated as a full-fledged airline, able to operate as many drones in as many locations as it wishes (although there are a lot of obstacles and caveats before that can happen in reality). UPS has dubbed its new drone airline “UPS Flight Forward,” and

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An analysis of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s 2018 National Bridge Inventory (NBI) database suggests that roughly 9 percent of all U.S. bridges are considered “structurally deficient.” That’s more than 54,000 potentially unsafe bridges. Even worse, the rate of repair is lower now than it was five years ago. Think about that the next time you cross a bridge. (I do.) The good news is that the growth of low-power smart sensors, the Internet of Things, solar

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Officials want to help power companies bolster their digital defenses as renewable energy resources like solar panels and wind turbines introduce more vulnerabilities to the grid. The National Institute of Standards and Technology is seeking input from tech and cyber experts on how to secure the countless internet-connected devices that are attached to the nation’s power grid. On Tuesday, NIST put out a call for products and proposals that would help the energy sector lock

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Artificial intelligence is getting smarter, but it isn’t getting cleaner. In order to improve at predicting the weather, sorting your social media feeds, and hailing your Uber, it needs to train on massive datasets. A few years ago, an A.I. system might have required millions of words to attempt to learn a language, but today that same system could be processing 40 billion words as it trains, according to Roy Schwartz, who researches deep learning

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