This rugged battery case doubles your Google Pixel’s battery life

Google Pixel Battery Case

The Google Pixel is a gorgeous phone but like all other smartphones, it needs to be protected from scuffs, scratches and drops. You don’t want all that sleek aluminum and glass messed up with scratches, do you? And if you’re going to guard your phone with a ruggedized case, you might as well make use of that bulk by doubling the battery life of your handset. Check out the Iconic Portable Charger Extended Battery Charging Case for the Google Pixel, which adds 4,000 mAh of power to your Google phone.

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Amplifying Voices trains diverse professionals to be great speakers and leaders

Amplifying Voices is about creating more diverse voices in tech.

You could think of it as Toastmasters for diverse professionals. Amplifying Voices is a program where veteran professionals in the game, virtual reality, or augmented reality industries train new people who are up and comers.

Last year, the group of six coaches quietly trained 36 people among the developer, artist, and programming communities, giving them a little more polish and poise when speaking publicly or to the media.

The organizers think that Amplifying New voices is even more important in the current political climate. The workshop takes place on February 26 in San Francisco, just a few days before the Game Developers Conference.

ANV’s goal is to cultivate and train applicants in how to be spokespeople and role models in the industry.

Specifically the participants will work with mentors to hone their PR, public speaking and presentation skills. They will also be introduced to many members of the industry and will be encouraged to work on their community building.

If your application is accepted, besides attending the workshop, you will also get a pass to the Game Developers Conference, and you will be given a stipend to help pay for your flight and hotel.

In order to be eligible for acceptance into the workshop, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Create games that focus on aspects of diversity or identity OR you personally identify as being a part of an underrepresented group in the games or AR/VR industry.
  • Are involved in developing games (artist, designer, engineer, producer, sound designer, writer) and want to grow as a public role model.
  • Are mid-career in the industry, having worked in the field for three to eight years, and having at least one shipped title is preferred.

The applications or nominations are January 30, 2017.

Source: Venture Beat

IBM Watson, FDA to explore blockchain for secure patient data exchange

IBM’s Watson Health artificial intelligence unit has signed a two-year joint-development agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to explore using blockchain technology to securely share patient data for medical research and other purposes.

IBM Watson Health and the FDA will explore the exchange of patient-level data from several sources, including electronic medical records (EMRs), clinical trials, genomic data, and health data from mobile devices, wearables and the “Internet of Things.” The initial focus will be on oncology-related information.

“The healthcare industry is undergoing significant changes due to the vast amounts of disparate data being generated. Blockchain technology provides a highly secure, decentralized framework for data sharing that will accelerate innovation throughout the industry,” IBM Watson Health Chief Science Officer Shahram Ebadollahi said in a statement.

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Source: Computer World

Google may sell off its satellite imaging division

Wall Street has been pushing Google to behave more like a regular company, hacking and slashing at its longer-term projects and R&D divisions. Now, Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat has her sword pointed at the search engine's satellite imaging unit, Terra…
Source: Engadget

Report: The importance of benchmarking clouds

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The importance of benchmarking clouds by Paul Miller:

For most businesses, the debate about whether to embrace the cloud is over. It is now a question of tactics — how, when, and what kind? Cloud computing increasingly forms an integral part of enterprise IT strategy, but the wide variation in enterprise requirements ensures plenty of scope for very different cloud services to coexist.

Today’s enterprise cloud deployments will typically be hybridized, with applications and workloads running in a mix of different cloud environments. The rationale for those deployment decisions is based on a number of different considerations, including geography, certification, service level agreements, price, and performance.

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Source: GigaOm