The Inability to Turn Away from The Internet

The Internet has resulted in something very strange. It has turned many people into “Internet Famous” bloggers, and smartphone users cannot stay off the Internet.

This is a very strange concept, but people are finding themselves drawn to the whale. They are having a very hard time pulling away from all of the different people that are posting things on social media. This is where many people lose lots of productive time. Even at work people are logged into their social media accounts, and many are doing it through the smartphone. This is where people are accessing the Internet and literally staying logged on all day. It is because they have apps that allow them to log on and connect to the Internet without actually going to a web browser. This is where technology is changing and the Internet is becoming something that is accessed in a different way. In the workforce there are lots of people that will use company computers to check your Facebook or Instagram page. It is an addiction that appears to be on a rapid increase and there seems to be no way to slow it down.

Much of this addiction has to do with the fact that there are so many people that are posting videos that have been created in order to gain some type of recognition. Many people take their Facebook pages as a status symbol and the number of likes and hits that they get on their page and give them a higher level of confidence that they may not have had without their social media profiles.

This has become the driving force for the Internet addiction. There are going to be a lot of people that are incredibly impressed with the wide range of possibilities that are available through the Internet. Some people like to sell things on the web, and others may look for part-time jobs where they can engage in freelance writing or other random tasks. There are so many opportunities on the web, and many people just do not take the time to look at all that is available. Many people gravitate towards one thing and get stuck in this area. The Internet is vast and people should explore the different facets.

The Evolution of Net Neutrality and How Changes in FCC Policy May Affect You

The concept of a free Internet is experiencing growing pains. On Wednesday, Ajit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, decided to address the issue of net neutrality.

Net neutrality states that Internet Service Providers are required to allow access to all content and areas of the Internet without discrimination. How does it affect the everyday user? Before the regulation was put into place ISPs could have an impact on download times for services that were in direct competition with their company. It also gave them liberties in showing preference to affiliates. The protocols created in 2015 stopped this.

So on April 26th, 2017, Pai decided to repeal the stringent regulations of net neutrality. After accepting the position of chairperson by President Trump three months ago, Pai decided to overturn existing policies supported by Obama. Pai stated this is an intrusion upon the free internet, and current rules need to be revised.

The FCC found inspiration for this policy from the Title II of Communications Act of 1934. That’s right; they created a strategy based on some rules concocted over 80 years ago. Such a loophole allowed the FCC to classified ISPs as utilities allowing them to govern “industry” regulations as they would over an electric company.

Many people are divided evenly down the middle in regards to opposing or supporting net neutrality as is evident by comments found on Reddit . Content providers such as Google and Apple support net neutrality. They feel individuals paying for internet services deserve equal access and should not have their experience be limited to or by ISP decisions. Those directly affected, broadband companies such as Comcast and Verizon, stand against this proposal stating that the regulations are too stiff and that it will affect future innovations and investments. They support the open internet but feel that the rules are too stringent.

Pai is standing firm in his belief in reevaluating current policies. The FCC will be voting on new changes towards the end of May after allowing the public to voice its concerns and opinions. This decision will influence future changes the FCC incorporates into existing regulations. The final decision is still up in the air.

After Going Public, Snap Inc. Snags Huge Advertising Dollars

Soon after going public, the Snap Inc. company’s main product Snapchat is primed to work with big advertising companies trying to reach a new set of consumers. Snapchat has quickly become one of the fastest growing internet brands, encouraging users to be involved and driving ever increasing numbers of views and interactions. Advertisers concerned with getting their message across to as many individuals as possible have taken notice of the potential to reach as many users as other well established internet and tech giants.

Recently, advertising giant, WPP announced that it was ready to spend up to two hundred million in advertising dollars during 2017 on the Snapchat platform. This is the largest advertising announcement that Snapchat has been mentioned in to date, but certainly not the largest for the WPP advertising firm. Still, this bump in dollars being committed to the platform is a great indication that the firm sees and understands the value in the Snap brand, having invested in previous years and choosing to invest even more advertising dollars this year.

The CEO announced this increase in spending during an interview, and said that it was more than double what the company spent on advertising last year. Snap as a brand promised that it would work to increase advertising dollars by companies just like WPP across its platform in order to make the product profitable for investors when it went public. This announcement bolstered the brand and made other advertising firms take a look at the platform they have undoubtedly heard of, but might not have realized had a lot of advertising potential. In fact, reports were made that the brand was seeking advertising commitments when it went public in order to encourage investments and prove the worth and stability of the company.

Currently Snap doesn’t bring in nearly the same amount of digital advertising dollars that Google and Facebook see, but it is starting to make its mark and is realizing real growth that can be measured and tracked.

CEO Jack Dorsey Makes Huge Twitter Stock Buy

Jack Dorsey might not be a CEO who is deemed a high-profile celebrity, but he is someone who is making a lot of news. Dorsey’s name is turning up in tech circles due to paying a massive $9.5 million to purchase additional stock in Twitter. Dorsey is the CEO of Twitter so the purchase is definitely eyebrow raising.

Earlier in the year, Dorsey had purchased $7 million in Twitter stock. His most recent purchase did help the price of the stock increase, but this is not necessarily an increase capable of being sustained.

Dorsey’s purchase is intriguing considering Twitter has not received a lot of positive press in recent years. Twitter is still a popular social media platform designed to assist communications, but significant financial success has been elusive. Twitter is well-known. Just as many people surely know the name Twitter as they know the name Facebook. Twitter, however, is not generating the same levels of revenue as Facebook is. Likely, this is because the scope of how Twitter can be used is far more limited than Facebook.

Twitter is not a business that deserves to be written off. Other companies have done worse and turned their fortunes around. Some good news does seem to exist.

The first quarter of 2017 revealed $548 million in revenue, an amount that was more than expected. Previous quarterly revenue reports were rather low. The less-than-preferable low revenues posted in prior quarters is what caused so much negative speculation about the fiscal stability and long-term health of the company.

One good quarter, however, is not something to become overjoyed with. One solid quarter is exactly that: one good quarter. Whether or not Twitter is capable of continually delivering good earnings reports is something that only the future shall reveal. Clearly, the CEO of the company has strong faith in potential success. He would not be infusing huge sums of money if this was not the case.

Other business executives have speculated wrong in the past as history reveals. Dorsey may be making an ill-advised investment putting funds into Twitter. Or, he could be setting himself up someone capable of earning incredible sums from the investment.

Twitter is definitely not a company on the proverbial rocks. The social media platform will be around for a long time, but how successful will it reasonably be?

3D Robotics Plans to Use Drones for Construction

3D Robotics Incorporated (3DR) has announced that it has raised $53 million. The raised the money in the Series D round of funding, which was led by Atlantic Bridge. According to www.techcrunch.com, other companies that partook in the fundraising include True Ventures, Mayfield, Foundry Group and Autodesk Fund.

3DR didn’t reveal the exact amount of capital it got from the funding round. It’s also difficult to estimate the new capital. The company aims to become a competitive software provider. So, they may have to raise a lot of money. Currently, they deal in drones and that’s where their main competition is.

In 2009, 3D Robotics began selling drone parts to people who wanted to make their own drones. After some time, the company launched the Solo, a consumer drone. But in 2016, 3DR stopped producing drones as they wanted to work on the manufacturing costs.

The company’s founder and CEO, Chris Anderson, decided to focus his time and resources on industrial drones. He believes that drones are part of the future farming and construction technology. Therefore, it would be great to establish 3DR in the commercial drone market.

The company’s flagship product is Site Scan, a software service that helps drone users to control on-board cameras and flights. The software also sends data from the camera to the cloud. You can find out more about Site Scan on www.3dr.com.

3DR Inc. plans to integrate BIM from Autodesk with Site Scan. The aim of this integration is to add modeling tools to the software. It will also help startups to get into the construction market. Autodesk has already invested in 3D Robotics.

The current version of Site Scan allows users to use Esri’s geographical information with their high-resolution images. Overlaying this information helps structural engineers, contractors and architects to detect potential problems that can cause delays in construction.

Although 3DR hasn’t revealed any information about their new funding, they expected to take the drone industry to a whole new level. According to the company’s recent statement, they plan to invest their capital in building and marketing Site Scan. Their target market includes professionals in the engineering and construction field.

Elon Musk: Boring to the Future

When I heard about Elon Musk’s Boring company I was a little unsure how I felt about it. In fact, I didn’t even know he had such a project going on. You would think that this man has enough on his hands to keep a whole team of engineers and innovators grasping for personal time. Yet, Musk continues to push the boundaries of our everyday life. The Boring Company is yet another project Musk is carefully pulling the strings on but the world may not be ready for another one of his ambitious projects.
The goal is to build an underground system of rails that will allow people to be transported without the need of driving. It would alleviate road congestion and the driver wouldn’t even have to pay attention to the road. Not to mention the fact that it would probably beat your highway times as the sleds your car will be transported in could reach around 130 mph. A Techcruch article suggested this was a long ways in the future but if implemented one rail at a time there’s no telling how popular they would be. Their usage would be the driving force obviously. There would have to be plenty of adopters to keep the boring going. I can’t say I see a reason why this wouldn’t work. A little scary at first but who wouldn’t love to save miles, gas and attention that could be spend elsewhere. Not only that but most vehicle collisions are due to driver error. With this underground rail system everything will be automated via computer system.
The pros vastly outweigh the cons here without a doubt. It has been very apparent for some time that we cannot continue to live as we have the last 100 years. We are doing more than our fair share of damage and the amount of people trying to balance it just aren’t making enough of a difference. Elon Musk has been trying to improve our lives with almost every move he makes. Taking the environment into account while simultaneously trying to improve humanity might not unfold how we imagined. I feel this is the beginning of a new world, a world we can all look forward to.

The Fight For Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality has been in discussion for the longest time now. There are currently efforts to put it to an end. However, there are a lot of efforts from others to preserve it. One of the things that people are afraid of with the end of net neutrality is that certain service providers are going to use their new freedom to decide who is going to be successful and who is going to be a failure. This is one very scary idea that people are going to have to face with net neutrality.

Among the people that are fighting against the end of net neutrality are the people who are working on their startups. One thing that the internet has allowed for is to be able to make a lot of money with their business. However, the end of net neutrality could cause companies to make less money and even close down because of the slower services given to the company. However, net neutrality is going to be the issue that is going to be discussed for a while. People are going to be fighting really hard to make sure that the internet is given a lot of fairness so that people can continue to operate it in a safe manner.

One of the ways that people could reach the right people to talk to about net neutrality is to call a number and leave a message on the line. This shows how serious people are. Since the government is getting ready to bring forth the fight against net neutrality, it is important for people to make sure that they are heard. As more people voice their concerns about this initiative, the government will more likely listen to their concerns and at least think up a solution that is going to be helpful for them. One thing that is certain is that service providers have brought forth a lot of changes to the internet which improved things for users.

Some Companies Are Loosening Their Stance on Net Neutrality

When the announcement was made to roll back some of the rules of net neutrality, many people have launched into protest about the proposal. Even many of the large companies have made statements against such a proposal. Among the companies that have stood against the proposal was Netflix and Google. They have shown themselves to be adamantly against the proposal because of the idea of what that could mean. Basically, one of the ideas behind net neutrality is that some of the larger service providers can decide on who and what can get high speed service and who is going to have to suffer.

Recently, some of the large companies have shown themselves to be loosening their stance. Among the companies that seem a little okay with the end of net neutrality is Netflix. It has stated that they are no longer too concerned about what the end of net neutrality could mean. They know that the popularity of the of the video company is enough so that they would not risk lowering the speed of the service. After all, this would cause the customer to lose interest in the service. Also, this could cause the internet service providers to lose money from all of their services.

People who are on the side of net neutrality have stated that the rule of net neutrality is actually a new thing. The internet was not broken when net neutrality was implemented. They are saying that there will barely be any difference with net neutrality. However, the meaning of the end of net neutrality remains to be seen for now. Instead, there is still hope to fight for a favorable solution to concerns.

As of right now, things are okay when it comes to net neutrality. The fight is only beginning to decide on how things are going to turn out. If the people who are against net neutrality get their way, one can expect that there are going to be gradual changes over time.

Pichai Talks about Monetizing Google Maps

The Internet has started to mature in terms of its potential for monetizing advertisements on a number of platforms. One need only look at Facebook to see how in a few short years a multi-billion company can be built on this sort of business model. However, online advertising is coming into its own, and we can expect a lot of changes in the near future. Google has always played long game when it comes to monetizing its services, but in a recent interview with a Wall Street analyst, CEO Sundar Pichai suggested that advertising on Google Maps may be around the corner.

The key, according to Alexei Oreskovic’s article in Business Insider, is Google’s philosophy of posting ads that users will find useful. Nobody wants to encounter a barrage of spam whenever they open up Google Maps, but a few non-intrusive suggestions based on user searchers and feedback may turn out to be a huge revenue stream for the company. Even though Google Maps has been around for a long time, it is one of the company’s fastest-growing services due to the continued growth in the use of mobile devices in emerging economies.

Making a profit online was a huge challenge for early Internet companies who struggled to find viable business models. Google understood that it needed to win over the mass of users first and the money would follow in time, and they had the know-how and financing to do it. Now that mobile Internet is widespread in developed countries and growing fast in developing ones, the giant has not hesitated to use its position to find ever more revenue sources, such as the explosive growth of YouTube content in languages other than English.

For Pichai, finding new markets for Google will undoubtedly be an ongoing challenge. Advertising on Google Maps may become a key part of Google’s growth strategy as the company searches for new opportunities and as Android continues to break new ground in emerging markets.

One Major Reason Tech Workers Leave their Jobs

Megan Rose Dickey has an interesting write-up on TechCrunch about the results of a survey that looked at the reasons that tech workers quit their jobs. According to the survey, the reason at the top of the list is unfair working conditions.

Dickey points out that tech’s high turnover rate costs the industry a whopping $16 billion annually. Despite the staggering figure, the survey also suggests that tech workers could be persuaded to stay put if companies took the necessary steps to create fair working environments that reward hard work and competence.

The Kapor Center, which undertook the survey, has three recommendations for the tech industry. The first is to devise a number of effective strategies to enhance diversity and inclusion in order to make tech workplaces more welcoming. The second measure is the adoption of a code of conduct as well as a transparent employee feedback and grievance system. Finally, the Kapor Center believes that tech companies need to look at creating a compensation and employee review process that emphasizes fairness.

The fascinating part of this report is the real financial cost to the tech industry. Tech has a clear financial incentive to maintain fair workplaces. But perhaps more importantly, it is a question of competitiveness. Companies that focus on fairness in employee reviews and promotions are bound to be more profitable since they reward profit-growing ideas and efforts. Time and time again we have seen that companies that provide incentives for innovation have been the ones that have withstood market changes, whereas those companies with no real approach to developing their human capital get left behind.

Many people are fond of citing the wisdom of the invisible hand of the free market. However, it is often forgotten that the labor market is also a free market. Companies that cannot hold on to quality human capital will invariably face the consequences of their shortcomings in this area through lower earnings and profits over time.