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Ideas & Insights
March 17, 2020 4:23
There's been a lot of chatter about plans for Google to work with the Federal Government to build a website designed to help fight the Coronavirus outbreak. With the COVID-19 condition gripping the nation, causing economic volatility, and sending millions of people into self-quarantine, all of society is looking for something to help make the situation a little bit better. Verily, Google's sister company has launched a new website that's designed to help screen those who think they've contracted COVID-19. This reality confirms some buzz that's been generated around the topic. The site is supposed to be able to point potential contractors of COVID-19 to testing sites. However, you might not be able to use it just yet. Verily is a tech company focused on health specifically. Alphabet, the organization's parent company, also owns Google. The website was launched on Sunday night for people living near San Mateo County and...
March 04, 2020 6:27
“Our state’s natural habitat and outdoor recreation destinations are part of what makes living in Washington so unique,” says Washington Governor Jay Inslee. There has been rising awareness of invasive species within the borders of Washington State. February the 24th - 28th was even proclaimed Invasive Species Awareness Week. The public has an active role in the battle against invasive species Residents and visitors have been able to report sightings of invasive plants and animals for some time on the website for the Washington Invasive Species Council. Now, a new app has released to make this process easier and more streamlined for you. According to the apps page, the goal is to allow you to "...submit invasive species sighting reports directly with your mobile device where they occur." These are then sent to experts and Council staff to be reviewed. Once approved, sightings are viewable on a map tool within...
February 12, 2020 12:33
Seattle made history as the first city in the US with smartphone voting. All the while avoiding the embarrassment of the recent Iowa Caucuses malfunctioning app. The technology company behind the Iowa Caucuses that used a mobile app to transmit vote tallies, confessed that a coding error derailed the functionality of the system. The end results: The votes had to be manually counted and tabulated, thereby delaying the process by more than 24 hours.   Everything from the name of the company that developed the app to the way it was implemented has been scrutinized. Journalists initially had a hard time locating the offices of Shadow, the tech firm responsible for the app, and many professionals working in the sector of digital voting systems had never heard of it. Eventually, those who reviewed the app and the system criticized the secrecy and lack of transparency that Shadow practiced during the...
January 17, 2020 5:39
Brands rely on celebrities when it’s time to promote a product or spread a message. We tend to pay attention to the celebrities we love the most, and those who charm the socks off us with their pleasing personalities. There is no question that brands use many celebrities to get our attention, but some names tend to make the roundup more often than others. If it feels like you keep on seeing Chrissy Teigen and John Legend everywhere, you aren’t mistaken. As it turns out, they’ve made the list of most over used celebrities of the decade. Here’s the rest. . . All of Me... Seen in an Advertisement (or Two) Near You John Legend and Chrissy Teigen are undoubtedly a power couple who melts all of our hearts. The supermodel’s sincerity and beauty shine through just as Legend proves he devotes ‘All of Me’ to his lovely wife. And...