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When Your Toughest Conversations Are the Ones You Have with Yourself

When Your Toughest Conversations Are the Ones You Have with Yourself

The negative voice in your head wants something. It wants to be heard. It needssomething, too: a bit of compassion and friendly reassurance. When you provide these, the conversations with yourself start to go a lot better. Instead of silencing or denying that inner voice, respond to it. Here’s how it sounds: Lousy talk! “You know what? No one hits it out of the park every time.” Why should they listen to you? “Some will, some won’t. All you can…

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Traffic signals in Frisco will soon talk with cars as part of a new technology push

Traffic signals in Frisco will soon talk with cars as part of a new technology push

The first feature, called time to green, provides a display on Audi’s instrument panel that counts down the seconds until the red light turns green. Other functions are being tested. Drivers could get more guidance on starting and stopping. Alternate routes could be calculated based on real-time traffic data. Or vehicle speeds could be suggested to maximize the number of green lights. Beyond easing some driver frustration, the technology aims to improve traffic flow and create fuel efficiencies. Source: Traffic…

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In Primates, Calorie Restricted Diets Prevent Disease, Improve Longevity | Big Think

In Primates, Calorie Restricted Diets Prevent Disease, Improve Longevity | Big Think

The idea that calorie restriction might extend the human lifespan goes back to the 1930’s, when lab workers first noticed that rats who didn’t get as much food as their brethren tended to live longer. Since then, similar studies have shown consistently that calorie restriction prolongs the life of certain organisms such as yeast, worms, flies, fish, and even mice. The increase is significant, in some cases up to 40%. So does it work in humans? We don’t know yet….

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Will IoT improve your eating habits?

Will IoT improve your eating habits?

“This extra-virgin olive oil is a fake!” I recently came across an interesting article by Amy Webb on how Internet of X will change our lives as we know them now. Essentially, Webb’s theory is that soon, we’ll be able to analyze any product we consume or use – ranging from the chicken in our meal to the multi-vitamin we take – thereby giving us enough information to make informed choices. The technology for doing most of it exists today…

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Beyond Uberization – auto industry turning into services business?

Beyond Uberization – auto industry turning into services business?

I step out of my house to find my driver-less car from the ride-sharing service waiting for me, with my ride-sharing partners already seated and working. The indicator on my coffee mug tells me I have enough for the drive to the office – I fire up the console in front of me and log into my Office 365 account to finish up a sales proposal during the drive. On the way back from the office, this cycle is repeated, except…

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Five predictions for Healthcare IT (Providers) in 2016

Five predictions for Healthcare IT (Providers) in 2016

Once again, a new year, and as a sales leader trying to skate to where the puck will be, here are some predictions on where healthcare IT for providers is headed – based on trends, recent news and consensus from thought leaders: (of course, the normal caveats of a Presidential election year apply) Providers will get out of managing data centers: At least, the rate of data centers changing hands will increase. With the infrastructure being commoditized by major cloud vendors like…

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Marx, Monetization and M2M – where do we go from here?

Marx, Monetization and M2M – where do we go from here?

A recent article in The Economist caught my eye – firstly because the tag line referred to digitization being a threat to the industrial leadership of Europe’s largest economy, and secondly because it brought to mind Karl Marx’s words from over 150 years ago. The article, “Does Deutschland do digital?” talks about how German manufacturing companies, long focused on engineering and precision, are now trying to transform themselves (slowly) into data and software companies. The trend is nothing new –…

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Help…my IOT device is not working or has been hacked…

Help…my IOT device is not working or has been hacked…

That may the most common help desk call you may be hearing about in the near future… We all know about the projected boom of Internet of Things (IoT) enabled devices and sensors, and how that is altering the business landscape for almost every industry (even though the analyst firm Gartner puts it at “Peak of Inflated Expectations”). Examples I am personally working with range from use of IoT from as simple as asset tracking to “intelligent farming/ranching” to “smart…

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Marty McFly was right – Flying Cars are here…

Marty McFly was right – Flying Cars are here…

Well, sort of… Thirty years after “Back to the Future Part II”, it is amazing to see that some of the predictions the movie made in the 80s are real today – including 3D, abundance of flat screen TVs and drones…but no flying cars yet… However, the transportation industry is undergoing paradigm shifts in every facet – from supply chain to marketing to to sales to predicting driver behavior and using technology to improve it. Much has been written about using IoT, big data and…

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