Winning the race to the digital economy by cracking the code on the gender gap

Six year old girl learns keyboard strokes in computer class at school. We are faced with a huge gender imbalance in technology that is only getting worse. Today, just 24 percent of the U.S. computing workforce is female. New research from Accenture and Girls Who Code estimates that if we stay on our current course, the number of women in computing will fall to 22 percent of the workforce by 2025. The connection is undeniable and decisive action is needed. Read More

Cubs players revel in World Series victory parade

(Reuters) – Showered with confetti and cheered by screaming fans, the Cubs wound their way through downtown Chicago on open-topped buses on Friday to celebrate the team’s first World Series victory in 108 years.

Apple provides a soft(er) landing for MacBook Pro buyers with deep discounts on peripherals and dongles

img_2488 Apple is addressing the sudden and wide inexplicable fear of dongles driven by the MacBook Pro’s USB-C only approach with a store-wide discount on adapters. The price cut applies to a bunch of dongles, accessories and peripheral devices that allow users to attach legacy devices to the new laptops, which ship with between 2 and 4 Thunderbolt 3 capable USB-C ports, and nothing else.
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Activision Blizzard creates ‘Overwatch’ e-sports league

(Reuters) – Activision Blizzard Inc said on Friday it is creating a professional e-sports league based around its popular first-person shooter videogame “Overwatch”, as it pushes deeper into the fast-growing market for competitive gaming.

Facebook will test ads on Apple TV and Roku

old television Facebook’s ad ambitions are expanding to encompass Internet-connected TVs — it will be conducting a test of its ad network on Apple TV and Roku next week. Other online ad companies (including TechCrunch-owner AOL) have explored TV advertising already. In Facebook’s case, the company will use Facebook data to target ads for A+E and Tubi TV — basically, what the… Read More

The Here One smart earbuds are the coolest gadget I’ve tried in a while

4_here_one_buds_white I spend most of my days chatting with virtual/augmented reality companies, so the world of Black Mirror always seems a bit more imminent than it perhaps is. That being said, the future felt frighteningly close after my brief demo with Doppler Labs’ Here One smart earbuds. At face value, the Here Ones are just another pair of expensive wireless earbuds that have been created because… Read More

Djokovic defeat sets up Murray to go to No. 1

PARIS (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic was dumped out of the Paris Masters in straight sets by Marin Cilic on Friday, opening the door for Andy Murray to end the Serb’s two-year stranglehold on the world number one ranking.

Tribeca Enterprises brings VR to the Westfield World Trade Center

Doug Liman, Julina Tatlock, Hal Kirkland Visitors to the Westfield World Trade Center (the recently opened mall below the World Trade Center) will be able to get a hands-on virtual reality experience this month — an experience curated by Tribeca Enterprises, the organization behind the Tribeca Film Festival. Tribeca has held a number of VR events before, but programmer Loren Hammonds noted that those events are part of the… Read More