Opinion

The Rise of 3D Printed Zero-Waste Clothing
Tech News, Green Tech, Opinion

The Rise of 3D Printed Zero-Waste Clothing

Forget costly prototypes, traditional textile manufacturing, product recalls, and the like. 3D printing is about to turn the entire retail industry on its head. A precise form of additive manufacturing, 3D printing can create a product from almost any material at mass scale, generating large quantities while individually tailoring each product to consumers. The Rise of 3D Printed Clothing - Ministry of Supply kickstarts Apollo In 2010, Kevin Rustagi was frustrated. So were his friends Aman Advano, Kit Hickey, and Gihan Amarasiriwardena. These four recent MIT grads had been thrust into the working world, where they discovered they hated their outfits. Business clothes sucked. And it didn’t make sense—athletes got to perform in all sorts of high-tech gear, but accountants had...
CaribFlix TV and Vueture Entertainment – Rise of the Caribbean Streamers
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CaribFlix TV and Vueture Entertainment – Rise of the Caribbean Streamers

Streaming of Jamaican and Caribbean content is now a reality in Jamaica. Two streaming platforms, CaribFlix TV and Vueture Entertainment, are aiming to make that possible. The Jamaican entrepreneurs that are making these streaming dreams reality know what they are up against. The big heavyweights in the streaming networks world are lready making inroads into Jamaica: Netflix YouTube TV Hulu Amazon Prime Video Still, it is possible to carve out a niche, especially, as most of the content coming from those top streamers is heavily Americanized. Still, we Jamaicans tend to like anything that is foreign, only subverting to Jamaican made products if it is value for money and has some nostalgic sentiment that reverberates with a large number of the masses. So who e...
LIGO upgrades result in weekly detection of GW’s from Neutron Stars and Black Holes
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LIGO upgrades result in weekly detection of GW’s from Neutron Stars and Black Holes

Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) was taken offline in 2018 so that upgrades could be made to its instruments. Upgrades made to both LIGO and Virgo have increased the sensitivity of its instruments by about 40%. This would allow detections to take place weekly or more often. After completing the upgrades on April 1st 2019, the observatory detected two probable GW (gravitational wave) events in the space of two weeks. These two new GW events occurred on April 8th and April 12th, 2019. The signals, are believed to have been the result of a pair of black holes merging, was detected thanks to the three-facility collaboration between LIGO and the Virgo Observatory in Italy. A team of scientists from Penn State University, led by Chad Hanna, an associate...
Microsoft (Loves|Likes) Open Source
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Microsoft (Loves|Likes) Open Source

Microsoft over the years have been using Open Source tools and technology in driving their business and for that, I wish to highlight the shift in their business model and how they are adopting as a company - primarily due to the disruption of Open Source software. As the popular saying goes: if you can't beat them; join them. Dominant players in the IT space are experiencing major disruption to their business model. Microsoft is no exception, as they have seen their customers gravitates to more reliable, portable and efficient open source alternative. Before we highlight their pivotal moments, let me say that I was right. I hereby claim victory over those never-ending college debates we often had at UTECH SCIT gazebo. A group of us were engaged in a multi-year debate on which pl...
Disruptive Technology banking/financial industry
Caribbean Tech, Editorial, Opinion

Disruptive Technology banking/financial industry

With this series I don't set out to be the bearer of novel solutions or brilliant ideas but just to spark conversations and thinking that could potentially lead to solutions, ideas and ways forward to potentially get these issues addressed. I don't know in the case of Jamaica if its the BOJ/GOJ and its policies or the banks themselves that has lead to the stagnation of the influx of technology in the industry, primarily as it relates how we as B2C and B2B interactions. Mobile banking has finally taken off in a way we might have intended it, but the world has developed more cutting edge/emerging technologies that have not been/minimally applied to Jamaica. Such as; Mobile Money End to End E-commerce transactions for Jamaican companies Mobile Wallets (Apple Pay/Google Pa...
Disruptive Technology
Caribbean Tech, Editorial, Green Tech, Opinion

Disruptive Technology

With this series I don't set out to be the bearer of novel solutions or brilliant ideas but just to spark conversations and thinking that could potentially lead to solutions, ideas and ways forward to potentially get these issues addressed. We have to be Progressive and Adaptive vs Conservative and Responsive. In a society where mechanical/lack of innovative ways are looked for in solving basic issues, we have to start some discourse among the population which then will permeate through the economy, organizations or the country. The Apple’s or Google’s of this world are continuing to push the edges of what is reality and what we deemed as fiction. Things 5 - 10 years ago which we would laugh at as fiction or fairy tail has in some way has become reality. Drones “Artificial...
Secure NIDS or else …
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Secure NIDS or else …

For the government, cybersecurity isn’t only a challenge—it’s a big obstacle to long-awaited digital transformation. Plus, the stakes are sky-high: Hacking public-sector information might imperil national security as well as citizens’ trust. Is our government up to the task? July 2015 - "The Office of Personnel Management in the US government said hackers stole “sensitive information,” including addresses, health and financial history, and other private details, from 19.7 million people " Sept 2017 - "143 million compromised Social Security numbers. Attackers stole half the US population's Social Security numbers from Equifax" 2020 - Jamaica's entire population NIDS data hacked...???? Will this be our fate? Budgets towards cybersecurity Bank of America Corp. spent $400 milli...
Google launching Android Oreo OS during Solar Eclipse on August 21st 2017
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Google launching Android Oreo OS during Solar Eclipse on August 21st 2017

Google is counting down to the biggest astronomical event of the century on Monday August 21st 2017: A Solar Eclipse that begins in the Western seaboard and progresses all the way across to the top of Florida as the @NASA twitter Gif shows. https://twitter.com/NASA/status/897960753218678784   Last seen over the continental USA 99 years ago, Google is either very interested in eclipses or they have plans to launch something else. They have a launch planned as pointed out on the website, quote: “On August 21st, a solar eclipse will sweep across the entire United States for the first time since 1918. Android is helping you experience this historic natural phenomenon so you can learn more about the eclipse and count down to the big day—when you’ll meet the next release of Andr...