Microsoft and SAP Partnership Turns to Mobile, Data and Cloud

Microsoft and SAP Partnership Turns to Mobile, Data and Cloud

Microsoft and SAP have been partners for 20 years now, and now their partnership is turning towards the future. The partnership will include mobile, data, and the cloud. 

For the cloud, SAP will be running several key cloud services on Microsoft's Azure platform. These cloud services include SAP Business Suite, SAP Mobile Platform, and others. The purpose of this is to give SAP customers access to unlimited cloud resources, which only Azure can provide them.

10 BOLD! and Social Tech Trends for the Next Decade

10 BOLD! and Social Tech Trends for the Next Decade

Video glasses, Thumb pads and Mobile Card readers, not only do these technological devices exist in present-day, they were predicted in the critically acclaimed Steven Spielberg film Back to the Future. Technological advancements for the past couple of centuries have been changing our daily lives. These developments in gadgets have revolutionized and are changing our society.

The Rufus Cuff - a BOLD! Innovation for Mobile Development

The Rufus Cuff - a BOLD! Innovation for Mobile Development

The Rufus Cuff is the newest innovation in mobile development for smartwatches. This is wearable technology, and it provides users with the ability to communicate hands-free. The cuff has an adjustable strap and a 3-inch display screen to easily make calls, text, send emails, and use other helpful features.

Microsoft's Virtual Assistant, Cortana, to rival Apple's Siri

Microsoft's Virtual Assistant, Cortana, to rival Apple's Siri

Apple devices have Siri, and Google has Google Now. Both are artificial intelligences designed to act as personal assistants. She can make appointments for you, set alarms or reminders, and she can answer questions like which restaurants are nearby. Siri works, but she's not the best. Microsoft has made sure of that.

Ultrasounds to Take Virtual Reality to the Next Level

Ultrasounds to Take Virtual Reality to the Next Level

Ultrahaptics, a startup company from the UK, is taking virtual reality and making it more realistic than ever before. The company is adding a game-changer to the experience - the sense of touch. 

Ultrahaptics use ultrasound waves to let you feel like you are actually touching virtual objects. They are able to reflect air pressure waves off of the hand and fingers to give a realistic feeling of touch. 

Ambient Proximity is the Next Big Thing for Location Sharing

Ambient Proximity is the Next Big Thing for Location Sharing

Location sharing isn't a new thing. Apps like Foursquare have allowed users to broadcast their location to friends for years, and social media sites like Facebook have followed suit. With location sharing, you can state where you are right down to the exact coordinates. But this type of location sharing is on its way out. What's next? Ambient Proximity. And all of your favorite location sharing services are getting in on it.

Creativity and Innovation: Young Women in STEM

Young Women in STEM - Creativity and Innovation, Mobile Development

Young Women in STEM - Creativity and Innovation, Mobile Development

It comes to little surprise that over 75% of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers are held by men as they are more traditionally known to pursue these career types. While women hold approximately 50% of all jobs in the US - only 25% of all STEM jobs are held by women. This underrepresentation within the STEM career fields is contributed to the lack of females role models as well as gender stereotyping.

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Teachers and parents have an impact on encouraging young women to pursue careers in STEM. Taking the exploration of STEM fields from the classroom to the home to the playground after all, creativity and technology go together. Samsung Solve for Tomorrow an educational competition working to inspire the next generation of innovative programs. Their mission to raise student interest in STEM subjects nationwide along with their partners aims to help discover a world of possibilities.

“I think my biggest epiphany from Solve for Tomorrow was that science and creativity go hand in hand,” said Petroff. “For our project, creativity was a must in order to understand and to convey how STEM-related issues affect both our community and the Pacific Northwest in general. And then, being successful when we made a project we were really proud of gave me the confidence to realize that, well, if I pursue something in the STEM field, I can still use creativity, and I could be good at it.”

Meera Petroff, now a freshman at Oregon State University began her exploration into the world of STEM around the second grade and received constant encouragement in her exploration. In 2011, Petroff and her peers won the grand prize in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition. The competition’s goal is to inspire girls and boys with an interest in pursuing STEM studies. Petroff was originally not much interested in pursuing STEM studies however, the Solve for Tomorrow experience fed her inspiration for creativity in technology.

“Meera’s story is a perfect example of how Samsung Solve for Tomorrow helps inspire both girls and boys to take an active interest in pursuing STEM studies,” said David Steel, executive vice president of Samsung Electronics North America. “We aim to foster future innovators by showing students how fun and powerful STEM can be.”

Actively working to change the dynamic of STEM-related careers encouraging more women to pursue careers in the field is important to the future of the U.S. economy - a future dependant on its production of strong STEM graduates.

 

Control Your Appliances

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“Let’s get tidy!” said your dishwasher to your washing machine, imagine this - Connected Household Appliances. Bosch Siemens Hausgerate (BSH) announced its upcoming reveal of a smartphone app to control appliances - Home Connect. It is expected to be made available late this year for iOS and next year for android.

Based on BSH research, 66% of consumers want to control all their appliances with a single app. The app will not only control devices from Bosch and Siemens, but other brands as well. Home Connect will be an open platform, designed for a range of domestic appliances. The Home Connect project manager Claudia Happ adds, “Even though we would like everyone to only buy our appliances, the reality is that about 90% of households own different brands of appliances,” she said.  “People want a free choice of different brands. But they want one simple app to control everything.”

The app utilizes the home Wi-Fi network and if the user is away from home, the app can communicate to the appliance via the internet. With this, security is a main focus of many consumers, Happ stated that BSH has contracted professional hackers to challenge them to break into their systems. Additionally, Happ has contacted many competitors to ensure that the app is compatible with their products as well. Since there is no current accepted communication standard for remote control appliances, Happ envisions those the creation of those standards in the upcoming years.