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TechCrunch - More than Tech News

TechCrunch
If you're read tech news whether it is to keep up or researching new companies, Tech Crunch is a valuable resource. On TC each article about a company has in-depth information on the right side column. It links over to Crunch Base just click on the company title and you'll open up a whole chronological history of the founders, funding they may have received, investors, acquisitions and changes within the organization.

For the full info and additional research you should get the pro subscription that allows drilling down into companies, key players, websites, domain names and more. It has a nice java interface, looks like it was built with DHTMLX, but more than likely a custom cut. Well worth the subscript for professionals.


The Flying Machines are Here

Kitty Hawk
Pictured left is the Kitty Hawk personal aircraft that looks like a ton of fun.  Check the video out on KittyHawk.aero  Wow, the video says it all.  I have to admit I've dreamed of having one of these since I was 8 years old.  They go on sale at the end of 2017 and you can get on the waiting list now.  Looks like the race to personal aviation is on.  10 years from now these will be absolutely mind blowing.


Flying Cars - Can't Wait
AeroMobil.com

If you've been following my blog, you know I want one of these flying machines. AeroMobil designed a flying car that delivers the best of both worlds, road and air travel.

There's a lot potential in the personal aviation industry and starting to get competitive, which is good for everyone. Drawing from the history of the automobile, there will be fortunes made and some will become household brands in 20 years. I think looking back from 30 years in the future it will look ridiculous seeing people waiting in line at an airport or crowded lanes of traffic. With automated piloting and air-traffic controlled by AI, the road traffic may still be heavy due to population growth and transportation of goods, but the sky's will be buzzing with personal aircraft going in every direction.

You can see more on AeroMobil.com and check out the interior, they've even got a cup holder. I'd like to see a custom paint option, and being an Air Force vet, add an afterburner. (I know it's prop driven, but even the fake one from the old Bat mobile would be cool.) An awesome sound system and a way to drop water balloons would make it perfect. I can picture queuing up my favorite dub mix and then rolling in for a bombing run over the neighbors bar-b-que.

Bravo to whole team at AeroMobil, just a few years until they become available in 2020. Orders are being accepted now.


Writing is the Core of Web Development

Charleston ConsultingWriting is a huge part of building a great website and also the point where most sites fall short. Writing content isn't easy for most developers, they are good with the technical end and years ago with Visual Basic, I remember contests where it would challenge developers to write a function with less words last guy. Kind of like the show Name That Tune, where contestants had to identify a song within a few beats. Writers do a similar thing with landing the hook in the first sentence of a book. The challenge is can you grab the reader's attention and hold it with the first sentence. I've come up with a great one for a book I'll finish someday so I'm not going to reveal it here. One of my favorite comes from British historian and author Stewart Colette in his book Mumba. Here it is, "When you fall in love after the age of thirty, it's usually with someone else's wife." And, the Snoopy classic, "It was a dark and stormy night".

I enjoy writing without all the syntax and code sometimes, simply just to paint the picture with words is a true art, almost a lost art. Programming is art form, too. It's satisfying building a site and seeing it all come together, both form and function. The only drawback to coding is that the language changes often and web programming is an incorporation of many languages. For people outside the industry this would be like having to do your job in Russian and Italian starting next month. It has stabilized in the last 7 years and that's made development very productive.

I've gotten off on a little bit of a rant, point being, well two points, first I'm giving TechnologyGroup.com a new updated look to show a little of what I can do while I'm looking for a new gig. And secondly, I'll be adding a bunch of tutorials and code snippets to help other developers. Here's my portfolio and the rest will be under the Resources menu item I'll put up shortly with the others I'm working on. Please excuse the 404 if you get that in the meantime, I'm working on it live.

When you think about it, you learn everything from other people, so why not give something back. There's a lot to learn in web development, you have to be a designer, graphic artist, software developer, marketing professional and author to make something worth going to.  I am a one man band that enjoys getting it all done. If you're looking to have some work done, I'm looking for a good client.  Feel free to call or send a message and let's see what you have in mind.


Secure Domain Name Holding

Domain Name Payment PlansWith Escrow.com and others following suit, you can purchase a domain name in monthly allotments.

It's called Secure Domain Name Holding and what it means is the buyer gets control of the domain at the time of the first payment, while Escrow.com holds the domain until the final payment is made.  The buyer and seller define the terms and the number of payments.  Many purchasers probably are not aware they could buy a domain this way and this makes it easier.  Divide it into two or twenty payments, whichever works best for you.

Click here to see the list of domains for sale.  All domain names are available for domain name holding payment plans and can be reserved immediately.  Transactions are conducted through Escrow.com for everyone's safety.


Start Up USA TV Show

StartUp-USAFound a great show on SC eTV, StartUp-USA.  The host Gary Bredow provides a candid and in depth view of start up companies and their founders.  Great for the aspiring entrepreneur and anyone that's considering stepping out on their own. .

They interviewed the owners of companies that had varying levels of success, each with a unique path of tribulations and victories.  I though the show was well done.  The interviewer asked the questions you'd want to know the answer to and a nice graphic visual on the funding timelines.

If their show isn't available in your area you can watch episodes from their website at StartUp-USA.com


Personal Drones - The Future Is Now
The JetsonsIn as much as the cartoon the Jetsons made a spoof of a future world with flying vehicles and radio controlled appliances, this article from Wired.com creates the visual that I've been thinking we are headed for in less than 20 years down the road. With overcrowded highways and better use of unmanned vehicle technology, it doesn't seem far fetched that hundreds of personal drones could be taking to the skies delivering people quietly and flawlessly to their destinations. Having a personal airport on the balcony of your high rise looks like a great idea.

The other side of that vision is the class separation that will come between have and the have nots. Those unable to afford such upgrades will be left in the masses on the ground where the deliver of goods, health care and the overall quality of life is not as good, like a scene out of Elysium. The future lies somewhere between these two visions.


Blockchain Technology
Blockchain

Blockchain technology can be boiled down to an accounting ledger built on a network of servers.  There's a detailed article and infographic included on Recode.net that will give you an overview of how any why this financial technology will shape more than just crypto currency transactions in the future.

Blockchain technology is developing very quickly into an established transaction method and disrupting the financial services industry.

Read more about blockchain technology Recode.


Personal Aviation - Lilium's Jet
lilium-aviation.com

Looking through TheNextWeb and saw this aircraft in the Distract section,  it's Lilium's new jet, a cross between an aircraft and helicopter with automatic vertical take off and landing.

The power plant is electric and can reach a max speed of 250 mph to an altitude of 10k feet with an overall range of 300 miles.  More than enough power for the daily commute and the weekend get away.


I'm sure I can't afford it, but I want it.  And, Lilium plans to roll-out to consumers beginning as early as January of 2018.  The future is now and starting to look a lot like the Jetson's cartoon.  Sign up on Lilium's site to be the first on your block with a Lilium Jet.


See more of this beautiful marvel of engineering and aerodynamics at Lilium-Aviation.com.


TheNextWeb.com - Tech News & Insights
TheNextWeb.com

I found TheNextWeb while looking for information about wearables (great seo by the way) Wearables are technology devices that you wear.  I discovered a passage called Wearables Reach Employees in an article by JT Ripton titled 6 Technology Trends for 2016.

My interest in wearable is in how they can be useful and monetized in the private sector.  Clearly, the applications for police, fire rescue and military are needed and in the future may be looked upon as how could we have ever done without them.  But, other than convenience what applications do they really hold?  Now after reading the article, from a psychology viewpoint the the possibilities are endless.  Here's an exert:

Some companies are giving wearables to their employees on the ground for second-by-second inventory updates.  Others are using them internally to see how their corporate employees interact.

Read the full article here at TheNextWeb.

I am surprised I had not come across TheNextWeb.com sooner.  Their site has the best layout and quality of articles that I've had the pleasure of reading in a long time.  I strongly recommend bookmarking it and check out the Insights and Offers sections.  It's at the top of my reading list now.


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