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Month: October 2014

Nike Air Wildwood ACG Premium Black/White

Nike has unveiled the latest version of its Air Wildwood silhouette, which is known for its durability and comfort. This time around the classic trail runner was given a minimal monotone treatment. The matte black upper rests atop a white sole giving the trail runner a very sleek and modern look. Although an official release date has not been set, expect the Nike Air Wildwood ACG Premium Black/White to pop up at Nike ACG stockists in the near future. Article source:...

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Tim Armstrong Doesn’t Say The Wrong Thing About Women In The Workplace

Editor’s note: Fara Warner is editorial director of Aol Tech and This Built America. In the past few weeks and months, conversations about women in our industry have run the gamut from companies such as Apple and Facebook willing to pay to freeze women’s eggs so they can put off having children and Satya Nadella’s karmic misstep to the data-rich, but solution-poor disclosure of just how few women are at the top of tech. But Tim Armstrong showed other tech CEOs how to speak with respect and admiration about women in the workplace during his comments onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt London. The comments came after Josh asked him about his own missteps when he talked about women and how “distressed babies” had been at the heart of a reason to make changes in Aol’s employee benefits. Not a proud moment for any CEO. This time around, he spoke about women and diversity in a way that didn’t condescend (no karmic wheels of life to come back and kick you as they did Satya) or put us on a gendered pedestal with talk of our eggs and biology. Nor did he ask us to lean in, lean back or lean anywhere to solve these issues on our own. Instead, what I heard as a woman working at Aol is that I have an open invitation to excel and take risks, and that...

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Chicago And Big Data

Editor’s note: Nick Rojas is a business consultant and writer who lives in Los Angeles, Calif. As a civilization, we may not be getting smarter. However, the technologies we use certainly are. Since the introduction of the smartphone, we’ve witnessed the emergence of smart homes, smart power grids, and even smart football stadiums for helping fans find parking spaces. Lately, the trend has been to go big. Infrastructure applications are ever increasing in size and scope for transmitting, collecting, and processing big data in an effort to better understand and navigate our surroundings. Examples of scalability with regard to smart technology now include “smart cities” like Chicago. It appears that the third largest city in the United States will become a leading model for collecting and managing big data from sensor nodes and cell phones throughout the area. That’s 237 square miles and 2.7 million residents participating (knowingly or not) in an experiment expected to yield some impressive enhancements. Examples include: Traffic control systems: Enhance the flow of traffic at intersections by determining changes related to work and holiday schedules. Maintenance management: This could enhance the life of fleet vehicles, etc. Smart grids: Power distribution is always subject to change as it relates to environmental metrics like temperature Monitoring trends in criminal activities: Track car thefts and even the stolen cars themselves more efficiently. Public works: The storage, transport, and application of...

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Ant Financial: The Greatest Victory Is That Which Requires No Battle

Editor’s note: Christoffer O. Hernæs is Executive Vice President of Strategy, Innovation and Analysis of Sparebank 1 Group, Norway’s second-largest financial institution. He was previously a partner at Core Group, where he worked with strategy development and innovation for the TMT and financial service. Not long after the Alibaba IPO, eBay announced that it aims to spin off PayPal as a separately traded company. The rumors of PayPal as an acquisition target are already looming, and one of the contenders is Jack Ma’s Alipay, now called Ant Financial. A deeper insight into Alipay is interesting in light of the potential changes similar players like Apple, Amazon and PayPal pose for the financial services industry. Enough has been written on Alibaba to elaborate any further on the parent company other than restating that analysts describe the company as a combination of Amazon, eBay, Google and PayPal, but the potential jewel in the crown in the Alibaba-ecosystem is the payments- and financial services company Alipay. Alipay was separated from Alibaba in 2011 and established as a Chinese national company controlled by Jack Ma and other Alibaba executives. Since its inception in 2004, Alipay has shown a tremendous growth curve, aided by the transaction volume from Alibaba, Tabao and Tmall. Alipay currently has a user base of 300 million and controls half of the Chinese e-commerce market. Not long after receiving a private banking license on...

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Nike SB 2014 Fall Lunar Stefan Janoski

Following some more premium renditions, the Nike SB Lunar Stefan Janoski silhouette receives three new solid colorways for the fall season. Available in obsidian, team red and black, each of the above models sports a suede construction with contrasting white stitching around the toe box, reflective piping and a comfortable white Lunar sole unit. All three are currently available at Premier. Article source:...

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