Staff picks for the week of Aug. 3, 2015

Staff Picks GeneralLike the people who use it, technology constantly evolves. Today’s staff picks show just how far it’s come in the last decade.

The evolution of Windows startup sounds, from Windows 3.1 to 10 (Read by Nick G.)

For years Windows users heard a distinct sound every time they started their computers. But the times are changing, and this startup music has been cut from the new version of Windows. Whether you’re sad or overjoyed, take a walk down memory lane with Mashable and enjoy the nostalgia.

Today’s Kids Have No Idea How the First iPod Worked (Read by Heidi B.)

It seems like it was yesterday that I got my first iPod, so it’s hard to believe that today’s kids don’t know how to use the click wheel device that was such a big innovation at the time. In this video, you’ll see kids tinkering with a first generation iPod and the confusion that follows — the lack of a touch screen and the music-only functionality boggles the minds of these little ones. It’s amazing how quickly technology has advanced; less than 10 years ago we were taught how to use a touch screen, yet today’s youngsters have never known life without it. It makes me wonder what tech will be like 10 years from now.

The US Navy is 3D-printing custom drones on its ships (Read by Camillia S.)

The U.S. Navy is combining two of the trendiest technologies to make drone missions easier for sailors at sea. Naval ships will leave for sea with the necessary parts to make a drone (like motors, controllers, and GPS units) but the body of the device will be emailed, printed, and assembled on board. With more ships being equipped with 3D printers for medical supplies, it seems like custom 3D-printed drones are the next wave for Navy missions.

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Staff picks for the week of July 13, 2015

Staff Picks GeneralFrom hunger and employee worth to treasuring the past, this week’s picks speak to the human needs in all of us.

Spoiler Alert App Makes Donating Surplus Food as Easy as Tossing it in a Dumpster (Read by Heidi B.)

A whopping 30 to 40 percent of the food supply in the U.S. is wasted. Ironically, nearly 50 million Americans have a hard time obtaining food. I try to be waste-conscious in the kitchen and supermarket, but since most waste occurs when businesses toss out products that are about to expire, a bigger effort is needed to make a real impact. That is exactly what Spoiler Alert is trying to do. The new B2B app connects businesses with donation organizations, keeping food in bellies instead of landfills, and saving businesses money along the way. Continue Reading…

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Staff picks for the week of June 29, 2015

Staff Picks GeneralIt must be summer: We’ve got travel and water on the mind.

Jaguar Land Rover wants to read driver’s brainwaves to predict car accidents (Read by Nick G.)

Sensors are invading our world, measuring and tracking all kinds of data points about us. You might think that tracking brainwaves may be taking it a little too far, but Jaguar Land Rover wants to develop steering wheels that can detect your brainwaves in order to keep you safe through steering wheel and pedal vibrations. Would you invite this tech into your life if it helps keep you safe? The trade-off is something we’ll all have to think about. Continue Reading…

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Staff picks for the week of June 22

staff technology picksSHI’s communications team meets with subject-matter experts each week, and we scan our news feeds daily for information about technology, products, and program changes that affect the way our customers do business. As we do, we come across technology-related stories that are interesting, but — like some top golfers this past weekend — don’t quite make the cut.

In the past, we would’ve read these stories and moved on to focus on other interesting news about, say, a change to a well-known volume licensing program or a Windows Server 2003 migration. But, we’ve decided that these stories are just too good to keep to ourselves, so we’re starting a new series to bring the fun, quirky, entertaining, or otherwise thought-provoking news to you.

Without further ado, here are four fascinating technology stories that we found riveting and potentially industry-changing. Continue Reading…

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