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Innovative Solution Delivers Affordable, Assistive Technologies

What would happen if you could never tell a loved one how much you cared about them or even communicate simple commands that are taken for granted each day? There are millions of Americans currently living with neurological conditions that leave them unable to communicate effectively or use a computer. With the only market-available solution costing upwards of $15,000 to help bridge that gap, many are seeking a better way to bring an affordable, personalized assistive technologies to those that need it.

In Providence, Rhode Island, a team of developers, designers and engineers are working toward just that: finding simple solutions for complex communication needs. The SpeakYourMind Foundation, led by founder and executive director Dan Bacher, is creating a more cost effective and highly personalized alternative to the current market option.

What does it take? A pair of cheap, hipster glasses, an off-the-shelf webcam, and an application that can turn eye movements into speech.

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Locking Down the Cloud: Freeing the Cloud

When I started talking to cloud experts about automation and security, I thought that we’d spend most of our time discussing how automation reduces human error (and deliberate malfeasance). And how it frees up IT time for higher value activities.

It does both of those things, of course. But I also discovered a sub-theme that kept bubbling up in my conversations: by automating security, you give a power boost to one of the most appealing features of cloud hosting: rapid elasticity and scalability.

Let’s say that you need to scale up your digital capacity to handle a surge of interest and activity. The cloud lets you do that, fast -- if your security can automatically scale up with it.

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What YouTube's Ads Mean for Cable Networks

You may have seen new billboards, print ads, and TV ads for YouTube channels recently. What's up with the new advertising campaign pushing YouTube content? How will YouTube's effort to push its more niche programming into the mainstream impact traditional cable networks viewership?

AdAge recently interview new YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki about their marketing plan and took a deeper look to see if YouTube can take a chunk out of the $212 billion global ad market for television.

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Japan Gets First Bitcoin ATM

Suzuka, the home of the Japanese Grand Prix will play host to Japan's first bitcoin ATM, the first of three rolled out in the region. The Robocoin ATM to be set up, will allow bitcoin users to buy and sell the cryptocurrency, and will also issue Japanese yen.

"Vancouver has hosted the world's first bitcoin ATM since last year. Machines have also appeared in the U.S., the U.K., Singapore, New Zealand, Switzerland, and, from this week, China, in addition to other countries.

Users of the Robocoin ATM in Japan will be able to buy and sell bitcoin through the machine, which would also issue Japanese yen and transaction receipts."

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