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Chris on cruise control

 

Move over Suri. There is a new virtual assistant in the midst of everyone in the 21st century. His name is Chris and you can take him on the road with you across the state in addition to several countries around the world at https://www.yahoo.com/tech/this-ai-device-will-be-your-personal-assistant-for-the-car-153814060.html . Suri can assist  you on Google searches and the phone but  Chris can take over on the road and around the country. This article notes that engineers German Autolabs assist with the trips on the road as well as the music stations while on the road.  As noted, this idea is in fruition but this invention is on its way to being installed on the cars on the road. Chris will be your assistant on the road who will serve well with music choices, emergency road support similar to OnStar in addition to receive updates for voicemail as well as social media applications like Facebook, Twitter,Instagram while driving safely on the road. Cruise control will never be the same with Chris as your autopilot while you are on your next excursion. Along with automation, cars will provide on the road assistance constantly and your on road journey will be hands free permanently. Cruise safely on cruise control.

© 2017. Loren Techie. MS. I.T. All rights reserved.

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NASA Figures revealed

Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson with rocket in background

 

NASA has revealed key figures behind one of the most prolific launches in modern American History. As noted for Black History Month, the movie Hidden Figures is a true story about Dorothy Vaughn, Katherine Johnson, and Mary Jackson who were responsible for the launch of astronaut John Glenn Jr. in 1983 along with the Space Race. This moment is critical for women in STEM especially black women who weren’t encouraged to seek education or compete on a job level with white males during the Civil Rights movement. We should explore how this historical moment came to surface, changed the face of women for STEM, and affect women of color in the workforce.

For starters,  black women weren’t  a primary factor of education or science until the Civil Rights movement. Fannie Lou Hamer pioneered the voting rights for Black women as well as all women of color and these three women mentioned above also paved the way for Black women in the sciences division. First, Mrs. Dorothy  Vaughn had a keen interest  in computers and was the head supervisor at NASA’s West End computing women’s lab for African-American women. During her tenure at NASA in the 1940’s, IBM was going to replace the women’s  lab as a “supercomputer” to perform math calculators for the Scout project as well as FORTRAN programming and became a supervisor of this program over a 28 yr storied  career.  Second,Mrs. Mary Jackson played a part in NASA as the first black female engineer who established a hiring program for all women at NASA who was interested in science and engineering career opportunities. Third,Mrs. Katherine Johnson is a brilliant math and physics wiz known as a “supercomputer ” who performed strenuous  math calculations for NASA that were crucial for the historical “Space Race” that included well-known launches  for astronauts Alan Shepard and John Glenn Jr. These women changed the face of intelligence as well as brilliance that was historic and groundbreaking with more moments to come.

In addition, the hiring  of women I the workforce was influenced by the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt who established an executive  order in 1942 to end discrimination  for all women in the workforce. Along with these three special figures, women have made long strides in the workforce and education. There are over 20% of women who are entrepreneurs as well as graduating from colleges and universities at very high rates.Even though some women still face the hurdle of making less money than men, there are more options for women to choose  from besides being  a homemaker or a silent party.

Finally, the STEM program consists  of women who work in the sciences, math and engineering professions that been around for over 20 yrs. Now, there are programs teaching women,programming,math,as well as engineering internships around  the country. As a STEM graduate in MIS, I am proud to choose  a career that allows  me to use my cranium and solve everyday business issues and strive to make a difference  as much as possible.

Altogether,  these women have set the standard  on balancing career  and family while still being proud of who they were. Honestly,  this movie has been one of the best I have seen in a long time and portrayed these women with class and dignity in spite of adversity.  They are living proof  that there should never be limits to greatness.

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© 2017. Loren Techie. MS. I.T. All rights reserved.

Let’s go to READ school!!!

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Extra, Extra, let’s read about it. Reading is known as one of the most common leisure activities known to mankind.  Learning about different subjects through literature has enhanced minds as well as changed lives. For many women across the world, reading has been an influential activity in addition to shopping, traveling,cooking,and domestic activity.  The art of reading has always been informative for one’s knowledge as well as serve as an escape to the chaos of everyday life. Historically, reading has been a common activity used in books,newspapers,and now online material  which is the new wave of staying abreast in news.

For example,reading has been known to be written in books. Throughout my childhood,books have been common for me to know as well as the rest of my fellow peers. Over 30 million books have been produced around the world for certain memorable books such as Clifford the Big Red Dog, Garfield, The Bernstein Bears,Where’s Waldo,etc. Now,books can be found online through Amazon Audible as well as ebooks used for Kindle as the electronic substitute for reading. The Web has made reading more accessible at one’s fingertips or swipes throughout every smart device used.

In addition, newspapers have also been a common reading device for amusement and information on news. Everything from Dear Abby, Peanuts comic strips to the crossword puzzles have been a common staple for most women . According to the newspaper article written at www.journalism.org by Michael Barthel in 2015, stats show that digital subscriptions online for news entities such as USAtoday,Wall Street Journal, Businessweek with over 50,000 subscribers clearly dominate the way we receive news commentary. Also, online streaming has been another form of news media ready express style for the latest news information at one’s disposal. Finally, digital news have been more convenient for women on the go with careers, families, and social affairs to tend to and still be abreast of the latest news affecting their daily lives.

News will always be a hot topic for women like gossip and it is imperative to stay ahead of the curve and keep our ears to the street for the next headline of the day. Stay tuned.

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© 2016. Loren Techie. MS. I.T. All rights reserved.

Holo at me ladies

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The spotlight is on you lady. Within the past few years, technology has been more self based with MySpace, Youtube, Facebook,  and Instagram. Now,  the latest 3-D craze is a hologram. A hologram is a virtual version of an object or person that is available right at your home. This new form of virtual reality has live images right in you in a surreal fashion.

For example, certain television shows such as the American Music Awards or The Real have featured Holograms of deceased celebrities such as Michael Jackson,  Tupac, Whitney Houston along with makeovers of everyday women.Now, a hologram will feature Whitney Houston on tour next year. Virtual reality has been taken to another level and the matrix can be available right on your mobile devices as displayed on YouTube.

Also, holograms also bring a whole new meaning to being up close and personal. You would think that 3-D movies with glasses to match for movies would be the utlimate close experience at face value. However, holograms have served as the new form of front row connection to bringing new images to live.  In addition, holograms have either used for financial gain or research to enhance scientific purposes. Plus, the form of a hologram would be entertaining for the average woman as well as expand the mind in a virtual way.

In conclusion, holograms can serve as a  financial or personal element that can change the way a woman looks at virtual reality. Hopefully, holograms won’ t be too close for comfort that can be used against us in a consequential manner. It is imperative to be careful with holograms and use them sparingly like any other technology. Stay vigliant,informed,entertained and please do not ever hestitate to holo back at me in the near future.

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© 2016. Loren Techie. MS. I.T. All rights reserved.

Let’s go on summer vacation

 

 

It’s summertime!! Now, it is the season of BBQ’S,  beaches, and days off from the constant work grind for some fun in the sun. The best part of summer besides the weather is the time to vacation and relax. According to the article, “Should You Use A Travel Agent or Book Online” written by Kirsten Kahn in March 2015 contrasts the difference between these two options of travel.

I have used a travel agency over five years ago to Las Vegas on a girls trip and the benefits were incredible. The process was time efficient and the package included everything but the downside is the fee that can vary by location and the choices can be slim to none. This article noted briefly that a travel agent may be useful for international travel or cruises in most cases with a passport handy. Also, booking online may be effective based on location. For example,  Southwest Airlines notes that booking online vacations with them includes no online booking fees as well as having up to 2 free bags for travel before extra charges occur.

However, the downside is the extra online fees for some services as well as time consumption wasted in planning trips as highlighted in “The risks of online traveling. …”by Jasemin Weekes. If you plan to do local stay cations, you can also go to local festivals in your area as well as check out LivingSocial, Groupon and local meet ups for some summer fun. Hopefully,  your vacation this summer is well rested and memorable for this season.

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© 2015. Loren Techie. MS. I.T. All rights reserved.