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Yelp Tests Robots Delivering Food

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Robots will hit the streets with food delivery orders from Marble, a San Francisco startup that is partnering with Yelp to navigate crowded city streets and deliver your order before it gets cold.

Marble’s robots are about waist-height, a bit larger than the dog-sized models of its competitor Starship. They’re also brimming with technology borrowed from self-driving cars. Each Marble delivery bot—there are a few of them cruising the streets of San Francisco’s Mission and Potrero Hill neighborhoods—includes lidar, cameras, and ultrasonic sensors to monitor their surroundings. The company says it plans to map the majority of San Francisco’s sidewalks over the coming year. Visitors and San Francisco residents can order delivery from Yelp’s Eat24 app for a chance to be served by a Marble bot. If you’re selected, you’ll be offered the opportunity to accept the service, and the restaurant will then pack your order into one of the robots’ cargo bays. Once it arrives, you’ll enter an access code to unlock your breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Last month, Starship also began delivering pizza from Domino’s locations in Germany and the Netherlands. If those trials are successful, Domino’s could expand the service to more of its 2,000+ stores worldwide.

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San Francisco Transit System Hacked

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San Francisco, home to the famous Union Square and many other high-end retailers aka Muni as it is known locally, was apparently hacked Saturday. As a result, San Francisco station fare gates were open all day.

 

Curiosity About Google’s Barges-What Is Google Doing On Water?

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Google’s four floating barges built between 2010 and 2012, serve as an interactive space where people can learn about new technology such as  Google Glass and other products, on an invitation-only basis. As of November 2013, two of the barges are docked in Treasure Island, San Francisco, while another is in Portland, Maine. File:Google barge BAL0011.jpg

 

The Portland barge and one of the Treasure Island barges have a superstructure consisting of four stories of modern shipping containers welded together. Most of the containers have small slits that may serve as windows, and each barge has a container that slants down to ground level at a shallow angle. The other two barges are owned by the same corporation (set up by Google) but do not have a superstructure. CBS sources claimed that the first three floors will serve as a showroom, while the upper floor will be a party deck. The top of the Treasure Island structure exhibits poles that may be antennas. On November 6, 2013, Google stated it was “exploring using the [San Francisco] barge as an interactive space where people can learn about new technology.

 

 

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A study from CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists released Thursday revealed that  the decline in tech-related degrees between 2003 and 2012 was especially drastic in larger metropolitan areas. The greatest decreases were in New York City (52 percent), San Francisco (55 percent), Atlanta (33 percent), Miami (32 percent) and Los Angeles (31 percent).

 Matt Ferguson, chief executive officer of CareerBuilder said”The slowdown in IT degrees over the last decade may have been influenced, in part, by the dot-com bubble collapse and by more recent trends of tech workers being trained by employers or trained through informal programs outside of a traditional academic setting,”  “The deficit in IT degree completions is concerning when you consider that there is already a considerable gap between the demand for and supply of IT labor in the U.S. today. Degrees in health professions, engineering, business, liberal arts and education are growing rapidly and we need IT degrees to keep pace.”

The study revealed that although technology degrees declined over the past decade, health-related degrees — most in nursing and allied health fields — saw a jump of 112 percent. Liberal arts and humanities grew by 47 percent, engineering by 37 percent, management and marketing 33 percent and education by 18 percent.

 

Hyperloop

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Elon Musk,  billionaire chairman and chief executive officer of electric-vehicle maker Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA), will release designs next month for a system capable of whisking people from Los Angeles to San Francisco via a tube.

The project, aka can whisk passengers on this high-speed tube transportation system between San Francisco and Los Angeles in minutes and between California and the East Cost in under an hour, Yahoo reported. The “pods” that people might travel on in this system will be around two meters, Musk said on Twitter. The transport won’t happen inside vacuum tunnel Hyperloop, if they share his goal of doing the technology “fast and without wasting money,” according to his Twitter posts today. Musk, 42, is seeking “critical feedback” on the system and will publish his plans by Aug. 12 . Musk has hinted that his design won’t be patented and Hyperloop will be open-source . Musk, a co-founder of PayPal Inc., is the 182nd richest person on the Bloomberg Billionaires list. He is also chairman of SolarCity Corp. (SCTY), the rooftop power producer that’s more than quadrupled in value this year.

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