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The Future of Building Materials Sales Using 3D Printers

on Sun, Mar 13, 2016 @ 08:00 AM By | Joe Gargiulo | 0 Comments | Technology Building Materials
Jay Leno — comedian, former late-night TV entertainer, and current host of Jay Leno’s Garage — recently made the news for driving the world’s first 3D printed automobile, the 2015 Local Motors Strati. More importantly, at least from the technological perspective, Leno has been an early adopter of 3D printing in his Big Dog Garage where he curates a collection of 300-plus cars and motorcycles. The Burbank, California facility features 3D engineering and production software as well as 3D scanners, inspection tools and printers. Leno and his team make some replacement parts on site, but they special order others from companies having more sophisticated 3D equipment.
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Will Mobile Wallets Ever Achieve Mass Consumer Adoption?

on Mon, Feb 22, 2016 @ 11:00 AM By | Brandes Elitch | 0 Comments | Technology Brandes Elitch
How do you get consumers to change their habits, preferences or even tastes? Well, if you have ever tried dieting, then you know how difficult it is to change a habit. Here in “wine country” where CrossCheck is located (Sonoma County, Calif.) we have seen some subtle changes in consumer preferences for our preferred beverage: wine.
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Auto Dealers: Improve Your Tech to Increase New Car Sales

on Sat, Jan 30, 2016 @ 07:00 AM By | Joe Gargiulo | 0 Comments | Technology Auto Dealerships Increase Sales
A J.D. Power U.S. Tech Choice Study shows that consumers are placing greater emphasis on the inclusion of onboard technologies when they shop for new cars. According to the study, “there has been an 11% increase in the proportion of consumers who say the lack of the latest technology features is one of the most important reasons why they avoided a specific model or brand.” The study focused on “technologies consumers would choose to purchase for the vehicles at a given price point” and recommends that automakers, suppliers and technology companies “identify which design quality and technological advances consumers most prefer.” The study surveyed consumer preferences in the areas of entertainment and connectivity, comfort and convenience, collision protection, driving assistance, navigation and energy efficiency.
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Tech Trends are Changing the Funeral Home Industry

on Sun, Aug 23, 2015 @ 07:00 AM By | Andrew Donahey | 0 Comments | Technology Funeral Homes
People today have access to more information about funerals than they have ever had. This is positive for consumers, because the cost of a funeral is up there with other major purchases in life, such as cars and weddings. People are taking more control over plans for what is to happen after they're gone, and they want to ensure family members left behind aren't overburdened with decisions and financial choices.
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Space Exploration Reveals the Future of Auto Repair

on Fri, Aug 14, 2015 @ 10:00 AM By | Tom Lombardo | 0 Comments | Technology Auto Repair
Now that humanity (as financed by the United States) has visited every major planet in the solar system, it turns out that the endeavor teaches us a great deal about the future of the auto repair business.
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Why Tire Repair Shops Can’t Ignore Airless Tires

on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 @ 02:00 PM By | Brandon Weaver | 0 Comments | Technology Auto Repair
We’ve come a long way since the Flintstones drove around in a stone-manufactured, foot mobile contraption. If Fred and Barney were racing around town today, they would undoubtedly be in favor of tire improvements to ensure a smoother, safer ride. That being said, here’s a look at the future of tires. Some are coming down the pipeline, and some that have already arrived. The short list below is not all-inclusive, but highlights those items most likely to impact sales.
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Bitcoin Update: It’s the Blockchain

on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 @ 11:08 AM By | Tom Lombardo | 0 Comments | Technology
Satoshi Nakamoto released Version 0.1 of the application underlying Bitcoin on January 3, 2008. It wasn’t really software at that point in time; it didn’t have a user interface or even a DOS-like command line. To run it, you had to use Visual Studio on a Windows machine. Nevertheless, the functionality was “remarkably complete,” and the first online transaction took place six days later.
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How Healthcare Providers Profit from Smartphones

on Wed, May 20, 2015 @ 11:05 AM By | Tom Lombardo | 0 Comments | Technology Medical
Too many apps on your smartphone? There’s an app for that. And why not? There seems to be an app for everything these days, but according to PC Magazine, right now only seven of the top 100 have anything to do with health.
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Automotive Dealerships to be Overrun with Robots

on Fri, Mar 06, 2015 @ 07:00 AM By | Tom Lombardo | 0 Comments | Technology Auto Dealerships
With more old cars on the road than ever before and with new ones sporting elaborate powertrains run by onboard computers, it makes sense that many dealerships rely upon their service department to drive profits.
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Aerial Drones Descending Upon a Construction Worksite Near You

on Wed, Feb 04, 2015 @ 07:00 AM By | Tom Lombardo | 0 Comments | Technology Construction
First burning question: At what point does a recreational drone flying underneath FAA regulations morph into a commercial drone fully exposed to the FAA’s wrath? Answer: The moment you use it to examine a construction site or any other property: “You may not fly a [drone] for commercial purposes by claiming that you’re operating according to the Model Aircraft guidelines.” Second burning question:  Since that makes no sense, to whom can you appeal for an exemption? Answer: The FAA, here, but don’t get your hopes up. Despite intense interest, the FAA has exempted only twelve operators so far.
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