Happy 100th Birthday To The Consumer Technology Industry! Part 4: The Birth Of A Business

This week we’re celebrating the 100th birthday of the consumer technology industry with the story behind how our business came to be and of those responsible for creating it. You can read Part 1 here, Part 2 here, and Part 3 here.

Harry Phillips Davis

Dr. H.P. Davis was unusually excited when he bounced into his office in the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company’s sprawling 92-acre complex in East Pittsburgh bright and early on Thursday morning, September 30, 1920. In the bookish VP’s coat pocket was a clipping of the Horne’s Department Store radio set ad from the previous evening’s newspaper.

Davis bade his secretary a chipper “Good morning!” then, without missing a beat, told her to “ask Frank to come in.” She knew her boss was referring to Frank Conrad, Westinghouse’s sudden resident radio star.

When Conrad arrived, Davis pulled the Horne newspaper clipping out of his pocket, and

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No, Barr was not part of a secret plot against President Trump.

Not long after Attorney General William P. Barr said on Tuesday that the Justice Department had found no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the election last month, the pro-Trump media world began circulating a falsehood about him. In this telling, Mr. Barr had been part of a plot by a secret cabal of elites against President Trump all along.

The most prominent right-wing personality who spread the baseless narrative was the Fox Business host Lou Dobbs. In his nightly show monologue on Tuesday, Mr. Dobbs said that Mr. Barr must be “either a liar or a fool or both” and suggested that he was “perhaps compromised.” Mr. Dobbs added that Mr. Barr “appeared to join in with the radical Dems and the deep state and the resistance.”

Mr. Dobbs’s unfounded accusation inspired dozens of Facebook posts and more than 14,000 likes and shares on the social network, as well

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Happy 100th Birthday To The Consumer Technology Industry! Part 1

Westinghouse RA-DA

Our consumer electronics industry is now 100 years old. We were born on November 30, 1920, in a factory building in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, when the first Westinghouse RA-DA radio rolled off the assembly line at the sprawling 92-acre Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing works. We know the exact date and place because affixed to each of the plain wooden boxes of the two-piece radio – the RA was the tuner/receiver, the DA the detector/amplifier – was a small metal plate that identified its manufacturing particulars. It was this unprepossessing product, backed by Westinghouse’s corporate business commitment toward the creation of a consumer radio business, from which grew the mass communications age and our industry.

Westinghouse RA-DA ID plate

In this age of instant media access to the world on demand, it may be hard to understand the impact of radio a short century ago. Through this small wooden

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Get a cheap Lenovo Legion gaming laptop deal at Amazon as part of Cyber Monday

While the Cyber Monday gaming laptops deals are strong this year, there’s always a chance that one might get lost in the ether. The Cyber Monday gaming deals are enormous and widespread after all. And these here cheap laptop deals of a Lenovo Legion with a 2060 graphics card for just £899.99 – or a smaller cousin of a Legion with a GTX 1650 graphics for the bargain price of just £689.99 – have the earmarks of a quality offering: a trusted name, considered component selection, genuine competency in performance, and a tasty price tag. 



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Get a cheap Lenovo Legion gaming laptop deal at Amazon as part of Cyber Monday

The attention-grabber of the two deals is certainly the laptop that features a ray tracing card. This Legion 5i laptop will offer a great entry point into ray tracing PC gaming with it’s RTX 2060 graphics

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Sadara conducts its first-ever technical event as part of its Technical Enrichment Programme | United Arab Emirates | Petrochemicals

Sadara executive management, engineers and other professionals gathered earlier this month for their first Technical Day event – a platform connecting Sadara’s professionals to exchange expertise, innovative ideas and success stories. The event was conducted as a major part of the new Sadara Technical Enrichment Programme (STEP), and due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was a virtual one, made possible by the very latest digital technologies.

The Sadara Technical Enrichment Programme (STEP) is a new initiative launched in early 2020 to provide an opportunity to share technical knowledge, innovation and expertise among the company’s professionals. STEP aims to boost the sharing of technical knowledge in different fields and thereby support Sadara’s journey toward being a world-class, leading organisation.

The 2-day live event featured keynote speeches from Sadara senior management and external guest speakers, technical paper presentations from Sadara employees, presentations from external guest speakers and interactive virtual training sessions. The

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The future of digital advertising in the post-digital platforms inquiry world (Part 1)

Who could imagine weathering this COVID-19 pandemic without the innovations and connectivity brought by digital platforms. The benefits of digital platforms to society have been immense and have also enabled efficient and effective advertising, and facilitated connections with consumers.

However, with this innovation came the ‘dark side’ of this technology where consumer interests have become obfuscated. Following several high profile data breaches, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) launched its Digital Platforms Inquiry in July 2019. The consequences of this inquiry and the changes to the regulatory landscape will, in our view, be almost be like a COVID-19 for digital.

Part one of this review provides an overview of the Digital Platforms Inquiry (DPI) and follow-ons, highlights the focus on the protection of consumers and their privacy/personal data. Part two will touch on current regulator court actions relating to consumer privacy and data, and what the future may hold.

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Pittsburgh Panthers, Virginia Tech Hokies to wear masks on field as part of mandate

Pitt and Virginia Tech will be outfitted with face coverings on the field as well as on the sideline Saturday, in accordance with Pennsylvania’s new coronavirus safety guidelines.

In a statement issued Friday, Pitt said, “In alignment with the recent guidance from state officials regarding the current health climate, Pitt’s football team will be appropriately outfitted for Saturday’s game with face coverings to use on the field and sideline. This is being communicated to Virginia Tech’s sports medicine staff as well.”

A Virginia Tech official confirmed that the school’s medical team has been made aware of the appropriate guidelines.

The Pennsylvania secretary of health issued the new order earlier this week. It states: “Coaches, athletes, and spectators must wear face coverings while

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Pittsburgh Panthers, Virginia Tech Hokies to wear masks during gameplay as part of mandate

Pitt and Virginia Tech will wear face coverings both on the field and sideline Saturday, in accordance with new Pennsylvania state coronavirus safety guidelines.

In a statement issued Friday, Pitt said, “In alignment with the recent guidance from state officials regarding the current health climate, Pitt’s football team will be appropriately outfitted for Saturday’s game with face coverings to use on the field and sideline. This is being communicated to Virginia Tech’s sports medicine staff as well.”

A Virginia Tech official confirmed the school’s medical team has been made aware of the appropriate guidelines.

The Pennsylvania secretary of health issued the new order earlier this week, which states, “Coaches, athletes, and spectators must wear face coverings while actively engaged in workouts and

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Council Post: Race In Tech, Part One: Inside The Numbers

Speaker, InterVision’s Strategic IT Advisor, and author of “Amplify Your Job Search: Strategies for Finding Your Dream Job.”

There is a great analogy used to describe the logical and emotional sides of our brains. New York University psychologist Jonathan Haidt compares our brain to an elephant and a rider. The rider is logic. The elephant is emotion. To affect change, you have to appeal to the rider and the elephant. For change to occur, both must want to go down the path. We in tech love our data. We love our logic. However, 2020 has had many of us looking at a cold hard truth when it comes to racial diversity in tech: Despite years of reporting on diversity and inclusion efforts, we have made little progress.

According to the 2014 Diversity in High Tech Report from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the percentage of Black employees

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Young adults across the United States took part in loneliness study — ScienceDaily

A new national survey, looking at how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted young US adults’ loneliness, reveals “significant depressive symptoms” in 80% of participants.

Over 1,000 Americans aged 18-35 took part in the online anonymous questionnaire, which also asked the subjects to report on their anxiety and substance use.

The analysed findings, published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, show that “alarming” levels of loneliness are associated with significant mental health issues, asapproximately 61% of respondents reporting moderate (45%) to severe (17%) anxiety.

Meanwhile, 30% of interviewees disclosed harmful levels of drinking. And, although only 22% of the respondents reported using drugs, 38% of these reported severe drug use.

Therefore, a response with mental health care provision is “imperative,” lead author Professor Viviana Horigian, from the University of Miami, states.

“The convergence of the COVID-19 pandemic and the loneliness and addiction epidemics in the US is here to

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