How a bridge collapse inspired this founder to launch a civil infrastructure monitoring startup

Miaoxin Cui (left) and Harsh Rathod of HRG Infrastructure won the $25,000 first-place prize at the University of Washington’s Dempsey Startup Competition on Thursday in Seattle. (GeekWire Photo / Taylor Soper) Startup inspiration can come at unexpected times. That’s what happened to Harsh Rathod, who was doing his Ph.D research work in civil engineering at the University of Victoria when he saw the news on TV. There was a big bridge collapse in India and he panicked — several of his family members lived in the Mumbai area and commuted on the very same bridge. Thankfully, his relatives were safe. But Rathod couldn’t stop thinking about what should have been… Read More

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Microsoft rolls out support for tough federal security standards to all U.S. Azure regions ahead of JEDI contract decision

A look inside a Microsoft data center in Cheyenne, Wyo. (Microsoft Photo) Federal agencies will be able to use any region of Microsoft Azure’s cloud computing footprint in the United States to host applications and use cloud services now that Microsoft has completed a stringent federal certification process, the company announced Thursday. Microsoft Azure now meets the FedRAMP High impact standard in all of its U.S cloud computing regions, not just the special Azure Government regions set up for that purpose a few years ago. That gives many federal agencies a little more flexibility when deciding how and where to host their applications, although agencies working on the most sensitive… Read More

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With Amazon’s HQ2 on the way, a housing boom begins in Northern Virginia, echoing Seattle

A look at the first phase of Amazon’s HQ2 campus in Northern Virginia. (ZGF Architects Rendering) The HQ2 housing rush has begun. With the first of 25,000 new Amazon employees set to arrive in just a few weeks, the housing market in Northern Virginia is heating up rapidly. Axios reports that the housing supply in areas like Alexandria and Arlington that are near the HQ2 site is dwindling faster than the region as a whole and prices are rising rapidly as buyers and sellers scramble to get in position for Amazon’s arrival. Redfin reports that the median home sale price in Arlington rose 17.7 percent annually to $655,000 in April.… Read More

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This tiny flashing kit can break your bad online security habits

The number of cyber attacks is estimated to have risen by 67% over the last five years, with the majority of these data breaches being traced back to human error. The potential risks of such attacks are vast and can have a serious impact on both organizations and individuals. But protecting ourselves against cyber security threats can be extremely complicated. Not only is the technology we use on a daily basis getting more complex, but attackers are constantly finding new ways to bypass security measures. Yet staying up to date with safety measures and new devices is not always practical.… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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Hands on: The touchscreen NAD M10 is the shape of amps to come

Unless you’re obsessed, keeping up to date with audiophile hi-fi equipment is tough. There’s a never ending supply of generically-named companies combining some random letters and numbers, slapping them on a black cuboid, and then selling it for thousands of dollars. It’s rare I see something I think will make an impact outside of the audiophile space, but the NAD M10 integrated amplifier has a chance to break the mould. First off, yes, it’s a generically named company releasing a product whose name is a mix of a random letters and numbers. But the NAD M10 (lol) is different. It wants… This story continues at The Next Web …read more… Read More

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5 bite-size Bitcoin factoids to beef up your cryptocurrency knowledge

Bitcoin celebrated its 10th birthday earlier this year. The cryptocurrency is technological feat and while its inner workings are often difficult to understand, or explain, there are a few interesting facts every enthusiast should know. We’ve rounded up some of the most interesting facts about Bitcoin. 1. Satoshi Nakamoto is very rich The identity of Bitcoin‘s inventor, or inventors, remains a mystery but we do know they are very rich. It’s estimated that Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonym used by Bitcoin‘s creator, has mined and owns around 980,000 BTC, which is equivalent to approximately $6.9 billion at the time of writing. 2.… This story continues at The Next Web …read more… Read More

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