August 9th, 2013
Today marks the end of Talener-CHI’s first week and it has been tremendous. We have all been relentlessly making our mark on this sweet city from our brand-spanking-new office in the North Loop. It has been a very productive week, having brought in nearly 30 candidates and a handful of leads to start flipping, and we are just getting started. With a crew like this we will be running circles around the Windy City’s tech scene in no time. We are all eager to see what week 2 has in store and we will be sure to keep everyone posted.
Posted in Company News, Talener Blog, Talener Culture
July 31st, 2013
By: Kaitlin Pondolfino
In comparison to Microsoft’s (now outdated) WebTV, is the new and improved Google Chromecast. Created for a similar purpose, both of these are meant to turn your TV into a usable computer in order to stream shows, movies, and videos. WebTV had its downfalls – the screen sat far away, the resolution wasn’t as clear as anticipated, and no one wants to add a keyboard or pointing device to their already existing pile or remote controls. Well, that was then and this is now.
Last Wednesday, at a Google Press Conference in San Francisco, Google announced Chromecast – a tiny computer running a stripped-down version of Google Chrome. In addition to streaming music and showing photos, Chromecast is able to stream Netflix and YouTube videos to your TV from any iPhone, Android device or notebook computer. This eliminates the “lean-forward” experience of hunching over a laptop and allows for the desirable “lean-back” experience of comfortably watching television from your living room.
The device itself looks similar to a USB thumb drive and simply plugs into a TV’s HDMI port. The only other piece of required equipment is a small USB electrical brick which provides power to the Chromecast adapter and plugs into a wall jack. Everything necessary in order for Chromecast to be up and running quickly and efficiently comes neatly packaged together with easy instructions.
While some comparable devices are expensive, complicated, and quickly outdated, Chromecast is only a shocking $35. Between the gadget’s affordable price, positive reviews, and easy set-up, it’s been said that Chromecast is at least worth a try! One consumer said a total of 15 minutes worth of set up resulted in a pleasant and user-friendly experience. Chromecast allows for family and friends to (remotely free) watch movies, TV shows, music, Netflix, YouTube, Google Play, and Chrome together. It works with devices you already own including smartphones, iPads, etc. so you won’t have to learn or purchase anything new. So plug and play with Google’s new Chromecast!
Posted in Current Events
July 24th, 2013
By: Timothy King
Imagine if you could travel from New York to LA in 45 minutes. That seems impossible, right? Well Elon Musk is currently developing a train that he thinks will be able to accomplish this impossible feat. He is calling this the Hyperloop and along with a Colorado based company, ET3, they are designing the prototype as we speak.
The Hyperloop would consist of two tubes and a travel capsule. This capsule could hold up to 900 lbs including cargo and passengers. There would be six seats for passengers per capsule. The train would travel at speeds up to 4,000 mph. Seems crazy but because of the frictionless travel tube it would feel more like one is riding a roller coasting going around 1G.
There are obvious drawbacks to creating a transportation system like this such as cost, government regulation, and environmental issues. If anyone can do this Elon Musk is the guy. He is a millionaire entrepreneur who has been successful in the electric sports car industry, private space travel, and the original creator of PayPal. His company SpaceX was the first private company to send a space shuttle to the International Space Station in May 2012. He has the money and the proven track record of success.
Connections to Talener:
At Talener, I specifically work on the Open Source team. Musk will be using Open Source Enginering to create and design the Hyperloop. If this creation ever comes about it would be beneficial for companies that have offices on each coast, as Talener does. One hour an employee could be in New York the next in LA. I’m sure national companies would be intrigued. August 12th Musk plans on releasing the full prototype and project plans then. Stay Tuned.
Posted in Current Events
July 17th, 2013
By: Joe Barbano
The Google Glass Project (which may be the most anticipated user device since the iPhone) is scheduled to be released to the general public as early as late 2013. It has been showcased at tech conferences, shown in internet videos, and has been discussed extensively on tech blogs for the last couple years leading up to its release. Many feel that the upcoming product is the biggest step in the last decade to bridge the gap between reality and science fiction movies. Others feel that it is a terribly “goofy” looking product that will fail miserably. Whatever its fate, it certainly has the tech community buzzing.
What it is
Google glass is basically a glasses-like computerized device that presents the viewer with an augmented reality field of view, and functions somewhat like a smart phone that you wear on your head. Picture a pair of glasses, without the lenses, and instead has a small display in the upper right corner of the wearer’s eye, and a small microphone sitting right next to the person’s ear. The small chip residing in front of the person’s right eye presents a display in the field of view of the individual wearing the glasses, but cannot be seen by others. The display looks like the presentation of applications of a smartphone that you can see in front of you. A touch-pad on the side of the device allows you to swipe through the several applications the device will offer, such as weather, news, photos, calendar, etc. The product itself has a flexible feel, so that it fits all head sizes, and it is available in several colors. It is also lighter than an average pair of prescription glasses. Currently, it is not compatible with people who wear glasses, but Google plans to rectify that around the time of the product’s release to the general public. Also, Google is currently in talks with Ray Ban to make a sunglasses version of the product.
What it does
Google Glass will have a similar functionality to that of a smart phone. You can interact with Google Glass by swiping the touch pad, or simply by uttering the phrase, “OK, Glass” followed by a command. The commands you can give to glass range from telling it to record a point-of-view video with its 720p miniature camera, to pulling up walking directions, to searching for things on Google. Google glass responds back to you via the microphone sitting right next to the ear, and the sound is inaudible to others. Google Glass will be able to sync with your smartphone, and it has 16 gigabytes worth of storage. Currently, Google is allowing 3rd party developers to make apps for the product through the release of the Mirror API. These expected apps include facial recognition software, Facebook, and many more.
How Can I Get Google Glass?
The release date to the general public has been delayed a few times since 2011. Currently, the product is only available to testers and developers for US$ 1500. However, Google has assured the public that the product will be much less expensive in its general release- closer to the price of a smartphone. The release date is expected to be sometime in late 2013, but many predict it will not be made available until early 2014. More info can be found on the official site: http://www.google.com/glass/start/
Posted in Current Events, Talener Blog
June 28th, 2013
Last night, Talener Group hosted a great evening for Boston’s inspiring lady professionals with delicious food and wine. We had the pleasure to have Susan M. (Chaisson) Schueller as our guest speaker for our Women Inspire Technology meetup. Susan is a software engineer in the Metropolitan Boston area. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Information Technology part-time at her alma mater, UMass Lowell, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. Susan’s diverse career in software engineering includes experience at companies such as Computervision, Wang Laboratories, Digital, Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, Polaroid, iRobot, Raytheon and Draper Laboratory. She has been commended by her managers and peers for her teamwork, expertise, focus and mentorship.
Susan is a member of the Society of Women Engineers (Boston Section), IEEE/Women In Engineering (Boston Affinity Group), and the American Society for Quality (Merrimack Valley Section). Through ASQ, she is a Certified Software Quality Engineer. In SWE, Susan volunteers for outreach activities such as “Wow! That’s Engineering” workshops, Girl Scout badge events, panel discussions, career fairs and mentoring.
In addition to engineering, Susan holds great interest in music performance and outreach. She describes music as “a human expression of applied mathematics and physics in a language universally understood and appreciated”. She plays flute, piccolo, alto flute, bass flute and cello. She is a volunteer musician for various New England community music organizations.
Susan enjoys being involved in community service. She participates in events such as the annual Boston AIDs Walk, the Lymphomathon Walk and the MSPCA-Angell Walk for Animals.
Susan asks that everyone take the time to acknowledge those who made a difference in their lives and to be a positive influence on others.
We had a great turnout last night and loved hearing Susan’s story.
If anyone is interested in speaking at our next meetup, please feel free to reach out to us and don’t forget to spread the word to all of your girlfriends!
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