Patrick Swanson / November 28,2022

The Mind Behind California’s New Digital License Plates


Edward Henderson and Antonio Ray Harvey | California Black Media

Starting Jan. 1, 2023, California joins Georgia, Colorado, Michigan, and Arizona as states that have approved digital license plates for use statewide, after completing a four-year pilot program that evaluated a replacement for metal plates.

Reviver, a tech company founded by Black entrepreneur Neville Boston, is the creator of the world’s first digital license plate. About 10,000 California drivers bought digital plates during the pilot program.

Based Granite Bay, 24 miles east of Sacramento, Reviver expects the number of digital plate users to increase exponentially as all 40 million vehicles registered with the state are now eligible to adopt the new high-tech tags.

Thanks to Assembly Bill (AB) 984 signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom in September, trips to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) – which many Californians would like to avoid because of the long lines and waits they expect — might become a thing of the past.

Assemblymember Lori Wilson (D-Suisun City), Chair of the California Black Legislative Caucus for the 2023-24 legislative session, sponsored the legislation.

“I am honored and humbled to see AB 984 signed into law,” said Wilson. “AB 984 strikes a necessary balance

between innovation and privacy while digitizing the only thing on our cars today that remain antiquated, license plates.”

The new digital plates will appear as wireless tablets about the same size as traditional plates on the front and back of vehicles. The digital plate will include a processing unit, wireless connectivity, and storage media all built into an electronic display.

Patrick Swanson / November 27,2022

Senior AWS Cloud Architect


AWS Cloud Architect/Engineer ($175-$195 + stock options)Senior AWS Cloud ArchitectLooking for a Senior Cloud Architect and evangelist to join our rapidly evolving Cloud Platforms team. In this unique leadership role, you will engineer the core and foundational cloud services across multiple clouds with reuse and manageability in mind. Help build reusable architectural patterns for developers to build and migrate applications to cloud. This individual will provide technical leadership in architecting, implementing, and operationalizing the firm’s hybrid cloud hosting zones. The focus will be on security, full-stack automation, monitoring, and developer experience. You will be developer advocate for Cloud capabilities to influence and work across diverse teams to design and implement easy to use hybrid cloud environments.

Patrick Swanson / November 27,2022

Computer Systems Engineer


Sr. DevOps Engineer ($165,000 – $190,000 + Stock options)HelioHire is currently seeking an experienced Senior DevOps Engineer for our Amazon Web Services (AWS) Infrastructure team.We are open to this role being located anywhere in the USA.Who you are:• You are driven to automate all the things, building infrastructure, testing and pushing code• You embrace change and innovation, always seeking to push the boundaries• Likes to jump in and help where needed• Wants to continue learningWhat you will do:• Automation in Amazon Web Services (AWS) as we build and scale our digital products.• Lead the definition of system architecture and detailed solution designs that are scalable and extensible.• Collaborate with Product Owners, Application and Infrastructure Engineers and Architects from various teams on different permutations to find the best solution possible.• Experiment with new technologies and techniques.• Deliver amazing solutions that knock everyone’s socks off.What we are looking for:• Know that technology is not only about technology. Solutions are created by the congruence of people, processes, and tools.• A love for learning. Technology is continually evolving around us, and you want to keep up to date to ensure we are using the right tech at the right time.• A love for working in ambiguity—and making sense of it. You can take in a lot of disparate information and find common themes, recommend clear paths forward and iterate along the way. You do not form an opinion and sell it as if it is gospel; this is all about being flexible, agile, dependable, and responsive in the face of many moving parts.• Confidence, not ego.

Patrick Swanson / November 19,2022

UNC suffers crushing loss to Georgia Tech


CHAPEL HILL — For the second time in as many seasons, UNC entered a game with everything in front of them — rankings, awards, postseason positioning. And for the second straight time, it came crashing down.

The Tar Heels came into Saturday’s home game against Georgia Tech at No. 13 in the College Football Playoff rankings. Already ACC Coastal Division champions, UNC was set to play Clemson in two weeks with a chance to record a high-profile victory and move up. A berth in the four-team playoff was a long shot, but there were scenarios where it could happen.

Carolina was led by record-setting quarterback Drake Maye, who had emerged as a late-season Heisman Trophy candidate. Again, with an impressive showing in his last two regular season games, and a big night on the national stage against Clemson, Maye could have found himself in New York as one of the finalists for football’s biggest individual honor.

Instead, the Heels were outplayed and upset by the Yellow Jackets, who entered the game 3-6, losers of three of their last four and on their second coach of the year. The 21-17 loss was crushing to UNC’s late season hopes.

It was eerily reminiscent of last season’s opener. The ranking was higher — a national top 10 — and the Heisman hopeful was different — then junior quarterback Sam Howell, who Maye replaced after Howell left for the NFL. It was a different venue, warmer weather and another Tech, but the result was the same, a season-torpedoing upset loss — 17-10 at the hands of the Virginia Tech Hokies.

Patrick Swanson / November 16,2022

EMT Driving Ambulance Killed in Head-on Crash in GA



An emergency medical technician responding to a call died after being struck head-on by a car Thursday morning in Forsyth County, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

Shortly before 7 a.m., the Central EMS ambulance was traveling east on Ga. 20 in the center lane, according to investigators. The ambulance, which had its emergency equipment including lights and siren activated, was in the turn lane to avoid other vehicles, the GSP said.

A tractor-trailer pulling a tanker trailer yielded to the ambulance and came to a complete stop. But the driver of a green Ford Mustang had been following the tractor-trailer too closely, and the driver swerved into the turn lane to avoid a crash, the GSP said.

Instead, the Mustang struck the ambulance head-on, investigators said. A black Dodge Ram pickup truck that was behind the Mustang was also hit, according to the GSP.

The driver of the ambulance, Gina Ayres of Cumming, and the Mustang’s driver, 48-year-old Blanco Fermin Rodolfo, also of Cumming, were both taken to Wellstar North Fulton Hospital in critical condition, the GSP said.

Ayres later died from her injuries. She was 57.

“Gina was a beloved member of the Central EMS family, and we are devastated by her loss,” the company said in a statement. “Our hearts and prayers are with Gina’s family and colleagues throughout this difficult time.”

Charges are pending against Rodolfo as the investigation continues, a GSP spokeswoman said.

The ambulance had no patients on board at the time of the crash and a passenger was not injured, investigators said.

The pickup truck driver was also taken to the hospital with minor injuries, the GSP said.

The deadly crash closed the road for about two hours.

Patrick Swanson / November 16,2022

The Future Is Now: Robert Messer Of IPTECHVIEW On How Their Technological Innovation Will Shake Up…

The Future Is Now: Robert Messer Of IPTECHVIEW On How Their Technological Innovation Will Shake Up…
  • The Future Is Now: Robert Messer Of IPTECHVIEW On How Their Technological Innovation Will Shake Up The Tech Scene
  • The Future Is Now: Robert Messer Of IPTECHVIEW On How Their Technological Innovation Will Shake Up The Tech Scene

    An Interview With Fotis Georgiadis

    Do not take yourself too seriously.
    Don’t believe your own press releases, and always listen to people that care.. There is always a nugget of truth in most suggestions.

    As a part of our series about cutting-edge technological breakthroughs, I had the pleasure of interviewing Robert Messer.

    Robert Messer is the President & CEO of Dallas-based IPTECHVIEW, a 6-year-old software as a service business (VSaaS). The company is a spinoff from ABP Technology, a specialty distributor of IP technology he founded 21 years ago. Today IPTECHVIEW develops and operates a global cloud video surveillance platform. The company’s mission is to protect people, places and assets by providing visibility, smart alerts and controls.

    Before these two companies in the USA, he founded and ran several technology companies in Barcelona, Spain. He immigrated to the US in 1993 and became EVP of AJ Weller Corp, Shreveport, Louisiana, a business focused on composite materials and technology improvements in heavy industry. This gave him much insight into the operations, maintenance and security of manufacturing plants and industrial facilities.

Patrick Swanson / November 15,2022

Adam Castleton Of Startle On 5 Ways To Create a Wow! Customer Experience


An Interview With Fotis Georgiadis

People remember the ending too. How an interaction ends is equally memorable and should be designed accordingly. For example, hotel staff greeting a customer by name, or reducing the perceived wait time in retail with an “Occupied Wait”. Together with memorable peaks, these moments are known as the “Peak End Rule”.

As a part of our series about the five things a business should do to create a Wow! customer experience, I had the pleasure of interviewing Adam Castleton.

Adam co-founded Startle in 2012 after identifying an opportunity to haul dated background music technology into the modern, highly connected era. Previously Head of Strategy at digital agency, Rawnet, Adam has extensive technical and operational experience, working with media companies such as Discovery and ITV to deliver exceptional digital experiences for their customers.

Thank you so much for joining us! Our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit better. Can you tell us a bit about your ‘backstory’ and how you got started?

I started my first business at the age of six, charging my family to park on their own driveway! I soon realised that the parking sector wasn’t my passion, so since my first “proper job” in the leisure industry, my career has revolved around my passion for technology and experiences.

I’m anti “tech for tech’s sake”, so you’ll find me as far away from virtual reality as the metaverse will allow me to run! I’ve found that retail, hospitality and leisure environments provide the perfect real-life playground for using technology with intent.

Patrick Swanson / November 12,2022

Electric air taxi company Archer plans $118M Georgia factory


ATLANTA (AP) — A California company seeking to build small electric aircraft says it will invest $118 million to construct a plant near Atlanta, eventually hiring up to 1,000 people.

Archer Aviation, based in Santa Clara, California, said Monday that it would seek to build its aircraft adjoining an airport in Covington, Georgia.

Archer is one of many companies trying to build electric air taxis. Archer’s plan involves a battery-powered vertical takeoff and landing craft with six propellers, holding four passengers and a pilot. The propellers would pivot allowing the aircraft to take off and land like a helicopter and fly like a plane.

The idea is that such craft could be used for short flights, especially in urban areas. United Airlines last week said it would fly the craft from downtown Manhattan to United’s hub at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, cutting a trip that can take an hour by car in congested traffic to 10 minutes.

United earlier put down a $10 million deposit to buy 100 aircraft from Archer for $1 billion. United later put down a $15 million deposit for 200 aircraft from another company.

After building a prototype weighing 3,330 pounds (1,510 kilograms), the company plans to unveil a production model dubbed “Midnight” on Wednesday, aiming for it to enter service in 2025. The U.S. Air Force is also evaluating the company’s aircraft for possible use, Archer has said.

Patrick Swanson / November 11,2022

Georgia Tech Falls to Miami, 35-14 – Football — Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets – Georgia Tech


THE FLATS – For the first time all season, Georgia Tech football lost the turnover battle, and its four interceptions proved too costly to overcome in a 35-14 loss to Miami (Fla.) on Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
Georgia Tech’s first two interceptions stalled promising drives and the second two led directly to Miami touchdowns, which saw the Yellow Jackets’ deficit swell from 14-7 nearly halfway through the fourth quarter to 35-7 with 2:36 to go in the ballgame.
After a slow start in which Miami jumped out to an early 216-82 yardage advantage and a 14-0 lead, Tech’s offense came alive on a 15-play, 99-yard touchdown drive late in the second quarter. The scoring drive was capped by a 9-yard touchdown pass from Zach Pyron to Nate McCollum that cut the Yellow Jackets’ deficit to 14-7 at halftime.
The Jackets seemed poised to pull even late in the third quarter, but Pyron was picked off in Miami territory for the second time in the game to end the scoring threat. Making matters worse, Pyron, who was making his second-career start in place of injured starter Jeff Sims, was injured on the play and forced to leave the game.
With Sims available only in an emergency situation, Zach Gibson took over in the fourth quarter. He was intercepted twice and the Jackets turned the ball over on downs in his first three series and Miami scored on each of its three ensuing possessions, including a 99-yard interception return, turning what was a one-score game with under eight minutes to go into the commanding 35-7 Miami lead.

Patrick Swanson / November 07,2022

Election Machines Fail as 2022 Midterm Results Face Being Questioned


This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

After the 2020 election experience for America, with unmonitored ballot boxes stuffed in the middle of the night, rules changed mid-election, and two outside influences that likely affected the winner, one might have expected a 2022 election day sparkling clean.

One would have been wrong, as election machine glitches, paper supplies that ran out, lines that ran outdoors, and more failures appeared from border to border.

For example, one report noted that in Bear Creek, Pennsylvania, voting machines died and there was no paper available for voting.

Vox reported there were complaints about malfunctioning voting machines in Georgia, New York, and Michigan that caused “long lines and, in some cases, voters to leave without casting a ballot.”

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It cited reports that 41 states are using systems that are at least a decade old and many states are using machines so old they’re not even made anymore.

The Washington Examiner noted the problems were not all with machines, as a Johns Creek, Georgia, poll worker was fired for posting threats to the election on social media.

It was the Gateway Pundit that cited several problems.

“If Democrats can’t cheat, they can’t win,” the listing explained. “Michigan Secretary of State candidate Kristina Karamo promises to bring election integrity back to the state of Michigan. … No more late-night ballot drops, no more manufactured votes, no more computer ‘glitches’ or thugs at the election centers.”


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