Email Still Popular Despite New Collaboration Tools
Techies may love chat systems, but most workers still rely on email and phone calls.
In the perfect world, your inbox would be at zero, meetings would be kept to a minimum and phone calls would be limited. While companies like Slack and Microsoft are rolling out collaboration and persistent chat tools to replace old-school technologies, most U.S. workers still use email and phone calls to get things done.
We Still Love Email and Phone Calls (and Meetings)
Despite a bevy of new ways to communicate with colleagues (Slack, FlowDock, Microsoft Teams) most employees still prefer email and phone calls. Your inbox will continue to be over flowed with inane reply-to-alls. [Recode]
Software Bugs Stop Space Station Rendezvous
Not even outer space is immune to software bugs. The SpaceX Dragon capsule’s rendezvous with the International Space Station was waved off because a software error in the capsule’s navigation system. [Computerworld]
11 Lucky Cities Will Get to Test Verizon 5G Service
If you live in Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Bernardsville, N.J., Brockton, Mass., Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Sacramento, Seattle or Washington, D.C., you could be one of the lucky ones to pilot Verizon’s new 5G wireless service. The rest will be stuck with LTE or, gasp, 3G for a while. [Fortune]
Psychics Coming to Starbucks?
Starbucks is testing Artificial Intelligence to help serve customers better and, hopefully, sell more products to said customers. The company wants to roll out the experience across its stores and through digital touchpoints with customers, including smartwatches. If the program is successful, the store will know what customers want when they drive up along with what they might like with it. [GeekWire]
Robots Getting Ready to Outrun Us
That giant headless ostrich running down the street is not cause for alarm: it’s your new package deliveryman. Agility Robotics is working on bi-pedal robots that can work where people do, and the robots won’t get distracted by phone calls, texts and more. [The Verge]