Article: Spotlight on St. Louis’ growing Geospatial sector

Geospatial, Open Data

Spotlight on St. Louis’ growing Geospatial sector

Cities all over the Midwest and the country are going through changes, finding their unique identities amid an ever-changing, tech-focused economy. St. Louis is no exception to this trend and has created an environment ripe for innovation. The economy in this growing Missouri city is booming for businesses, entrepreneurs, tech workers, millennials, and more.

One sector that is seeing unprecedented growth and significant investment from the public and private sectors is geospatial technology. St. Louis is predicted to become a leader in geospatial technology, but this rise did not happen overnight.

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Article: Open-Source Power Delivery Software Enables Code Integration for USB System Differentiation

Hardware, Materials, Open Manufacturing

Open-Source Power Delivery Software Enables Code Integration for USB System Differentiation

USB Type-C with Power Delivery (PD) and open-source software are two technologies leading the next wave of wired connectivity. With Microchip Technology Inc.’s (Nasdaq: MCHP) new Power Delivery Software Framework (PSF), designers can now modify and own the IP in their USB-C PD systems.

By merging their proprietary code with Microchip’s fully functionable PD stack, designers have the ultimate flexibility for creating differentiated product offerings while choosing from a wide variety of Microchip SmartHubs, microcontrollers (MCUs) and standalone PD solutions for their USB systems.

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Article: Microsoft Launches Decentralized Identity Platform ION On Bitcoin’s Blockchain

Money, Open Governance, Open Source

Microsoft Launches Decentralized Identity Platform ION On Bitcoin’s Blockchain

“We have deployed an ION node to our production infrastructure and are working together with other companies and organizations to do so as well,” said Daniel Buchner of Microsoft’s Decentralized Identity team.

The project is also completely open-source, meaning it has been designed for any individual user to run their own node. “In fact, the more nodes in operation, the stronger the network becomes,” noted Buchner.

Article: Decentralized Travel Distribution Platform Eliminates Middlemen to Make Your Trips Cheaper

Money, Open Governance

Decentralized Travel Distribution Platform Eliminates Middlemen to Make Your Trips Cheaper

Outbound trips worldwide had grown by 3.9 percent in the first eight months of 2017, according to the ITB World Travel Trends Report. With low-cost airlines, more people, especially in Asia, are taking trips and enjoying travel. However, not all is well with the travel industry.

The travel landscape is dominated by a clutch of companies, which has led to a sort of cartelisation that is serving no benefit either to the travel industry itself or the people it should be serving.

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