No. 238: Boat sharing, tire chains, new chips and DIY psycho analysis

It’s Wednesday out there: Canastota’s Harold D. Weed received a patent on this day in 1904 for his “Grip-Tread for Pneumatic Tires,” aka the tire chain.

Welcome new readers Brian, Anne, the two Stephanies and whoever that is at the PGA. Happy to have you all aboard.

Opposite ends of the same birthday: Nelson DeMille (74) and Rick Springfield (68).

Quote o’ the week: “Enjoyed watching #Eclipse2017. A great reminder that all darkness is temporary.” – Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

Also: “Mama always told me not to look into the eyes of the sun. But mama, that’s where the fun is.” – Bruce Springsteen

The male ego? Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University have launched an $8 million research hub to explore “the least understood and strongest force behind visible matter.”

Men may use the Starbucks on Main Street: Northwell has opened a baby café for breastfeeding women and expecting moms at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore.

The eyes have it: The Dix Hills-based Foodfave app lets you browse thousands of beauty shots of restaurant dishes to help your brain decide where it wants the rest of you to dine.

Rolling Motion: Innovator of the Year winner John Pawloski has seen the future of his breakthrough transmission assembly and it includes everything from horse-sized X-ray machines to industrial manure mixers.

Job data: The Long Island unemployment rate skipped up to 4.5 percent in July, the third consecutive month of year-over-year increases, although hardly cause for concern.

The number of employed LIers rose by 11,700 over the past year, to 1.45 million. There were also 2,900 more unemployed residents, for a total of 67,800, due to an increase in the number of those seeking work.

Unfoggy idea: The Nassau Hub needs significantly more housing and nextgen commercial development if it is to be the economy-building innovation zone we’re all hoping for, Kominicki opines.

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Generation 8: Intel is revealing its new-generation chips, which have a 40 percent speed increase vs. the existing crop. If you just bought a notebook PC, congrats on it becoming old news.

But no dunking: Google officially announced the name of the next version of its mobile operating system: Android Oreo. Owners of a few Google-branded phones like the Pixel will get the software soon, while new or upgraded devices from partners including Samsung, HTC, and Sony should hit by year-end. Top features include a new security scanner, picture-in-picture mode, and, of course, new emojis.

And: Rumors abound on the hardware front that Google will launch two new phones, a smaller version of its Home digital assistant and a new Chromebook laptop this fall.

Don’t need the money: The biggest streaming music service on the planet wants to go public and list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange without going through the big Wall Street firms. Spotify is discussing with regulators a plan to list directly, forgoing raising more money by selling new shares via investment banks, Bloomberg reports.

The young, the smart and the restless: The finalists in the Young Innovator category of the 2017 Xconomy Awards show that it’s never too early in life to start a company or invent a new technology. The four individuals – 30 years of age or under – share a strong drive, even a restlessness, to build new things that make a difference. Brief introductions to the Young Innovator finalists, here.


Miami-based Boatsetter offers a unique boat sharing marketplace that makes pleasure craft accessible to consumers regardless of their boating experience and unlocks the 95 percent idle capacity of privately owned vessels. The startup raised $4.75 million in a Series A funded by VentureCity and Nordic Eye Venture Capital.

Houston-based Alzeca, which is developing an imaging agent to help doctors detect Alzheimer’s disease at its earliest stages, raised $11 million in a Series A round of funding.

San Francisco-based Databricks, a platform that accelerates innovation by unifying data science, engineering, and business, raised $140 million in a Series D funded by Ali Ghodsi, Ion Stoica, Reynold Xin, Andy Konwinski, Matei Zaharia, Patrick Wendell, Scott Shenker.

Sumdog, a free online site headquartered in Edinburgh, Scottland, makes learning fun for K-12 students while allowing teachers and parents to track progress and create activities, received funding through Scottish Investment Bank and Nesta Impact Investments.

San Francisco-based Stride Health, a healthcare insurance-based platform that helps its users minimize their taxes and follow effective health plans, has raised $23.5 million in a Series B round led by Portag3 Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Venrock and F-Prime Capital Partners.


Live long, prosper, yada yada: Leonard Nimoy son’s Adam is engaged to Terry Farrell, who played Jadzia Dax in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. It is the second trip to the final frontier for both of them.

We’ll take a baker’s dozen: Finally, chef pants designed for women.

Or you could just talk to your bartender: A meta-analyses of 15 studies, published in this month’s volume of Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, found no significant difference in the treatment outcomes for patients who saw a therapist and those who followed a self-help book or online program.

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading.