The federal government is giving a $13.5 million boost to Georgia Tech's manufacturing extension program. The program supports small and mid-sized manufacturing companies in process and quality improvement, energy management, sustainability, and business growth. State funds and contracts will match the federal funding for the five year agreement. READ MORE
Also at Georgia Tech, Emerson's Helix Innovation Center opened up at Tech Square. Along with the other Helix Centers like the one in Dayton Ohio, Aachen, Germany and Pune, India, this will focus on climate solutions. The Georgia Tech Helix will also be the hub for Emerson’s big data and Internet of Things development. READ MORE
Georgia Southern University now has a new place to incubate. GSU's business innovation group just opened up a new innovation incubator and fabrication laboratory in downtown Statesborogh. The lab gives members access to co-working space, business consulting, university resources, training classes as well as a prototype manufacturing facility. READ MORE
Finally, Atlanta is still getting hammered when it comes to robo calls. Youmail’s latest robo call index shows that 404 was the most robo called area code for the ninth straight month. In August, The 404 got 49,362,000 calls in August alone. That's up 13% from July. READ MORE
Instagram rolls out a new tool to monitor offensive comments. It allows users to control what people post on their pictures. They can list words they consider offensive, and then comments that contain those words will be hidden.
The feature comes a month after Justin Bieber quit Instagram due to backlash over a picture he posted with his new girlfriend. READ MORE
You'll soon be able to pack more content into your tweets. The Verge reports the new changes should be activated next Monday. Media attachments, such as pictures, videos and polls will no longer count against the 140 character limit. User names at the start of a message also won't count. Twitter announced in May it would soon ease the character-limit rules, but never specified a launch date. READ MORE
Facebook messenger is rolling out bot-assisted payments. The messenger app will allow bots to process payments for products within the app, which means users won't be taken to external websites. It's part of a broad push by Facebook to keep its more than one billion users inside its family of apps... And allowing companies to engage with consumers without asking them to download new apps to their already crowded smart phones. READ MORE
You might soon be able to buy into the cheap seats at Pandora and Amazon. The New York Times says the companies are poised to offer music streaming services that can cost as little as five dollars a month, that's half of the industry standard of $10 a month. READ MORE
Samsung is now warning consumers to stop using the Galaxy Note 7 phones immediately. Samsung's warning comes as more reports of the phones catching fire have emerged after the company halted sales of the devices last month and urged customers to return them for another device. It also follows a warning from the FAA urging users to turn the phone off and not use or charge it during flights... And a warning from the consumer product safety commission that owners should turn the device off and leave it off. READ MORE
Finally, a three-wheeled electric vehicle could be on a road near you later this year in the US and Canada. Electra Meccanica of British Columbia officially unveiled its one-seat SOLO this week. It could go on sale as early as November pending approval by regulators. An Electra Meccanica spokesman hundreds have already put down a deposit to get it. The Solo expected to sell for around $15,000 US. The company hopes to eventually sell the vehicle globally.