Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Friday, January 03, 2014
Lord Norman Foster, renowned architect and founder of Foster + Partners, has proposed a massive network of elevated pathways for cyclists in London. Dubbed 'SkyCycle,' the cycling routes would follow London's vast suburban rail network for over 220 kilometers (136 miles), allowing cyclists to traverse the UK's capital without encountering cars or pedestrians.
SkyCycle would consist of a number of routes, most of which would connect with other lines at points. Each route would be able to accommodate 12,000 cyclists per hour.
The network as a whole would serve almost six million people, half of whom live and work within 10 minutes of one of its 200 entrances. As the majority of London's rail network was created in the steam era, the tracks follow the path of least resistance, avoiding steep gradients and making them ideal routes for cycling
Sunday, November 17, 2013
The NSA has asked Linus Torvalds to inject covert backdoors into the free and open operating system GNU/Linux.
This was revealed in this week’s hearing on mass surveillance in the European Parliament.
Chalk another one up of the United States NSA trying to make information technology less secure for everyone.
Monday, October 28, 2013
It’s been nearly half a century since Philip Kotler first published his Principles of Marketing, which has defined the practice of millions of professionals worldwide ever since. It’s no stretch to say that before Kotler, there was no true marketing profession.
What made Kotler different than what came before is that he took insights from other fields, such as economics, social science and analytics and applied them to the marketing arena. Although that may seem basic now, it was groundbreaking then.
Today technology is transforming marketing once again. Although up to this point, most of the impact has been tactical, over the next decade or so there will be a major strategic transformation. This, of course, will be a much harder task because we will not only have to change what we do, but how we think.
Friday, October 25, 2013
According to several sources, Pinterest has completed another enormous funding, this time nabbing $225 million with late-stage investor Fidelity Investments in the lead.
The new infusion of cash — which comes on the heels of a very recent and massive funding in February of $200 million that valued the social scrapbooking company at $2.5 billion — pegs the latest valuation of Pinterest at $3.8 billion.
Education and health care jobs are so attractive because unlike manufacturing jobs, which have steadily declined over the last 25 years, they are largely shielded from global competition.
As a society we continue to spend large sums of money, both in the public and private sector, on educating our students and caring for the health of our citizens.
Since good jobs will increasingly require more education and our population is aging, the long-term outlook for these sectors looks positive.
Education and health care also create jobs across income distribution, providing work for home health aides as well as college professors
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
As excitement grows for the upcoming Twitter IPO, the federal government shutdown and pending debt-ceiling issue looms large.
There are some in Silicon Valley who believe that the current innovation cycle, powerfully led by mobile and cloud computing, will overwhelm any public market dislocation caused by Washington D.C. ineptitude.
After all, Twitter and other high fliers, such as the rumored 2014 IPO class — including Dropbox, Palantir, Airbnb and Box — are growing fast, operating in huge markets with big and slow-moving incumbents and beginning to show business models that will generate meaningful profit.
This has been the recipe of success for LinkedIn, Splunk, Workday, ServiceNow and even Facebook, where IPO investors have done extremely well.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Define Clear Goals For Social Media To Generate Leads
If you want to generate leads using social media then don’t simply create a Facebook page just to collect “Likes” or a Twitter account to get tweets.
Define specific goals and define a content creation process that would engage your social audience, focus on joining the conversation prospects and customers were having in your field of work, and reach the influencers in that space.
If your company that sells Servers, focus on conversations that server experts would engage in or want to talk about.
Connect with server experts so that they can share their opinions about your server products
Social ROI. Impressions. Retweets. And the effervescent “like”. Yes, they all still matter.
Social media is a shiny object that still glimmers. But now it’s time to figure out how to truly integrate it into our businesses.
I recently spoke at Social Media Today’s Social Shakeup Conference and had an inspiring discussion with Ray Wang, Chairman of Constellation Research.
He suggested that social media has been a magically exciting detour within an existing digital revolution, and we’re now only getting back to the core of digital. I agree.
Digital has transformed business for years. Automation has made it easier to scale core marketing and sales efforts, helping businesses reach new audiences and increasing sales.
But now, social must become the underlying platform that powers growth and opportunity.
People drive technology, and people drive social, but integrating both to truly humanize your business, introduces a huge challenge
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
The Future Of Education Eliminates The Classroom, Because The World Is Your Class | Co.Exist | ideas + impact
Socialstructed learning is an aggregation of microlearning experiences drawn from a rich ecology of content and driven not by grades but by social and intrinsic rewards.
The microlearning moment may last a few minutes, hours, or days (if you are absorbed in reading something, tinkering with something, or listening to something from which you just can’t walk away).
Socialstructed learning may be the future, but the foundations of this kind of education lie far in the past. Leading philosophers of education--from Socrates to Plutarch, Rousseau to Dewey--talked about many of these ideals centuries ago. Today, we have a host of tools to make their vision reality.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
If you haven’t taken an online course yourself, have you ever wondered what online learning is really like? While the online learning platforms used from school to school may differ slightly, online learning offers more than what most people would think.
The handy infographic at the link takes a look at some of the common myths about online learning, following them up with a more accurate representation, as well as some of the things that online learning offers students, regardless of age or the subject that they’re studying.
Friday, September 06, 2013
Given its status as a leading player in the future of journalism debates — and the penchant many Brits have for puncturing egos — it’s not surprising that the Guardian‘s launch of a coffee shop sparked a roast of a different kind on Twitter Wednesday night, under the hashtag #guardiancoffee.
But while the move may be ripe for skewering, there is a serious motive at the heart of what the Guardian is trying to do, which is to make it easier for journalists to connect with the people formerly known as the audience.
The facts are these: The Guardian (please see disclosure below) has opened a small shop called #GuardianCoffee in the fashionable neighborhood of Shoreditch in London, near the newspaper’s headquarters.
It offers coffee from a local roaster, as well as iPads that are free to use — and Guardian social-media editor Joanna Geary apparently plans to spend at least some of her time in the shop, interacting with readers as well as doing live interviews.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
To celebrate our 13 magnificent years of community sharing, MobileMonday Finland produces its’ first ever Be Inspired Tour, which will bring some of the most influential and inspiring visionaries known to the industry to Finland.
The tour will be themed around the new era of the sense of community and the mobile industry, and how the changes affect both individuals and organisations.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Press release - Speech - Poland first to launch national digital jobs coalition under European umbrella
Far too many people are out of work; including 5 million young people. And those aren't just people missing out on jobs.
They are missing new opportunities, on getting their own place, on starting their own family. In short, they are missing out on life chances.
It helps our economic competitiveness, ensuring our economy continues to create jobs into the future. And it is well suited to the young generation, of digital natives.
Friday, August 09, 2013
Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung, in conjunction with its affiliates, plans to acquire German company Novaled, which makes organic light emitting diode or OLED technology. OLEDs are used in next-gen displays for cell phones and televisions, and the tech is both more energy efficient and also delivers vivid colors and images.
Samsung and its affiliates are paying around $350 million plus a potential $40 million payment based on performance for Novaled. Novaled’s investors include eCAPITAL, TechnoStart, Omnes Capital, TechFund Europe, Innovation Capital, as well as Samsung Ventures, which invested in 2011.
Monday, August 05, 2013
Sunday, August 04, 2013
In February, Jenny Drinkard, an industrial designer and recent Georgia Institute of Technology graduate, proposed an idea to a website called Quirky.com to turn modified milk crates into a home storage system.
Then 1,791 Quirky community members around the world refined the design, suggesting accessories and ranking them in order of preference on the site.
The result: plastic cubes that can be stacked, connected, and customized with drawers, slide-in wooden shelves, cork bulletin boards, wooden feet, and rollers—fit for a college dorm room.
Thursday, August 01, 2013
Definition of Multilingual Service Design and Automation Solution
|Assisting mobile customers (BRIC-languages and EU-languages)|
|Individual application for mobile devices|
|System for Municipalities and Cities|
|Kainuu, Lapponia, Southern Carelia, etc. (Global application of platform)|
|International companies in need for distributed and multilingual service support|
|Language, activity, service, product|
|Ontology is the philosophical study of the nature of being, becoming, existence, or reality, as well as the basic categories of being and their relations.|
existing or being everywhere, especially at the same time; omnipresent:
|Multilingual and interactive|
|Hyper local||Hyper local content: products, services, events|
Some practical arrangements
- Business model
- payment structure
- attracting content producers
- The production process requires multilingual open innovation and collaboration
- open for customer initiatives
- compensation plan for rich content producers (motivation)
- legal considerations
- use of available hyperlocal content
- Microtouch should be available as a service for
- individual users
- gated communities
- regional operations (Kainuu, Lappland…)
- organizations (service support)
- Customers and service users have a central role in the production of rich content
- continuous updating
- news, reports, ideas, critics, requests
- text, video, pictures, audio, travel reports, digital storytelling
- Technical considerations
- Cloud computing
- Mobile apps
- Podcasting (local radio)
- Webcasting (local television)
- Rich content production tools
- Organization of rich content
- Structure of content
- Ease of use
Picture: Helge V. Keitel, KK-Net, Finland (2013)
Monday, July 15, 2013
It was Saturday night, he moved south of Harry Hines almost downtown without luck. There were plenty of collaborators around; he just hadn’t found the right one. His lifelong ambition within his grasp, but there was still some work to be done.
Harry Hines Boulevard is a major street in Dallas, Texas, (USA), to the west of Uptown. It was one of the very first 'highways' in Texas, and named for Harry Hines in honor of his work helping to get roads paved in this part of the state.
Our man was determined, as always, that nothing and no one would stand in his way. His objectives were clear. He would officially submit his proposal before the end of the summer. He would spend the necessary time or whatever it took to win the deal.
Harry Hines served on the Texas Highway Commission from Feb. 15, 1935 to April 11, 1941 and for the first two years as its chair according to the records at the Texas Department of Transportation.
As he stopped at a traffic light and staring up at the Dallas skyline rising above him; shadowy structures outlined in white and blue and green lights visible for forty miles in the night sky.
Harry Hines Boulevard forms the main part of the route taken by the Kennedy motorcade to Parkland Memorial Hospital immediately after the assassination shooting in November, 1963. It is home to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.
He had been in the business for decades now and his female partner had been his aide since she graduated twenty five years ago. She was savvy, articulate, and photogenic asset to his business career. They had been working on multiple projects together for almost thirty years now, long enough to make them a very effective team.
Today, the Harry Hines area is home to a wholesale district filled with minority owned wholesale warehouses. One stretch of it is well known for its raffish street activity of hustlers, drug peddlers and prostitution.
His thoughts turned to the project, as they often did in times like this. There was a job to be done at Highland Park.
Now, some might blame the Texas summer heat, but less than an hour ago, the audience, the tech people, and the lawyers who never had thought that much about the environment, they all stood up and promised to fight for the values he’d proposed.
Picture: Helge V. Keitel, KK-Net, Dallas (1994)
What damage would be done to the campaign if the press got wind of their latest invention? In his opinion, none! Their meeting took place in the main dining room of the Belo Mansion in downtown Dallas.
An Historic Catering
Venue In Downtown Dallas
An elegant, beautifully restored mansion from the late 19th century. A sun-dappled atrium connecting this historic building to an intimate junior ballroom with a private, hedge screened patio.
- An art-filled walkway through a sleek, modern foyer fronted by a grand, circular drive entrance
- An exquisite, contemporary ballroom divisible by four surrounded by floor- to-ceiling windows
A generously proportioned terrace overlooking the heart of the Dallas Arts District
On-site parking, four star service, and sumptuous, restaurant quality catering
These unique qualities can be found in only one special place: The Belo Mansion & Pavilion.
Their PR Consultant and field research people were poring over the latest trends, predictions and focus group studies and staking out the technology’s positions on the productivity issues of the day.
“Why did New Jersey get all the toxic waste dumps and California get all the high-tech companies?” the man asked with a broad smile on his face.
All efforts at diplomacy had ended. His audience had fallen deathly silent; a sea of stone faces stared back at him. He looked around the crowded room, as if stunned. There was confusion. “No problem: we can work it out!”
“We must ask ourselves these questions, my friends, because the public is asking the same questions from us.They’re questioning us, they are pointing their fingers at us, they are blaming us. Well’ I’ve asked myself these questions, and I have answers, for myself, for you, and for the public: Yes, we’re doing good! Yes, we’re fighting for a sustainable environment. Yes, we’re making the world a better place with the help of modern measurement and control technology.”
Their argumentation and presentations had been carefully crafted to appease every identifiable decision making segments in the area, whether based on industry, application, economic benefits, geography, socioeconomic standing or technical orientation.
He adjusted the microphone so his deep sigh was audible, but he also maintained a steady eye contact with the audience. First month on the job and the man was already browsing the prospects like an experienced associate. Could he possibly be sincere?
We’ll learn more about this in the upcoming postings ;)