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Pew report finds Millennials are avid readers and library users

September 20th, 2014 at 8:40 am » Comments Off

Forty-three percent of Millennials say that they read a book in some format (print, audiobook, or ebook) every day. In September, the Pew Research Center Internet Project issued a new report on the library habits of Americans under 30. “Younger Americans and Public Libraries” examines the ways Millennials engage with libraries, and how they see […]



LittleBits’ BitLab is an app store for hardware

September 20th, 2014 at 8:40 am » Comments Off

LittleBits has just announced something called the BitLab, a contest merged with a crowd sourced technology system that allows inventors to create new LittleBits blocks, upload them, and have them made and sold by the company. The system also includes a hardware development kit that allows anyone access to LittleBits’ custom magnetic snap-together leads. (Videos) […]



Micro-payments between connected devices could enable a new layer of the economy

September 19th, 2014 at 8:59 am » Comments Off

Many of us now receive payments as well as make payments. Ross Dawson: Last week I gave a keynote on The Future of Banking to a group of the most senior risk leaders in a major bank, sharing some provocative ideas on how the banking landscape may change in the years to come.    



China is years ahead of western mobile gaming

September 19th, 2014 at 8:44 am » Comments Off

Instead of putting fun first, Western developers focused too heavily on analytics. The mobile-gaming gold rush is over, according to Rick Thompson of Signia Venture Partners. But he says the industry can reestablish a stronger, more sustainable model by looking to the East.    



$100B invested in wind or solar will produce more energy than oil

September 18th, 2014 at 10:56 am » Comments Off

By the late 2020s or early 2030s renewables could be competing much more aggressively with the oil market. Kepler Chevreux, a French investment bank, has produced a fascinating analysis that has dramatic implications for the global oil industry. The investment bank estimates that $100 billion invested in either wind energy or solar energy – and […]



Competition is for losers: Peter Thiel

September 17th, 2014 at 11:13 am » Comments Off

Google makes so much money that it is now worth three times more than every U.S. airline combined. This question is harder than it looks – what valuable company is nobody building? That’s because your company could create a lot of value without becoming very valuable itself. Creating value isn’t enough—you also need to capture […]



The sky’s the limit for 3D printing solar panels

September 16th, 2014 at 12:35 pm » Comments Off

Solar cell printers. We’ve come a long way from the solar-powered calculator to waiting to see when innovators are going to give us solar-powered smartphones, where most of our calculators are these days.  While the average energy consumer is busy worrying about such everyday concerns, scientists at the Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium (VICOSC) are wondering how to […]



Top 10 ways connected devices will impact every business

September 16th, 2014 at 12:25 pm » Comments Off

The IoT will affect all types of organizations. The number of mobile-connected devices this year will exceed the world’s population. Most organizations will have to respond in some way to the rise of connected devices in order to survive the next decade. As connected products, connected logistics, and connected phones become ubiquitous, they create value […]



Let algorithms make real-time decisions for your company

September 16th, 2014 at 12:15 pm » Comments Off

Operational analytics  not only predict what the next best action is, but also cause the action to happen without human intervention. In the future, just having predictive models that suggest what might be done won’t be enough to stay ahead of the competition. Instead, smart organizations are driving analytics to an even deeper level within […]



The ‘sharing economy’ – sharing isn’t free and price gouging isn’t mean

September 16th, 2014 at 11:58 am » Comments Off

Uber implements “dynamic pricing,” which some customers see as price gouging. There is plenty of press these days on the pros and cons of the so-called “sharing economy.”  Consider the diverse takes last week from MIT Technology Review, the New York Times, and the Kansas City Star.    



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