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September 30th, 2014 at 10:57 am

Ello – a wakeup call for social media marketing



Ello, a new upstart social network burst into the spotlight last week. It has grown from just 90 members in August to a reported 30,000 new users per hour,  To understand the social network let’s start with its manifesto:



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September 30th, 2014 at 10:47 am

New fuel cell system will heat and power homes using natural gas

The fuel cell for home

The fuel cell system is based on the solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology.

Those interested in off-the-grid heating and power sources for the home might soon be getting a new option. The Germany-based Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems (IKTS) has joined forces with the heater manufacturer Vaillant and together they have come up with a domestic fuel cell system, which uses natural gas to produce both heat and electricity.


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September 30th, 2014 at 10:30 am

iPhone manufacturer Foxconn invests $811M in building electric cars in China


Foxconn wants to make an electric car priced less than $15,000.

Foxconn, Apple’s manufacturing partner, is notorious for its empire of iPhone-assembling employees and robots, but the electronics manufacturer is looking to shift gears, by building a dirt cheap electric car and it’s already investing $811 million to speed up the process.



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September 30th, 2014 at 10:17 am

Panther Vision Powercap – a solar-powered flashlight you wear on your head

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Panther Vision Powercap

When you go out into the darkness then you’d better be prepared with a good durable flashlight to light up your path. However,  packing an extra flashlight may sometimes make your gear a bit heavy which can slow you down.


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September 30th, 2014 at 10:00 am

Accept Uber-style disruption or face unemployment: Eric Schmidt to the European Union


Google Chairman Eric Schmidt

Eric Schmidt, Google’s Chairman, wants to play nice with the European Union, but he isn’t about to give in to calls for regulation. “Europe needs to accept and embrace disruption. The old ways of doing things need to face competition that forces them to innovate,” he wrote in an op-ed for Digital Minds for a New Europe, the European Commission’s new tech series. “Uber, for example, is shaking up the taxi market — for the good. It offers riders convenience and cheaper fares. Understandably, the incumbent taxi industry is unhappy.”



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September 29th, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Japanese company Obayashi plans to have a space elevator up and running by 2050

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Space elevator

The Japanese construction giant Obayashi has announced they will have a space elevator up and running by the year 2050. If successful it would revolutionize space travel and potentially transform the global economy. (Video)



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September 29th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

We are headed into an era of unlimited and free clean energy

clean energy

Inexpensive renewable sources will provide more energy than the world needs in less than 20 years.

Leading consultants were skeptical about cellular phones in the 1980′s. McKinsey & Co. noted that the handsets were heavy, batteries didn’t last long, coverage was patchy, and the cost per minute was exorbitant. It predicted that in 20 years the total market size would be about 900,000 units and advised AT&T to pull out.



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September 29th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

The future is coming to space


MIT BioSuit

Science fiction writers must feel like the future is getting too close with all the news about a 3D printer winging its way to the International Space Station (ISS), skintight spacesuits, and plans for construction of a space elevator.



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September 29th, 2014 at 11:43 am

Progress in technology is driven by our growing addiction to ‘cognitive ecstasy’


“Cognitive ecstasy” is one reason humans persevere in science, art, and invention.

Humans are curious because discovery is pleasurable. In Jason Silva’s latest video. he says humans don’t care about spectacle—what we care about is ecstatic understanding: “In other words, cognitive ecstasy defined as an exhilarating neurostorm of intense intellectual pleasure.” (Video)

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September 29th, 2014 at 11:24 am

There’s a shortage of software developers – tell your kids to become coders


Companies can’t find enough coders.

Alibaba has gone public in a $25 billion deal. Now an avalanche of IPOs may follow. It is rumored that dozens of disruptive mobile, cloud, network systems and biotech companies are ready to tap public markets. Even before Alibaba, about 190 companies had raised $40 billion in 2014, a 40% increase from last year, according to a recent report from Renaissance Capital. Investors who remember the dot-com days of 1999 may cringe at the thought of a deluge of IPOs. But it may be a sign of vigor.



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