New research suggests that one of humanity’s most important inventions can be improved. I grew up in a tiny New York City apartment, packed in alongside our four cats and my father’s immense personal library of some 3000 books. My father designed books for a living, and he revered them. His books were everywhere in the apartment, covering every possible surface in the house, the radiators and toilet tanks included.
Google has unveiled a new logo for its core search services. The change smoothes out some of the features in the letters that make up the well-known colourful logo spelling out its name. It said the change was needed because people were now reaching Google on lots of mobile devices rather than just desktop computers. The change comes after Google put its many divisions under an umbrella company called Alphabet.
Almost 30 years ago I witnessed the first round of “disposable technology” where people were getting rid of old computers like they were disposable plates. You have to remember that at the time, there was no clear winner in the home computer wars and the machines were very expensive compared to today. In fact, most people didn’t even have a computer in their home yet. They definitely were not walking
Google is working on a new wearable technology effort known as Project Aura and is hiring consumer electronics experts from Amazon’s secretive Lab126 to jump-start the new group. Project Aura appears to have gotten started in June and is focused on reviving Google’s troubled Glass computer eyeglasses, as well as accelerating Google’s efforts to develop related wearable technology. Project Aura will remain within Google rather than being a standalone company
SDG 9: to “build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation,” is critical because it will determine whether we achieve energy, health and education goals. The focus on resilience and sustainable development is welcome, but innovation and development must change to achieve this. Infrastructure How can we develop infrastructure that is sustainable and resilient, affordable and equitable, which supports the economic development and well-being of those left
Estonians can vote over the internet in their national elections. Brazilians vote using electronic terminals that have Braille on the keypads and that have cut the tabulation time from a month to six hours. Some local British elections have let people vote by text message. It’s the year 2015, after all. So why do Canadian elections still happen the centuries-old way — by marking paper ballots and depositing them in
Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes the confirmed launch dates for the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, details on pre-ordering and retail dates on the new smartphones, the new camera technology in the iPhone 6S, the risky move to include Force Touch, the cancellation of the iPhone 5C, a customized gold iPhone 6S, Tim Cook’s response about Apple and the
Apple has announced plans for a new product event on Sept. 9 in San Francisco, where the giant tech company is expected to show off new iPhones and other gadgets. The company has introduced a new iPhone model every year around this time. But in typical fashion, Apple is only dropping vague clues about its plans. Invitations sent to reporters and analysts on Thursday were headlined, “Hey Siri, give us
YouTube quietly launched its spin-off platform for video gamers on Wednesday evening. YouTube Gaming is a dedicated app and website focusing exclusively on gaming content, with a greater emphasis on live steams. The video sharing giant told the BBC it wanted tackle a “fragmented” experience for the gaming genre. One expert said YouTube was “fighting back” against rivals such as Twitch and Daily Motion. Billions of hours Image captionThe new
Leveraging technology in today’s high-tech world is a must for growing a business and improving the bottom line. Here are four ideas to help you get started. Think long term, think strategic Create a long-term (three- to five-year) plan that provides the framework for information-technology-related decisions, projects and operations. Taking the time to develop a plan will turn the company into a forward thinker, with a proactive and well-thought-out approach