J Schwan, CEO of Solstice Mobile, breaks down the four aspects of contextual searching:
Where: geo-fencing. Where you are, makes a difference in what search results are most appropriate.
Relevance: dictates results through explicit preferences that you have set, the results delivered to other users in a similar context and what is going on around you at that particular time (traffic, weather, business hours, etc.).
Push: relatively new but prob one of the most important. Instead of waiting for users to search and reacting to query, data provides and search engines are working to push data to users base don context (e.g. Google Now)
Security and Privacy: works with all of the above to ensure data goes wehre it’s supposed to
The screw was invented in the early 30’s by Henry F. Phillips, a Portland, Oregon businessman. He knew that car makers needed a screw that could be driven with more torque and that would hold tighter than slotted screws. Car makers also needed a screw that would center quickly and easily, and could be used efficiently on an assembly line. [exert from WSJ]
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“The unique thing about the Coca-Cola distribution system isn’t the bit from the bottler to the wholesaler, but from the wholesalers onwards. That’s where all these independent microenterprises— guys on bicycles, women putting crates on buses, and so on— take over. That’s the bit we want to get into”
Wash & Coffee has already turned the laundromat into a more desirable space to spend time with its in-house café. Now Barcelona-based Splash has created a stylish version of the usually dreary utility to appeal to nearby students. READ MORE…
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Rather than attach [solar] photovoltaics to the building, why not make the building the photovoltaics?
4 Rules to keep in mind:
1. Consider Not Just the Act of Using the Product but the Total Experience Around It
2. Go Beyond the Obvious to What Cannot Be Seen
3. Test New Products Out In the Field
4. Invest in Leader Who Recognize the Importance of Calculated Risks
A few tips on pitching a Kickstarter project.
(via Online Business Degree)
The creator of the laptop, founder of IDEO and godfather of interaction design. RESPECT.
Harnessing renewable energy from waves on the Pacific Ocean
A team of scientists at Boston Children’s Hospital may have discovered the biggest medical breakthrough in our entire lives. Every human needs one thing in order to live - oxygen. Without it, we can’t fill our lungs with air and continue to survive and after only a few minutes our oxygen starved bodies and organs will die. However, a new man-made micro-particle may change all of that forever.