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16 05, 2016

How Local Innovation Goes Global

May 16th, 2016|Tags: , , |

Trending topics don’t happen on local scale anymore. With growing accessibility to technology, we are now living in a landscape where change is constantly accelerating. So, when a new product, service, experience, or business model is introduced, there is a shorter road map for businesses to get, and stay, ahead of the curve. However, trend-driven […]

27 05, 2014

The History of Wearable Tech

May 27th, 2014|Tags: , , , |

Image courtesy of signal.fedratedmedia.net Image courtesy of signal.fedratedmedia.net Many people may be surprised to learn that the first wearable tech came from attempts to cheat casinos out of money. Wearable tech became a reality for singular inventors with innovative minds in the 1960s and 1970s. Tech-focused functional wearables stayed small-scale (for the most part) until the 21st century, when the introduction of Bluetooth headsets started the tech boom. Before 2000, wearable tech was cumbersome and not particularly user-friendly. The year 2000 spurred a massive proliferation of wearable tech that was not only functional on the large scale, but also user-friendly and monetarily accessible (in other words, it wasn’t ridiculously expensive and unweildy). Let’s take a stroll through wearable tech’s memory lane, and see the evolution of the devices that are designed to help humans in their day-to-day activities. […]
25 04, 2014

The Tech Replacing Obsolete School Supplies

April 25th, 2014|Tags: , , |

Many school supplies are going the way of the abacus. Many classrooms today are substituting (pun intended) their standard means of teaching with new high-tech options. In our April 23 blog we discussed how Minecraft is being used in the classroom, today we will introduce you to some other ways kids are interacting with technology in the classroom. iPad Image courtesy of www.edudemic.com Image courtesy of www.edudemic.com The iPad was the catalyst for all of the new technology in the classroom. Say so-long to your old-school spiral notebook and pick up your very own iPad. Kids get to replace all of their heavy books with eTextbooks, and they get to use educational apps for an interactive means of learning. […]
23 04, 2014

Is Minecraft Changing the World?

April 23rd, 2014|Tags: , , , |

Image courtesy of www.planetminecraft.com Image courtesy of www.planetminecraft.com In an article on Mashable, published Monday 4/21/14, the online publication profiled an interesting and non-traditional use of Minecraft for reimagining public spaces in developing countries. The developer of Minecraft, Mojang, partnered with the UN Habitat in 2012 to create their Block-by-Block program. Four cities have been added to the Block-by-Block program: Le Cayes, Haiti; Kiritpur, Nepal; Nairobi, Kenya; and Mexico City, Mexico. In the first experiment with Le Cayes, Haiti began as a UK-based Minecraft modding group, FyreUK, who built the region inside the game. Then, UN Habitat reached out to local fishermen and asked them to use Minecraft to reimagine this public space. The ease of use of the software and the fast learning curve enabled these citizens who lacked traditional reading and writing skills to contribute to the public space planning and process. Their ideas for building sea walls to prevent flooding and adding public toilets allowed the local developers to better understand how the local residents would prefer the space be reimagined. Then, architects took those drawings to create actual renderings and models that could be used to present to the city governments for planning and development. […]
27 03, 2014

Everything You Need to Know About Facebook’s Latest Acquisition, Oculus Rift

March 27th, 2014|Tags: , , |

OculusRift1Facebook is clearly the Pac Man of the tech world – it just keeps “eating up” companies. Facebook’s most recent acquisition, Oculus VR, produces a virtual reality headset called Oculus Rift. Oculus Rift is a fully immersive 3D experience that makes you feel like you are actually in the game, not one step removed. By moving your head side to side, you can do everything from fly a plane to dodge bullets, depending on the game. Many gamers and tech gurus are saying that this headset will revolutionize the way that we play video games. So, of course, those people think that Facebook was incredibly smart to snap the company up (especially after the head-scratching purchase of What’sApp for a whopping$16 billion). But, others are wondering why Oculus is so special and what all of the fuss is about. […]
26 03, 2014

How to Conquer Your Procrastination Problem (Hint: It’s Not Self-Imposed Deadlines)

March 26th, 2014|Tags: , , |

largeIf you’re a procrastinator, you’ve probably been one for a long time. Which means, you’ve tried every trick in the book to break the habit. Some estimates suggest that 15-20% of all people are “chronic procrastinators.” And, even more of us are guilty of “situational delay:” for example, 4 out of 5 people put off retirement savings even thought they know they shouldn’t. Whether you’re a hardcore procrastinator or more of a situational delay type of person, you have probably tried to change and been unsuccessful. The root of procrastination is fairly sinister, even though it’s a habit we tend to laugh off. Most of us procrastinate because we are unable to differentiate between delaying a task (a sign that you are a good organizer) and truly procrastinating, which is self-defeating and will hurt you later. […]
24 03, 2014

How Top Media Execs Tame the Email Beast

March 24th, 2014|Tags: , |

730106-business-man-laptop-tiredEmail is one of those innovations that we all love to hate. Sure, email can help us communicate more efficiently. But often our email inboxes are so crowded that we’re actually distracted from getting work done. Or, we use email when we should really pick up the phone and have a voice-to-voice conversation. The stats prove it – as professionals, we’re addicted to email. In 2013, 182.9 billion emails were sent every day. While we all know that email is now a necessary evil, we definitely don’t want to spend our whole day going through emails. Plus, we don’t have the time. We were really excited to see that Digiday asked some top media execs how they slay the email beast. The execs shared tips and tricks for how to manage the never-ending stream of emails. Plus, they shared their pet peeves, which is a great guide for what not to do when emailing coworkers, clients, and associates (that is, if you don’t want your email to end up in the trash). […]
17 03, 2014

How Technology Has Actually Rewired Our Brains

March 17th, 2014|Tags: , , |

brain-technology-graphic-660We all know that technology has changed the way we live our lives. But, did you know that our technological advancements have actually changed the way our brains work? We now think, feel, and even dream differently than we did before PCs, smartphones, and other smart devices. The culprit? A phenomenon known as neuroplasticity, which is the brain’s ability to alter its behavior based on new experiences. All of the information available at our fingertips and all of the new, interactive tools we tap into have actually changed the way our brains work. Cognition experts differ on whether or not the changes are good or bad. Some experts think that technology has allowed us to organize our lives more easily, freeing our minds up for deeper thinking. Others are afraid that technology has caused shorter attention spans, made us impatient, and robbed us of creativity. […]
3 03, 2014

4 Ways to Build a Great Startup Team

March 3rd, 2014|Tags: , , |

EMBA_start_up_competition_996x446The difference between a startup that succeeds and one that flops isn’t just the founder’s vision, or the market conditions, or the capital investment. Many times, the success of a startup depends on the team members behind it. It’s true with any business, but especially with a startup – if the people involved are excited, motivated, and talented, there’s a much greater chance for overall success. Entrepreneur Lynn LeBlanc has founded two tech startups and is now the CEO of HotLink, so she knows better than anyone that a startup needs strong, highly skilled team members from the beginning. “A good startup team needs to have [experience that] spans most of the core functional areas of a successful company,” she said. In order to put together a winning team for your startup, LeBlanc suggests finding people that meet the following criteria. […]
24 02, 2014

Can Cheating Actually Help Fuel Creativity?

February 24th, 2014|Tags: , , , |

cheating_rectWe all know that being creative isn’t easy. It’s seems like it’s something you’re born with, a talent you can only nurture and not cultivate. And, we all know that being truly creative and even changing the world with a new idea means that sometimes you have to break the rules. Harvard Business School’s Francesca Gino has been studying ethical decision-making for years. She focuses on the connection between creativity and dishonesty, and her latest research presents more proof that the two often go together. […]