Who Made That French Press? [NYTimes.com] | Things I grab, motley collection
“From the beginning, the French devoted more attention than any other people to coffee brewing,” William Harrison Ukers wrote in “All About Coffee,” published in 1922. The first French coffee maker appeared around 1800, Ukers claimed, and the firs…
Why is wave power so far behind wind and solar? [treehugger.com] | Things I grab, motley collection
its possible to imagine a future where wave power is cost-effective and widely deployed as one more leg to the renewable stool, but its an uphill battle. I hope that engineers can figure it out, because we need all the options we can get to clean …
Begrudgingly, Google Offers a Form for People Who Want to Be Forgotten [recode.net] | Things I grab, motley collection
Removing a link in Google’s search results, it should be noted, does not actually remove the page from the Internet. The search giant is worried that the ability to do so could be abused, for instance, by people who did not like the way they were …
Going Beyond ‘Bolt-On’ Digital Transformation | Things I grab, motley collection
“Bolt-On Digital Transformation” is not enough, here’s why.
Originally posted on On Web Strategy | Dion Hinchcliffe:
Much has been made recently of the imperative to fully transition our businesses into the modern digital world. It…
Ill Tell You A Secret: Anonymous Apps Matter [readwrite.com] | Things I grab, motley collection
Until recently, I kept all my secrets to myself.Sometimes I want to share my thoughts online, but find them too personal for Twitter, and not necessarily appropriate for Facebook. I want to share these thoughts anonymously, either because they’re …
How Japan Plans to Build an Orbital Solar Farm [spectrum.ieee.org] | Things I grab, motley collection
Imagine looking out over Tokyo Bay from high above and seeing a man-made island in the harbor, 3 kilometers long. A massive net is stretched over the island and studded with 5 billion tiny rectifying antennas, which convert microwave energy into D…
Why Germany Dominates the U.S. in Innovation | Things I grab, motley collection
Originally posted on HBR Blog Network – Harvard Business Review:
Reading the headlines, you might think that the most urgent question about national success in innovation and growth is whether the U.S. or China should get the gold medal. The trut…
Why Programming is a Part-Time Job: Breaks Make You More Productive [bufferapp.com] | Things I grab, motley collection
I work from home. Which is to say ,I don’t have an office to go to. What I do have are a lot of pubs, most of which are pretty quiet during the day. And I have evolved a routine that gets me out of the house, gets me fresh air, keeps me productive…
Habits of highly effective digital enterprises [mckinsey.com] | Things I grab, motley collection
The skills required for digital transformation probably can’t be groomed entirely from within. Leadership teams must be realistic about the collective ability of their existing workforce. Leading companies frequently look to other industries to at…
Transportation platform RideScout isn’t scared of Google. Maybe it should be | Things I grab, motley collection
“Google could beat us. But we’re just hoping to go faster than they are,” Kopser admits.
Is systematically killing other people’s innovations good for business ?
Originally posted on PandoDaily:
It’s never a fun moment for a start…
TL;DR = Too Long; Didn’t Read. Otherwise said : Faking Cultural Literacy [NYTimes.com] | Things I grab, motley collection
It’s not lying, exactly, when we nod knowingly at a cocktail party or over drinks when a colleague mentions a movie or book that we have not actually seen or read, nor even read a review of. There is a very good chance that our conversational part…
How big data is transforming public services – expert views [theguardian.com] | Things I grab, motley collection
What is big data?
It’s a bit of a misnomer: “Ex-Guardian writer Simon Rogers once said, ‘Big data is data that is one bit too much for you to be comfortable’, and this is probably the best definition I’ve read.
“The volume of data is not irrelev…
MT Francis prays at the Western Wall in ‘s Old
MT @AFP #Pope Francis prays at the Western Wall in #Jerusalem ‘s Old City, on the final day of his Middle East tour http://t.co/d4ESJBvyMN
Ultimate Guide to Crowdfunding Part 1: What is Crowdfunding and Why Do It? [intelligenthq.com] | Things I grab, motley collection
Crowdfunding is a relatively new approach to raising money for a project, new business or cause online via specific websites that have been set up for this process. Specifically it involves you finding a crowd to help you fund your project. This m…
Free Speech [xkcd.com] | Things I grab, motley collection
I can’t remember where I heard this, but someone once said that defending a position by citing free speech is sort of the ultimate concession; you’re saying that the most compelling thing you can say for your position is that it’s not literally il…
Algorithms That Dominate Our World ? [io9.com] | Things I grab, motley collection
The importance of algorithms in our lives today cannot be overstated. They are used virtually everywhere, from financial institutions to dating sites. But some algorithms shape and control our world more than others — and these ten are the most si…
Giants behaving badly: Google, Facebook and Amazon show us the downside of monopolies and black-box algorithms | Things I grab, motley collection
Who said “don’t do evil” again ?
Originally posted on Gigaom:
The internet is a wondrous thing — a limitless universe of content and products and information, all of which can be summoned up from the comfort of a chair or the palm …
Sorry, Mom and Dad: The Kids Aren’t Moving Out Yet [forbes.com] | Things I grab, motley collection
Chief Economist at Trulia TRLA +3.56% takes a close look at the most important measure of the housing recovery: household formation. The latest population data show that young adults are still living with their parents — even if they have jobs.