Tag: Innovation

Transformative? New Device Harvests Energy in Darkness

Aaswath Raman was driving through a village in Sierra Leone in 2013 when an idea came to him as suddenly as, perhaps, a light bulb switching on. The village was not equipped with electricity, and Dr. Raman, an electrical engineer at the University of California, Los Angeles, was unaware he was in a village until […]

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Apple’s By Innovation Only event established Samsung as the trailblazer

While Apple’s media events are always polished, Samsung’s can be downright hard to watch — awkward pacing and confusion are practically givens every time. Yet even as a long-time Apple user, I must concede that the companies’ respective events have firmly established Samsung as the consumer electronics innovator to watch in 2020, thanks largely to […]

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A Key Element of Academic Research in Peril

Liquid helium is a quiet engine of American research and business. It is essential to a broad range of technologies, from cutting-edge quantum computing to M.R.I. scanners in hospitals. It has fostered the development of billion-dollar industries, fueled essential lifesaving medical tools, supported work leading to more than 5,000 patents and helped generate multiple Nobel […]

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Founders of Successful Tech Companies Are Mostly Middle-Aged

It took an entrepreneur to reimagine the mundane home thermostat as an object of beauty — and then to make a fortune based on that vision. The entrepreneur was Tony Fadell, who had that thermostat epiphany after decades in the tech industry, including at companies like Apple. Mr. Fadell embodied his idea in a new […]

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Apple’s Watch Is Smarter, but My Casio Keeps Getting the Job Done

IPhones haven’t been selling particularly well, Apple reported this summer, but its watches are becoming wildly popular. And no wonder. The Apple Watch is elegant, versatile and frequently gains new powers. It can track the distance you run, measure the noise you hear on the street, record your heartbeat, play your favorite tune and place […]

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Want Innovation? Elevate Design and Engineering

Steve Jobs said it best: “Design is how it works.”  We live in an exciting time, when digital products and services are transforming industries, business models and jobs. There’s the uber-ization of everything from home automation to personalized medicine, and the blurring boundaries of digital and physical channels. Numerous industries are going through a period […]

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3 Urgent Principles for Future-Proofing Infrastructure

(Image: Shutterstock) On a balmy evening in July, a large portion of Manhattan was plunged into sudden darkness. People were trapped in elevators, subways were disrupted, and traffic lights stopped working. Lucky for New Yorkers, the power outage only lasted five hours, and was eventually attributed to a burning 13,000 volt cable. Thankfully for all […]

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This App Helps Politics Make Sense

(Image: Shutterstock) Staying informed about politics is hard. To the average citizen, politics moves very quickly and can be difficult to understand. But Jackson White, a self-described “political enthusiast,” teamed up with former NFL player Walter Powell Jr. to create something they think can help. “We thought it would be much easier for Americans to […]

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3 Transformation Lessons from a Chief Digital Officer

(Image: Shutterstock) Two years ago, analysts predicted that at many organizations, the role of Chief Digital Officer would become obsolete. “As digital drives the business transformation, and ultimately the entire business, the CDO will start to slowly disappear,” one analyst, from Forrester, wrote. This pending obsolescence would clearly signal that incumbent companies have started successfully […]

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How Companies Can Close the Digital Maturity Gap

(Image source: EY) Technology, media/entertainment and telecommunications (TMT) companies that optimize their back office will be positioned for successful digital transformation. Intelligent automation can be a game-changer, enabling organizations to embrace transformation. In the digital age, people—your customers—expect transformational experiences. They expect immediate, even predictive, responses to their precise needs and desires. But a remarkable […]

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Smart Cities Need Smart Mayors

Downtown Cleveland, Ohio. (Image: Shutterstock) In the past two weeks, I’ve spent time with both Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner discussing the role of technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship in their cities.  Both of them want to make sure their cities can leverage tech to stay competitive for talent, outside investment, and […]

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AT&T teams with Microsoft on 5G, AI, cloud, and edge innovations

AT&T’s mobile 5G network isn’t actually attracting consumers yet, but businesses are interested in the transformational improvements 5G can bring — and Microsoft is getting out in front of the impending wave of change. The carrier and enterprise-focused software maker announced today that they’re “joining forces to innovate around 5G, AI, cloud, and edge computing,” a […]

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Google Glass May Have an Afterlife as a Device to Teach Autistic Children

SAN FRANCISCO — When Esaïe Prickett sat down in the living room with his mother, father and four older brothers, he was the only one wearing Google Glass. As Esaïe, who was 10 at the time and is 12 now, gazed through the computerized glasses, his family made faces — happy, sad, surprised, angry, bored […]

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‘I Don’t Trust You Guys’: Lawmakers Unite to Take Aim at Big Tech

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers leveled stinging criticism and sharp questions at Big Tech executives on Tuesday, attacking Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google for their market power, their perceived bias as gatekeepers of communication and Facebook’s ambitions to reshape the financial industry. The criticisms came at three hearings on Capitol Hill that showcased Washington’s widening range of […]

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If iGlasses are truly on ice, Apple’s 2020 will be dull but lucrative

One of the most difficult things for persistent Apple critics to grasp is that the company’s success — at least, as measured by Wall Street — isn’t as dependent on innovation as might be assumed from the company’s most common (and stinging) criticism. Besides the Apple Watch, Apple hasn’t launched a category-defining product in years, but […]

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What Trump’s Huawei Reversal Means for the Future of 5G

In an impromptu question-and-answer session late last month at the White House, President Trump was asked about the nation’s efforts to block Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications company, from doing business in the United States and with our allies around the globe. “Huawei is something that is very dangerous,” Mr. Trump said. Then, almost in the […]

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