If I’ve seen any theme come up repeatedly over the past year, it’s getting product cycle times down. It’s not the sexiest or most interesting theme, but it’s everywhere: if it’s not on the front burner, it’s always simmering in the background.
Cutting product cycles to the bare minimum is one of the main themes of the Velocity Conference and the DevOps movement, where integration between developers and operations, along with practices like continuous deployment, allows web-native companies like Yahoo! to release upgrades to their web products many times a day. It’s no secret that many traditional enterprises are looking at this model, trying to determine what they can use or implement. Indeed, this is central to their long-term survival; companies as different from Facebook as GE and Ford are learning that they will need to become as agile and nimble as their web-native counterparts.
Integrating development and operations isn’t the only way to shorten product cycles. In his talk at Google IO, Braden Kowitz talked about shortening the design cycle: rather than build big, complete products that take a lot of time and money, start with something very simple and test it, then iterate quickly.
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In the United States, 3D scanners are now providing new opportunities for technical manufacturers such as bicycle makers to raise the level of product personalisation and thereby attract new customers.
3D modelling using scanners is helping to shape the future of product personalisation. The apparel industry seems to have lost no time taking on board this way of making garments, for both protective wear and made-to-measure suits. Now the technology looks set to spread fast to more technical industries. The Ohio-based company Roll: is a good example. The company, which sells bicycles, has come up with the idea of creating 3D body images of its customers in order to ensure that the bike s/he has chosen is totally personalised to his/her body metrics.
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Recent news suggests that we may be at the leading edge of the “trough of disillusionment” for the hype cycle that ushered in the MOOCs
If anything, the spread of MOOCs will be a positive development for all faculty, as MOOCs focus attention on teaching. The best thing about a MOOC is not what it does for the learners engaged in the course, or the faculty member teaching the class, but what the MOOC does (or should do) for every course on campus.
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This is a visualization of San Francisco from the series “Transit Patterns”. The piece shows transit ridership in public transportation over 24 hours, depicting…
Ridership is an identifier for how cities are utilized–whether they are centralized, decentralized or have multiple focal points, whether activity concentrates during rush hour as people are entering or leaving the city center(s), or whether activity is spread out over time. As the transit passenger data suggests, Geneva is centralized while Zurich appears to have multiple centers, and activity is concentrated during rush hours. Activity in San Francisco on the other hand is more evenly spread out, both spatially and over the course of the day.
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Have you ever sat on the subway across from a hot guy or girl holding the book you just finished, trying to peek at their left hand and wondering whether it's kosher to start a conversation? The organization that runs the subways in Prague has a plan that will end these awkward deliberations for good. The company, ROPID, "wants to set aside carriages on some or all of its trains for singles seeking a soul mate," Reuters reports.
Everett L. Worthington, Jr. has dedicated his career to the study of forgiveness. He has found that it carries tremendous health and social benefits—and he’s taken his research to heart.
"Often we find it easier to stigmatize or denigrate our enemies than to empathize with or forgive them. And in a society as competitive as ours, people may hesitate to forgive because they don’t want to relinquish the upper hand in a relationship."
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Any language teacher knows that online translation tools can be a double edged sword. This visual should shed some light on current trends to know about.
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Big names in medicine are set to give an upbeat assessment of the war on AIDS this week, 30 years after French researchers identified the virus that causes the disease.
But meanwhile, researchers are scratching their head over the failure of recent vaccine trials.
At a conference in Paris, scientists will pay tribute to the astonishing success of AIDS drugs and highlight steps being taken towards a cure – a goal once deemed all but out of reach.
The three-day 30 years of HIV science: Imagine the future conference builds on the 30th anniversary on Monday of the Nobel-winning isolation of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) by Dr Luc Montagnier of France’s Pasteur Institute, and colleagues.
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If you’re not a geek, and reading over this stuff freaks you out, have no fear! We’re building Pinoccio to be friendly and easy to use for beginners. In other words, you don’t really need to understand what all this stuff means.
For us who aren’t geeks, the tiny board has a CPU with built-in radio for connecting to each other, it’s got a USB rechargeable battery that lasts a long time, all kinds of connections to be put to creative use, it can connect to the web with a special add-on and it’s got a temperature sensor.
What’s the use of it all? Maybe this short video intro from the crowdfunding page will give you an idea of the almost unlimited possibilities.
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You’ve heard of your carbon footprint, but what about your digital footprint? Your digital footprint refers to your total amount of activity in any digital environment. If you thought your carbon footprint was big, well, your digital footprint is even bigger. By next year (2014), humans will generate 5 billion gigabytes of data every 10 minutes. By any standards, that’s a whole lotta data. I’m imagining a pretty immense cloud here.