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The endless battery charge is a bane of modern living

The endless battery charge is a bane of modern living

 

Scientists believe they may have cracked the problem nightmare of today’s electronic device driven world – the too soon run-down battery.

The Apple Watch is reported to have a very short charging life and everywhere we are constantly hampered by batteries no longer charged sufficiently to function. Apple claim to be addressing the problem with the watch, but the battery problem is a real limitation in life these days.

Well, scientists may have come up with a solution. Aluminum.

Stanford University has come up with aluminium batteries with cells that are ‘big enough for a smartphone to charge in just 60 seconds!’  Read more »

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Home monitoring is a form of self-stalking for those who like to watch themselves as well as others

Home monitoring is a form of self-stalking for those who like to watch themselves as well as others

 

Now self-stalking looks set to be another Next Big Thing – yes, indeed.

You probably have never thought of yourself as a potential self-stalker.

Have you ever wondered what goes on in your house when you’re not there? What the dog gets up to without you? Really?

Well now you can apparently set up an old Android or iOS smartphone to be an instant house spy-cam and you can self-stalk till you’ve had enough.

If you’re big fan on the self-taken photo (selfie) or you are someone who enjoys self-Googling you’ll probably like this one a lot.

It certainly takes the Internet of Things to a new level. Read more »

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Happy birthday, whatever the age

Happy birthday, whatever the age

A birthday is a bit like a New Year – a good time to take stock and consider the rapid passage of time and how we are doing as we age along, relentlessly.

It has been confidently announced by the National Office for Statistics that one in three children born today will reach 100 and a scientist Dr Aubrey De Grey has predicted that the first person to reach 150 years has already been born.

Well, I’m obviously too far along to be in that category, for which I rejoice. And for the young, the prospect of an extremely long life must be very appealing.

However, I say, as someone of that age that refuses to grow old gracefully but has to recognise the physical constraints of advancing years …..

All very well to live to such an advanced age, but what about affording it?

What about working that long? What about who is going to look after such ancients? What about the quality of live of the seriously old? Does living longer make us better off? Read more »

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Adding to value to business is often intangible, but quality design is key

Adding value to business is often intangible, but quality design is key

‘Design has become a game changer in Silicon Valley…’ That is the gist of a new report from John Maeda, Design Partner at design and growth company Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers (KPCB).

Few people aware of the link between good design and successful business would argue.

Maeda focuses on the ‘rising importance of design in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.’ He argues that ‘for all of us who use a computer or mobile device, great design is changing how we live and work.’

Margaret Rhodes reviews the report in Wired and quotes Maeda as saying, ‘I wanted to connect the worlds of design, technology, and business together, so that people wouldn’t see them as three different things.’

He points out how since 2010 some 27 companies founded by designers have been acquired by bigger companies like Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, Adobe, Dropbox, and LinkedIn. Of the cumulative-funded VC-backed ventures that have raised more money since 2013, 20% have co-founders who are designers. Last year, for the first time ever, six venture capital firms invited designers to join their teams. Read more »

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Is it time to update our courts online?

Is it time to update our courts online?

A report has landed on my edesk from the Civil Justice Council which recommends that online justice or virtual courts should be implemented as a trail with the possibility of further extension before too long.

Master of the Rolls Lord Dyson said in in his foreword to the report, that ‘courts have some catching up to do with other areas of business and government.’

Her Majesty’s Online Court (HMOC) could be just a short step away, similar to the system pioneered on eBay, online dispute resolution (ODR) as a well-established model. Read more »