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Grid Batteries Are Poised to Become Cheaper Than Natural-Gas Plants in Minnesota - MIT Technology Review

When it comes to renewable energy, Minnesota isn’t typically a headline-grabber: in 2016 it got about 18 percent of its energy from wind, good enough …

Inside 5 publishers’ efforts to monetize virtual reality

A flurry of PR announcements over the last week shows publishers are still experimenting in earnest with virtual reality.<p>Some of the new projects, …

Is VR a leap back in time for the games industry?

When we look back through the annals of time, there, etched in the history books will be “2016: The year of VR.” And what a year it’s been. We’ve already seen the Samsung VR launch to great applause, but with the imminent release of the PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift devices, the VR sector is about …

Compendium Of Over 100 Questions Investors Ask Startups When Pitching

When it comes to fundraising for your startup, there are most likely over 100 questions investors ask startups during their pitch in order to not only assess your business idea and the market but also to see how comfortable and prepared you are to take on the challenging goal you set for …

Why Communication Management Trumps Time Management: Neuroscience shows that popular time management techniques CAUSE procrastination

<i>Communication Trumps Time Management. Photo source pixabay.com</i><p><b>Time management isn't all it's cracked up to be</b><p>Stephen Covey, author of <i>The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People</i>, popularized the concept of time management. At the time, I was so impressed, I even hired a Covey trained facilitator as …

Time Management

A look inside how Here Be Dragons is pioneering VR storytelling

Here Be Dragons is a term for describing dangerous or unexplored areas. It’s also the new name of Chris Milk’s VR creative studio, formerly know as Vrse, that’s looking to explore the dangerous world of spherical video.<p>The VR production studio is aiming to continue rediscovering storytelling …

Edtech startup Lingumi raises cash for its games teaching foreign languages to toddlers

LocalGlobe, founded by former Index Partners investors Robin Klein and Saul Klein, has taken the lead in a GBP500,000 financing for the education technology startup, Lingumi.<p>A member of the 5th cohort of the Entrepreneur First accelerator, Lingumi has not only raised its first capital, but also …

The MVP is dead. Long live the RAT.

Why you should focus on <i>Riskiest Assumption Tests</i> and forget about MVPs.<p>There is a flaw at the heart of the term Minimum Viable Product: it’s not a …

Self-Initiated Business — Don’t Ask, Don’t Get

This is the first of a new series of monthly articles that Triple Double will be sharing. We will be asking, discussing and answering the things …

A selection of the best product design and UX/UI design resources

Came together with the cool wind of this fall is the Mockplus v3.2. Recently, Jongde Software has just released this fully optimized version. Let's se …

The LMS market glacier is melting

Phil Hill Contributor<p>Phil Hill is a partner at MindWires Consulting, co-publisher of the e-Literate blog and co-producer of e-Literate TV.<p>The world of edtech is strange and full of apparent contradictions. Venture capital investment has exploded since 2010, hitting an all-time high of $3.1 billion …

The future of mobile video is virtual reality

After the dust settles, the real takeaway from Instagram’s cloning of Snapchat is that the connected camera revolution is just beginning. Instagram Stories sends a powerful message to hundreds of millions of people for the first time: No moment is too small to capture with your smartphone camera.<p>A …

EDTECH: Elite Business Schools Are Betting On Virtual And Augmented Reality

The world’s elite business schools are pouring resources into virtual and augmented reality, as they place bets on the next big innovation in online …

The Virtual World is Calling: 16 Predictions for the (Near) Future of VR

A year ago, I met up my friend Eugene Chung who used to run film & media for Oculus virtual reality (VR). Eugene was telling me about his first VR …

3tags.org is coming soon

Case against Hinkley Point nuclear development gets stronger after yet another critical report

Another dagger plunged into the heart of Hinkley Point C?<p>The Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit, an independent think tank, says Britain could meet …

Stop doing these 15 things when pitching your startup

Not a day goes by where I don’t wake up to emails begging me for money. Everyone has the next big idea, and they are constantly pitching me this or that. I imagine most investors’ email inboxes look similar.<p>Out of every thousand pitches I receive, there may be one that gets my attention enough to …

Entrepreneurship

Breaking a myth: Data shows you don’t actually need a co-founder

We are often told that starting a startup on your own is madness. There are thousands of articles out there that tell you that, as well as why you need a co-founder. Probably solid advice, but data from thousands of startups in CrunchBase shows a different side of the story. More than half of …

GitLab Issue Board: A Project Management Tool Built from Experience

Process management is a topic that gets a lot of buzz with big data. Older development styles like Waterfall, Scrum, and Agile are not suited to the …

Project Management

How Virtual Reality Is Slowly Coming Back--With a Vengeance

I retested the HTC Vive and only have good things to say. Also, I wielded a lightsaber. How can you beat that?<p>A familiar logo flashed on the screen.<p>I pressed a button on my PlayStation remote and held back a yawn.<p>I won't tell you which game I was testing, but there have been so many versions of …

Leap Motion wants picking up VR objects to feel believable

It's built an "Interaction Engine" to help.<p>Virtual reality is more immersive when you can pick up objects with your bare hands, rather than a controller or a pair of wand-style remotes. Leap Motion is one of the frontrunners in this area, having pivoted its candy bar motion-tracking sensor from …

HTC Vive

Augmented reality makes prototyping easy on Shaper’s Origin CNC machine

Innovations in 3D printing have done their part to inspire maker-culture. We print, or at-least try to print, drones, human organs, and even medications. Additive techniques are practical and accessible for much of the prototyping process. However, just because we can print synthetic drugs with 3D …

Solar energy from discarded car batteries

MIT researchers have developed a simple procedure for making a promising type of solar cell using lead recovered from discarded lead-acid car …

National Grid slashes forecasts for big new power plants

National Grid has slashed its forecasts for the number of big new power plants expected to be built in coming years, while admitting its estimates for the growth of solar farms and other small-scale generators were almost 50 times too low.<p>Just four years ago the company expected up to 33 gigawatts …

Unity Labs - Unity

“As we write software for XR, we need to develop systems that support continually changing requirements due to the pace at which innovation is …

Edtech is the next fintech

David Bainbridge Contributor<p>David Bainbridge is CEO and founder of Knowledgemotion.<p>Fintech is a factor of the fourth industrial revolution that has completely taken the world by storm and forever revolutionized how we bank. But many believe it is still in its infancy, with figures suggesting the …

Education Technology

Stitching a drone’s view of the world into 3D maps as it flies

When you’re buzzing through the air at 60 kilometres per hour, it can be hard to take in the view. But now drones can create highly detailed 3D maps …

Drones

A New Dimension in Filmmaking

<i>What is possible when filmmakers begin to engage with the bleeding edge of volumetric imaging technology.</i><p>Filmmaking has entered the spatial …

Why virtual, augmented, and mixed reality are the 4th wave of tech

Consumer computing platform changes aren’t straight lines — they’re waves. PC, internet, and mobile were the first three waves, and each was faster, larger, and more disruptive than the last. Now the fourth wave of virtual, augmented, and mixed reality is bearing down on us, so let’s dive in.<p><b><br>Waves</b> …

‘I’m not your boyfriend, so don’t text me’: The 10 PR tactics reporters hate most

Reporters get 38,000 emails a year, and more than two-thirds of them are from people seeking publicity. It’s no wonder — in 2015, there were 5.3 …