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The author of 'Snow Crash' is working for an augmented reality company

Neal Stephenson's immersive swordfighting game might not have panned out, but that isn't deterring him from diving head-first into new technology ventures. The <i>Snow Crash</i> writer is now the Chief Futurist for Magic Leap, the secretive augmented reality startup that sparked a lot of buzz in October. …

E-COMMERCE AND THE FUTURE OF RETAIL: 2014 [SLIDE DECK]

We've created a slideshow highlighting the retail categories where e-commerce is having the most impact, and where there is still opportunity for disruption. The shift away from physical retail toward digital retail is happening faster than many observers expected.<p><i>BI Intelligence is a research and</i> …

Building on their lucky streak, Boomers can see digital health as their destiny

We Baby Boomers have gotten a lot of breaks.<p>We grew up in a prosperous time, synchronous with the birth of rock and roll, individualism-championing movements, and the Pill. And we’ve lived long enough to participate in the instant connectivity of people and knowledge.<p>And now, the generation that …

The US government's wireless-spectrum auction: Why it matters (FAQ)

It's the first auction of new wireless spectrum in six years. CNET gets you up to speed on how this will affect your wireless service in the future.<p>Wireless spectrum -- the radio signals designated to carry data over the air from your smartphone to the Internet -- isn't the sexiest topic in the …

Telecoms

Inside Seattle's invitation-only VR summit

Tech aficionados have been flocking to Seattle's Living Computer Museum for the past few years to get up close and personal with relics from computer technology's past. For one night earlier this month, though, I got a chance to peek at its possible future. Nearly two dozen exhibitors filled the …

Telefónica dives into the consumer internet of things with Thinking Things “ambient” pack

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Telefónica has launched a modular internet of things platform called Thinking Things, which consists of stackable modules for a …

How Modern Marketplaces Like Uber And Airbnb Build Trust To Achieve Liquidity

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Anand Iyer is the Head of Product at Threadflip. Previously, he was co-founder and CTO of Hitpost, acquired by Yahoo, and managed product at IGN Entertainment and Microsoft. This post also ran on First Round Review. Follow him on Twitter.</i><p>In 2009, Airbnb was close to going bust with …

Japan used to rule video games, so what happened?

Everyone knows video games are big in Japan, but in recent years the question has been whether Japan’s still big in video games. “Japan is over. We're done. Our game industry is finished,” said <i>Mega Man</i> and <i>Dead Rising</i> creator Keiji Inafune at the Tokyo Game Show in 2009, and five years on there’s no …

How Goldman Sachs Decides Whether A Job Candidate Is A 'Critical Thinker'

The Wall Street Journal reports that hiring managers at Goldman Sachs, recently ranked by LinkedIn as one of the world's 100 most in-demand employers, are looking for someone who is able to "make use of information that's available in their journey to arrive at a conclusion or decision."<p>The …

100% of Mainstream Interest Rate Theory Is Wrong

An interesting article on MarketWatch today caught my attention. The subhead is the money quote, “Back in April every economist in a survey thought …

Portable ZestDesk turns any table into a standing desk

Despite its name, the ZestDesk is perhaps more accurately described as a desktop stand. It's designed to sit on top of a table or desk, and raise a …

5 Essentials for the Well-Connected Home

We’ve grown used to our smartphones serving as the gatekeepers to the digital world, but the next frontier for mobile devices and connected …

Leaning House tilts upwards to offer a great view

Somewhat reminiscent of the ZEB Pilot House in the way in which it tilts, Leaning House doesn't, alas, sport any green features whatsoever. The home …

5 Cognitive Biases That Are Killing Your Investment Returns

Cognitive biases are an anathema to portfolio management as it impairs our ability to remain emotionally disconnected from our money. As history all too clearly shows, investors always do the "opposite" of what they should when it comes to investing their own money. They <i>"buy high"</i> as the emotion of</i> …

Critical Thinking

The outlook for interest rates

Everyone knows that interest rates are going to rise in the future. So the real question is not whether they will rise, but when and by how much. …

Muji’s “Vertical House” isn’t the only nifty prefab home on the market now

Having earned a worldwide following for its simple, chic stationary and home items, the Japanese company Muji now offers a more immersive experience of its design sensibility, with three prefabricated home designs—much adored by design blogs of late.<p>But Muji’s are hardly the only prefab houses on …

Prefab Homes

August Smart Lock review: August makes the smart lock mostly simple - CNET

<b>The Good</b> Good looks, strong user management, and convenient automated features make the August Smart Lock a leader in its niche.<p><b>The Bad</b> Android users don't get auto-unlock at launch, Bluetooth can cause irritating connection lag, you can't control the August Smart Lock over Wi-Fi without a separate …

Home Automation

Cloudera now lets you manage cloud instances just like the real thing

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Thinkstock/Wavebreakmedia Ltd<p>Hadoop vendor Cloudera announced the latest version of its big data distribution on …

Technology will hurt the banks, not kill them

Technology has its eyes on banking. Apple is expected this week to launch Apple Pay, its touchless payment system for iPhones; venture capital funds …

Is The Chinese Game Industry Years Ahead Of The West?

<i>This is a guest post written by Jazy Zhang, the Chief Financial Officer of Giant Interactive Group.</i><p>People in the game industry often say that Chinese game companies are five years ahead of their western counterparts. While western game makers have traditionally led the way in terms of technology, …

Marc Andreessen: ALL Of The Biggest, Oldest Tech Companies Will Be Forced To Break Up

And this is only the beginning, predicts super investor Marc Andreessen, who was involved in two of these. He sits on the boards of eBay and HP.<p>Andreessen thinks <i>every</i> enormous older tech company will follow suit, he told Bloomberg's Emily Chang at the Salesforce Dreamforce Conference on …

Former Hailo CEO Jay Bregman shifts focus from taxis to drones

With his first drone flight, founder and former CEO of Hailo Jay Bregman, knew he'd found his calling. "I knew that I was home, this was the future …

Convergence In The Internet Of Things Is Priming The Tech World For A Major Cultural Shift

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Artyom Astafurov is the chief innovation officer at DataArt and co-founder of DeviceHive.</i><p>To anyone who is tuned into the tech world, it should not come as earth shattering news that machine-to-machine (M2M) technology and the Internet of Things have hit a major convergence point in …

Apple event preview: New iPads, iMacs; yes, but Apple TV could shine in the spotlight

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>This Thursday, Apple is holding its next press event for products and announcements. I’ll be there in Cupertino live blogging …

This Is What Happens, Janet, When You Take The Punchbowl Away

It appears the <i>"Fed is ending QE because the economy is recovering"</i> narrative is failing (<i>as the world wakes up to the fact that The Fed is being</i> …

Nordstrom's Simple Strategy For Beating Everyone Else In Retail

The company's shares have gained 110% in five years. The company is well-positioned to continue that success in the future, according to a recent report by Deutsche Bank.<p>The department store has focused on a few aspects of the business to stand out.<p>Here's how Nordstrom is beating retailers from …

eCommerce

9 Books Billionaire Warren Buffett Thinks Everyone Should Read

Even now, he still spends about 80% of his day reading.<p>"Look, my job is essentially just corralling more and more and more facts and information, and occasionally seeing whether that leads to some action," he once said in an interview.<p>"We don't read other people's opinions," he says. "We want to …

THE FUTURE OF PAYMENTS: 2014 [SLIDE DECK]

In this presentation, we highlight the most important trends fueling the changes: the rise of payment apps, mobile registers, e-commerce, and the decline of cash and checks. We also show where the payments industry is headed. Many of the slides are based on charts exclusive to BI Intelligence.<p><i>BI</i> …