Gavin Gillas

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Notch: "I'd rather have minecraft not run on win 8 at all than to play along."

Markus "Notch" Persson, the creator of <i>Minecraft</i>, is in the rare position to be able to do just about whatever he wants and say whatever he feels. So …

Operating Systems

More choices lead to bigger gambles

<b>U. WARWICK (UK) —</b> Based on a flawed perception of “winning big,” people will often take bigger risks when given more choices.<p>A bias in the way people …

Psychology

Google Launches TV White Spaces Trial In South Africa

Google’s first trial to use the unused channels in the broadcast TV spectrum to provide wireless broadband access launched in 2010 in Logan, Ohio. Since then, Google has shown a lot of interest in this topic and today it is launching its second trial. This time it is in Cape Town, South Africa, …

Yandex Adds English UI To Its Translation App To Widen Its International Appeal

Yandex, Russia’s ‘homegrown Google’, is adding an English interface to its Yandex.Translate app for iOS, along with support for more language translation pairs, in order to widen the app’s appeal and start building an international user-base. The original app launched in December with a Russian …

Beyond Profit

BP, an oil giant formerly known as British Petroleum, ran an ill-fated marketing campaign some years ago proclaiming itself “Beyond Petroleum”. The …

The kiosk is king

OLD-FASHIONED room keys are exactly that nowadays—old fashioned. It seems like the check-in desk may be heading the same way. Increasingly hotels …

Spot the difference

LEGACY AIRLINES are increasingly indistinguishable from their low-cost rivals in terms of the fares they charge and the service they offer, according …

Revenge of the migrants' employer?

<b>The kingdom's preference for workers from one side of India or the other would seem to have little to do with the workers themselves</b><p>PEOPLE have been …

More than minerals

A GROUP of five tourists from Beijing passes low over Mount Kenya and into the Rift Valley in their private plane before landing on a dusty airstrip …

South Africa

Preparing for Inevitable Cultural Faux Pas

Mohammed Abdullah fixed his tie, took a deep breath, and walked into the room. This was his second interview, and he wanted to make it a good one. Across from him were two gentlemen, much older than he was, dressed very formally and sitting at a long wooden table. They motioned for Mohammed to take …

Why the South Will Lead in the Global Tilt

When news broke recently that Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital was teaming with Berkshire Hathaway to buy Heinz for $28 billion, some people noted that the deal marked a resurgence in M&A activity. Maybe so, but I see it as part of a bigger, more formidable trend that has vast implications for …

Can Technology End Poverty?

If you believe the hype, technology is going to help us end global poverty. Advances have indeed made a huge difference in the lives of the poor, but there’s also a healthy amount of skepticism out there. Berkeley researcher Kentaro Toyama has a blog dedicated to calling out naïve or inappropriate …

Remember: A Country Is Not a Company

The UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer commended his budget to the House of Commons last week to help create a country that “wants to be prosperous, solvent and free.” Discussing Greece, Germany’s Angela Merkel said “The top priority is to avoid an uncontrolled insolvency, because that wouldn’t just …

What Will You Create to Make the World Awesome?

When web designer Ben Blumenfeld was working for a major TV network, he was responsible for creating websites for mainstream shows. One day, he made a breakthrough that led to a significant uptake on a show, but the success struck Ben in a way he had not expected. His success meant <i>more</i> people would …

New Research: The State of Work for Indian Women

The conventional narrative of India’s educated women tends to emphasize the tectonic collisions between “India Inc.,” with its expanding array of opportunities, and “Old India,” whose traditions persist in shaping — and sometimes limiting — women’s career ambitions. While there’s no minimizing this …

Reaching Across Cultures Without Losing Yourself