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3 Steps to Break Out in a Tired Industry

Michael Levie, a seasoned hotel executive, and Rattan Chadha, a successful retail entrepreneur, were having dinner. The topic of conversation was the hotel industry. Both men thought that the industry was stale and too homogeneous relative to the diversity of customers it sought to serve. The …

The Future of Business Innovation: Invent the Company That Will Put Your Company Out of Business | Inc.com

Design thinking. Open innovation. Closed innovation. Iterative innovation. Disruptive innovation. There are scores of books and articles about innovation (and here's another!); countless conferences dedicated to it, and numerous processes and methodologies being developed, evangelized and debated …

5 Ways The Amazon Echo Could Become An Essential Part Of Your Life

Don’t dismiss Amazon’s new Siri-in-a-can just yet. One day, ambient computers just like it will be as common as toasters. Here’s why.<p>Last week, Amazon unveiled the Echo, a strange robot speaker that works something like Siri in a can. You can tell it to play music, set alarms, look up answers to …

Martha Stewart: 'I love 3-D printers'

This past weekend, at our headquarters in New York City, my company celebrated the third annual Martha Stewart American Made Summit, which brings together artisans, crafters, and DIYers of all types to celebrate innovation and creative entrepreneurship.<p>We honored ten American manufacturers who have …

Google Glass goes to work

A nervous new doctor performing a procedure for the first time puts on a pair of Google Glass and scrubs in. From the moment she makes her first incision, a live video feed of the operation is streamed from her glasses to a surgeon outside the operating room who gives live feedback over …

At a Glance: Pros, cons of mobile-payment systems

NEW YORK (AP) — Wireless? Bar codes? What's the best way to pay with your phone?<p>Apple Pay, Google Wallet and a few other services use a wireless …

Apple Pay: Inclusive and empowering by design

After Apple introduced the iPhone 5S last year, I wrote a piece on Medium about Touch ID and accessibility. In it, I posit that the fingerprint …

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Barclaycard Launches New Apple Rewards Visa Card With 3x Points on Apple Store Purchases

Barclaycard last week announced a revamped version of its credit card partnership with Apple, the Barclaycard Apple Rewards Visa, offering a new Apple rewards program and financing deals (via <i>AppleInsider</i>).<p>The new reward card offers three points per dollar spent at the Apple Store (iTunes and App …

The Simple Way to Build Incredibly Complicated Products | Inc.com

The fastest way to build something is to deconstruct it. Think about all those companies that produce complicated things on an insanely large scale: Toyota, McDonalds, Boeing. If you want to build enough cars to move the entire world or sell a trillion burgers or create an aircraft with millions of …

In Two Years, Rooftop Solar Will Cost The Same As Grid Electricity

In most of the country, it could soon pay to ditch your electricity provider.<p>The price of rooftop solar power is falling fast. Just recently, the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory said solar energy prices dropped by up to 19% countrywide in 2013, and by 12% this year. Prices now are 59% …

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How Technology Is Transforming Microfinance

<i>Vikas Lalwani is a member of the marketing team at FusionCharts, a startup providing JavaScript charts to 23,000+ customers. He also volunteers as community manager at Zidisha,</i><p>Microfinance, in simplest words, can be defined as providing small loans to people in need. It is already a $70 billion …

Best iBeacon hardware crowned following extensive stress tests

A new report from AisleLabs shared with 9to5Mac ahead of its release examines the various Bluetooth beacon hardware options that support the ‘iBeacon’ technology Apple introduced last year. The extensive testing resulted in winners for four categories including style, performance, value for money, …

Apple Pay expands to PNC Bank, US Bank, Navy Federal Credit Union, and others

Second big wave of Apple Pay partners coming online today<p>Apple Pay launched on October 20th, bringing Apple's wireless mobile payments system to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. At first, the system was limited to customers of major credit cards Visa, MasterCard, American Express; and to members of …