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By Sean Flaherty | Business ideas on the edge of disruption.

Ten Myths about Machine Learning

Machine learning used to take place behind the scenes: Amazon mined your clicks and purchases for recommendations, Google mined your searches for ad …

Machine Learning

European Union pledges free Wi-Fi for all citizens by 2020

Following the annual State of the Union Address this week, the European Commission has announced plans to bring free Wi-Fi in public spaces by 2020.<p>“We propose today to equip every European village and every city with free wireless internet access around the main centres of public life by 2020,” …

Wi-Fi

Why truly innovative science demands a leap into the unknown

While studying for his PhD in physics, Uri Alon thought he was a failure because all his research paths led to dead ends. But, with the help of …

Physics

Why ROC: ITX

ITX Executive Vice President of Strategy Sean Flaherty discussed his company's evolution as a technology firm in our Why ROC conversation Wednesday …

What Airbnb Understands About Customers’ “Jobs to Be Done”

On a recent business trip to London, I surprised the conference organizers by turning down the opportunity to stay at the posh hotel hosting the conference in favor of a rather modest Airbnb flat. The hotel was clearly much more luxurious. The flat would require me to take the tube or an Uber to …

Airbnb

Concept Mapping for Designers of the Future

Photo by André M. Pennycook<p>Recently, Cooper and the Speculative Futures group teamed up to conduct a joint workshop introducing designers to <i>Concept</i> …

Maps

Main menu

0:11 It's funny the things you forget. I went to see my mother the other day, and she told me this story that I'd completely forgotten about how, …

Information Overload

How IDEO Designers Persuade Companies to Accept Change

Every design project extends beyond the brief. No matter how straightforward and discrete a project seems at first, it will unfold in the context of a complicated, networked, and messily human organization. That means that part of a designer’s job must be to design tools, conversations, …

Design

The CEO guide to customer experience

Companies that create exceptional customer experiences can set themselves apart from their competitors.<p><b>What do my customers want?</b> The savviest …

Customer Experience

The Irony Of Apple's War On Design Theft

In a recent podcast, all-star designer Michael Bierut discusses why he doesn’t stand with Apple.<p>Because of a zany series of precedents dating back over a century, Samsung was forced to pay Apple $548 million for lifting elements of the iPhone's design for their Galaxy smartphones and tablets. The …

Modernism

Machine learning and data: the modern CIO’s chicken and egg | Information Age

‘Machine learning is quickly transitioning from being a technical topic for the few to a management tool for many’<p>Machine learning is rightly …

How machine learning will transform hospitality

Machine Learning

“Leadership Qualities” vs. Competence: Which Matters More?

There’s sometimes a disconnect between how we talk about leadership qualities (we tend to use words like <i>authority</i>, <i>power</i>, and <i>emotional intelligence</i>) and what we actually require from the people leading teams and other working groups (arguably, competence and a deep knowledge of the specific work …

Rotterdam

Maintaining Quality at a Break-neck Pace

How we design, develop and architect digital products is changing at a break-neck pace. Every week we are hearing about new breakthroughs in tools, …

Why we switched our philosophy from Ops to Infrastructure

There is Ops, Infrastructure, Performance, DevOps etc. The terms and titles go on and they vary based on a variety of industries, companies, and …

The Secret UX Issues That Will Make (Or Break) Self-Driving Cars

In an unassuming research lab, Volkswagen is solving problems that Tesla and Google haven't come close to cracking.<p>We were rolling eastward across the San Mateo Bridge in an Audi A7 at a dutiful 55 miles per hour, and I was riding shotgun accompanied by two of the car's engineers. With a sticker …

Smartphone use eating into IoT’s $3 trillion future

Though the market for the Internet of Things (IoT) is projected to reach a staggering $3 trillion globally by 2025, that forecast has dimmed partly due to broader smartphone capability.<p>Fortune mentioned an IoT report by Machina Research that lowered its forecast for part of the IoT …

How the Evoq CMS Aligns with the Key Principles of ITX

Visionary Entrepreneur who builds simple, useful, technology products. Has founded and developed several businesses including one recognized as an …

Pokémon GO is a Minimal Viable Product

Over the last few weeks we have witnessed Pokémon GO shatter app store records, dominate social media and drive stock market valuations. The game now …

Can Artificial Intelligence Be Creative?

Before you read this post, I want you to do something for me. Take 10 seconds and think of 5 fields that best exhibit “creativity” as you think of it.<p>…

Intelligence

The Superbook - The smartphone-powered Android laptop

Laptops

The UI That Could Help Make E-Sports A $100 Billion Industry

Activision Blizzard wants to make e-sports mainstream. How? By focusing less on the video game and more on the players.<p>With 2.2 billion fans worldwide and $124 billion in revenue, professional sports is big business. But ask Mike Sepso, senior vice president of Activision Blizzard Media Networks, …

The Foundation of Technical Leadership

I’m a front-end architect, but I’m also known as a technical leader, subject matter expert, and a number of other things. I came into my current …

Leadership

Create an Evolutionary Web Strategy with a Digital MRO Plan

Many organizations, large and small, approach creating their web presence as if it’s a one-time project. They invest an enormous amount of time and …

Web Design

Breaking the habit: The art of noticing the world around us and making it better

Article image: A worker using a spectroscope to observe steel color and gauge temperature. (source: Kheel Center via Flickr).

O'Reilly Media

How to Create a Perfect Color Scheme [Infographic]

Nothing can make a project stand out or identify your brand or business like color. Just think: What would the “Golden Arches” of McDonald’s be …

Color Schemes

Accessibility Matters: Meet Our New Book, “Inclusive Design Patterns” (Pre-Release)

<b>Accessibility</b> has always been a slightly unsettling realm for web developers. Surrounded with myths, misunderstandings and contradicting best …

Universal Design

Bridging retail's digital divide at the point-of-sale

If you want proof that digital transformation is much more than a simple technology upgrade, look no further than your nearest shopping mall. The …

Digital Divide

Are Branding Agencies Still Relevant?

The old way of designing brands is in desperate need of a rethink, writes Edenspiekermann's Paul Woods.<p>A couple years ago, I was interviewing for a job as digital design director at a (well-known) branding agency. After the usual pleasantries, we landed on the details of what the role would entail. …

Branding