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The Rise of AI Makes Emotional Intelligence More Important

The booming growth of machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), like most transformational technologies, is both exciting and scary. It’s exciting to consider all the ways our lives may improve, from managing our calendars to making medical diagnoses, but it’s scary to consider the social …

Big Data Analytics – Fraunhofer

Recent advances in sensor technology, internet connectivity, and an ever accumulating amount of data in both production and business-oriented …

Cheap-to-buy, easy-to-build mini Lego drone is the stuff of childhood dreams

What self-respecting kid (or, perhaps, what kid who would rather stay indoors than play outside) didn’t at some point use their Legos to piece …

Drones

Top 10 Hot Artificial Intelligence (AI) Technologies

The market for artificial intelligence (AI) technologies is flourishing. Beyond the hype and the heightened media attention, the numerous startups and the internet giants racing to acquire them, there is a significant increase in investment and adoption by enterprises. A Narrative Science survey …

Artificial Intelligence

25 Easy Ways To Stimulate Innovation, And Never Get Stuck Again

Innovation is no fun when you’re staring down an oppressively blank sheet of paper, but you don’t have to go it alone. Here’s my list of 25 prompts guaranteed to get the innovation juices flowing, a list distilled from my speeches and workshops and work as an innovation culture consultant.<p><b>1. Borrow</b> …

The Robots Really Are Coming For All Our Jobs - Chinese Robot Writes First Article

That the robots are going to come and take all our jobs is something that appears to concern a lot of people. If they’re doing all the work then what are we going to do to earn our income? We’ll all end up starving in the gutters, right? To which the standard response from journalists like me has …

Mavic Pro: The coolest gadget since the original iPhone [Reviews]

Tiny cameras that can fly still seemed like a sci-fi dream just five years ago, but with DJI’s new Mavic Pro drone, the future has arrived ahead of schedule.<p>When it comes to drones, no company is killing it right now more than DJI, and the Mavic Pro is its most amazing achievement yet. Yes, some …

6 Companies That Give Real Meaning to "Digital Transformation"

If you aren't convinced that "digital transformation" is more than just a buzzword, these organizations reinventing themselves with technology will change your mind.<p>These days you can't have a conversation with someone in technology without talking about "digital transformation." We're guilty of …

How to Use Composition Templates to Improve Your Photography

When doing photography in general, and in my case travel photography, the use of a <i>photography template</i> can be very beneficial and help improve the …

See how Sony Xperia Touch turns any table, counter or wall into an Android 'phone'

Vertical Integration 2.0: An Old Strategy Makes a Comeback

<i>A version of this article appeared in the Autumn 2015 issue of</i> strategy+business.<p>“Owning the value chain” was a favorite strategy in the early part …

Markets

The Nemonic printer will put your selfie on a sticky note

I love a good printer, and the Nemonic printer seems like a good printer. The device’s whole aesthetic pleases me. Its pastel color palette is just trendy enough, it’s tiny and therefore cute, and it’s minimalistic. Plus, it’s very easy to use. The printer connects over Bluetooth to your phone and …

SoftBank’s humanoid robot Pepper is improving sales at brick-and-mortar stores

Turns out people like to shop with robots.<p>SoftBank, the Japanese company recently in the news for a meeting between its CEO and Donald Trump and its promise to invest $50 billion into U.S. tech companies, has been working to bring its humanoid robot Pepper to American markets for the past year.<p>And …

The PowerRay underwater drone finds fish and films them in 4K

If you're heading out to the coast or the lake for a spot of fishing, you can have the best gear and the perfect bait but you won't land anything if you're set up in the wrong spot. Experience can only guide so you so much, so PowerVision -- the company behind the incredible PowerEgg drone we saw …

Virtual Reality

3 Ways To Win By Competing On Quality, Not Price

What makes your business worth the price?<p>As an entrepreneur, ask yourself, “What makes my product or service worth what I’m asking my customers to pay?”<p>I read recently about Howard Schultz, the CEO and Chairman of Starbucks, stepping down from his role to develop what he’s calling “the $12 cup of …

How to Generate $500 Million From a Single Ideation Workshop

These tools generate ideas based on the knowledge, experience, and creativity of team members. They vary according to objective, time horizon, nature of the idea, and methodology.<p>A month after I joined Texas Instruments in 2002 I flew to Dallas to meet my boss for the first time. We had a pleasant …

Where Passion Meets Innovation: The Phenomenal UI/UX Solution for Your Custom Backend System

Companies these days are faced with a very difficult decision to make when it comes to their custom software. They have to choose between increased functionality and better user interface and experience. At that point, one of them has to give way for the other.<p>Overtime as new innovations in design …

Web Design

Is Agile The Antidote To Your Horrible Boss?

If you’ve toiled in a big organization for any time, you’re familiar with the whips and scorns of an insolent supervisor and the sneer of cold command. In the midst of multiple put-downs and slights of your best efforts, it’s little consolation that your horrible boss is just as unhappy as you are. …

Management

Google And Apple Knocking On The Car Door? 'No, We Won't Let Them Inside,' Toyota Exec Says

Google and Apple reportedly have performed a tactical retreat in their efforts to disrupt the car industry, and shifted from making cars to developing software for autonomous driving and infotainment. It will be a hard sell as large global automakers devote more resources to coding their own. This …

The Strategic Value of APIs

Today, a firm without application program interfaces (APIs) that allow software programs to interact with each other is like the internet without the World Wide Web. Just as the World Wide Web opened up the internet’s potential for use by billions, APIs — specifications or protocols for how to …

Why Tim Cook is Steve Ballmer and Why He Still Has His Job at Apple

What happens to a company when a visionary CEO is gone? Most often innovation dies and the company coasts for years on momentum and its brand. Rarely does it regain its former glory.<p>Here's why.<p>---<p>Microsoft entered the 21st century as the dominant software provider for anyone who interacted with a …

Business Strategy

Techniques to scale agile across project teams and organizations | Zephyr

Once associated only with small application development projects and co-located teams of 8-10 members, the Agile methodology is now being …

When Big Firms Are Most Likely to Innovate

Large, established companies get a bad rap for failing to be innovative. Conventional wisdom suggests that these firms are less likely to create path-breaking new technologies. Some argue this is because established firms are less likely to pursue radically new ideas—they get complacent or they …

Why global innovation and competiveness will be driven by new metrics based on the fourth industrial revolution and ICT infrastructure

Economies and people worldwide are starting to feel the first effects of the dawning fourth industrial revolution, a convergence of technologies that …

The 10 Eternal Laws of Product Pricing

Customers make buying decisions on the basis of their emotions and how the price is presented.<p>Now that I've blown off steam complaining about the Wells Fargo fraudulent account scandal, let's get back to some basic marketing, shall we? Few elements of marketing are more important than pricing, so …

Modernizing IT for a digital era

As digital disruptions impose greater demands on IT systems and organizations, companies must consider an end-to-end approach for upgrading and …

Innovation

How Automated Narratives Are Now Helping Tableau Users Gain More Insights From Data Visualizations

Graphs and data visualizations are great ways of bringing data to life and communicating key insights at a simple glace. However, unless graphs, charts and dials are extremely well designed many still are at risk of being misinterpreted and often require significant efforts to fully understand. …

Create your own API for Craft Data Plugin (no code required)

<b>Always copy pasting the same kind of information in your comps?</b><p>Let me show you how to improve drastically your workflow by creating your own API that …

Managing Personas: The Persona Tool

Listening to and understanding customers is one of the most overlooked steps in the product design process. By creating personas for your target …

UX Design