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India is an outlier in its tax policy

The celebrated French economist Thomas Piketty’s recent visit to India caused much consternation for his remarks. He proclaimed that 1) inequality in …

Economics

Imagination’s PowerVR graphics chips will make gadgets affordable in Asia and Latin America

Imagination Technologies has taken the wraps off a new generation of PowerVR graphics chips that will be targeted at high-performance, low-power, and low-cost consumer devices. The graphics processing units (GPUs) will be aimed at everything from low-cost portable devices to 4K televisions.<p>The …

Latin America

Facebook's Big Plan to Make Your Cellphone Faster

Facebook has teamed up with Nokia, Intel, and several telcos to create an open source hardware and software platform for the telecommunication …

Ikea designed a better shelter for refugees — here's what it can do

But these aren't any ordinary shelters.<p>These were designed by Ikea and built by Better Shelter, a social enterprise run by Ikea's non-profit foundation, to help refugees fleeing violence and conflict by "putting their needs at the heart of the development process."<p>These Ikea-designed shelters are …

Homelessness

It shouldn’t be this hard to order a pizza. Soon in India, it won’t be

In parts of the world where explaining your address can be a major nuisance, the simple process of ordering a pizza can turn into a complicated exercise.<p>In India, Domino’s Pizza wants to let customers skip the ordeal by allowing them create “smart addresses,” essentially a unique identity that a …

Fortune.com

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Docker, CoreOS, Google, Microsoft, Amazon And Others Come Together To Develop Common Container Standard

Docker, CoreOS, Google, Microsoft and Amazon are now working on a new standard for software containers with the help of the Linux Foundation. Other members of this coalition include Apcera, Cisco, EMC, Fujitsu Limited, Goldman Sachs, HP, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Joyent, Mesosphere, Pivotal, Rancher …

CoolChip Technologies Is Redesigning The Humble Computer Fan

If there’s one part of a PC that doesn’t get enough love, it’s the fan. These small plastic spinning pieces cost almost nothing and keep hundreds or thousands of dollars of advanced technology from cooking itself.<p>The only time anyone talks about a computer’s fans is when we notice them doing their …

Employees Who Feel Love Perform Better

“Love” is a not word you often hear uttered in office hallways or conference rooms. And yet, it has a strong influence on workplace outcomes. The more love co-workers feel at work, the more engaged they are. (Note: Here we’re talking about “companionate love” which is far less intense than romantic …

The Hard Data on Being a Nice Boss

There’s an age-old question out there: Is it better to be a “nice” leader to get your staff to like you? Or to be tough as nails to inspire respect and hard work? Despite the recent enthusiasm for wellness initiatives like mindfulness and meditation at the office, and despite the movement toward …

Build an Innovation Engine in 90 Days

Practically every company innovates. But few do so in an orderly, reliable way. In far too many organizations, the big breakthroughs happen despite the company. Successful innovations typically follow invisible development paths and require acts of individual heroism or a heavy dose of serendipity. …

LinkedIn explains its complex Gobblin big data framework

LinkedIn shed more light Tuesday on a big-data framework dubbed Gobblin that helps the social network take in tons of data from a variety of sources …

Tutorial: Spark-GPU Cluster Dev in a Notebook

Speed, Quality, Dev Time... pick two. This has been an age-old tradeoff in software development. The goal of this blog post is to create a local dev …

Yoga Pro 3 review: Broadwell is a mixed blessing

The design is ever more exotic, but the performance is worse.<p>Specs at a glance: Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro<p>SCREEN<p>3200×1800 at 13.3" (276 ppi)<p>OS<p>Windows 8.1 …

Patents hint at Magic Leap’s new approach to augmented reality

There is a tremendous amount of hype around Oculus Rift. But it only takes one try to understand why. We may be in the early stages of virtual …

Facebook rearchitects its data center networks, increases capacity 10x to make room for even more growth

Just outside Des Moines, Iowa, Facebook has developed a whole new way of moving data around its data centers.<p>The social networking company clearly wants to support an increasing number of users. To that end, it’s redesigned the orientation of the network for its newest functioning data center, in …

Amazon's Cloud Computing Digital Blind Spot

Amazon Web Services (AWS), the Amazon.com cloud computing juggernaut, wrapped up its annual reInvent conference in Las Vegas last week. Host to many thousands of AWS devotees, hundreds of exhibiting partners, and dozens of press and analysts – but not myself. You see, I wasn’t invited.<p>Not for want …

Why Amazon’s new Lambda cloud service is a huge deal for devs — and the cloud market

At Amazon Web Services’ big annual user conference in Las Vegas this week, executives from the market-leading public cloud made all the moves that spectators were expecting: a few new products, a new generation of server chips for running applications, some customer wins, and greater support for …

Introducing data center fabric, the next

The more than 1.35 billion people who use Facebook on an ongoing basis rely on a seamless, “always on” site performance. On the back end, we have …