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What Every CEO Needs to Know About Design

CEOs who are design thinkers now need to add 'design doing' to their toolkit.<p>"To personalize an experience in the context of the moment--to understand what makes a customer human--Reinventors don't just plumb lots of data, though they do that well. They're design thinkers. They approach problems …

Design

Rajasthan's color-coded royal cities

Jaipur

India's 10 most magical train journeys

Train travel is a fascinating way to explore India. It showcases the country’s immensity, variety and colour, particularly over long journeys.<p>There are two ways to travel – on the public rail network, whose 12,000 trains carry 23 million passengers a day, or, for a plusher experience, on luxury …

This fancy device turns your entire room into a screen

Augmented reality for the design-minded<p>Screen fatigue is real. Between phones and laptops and TVs, it seems as if the world is covered in glowing glass boxes.<p>At first glance it might seems as if Lightform, a new projector system that casts light onto any surface, is part of the problem. Then you …

Augmented Reality

Silk'n's Latest At-Home Hair Removal Device Is A Serious Game Changer

Anyone out there who suffers from body hair issues knows the struggle—whether it’s from ingrown hairs, razor burn, or having excessive or unwanted hair. Hair can cause some serious inconveniences, maybe even a few embarrassing encounters, and even potential health risks in the worst-case scenario …

Skin Care

How our colonial past altered the ecobalance of an entire planet

It brought riches to Britain and many other European nations; played a major role in enslaving more than 10 million Africans; and created the first global markets in cotton, tobacco and sugar. But now colonialism has been accused of having an even greater influence. It is claimed that it changed …

Anthropology

Hong Kong's best new places to go

Hong Kong

Lego’s transition from building blocks to building a design language

I’m absolutely floored by Lego’s latest release, the Statue of Liberty… a part of their architecture line. There were a lot of ways they could go …

Westworld: The addictive digital fix

HBO’s Westworld has created a major following among its viewers and using a variety of innovative methods, the show manages to keep the conversation …

Marketing

What Chinese Consumers Want Now

Growth in spending by Chinese born after 1990 is shaking up the world’s consumer, media and the advertising industries. I spoke about that trend in Shanghai yesterday with Tom Doctoroff, the former Asia CEO of J. Walter Thompson and author of the popular 2012 book, “What Chinese Consumers Want.” …

How Analytics Has Given Netflix The Edge Over Hollywood

A number of recent articles discuss Hollywood’s concern over the recent wave of multimillion dollar Netflix deals with stars like Shonda Rhimes, Ryan Murphy or the Obamas to produce content for the platform. In contrast to the dynamism of Netflix, the traditional movie industry is hamstrung by a …

Email—yes, email—is the next great media platform

Editorial-focused newsletters are gaining momentum—and a small Dutch company is putting inbox-based publishing within everyone’s reach.<p>By all counts, email should already be dead.<p>I mean, really: Everyone hates it. Few can master it. And more companies than I can count have set out to assassinate it.<p>…

Social Media

How Social Media Became a Pink Collar Job

Companies hiring for technical positions often slip language into their job postings that appeals to men. They say they’re looking for “ninjas,” who …

First Reformed, starring Ethan Hawke, is bruising, vital, and one of the year’s best films

Paul Schrader’s movie is an astounding, harrowing meditation on faith and doubt.<p>I could never have watched Paul Schrader’s <i>First Reformed</i> dispassionately. Like Schrader, I was raised in a strict Christian community and didn’t watch movies until I was in my late teens, something that fundamentally …

'Elitist den of hate': Silicon Valley pastor decries hypocrisy of area's rich liberals

A Silicon Valley pastor has resigned from his church after calling the city of Palo Alto an “elitist shit den of hate” and criticizing the hypocrisy of “social justice” activism in the region.<p>Gregory Stevens confirmed on Monday that he had stepped down from the First Baptist church of Palo Alto, an …

Silicon Valley

Ignore the hype over big tech. Its products are mostly useless | John Harris

It’s years since Silicon Valley gave us a game-changer. Instead, from curing disease to colonies on Mars, we’re fed overblown promises<p>Back in 1999, Google hit 1bn searches a year. Wifi began to make an impact about two years later. Thanks to the pioneers of Facebook and Twitter, the age of mass …

Social Media

Design thinking, lean and agile are finally converging

Design, lean and agile have different modus operandi. With software releases now required by the hour, they need to be brought together to bring out …

A Battery That Could Change The World

Last week I happened to catch an intriguing documentary on NOVA called Search for the Super Battery.<p>The topic is of intense interest to me, as the development of better, cheaper batteries is critical for both the future of electric vehicles (EVs) and for the future electrical grid. Battery …

Clean Energy

Digital Strategies Are So 2016: Time For An Artificial Intelligence Strategy

There’s nothing new about organizations and their leaders fumbling around for a coherent, business-relevant strategy any time a new technology appears on the scene. We’ve been seeing this in recent years with the rise of digital, raising issues from defining what exactly digital is, to defining …

Artificial Intelligence

9 hidden places in Budapest worth discovering

<b>(CNN) —</b> Millions of travelers head to Budapest each year ready to be amazed by its stunning skylines, brilliant architecture and the rich flavors of cuisine of Hungary .<p>Strolling around the narrow streets of the Buda district, taking in superb views of the Parliament and going on scenic walks along …

European Travel

The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy

The class divide is already toxic, and is fast becoming unbridgeable. You’re probably part of the problem.<p>1.<p>For about a week every year in my childhood, I was a member of one of America’s fading aristocracies. Sometimes around Christmas, more often on the Fourth of July, my family would take up …

Income Inequality

You’re Not Just Imagining It. Your Job Is Absolute BS

If you voted for Bernie Sanders, have sea-punk green hair, and wear a pin declaring “Capitalism Is the Crisis,” you may already be familiar with …

Are ebooks dying or thriving? The answer is yes

It is a heartwarming story: In spite of the endless onslaught of digital content, American readers have collectively put down their screens and decided to embrace once more that beloved tactile rectangular prism that reminds us, with its weight at the bottom of our bags, of its immeasurable heft. …

Writing

Could This Be The Future Of Books?

I can’t count how many times I’ve heard someone lament to me that they’re too busy to read a book.<p>At first, I avoided these people. Who’s too busy to read a book? But, the sad fact is that everyone thinks they’re too busy to do most things these days. And why shouldn’t they be? Our attention is …

Books

Coming Of Age: Fintech Companies Should Move On From Millennials

<b>It’s all about the…</b><p>These days, for consumer fintech companies in wealth management (we will call them fintechs for short), it is, to paraphrase Meghan Trainor, all about the Millennials. Fintech unicorns are courting Millennials and garnering billion-dollar valuations for succeeding at it. The …

No death and an enhanced life: Is the future transhuman?

The aims of the transhumanist movement are summed up by Mark O’Connell in his book <i>To Be a Machine,</i> which last week won the Wellcome Book prize. “It is their belief that we can and should eradicate ageing as a cause of death; that we can and should use technology to augment our bodies and our minds; …

Singularity

96-Year-Old Secretary Quietly Amasses Fortune, Then Donates $8.2 Million

Even by the dizzying standards of New York City philanthropy, a recent $6.24 million donation to the Henry Street Settlement on the Lower East Side was a whopper — the largest single gift from an individual to the social service group in its 125-year history.<p>It was not donated by some billionaire …

Great Depression

The epic mistake about manufacturing that’s cost Americans millions of jobs

Looking back, there were two kinds of people who lived in America in 2016: people who believed Donald Trump, and people who believed data.<p>Trump claimed on the campaign trail that globalization had destroyed US manufacturing—and in the process, the American economy—by letting China and other …

Economics

Germany's Electric Cars Are Coming for Elon Musk and Tesla

Elon Musk started Tesla Inc. with a goal of accelerating the switch to electric cars by about a decade.<p>That wish is now catching up with him. …

Barbara Ehrenreich Isn't Afraid to Die

Barbara Ehrenreich is “old enough to die,” she writes in her new book, <i>Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, The Certainty of Dying, and Our</i> …