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Innovation

Microsoft unveils wearable holograms in HoloLens, taking applications for devkit today

Microsoft announced wearable holograms for its HoloLens gaming platform at an event in New York today.<p>The on-stage demonstration showed a game player wearing a HoloLens headset with a weapon formed around his hand. He used this to do battle with some scary-looking robo-monsters.<p>He also used the …

Walkman to iPod: Business-Model Transformation

Samsung wants to be Apple. And it could be.<p><i>Excerpted from “Disrupting Digital Business: Create an Authentic Experience in the Peer-to-Peer-Economy,” by R. “Ray” Wang. Reprinted by permission of Harvard Business Review Press. Copyright 2015, Harvard Business School Publishing Corporation. All rights</i> …

Why have we yet to be enchanted by the internet of things?

One of the leading thinkers in the new computing sector known as the internet of things (IoT) can’t help but look at all the flashy, expensive, feature-packed gadgets on the market today – things like Google Glass or the Apple Watch – and keep coming away with the same thought: too many device …

Apple Watch

Are plants intelligent? New book says yes

A new book, Brilliant Green, argues that not only are plants intelligent and sentient, but that we should consider their rights, especially in the midst of the Sixth Mass Extinction<p>Plants are intelligent. Plants deserve rights. Plants are like the Internet – or more accurately the Internet is like …

Chimpanzees

Body-hackers: the people who turn themselves into cyborgs

Photograph: Kevin Warwick<p>Kevin Warwick … ‘the world’s first cyborg’<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/8/13/1439481440296/dc599682-fb1f-4f89-b12d-1d45032f7caf-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Kevin Warwick<p>Kevin Warwick … ‘the world’s first …

Google self-driving car involved in first injury accident

Google Inc. revealed Thursday that one of its self-driving car prototypes was involved in an injury accident for the first time.<p>In the collision, a Lexus SUV that the tech giant outfitted with sensors and cameras was rear-ended in Google's home city of Mountain View, where more than 20 prototypes …

53 Books You Won't Be Able To Put Down

What happens next? There's only one way to find out.<p><i>Some entries have been lightly edited for clarity and length.</i>

Stephen King

Matt Griffin on How We Work: The Art of Creating Accurate Estimates

The estimates. Good gravy, people, the estimates. Is there anything more terrifying in this business than when you have to go on record saying how …

How to find the perfect project manager

CIO David L. Stevens say project managers are critical to his organization’s success, so much so that he shook up the org chart soon after he started …

Project Management

Why Feminist Frequency Is Dead Wrong About 'The Witcher 3' [Updated]

Confirmation bias is dangerous. When you’re always looking for evidence of something, you begin to see it even where no evidence exists. Perhaps especially when no evidence exists.<p>Take the recent tweets of the Feminist Frequency duo—Jonathan McIntosh and Anita Sarkeesian—regarding the recently …

The Witcher

The RPG Scrollbars: The Declining Magic Of MMOs

There’s a basic rule of the universe – everything is better when it’s a dream. A new car. A new toy. A revolutionary new way of playing games. As a …

The eight essentials of innovation

Strategic and organizational factors are what separate successful big-company innovators from the rest of the field.<p><b>It’s no secret:</b> innovation is …

Architecture Haiku

The most effective way to transfer complex, abstract ideas from one person’s brain to another person’s brain is by writing the ideas down. This …

Microsoft announces Azure SQL Data Warehouse and Azure Data Lake in preview

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft today unveiled a couple of new services for working with data in its Azure public cloud and announced useful enhancements to its existing Azure SQL Database service at the Build conference today.<p>The new Azure SQL Data Warehouse will be able to store companies’ valuable …

How Developers Stop Learning: Rise of the Expert Beginner

Beyond the Dead Sea: When Good Software Groups Go Bad<p>I recently posted what turned out to be a pretty popular post called “How to Keep Your Best …

13 Money Management Lessons for Kids

Research shows that America's youth has a deep lack of understanding when it comes to finances and how to properly manage money. These disturbing statistics have generated a national movement to incorporate financial literacy into our education system and encourage parents to teach money management …

15 Free And Really Useful Online Courses For Entrepreneurs

Elise Moreau<p>Read full profile<p>Whether you’re just starting out with your new business idea or you’re a seasoned entrepreneurial professional, learning …

University of Pennsylvania

Which billion-dollar 'unicorn' startups are at most risk of dying? Here's what some data suggests ...

A unicorn is a term used to describe a startup worth $1 billion or more. Like the fictional animal, unicorn companies are supposed to be rare and magical.<p>Lately, tech's unicorns have become rather common. Last month, the Wall Street Journal compiled its own "billion-dollar club" — a list of 78 …

If Square Enix Designed Star Wars

Final Fantasy publisher Square Enix is taking on yet another major media franchise for its line of "Play Arts" figures. Square Enix and Lucasfilm have revealed new Darth Vader, Boba Fett, and Stormtrooper <i>Star Wars</i> figures designed by the Japanese game publisher. They look quite epic, I must say.<p>As …

Boba Fett

Microsoft Consolidates Azure Application Services into App Service

Microsoft attempts to bring web, mobile, API and workflow development under one umbrella called App Service. Along with this, Microsoft also added …

Apps

Exponential Leadership and Innovation

"If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses."<p>While there is no hard evidence to attribute the above quote to Henry Ford, there is no argument that he was a visionary of his time. He created something that consumers didn't realize they needed, by making the automobile …

What Everyone Needs to Know About Running Productive Meetings

Raise your hand if you think the majority of meetings are a complete waste of your time — not to mention your organization’s time. You don’t need to look far for confirming evidence. Consider the data on how one company’s weekly executive committee meeting rippled through the organization in a …

Technical Leadership: The Often Overlooked Skills and Responsibilities of a Technical Team Leader

Because they are a team, software teams are assigned a team leader. This post may have different names in every organization, but the main and common …

Homeopathy's lack of effectiveness is no surprise

The latest findings in Australia add to a series of other studies proving that its preparations have no proven benefits to patients<p>Homeopathy began in the 18th century with a German doctor called Samuel Hahnemann. Peeved that medical treatments, such as blood letting, were not as kind to patients …

Code Watch: The five essential rules of software project management

Although the point of this column is to discuss “where the rubber meets the road” of software development rather than theory, if you read SD Times, …