Facebook is eating the world – Columbia Journalism Review

SOMETHING REALLY DRAMATIC is happening to our media landscape, the public sphere, and our journalism industry, almost without us noticing and certainly without the level of public examination and debate it deserves. Our news ecosystem has changed more dramatically in the past five years than perhaps at any time in the past five hundred. We are … Continue reading Facebook is eating the world – Columbia Journalism Review

Open innovation is growing, but universities may be missing out on the action

The concept of open innovation is one that is growing in acceptance, with a recent report revealing that nearly 80 percent of companies are regularly engaged with external partners in their innovation work. Despite this apparent willingness and high levels of R&D spending, a recent paper reveals that academics are seemingly missing out on the action, as they … Continue reading Open innovation is growing, but universities may be missing out on the action

New “Passive Wi-Fi” Could Save Your Phone’s (Battery) Life

Using ‘reflected’ signals could have a big impact on your phone’s battery life. Electrical engineers at the University of Washington have come up with a new type of Wi-Fi hardware that uses 10,000 times less power than existing technology, Wiredreports. That could have big implications for mobile and embedded applications, helping smartphone batteries last longer, reducing … Continue reading New “Passive Wi-Fi” Could Save Your Phone’s (Battery) Life

Scientists discover how to ‘upload knowledge to your brain’ 

Feeding knowledge directly into your brain, just like in sci-fi classic The Matrix, could soon take as much effort as falling asleep, scientists believe. Researchers claim to have developed a simulator which can feed information directly into a person’s brain and teach them new skills in a shorter amount of time, comparing it to “life … Continue reading Scientists discover how to ‘upload knowledge to your brain’ 

Digital globalization: The new era of global flows

  Conventional wisdom says that globalization has stalled. But although the global goods trade has flattened and cross-border capital flows have declined sharply since 2008, globalization is not heading into reverse. Rather, it is entering a new phase defined by soaring flows of data and information. Remarkably, digital flows—which were practically nonexistent just 15 years ago—now … Continue reading Digital globalization: The new era of global flows

How companies succeed through radical engagement

Antibusiness sentiment is nothing new. Yet mending the rift between big business and society isn’t merely a worthy goal—it may represent a new frontier of competitive advantage, profitability, and longevity for today’s organizations. In Connect: How companies succeed by engaging radically with society(PublicAffairs, March 2016), L1 Energy chairman and former BP chief executive officer John Browne, McKinsey’s … Continue reading How companies succeed through radical engagement

Our Economy Is Obsessed with Efficiency and Terrible at Everything Else

Who doesn’t want to be more efficient? Pay someone else to do your grocery shopping — and clean your house, walk your dog, take that package to the post office. Blend your food so you don’t have to spend time chewing it. Don’t waste time remembering to buy toilet paper; just sign up for an Amazon Prime subscription. Swipe right. … Continue reading Our Economy Is Obsessed with Efficiency and Terrible at Everything Else

Long-lost Caravaggio painting goes on show in Tokyo

A long-lost painting by the Italian master Caravaggio is being shown to the public at an exhibition in Tokyo. Mary Magdalene in Ecstasy was found in a private collection in 2014 and identified as an original by Mina Gregori, an Italian art historian and Caravaggio specialist. The 1606 work was previously known only through copies made by … Continue reading Long-lost Caravaggio painting goes on show in Tokyo

Coolest Cooler is flat broke and looking for an investor, but backers are pissed off

Coolest Cooler has burned all the way through its $13 million in funding, and is now searching for an investor to help bail them out. The most funded project in Kickstarter history has hit a wall, and tells backers it now needs more money to help get things back on track and get products to them: We are … Continue reading Coolest Cooler is flat broke and looking for an investor, but backers are pissed off