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34 Most Disruptive Technologies of the Next Decade

34 Most Disruptive Technologies of the Next Decade | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Smart dust? 4-D printing? Gartner's annual hype cycle report offers insight into new directions in technology.

 

Research firm Gartner released its annual report this week on hype in technology, sharing which technologies are up-and-coming, which are at peak hype, and which have moved well into mainstream territory.

You probably won't be surprised to learn that machine learning is riding the highest crest of the "peak of inflated expectations" wave. You might be surprised, though, by the technologies coming up behind it. Read more: click image or title.

 

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An open letter from technology sector leaders on Donald Trump’s candidacy for President — NewCo Shift

An open letter from technology sector leaders on Donald Trump’s candidacy for President — NewCo Shift | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

We are inventors, entrepreneurs, engineers, investors, researchers, and business leaders working in the technology sector. We are proud that American innovation is the envy of the world, a source of widely-shared prosperity, and a hallmark of our global leadership.

We believe in an inclusive country that fosters opportunity, creativity and a level playing field. Donald Trump does not. He campaigns on anger, bigotry, fear of new ideas and new people, and a fundamental belief that America is weak and in decline. We have listened to Donald Trump over the past year and we have concluded: Trump would be a disaster for innovation. His vision stands against the open exchange of ideas, free movement of people, and productive engagement with the outside world that is critical to our economy — and that provide the foundation for innovation and growth.

Let’s start with the human talent that drives innovation forward. We believe that America’s diversity is our strength. Great ideas come from all parts of society, and we should champion that broad-based creative potential. We also believe that progressive immigration policies help us attract and retain some of the brightest minds on earth — scientists, entrepreneurs, and creators. In fact, 40% of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children. Donald Trump, meanwhile, traffics in ethnic and racial stereotypes, repeatedly insults women, and is openly hostile to immigration. He has promised a wall, mass deportations, and profiling.

We also believe in the free and open exchange of ideas, including over the Internet, as a seed from which innovation springs. Donald Trump proposes “shutting down” parts of the Internet as a security strategy — demonstrating both poor judgment and ignorance about how technology works. His penchant to censor extends to revoking press credentials and threatening to punish media platforms that criticize him.

Finally, we believe that government plays an important role in the technology economy by investing in infrastructure, education and scientific research. Donald Trump articulates few policies beyond erratic and contradictory pronouncements. His reckless disregard for our legal and political institutions threatens to upend what attracts companies to start and scale in America. He risks distorting markets, reducing exports, and slowing job creation.

We stand against Donald Trump’s divisive candidacy and want a candidate who embraces the ideals that built America’s technology industry: freedom of expression, openness to newcomers, equality of opportunity , public investments in research and infrastructure, and respect for the rule of law.We embrace an optimistic vision for a more inclusive country, where American innovation continues to fuel opportunity, prosperity and leadership.

To see the names of the people who signed this letter, click image or title.

 

 

 

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How smart cities (will) work | ExtremeTech

How smart cities (will) work | ExtremeTech | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

These days, the word “smart” is being applied to anything with a processor or a sensor and a connection to a network of some sort. You can argue that having some processing power for information and the ability to communicate with something makes a device “smart” – or at least a lot smarter than it was before.

The word smart is also being applied to cities now – so what does it mean to be a smart city, or at least a smarter one? Broadly speaking, it means an information and communication infrastructure (sometimes acronymed as ICT) that allows smart devices (like smartphones, automobiles, thermostats, water meters) to connect to smart infrastructure (problem reporting, traffic signals and information, parking systems, the electric grid, billing systems) to improve quality of life and productivity in cities.

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The combination of #devices, #technology, #internet, #bigData and #AI is creating totally new entities, such as #SmartCities. What exactly makes a city 'smart?

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#SmartCities explained.

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We're Turning Into a Freelance Nation. Here's What That Looks Like.

We're Turning Into a Freelance Nation. Here's What That Looks Like. | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Technology has facilitated a global market shift that provides more options for freelance employees.

With more than 53.7 million freelancers working the United States, the group now makes up about one third of the nation’s labor force. It’s a number which signals just how much the U.S. job market has changed in the years following the Global Financial Crisis.

Researcher Bill Tancer said recently: “We believe there has been a fundamental shift in the U.S. job market. Incomes have stagnated and the size of the total labor pool has contracted.” Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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#JobSecurity is going down and people are looking for new ways to market their skills. Working from home has many advantages, and so does working for yourself.

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Why Tesla Will Destroy the Automobile Industry

Why Tesla Will Destroy the Automobile Industry | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Traditional car manufacturers are clueless when it comes to the effective use of digital technology.

If there's an example of a company about to disruptively innovate an entire industry, it's Tesla.

Partly, this is because of raw technology--Tesla's is clearly superior to that of its competitors. 

Partly, it's because Tesla has a more efficient business model. As Slate recently pointed out, Tesla bypasses value-subtracting dealer franchises and universally disliked car salespeople.

More important, though, Tesla will kill traditional car companies because companies like GM, Ford, and Honda simply do not understand digital technology and are unlikely to understand it any time soon.

Tesla is a high-tech company that happens to be making automobiles. They understand technology because without technology a Tesla is just a huge, expensive paperweight. Read more: click image or title.

 

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We have seen some industry #disruptions already. Big ones like the #auto industry is still to come. It's happening right now.

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At SXSW: Barack Obama's Call to Action for the Tech Industry

At SXSW: Barack Obama's Call to Action for the Tech Industry | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Entrepreneur was on the scene for the first-ever keynote by a sitting U.S. president at the tech festival.

Those looking for drama as the first-ever sitting President came to keynote Austin’s SXSW festival were in for a disappointment.

The 2,000 attendees were decided via a random ticket lottery, calming the sometimes chaotic SXSW hordes into one simple (yet still enormous) line. The Austin police department, working in tandem with members of the Secret Service and TSA Agents, kept the crowds moving and the security process painless. The sense of excitement was palpable at the Long Center as the Austinite-heavy crowd, a blue speck of citizens in a very red state, prepared themselves to give the commander-in-chief a very warm welcome.

After an opening speech by Casey Gerald, President Obama took the stage with Evan Smith, editor-in-chief of The Texas Tribune, for a chat on “civic engagement in the 21st century.” It was a wide-ranging talk -- one that included a shout-out to local taco favorite Torchy’s as well as discussion of the legal battle between Apple and the FBI. But the main call to action went out to to the tech industry, as the commander-in-chief challenged the group to consider how their skills could upgrade any number of legacy systems. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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President #Obama made a Call to Action in Austin,TX inviting the #tech world and privacy sector to upgrade outdated government systems.

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What Technology Will Look Like In Five Years

What Technology Will Look Like In Five Years | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

As a driver of technical innovation for a software company, a huge part of my job depends on forecasting how current tech trends will play out, merge, dissipate or expand. Here are some of my predictions of what the world will look like in 2020.


Revised Notions Of Ownership

Think of the things you use every day: your smart phone, your computer, your desk and so on. You own most — if not all — of those things.

However, in the future, you’ll probably share most of them.

We’ve recently seen a huge rise in the sharing economy; not only can you stay in someone else’s house via Airbnb, but you can sail in someone else’s boat through Sailo, fly in someone else’s private plane via OpenAirplane and go snowboarding with someone’s else’s board via Spinlister.

This is only the first wave. Major players like Google, Apple and Uber are developing car technology so that, in five years, rather than driving to the office in a car you own, you’ll drive to work in a car you ordered on your cell phone that morning. If you wanted, you could drive a different make and model every day. Read more: click image or title.



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Here's a good overview of what #tech will bring for the very near future.

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Raluca Barett's curator insight, December 28, 2015 6:21 PM

Should we come back in 5 years' time and check what came true and what has actually exceeded expectations?

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Artificial intelligence: ‘Homo sapiens will be split into a handful of gods and the rest of us’

Artificial intelligence: ‘Homo sapiens will be split into a handful of gods and the rest of us’ | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

A new report suggests that the marriage of AI and robotics could replace so many jobs that the era of mass employment could come to an end.

If you wanted relief from stories about tyre factories and steel plants closing, you could try relaxing with a new 300-page report from Bank of America Merrill Lynch which looks at the likely effects of a robot revolution.

But you might not end up reassured. Though it promises robot carers for an ageing population, it also forecasts huge numbers of jobs being wiped out: up to 35% of all workers in the UK and 47% of those in the US, including white-collar jobs, seeing their livelihoods taken away by machines.

Haven’t we heard all this before, though? From the luddites of the 19th century to print unions protesting in the 1980s about computers, there have always been people fearful about the march of mechanisation. And yet we keep on creating new job categories.

However, there are still concerns that the combination of artificial intelligence (AI) – which is able to make logical inferences about its surroundings and experience – married to ever-improving robotics, will wipe away entire swaths of work and radically reshape society.

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Marc Kneepkens's insight:

We are living in a major revolution of #technology and #disruption. The rate of change is going up exponentially. Be ready for more major steps in your lifetime.

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The ET's curator insight, November 23, 2015 11:03 PM

Future fear?

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Maybe they could fight our wars for us? Nah, they are too intelligent...

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The Lessons I Learned Growing A Startup From Scratch To A $5B Valuation

The Lessons I Learned Growing A Startup From Scratch To A $5B Valuation | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Last week I caught up with Nishul Saperia, a member of the founding team at Markit. Markit grew from 5 staff to more than 3,500 in under a decade and was valued at more than $5bn shortly before listing on the Nasdaq in June 2014. Nishul spoke about his journey, why Markit was such a success, and the start-up projects he has backed since leaving the firm. Compulsive reading!

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It's a nice story, but the best part to learn from is on page 3, his final thoughts.

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9 Ways That Cities Are Creating Tech Communities That Support Civic Innovation - Co.Exist

9 Ways That Cities Are Creating Tech Communities That Support Civic Innovation - Co.Exist | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
These are the cities that are the best and worst at working with local startups for the benefit of all involved.

How can cities truly embrace technology to improve their operations and provide better public services? Despite no shortage of focus on this question, cities—with their entrenched ways of doing things and cautious approach—have struggled on this issue.

A new report called the Citie Framework attempts to provide answers. It advocates a link between local communities of tech companies and innovative governance—a kind of "feedback loop," if you will. "While city authorities can’t create tech communities or entrepreneurs, what they can do is optimize the policy levers that are within their control to design the best set of conditions for innovation to flourish," it says. Read more: click on image or title.




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Cities are catching on to the world of technology. How are they doing? Which ones create the best environment for startups and investors?


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The Top Jobs In 10 Years Might Not Be What You Expect

The Top Jobs In 10 Years Might Not Be What You Expect | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
We talked to three futurists to find out what the hot jobs of 2025 could be, and their answers may surprise you.

For decades, the U.S. Bureau of Labor’s Economic and Employment Projections have been the bellwether for predicting what the hottest jobs up to a decade out would be. But with the rapid pace of technological change disrupting industries faster than ever before (think: robotics, 3-D printing, the sharing economy), it’s becoming obvious to many futurists that past trends may no longer be a reliable indicator of future job prospects.

"In the last two centuries, we’ve seen two significant shifts in the global labor market," says Graeme Codrington, futurist at TomorrowToday Global. "First we stripped the agricultural sector of workers, and then we did the same to manufacturing. Now the machines are coming for the tertiary sector, and will begin to strip companies of their white-collar workers in the next decade."

What that means, says Codrington, is that some of the hottest jobs of today could be obsolete by 2025 (check out the sidebar to see if yours is on the chopping block). Yet all hope isn’t lost, he says. "History tells us that somehow the labor market creates new jobs whenever it destroys some old ones. While it’s easy to see how the overall job market could contract significantly, and certainly many jobs that exist today will not exist in a decade or two, it’s also quite easy to see myriad new jobs being created."

So just what are the jobs that will be in demand in this brave new world only a decade away? Codrington and two other futurists give us their predictions. Read more: click image or title.





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Changing and adapting is essential nowadays. Looking forward and predicting what's coming up is not easy. I think this article provides some good information on what's coming up next.

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Future of Fabrics Folding into Tech

Future of Fabrics Folding into Tech | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

So you walk into a store and the salesperson takes a 3D scan of your body then uses it to design custom clothing that can be printed especially for you. Sounds like science fiction but this is the future of fashion and it’s unfolding before our eyes.

A new wave of textiles being developed and brought to market create a fashion realm where customization comes standard, environmental inefficiencies are nearly eradicated, and innovative fabrics are available for the masses. To make things appealing on the outside requires the right combination of math, science and technology on the inside.

The namesake of Bradley Rothenberg studio envisions a future where design studios and retail stores create fashion using only 3D printers. For many, Rothenberg is best known for his 3D fashions for the 2013 Victoria’s Secret show.

In addition to tailoring a garment to a person’s exact body type, 3D printers let designers push the materials possibilities beyond fabric.

“We can decide where we want the different textile properties: perhaps see-through in one area and stiff and structured in another,” said Rothenberg, whose studio develops textiles using mathematical algorithms and a range of 3D printing materials.

“For the last 150 years – more or less – textiles have been made in pretty much the same manner. There’s knitting and there’s weaving,” said Rothenberg.

“This industrial process [3D printing] is a new way to think about textiles and fashion,” he said. Read more by clicking on image or title above.




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The ups and downs of working in a tech incubator

The ups and downs of working in a tech incubator | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Michael Rainsford discusses how his start-up company developed in a shared office space, and reveals the benefits and downsides of such a setup for an early-stage company. 

When my company StuRents.com went full-time back in June 2014 we were looking for the perfect environment in which to grow our semi-established start-up, and when we stumbled across the newly-established Google Campus near London’s Old Street, we also stumbled across the idea of the ‘tech incubator’ (essentially an office space housing tech start-ups). We liked it and we applied for a few desk spaces, which we were subsequently offered at a relatively cheap price.

It seemed like the perfect setup for us and six months later we graduated to a different incubator within the city. But those six months at Campus had been good for us. Growing in an incubator we found to definitely have its upsides.

Firstly, most incubators are cheap. Most tech incubators (as with any place providing facilities for start-ups) are likely to offer cheap rental rates. But compared with other venues offering facilities for fledgling businesses, Google Campus offered all inclusive rates, mentoring and access to the heart of Tech City. These fringe benefits are often, in the cases of incubators, the main benefits, when all you are actually using the building for is working – with no time or inclination for creature comforts.

Many incubators also seek to keep themselves at capacity by offering flexible workspace with pay-as-you-go style pricing. At Campus these spaces were remarkably cheap; arguably too cheap. Given the limited number of spaces available, for every developer on Flex membership paying a little over £100 per annum there were tens of eager entrepreneurs (who would have contributed much to the culture and atmosphere) waiting in line for a spare desk.

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Incubators and accelerators are great places to launch your startup. You learn, meet others, have mentors available, and get a ton of experience. If you get the chance, go for it. They are popping up everywhere, not just in the big cities.

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Seven Tips For Starting A Tech Company Without Venture Capital

Seven Tips For Starting A Tech Company Without Venture Capital | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Just because you haven't raised a round doesn't mean you can't bootstrap a thriving business.

When starting a tech company, it can be tempting to make venture capital a priority, but finding it shouldn’t be what drives your business decisions. I knew I wanted to bootstrap my business, BuySellAds, so that I could follow my own goals. By following these next few tips, I was able to achieve success for my business without raising VC money. Here’s how you can too. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Making the right choices when creating your #tech #startup.

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Technology will change where we live

Technology will change where we live | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Governor Jerry Brown recently proposed legislation that would streamline the path for large-scale development across California. It could have a huge impact on growing housing supply in San Francisco, specifically, which suffers from NIMBYism and a lengthy, local review process for building developers.

The additional supply spurred by the legislation will help abate the rising housing costs — and is a good thing. But in the end, it may not matter much. Within about five years a new technology revolution will create a massive shift in where people choose to live and, as a pleasant byproduct, will solve San Francisco’s real estate crisis, independent of any legislation. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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#Technology is quickly changing how we live. This article illustrates where we're going. Some amazing insights.

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Your on-demand startup won't be around in five years without these three things

Your on-demand startup won't be around in five years without these three things | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

The supposed startup “bubble” and the on-demand economy are two of Silicon Valley’s most common discussion topics right now. VCs, media, and executives are all talking about them, and one of the most popular arguments is that the on-demand economy will be the first casualty of a bubble that is allegedly starting to burst.

The good news is that plenty of on-demand companies are thriving, innovating and doing exceptional things for the world. However, a slew of these businesses are fundamentally built on a model—on-demand delivery—that had no chance to begin with.

So-called “on-demand” companies can be divided into two categories: (1) those using technology as leverage for a new way of providing a service, and (2) those that classified a mobile app as “technology” and simply added “delivery." For many companies, on-demand is unnecessary. For example, I am a massage addict, and while it is nice to have a therapist come to my house, I don’t need my massage therapist “on-demand." I can keep to my regularly scheduled appointments. By contrast, companies like Uber/Lyft, Airbnb, and even Amazon have found ways to make an on-demand business that is both necessary and sustainable. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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What does it take to make your #on-demand #startup succeed?

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From Entry To Exit: What It Takes To Create A Viable Startup

From Entry To Exit: What It Takes To Create A Viable Startup | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

At a recent event in Puerto Rico, I was asked to speak about best practices in technology marketing. From my perspective — after close to two decades advising, and learning from, some of the best tech startups — it’s quite simple: the ability to stay true to yourself despite whatever comes at you.  And the principle toolset to staying true?  Imagine yourself as the protagonist (hero) in a story where you will need to allow three things to happen: (1) your personal and professional transformation, for you will indeed need to change by growing (evolving) because of the challenges you will face, while remaining true to yourself; (2) the strategic use of your unique gifts as an entrepreneur; and (3) the use of people in your network who understand those gifts and are more than willing to help, but only if you can find the courage to ask.

The challenges/gifts/help triad is, in my opinion, common to all stories, whether the outcomes are good or bad.

Let’s start with the bad:  ignore any of these elements in the triad and the story is known as tragedy.  But understanding and accepting the challenges of your own hero’s journey could be the best thing you can do for your fledgling company.  In Puerto Rico — at the launch of a new technology accelerator called Parallel 18  (where I am an advisor) – I took extra time to explain the importance of asking for help because, as I have learned in my travels, this may in fact be the greatest challenge in Hispanic business culture.  But I am more impressed with the exceptions, like the story of Pilar Manchón, a Spanish-born entrepreneur who launched and sold a company to Intel where she is now a general manager. The exceptions to the rule are instructional, like all great stories. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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A great story about what it takes to succeed on the road to #success. A #startup is quite a challenge, and that is what this is about.

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Top 10 Emerging Technologies That Could Transform Our Future

Top 10 Emerging Technologies That Could Transform Our Future | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Here is our selection of top 10 emerging technologies that will affect your life within the next five years, without a shadow of a doubt.

The world is changing fast. Faster than any time in the human history. For example, it took fifty years for one in four Americans to adopt electricity. Then, it got faster. It took thirty years for the same number to utilise the radio. Then, even faster. Eighteen years to “accept” the colour TV. Thirteen years for mobile phones and only seven for laptops. That’s how fast the world is changing.

We see changes in education, agriculture, energy, banking, health and even in fashion. There is hardly anything that is not changing. But all these changes would not be possible without one “ingredient”. The technology.

Here is our selection of top 10 emerging technologies. Ten technologies that will affect your life – within the next five years – without a shadow of a doubt. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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#Technology advancements have opened the door to many new sectors. Our world is changing right in front of our eyes.

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#Technology advancements have opened the door to many new sectors. Our world is changing right in front of our eyes.

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Maturing markets = higher stakes, closing doors

Maturing markets = higher stakes, closing doors | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Interesting piece by Jessica Lessin in The Information today: The End of Tech Startups:
Big tech companies are getting better at fending off competition from startups by adopting many of the tools and distribution platforms used by the upstarts. That will force startups to become more inventive or to go outside of tech.

I think this premise is exactly correct. Though it’s easier to start a company than ever before, it’s harder to compete. There are several reasons, as Jessica outlines. But one way I think about it is, in every maturing market, over time, value moves up the stack. Read more: click image or title.

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The #startup approach of #disruption, great #ideas and #innovation is so widespread now, even the corporations are integrating it in their corporate structures. The future startups will have to be very clever and come up with a new level of disruption.

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ARM: Britain's most successful tech company you've never heard of

ARM: Britain's most successful tech company you've never heard of | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Without ARM, the iPhone and other smartphones wouldn’t work. Hardly anyone knows it – and that’s just how Cambridge’s ‘Silicon Fen’ company likes it.

In a loose collection of offices on an underwhelming business park outside of Cambridge sits Britain’s most successful technology company, ARM. You’ve probably never heard of it, but ARM’s designs are at the heart of the iPhone and nearly every other modern smartphone. It has fingers in almost every other area of technology, from fitness trackers to server farms. It records profit margins that analysts have described as “impossible” (in a good way), and goes a long way to helping justify the “Silicon Fen” label sometimes applied to Cambridge’s tech scene. So how did one company get so successful without anyone really noticing? And, more importantly, what does ARM actually do? Read more: click on image or title.



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5 ways startups should approach smart cities

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Dubai's smart city, Silicon Park, aims to improve life, society, mobility, economy, governance and the environment.(Image via DSOA).

There are currently many cities aspiring to be, or on the way to becoming, ‘smart’.

The process of building such a city, however, is not easy and requires strong vision, as well as capabilities and the involvement of the country’s decision makers.

Entrepreneurs and startups have their own role to play in this technology.

According to the Digital Agenda for Europe, a smart city “is a place where the traditional networks and services are made more efficient with the use of digital and telecommunication technologies, for the benefit of its inhabitants and businesses.”

When ranking the top five smart cities globally, Forbes relied on five criteria: technologies, buildings, utilities, transportation and road infrastructure, and then the smart city itself.

Ranked first, due to its environment and smart parking, was Barcelona, followed by New York (which scored highly on smart street lighting and smart traffic management); then London (with high scores in tech and open data). With high scores in environment and energy cohesion, was Nice, and lastly, Singapore, with high scores in smart traffic management and creative use of technology.

To pinpoint the concepts that entrepreneurs need to follow in order to have an active role in building a smart city, Wamda met with Rania Rostom, chief innovation and communication officer at GE in MENAT, and Anthony Sayers, Internet of Things (IoT) strategist at Dell EMEA, two companies that seek to contribute to smart cities, through partnerships and research. Read more: click image or title.




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Building a #startup is obviously easier in a #smartcity. Interesting concept. Cities of the future? Is this what our world is evolving to?

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Facebook has given birth to a bunch of startups who want to change how Businesses use Tech

Facebook has given birth to a bunch of startups who want to change how Businesses use Tech | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Facebook makes nearly all of its money from ads. It's also begun investing in moonshot projects from virtual reality headsets to drones and laser communication systems.

One area it doesn't talk about: the $3.5 trillion enterprise tech market. That's how much money businesses spend on tech every year to run their companies and help employees do their jobs. 

Although Facebook did recently introduce an experiemental Facebook At Work service which lets teams use Facebook to communicate and share stuff, it's not much of a focus for the company.

All of which might make it seem as if Facebook has been completely absent from that that $3.5 trillion market.

But it hasn't. 

Facebook has actually helped cook up a whole bunch of startups that want to change the way enterprises use tech.

They were inspired by how Facebook uses technology to run its massive social network, often giving away the technology it invents for free, everything from data center hardware designs to databases.

Here's a look at some of the unusual enterprise startups from Facebook.Read more: click image or title.



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Facebook funds startups through its own corporate culture. Solutions were created for them and taken to another level. Great example of corporate funding.

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7 wearable technology roles that will change the world

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As the world of wearables continues to grow, Adecco has created an infographic of 7 wearable technology roles that will change the world.

Wearables, wearables, wearables. Along with words like ‘cloud security’ and ‘internet of things’ that’s all I seem to hear about at the moment.

Not that I’m complaining, I love wearables and I am definitely not the only one who does. Wearable devices in the form of smartwatches and fitness trackers have taken the world by storm, with 10 million devices sold in 2014.

There are wearables in the market now that can change your mood, track your sleeping habits and bring an end to jet lag and that’s just in the consumer side; wearables are also being deployed in the enterprise with a host of use cases available.

This industry boom – which is only just beginning – brings with it a wide variety of job roles, some of which are yet to be created, such as IoT trainers, technology implementation managers and IoT-specific engineers.

To shed some light on the new job roles that will become available, Adecco has created an infographic of 7 wearable technology roles that will change the world, which can be found below. Read more: Click image or title.




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Technology is creating more applications in wearable, IoT, cloud security and more all the time. The new jobs resulting from that are well paid and will need to be filled in the next few years. Follow the trends and be in demand.

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Richard Platt's curator insight, June 28, 2015 3:40 PM

The infographic on the webpage is like an all-in-one, definitely a good capture of what is getting traction in the world of wearables.

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Our Schools All Have a Tragic Flaw; Silicon Valley Thinks It Has the Answer - Pacific Standard

Last year, Jamie Herre and Kate Blumberg were confronted by a dilemma. Their young son, Benno, had reached kindergarten age, and it was time to pick a school for him. Yet like many other members of San Francisco’s affluent class of technologists and entrepreneurs, Jamie and Kate could not purchase for Benno the one thing they wanted more than anything else: a good public education.

In most parts of the country, this transaction takes place through the real estate market: You find a good school and buy a home nearby. The better the school, the more expensive the home. But the San Francisco public school system, which includes high-performing and struggling schools, uses a complicated lottery system for admissions that doesn’t guarantee spots in neighborhood schools. Chance, not your address, determines where your children go.

Jamie and Kate wanted to raise Benno in the city. Aware that the lottery might not go their way, they started to explore alternatives to public school. Like any city, San Francisco has a complement of traditional private schools that cater to the local elite. But they, too, can be hard to get into. So Jamie and Kate began exploring the host of education-related start-ups and experiments in the Bay Area that are based on the idea of transforming schools through the use of “disruptive” new technologies. Among them is a company called AltSchool, founded in 2013 by a former Google executive named Max Ventilla. Kate stumbled across a link to the company one day and sent it to Jamie, who was intrigued. Read more: click on title or image.


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10 Ways the Next 10 Years Are Going To Be Mind-Blowing | High Existence

10 Ways the Next 10 Years Are Going To Be Mind-Blowing | High Existence | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

We are living in an extremely exciting time in terms of science and technology. Things that have always been considered science fiction are becoming normal day-to-day components of our lives. And while we have been seeing invention after breakthrough over and over in the last couple of decades, this next ten years is going to blow everything else out of the water.

The awesome thing about all these scientific discoveries it that they create technology that allows us to make more breakthroughs even faster. Our ability to innovate is increasing exponentially as the years go by. To give you an idea of the magnitude of this reality, here are 10 amazing innovations to different sectors of life. They should give you a pretty good idea of what changes will be made by 2020. Read more: click title or image.


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, February 3, 2015 6:25 PM

Check out #6 on 'Energy'. Solar is in for a revolution.