Phil Gilbert is the GM and head of design at IBM, leading an organization of over 1,300 designers.In this episode, he discusses creating IBM’s proprietary design thinking methodology, their own design school for new graduates, and what he’s going to do with the $100 million that IBM has entrusted to him to bring design back to its roots.He’ll also expand on looking at design as a means for problem solving, the lasting legacy of IBM’s design thinking and innovation, and what he believes is the defining component of successful teams.Editor’s note: Bobby Ghoshal and Jared Erondu are the hosts of High Resolution.Watch for episodes to drop every Monday on TechCrunch at 8 a.m. PT.You can also listen on iTunes and Overcast.
Bitcoin has lost substantially in value over the weekend.The virtual currency is down almost 20 per cent in a conflict that flared out between the industry's different players, writes the Wall Street Journal.the Conflict involving the digital currency's developers, stock exchanges and other participants.The focus of the fight is a technical question that relates to how large a block or batch of transactions that should be processed on the bitcoin network.currently, only a block in a maximum of one megabyte processed.Some in the industry wish, however, to raise this capacity but will the actors do not agree, there is a risk that there occurs two versions of the currency.
Two Bit Circus showed off a demo that conveyed just how real you could make virtual reality feel.Staged at the Experiential Technology Conference, the demo consisted of a motion platform that could shake under your feet and an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.The demo made you feel like you were going up the side of a skyscraper in a window-washing platform.You stepped on the platform and put on the headset.There was a rail behind you that you could hold onto, and a gate in front of you.As I went up the side of the building, I peered over the rail, looking down on the ground.I must have gone up 40 floors.Then the platform stopped.
Google will start shipping development kits for its Project Soli wireless gesture recognition technology later this year.Project Soli involves a millimeter-wave radar chip that can detect “very fine” gestures with fingers and hands.The technology has the potential to get rid of controllers and input devices.Its biggest impact could be in virtual and augmented reality.When using VR headsets, users now need to hold controllers, but Project Soli could allow hand gesture movement to define how a user roams a virtual world.The chip is so tiny that Google has put it in devices as small as smartwatches.
Advanced Micro Devices said it is launching four Ryzen 5 mainstream desktop processors worldwide on April 11.The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company hopes the chips will help it steal some market share back from Intel, the world’s largest chip maker.Earlier this month, AMD launched its Ryzen 7 high-end desktop processors.The Ryzen family is based on Zen, a new core architecture that enables AMD to deliver 52 percent more performance per clock cycle than its previous generation of chips.Zen is AMD’s most competitive technology in a decade, and it will boost computing performance for consumers on everything from mainstream desktops to high-end gaming PCs.AMD said the Ryzen 5 processors are aimed at the high-volume, sub-$300 central processing unit (CPU) market with a disruptive price-to-performance ratio for gamers and creators.According to market researcher Mercury Research, 95 percent of all CPUs sold last year were less than $225.“MSI is very pleased to see overwhelming demand of the Ryzen-based X370 Xpower Gaming Titanium and B350 Tomahawk motherboard.We have geared up for immediate production ramp,” said Ted Hung vice president MB sales division at MSI, a major Taiwanese manufacturer, in a statement.The Ryzen 5 processors have either four cores or six cores and either eight threads or 12 threads.The prices on the chips range from $169 to $249.“Ryzen will ultimately bring innovation and competition to virtually every segment of the PC market, and Ryzen 5 is the next big step on that journey, designed to achieve new levels of compute performance for millions of PC users,” said Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager of the computing and graphics group at AMD, in a statement.
During World War II, the US wanted to add a limited amount of armor to their long-range bombers in order to minimize their losses without compromising fuel efficiency or payload size.The military’s top brass was moving along with the plan until a statistician, Abraham Ward, came along and pointed out that this was actually the worst place to put the armor.He had the insight that all the surveyed planes had been able to withstand the damage in those areas and make it back to base.Let’s say you launch a new signup prompt on a landing page or a new invite email that is particularly effective and significantly boosts your conversion rate.Immediately after shipping the experiment, everything looks great.For companies growing at scale, eventually you’re left with a significant portion of the population who may have already seen that particular prompt 5 or 6 times and weren’t convinced during those first 5 times and will likely continue to not be convinced from seeing the exact same prompt.
Waze and Spotify are joining forces to keep the tunes going while you’re rolling.Both services are now available within each companies’ respective apps.In other words, you can access Waze navigation within Spotify, or get at your playlists inside Waze, as long as both apps are installed on your device.The two companies haven’t said whether the new feature will land on iOS.If you don’t see the integration yet on your Android phone, it will show up in the coming weeks as it rolls out to all users.When you’re using Waze, a Spotify icon will be visible inside the app.
Email For Startups is a project I created after working with hundreds of startups and founders both within the 500 Startups portfolio and outside of it.I was seeing the same roadblocks come up over and over again.Every time, a few simple tweaks would end up making a huge difference — conversion rates that doubled, open rates that jumped double digits on seemingly ‘stale’ lists, cold prospects that suddenly started to reply and actually request demo meetings.The changes seemed subtle, but they were based on 7 years of practice and mistakes as a copywriter and email marketer at AppSumo, I Will Teach You To Be Rich, and Inside Network (a tiny bootstrapped content business that resulted in a $14M exit).As much as I love working with founders and startup marketing teams — and seeing their eye-popping results — I got tired of saying the same stuff over and over again.So I decided to put it all together in one easy place, for a teeny, tiny fraction of what it would cost to hire a decent email marketer (let alone a great one).
Safari has long been the go-to browser on the iPhone, but after Apple finally opened up the secret speed enhancements in Safari to other browsers way back in iOS 8, it’s now possible to ditch Safari entirely for another browser.You have a number of browser options on iOS, but most of them, like the privacy-focused Brave, the gesture-based Dolphin, or the speed-centric Opera Mini, all fill a niche instead of trying to be your daily driver.Here’s a quick summary of their feature-set:Safari: Safari is the default browser we’ve all come to know so well over the years.It does everything a browser needs to do, including offering up a private browsing mode, bookmarks, and as of iOS 9, ad blocking.Chrome: When Chrome originally arrived on iOS, it was slow, but still managed to work so well with Google’s other products that people used it anyway.
The lock and key is old technology that doesn't really fit with your modern home, but the new Latch R Series access system might be a good alternative.The inside of your home is getting smarter, so shouldn’t the exterior be getting the same treatment?At the very least, your modern home should have a modern entry system.We’re talking about getting rid of that old lock and key, and looking to a company like Latch.Its new Latch R Series is heralded as the “first smart access [system] for apartment and office building entrances and elevators.” Now, in the same way that you can swipe a keycard and get into work, you can swipe your way into your home.Thanks to the Latch R, residential users will be able to lock and unlock doors with a smartphone, smartcard, or special door code.
Transgender rights.These are just three of the most recent social issues that have found their way into the spotlight of our political consciousness.They aren’t new to the scene, as people has been lobbying for either side for decades, but they’re being paid particular attention because of actions taken by the Trump administration.As the United States finds itself more divided than ever, technology companies are wading into the political waters not with their vocal opinion, but through activism such as filing amicus briefs in court cases, petitioning the government, and more.Corporate advocacy is nothing new, but tech companies such as Facebook, Google, Apple, and Microsoft are among the biggest businesses in the world, and they have the ability to reach millions, if not billions, of people around the world and shape their thinking.In a time when the White House is likely to face staunch opposition over its policies, some suggest companies define what their values really are.VentureBeat spoke with Tumblr’s social impact and public policy lead Victoria McCullough and Planned Parenthood’s executive vice president and chief brand officer Dawn Laguens to find out how and why the practice of staying silent no longer satisfies.“The third rail is changing,” Laguens said.People have higher expectations with companies,” Laguens said.While there are plenty of examples of tech companies standing up for various issues, such as net neutrality, LGBTQ rights, immigration, and privacy, some in the industry question the wisdom of speaking out.Tumblr spent time thinking about this before settling on a rule of thumb: whether the company could contribute anything to the fight and whether it would have an impact.“We’re still thinking through a lot of this,” McCullough admitted.“What we’re seeing now and why we feel so compelled to act with swiftness and again be a little more definitive on a certain issues, we do feel like [the president’s Executive Orders] are impacting a group that does not have a voice and does not have the political space to advocate for themselves.”She does believe that some members of the Tumblr community will feel alienated as a result of what the Yahoo-owned company is doing, but she “feels confident that a majority of users that come to Tumblr, stay on Tumblr, and feel it’s a place to connect with one another because we do stand up for our values on the platform.”As the U.S. government continues its war against the media, both facts and “alternate facts” are being spread around the country.
Marketers and small businesses love running Facebook ads because they yield fantastic results at a low cost.Plus, Facebook ads are also really easy to run...right???Did anyone out there (especially designers) just sigh?As the Director of Marketing for a small business, I am also the entire Department of...
LIKE DEBBIE GIBSON, “Howard the Duck” and other pillars of the 1980s, the once-ubiquitous cassette tape doesn’t get a lot of respect today.If your entire tape collection melted in the back seat of your Toyota Cressida decades ago, chances are, you’re over it.But thanks to music fans who are rediscovering the format’s appeal—whether the ability to craft heartfelt mixtapes or the comfort of having tangible music—cassettes are making a comeback.Sales figures for streaming music and even vinyl may dwarf those of...
It's a game console, first and foremost, despite its resemblance to tablets like the iPad that are so often used for mediaThat's by design — as Nintendo of America senior public relations manager Kit Ellis told Business Insider in January: "At launch we are really trying to be clear that this is a gaming device first, so you're actually not gonna see a lot of that atIt doesn't mean that it's not going to come later on, but
Nine of February’s top 10 YouTube ads were Super Bowl spots, with Hyundai ranking No.The automotive brand’s “A Better Super Bowl,” a live video featuring US military personnel that aired in the first commercial break immediately following the game, generated 26 million views for the month.Of the nine Super Bowl spots that made last month’s ad leaderboard, seven of them ranked in YouTube’s top 10 Super Bowl ads released the day after the game: Hyundai, Budweiser, Kia, Mr. Clean, T-Mobile, Audi and 84 Lumber.Honda and Nintendo’s Super Bowl spots didn’t win enough views to make the first list, but both earned enough popularity throughout the duration of February to rank No.2 the day after the Super Bowl) made YouTube’s top 10 Super Bowl ads list but lost their momentum during the month and failed to make the February ad leaderboard.Hyundai: “A Better Super Bowl” (26M views)
Förmodligen har du stött på allt färre fuskare i League of Legends i det senaste.Något som kan ha att göra med att utvecklarna bakom spelet, Riot Games, sämt Leagusharpe, en sajt där du kan skaffa en bot som spelar åt dig för att automatiskt vinna i spelets matcher.Riots argument för stämningen var då att Leagusharps verktyg stred mot Digital Millenium Copyright Act genom att gå förbi League of Legends fuskskydd.I samma veva anklagades Leaguesharp också för att ha attackerat Riots servers, doxxat en av deras anställda och upprättat ett skalbolag för att komma undan juridiskt.Nu kommer Leaguesharp att behöva betala 10 miljoner dollar (cirka 90 miljoner kronor) samtidigt som deras mjukvara blir bannlyst och ägandet av sajten tas över av Riot Games.Leaguesharp stängde egentligen dörrarna redan i januari men det är först nu som informationen kommit ut, skriver Engadget.
You’ve probably seen enough Nokia 3310 hands-on videos to fill a long weekend, but what you’re yet to witness is the destruction of its older brother… until now.The folks over at Amazing Timelapse recently dunked the champion of the feature phone market into a vat of acetone and left it for 20 hours.The results, as you will see, were very predicable.All it took was for the lower half of the phone to be submerged for the melting process to begin, the bottom edge crinkling up like your finger tips after a long bath.It got no better for the poor device from there, its insides popping out like pillow stuffing and the acid eventually made its way into the screen resulting in Ghostbusters-esque green slime.The whole show ends with the author picking away at the carcass, parts of the softened body coming away in the same way mozzarella pulls away from a piping hot pizza.
The film Logan (2017) features several vintage-looking X-Men comic books that play a key role in the playing out of the film’s plot.This week we got the opportunity to pose a number of questions to the creator of those comic illustrations and designs, Dan Panosian.This illustrator is wildly talented in creating a wide variety of looks in his drawings and comic book designs and is also – importantly – able to illustrate, ink, and letter pages and covers for comics.Also in this image you’ll find Panosian’s own Comics Board stamp of approval – you’ll see below how the standard Comics Code Authority stamp had to be replaced.The difference between the two with the washed-out coloring and breaking up of black spots with aging effects really makes the illustration go from modern to retro in an instant.I’m not so sure they were carefully considered… Maybe they were.
Det bekräftar företaget efter att en läsare till Techcrunch rapporterat om försöken.Det handlar bland annat om tumme upp och tumme ner, men även fem andra uttryckssymboler (älskar, skrattar, förvånad, ledsen och arg).Att kunna ogilla något på Facebook har varit en lång diskussion som hittills inte fått något gehör av den sociala mediejätten.Nu har möjligheten alltså kommit till några användare av Messenger-appen, men inte Facebook-appen, ska förtydligas."Vi håller hela tiden på att testa nya sätt att göra Messenger roligare och mer engagerande.Det här är ett litet test där personer få möjligheter att dela emojis som bäst avspeglar deras känslor på ett meddelande", svarar företaget i en kommentar.
You’re going to be in charge of a giant space arc in Mass Effect: Andromeda, looking to find a new planet that humans and other sentient lifeforms can settle on.A new teaser for BioWare’s next scifi action RPG gives a glimpse of seven promising potential homes in the stars.It’s not actual gameplay footage, but the Golden Worlds briefing offers a quick tour of the best options for colonization in the far-off Helius Cluster.A voiceover snippet at about three minutes into the video hints that the game won’t shy away from the fact that some of these planets will already be home to different civilizations, and in the briefing makes reference to “first contact” protocols.This will doubtlessly be part of the exploration and alliance-building gameplay teased in another recent glimpse at Andromeda.