Freed of making phones, BlackBerry continues to "Dolby-ise" its brand, and again recorded a slim profit for the most recent financial quarter.These days BlackBerry is a collection of business and industrial software units, plus a patent licensing division.The company booked a profit of $19m on revenue of $238m in Q2 FY 2018, compared to a loss of $372m on revenues of $334m a year ago.Software and services income accounted for $185m of BlackBerry's quarterly revenue.Although it's a fraction of the size it was in its 2012 RIM heyday, the company has maintained a cash pile throughout.BlackBerry gave an outlook of $920m to $950m for FY 2018 – we're halfway through.
After two of the most damaging hurricanes in history affected the Gulf of Mexico just a few days apart, the impact of climate-induced catastrophes is finally getting some attention.In the worst-case scenario, climate change could end human civilization once and for all, taking most of Earth’s species with us.At present, countries around the world have committed to holding global warming at less than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels - “not yet a geophysical impossibility” according to a study published last week in Nature.This means around twice as much warming as we have already experienced.For one thing, while we can aim to limit climate change to such levels, it’s rather like playing ‘pin the tail on the donkey.’ Global climate systems are incredibly complex, and understanding the long-term impact of emissions is near impossible.For instance, the last time the earth’s atmosphere contained as much Carbon Dioxide as it does now, global surface temperatures were 6 degrees warmer, and sea levels were 30 meters higher.
Augmented reality is just starting its long-anticipated march into humanity’s eyeballs, but if you don’t plan on dropping $1,000 for an iPhone X, you can still reap the benefits.Ford has started equipping its designers with HoloLens, the augmented reality technology Microsoft is rolling out for commercial and industrial applications.Outfitted with the holographic goggles, these Detroit denizens can stand in front of clay models of cars and see 3-D vehicle elements digitally overlaid onto them, so they can quickly evaluate and alter new car designs.“This ability to mesh digital and physical worlds together is for us the future of designing products,” says Craig Wetzel, Ford’s manager of design technical operations.Ready to fix something else?For now, Ford is only using Hololens to work on details, not in the early design phase where the vehicle first takes shape.
The buyer group is led by Bain Capital LLC and will get financing from Apple Inc .If the deal closes by next March 31, Toshiba’s target date, it is set to bring the troubled industrial conglomerate’s balance sheet back into the black.Several of the companies involved in the buyer group are big customers for the unit’s NAND flash-memory chips and are hoping to bolster Toshiba, a distant No.Seagate Technology PLC, a maker of computer storage products that joined the Bain-led consortium, said need for the chips was growing.“We must able to support these demands,” said Chief Executive Steve Luczo.The deal, if completed, will also create a loose alliance between Toshiba and SK Hynix, which is No.
Converting to solar and other forms of renewable energy is clearly a step in the right direction to combat climate change, but it's not without its challenges.What if the sun isn't shining or the wind isn't blowing?Large commercial and industrial customers need reliable power around the clock regardless of the weather.That's where Tesla and their Powerpack battery system comes in.One city in Australia is showing just how good of an investment these systems are.In the past, companies have typically turned to what is called a "grid tie" system which falls back to using energy from the grid during hours of low renewable production.
Swiss engineering group ABB has announced it will buy GE Industrial Solutions for a sum of US$2.6 billion ($3.3 billion).GE Industrial Solutions is one of GE’s smaller divisions with about 13,500 employees worldwide, selling electrical-distribution products such as circuit breakers and switchgear.The electrification market is worth about US$32 billion, and ABB is currently number two in the global electrification market.Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, GE has the ability to strengthen ABB’s foothold in North American market.“This combination brings together two global businesses with a broad complement of electrical protection and distribution assets,” said John Flannery, CEO of GE.“ABB values our people, domain expertise and our ability to operate in the segments where we have depth and experience.
In February 2010, after playing around with an industrial sewing machine and commercial cutting table he bought via Craigslist, Chris Hughes launched Artifact Bag Co.The Omaha, Neb.-based business sells handmade, American-sourced, waxed canvas and leather bags (priced $65 and up) through Etsy, the crafts marketplace.A former musician who worked briefly in the world of tech startups, Hughes says Artifact's popularity--he has received hundreds of orders following write-ups in The New York Times, GQ and Rolling Stone--is the result of running a "19th-century manufacturing company using 21st-century marketing channels."His small workshop drips with vintage industrial aesthetic: hardware-filled muffin pans, swaths of high-quality Horween leather spilling out of metal bins, walls lined with vintage hand tools.In 2010, after a year of quietly following Michael Williams' style blog, A Continuous Lean, Hughes spotted a tweet about a set of chairs that the blogger thought looked cool but were overpriced.Within an hour, Williams' pivotal tweet came: "This waxed canvas lunch bag is nice-looking" (with a link to the item).
Advertisers, marketers and public relations experts strive to get a message across as clearly, cleverly and effectively as possible.Recently, a new adjective is making its way into that list -- natively.Chipotle produced and sponsored this comical satire of shady big-food PR practices, which quickly won over viewers (as of Apr 2, 2014, it boasted an 8 user rating on IMDB).“Farm and Dangerous” simultaneously promotes Chipotle’s food with integrity mission statement, while entertaining on a platform that its consumers frequently use.In an ever more competitive advertising world, marketers are increasingly turning to native content to capture the eye of consumers.Related: Chipotle Is Making a Dark Comedy Series About Industrial Farming.
I rely on the same, simple, inexpensive tool to help me pitch all of my ideas.Early in my career, I would make a sales call, set up a meeting and travel to wherever the people I was pitching were located.Eventually, I realized that most of the time, my commitment to meeting people in person was a waste of time and money.The right people were never present in those initial meetings.If you’re uncomfortable selling yourself, have no fear: The sell sheet does the work for you.No longer do you have to worry about being “on,” because a good sell sheet delivers a perfect pitch every time.
We see lots of funny stuff go viral on YouTube, but we also see angry political rants get shared," Berger says.Social media is also the great equalizer: Any company can cut through the clutter, regardless of brand awareness or marketing budget.Fast-casual chain Chipotle Mexican Grill added some spice to its long-running "Food With Integrity" sustainable farming campaign by teaming with Academy Award-winning design firm Moonbot Studios for The Scarecrow, an animated short film and accompanying mobile game created to increase consumer awareness of animal confinement, synthetic growth hormones, toxic pesticides and other fixtures of industrial food production.The Scarecrow unfolds in a dystopian world in which fictional goliath Crow Foods Incorporated dominates food production, staffing its factory with scarecrows displaced from their jobs on nearby farms.But when one demoralized scarecrow returns home after a brutal workday and picks a bright red pepper (an homage to the Chipotle logo), everything changes: Colors turn brighter, the music ramps up, and the scarecrow regains his zest for life.The uplifting promotional video generated record-breaking online interest, yielding more than 114 million views the first month.
The University of Illinois at Chicago has received a $1.44 million National Science Foundation grant to discover new 2D materials that can be used to manufacture better and cheaper batteries.Two-dimensional materials, of which graphene is the most common, are extremely strong, lightweight, flexible, and excellent conductors of heat and electricity.Graphene is one million times thinner than paper, nearly transparent and believed to be the strongest material in the world.Since the discovery of graphene in 2004, about 700 2D materials are predicted to be stable; many remain to be synthesized.The global market for 2D materials is expected to reach $390 million within a decade.Amin Salehi-Khojin, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, and Robert Klie, professor of physics, want to not only improve the performance of 2D materials -- molybdenum disulfide is a promising candidate, they believe -- in a battery but to understand how they function.
Yesterday, I reported on a new study from a nonprofit called the Economic Innovation Group on the distribution of “distressed” and “prosperous” neighborhoods in the U.S. Unsurprisingly, the most prosperous communities tend to be urban or suburban — nearly 90 percent of communities in the U.S. that are classified as “distressed” have fewer than 50,000 people.However, the study also reveals just how poorly many of the former industrial hubs of the Midwest and Northeast are doing.In the Rust Belt states of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, more than 40 percent of their ZIP codes have fewer jobs and businesses than they did in the year 2000.The way that Rust Belt cities can turn it around, according to EIG cofounders John Lettieri and Steve Glickman, is to diversify their economy.Thanks to their high populations of young people, these towns have been able to become R hubs in the Midwest that can support a more diverse array of businesses.A report that came out yesterday from trade group Software.org: The BSA Foundation showed that Heartland states like Kansas and Indiana are experiencing some of the largest percent increases in software jobs.
In his speech to the Labour Party conference today he said there was an urgent need for the country to face the challenge of automation and robotics "that could make so much of contemporary work redundant".He told the conference: "That is a threat in the hands of the greedy, but it's a huge opportunity if it's managed in the interests of society as a whole.We won't reap the full rewards of these great technological advances if they're monopolised to pile up profits for a few."Corbyn said that if the rewards of automation were "publicly managed" to share the benefits more broadly this could provide "the gateway for a new settlement between work and leisure.While technology has always destroyed some jobs it has tended to create more as a result.But some experts and academics warn that the rise of artificial intelligence may be different, first by automating potentially what were seen to be safe middle class jobs, but also doing little to create many more new jobs in its wake.
Sony’s Xperia smartphone series will get a new design language in 2018 after nearly a half-decade with the same rectangle.The design language they use currently began roughly around the time the first Sony Xperia Z device was released – see our original Sony Xperia X Review from back in 2014 to see what I mean.Now, here in 2017, Sony’s India-based managing director Kenichiro Hibi confirms that their industrial design will change come 2018.Hibi spoke with Indian Express this week at the launch of the Xperia XZ1, suggesting that their “omnibalance” design will remain in the Xperia X series, but that they “are planning to launch new generation of products [in 2018] and you can expect a complete new design from the devices.”An important point here is the distinction between “acknowledged” and “confirmed” in this next bit: India Express implies that the next Sony smartphone flagship will likely have a bezel-less design.In reality, the following sentence connects two separate bits of information in an effort to make them appear as one: “In order to keep pace with the competition, Sony may be looking to adopt a nearby bezel-less design for its next-generation flagship, which according to Hibi will arrive ‘soon’.”
Augmented reality technology has emerged as a valuable tool in the enterprise, delivering actionable instructions, data and other information directly to workers via wearables devices.Although the number of gaming industry jobs has declined over the last two years, software developer jobs are expected to grow 17 percent by 2024, faster than most other occupations.Fortunately, developing AR software for industrial applications requires many of the same skills and considerations as designing for the consumer electronics industries, allowing engineers to easily make the jump from the gaming and entertainment to the enterprise.But, because graphics, text, and other content fall into the user’s line of sight, it is important to stay out of the user’s way.For example, in a video game, too many menu bars, character health stats, and maps of fantasy worlds can impede player vision as they fight off simulated opponents.The same goes for enterprise technology; AR software must feature an interface that is functional, unobtrusive, and easy to understand at a glance so that users can best perform mission-critical tasks.
If you are like me, chances are you did this several times just this morning.Great websites are key to attracting and retaining visitors, and these days entrepreneurs have numerous tools at their disposal -- Squarespace, Wix, Weebly -- for creating sharp, impressive and mobile-ready websites easily and quickly.The problem is that these great resources are also creating a big issue, namely how does one identify the most trusted, authoritative and reputable websites?Related: 10 Hacks to Help Your Website Generate More Leads, Sales and RevenueIn its second annual survey, the 2015 B2B Web Usability Report, Huff Industrial Marketing and KoMarketing sought to determine the website elements buyers really wanted from vendor websites, which were critical for retention and revisits and most likely to lead to conversions.The report went on to find that most businesses are overlooking easy opportunities to improve their websites and create trust and credibility.
In a recent Financial Times article Valentina Romei writes, “Nowhere in the world have expectations for growth changed so rapidly and positively as in central and eastern Europe.”Romei is referring to the forecast for general economic growth in the region, which has trumped expectations so far in 2017.But Central and Eastern Europe, CEE, is surpassing expectations in more than just its strong economy, set to become one of the forerunners in the fourth industrial revolution.Just ten years ago, CEE was not on foreign tech investors’ maps.However, thanks to the step up offered by unicorns such as Skype, Prezi, Transferwise and Avast, newer players like AeroMobil, and the emergence of multiple, active, growing startup ecosystems across the region, CEE is drawing eyes east, and marking its territory as a serious contender in the tech world.Estonian children are taught to code at school and the esteemed Tallinn University of Technology is partnered with some of the world’s leading universities, including Stanford, Berkeley, MIT, and Harvard, and it has offices in Silicon Valley and Shanghai.
Unlike large companies with many stakeholders, a focused entrepreneur has a leg up in building community by virtue of their common bond around a narrow topic.One of the biggest mistakes new entrepreneurs make is to adopt a corporate personality that’s cold or detached.A favorite of music companies like Warner Brothers, Sony and Universal, Monkey’s fans have supported a successful private labeling business in addition to their retail operation.Your community can only grow if they feel welcomed and supported by your business.Former bartender and founder of Shag Brooklyn Samantha Bard knows this better than most.Her business is part sex shop, part gallery.
Renault recently held a contest to design the car of the future at DesignJunction 2017.The participants in the contest were MA Industrial Design students and were judged by Anthony Lo and Nick Rhodes from the Renault senior design team.The three top placers in the design contest were Stephanie Chang Liu with her Flo design featuring three differently sized vehicles depending on need.Tuna Yenici placed with his Vue vehicle and Yunchen Cai had a vehicle called The Float using Maglev tech rather than wheels.Cai and The Float won the contest and spent two weeks at the Renault design studios in Paris during the summer.Renault gives some details on each of the concept.
Instead, they come from insight -- often a sudden epiphany or a bolt from the blue that nearly always arrives away from the office.But one of our aims is to simplify and systematize insight.Though there might be one initial key that unlocks the imagination -- IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad chopping off the legs of a table to stuff it into his car boot; the McDonald brothers applying the industrial assembly-line process to their burger restaurant -- usually that key leads to another, then a third, and a fourth.Related: The Attitude Test: How to Determine If You Should Simplify Your BusinessAnother finding is that the keys for the two main types of simplifying are different, yet similar within each type.Just as there are said to be only seven basic plots for a successful novel, there are only a handful of ways to achieve the objective of price-simplifying, and a different handful of ways to meet the contrasting aims of proposition-simplifiers.
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