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Added 25 April, 2015

It didn’t take long for drones to graduate from an unnerving military weapon to a big new social trend. From real estate agents using them to photograph estates, to Amazon (and others using them for package deliveries, there are a huge range of possible uses for civilian drones and people keep coming up with innovative new ideas. The drone, it...

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Added 4 November, 2013
Senior travel and tourism executives are at the World Travel Market this week, one of the largest annual travel conferences. A consensus is building there that the world needs a cheaper version of business class and that these cabins will start to take shape in the next year. In fact, the service already exists on budget Middle Eastern airlines...
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Added 29 October, 2013
For generations of Americans, one of the goals of a lifetime of work has always been a relaxing retirement; years when former workers could rely on savings and government pension plans to fund them through the end of their days. The financial crisis of 1998 seems to have changed that math, and culture along with it, as more and more middle class...
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Added 28 October, 2013
Millions of students and recent graduates have depended on internships as a way of testing a career path and getting a foot in the door of a desirable company. Especially in the United States and Europe, the internship has become almost a rite of passage. But a nagging debate on both the legality and ethicalness of unpaid internships has been...
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Added 28 October, 2013
The Segway, a self-balancing two wheeled vehicle, promised a new kind of transportation, one that would transform the way we move around. While it is now used by shopping mall security people and for specialized tourist groups worldwide, the Segway never entrenched itself into people's lives. Reasons for this include its relatively steep price and...
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Added 21 October, 2013
Despite a widely-reported recent edict from Yahoo's new boss requiring employees to work in the office, the trend towards flex-time and working from home is going strong. As is usual, when we see a trend and ask where it is heading, the answer is usually that the trend will go even further. Trends have inertia and once they get going they are hard...
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Added 10 October, 2013
We live in a 3D world. We already have 3D films, and even some 3D televisions. So why are we still working on 2D computers? One of the main answers is that 3D computing takes a whole lot more computing power, something that couldn't be reproduced cheaply – until recently. Several companies are now stepping up offer 3D experiences that will someday...
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Added 7 October, 2013
Do you live across the bay or river from your workplace? Millions of commuters do, in places like San Francisco and New York, who travel to work each day by subway, car, bus or bicycle. But what if you could simply bike across the water, just as you would on land? That is the challenge that Judah Schiller undertook when inventing the BayCycle to...
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Added 7 October, 2013
A recent survey by the upscale hotel brand Pullman Hotels notes a growing trend in which travelers are blurring the lines between business and leisure travel. Interestingly, the reason for this may be the growth of mobile technology. Now it's easier than ever for both types of travelers to extend their stays, enjoy themselves while simultaneously...
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Added 3 October, 2013
Everything is getting smart these days: smart phones, smart watches, smart refrigerators. The trend is a concept called the Internet of Everything, in which all manner of heretofore normal items are becoming digitally interconnected. The Stir Kinetic Desk is a good example. At the touch of a button, the desk raises and lowers on hydraulic legs so...