Author Archives: Julie Bort
On June 6, 2012, a brand-new version of the Internet was turned on. Chances are you didn’t notice anything different that day, as we switched over to Internet Protocol Version 6, or IPv6. Engineers worked for years so the new Internet could be turned on without causing problems.
New smart technologies like big data, sensors, mobile, smart grids are changing the way cities operate. Cities want to help you find parking spaces, avoid traffic jams, get instant help when emergencies happen.
Our homes need to get smarter and less wasteful if we really want to address big problems in our world like climate change. Fortunately, some of the smartest minds on the planet are coming up with ingenious ways to make that happen. These smart, green products are heading to your home soon.
Imagine living in a city with no traffic jams, cleaner air and water, tons of friends, where the buildings talk and if you lose something, someone will return it. That’s what’s in store for you as cities get “smarter,” explains futurist Anthony Townsend, Research Director for the Institute for the Future.
Social media tools for work coupled with mobile devices and easy access to the Internet have changed the working world. Some researchers have come up with a new term for this phenomenon: “the social operating system.”
It used to be that consumers were more-or-less powerless. We had to take what products were offered to us. For practical reasons, manufacturers couldn’t ask everybody in the world their opinion before they set course and started building. But, thanks to the Internet, today they can ask the world with crowdsourced product design.
For savvy companies, social media has become more than a place to listen to customers complain or rave about their products. It’s become a new form of R&D. Now Facebook, Twitter, and more specialized online tools are helping businesses find customers to give them feedback on products—or even participate in their design before they’re built.
Mobile app developers should not be thinking “disruption,” they should be thinking “interruption,” contends Web guru Alistair Croll. Literally. He means mobile apps should be interupting us, just like a phone call rings, and an e-mail or text beeps.
A new software trend is turning the painful chore of annual employee reviews into something fun. Yes, really. It’s called social performance management—or, in a buzzword that’s less redolent of “Office Space”‘s TPS reports, “gamification.”
The East Coast is still rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy killed at least 125 people in the United States and caused about $62 billion in damage in October. But it could have been a lot worse. Thanks to the warnings from the National Hurricane Center days in advance, many were able to evacuate [...]