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A recent post on MinimalMac posits an interesting case for the slow, growing sense of the irrelevance of Microsoft, at least in the applications space. Go and read the piece – it’s excellent – but the gist is that for years Microsoft banked on Office being as important to users as, say, Windows. Office is Microsoft’s biggest money maker and for most of this decade no self-respecting IT department would consider any alternatives, even though they existed. You needed it to get work done.
<img style="display:block; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;" src="http://www.cultofmac.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/pinwheel-homepage.jpg" alt="Pinwheel homepage" border="0" width="640" height="331" /> This is Pinwheel , a new iOS app for leaving and finding virtual notes anywhere in the real world. It’s in private beta right now, but you can join in if you ask nicely and leave your email address in the box of the Pinwheel home page. Pinwheel is the brainchild of former Flickr and Hunch co-founder, Caterina Fake.
One of the most common questions we hear at 99U is: “How do I get more out of my brainstorming sessions?” While brainstorming sessions have become perhaps the most iconic act of creativity, we still struggle with how to give them real utility. T he problem of course is that most brainstorming sessions conclude prematurely. We all love to dream big and come up with “blue sky” ideas. We’re less fond of diving into the nitty-gritty details of creative execution.
Twenty creative directors, planners, media strategists, and account executives from agencies across the country are down on all fours on the floor of a 100-year-old tenement on Manhattan's Lower East Side. They are each staring down at a blank poster-size sheet of paper, contemplating their most abject fears about their careers, their livelihoods, and their future. They have reason to worry. They are, after all, in the business of advertising.
IN SINGAPORE conversations about water quickly turn political. The city-state no longer wants to depend on water from Malaysia when the current water-supply agreement between the two countries expires in 2061. More than once the neighbour to the north, of which Singapore was part before an acrimonious split in 1965, has threatened to increase prices or even cut off supplies. Yet politics is not the only reason for Singapore's advanced water system. The information centre at the Marina Barrage features pictures of floods and droughts.
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David Hummels, Rasmus Jørgensen, Jakob R. Munch, Chong Xiang , 10 December 2011 Fuelled by concerns over rising income inequality, Occupy Wall Street has grown into a global movement in slightly over 2 months, with protests in over 900 cities worldwide.
This figure, via Paul Krugman , shows the income share of the top 1 percent in the United Kingdom. The broad pattern is very similar to what U.S. data shows. The figure suggests that the explanation of growing inequality over the past several decades cannot be U.S.-specific but must have broader applicability.
F. Scott Fitzgerald was right when he declared the rich different from you and me. But today’s super-rich are also different from yesterday’s: more hardworking and meritocratic, but less connected to the nations that granted them opportunity—and the countrymen they are leaving ever further behind. Stephen Webster/Wonderful Machine
Towards the end of each year I share some thoughts on what awaits in the year ahead. It is actually a lot easier to look years into the future than just a single year, as while we can readily discern broad trends, the major events in a year are usually unforeseeable, though they may express the longer-term directions. However as the pace of change accelerates, it is becoming a little easier to see the themes, if not the specifics, of the year ahead.
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Exit from comment view mode. Click to hide this space Comments View/Create comment on this paragraph NEW YORK – The outlook for the global economy in 2011 is, partly, for a persistence of the trends established in 2010. These are: an anemic, below-trend, U-shaped recovery in advanced economies, as firms and households continue to repair their balance sheets; a stronger, V-shaped recovery in emerging-market countries, owing to stronger macroeconomic, financial, and policy fundamentals. That adds up to close to 4% annual growth for the global economy, with advanced economies growing at around 2% and emerging-market countries growing at about 6%. Comments View/Create comment on this paragraph But there are downside and upside risks to this scenario.
Enterprise Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is not rocket science. In fact, it is not even as faceted as many other sectors of SEO in which practitioners have to perform many more nuanced SEO tasks (and often by themselves). So why is Enterprise SEO so underserved and why do so few large organizations embrace it properly? Because Enterprise SEO is much more like Supply Chain Management than it is Marketing.
Resilience: What it is and why it’s needed Lee Howell addresses the question: What does it mean for a country to show resilience in the face of risks it cannot manage alone? From natural disasters to financial shocks, global risks are exogenous events, which go beyond the capacity of a country or corporation to manage on their own.
Noam Chomsky has said, "I’m not a great enthusiast for Obama, as you know, from way back, but at least he’s somewhere in the real world." He stated that the 2012 candidates are "Off the International Spectrum of Sane Behavior." The extended view by Democracy Now 's Amy Goodman with Noam Chomsky --- world-renowned activist, linguist, public intellectual and Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, author and one of the most influential political analysts of our day and age --- represents what American GOP middle-class voters are lamenting, "If only we had another candidate to pick from." This is even made more evident in Amy Goodman's latest article, " Republicans Divided, Citizens United ," saying that "the Republicans are not enthusiastic about any of their candidates."