Monthly Archives: September 2013
September 30, 2013
We have been on the quest for storing electricity for centuries now and yet it continues to be a somewhat elusive search. We are only able to store a limited amount of a charge for a certain period of time. At the same time the gadgets we use continue to grow in number and in their demand for power. Your iPhone requires as much energy as your fridge. That's why every invention that lets us use these extensions of our limbs for a prolonged period is always gladly welcome. Such is the case with power banks. Here are a few...
September 25, 2013
This week's story of a brand is dedicated to perhaps the only other company that could rival BMW's popularity and cultural significance. Number #16 on Forbes' list of most powerful brands, the Mercedes brand boasts an impressive $88.2 billion in sales. With an impressive history of quality and luxury vehicles, Mercedes-Benz is among the biggest contributors to the impeccable reputation German cars enjoy today. Let's have a look at how it all began. Raymondo166 / Foter / CC BY-ND Two Engineers, One Invention The Mercedes brand was officially registered in 1926 under the the Daimler-Benz name, but the story of the company can...
September 20, 2013
Surely, it has happened to all of us. You may not need your cell phone for hours, but the moment you want to make that one extremely important call, your phone dies. Being on the move, you don't have anything to charge it with, no phone chargers, and that makes you miserable. Our phone is like our umbilical cord to the world. Without a phone, many people feel mute and disconnected, which might result in a lot of personal drama. It's fixable, however, because there are several gadgets you can use to charge your phone and other electronic devices while not...
September 17, 2013
Inventions nowadays rarely seem as important as those that transformed our world during the Industrial Revolution. Yet I think many of the new ones we witness, we take for granted, simply because they happen at a much faster pace and often, on a smaller scale. Additionally, the problems we are trying to solve, often created by previous inventions of ours, are piling up, so it's easy to lose focus. However, millions of scientists worldwide are working hard to make our lives easier and solve some of the world's most pressing issues. Here's a handpicked selection of TED talks that show...
September 13, 2013
v.valenti / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA With the recent buzz about Yahoo's change of logo and the mixed opinions it received, I think it's time for me to add their name to our Story of a Brand rubric. But this time I want to take a different spin and explore what has been dubbed Yahoo!'s identity crisis and the historical context around it. The Hobby Like every great company, Yahoo! started as somebody's hobby. The year was 1994, the Internet was still very young, but already growing in information, so two graduate students at Stanford decided to devise a way to navigate through...
September 10, 2013
Regardless of your field, whether it is technology or science you probably want to stay on top of your game and attend all the conferences, seminars and other events where people gather and exchange ideas. But we all know that's not always possible as time, money, distance and other constraints might stand in the way of your curiosity. Or even if you attend a conference, you will often find that the program is so packed with panels, lectures and events, that you can't possibly attend all of them. Luckily, there are a few tricks to keep track of your favorite...
September 6, 2013
<p style="text-align: justify;">Do you have any idea what a Universal Serial Bus is? No? Think again. Even though it sounds fancy and a bit off-putting (I mean, bus?), I'm sure you know the abbreviation: USB. It really is the good old USB, but you probably wouldn't go that far in your guessing because we all have gotten so used to it.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Do you remember the first time you plugged one in? Right, I don't, either. We somehow take our everyday gadgets for granted as if they have been invented since the beginning of time. The truth is, the concept of the USB began to develop only in the mid-1990s. Seven IT companies joined forces to create the perfect connection between PCs and various peripherals such as keyboards, printers, portable media players, digital cameras and much more. We are so accustomed to the rapid leaps technology is making, literally day to day, that it seems we have forgotten what life was like without all of today's electronic devices.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> <a href="https://www.logotech.com/blog/5-questions-you-always-wanted-to-ask-about-your-usb/" class="read-more">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>
September 4, 2013
<p style="text-align: justify;">You must have heard of Ricardo Semler, the CEO of Brazilian company Semco SA, who transformed his father's business and turned Semco into one of the most profitable and unorthodox companies in the world. But did you know that he's also trying to revolutionize education through his Lumiar School in San Paolo, which is every bit as eccentric as his company? That's why in order to understand his approach to education, you need to explore his approach to business first. Let's look at his very successful management style.</p> <dl id="foter-photo-figure" class="wp-caption foter-photo alignleft" style="color: #888888; position: relative; font-size: 11px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; overflow: hidden; zoom: 1; padding: 4px; border: 1px solid #dddddd; border-top-left-radius: 3px; border-top-right-radius: 3px; border-bottom-right-radius: 3px; border-bottom-left-radius: 3px; width: 450px; float: none; margin: 5px auto 10px;"><dt class="wp-caption-dt"><a href="http://foter.com/photo/school-construction-funding-announcement/"><img class="foter-photo mceItem" style="display: block; width: 100%;" src="http://photos.foter.com/160/school-construction-funding-announcement_l.jpg" alt="" /></a></dt><dd class="wp-caption-dd" style="padding: 0; margin: 0;"><span style="display: block; float: right;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mdgovpics/6685782417/">MDGovpics</a> / <a href="http://foter.com">Foter</a> / <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">CC BY</a></span></dd></dl> <p lang="en-US" style="text-align: justify;"> <a href="https://www.logotech.com/blog/ricardo-semler-and-the-revolution-in-education/" class="read-more">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>