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Innovations: February, 2014

Posted at 06:04 PM ET, 02/28/2014

Happy Friday everyone!

Before you start the weekend, enjoy a great photo from the Hubble Space Telescope.

By Matt McFarland  |  06:04 PM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 08:17 AM ET, 02/28/2014

A four-minute explanation of why innovation is so important to the United States

A short film highlights how investing in research is essential to the United States remaining a global power.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:17 AM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 02/27/2014

The plan to make waiting for your gas to pump less boring

Gilbarco is testing a personalized TV program that plays on gas pumps as customers wait by their cars.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:56 AM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 02/27/2014

9 striking photos of a boat in Pakistan being built without blueprints

Carpenters in Pakistan can successfully build massive boats without cutting-edge technologies.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:34 AM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 07:53 AM ET, 02/27/2014

Five reasons to get excited about 5G networks

Next-generation 5G networks could be a reality by 2020. Get ready to be wowed.

By Dominic Basulto  |  07:53 AM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  mobile, newsletter, Technology

Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 02/26/2014

Imagining the potential of a Google AdWords for the physical world

The future is one in which the world automatically reacts to us, including ads you see on your commute.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:27 AM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, Technology

Posted at 08:13 AM ET, 02/26/2014

I’m an engineer, not a cheerleader. Let’s abandon silly rules about gender roles.

Society dampens the spark that girls naturally have for science and technology. It’s time to fix that.

By Sara Sakowitz  |  08:13 AM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 02/25/2014

Carl Icahn’s criticism of eBay’s board highlights Silicon Valley’s systemic issues

Controversy at eBay highlights the tech sector’s inability to follow good standards of corporate governance.

By Vivek Wadhwa  |  01:08 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Column, newsletter, Technology

Posted at 08:25 AM ET, 02/25/2014

A half-baked Google smartwatch could sabotage Google Glass

Charging $300 for a simple stock ticker on the wrist will only discourage interest in Google Glass.

By Dominic Basulto  |  08:25 AM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 07:49 AM ET, 02/25/2014

My name is ginger coons, not Ginger Coons. Allow me to explain.

A write explains how a college class led her to abandon traditional capitalization.

By ginger coons  |  07:49 AM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Column

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 02/24/2014

Making the cacophony of public transit a soothing symphony

One artist wants to make the New York subway sound a lot better.

By Matt McFarland  |  10:01 AM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:06 AM ET, 02/24/2014

Emergent leadership: The trait that smart, innovative companies seek out in employees

Emergent leaders step up and lead when qualified but are comfortable in the background, too.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:06 AM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 02/21/2014

Photos of the day

Two images that are worth your time before starting the weekend.

By Matt McFarland  |  11:58 AM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 02/20/2014

How to embrace rejection and unlock your creative potential

The first step toward being creative and innovative is to come to terms with rejection and keep working.

By Justin Brady  |  09:45 AM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 02/20/2014

From Bubble Wrap to mushrooms: One company’s journey to package things better

New innovations have chipped away at Bubble Wrap’s place in the packaging world.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:00 AM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, newsletter, Technology

Posted at 07:52 AM ET, 02/20/2014

More than 100,000 people are taking an online course from Yale. Here’s what it means for the future of education.

An online course at Yale offers a window into the future of education.

By Dominic Basulto  |  07:52 AM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 02/19/2014

Georgetown basketball fans to get a taste of iBeacons’ potential at Verizon Center

The micro-location technology, meant to enhance the fan experience, will be used at Saturday’s Georgetown game.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:34 AM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, newsletter, Technology

Posted at 07:55 AM ET, 02/18/2014

How Apple is following in GE’s footsteps

As its pace of innovation slows, acquiring a company such as Tesla makes plenty of sense for Apple.

By Dominic Basulto  |  07:55 AM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:38 AM ET, 02/17/2014

Are our best minds being wasted?

Nicholas Kristof stirs the pot with a column on the lack of public intellectuals on college campuses.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:38 AM ET, 02/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 02/14/2014

When art requires Google Glass

Artist David Datuna’s work, “Portrait of America,” can’t be fully enjoyed without the eyewear.

By Matt McFarland  |  11:00 AM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:15 AM ET, 02/14/2014

Dropbox’s hiring practices explain its disappointing lack of female employees

It’s the hot start-up in Silicon Valley, but its hiring practices explain a shortage of female employees.

By Vivek Wadhwa  |  08:15 AM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, Technology

Posted at 08:08 AM ET, 02/14/2014

Silicon Valley’s gender imbalance, in one chart

A Pinterest engineer set out to find out just how many women actually occupy engineering roles.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:08 AM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 02/13/2014

Why Alex and Ani is embracing iBeacons in all of its stores

Alex and Ani is using the sensors in all of its stores to better attract and retain customers.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:00 AM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 02/13/2014

Why LEGO is the most innovative toy company in the world

Toy companies come and go, but LEGO’s innovative spirit helps it succeed no matter the year.

By Dominic Basulto  |  08:01 AM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, Technology

Posted at 08:13 AM ET, 02/12/2014

The rise of iBeacons, and fall of friction

Estimote’s CEO explains how the rise of iBeacon sensors will lead to a simpler, easier world.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:13 AM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 02/11/2014

An epic video of the sun

NASA releases scintillating footage of the sun that was taken by its Solar Dynamics Observatory.

By Matt McFarland  |  01:42 PM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Space

Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 02/11/2014

Want an ‘A?’ Then you better start tweeting in this professor’s class

Rather than fight students’ love of technology, this professor takes attendance via Twitter.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:16 AM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, Social Media, Technology

Posted at 08:15 AM ET, 02/11/2014

When fracking is beautiful, in 8 photos

A photographer captures stunning images of a drilling project in Siberia.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:15 AM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:11 AM ET, 02/11/2014

The quest to build a robot that is both your doting maid and ferocious guard dog

Brace yourself, robots will be nurses, maids, bodyguards, and nightwatchman before you know it.

By Dominic Basulto  |  08:11 AM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:49 PM ET, 02/10/2014

United Arab Emirates claims it’ll make drone deliveries within a year

An area known for thinking big claims it’ll make deliveries via drones within a year.

By Matt McFarland  |  05:49 PM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 02/10/2014

Trying to innovate at a huge company? Step 1: Flee the country.

A brash kid hops on a plane to Australia with an idea, and returns with a product that revitalizes eBay.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:46 AM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 02/10/2014

7 examples of technology actually functioning at the Sochi Olympics

In case you think everything is broken in Sochi, we provide examples of things that work.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:30 AM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 02/07/2014

The theory explaining how one man outperforms Nintendo’s 5,195 employees

The creator of Flappy Birds rakes in piles of cash as legendary Nintendo flounders.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:06 AM ET, 02/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:52 AM ET, 02/06/2014

Why Mark Zuckerberg has calmed down about openness and authenticity

For years Mark Zuckerberg talked up radical transparency, now he’s intrigued by privacy apps.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:52 AM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:57 AM ET, 02/06/2014

This is why your smartphone battery has the life span of a fruit fly

Computers keep getting faster and more powerful, but batteries remain frustratingly weak.

By Dominic Basulto  |  07:57 AM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, Technology

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 02/05/2014

Microsoft is dressing down its new CEO

Forget the ties and suits of his predecessor. The company’s new leader shows off a casual look.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:05 AM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, Technology

Posted at 08:07 AM ET, 02/05/2014

Dear CNN: Please be careful about copying our headlines. Sincerely, Upworthy.

When CNN’s attempt to lure readers in with catchy headlines flopped, Upworthy stepped in with advice.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:07 AM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, Social Media

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 02/04/2014

Richard Branson transitions vacation island to solar, wind energy and expects to save cash

Richard Branson is shifting Necker Island to mostly wind and solar power to save money.

By Matt McFarland  |  02:30 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 02/04/2014

Facebook, at the wise age of 10, embraces quality over quantity

Sometimes getting old is good. Facebook’s latest app is a wise approach to displaying content.

By Dominic Basulto  |  11:49 AM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Social Media, Technology

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 02/04/2014

A striking photo of Saturn

A newly released photo offers a good look at the planet.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:30 AM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Space

Posted at 08:39 AM ET, 02/04/2014

1776 kicks off registration for its Challenge Festival

The week-long competition and conference will take place in D.C. in May.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:39 AM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:59 AM ET, 02/03/2014

When incompetence is pure brilliance: J.C. Penney’s sloppy tweets grab spotlight

J.C. Penney forgot how to spell and punctuate -- and took Twitter by storm during the Super Bowl.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:59 AM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, Social Media, Technology

Posted at 07:59 AM ET, 02/03/2014

10 years after Facebook launched, social media is only beginning to shake up the world

Ten years later after Facebook launched, social media has profoundly altered the human experience.

By Vivek Wadhwa  |  07:59 AM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Social Media, Technology

 

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