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Innovations: March, 2014

Posted at 08:25 AM ET, 03/28/2014

Returns plague fashion e-commerce. Can technology fix the problem?

Without fitting rooms, 3D modeling of clothes on a mannequin might be the next best thing.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:25 AM ET, 03/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 03/27/2014

How a rental service could help digital textbooks thrive on college campuses

College students have shied away from them, but a start-up offering cheap rentals may change that.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:31 AM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, Technology

Posted at 08:25 AM ET, 03/27/2014

Smartphones are empowering our vices like never before

We think our phones make us smarter and more productive. But that’s not all they’re doing.

By Dominic Basulto  |  08:25 AM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 03/26/2014

Facebook’s moonshot is a wise move in a time of radical change

The Facebook CEO knows that he must reinvent his company for it to stay relevant.

By Vivek Wadhwa  |  12:27 PM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Column, Technology

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 03/26/2014

What Oculus’s $2 billion payday teaches us about innovation

To innovate today, use cheap components and empower your customers to make your product better.

By Larry Downes  |  11:13 AM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Column, Technology

Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 03/26/2014

The remarkable evolution of bus stops from shanties to flashy marketing opportunities

We’ve witnessed a remarkable transformation in the small shacks that we wait in.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:06 AM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, Technology

Posted at 08:19 AM ET, 03/26/2014

When silence is golden: The benefits of brainstorming without talking

To ferment innovation, skip traditional brainstorming and try a silent approach.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:19 AM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 03/25/2014

Grid parity: Why electric utilities should struggle to sleep at night

As solar energy becomes cheaper, consumers could fight climate change by going off the electric grid.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:02 AM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, Technology

Posted at 08:27 AM ET, 03/25/2014

Artificial intelligence is the next big tech trend. Here’s why.

Boasting new momentum, it’s ready to move out of academia and into the real world.

By Dominic Basulto  |  08:27 AM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 09:51 AM ET, 03/24/2014

Soon we’ll remember the good old days when our watches were ad-free

Ads pop up everywhere we turn, and smartwatches may be the next intrusion.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:51 AM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 03/24/2014

Uber’s battle in Seattle highlights the irony of regulation hurting the consumers it was designed to help

Sadly, regulation designed to protect consumers often ends up protecting lazy industries.

By Larry Downes  |  09:40 AM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Column, Technology

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 03/21/2014

An argument for radically rethinking your charitable donations

To best aid humanity’s future, we should put our money in the hands of elite innovators.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:28 AM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, newsletter, Technology

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/21/2014

How immigration reform could boost our national defense

If you care about national defense, you should care about keeping the best minds in America.

By Gary Shapiro  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Column, Technology

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 03/20/2014

Creepy or useful: When retail employees start recognizing you with Google Glass

Here’s a company that envisions you being greeted by name as you arrive to make a purchase.

By Matt McFarland  |  10:11 AM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 07:52 AM ET, 03/20/2014

Brain implants: Because you’ve always wanted to think more like Einstein

Forget SAT tutors and brain exercise puzzles. Soon it’ll be all about brain implants.

By Dominic Basulto  |  07:52 AM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, Technology

Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 03/19/2014

Books are losing the war for our attention. Here’s how they could fight back.

Fewer people are reading books. Technology that revolutionizes reading may be the answer.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:13 AM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, newsletter, Technology

Posted at 08:54 AM ET, 03/18/2014

Sorry, Volvo. Magnetic roads for self-driving cars are a pipe dream.

Volvo’s research into magnets that guide cars is highly unlikely to be implemented on a grand scale.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:54 AM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, Technology

Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 03/18/2014

This NCAA tournament, don’t doubt the black swans

It’s not that crazy to expect someone to eventually fill out an NCAA tournament bracket perfectly.

By Dominic Basulto  |  08:53 AM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 03/17/2014

Why we’re proud of our hectic, exhausting lives

Being busy has become a status symbol in our modern world as it indicates having a full life.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:50 AM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, Technology

Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 03/17/2014

Steve Case explains what it takes to be an innovator

Steve Case, who radically changed the world when he co-founded AOL, explains the necessary mind-set.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:31 AM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, Technology

Posted at 07:19 AM ET, 03/17/2014

Why Tesla’s Elon Musk will be inspired by New Jersey’s slight

Great minds are at their best when challenged. Don’t expect setbacks to slow Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

By Justin Brady  |  07:19 AM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:30 PM ET, 03/15/2014

Here’s a look inside one of the world’s largest airplanes

The ritzy cabin of the Emirates Airbus A380 is unlike any plane you’ve likely ever flown on.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:30 PM ET, 03/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 03/14/2014

For $50,000, you too can look like a Transformer

A three-man team from Tokyo has made a $50,000 exoskeleton that can be worn.

By Matt McFarland  |  04:31 PM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, Technology

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 03/13/2014

This blog post won’t be shared on Facebook, and I should be worried

To find an audience and make a difference, today’s journalists must hustle to promote their work.

By Matt McFarland  |  10:39 AM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, newsletter, Technology

Posted at 08:29 AM ET, 03/13/2014

How 3D printing could transform Amazon and online shopping

Its printing pilot could transform the consumer retail model once again, but not in the way you might think.

By Dominic Basulto  |  08:29 AM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, Technology

Posted at 07:16 AM ET, 03/13/2014

The triumph of genomic medicine is just beginning

The doubters have been proven wrong, and our health will benefit from the coming advances.

By Vivek Wadhwa  |  07:16 AM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Column, Technology

Posted at 08:48 AM ET, 03/11/2014

The wonderful weirdness of SXSW, in 16 photos

When thousands of techies invade an artsy town, the combination is unforgettable.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:48 AM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, Technology

Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 03/11/2014

How wearable tech goes from geek fad to mega-trend

Google is seeking to unite the rapidly proliferating number of wearable tech devices.

By Dominic Basulto  |  08:41 AM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, Technology

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 03/10/2014

Edward Snowden: ‘They’re setting fire to the future of the Internet’

The former NSA contractor who ignited a debate over government surveillance calls for better security measures.

By Matt McFarland  |  01:20 PM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 08:37 AM ET, 03/10/2014

The touching bromance that bridges hip-hop and Silicon Valley

At SXSW a hip-hop artist and venture capitalist gush on what they’ve learned from each other.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:37 AM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, Technology

Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 03/08/2014

The robots are coming for your job. Here’s how to respond.

Google chairman Eric Schmidt warns that those who lack the skills to work with machines will be left behind.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:13 AM ET, 03/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, Technology

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/07/2014

Why China’s newfound innovation is a good thing for America

Innovation isn’t a zero-sum game. Both China and the United States can win.

By Ed Sappin  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Column, Technology

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/07/2014

Fellow teenagers, now is the time for us to limit our screen time

When teenagers start trading sleep time for screen time, it can have some serious consequences.

By Zarin Rahman  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Social Media, Technology

Posted at 05:31 AM ET, 03/07/2014

SXSW, here I come.

I’ll be in Austin shortly covering SXSW. Stay tuned for coverage!

By Matt McFarland  |  05:31 AM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 03/06/2014

The quest to find a place for airships in our modern world

A British company seeks to adapt a spy blimp for other uses, such as tourism and academic research.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:23 AM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 07:43 AM ET, 03/06/2014

Google’s Project Loon: The gamble that’s so crazy it might work

Don’t doubt Google’s far-out project to bring balloon-powered Internet to the masses.

By Dominic Basulto  |  07:43 AM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter, Technology

Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 03/05/2014

Why you should be proud to sleep on the job

Research has shown the benefits of an afternoon nap, yet most U.S. workplaces haven’t embraced the practice.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:32 AM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, newsletter

Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 03/04/2014

Tesla’s success is a victory for anyone who loves the environment

The future of the auto industry is one in which our use of environment-destroying fossil fuels fades.

By Vivek Wadhwa  |  09:14 AM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Column, Technology

Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 03/04/2014

The Air Force general who channels a mellow CEO’s leadership style

The general who leads the Air Force Academy shares tactics with Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh.

By Justin Brady  |  08:31 AM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  newsletter

Posted at 07:36 AM ET, 03/04/2014

Apple helps blur the line between Silicon Valley and Detroit

Traditional car brands will matter less as we shift our focus to the software our vehicles run.

By Dominic Basulto  |  07:36 AM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 03/03/2014

Warren Buffett, cheerleader for the American economy

Investor Warren Buffett argues that those who bet against America have never won.

By Matt McFarland  |  10:29 AM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 03/03/2014

NASA wisely capitalizes on ‘Gravity’s’ success at Oscars

The agency capitalized on “Gravity’s” success as a way to remind everyone of the wonders of space.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:06 AM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Social Media, Space

Posted at 08:21 AM ET, 03/03/2014

Visual proof that the rise of selfies isn’t the end of civilization

Kids aren’t more self-centered than past generations. What’s changed is our access to technology.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:21 AM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, Social Media

 

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