Archive | October 2012

More banks, fewer problems

Should we have more small banks, and not that much big ones? Is the question that Scott Shay is trying to answer in the next TED talk.

Scott Shay is a small banker with a big idea: No more big banks. The way he sees it, the bigger they are, the harder they fall and the bigger the global disaster they can leave in their wake. At TEDxWallStreet, he appeals for a massive break-up — spreading out the risk, diversifying the field, lowering the dependency and creating a more secure financial system overall.

Meet Windows Phone 8

In this video from Joe Belfiore, Corporate VP of Windows Phone we get look at Windows Phone 8.

See some of the most exciting new features in Windows Phone 8, including Kid’s Corner, Rooms, Live Apps, and more.
Joe Belfiore, Corporate VP of Windows Phone, shows how you can childproof your phone with Kid’s Corner, collaborate with your family or coworkers in Rooms, use Live Apps that provide real-time information at a glance, and back up everything to SkyDrive.

 

How to use a paper towel

In an entertaining and short video from TED we find how to use a paper towel.

How Much Is Enough?

In this RSA talk we have an answer to the question “How Much Is Enough?” through an economic perspective.

What constitutes the good life? What is the true value of money? Why do we work such long hours merely to acquire greater wealth? These are some of the questions that many asked themselves when the financial system crashed in 2008.

Join Robert and Edward Skidelsky at the RSA as they tackle such questions head-on. They begin with the great economist John Maynard Keynes. In 1930 Keynes predicted that, within a century, per capita income would steadily rise, people’s basic needs would be met, and no one would have to work more than fifteen hours a week. Clearly, he was wrong: though income has increased as he envisioned, our wants have seemingly gone unsatisfied, and we continue to work long hours. The Skidelskys explain why Keynes was mistaken. Then, arguing from the premise that economics is a moral science, they trace the concept of the good life from Aristotle to the present and show how our lives over the last half century have strayed from that ideal. Finally, they issue a call to think anew about what really matters in our lives and how to attain it.

 

Bill Gates on Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and Microsoft Surface

This is a talk with Bill Gates about Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Natural User Interface and Microsoft Surface.

Malte Spitz: Your phone company is watching

In this TED talk we get more insight into “privacy”, “self-determination”, “individual freedom” in relation with phone companies.

What kind of data is your cell phone company collecting? Malte Spitz wasn’t too worried when he asked his operator in Germany to share information stored about him. Multiple unanswered requests and a lawsuit later, Spitz received 35,830 lines of code — a detailed, nearly minute-by-minute account of half a year of his life.

Does Brainstorming Work?

In an interesting shot video from RSA we find an answer to the question whether brainstorming really works.

Does Brainstorming Work?

This is the question psychologists have been baffled by for nearly half a century and we’re still on the path of discovering whether brainstorming is a technique that extracts the best out of people or if it’s a method that suppresses creativity.

Journalist and author, Jonah Lehrer, argues that brainstorming produces less original ideas than those people who work by themselves. From Alex Osborn, the father of brainstorming, to Charlen Nemeth, Jonah explains why brainstorming just doesn’t work.

Larry Smith – Why you will fail to have a great career

Here it is another interesting talk from TED.

Throughout his three-decade career here at the University of Waterloo, Larry Smith has inspired legions of students to take up the mantle of economics with his passionate and homespun tales of economic wizardry. A renowned story-teller, teacher and youth leadership champion, Larry has also coached and mentored countless numbers of students on start-up business management and career development strategies.

Having taught introductory microeconomics, macroeconomics and entrepreneurship classes, he recently celebrated assigning his 29,000th grade earlier this year.

Recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award, Larry has also coached several of his former students to help them position and develop their businesses, the most famous of which is Research in Motion (RIM), maker of the revolutionary BlackBerry wireless mobile smart phone. Larry also sits on the advisory panels of start-ups to provide his guidance on financing and negotiation with investors and venture capitalists.

Surface with Windows RT

The tablet from Microsoft is now available to pre-order with Windows RT for US, on Microsoft Store website.

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The tablet has the following prices:

  • 32 GB without Black Touch Cover – $499
  • 32 GB with Black Touch Cover – $599
  • 64 GB with Black Touch Cover – $699

The technical specifications (from Microsoft Store site):

  • OS | Windows RT, Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT
  • EXTERIOR | Dimensions: 10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37 in • Weight: Less than 1.5 lbs • Casing: VaporMg • Color: Dark Titanium • Physical buttons: Volume, Power
  • STORAGE | 32 GB • 64 GB
  • DISPLAY | Screen: 10.6″ ClearType HD Display • Resolution: 1366 x768 • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (widescreen) • Touch: 5-point multi-touch
  • CPU | Chip: NVIDIA T30 • System memory: 2 GB RAM
  • WIRELESS | Wireless: Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) • Bluetooth 4.0 technology
  • BATTERY | Up to 8 hours mixed activity • 7-15 days idle life
  • CAMERAS | Two 720p HD cameras, front and rear-facing
  • VIDEO | Two microphones
  • AUDIO | Stereo speakers
  • PORTS | Full-size USB 2.0 • microSDXC card reader • Headphone jack • HD video out port • Cover port
  • SENSORS | Ambient light sensor • Accelerometer • Gyroscope • Magnetometer
  • APPS (included) | Mail • Messaging • Word • Power Point • Excel • OneNote • SkyDrive • Internet Explorer 10 • Bing • Music • Video • Games • and more.

Eddie Obeng: Smart failure for a fast-changing world

In this interesting talk from TED we find out how is smart failure changing the world.

More information about Eddie Obeng we find in his speaker page from TED:

Our environment changes faster than we can learn about it, Eddie Obeng says. How do we keep up?

What will business look like in 5 years? (Er, what does it look like now?) Eddie Obeng helps executives keep up with a business and social environment that’s changing faster than we can know. Through Pentacle, his online business school, Obeng teaches a theory of management that focuses on adaptation to change. Called “New World Management,” it’s all about forming and re-forming workgroups, constantly re-evaluating metrics, and being open to all kinds of learning, from hands-on group exercises to a virtual lecture hall/meeting room called the QUBE.

More information about this talk :

The world is changing much more rapidly than most people realize, says business educator Eddie Obeng — and creative output cannot keep up. In this spirited talk, he highlights three important changes we should understand for better productivity, and calls for a stronger culture of “smart failure.”