Will Alice Soon Be Looking Through a Google Glass?

We've all seen Terminator and envied Arnie's spectacular in eye information station. Well if you've always dreamed of doing the same, Google Glass may be about to make those dreams come true. What Is the Google Glass? Launching in 2013, the Google Glass is worn in place of a standard pair of glasses with a small prismatic screen in the top right corner which provides eye tracking and voice control to access to a wealth of functionality. The basic term 'OK Glass' turns on the product. You can then use 'Take a Photo' or 'Record a Video' to get an instant picture or 10 second film. The 'You Are There' functionality means you can record or photograph exactly what you are seeing. This can then be shared with others or you can 'hang out' with pals so that they can see exactly what you can in real time. However, the Glass is far more than a simple instant recording system. It provides access to a wealth of apps and search facilities directly to your eye. From weather and directions, to the latest market statistics, the Glass has its own WIFI receptor and can be tethered to the iPhone to obtain instant data. The Benefits of the Glass It is said that users today are more f

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Cloud Computing is Cool

What, didn’t you know? Cloud computing has all the industry insiders raving. Only pay for what you use! Automatic data backups! No more investments in hardware! Oh, I’m sorry, did I lose your attention? Not surprised. It’s boooooooooooooooooooriiing. But really, the cloud is cool. Very cool. And here’s why. I now live without ads. None, as in zero. Nada. Zinch. I’ve given up entirely on traditional TV (including cable) and now rely on Netflix alone. All the TV series and movies I want at the touch of a button. Plus, with a VPN, it’s possible to get full access to all the US content, which way exceeds what the crappy UK version has to offer.   It’s cheaper (much, much cheaper) So a decent cloud music service costs you, what, £6 a month? Please tell me you’re not still relying on illegal downloads and playing off of mp3s. Really. So 2009. Netflix is £6 a month and you can get a decent VPN service for £4. Cut out your BBC TV licence and you save yourself £145 a year. Cancel cable and save maybe £250+? Really, beyond live sports, what are you paying lots of money for that you can’t get online now?   No more stupid TV I mean the

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Crowdfunding

Any entrepreneur today will tell you it's tough getting funding for a new idea. Traditional forms of finance, including angel investors and venture capital funding demand prohibitive prototyping, proof of concept, and expensive research and development, before taking a massive stake in the equity of the company and demanding a say in how it's run. Introducing Crowdfunding Crowdfunding makes it possible to bring a neat new idea to market with minimal development costs, while at the same time building a tribe of enthusiastic investors with a reason to become an ambassador for your brand. Crowdfunding allows entrepreneurs and small business start-ups to approach the public for funding direct, cutting out the middleman. Through sites such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Wefunder people pledge small amounts (as little as $1) to support projects that interest them. In return, rather than equity in the company, the project organisers may make available a scale of rewards; from listing the donor's name on a roll of honour to special editions of merchandise or a personalised tour of a movie set. Projects may be new businesses, or an existing brand seeking to develop new market

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Poor Economics

Recommended Reading: Poor Economics by Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee and Esther Duflo Today's recommended reading is Bannerjee and Duflo's "Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty". The radical rethinking in the tagline relates to the application of the scientific method, in the form of randomised controlled trials, to understand the choices and behaviours of the poorest people of the world. In the same way pharmaceutical companies test drugs, Bannerjee and Duflo seek to document the actual effects of developmental interventions on the ground. Conversations with people living on less than a dollar a day demonstrate that they are prey to the same apathy, procrastination and mistaken thinking as the rest of us. But where society frames the choices of the wealthy, the poor are responsible for even minute areas of their own lives; often placing faith in expensive cures, for example, rather than access preventative immunisations for which the "pay-off" comes in the future. The poor are required daily to make complex economic decisions that people in developed societies rarely confront. Understanding the thinking behind the decisions enables us t

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Britain’s Answer to Silicon Valley

Many of the world's largest technology companies such as Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and eBay operate out of the San Francisco Bay area in America (also known as Silicon Valley). But could this all be about to change? There is an unlikely part of London that has recently been causing quite a stir in the world of technology. Insiders have long known about the Silicon Roundabout - the junction of Old Street with City Road in Shoreditch, but until the multi-million dollar sale of TweetDeck by Twitter, London's answer to Silicon Valley has remained largely out of the public eye. So just how has this small part of London built itself up to be coined 'Tech City' by the government and Silicon Roundabout to locals? Well the facelift has been fast as even just four years ago this part of London would barely muster a mention. In 2008 Richard Moross set up Moo.com here, an online printing company. The offices that Moross moved into were too big for just one company so he decided to offer cheap rental rates to other start-up companies. Those companies moved on to larger offices in the same area once they became more established but there were always new businesses ready to move in. The

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