Idris Mootee

The Digital Photography Industry Is Now at Its Industry Breakpoint, It Is Ready for Disruption. Not All Will Survive.

The digital camera market has enjoyed some growth the last few years but I think it is reaching a point where sales will be flat or in a slow decline with the exception of DSLR. Digital camera has almost completely replaced earlier film models, and already camera makers have begun emphasizing DSLR or special features for customers to upgrade to.

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Your Smart Phone Could Also Be a Spy Phone. It Is Possible that It Broadcasts Your Location without Your Knowledge. There's No Place to Hide.

I was watching Eagle Eyes last weekend, I was thinking what happened there is actually not unlikely, we’re being watched every second. Forget about your PC spyware, they’re nothing compared with mobile phone spyware that enabled call- and text-monitoring and most of all allow anyone to tap into the phone from remotely and activate its microphone, even when it is turned OFF.

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Research Design Is More than Just a Design Tool. The Truth Is 80% of the Time They Weren't Designed and Conducted Properly.

What is design research? It is generally refer to the upfront contextual inquiry work that designers perform before they start ideation. Sometimes it involves some light ethnographic work and some interviews, but it is primarily not structured as comprehensive or rigor. Design research emerged only in the late 60’s with the goal to improve seeing how consumers use the product and looking for ways to improve the effectiveness of a product. Pretty much a human factor investigation, but it is now widely practiced but facing a few serious challenges.

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From Recycling to Fair Trade and Conflict Free Material. Companies such as HP Are Doing a Great Job.

Despite there are a lot of efforts on recycling, very little of our stuff is recyclable and being recycled. I don’t think we are doing enough, designers and consumers have a dilemma, and we love nicely designed packaging but hate to see the kind of waste we’re producing. Food containers are one good example.

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How Much Money Are Apple and Amazon Making from Selling the iPad and the Kindle?

Getting ready for the iPod coming to an Apple store near you, iTunes TV show downloads is about to happen. Apple will be offering US TV shows for $1 each, as reported by the Financial Times. This coincides with the scheduled release of the iPad sometime in April in an attempt to pull adoption. TV episodes are normally $1.99 for standard-definition and $2.99 for high-definition through iTunes.

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Are Business Schools Preparing Students for a Flat World Where Organizations and National Boundaries Are Becoming Blurred

Looking at this year MBA rankings by Financial Times, there aren’t many changes in the Top 10 list. Top ten remains the Top 10. The surprise is ranking No. 10 is a Hong Kong Business School and No. 12 is an Indian Business School. Other top schools (some are more local) ranking: IMD (Swiss) ranks 15, HEC (French) ranks 18, CEIBS (Chinese) ranks 22, Haas ranks 28, Cornell ranks 38, Ivey (Canadian) ranks 49. Here's the latest FT Global Top 10 MBA Rankings for 2010:

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Will Apple's Home Energy Management System Become the Next iTunes? What about Microsoft?

Home energy management is hot and I’ve seen more than a dozen companies having a very similar approach. It is almost hopeless for small start-ups to play the same, as many deep pockets have been working on this for a long time. Whirlpool and energy retailer Direct Energy have joined forces to showcase what the energy efficient home of the future will look like at the CES. I’ve seen some cool stuff from them.

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You Think HCI Design Is Hard, Think It Also Needs to Consider User Experiences for the Blind

Design for many different types of users is hard enough, just imagine one also need to include the blind. Advocates for the blind always complain about consumer technologies not doing a good enough job of making products accessible. The web, while opening many opportunities for blind people, is still riddled with obstacles.

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HCI (Human-Computer Interactions) Is Fast Evolving to Deal with Emerging Computing Paradigms. Today It Is a Little Cognitive Science and AI, a Lot of Anthropology and Social Psychology.

Industry (aerospace, telecom, Ddefence, automotive, consumer electronics, etc.) has developed a growing interest in Human-Computer Interaction, as powerful and numerous features do not ensure a successful product at all without a clear usage understanding by their target users. HCI (Human‐Computer Interaction) is a fascinating discipline; the field has its origin in the 80s primarily in computer science and cognitive psychology.

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What Do You Know about Customer Unmet Needs? Have You Heard about Needs such as "Bolstering Self-Esteem" or "Social Signaling"?

What do you know about unmet needs? Theodore Levitt (a retired HBS marketing prof) used to say that "people don't want to buy a quarter-inch drill – they want a quarter-inch hole." It is true and not true. While it is always useful to understand what customers want to achieve and get done, there are often times when consumers don’t know what they want and what they need. Or even when they know, they cannot articulate it.

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