Idris Mootee

Should We Revive Dying Brands and Companies? Or We’re Better off Creating New Ones? Does "The Circle of Life" Apply Here?

We make assumptions that it is the management team responsibility to extend or prolong the life of any companies even if they have fewer reasons to exist. Management is different from practicing medicine, although sometimes I am called the strategy doctor. Instead of wasting resources and energy to save a company or a brand, should we just take whatever assets and redeploy them In life, the cycle of life is the natural order of things.

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Apple Is Pushing the Limits of "Interactivity" and Going 3D. Watch Out Nintendo!

Apple is going to push the limits of “interactivity” and planning to go 3D. Using a camera to detect a user's position and overlay it onto an any on-screen object, giving the impression of a "reflection" and creating a more immerse experience. Apple's latest technology would address that through the use of a camera or appropriate "sensing mechanism."

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Should Banks Get into Virtual Currencies? I Want My Facebook Savings Account.

Facebook’s Gareth Davis said at the GamesBeat conference in San Francisco earlier this year that Facebook is “looking at” a virtual currency, that makes perfect sense. Is it a pure virtual currency or is it kind of a dual currency, meaning including real money? A Facebook currency can facilitate a lot of new behaviors. A virtual currency and payment ecosystem has already been slowly growing within Facebook over the last 2 years.

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Sex and Creativity. Is There a Connection? Study Shows Number of Sexual Partners Corresponds to Creative Output.

Creative people are fun. Creative people are likeable. But many creative minds are unorganized and sometimes deficient in handling complex logic. Some creative minds are highly analytical too, although the processing was sort of in the back and you don’t see it.

 

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The Dirty (Open) Secret That Drives Technology Adoption - Pornography

Pornography is always a problem with today’s technology. I am not passing judgment but the easy access is causing some problems. For the adult video rental store, it is easy to manage. The storekeeper just kicks out any curious kids out of the shops. In the world of mobile, it is not so easy. They say porn and technology has always worked together so well because each meets the needs of the other. Nerd needs anorak.

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Everytime You Search on Google, You Are Adding to the Consumption of 1% of the World's Energy

Here is one not commonly known fact, we know massive data center use up tons of energy just for cooling, in any typical data center only 40-45% of energy use is for the actual computing -- the rest is used mostly for cooling down the servers. Data centers' emissions of carbon dioxide have been running at around one third of those of airlines, but are growing 10% a year and now approach levels of entire countries such as Argentina or the Netherlands.

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The Banking Industry Is at Its Industry Breakpoint. Industry Transformation Is Now in the Making.

We are finally reaching the end of the financial turmoil; it was bad but not as bad as anything close to the great depression. China is a key factor although many are skeptical. The dilemma facing Beijing will be to balance the use of its huge foreign reserves to boost its own slowing domestic economy against continuing buying U.S. Treasury bills. As the second-largest holder of U.S. Treasury bills, China will inevitably end up financing the $700 billion bailout plan ultimately went to the banks and auto industries.

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Is Facebook and Twitter Bad for Your Brain? Or It Actually Makes You a Better Person

Here is an old vision of a high-tech future. It is an old magazine illustration in a 1969 Japanese Sunday magazine, which shows life in the future, pervaded by computers. This illustration “The Rise of the Computerized School,” by Shigeru Komatsuzaki is an illustrated scenario of what schools will be like in the future. Sort of Webex type of online delivery and interactive learning via a tablet.

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The Evolution of the ATMs. 30 Years Later Still Struggling to Make Them Scam Proof. It Is All About the Human Factors.

I find that people are over-concerned with online security every time there is a piece of news about identity theft on TV. It is really not that bad and we need to accept the fact that it will not go away. Whatever security mechanism being put can fix one hole but usually creates another hole.

 

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Lessons for Industrial Designers to Engineer Desirability That They Don’t Teach You In Design Schools

Being the dean of a Design School is no easy job today. Design schools is struggling to serve three masters: to the student and the industry and to the society, the last one is a new one as designers generally have come to a consensus that design for social change is part of the design agenda.

 

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