Calgary’s Snøhetta-designed public library will be the Apple Store of libraries

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Library designed by architectural firm Snøhetta.

Shaunacy Ferro:  Hanging out at the library might just become cool as Calgary, Canada has plans to build a new lending library. The library will be designed by Snøhetta, an architecture firm. The library will have a  240,000-square-foot center and will be more than just a repository for plastic-protected books. Twice as large as Calgary’s existing public library, it’s designed to be both a circulating public library and a community gathering space, a combination bookstore/computer lab/cafe/event space/social hub that provides a pathway between two disconnected neighborhoods. (Photos)

 

 

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How digital technologies are changing the physical world

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Our physical world is now technology-enabled by the digitization of everything.

Ted Hall, CEO of ShopBot Tools, which designs and manufactures digital fabrication tools priced for individuals and smaller manufacturing shops, says “complexity is cheap now, and quality is almost free.”

 

 

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The ongoing newspaper crisis by the numbers

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Publishers have failed to adequately respond to the new ways that consumers get information.

About ten years after the commercial debut of the Internet, America’s newspapers posted record high advertising sales of $49.4 billion in 2005. This lead many publishers to think their businesses would not be seriously affected by the digital revolution. But they were wrong.

 

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Bitcoin will go far beyond payments in the future

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Bitcoin and other digital currencies have captured the attention of the media, entrepreneurs, and regulators. The coverage has described exchange meltdowns, price volatility, and government crackdowns. However, the focus on Bitcoin as a currency may distract businesses and governments from its disruptive impact: as a technology.

 

 

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Top banking trends of 2014

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The rapid expansion in ownership of smartphones and tablet devices make today’s consumer want to research financial services on demand.

The banking industry has experienced a strong recovery after one of the worst financial crisis. In the evolving banking landscape in emerging economies, the industry is quickly transforming.

 

 

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Why today’s digital publishers are creating print magazines

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Digital publishers are creating magazines to supplement their websites.

It seems like a really bad time to start a magazine with circulation numbers sinking and print ad rates dipping just as fast. But digital publishers like Politico, Pitchfork and Pando are doing  just that: backwards-engineering their online publications for the physical page.

 

 

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Average U.S. adult spends 11 hours a day with electronic media

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Watching TV and listening to the radio are the top two digital activities in the average American adult’s day.

Fifty-eight percent of American adults own smartphones. Pair that with the fact that digital culture permeates almost every aspect of our lives, and we can already assume the average person spends a lot of time with gadgets.

 

 

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Bitcoin is not only digital currency, it’s Napster for finance

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Bitcoin will start its transformation from a mere currency into an entire open-source.

Bitcoin’s valuation didn’t just skyrocket in 2013, but its infrastructure, services, and adoption exploded as well, culminating in recent announcements that major online retailer Overstock.com and NBA team the Sacramento Kings would accept the digital currency as payment.

 

 

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