Where does the real revenue in the Internet of Things lie? It’s probably not in some sort of gizmo you have to sell. Surprisingly, the revenue is in ongoing services, not the “thing” itself. (Video)
China will have a $123 trillion economy by 2040. By then, the country will account for 40% of the world’s gross domestic product and be “superrich.” The American economy, by way of contrast, will produce only 14% of global output. And Europe? The E.U. will claim just 5%. So says Robert Fogel, and he has a Nobel prize in economics to prove he knows a lot.
Some parts of the plane still work!
Tu-144 which first flew on 31 December 1968 (two months before Concorde) is the fastest supersonic commercial airliner ever made. Despite the similarity of the Tu-144 to Concorde, there were significant differences in the control, navigation and engine systems. The Tu-144 was in some ways a more technologically advanced aircraft, but in areas such as range, aerodynamic sophistication, braking and engine control, it lagged behind Concorde. A total of 16 airworthy Tu-144s were built, Aeroflot had only made 55 scheduled passenger flights with their Tu-144s before they put them out of service. (PICS)
If you’re going to build yourself a robot, you could build one to do some manual labor for you. It would make sense, putting difficult tasks into the hands of an unfeeling robot. But that’s really no fun. Why not build a party robot to serve you drinks? Wouldn’t that make the effort a bit more worthwhile?
Proud to Suck!
When it comes to wrapping presents, most men tend to take a utilitarian approach. The paper is likely to be roughly chopped, the sticky tape applied in industrial quantities and as for bows and ribbons – forget it.
It’s perhaps not surprising that presented with an immaculately wrapped gift, many women become suspicious that it may not have received the personal touch. But one UK retailer is providing a wrapping service so shoddy the recipient will be left in no doubt her partner did it.
Continue reading… “Crappy Gift-Wrapping Service Avoids Suspicion”
Many people have tried to make a car that is also a plane, or vice versa while they were stuck in traffic on the highway. Who would not want to unfold their wings, soar about the suckers on the road and bypass all of the traffic below?
We’ve mentioned Project Better Place before, the company that plans to create a network of charging stations and battery exchange locations for electric cars in Denmark, Israel and Australia. Backed by super-rich investors, now it’s planning an ambitious expansion into the San Francisco Bay area. The idea is to build a $1 billion network of 250,000 charging ports like you see here, 200 battery-swap stations, and a driver service center.
When you get a call while you’re driving, what do you do? Do you pick it up, or let it go to your voicemail? Of course there’s always a temptation to grab it, especially if you think it may be an emergency. Driving while distracted, however, is starting to become more and more of a problem, and one that’s costing lives.
Mating rituals are easy, but describing them online is tough
A new software is making it way onto the web to help improve the sex lives of zoo animals. It’s promising easier and more accessible data, faster matches and — in a page out of the most particular of human dating sites — details on an animal’s personality to ease what can be a testy process. Luckily, zoos won’t be required to document all the turn-ons and turn-offs of each animal. (Pics)
Rather than giving everyone the full-sex treatment with its ads,
MySpace wants to create ads that are more relevant to its readers
MySpace will give users the option of whether they want to participate in a targeted advertising system that mines their profile’s information, a senior company official said on Tuesday.
MySpace’s HyperTargeting system will look at a person’s interests listed on their public profile and then classify the user into particular interest-specific categories, said Travis Katz, senior vice president for MySpace International.
For those of you who are more on the sending than receiving end of the email equation, here is a review of the top 14 email marketing services. Leading the pack this year is iContact, followed by Constant Contact, and Benchmark.