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Minecraft – Microsoft’s Newest Acquisition

Sep 28, 2014 in Tech . 0 Comment

Minecraft – Microsoft’s Newest Acquisition

Following months of speculation, Microsoft has confirmed that it has acquired the company behind Minecraft. Mojang is a Stockholm-based game developer that shot to fame with the success of the Minecraft franchise. The acquisition was made at a whopping $2.5 billion. This latest development reveals just how important gaming has become to the tech company. It also provides a glimpse into what Microsoft may have in mind for the future. 

A Natural Fit

Microsoft has been investing heavily in both cloud and mobile technologies, which makes the company a perfect partner for Minecraft game developers. Microsoft Studios has already had huge success with franchises such as Halo and Forza. With the acquisition of Minecraft and the Mojang team, the company can provide the tools developers need to take the game to the next level. Not only will Minecraft developers have access to more powerful tools, but gamers will also have more opportunities to connect with the Minecraft community. 

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Is Free Food at Work Always a Good Idea?

Sep 26, 2014 in Business/Finance . 0 Comment

Is Free Food at Work Always a Good Idea?

A large number of businesses provide their employees with pick-me-ups such as free coffee and other beverages. Others are taking it to the next level, supplying more than just a free cup of java. Many startups are following in the footsteps of tech giants Google and Facebook by offering free lunches. While employees may see it simply as a benefit of the job, employers are increasingly seeing great results, including increased productivity and retention. Here are the ins and outs of free food in the office.

Food Perks on the Rise

Startups are frequently looking for non-traditional ways to recruit workers. Providing a welcoming and interesting company culture is an extremely important aspect for employers who want to attract top talent. One of the biggest trends is to offer meals. According to the results of a recent survey by GrubHub, an online food-ordering and billing service, the number of companies offering food-based perks has increased by 11 percent over 2013. 

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The Future of Smart Homes

Sep 24, 2014 in Tech . 0 Comment

The Future of Smart Homes

A new vision for the future has just been presented by Samsung. At the opening keynote speech at IFA 2014, Samsung CEO Boo-Keun Yoon called on the electronics industry to agree upon a set of open standards for smart homes. He stated that this was necessary to create the right conditions for the future home to adapt to the unique needs of individual consumers. Here’s a look at Samsung’s vision for the future of smart homes. 

Not Just a Smart Home

“The home of the future is not about the technology, nor is it about being smart and connected,” Mr. Yoon said in his speech at the technology event. “It’s about technology that isn’t overwhelming and works discreetly behind the scenes to adjust to consumers’ needs at the right time.” 

Mr. Yoon outlined 3 key attributes that must be met for a home to be truly interactive and adaptive. The 3 attributes were: show me, know me, and tell me. 

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How to Keep Your Employees Engaged

Sep 22, 2014 in Business/Finance . 0 Comment

How to Keep Your Employees Engaged

Are your employees achieving their maximum potential, or are they simply going through the motions? The answer to this question can have a significant impact on the performance of your business as a whole. 

Low Engagement Worldwide

According to research from Gallup, only 13 percent of employees worldwide are engaged at work. Though the engagement was the highest in the U.S., it was still at a low of only 29 percent. Though it can be difficult to measure engagement, businesses have a variety of metrics for assessing it. For purposes of the study, Gallup defined engagement as being psychologically committed to a job. Engaged workers were noted to be more likely to make positive contributions to the workplace. 

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Transparent Solar Concentrators

Sep 19, 2014 in Tech . 0 Comment

Transparent Solar Concentrators

Imagine if the front glass of your smartphone screen could be used to recharge its battery. Researchers at Michigan State University have created just such a thing. This transparent photovoltaic solar cell uses small organic molecules to absorb specific non-visible wavelengths of sunlight. These organic molecules act like micro-prisms by increasing the absorption area of a surface, thus increasing the solar absorbing ability of the glass. Utilizing this new material on a small scale, such as for screens of small electronic devices, allows it to be used by millions of current smartphone users. 

How It Works

The cells receive energy-producing protons from the sunlight and convert them into electrons, which produce small amounts of electrical charge. The cells can be changed to receive Ultraviolet or Infra-Red non-visible light. Capturing the Infra-Red light creates a glowing effect that can charge the photovoltaic solar cells. Since UV and IR light are not detectable to the human eye, the glass remains transparent, allowing visible light to pass through

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