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RoomAlive Converts Any Room into a Video Game Hologram

Oct 31, 2014 in Tech . 0 Comment

RoomAlive Converts Any Room into a Video Game Hologram

The newest creation from Microsoft can turn an entire room into an interactive gaming environment. RoomAlive uses multiple LCD projectors along with a Kinetic motion tracking system to turn the walls of almost any room into an active 3-D mapping grid that senses a user’s motions and instantly interacts with the game. 

Motion sensors in video consoles are not new; the Wii gaming system uses them. But with the RoomAlive system, instead of a television screen, all four walls and the floor are used to create an experience that puts users inside the action. This takes virtual reality to a whole new level.

How it Works

The cameras and sensors are mounted to the ceiling, so no bulky glasses or headgear is needed. The key to this system’s uniqueness is the projector depth-camera unit, also known as a ProcamBy using six Procam units to project maps, you can animate every square inch of a room.

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How to Improve Your Creativity in Business

Oct 29, 2014 in Business/Finance . 0 Comment

How to Improve Your Creativity in Business

Creativity is an increasingly important aspect of improving business performance. Employers at some of the largest companies today put creativity high on the list of desired traits in their workers. Data from an IBM survey of 1500 Chief Executive Officers around the globe revealed that creativity mattered more than even management discipline, integrity, rigor and vision. Clearly, creativity matters in the business world today. 

Why Is Creativity Important?

In the past, creativity was something that was thought best left to certain “creative types.” Yet, today’s business environment demands more. Economic challenges, complexities of technology and changes in organizational structures create new hurdles that must be overcome. 

“Coming out of the worst economic downturn in our professional lifetimes -- and facing a new normal that is distinctly different -- it is remarkable that CEOs identify creativity as the number one leadership competency of the successful enterprise of the future,” said Frank Kern, senior vice president, IBM Global Business Services, in a press release about the survey results. “But step back and think about it, and this is entirely consistent with the other top finding in our Study -- that the biggest challenge facing enterprises from here on will be the accelerating complexity and the velocity of a world that is operating as a massively interconnected system.” 

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New Apple iPad Unveiled

Oct 27, 2014 in Tech . 0 Comment

New Apple iPad Unveiled

News of the latest Apple iPad hit a fevered pitch as details of the latest devices were leaked. In an apparent mix up, the iTunes store gave tech watchers and Apple enthusiasts an opportunity to preview the goods days ahead of the formal debut. Screenshots of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 confirmed many of the rumors that were swirling about the devices. Now that the company has formally introduced the devices at the recent Apple event, here’s everything you need to know about the new iPad and iPad mini.

New Devices Unveiled

One of the biggest announcements at the event was that the iPad Air 2 has gotten thinner and lighter. In fact, it is the thinnest device of its kind on the market today. At just 6.1 millimeters, it is a full 18 percent thinner than the original iPad Air. Another notable change is that the new iPad is markedly faster than its predecessor; the new A8X chip makes it 40 percent faster. Also, Apple reports that the graphics are two and a half times faster than before. 

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Using E-Books to Market Your Business

Oct 24, 2014 in Business/Finance . 0 Comment

Using E-Books to Market Your Business

Not long ago, social media was considered the last frontier for business marketing. Today, one can find a plethora of businesses on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and other social media. However, the next frontier of online marketing is e-books. Use these tips to ensure your e-book reaches a wide audience and is well received.

Keep Content Relevant

When you’re using an e-book as a marketing tool, you can’t just write about anything. You have to use it to promote yourself as an expert in your field. For instance, an indie yarn dyer might publish a book on knitted or crocheted stitch patterns, while an online stationery and fountain pen company might extol the virtues of penmanship as art instead.

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4.4 Billion People Still Don’t Have the Internet

Oct 22, 2014 in Tech . 0 Comment

4.4 Billion People Still Don’t Have the Internet

The Internet has completely transformed the way the global population functions today. It has had an enormous economic impact, and has changed the way people live, play, and do business. Internet access has even sparked changes in government.

Despite its massive reach, the Internet isn’t available everywhere and to everyone. An extensive new study from McKinsey shows that a startling number of people still live without the Internet. According to the statistics, a whopping 4.4 billion people are unconnected. The vast majority of these people live in just 20 countries.

Overview

The study was conducted by McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm that works with businesses, governments and other organizations. At 4.4 billion people, more than 60 percent of the world’s population is still offline. What’s more, Internet adoption rates are slowing. Despite the modern image of a connected world, quite a few barriers remain for many people.

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