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Are we entering an age of ‘living in the clouds’?

A few days ago, a colleague brought a 3D printer that he had built by himself into the office. As one would expect, it generated quite a stir, with everyone crowding around and watching it magically print out 3D objects right in front of us. Continue reading

Peter’s passionate predictions: a fantastic 4K future

4K or UltraHD is the new video format. It provides four times the resolution of HD TV. Your action camera has it. Your big screen TV will soon have it. 4K TV will be a major quality driver for video.

Look on the bright side – changing behaviors to improve the environment

Innovation is changing the way we think of the environment.

Sometimes it’s easy to ignore the things that are right there in front of you to see: our forests, our lakes, our animals, and indeed the entire natural environment around us. It’s harder to ignore them however when you think that we may be ruining them with each day that passes. But our consciousness about the environment is starting to change, and with it our behavior as well. Here’s a story about how, with the help of technology and connectivity, my family’s behavior has changed. Continue reading

Bring better battery back-up: don’t get digitally stranded

Your options for keeping your devices charged have grown rapidly

With the short battery life of our smartphones, we have all grown used to taking a charging cable with us to recharge our phones in the middle of the day. As vacation season kicks off in the northern hemisphere, you are will probably notice new recharging challenges this summer compared with last year. What type of batteries and cables will you take on vacation this year? Continue reading

Mobility, broadband and cloud = general-purpose technologies

Mobility, broadband and the cloud are becoming general-purpose technologies

Steam, coal, iron and railways were general-purpose technologies in the Industrial Era. They become important far outside their own industry and spurred innovation and business life at the time.
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Peter’s passionate predictions: significant selfie syndrome

Selfie, the art of taking pictures of yourself, became the word of the year in 2013. We practice the art mostly with the front camera of our smartphones. The betting is on what we will call the pictures of larger groups, with phones on a stick and remote control.

Did you know: Facebook is the third-largest country in the world

Social world

We are living in a world of changes. We are living in a world in which more people own a mobile device than a toothbrush. The big motor of change is driven by ourselves and no one else. This is what we, all of us together, do. I guess that we are living within the changes and maybe not always reflecting on the big picture.
I am talking about the rise of social media. You can say that it is the biggest shift on earth since the Industrial Revolution. How can that be?
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Awesome action adventures: moving in front of the camera

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For a long time, action adventures have been recorded by a photographer standing still behind the camera. This has changed quickly for the 15 million photographers who now own action cameras. What scenes will you record with your action camera this summer? Continue reading

Introducing the sharing economy – courtesy of the Networked Society

Connectivity is making it easy for people to share -- accommodation, transport, you name it

You might have heard the term “sharing economy.” It’s all over the news these days, for both good and not-so-good reasons. Wikipedia defines the sharing economy as “an economic system built around the sharing of human and physical assets.” You may have also heard of companies such as Airbnb and Uber, and even used their services.

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Peter’s passionate predictions: complete city coverage

Until now you could rely on full mobile coverage throughout a city – at least for voice and as long as you were outdoors. But with indoor use increasing and new applications with higher demands, we are now moving into an app coverage paradigm. In his latest passionate prediction, Networked Society evangelist Peter Linder explains where we are headed next.