The trouble is that when batteries get better, device manufacturers realise that this means that our phones can do more complex and energy consuming things, such as flashier graphics and augmented reality.
What is home automation? Visualize controlling your entire home from anywhere in the world, at any time, from one device. Imagine going abroad and being able to have access to a live stream of CCTV from your home.
Hayley came to me last autumn with the idea of setting up a summer camp for children from deprived backgrounds. I nodded enthusiastically at her proposal but was frankly sceptical. Jess, co-founder of the camp, points out that students are eager to hatch lofty plans whilst nursing a drink but less inclined to see them through...
Eric Collins, Managing Director of Nampak Plastics, calls for immediate action from manufacturers over the recyclability of packaging products created. This year the UK celebrated the 10th annual Recycle Week, with people all over the country focusing on the theme of 'Recycling - at home and away'. A spotlight was shone on metals, plastics, textiles and food waste in particular.
Working environments have become more pressurised. With obtaining and retaining business now incredibly competitive, clients are becoming ever more demanding for their cash. However increased workloads in conjunction with reduced response times (further exacerbated since e-mail went mobile) means that employees are rarely given the necessary freedom to produce their best work. Overall, whilst the advertising industry naturally holds innovation and creativity as paramount importance, client pressures typically prevent such a culture from being entrenched into working life, and is instead an all too often an unfamiliar luxury. But what's being done and how can we all make room to be more creative?
Starvation, muscle-related diseases, destruction of the global natural ecosystems, animal suffering and space colonization are only a few of the reasons that make musculoskeletal tissue engineering a worthwhile science to pursue.
This week, I came across theGlobal Innovation Index, (GII) a study from Cornell, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organisation that ranks economies in terms of their levels of innovation. Imagine my surprise when I noticed that the UK is currently in third place, ahead of the USA and other innovation darlings such as Finland and Singapore.
One of the many reasons for the increased prevalence of these 'zombie' applications is that they never appear in any official app store charts. These are daily charts, published by the likes of Apple and other app store providers to demonstrate popularity of apps based on specific criteria.
Whilst there are 1001 reasons to Google's current success, a key constant that has precluded any form of even temporary demise is their ability to actualise impossibilities through ignoring the plausibility of ideas.
Passengers and freight can be shot through tubes at almost the speed of sound, essentially using magnets and fans to fire transport capsules through an underground system, floating on a cushion of air.
"How many carbohydrates in a can of Coke?" someone asks. "Depends whether it's Diet Coke, regular Coke, or Coke Zero" another responds. Apart from...