Technology

Mobile Media vs. Portable Media

New data from Google this week shows that tablet usage spikes at night. The implication is that we tend to use tablets out of the work environment when they can be enjoyed in conjunction with TV usage. In fact, as the research suggests, there is much concern about how much attention tablets are diverting away from broadcasts.

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Can Gillette Disrupt Itself?

On the surface, Gillette looks like a model of innovation success. A flagship brand of innovation champ P&G, Gillette’s achieved a remarkable ~70% share of the global men’s razor market, all while maintaining huge margins. The secret to getting so many men to pay so much is a series of new-and-improved razors that – despite making Gillette the butt of endless jokes – ...

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Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies 2011: Idea Management Enlightenment

Well, it’s been a year, and Gartner released its Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies 2011. First, know that Gartner publishes dozens of individual sector hype cycles. Each one plots the specific technologies and concepts relevant to that field. But the one for Emerging Technologies spans across multiple industries. As Jackie Fenn, vice president and Gartner fellow notes: Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies” targets strategic planning, innovation and emerging technology professionals by highlighting a set of technologies that will have broad-ranging impact across the business.

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Oncoming Meteor Targets Traditional Book Publishers

The Wall Street Journal’s Jeffrey Trachtenberg wrote an interesting article recently that asks the question: As more and more readers make the switch to digital books, why are so many of the most popular ones priced so high? As physical book sales fall, publishers’ fixed costs are becoming more cumbersome. One area major publishers can cushion the blow is by ...

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HP Cannot be Apple or IBM

I’ve written a couple of posts recently about the importance of being earnest. No, not the Oscar Wilde play, but the importance of understanding, communicating and simply “being” what and who you are as a company when you innovate. The common mistake that many firms have is that they believe innovation is about a cool product. While a cool product ...

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Innovator Profile – Sarah Miller Caldicott

What if you were related to Thomas Edison?  You might wonder, as Sarah Miller Caldicott, his great grandniece, did… exactly “why the Edison phonograph and cylindrical records in her childhood home worked so differently from the small plastic record player that spun 45’s and wax LP’s?” She wondered, “How did they get this way?” Wondered indeed. Caldicott went on wondering how ...

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