Andiamo

Andiamo

Future
When new baby Diamo Parvez was diagnosed with cerebral palsy in 2003 it was the start of a life that could have used better support on several fronts. His mother Samiya claims medical negligence contributed to a condition dogged by extreme developmental delay. A quadriplegic, with little control over his head movements, little Diamo would need extensive support in basic functions like eating, sitting and observing his surroundings. From birth, Diamo’s parents Samiyah and Nameed Parvez had to become experts on Orthotics, the science of supporting...
The Chinese manufacturer LeEco will produce 400,000 electric cars per year

The Chinese manufacturer LeEco will produce 400,000 electric cars per year

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The electric car industry is up and running. A few years ago when Tesla launched its Model S the industry was very small and it seemed that it would remain this way. However, now many major brands have wagered on electric models. And they are going beyond the high-end proposals that are currently being offered by Tesla or BMW. Ultimately, the most common models of these cars will look more like a Nissan Leaf than a luxury vehicle. Part of this trend is the Chinese firm...
How open banking APIs are making FinTech accessible

How open banking APIs are making FinTech accessible

Digital
“An effective, fair and transparent financial services sector is vital for economic growth and also for a functioning and healthy society. And that’s especially true when the industry itself has not always delivered its side of the bargain.” This past November, the recently ousted CEO of Barclays Antony Jenkins gave a talk on “Uber moments” that will disrupt the fintech sector. He foresees incumbent banks not being able to keep up the pace with new digital rivals “I predict that the number of branches and people...
How robots could soon have a pulse

How robots could soon have a pulse

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Go on, admit it, you’re at least a tiny bit scared of the future. Please tell me I’m not the only one. What if I told you that the robotics industry has recently mutated so that smart machines can be super intelligent, far more robust and have evolved a way to reproduce in a fraction of the time. Still not worried? OK then, let’s stick to convention and hail a fantastic new invention that makes it easier to build smart machines and much harder to take...
Mindfulness: finding peace on the grid

Mindfulness: finding peace on the grid

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Being constantly online means we often get sucked into the trap of multitasking across multiple tabs on multiple devices that’s anything but productive. Is it even possible to find peace within our connected lives? Today some zen-worthy experts—who are also time-starved entrepreneurs—give us tips on how to be mindful and find peace while staying on the grid. What is mindfulness anyway? According to ….. Louise Brace, we are in a constant state of “continuous partial attention” that keeps us stressed and yet still not accomplishing much. Mindfulness has us...
How safe is the cloud?

How safe is the cloud?

Digital
Strike that, don’t take naked photos of yourself if you don’t want folks to see them! Every other week it seems we have some sort of celebrity cloud breach. And then there are folks like my dad who refuses to join Fitbit competitions because he wants to keep his data “in his home,” not understanding that this exercise and health data is already traveling with him wherever he goes, both via Bluetooth on his wrist and via the iPhone app that has everything in the...
This is the first silicon-air battery that lasts more than 1000 hours

This is the first silicon-air battery that lasts more than 1000 hours

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The search for an alternative to lithium-ion, currently used by batteries in most consumer electronics, is a constant. Silicon-air is one of the possibilities, and now more than ever considering that a team from the Energy and Climate Research Institute (EIK for its German original) in Jülich have created a battery with a life cycle of more than 1000 hours. One step forward in what this technology has to say in the future. Silicon-air has several advantages compared to lithium-ion, such as greater power density. In...
Tips to make the most of a Millennial location-independent lifestyle

Tips to make the most of a Millennial location-independent lifestyle

Digital
We live online, we increasingly study online, why wouldn’t we have the expectation to have the freedom to work, at least in part, online? Us Millennials are intrepid world travelers and it’s pouring into our day-to-day, as work-life balance is being rapidly replaced by work-life fusion. And companies are more likely to be comfortable with you working anywhere, since that in the end cuts costs on office space and creates a more BYOD—bring your own device—atmosphere. Add to that, employees find this increasingly a motivator, which...
You could win an iPad, humble-brags and other forms of digital duplicity

You could win an iPad, humble-brags and other forms of digital duplicity

Digital
They definitely received my entries. The evidence is in my inbox, on my voicemail and cluttering up the hallway of my home. Until finally realised that the iPad never existed. The biggest lie in modern life is no longer “The cheque is in the post” or “I love you”. The biggest lie is now: You could win an iPad. You could, but you won’t. I can guarantee that. Has anyone you know ever won an iPad? What those five words really mean are: You will be plagued...
How you can tell if your mail has been compromised in a data breach

How you can tell if your mail has been compromised in a data breach

Digital
Although it sounds a little extreme, it seems that taking all sorts of security measures with our smartphones and other devices isn’t actually enough. We cannot know if our data and passwords will be exposed to the next security breach, like in the latest case regarding Ashley Madison. The reality is that it is quite probably that our passwords have already been filtered at some time in data leaks we weren’t even aware of. The good news is that there are ways of checking, so...