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With the announcement of the iWatch, iPhone 6, and the recent launch of iOS8; I thought it would be a good time to review some of apples concepts videos from years past. As well as a few fan made concepts. From the awkward looking iTie to the almost spot on rendition of the iPhone 6, it’s all in the playlist above. Some of the predictions are hilarious, however; others that seemed far fetched in the 80’s are now a reality.

We’ll notice, Apple predicts it’s success, but fails to foresee the sales slump they felt during the 90s. We see the internet as we know it today, a literal “world wide web”. In the videos Apple sells it all time profit high short by about, $150 Billion dollars. They also thought they would sell 50 million macs by 1997. They were under by 50 million macs.

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K900 Ushers In An Era Of Luxury And Affordability


The 2015 Kia K900 sedan gives you much of the spaciousness, luxury and technology of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Kia does it for $66,000, fully equipped, when the S-Class starts at $95,000. Kia provides the industry’s slickest and most useful blind spot detection by placing additional indicators in the head-up display. You can get ventilated, reclining rear seats. This is a car to watch.

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E-cigarettes, A Healthy Choice or A Big Tobacco Token? – Video / Audio Blog

E-Cigarettes Bring Smokers Back Inside, For Now

by: NPR Staff

Electronic cigarettes are sparking lots of skepticism from public health types worried they may be a gateway to regular smoking.

But the cigarettes, which use water vapor to deliver nicotine into the lungs, may be as good as the patch when it comes to stop-smoking aids, a study finds.

Smokers who used e-cigarettes in an attempt to quit the old-fashioned kind of cigarettes did about as well at stopping smoking as the people who tried the patch.

After six months, 7.3 percent of e-smokers had dropped cigarettes, compared to 5.8 percent of people wearing the patch.

Either way, quitting is hard. The number of people who quit was low overall — just 38 of the 584 smokers given the e-cig or the patch. That wasn’t enough people to say for sure that one approach was better than the other.

smoking an e-ciagarette, smoking, digital smoking, npr, new york times“What we couldn’t show is that [e-cigarettes are] definitely superior to nicotine patches,” says , an associate professor at the University of Auckland who led the research. He and his colleagues figured that the e-cigarettes would be much more successful, based on consumer surveys showing that people were less than pleased with the patch.

Still, Bullen says, the low quit rates are what you might expect when people are trying to quit without much counseling or support. That and the batteries kept failing in the early model e-cigarettes. “We had to keep sending out batteries,” Bullen told Shots.

All that said, some e-cigarette users were able to reduce the number of cigarettes they smoked, even if they didn’t quit.

The results were presented at the European Respiratory Society meeting in Barcelona and in The Lancet.

The researchers recruited 584 smokers in Auckland, New Zealand, who wanted to stop smoking. Half were given e-cigarettes and the other half got coupons for nicotine patches, which are typically prescribed as a stop-smoking aid. Another 73 smokers were given e-cigs without nicotine, as a control.

Those people also made progress in quitting smoking, with 4 percent off tobacco after six months. “I think that speaks to the behavioral replacement,” Bullen says. “They’re oral. They’re tactile. There’s a ritualistic thing where you prepare the product and put it in your mouth and draw on it.”

temp5The number of children and teenagers using e-cigarettes more than doubled in a year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week. Numbers like that have in the United States worried that e-cigarettes will serve as a gateway to smoking cigarettes, which are much more toxic than e-cigarettes.

There’s not yet evidence that that’s happening, Bullen says. “I don’t think that’s an inevitable pathway.” Efforts to regulate e-cigarettes could harm current smokers, he says. “For some people I think e-cigarettes will be part of the solution. But they’re not going to be a magic bullet.”

The E-Cigarette Industry, Waiting to Exhale

By MATT RICHTEL
Published: October 26, 2013

Geoff Vuleta was in the crowd at a Rolling Stones concert last year when Keith Richards lit up a cigarette on stage, the arena’s no-smoking policy be damned. Feeling inspired, Mr. Vuleta, a longtime smoker, reached into his pocket and pulled one out himself. People seated nearby shot him scolding glances as he inhaled. So he withdrew the cigarette from his mouth and pressed the glowing end to his cheek.

e-cigarettes, brands, types, styles

A line up of common E-Cigarettes

His was an electronic cigarette, a look-alike that delivers nicotine without combusting tobacco and produces a vapor, not smoke. Mr. Vuleta, 51, who has a sardonic humor, clearly relished recounting this story. He is the chief marketing officer for NJOY, an electronic cigarette company based in Scottsdale, Ariz., and it is his job to reframe how everyone, nonsmokers included, view the habit of inhaling from a thin stick and blowing out a visible cloud.

Mr. Vuleta, who told his tale in the office of Craig Weiss, the NJOY chief executive, calls this a process of “renormalizing,” so that smokers can come back in from the cold. He means that literally — allowing people now exiled to the sidewalks back into buildings with e-cigarettes. But he also means it metaphorically. Early in the last century, smoking was an accepted alternative for men to chewing tobacco; for women, it was daring and transgressive. Then, in midcentury, it became the norm. As the dangers of tobacco — and the scandalous behavior of tobacco companies in concealing those dangers — became impossible to ignore, smoking took on a new identity: societal evil.

Mr. Vuleta and Mr. Weiss want to make “vaping,” as e-cigarette smoking is known in the industry, acceptable. Keith Richards might still be smoking tobacco, but in Mr. Vuleta’s vision, that grizzled guitarist’s gesture could inspire the audience, en masse, to pull out e-cigarettes. “The moment Keith Richards does it,” he said, “everyone else does, too.”

Mr. Vuleta’s words are more exuberant than the official company line, which is that NJOY doesn’t want everyone to smoke e-cigarettes but only to convert the 40 million Americans who now smoke tobacco. The customers NJOY attracts, and how it attracts them, are at the center of a new public health debate, not to mention a rush to control the e-cigarette business.

At stake is a vaping market that has grown in a few short years to around $1.7 billion in sales in the United States. That is tiny when compared to the nation’s $90 billion cigarette market. But one particularly bullish Wall Street analyst projects that consumption of e-cigarettes will outstrip regular ones in the next decade.

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Common E Cigarette schematic

NJOY was one of the first companies to sell e-cigarettes; now there are 200 in the United States, most of them small. Just last year, however, Big Tobacco got into the game when Lorillard acquired Blu, an e-cigarette brand, and demonstrated its economic power. Within months, relying on Lorillard’s decades-old distribution channels, Blu displaced NJOY as the market leader.

Mr. Weiss still sees NJOY as having an advantage — in building e-cigarettes that look, feel and perform like the real thing. It’s a different strategy than that of competing products that look like long silver tubes or sleek, blinking fountain pens.

“We’re trying to do something very challenging: change a habit that is not only entrenched but one people are willing to take to their grave,” said Mr. Weiss, who is not a smoker but has tried both regular and e-cigarettes. “To accomplish that, we have to narrow as much as possible the bridge to familiarity. We have to make it easy for smokers to cross it.”

To some, though not all, in public health, that vision sounds ill-conceived, if not threatening. Among their concerns is that making smoking-like behavior O.K. again will undo decades of work demonizing smoking itself. Far from leading to more smoking cessation, they argue, e-cigarettes will ultimately revive it, and abet new cases of emphysema, heart disease and lung cancer.

“The very thing that could make them effective is also their greatest danger,” said Dr. Tim McAfee, director of Office on Smoking and Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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To achieve his ends, Mr. Weiss is building a company of strange bedfellows. He has hired former top tobacco industry executives, but also attracted a former surgeon general, Dr. Richard H. Carmona, who has join

ed the board. NJOY recently hired away a prominent professor of chemistry and genomics from Princeton to be the company’s chief scientist. The company has attracted investment from Sean Parker, the former Facebook president, and Peter Thiel, the PayPal co-founder. There has also been a celebrity endorsement from the

singer Bruno Mars.

Mr. Weiss sees his company as doing something epic. Not long after he was named its president in June 2010, he asked his psychologist if he might record his regular sessions. It was an unusual request, but he thinks that recording his thoughts might ultimately help him write a book or movie script about how he and the company made the cigarette obsolete.

“We’re at this incredible inflection point in history,” he said, adding that the company has a chance to “make the single most beneficial impact on society in this century.” ——>Continue Reading<——

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Welcome to Sustainable sports cars – video blog

Welcome to “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom”

In March 2007, Mazda announced the “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom” plan, detailing the company’s long-term vision for technology development. This vision commits us to make “cars that always excite, look inviting to drive, are fun to drive, and make you want to drive them again,” and to help achieve “an exciting, sustainable future for cars, people and the Earth”. Based on this plan, in June 2008, we announced that by 2015 we intend to make a 30 percent improvement on the 2008 average fuel economy of Mazda vehicles sold worldwide.

Building Block – Strategy – Contributing as it expands

In recent years, new electric devices have been introduced that have led to the development of automobiles such as hybrids and electric vehicles. We have entered an era in which performance delivered by the traditional technologies such as engine, transmission, body, chassis and other vehicle parts is being augmented through their combination with electrical components. Nevertheless, it is forecast that internal combustion engines will still account for a high percentage of automobile powertrains even as far ahead as 2020.

Anticipated expansion in adoption of environmental technologies (up to 2020)

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Consequently, Mazda is prioritizing improvements of the base technologies such as improvement in thermal efficiency of an engine and weight reduction for the vehicle body while adopting a Building Block Strategy of gradually introducing electric devices such as brake energy regeneration system, hybrid and other systems. This approach aims to effectively reduce total CO2 emissions with cars that offer a winning combination of driving pleasure and excellent environmental and safety performance to all our customers, without relying heavily on vehicles that are strictly dedicated to meeting environmental needs.

Building Block Strategy

Mazda Taiki Concept

mazda, concept carEver seen a car styled like a celestial maiden’s robes? Mazda says that’s the design inspiration for the Mazda Taiki, a rear-wheel-drive sports-car concept that will debut at the Tokyo auto show in October.

Like the Nagare, Ryuga, and Hakaze concepts before it, the Taiki has a flowing, aerodynamic form that follows Mazda’s new “flow” styling concept.

In Japanese, taiki means atmosphere, a fitting name for the light, aerodynamic body. The concept is part of the “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom” theme Mazda plans to emphasize in Tokyo.

The skirted rear wheels are outset from the body, and an all-glass canopy wraps around the driver and passenger. The stretched two-seater’s interior continues the flowing design theme.

Power for the Taiki will come from a new version of the Renesis rotary engine used in the RX-8 sports car. Mazda engineers say they have bumped displacement up to 1.6 liters (from 1.3 liters) and used direct-injection to increase torque output across the power band. This should allow them to create an even sportier car that is a little easier on the environment.

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What is S.E.O. and What Am I Doing Wrong? – Instructional Video Blog

What is S.E.O / Search Engine Optimization

seoSearch engine optimization (SEO) is the process of affecting the visibility of a website or a web page in a search engine‘s “natural” or un-paid (“organic“) search results. In general, the earlier (or higher ranked on the search results page), and more frequently a site appears in the search results list, the more visitors it will receive from the search engine’s users. SEO may target different kinds of search, including image search, local search, video search, academic search, news search and industry-specific vertical search engines.

What Can I Do

now-whatWhile it is impossible to know the underlying algorithms that produce the search engine results in the major engines like Google, Yahoo and MSN, I often try to put myself in the spider’s shoes, theoretically speaking. If you can visualize your website the way a search engine might “see” it, then you can make adjustments and tweaks that will help your site rank well.

A conversation with Google

A conversation with Google’s automated crawling software (or “spider”), otherwise known as the Googlebot, might sound something like this.

You: Excuse me, Googlebot, why doesn’t mysite.com rank well in Google for the keyword “help me?”

Googlebot: (raises a harried eyebrow and looks annoyed) Where shall I begin? First of all, your code is a mess. You have more lines of code than actual text and so many nested tables it makes my head spin.

google-conversionYour home page has a keyword density of 24 percent, which is suspiciously high compared with the top-ranking sites in my database, all of which average about seven percent. Are you keyword stuffing? You know I don’t like doorway pages!

You only have 12 backlinks going to your home page that I recognize, and six of them are from within your domain. The top ten sites have an average of 300 backlinks in my database and literally thousands of backlinks in Yahoo and MSN (not that I care about those hacks).

I’ve slapped you with a duplicate content penalty because I noticed that http://www.anysite.com has the same exact home page copy as you. Don’t look so surprised – I don’t care whose fault it is! On average, your site is 60 percent slower to download than every other site in my database and all your dynamic URLs are giving me a headache. Honestly, do you really need so many variables?

You don’t have a site map so I can’t easily crawl through the pages of your site, and all of your navigation is represented in images without meaningful ALT tags, so I don’t know where I am when I click away from the home page. Your link partners are abysmal – they are not contextually relevant (which makes me suspicious) and you repeat the same exact words in the linking text, which makes me think you’re doing automated link swapping. I’ve been here three times in the past month and your content has not been refreshed once. I can’t be bothered with you and your stale, over-optimized content. I will be back to crawl you again sometime this century.

You: (sobbing)

sobbingSo you’ve been dismissed by the Googlebot. Get yourself a pint of Rocky Road and join the club.

My theoretical response from Googlebot is based on a combination of things that I look at as an SEO, and tools that are freely available online to help me analyze a site. Google’s assessment of your site is obviously proprietary, but there are certain things you can look for when your site is in trouble and/or if you want to get a better ranking on Google. These matters are fairly common knowledge in SEO circles. Let’s break down the response a little.

Your Code is a Mess

  • You have a lot of code compared with actual text (e.g., nested tables, JavaScript)
  • Your keyword density is high compared with your competitors
  • You’re keyword stuffing
  • Your home page looks like a doorway page
  • You have fewer backlinks than your competitors
  • You have poor link partners
  • You’re linking to a site that’s banned
  • Your backlink text is repetitive
  • You have no fresh content
  • You have duplicate content
  • Your site is slower to download compared to your competitors
  • You have dynamic URLs
  • You don’t have a site map
  • Your navigation is image-based
  • You have no ALT tags or meaningless ALT tags

The above list represents an amalgamation of variables that can affect your positioning in Google. It does not represent the full list of search engine faux pas that can be committed by unwary or unknowing webmasters (e.g., frames and Flash are not mentioned here). It’s a good start though. Simply diagnosing the problem is half the battle toward getting better rankings ,and all of the above information is freely available using tools that are either Web-based or part of your browser software.

Problems:

  • Your code is a mess
  • You have a lot of code compared with actual text (e.g., nested tables, JavaScript

Google doesn’t see your Web page the way you do. Google sees the code. Most browsers have a function that allows you to view the source code of the page at which you are looking. Internet Explorer and Firefox, for example, enable you to right click on the page and “view source.” Pick a spot on any Web page and give it a try (make sure the mouse pointer isn’t on an image).

Not too pretty, is it? Code that is messy or profuse can hinder your search positioning. A good way to clean it up is via HTML Tidy, an open source program created by Dave Raggett and available via download from Sourceforge.net (http://sourceforge.net/projects/tidy). HTML Tidy cleans up the code produced by WYSIWYG editors or poor coders (like myself), and it’s completely free.

When viewing HTML code you’ll also want to evaluate the quantity of code versus actual text. Search engines like Google seem to put more weight on keywords the higher they are in the HTML document. If your text is buried under hundreds of lines of code, then you’ll be at a disadvantage compared to the top-ranking and well-optimized websites that compete for your keyword. There are many ways to get around this; first and foremost is to choose your programming language wisely. I’m not a programmer, so I can’t recommend the best programming language to use for SEO. I can only flag this as an issue, as it is something to consider when analyzing your Web page for SEO.

Here is a tool that simulates what a spider “sees” when it visits your site: http://www.stargeek.com/crawler_sim.php. If you’re not seeing a lot of text when you enter your Web page’s URL, then neither is the search engine spider. It’s time to add some.

Problems:

  • Your keyword density is high compared with your competitors
  • You’re keyword stuffing
  • Your home page looks like a doorway page

The above three problems are related. If your keyword density is too high, Google may interpret this as a spam tactic called “keyword stuffing.” Likewise, Google may interpret a page with very high keyword density as a doorway page. A doorway page sticks out to Google in that it is optimized for a number of terms that are only loosely connected, or not connected at all, to a site’s main theme.

The best way to find out whether your keyword density is too high compared to your competitors is through a keyword density analyzer tool. I use GoRank.com or SEOChat.com’s own keyword density tool to analyze the top ten ranking pages in Google for my desired keyword. I generally take an average of the keyword density of the top page and compare it to my own page. If my page is much higher than the top-ranked pages, I will revise the copy and tags (ALT, Title, Meta) and tone down the frequency of the keyword in question.

Problems:

  • You have fewer backlinks than your competitors
  • You have poor link partners
  • You’re linking to a site that I’ve banned
  • Your backlink text is repetitive and/or bad
  • You have no fresh content

Google is the best tool to use to diagnose the above problems. The Google “link:” operator allows you to check your backlinks and evaluate the sites that link to your page. You can tell whether Google has banned a site, if the URL is not in their index at all. Use the “site:” operator for this.

You probably know whether the content on your site is fresh or not, but if you want to know what Google thinks, then click on the “cache” link next to your listing to see the last time Google paid your site a visit. If it was over a week ago, Google got bored and wandered to greener content pastures. It’s time to add some new content. You can also use the “cache:” operator to get cache information. Here’s a complete list of Google’s operator commands (what they mean and how to use them). You can also download and utilize the Google Toolbar to check PageRank and view your backlinks.

Google may only show a handful of backlinks, when you have thousands. The reasons for this are not entirely certain, though it may have to do with how Google weighs each incoming link in terms of popularity and/or relevancy. With this in mind, I recommend using one of the free link popularity tools available online. A couple of my favorites include the link popularity tool on Mikes-Marketing-Tools.com, MarketLeap’s Link Popularity Checker and SEOChat.com’s own tool to evaluate link popularity. If you have a lot of backlinks it will quickly get tedious to try and read all the link text to check for duplicity in language. The best tool I’ve found to do this is SEO Elite, which isn’t free but will save your hours of time (and time is money, folks!)

Problems:

  • You have duplicate content
  • Your site is slower to download compared to your competitors
  • You have dynamic URLs
  • You don’t have a site map
  • Your navigation is image-based
  • You have no ALT tags or meaningless ALT tags

The above is a miscellaneous list of problems that can be diagnosed as follows. Check CopyScape for duplicate content or perform a search for an exact line of text on the page you are evaluating. Alexa.com will tell you how fast your website downloads compared with others competing for your key term (assuming you are in the Alexa database). You probably know whether your site uses dynamic URLs, but if you’re not sure, click into an interior page and check for odd characters in the URL, such as question marks or equal signs. You can use any browser to see the URL string of a particular page in your site. Google has been indexing dynamic URLs, but if the string is particularly long and the variables particularly profuse, Google may not index the entire site as well as it would if the URLs are search engine friendly and/or do not contain as many variables.

A site map is self-explanatory. It’s a page that lists links to all the pages of your site. If you don’t have one, create one so that Google can find all of your relevant pages easily.

If you use images for all of your navigation and don’t assign meaningful ALT tags to them, a site map is especially critical. Googlebot can’t read images; it just sees code. If you scroll over a navigation image and no text appears, it means that you have not assigned an ALT tag to that image. You can also view the source code and review your images that way. Assigning meaningful ALT tags to images helps with usability as well as search engine friendliness (for people with slow connections or browsers that have images turned off, for example), though the best case scenario is to use text-based navigation in place of image-based navigation.

Conclusion

conclusionThe tools that are available to help you analyze your search engine friendliness are profuse and often free. This article just scrapes the surface of what’s out there. Read forums to see what the experts use and try out the tools yourself to find your favorites. Proper diagnosis of search engine friendliness is the building block for creating a comprehensive, competent search engine optimization strategy that will definitely give you an edge over the competition.

Keep in mind that while it is helpful to approach SEO from the search engine’s perspective, you are not writing for the search engines. You are writing for your visitors. So don’t overdo it.

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SEO Chat: User:  Jacqueline Dooley
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iOS 7 Could Be The Largest Tech Upgrade In History – Beyond The Shadows: It’s Is All About The Screen


Click to read a full transcript of the fresh air story,Beyond The Shadows: Apple’s iOS 7 Is All About The Screen

6 Overlooked New Features of iOS 7

1. Limit Ad Tracking
A lot of the best overlooked features of iOS 7 are hidden in the settings, and the ability to limit ad tracking is one of them. This setting—found in Settings > Privacy > Advertising—lets you limit ad tracking and reset your device’s “Advertising Identifier.” The Advertising Identifier is a “non-permanent, non-personal, device identifier, that apps will use to give you more control over advertisers’ ability to use tracking methods,” according to Apple’s included information. “[I]f you choose to limit ad tracking, apps are not permitted to use the Advertising Identifier to serve you targeted ads.” There’s a little disclaimer that advertisers are not yet required to use the Advertising Identifier (implying that they use another identifier at the moment), but that they will be soon. This makes it pretty clear that advertisers can essentially track some of your activity on your iOS device and use that information to advertise products and services that are specific to you—unless you choose to limit Ad Tracking with this new feature.

2. Do Not Track in Safari
Another privacy and security feature new to iOS 7 is the Do Not Track option for mobile Safari. It appears to be an updated and better version of iOS 6’s Private Browsing. (The desktop version of Safari has Do Not Track for a while.) You can find it in iOS 7 by going to Settings > Safari > and looking under Privacy & Security. It essentially prevents websites, advertisers, and other services from tracking your online behavior.

3. Blocking Numbers for Phone, Messages, FaceTime
You can now block numbers for phone calls, text messages and iMessages, as well as FaceTime calls in one fell swoop. Go to Settings and pick either Messages or FaceTime. Then select Blocked. You’re able to add Contacts who should be blocked from all the apps and services just by adding them in either the Messages or FaceTime area of the Settings.

4io7-screen-shot. Auto Close Captioning and Subtitles
I’ve really gotten into some of the accessibility features in iOS recently, and iOS 7 has even more. There’s a new button for Subtitles and Captioning (Settings > General > Accessibility, and then look under Hearing) that, when enabled, will automatically opt you into using closed captioning and subtitles when they’re available. It’s a feature that’s hard to test thoroughly until the public release of iOS 7, unfortunately, but I love its promise. It even has a setting that lets you change the style of the type (which crashed repeatedly in iOS 7 beta 6; again, we’ll have to wait until the final release of iOS 7 to know whether the feature is truly reliable). It’s an enticing option for the hard of hearing, as well as speakers of other languages and anyone who has an easier time understanding spoken dialogue when text is provided, too.

5. Apps Popular Near Me
Finding apps that are popular near your current location seems like a gem of a feature for frequent travelers. Let’s say you arrive in San Francisco and aren’t sure what are the best apps for public transit maps or hiring taxis. The “popular near me” recommendations in the App Store should be able to pull up the most tried and trusted apps for locals. Of course, we’ll have to see how it works in practice, but the traveler in me loves this idea.

6. Preset Maps for Walking or Driving Directions
The Maps app has a setting that lets you chance the default preferred directions from driving to walking, which is great for people who tend to go places by foot. (Allow me to add, however, that I’m still not a fan of Apple’s Map app, which on a recent trip to Atlanta suggested my destination was half a mile closer than it actually was. Gah.)

More About Jonathan Ive

Sir Jonathan Paul “Jony” Ive, KBE RDI (born 27 February 1967) is an English designer and the Senior Vice President of Design at Apple Inc. He has the overall responsibility for Industrial Design and also provides leadership and direction for Human Interface (HI) software teams across the company. He is the lead designer of many of Apple’s products, including the MacBook Pro, iMac, MacBook Air, iPod, iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini and iOS 7.

After finishijonathan-iveng Newcastle Polytechnic, Ive co-founded London design agency Tangerine. He was commissioned in 1992 by Apple’s then Chief of Industrial Design Robert Brunner as a consultant, then as a full-time Apple employee. He designed the second generation of the Newton, the MessagePad110, taking him to Taipei for the first time. He became the Senior Vice President of Industrial Design in 1997 after the return of Steve Jobs and subsequently headed the industrial design team responsible for most of the company’s significant hardware products. Ive’s first design assignment was the iMac; it helped pave the way for many other designs such as the iPod and eventually the iPhone and the iPad.Jobs made design a chief focus of the firm’s product strategy, and Ive proceeded to establish the firm’s leading position with a series of functionally clean, aesthetically pleasing, and remarkably popular products.

The work and principles of Dieter Rams, the chief designer at Braun from 1961 until 1995, influenced Ive’s work. In Gary Hustwit‘s documentary film Objectified (2009), Rams says that Apple is one of only a handful of companies existing today that design products according to Rams’ ten principles of “good design.”

Ive has his own laboratory with his appointed design team. They work to music provided by DJ John Digweed, a close friend of Ive’s.The majority of Apple employees are not allowed in the laboratory. According to the Steve Jobs biography, Ive’s design studio has foam cutting and printing machines, and the windows are tinted. Jobs told Isaacson: “He has more operational power than anyone else at Apple except me.” On 29 October 2012, Apple announced that “Jony Ive will provide leadership and direction for Human Interface (HI) across the company in addition to his role as the leader of Industrial Design.” With the WWDC13 announcing of the iOS7 with Jonathan Ive as a principal, the Apple Press Info also updated his title to Senior Vice President of Design.

Steve Jobs said of Ive, “If I have a spiritual partner at Apple, it’s Jony.”

More About iOS 7s Release Date

It now looks like Apple will never release iOS 7 beta 7. Instead, the next version sent to developers is likely to be the gold master (GM), or final version.

ios7-release-dateInvitations to Apple’s Sept. 10 iPhone event are likely to arrive tomorrow, Sept. 3. The invitations could be sent around the same time that Apple releases iOS 7 GM to developers, according to our anonymous sources.

It is still possible, however, that Apple holds off on releasing the final version of iOS 7 until after the Sept. 10 event. In either case, the public would finally be able to download iOS 7 on, or around, Sept. 20 — at least on the iPhone.

At this point, the biggest unknown is whether Apple releases iOS 7 for the iPad this month, or waits until new devices are launched in October. Right now, a delay is possible, but not confirmed.

First announced at WWDC in June, iOS 7 is a radical departure from past versions. In addition to its flatter design, iOS 7 includes new features such as Control Center, AirDrop, and iTunes Radio.

Apple released iOS 7 beta 6 on Thursday, Aug. 15.

A Quick Word From Apple

silver-apple-logo“Nothing we’ve ever created has been designed just to look beautiful. That’s approaching the opportunity from the wrong end. Instead, as we reconsidered iOS, our purpose was to create an experience that was simpler, more useful, and more enjoyable — while building on the things people love about iOS. Ultimately, redesigning the way it works led us to redesign the way it looks. Because good design is design that’s in service of the experience.

Simplicity is often equated with minimalism. Yet true simplicity is so much more than just the absence of clutter or the removal of decoration. It’s about offering up the right things, in the right place, right when you need them. It’s about bringing order to complexity. And it’s about making something that always seems to “just work.” When you pick something up for the first time and already know how to do the things you want to do, that’s simplicity.”
– Jonathan Ive

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More About Bre Prettis

bre_prettisI’m Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. We’re leading the next industrial revolution to empower creative explorers to make anything. MakerBot is setting the standard in desktop 3D printing. We’re changing the face of personal manufacturing and changing the way the world thinks about THINGS. I’m proud to have been a public school teacher. I started NYCResistor. I’ve made a lot of videos. I’ve been on the cover of WIRED and I play clawhammer banjo to relax.”
-Bre Pettis

Pettis was raised in Ithaca, New York. At the age of 13 he moved to the Seattle area, where he later graduated from Bellevue High School.Pettis is a 1995 graduate of The Evergreen State College,where he studied psychology, mythology and performing arts.

After college, Pettis worked as floor runner and camera assistant on feature films in Prague and as an assistant at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop in London. He then attended Pacific Oaks College and graduated with a teaching certificate. He worked as an art teacher for the Seattle Public Schools from 1999 through 2006.

Pettis and Kio Stark have a daughter, Nika Stark Pettis, born July 8, 2011

You can follow Bre Prettis on his blog. Contact Leigh Bureau if you would like him to speak at your next company event.

More About David McGill

david_McGillDavid has helped people with limb loss for nearly 15 years.

As VP of Reimbursement & Compliance at Ossur (2006-present), he has obtained 2 of only 3 lower-extremity prosthetic codes granted by Medicare since 2006, improving all amputees’ access to devices that improve their mobility while generating millions of dollars of incremental revenue for Ossur.

David also teaches prosthetic facilities how to operate more effectively. His in-person presentations focus on the mechanics of drafting a successful insurance appeal and how to employ a systematic approach to the claims process. David also delivers monthly regional reimbursement webinars directly to Ossur customers. Thanks to these unique reimbursement support offerings, Ossur reaches an estimated 400-500 customers a year.

David authors two blogs and records a monthly podcast: Ossur R&R (reporting on and analyzing reimbursement and regulatory issues affecting the O&P industry), less is more (dealing with limb loss, insurance issues, and how prosthetics reshape identity), and Amp’d (addressing issues of interest to amputees).

David is the current VP of NAAOP (2009-present), an AOPA board member (2012-present), and a former board member/Chair of the Amputee Coalition (2003-11).

At the 2012 AOPA National Assembly he was part of a panel discussion about reimbursement of new prosthetic technologies, and he was a keynote speaker at the 2011 National Assembly, describing ethical and legal issues confronting the O&P profession.

David presented at Fast Company magazine’s 2012 Innovation By Design Awards, and has been interviewed by CNN, the Wall Street Journal, and BBC Radio.

David also has a successful history of business leadership and innovation, co-founding a prosthetic facility (2001-06). He oversaw and drafted all insurance appeals, achieving a greater-than-90% win rate that generated more than $1M of incremental revenue.

More About  Majora Carter

Majora-Carter“I believe that you shouldn’t have to leave your neighborhood to live in a better one.”
– Majora Carter

Majora Carter (born October 27, 1966) is an urban revitalization strategist and public radio host, from the South Bronx area of New York City. Carter founded the non-profit environmental justice solutions corporation Sustainable South Bronx[2] before entering the private sector.

Carter attended the Head Start Program and primary schools in the South Bronx. After graduating from the Bronx High School of Science, she entered Wesleyan University in 1984 to study film and obtain a Bachelor of Arts. In 1997, she received a Master of Fine Arts from New York University (NYU). While at NYU, she returned to her family’s home in Hunts Point, and later worked for The Point Community Development Corporation.As associate director of the community development corporation, Carter advocated for the development of Hunts Point Riverside Park. Carter was “pulled by her dog into a weedy vacant lot strewn with trash at the dead end of Lafayette Avenue. As the pair plowed through the site they ended up, much to Carter’s surprise, on the banks of the Bronx River.

From there, Carter helped secure a $10,000 grant from a USDA Forest Service program to provide seed money for river access restoration projects. Working with other community groups and the Parks Department, over a five-year period she helped leverage that seed money into more than $3 million from the mayor’s budget to build the park.

In August 2001, after an unsuccessful campaign for City Council, Carter founded Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx), where she served as executive director until July 2008. During that time, SSBx advocated the development of the Hunt’s Point Riverside Park which had been an illegal garbage dump. SSBx has also been involved in other restoration projects on the Bronx River waterfront. In 2003, Sustainable South Bronx started the Bronx Environmental Stewardship Training program. This was one of the nation’s first urban green collar training and placement systems. Other SSBx projects have centered around fitness, food choices (including the creation of a community market), and air quality.

A December 2008 New York Times profile called Carter “The Green Power Broker” and “one of the city’s best-known advocates for environmental justice” but reported that some South Bronx activists (who would not go on record) stated that Carter has taken credit for accomplishments when others should share the credit as well as taking credit for uncompleted projects. Other Bronx activists (who did agree to be named) stated that her recognition was well deserved.

Carter was a torch-bearer for a portion of the San Francisco leg of the torch relay of the 2008 Summer Olympics. Many portions of the torch relay, including the San Francisco leg, were met with protests concerning the policies of the Chinese government toward Tibet. Although Carter had signed a contract pledging not to use an Olympic venue for political or religious causes, when she and John Caldera were passed the torch during their part of the relay, she pulled out a small Tibetan flag that she had concealed in her shirt sleeve.

Members of the Chinese torch security escort team pulled her out of the relay and San Francisco police officers pushed her into the crowd on the side of the street. Fellow torch-bearer, retired NYFD firefighter Richard Doran, who was honoring the firefighters who died in the September 11 attacks, called Carter’s actions “disgusting and appalling” and said that he thought “she dishonored herself and her family”. Another torch-bearer, retired NYPD police officer Jim Dolan, agreed with Doran.

More About Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart

leanne_Mai-Ly_HilgartLeanne Mai-ly Hilgart is “the Rebel of Fashion Week” (CNN Breaking News), “A Game Changer- embodying courage, conviction, and creativity” (Conde Nast & Mazda’s Mazda6 Campaign), “1 of 40 Redefining Green” (Grist.org) “the vegan scene queen, a badass businesswoman—informative & inspiring” (Bust Magazine) and Alicia Silverstone’s Kind Fashion Expert on theKindLife.com.

Known as the artist in the class, at 8 she ran her first campaign for animals by coordinating friends to create arts & crafts they sold door to door to raise money and awareness for homeless animals at the local shelter. At 12 she took the title of her Social Studies Fair Project (on Vivisection, the Fur Industry, and Factory Farming), “Being Cruel Isn’t Cool,” and sold it to a national tee shirt company. Later she waged a campaign against cat dissection at her high school, which soon helped push a bill into law in IL that required alternatives to be given to all students. A year out of school, Leanne soon gave up on her college degree career path—teaching—and spent the next few years among a couple of seemingly unrelated careers: developing grassroots marketing strategies at Sittercity.com and for other companies while modeling with Ford Models in Chicago and on contracts in Asia. During this time she realized that business was an amazing opportunity to create positive change through every aspect of the process. She just needed to figure out where she was needed most. It was on her contract in Hong Kong that she discovered that a winter dress coat which was at once warm, stunning, & vegan did not yet exist—and realized that cold weather clothes were the last excuse to wear animals so she could aim to eliminate our dependency as a society on wearing animals if she focused on developing something better than wool or down.

Without a background in fashion, but with a love for ballet class silhouettes, 50’s & 80’s vintage, jewel tones, origami, and a deep excitement to create art again, and most importantly- the animals in her heart, she started VAUTE.  Her reading list that summer included Rules for Revolutionaries by Guy Kawasaki and How to be Lovely, the Audrey Hepburn Story—both of which inspired the birth & brand of her company, Vaute Couture, which she started that September, of 2008.

More About Michael Johnson

michael-johnson“My goal is to become the first paralyzed driver to participate in the IndyCar Series and race in the Indy 500.”.
– Micheal Johnson
On August 13, 2005, 12-year-old Michael Johnson took part in a dirt-track motorcycle competition at Hiawatha Horse Park in Sarnia, Ontario.

While making his move into the lead going into the last lap at the half-mile track, Michael ran out of tear offs and was wiping his helmet shield when he hit a rut, and veered off the track. His 250cc bike went between hay bales and crashed through a fence, sending him over the handlebars.
Michael broke his collarbone, right ribs, left ankle and left leg. He had also fractured the T5 and T6 vertebrae in his back that caused paralysis from the mid chest down.

Michael was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Sarnia, and then transferred to Children Hospital in Detroit.

Two days later, he underwent an 11-hour surgery, and he still has four rods and 15 screws in his back. In 2009, Michael had stem cell surgery and currently follows an aggressive physical therapy program in hopes to improve his condition. Nevertheless, he resolved to resume racing, setting a goal to become the first paralyzed driver to participate in the IndyCar Series.

More About The Soccket Ball by Uncharted Play

The-Socket-Ball_uncharted-playOver 1.3 billion people worldwide live without reliable access to electricity. As a result, households use kerosene lamps, diesel generators, and wood burning stoves, which are harmful to the environment and cause nearly 2 million deaths per year. Living with fumes from 1 kerosene lamp is the equivalent of smoking two packs of cigarettes every day.

Each Portable Power Kit consists of 1 SOCCKET and 10 Portable Lamps. That way, children living in off-grid communities can play with a single SOCCKET ball as a team at school and still have their own personal light for reading and homework at home each night. The pendulum-like mechanism inside the SOCCKET captures the kinetic energy generated during normal play, and stores it in the ball for later use as an off-grid power source. 30 minutes of play can power a simple LED lamp for 3 hours.

Funding for Portable Power Kits comes from a portion of the proceeds of retail SOCCKET sales. Once we have financial support to provide enough Power Play Kits to meet the needs of a school or community center within our implementation partner’s network, we ship them and begin aggregating kits for the next school or community center.

Compiled By:
Josh Martin
Sources:
David R McGill,
Bre Pettis
Majora Carter
Wikipedia.com
VauteCouture.com
Michael Johnson
MichaelJohnsonRacing.com
UnChartedPlay.com
Videos Produced By: Mazda USA

 
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