Getting food from the farm to our fork eats up 10% of the total U.S. energy budget, uses 50% of U.S. land, and swallows 80% of all freshwater consumed in the United States. Yet, 40% of food in the United States today goes uneaten. This not only means that Americans are throwing out the equivalent of $165 billion each year, but also that the uneaten food ends up rotting in landfills as the single largest component of U.S. municipal solid waste where it accounts for a large portion of U.S. methane emissions.

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Social-mobile-analytics focus at a premier Asian bank
Singapore’s DBS Bank is the largest bank in Southeast Asia, with $401 billion (Singapore) in assets. It is the dominant retail bank in Singapore, and also has a growing presence in China and South Asia. The bank is using technologies like mobile, social media and analytics to remake its relationship with customers and its operations.
(via DBS Bank Pumps Up the Volume on its Technology | MIT Sloan Management Review)

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Social-mobile-analytics focus at a premier Asian bank

Singapore’s DBS Bank is the largest bank in Southeast Asia, with $401 billion (Singapore) in assets. It is the dominant retail bank in Singapore, and also has a growing presence in China and South Asia. The bank is using technologies like mobile, social media and analytics to remake its relationship with customers and its operations.

(via DBS Bank Pumps Up the Volume on its Technology | MIT Sloan Management Review)

It used to all make sense. The web was once nothing but documents. Just like you’d want some type of file browser UI to dig through files on your operating system, obviously, you need some type of document browser to view all these web-addressable “documents”. But over time, those “documents” have become a lot more. A. lot. more. But I can now use one of these “documents” to have a 4 person video/audio conference on Talky with people anywhere in the world, play incredible full-screen first-person shooters at 60fps, write code in a full-fledged editor, or {{ the reader may insert any number of amazing web apps here }} using nothing but this “document viewer”. Does calling them “documents” seem ridiculous to anyone else? Of course it does. Calling them “sites” is pretty silly too, actually because a “site” implies a document with links and a URL.

Online shoe retailer Zappos is experiencing a surge sales from customers using Android-based smartphones. 
Recognizing the importance of designing platform-specific experiences for its native apps, the company devotes a separate team for iOS and Android. Each team consists of fans of that specific device and their expertise leads to more appropriate executions. Examples of Android-specific features:
 a widget that tracks a shipment on your home screen without having to open up the app, log-in and find the item.
 a smartphone screensaver that displays the time and weather on top of a Zappos product matched to the current weather.
(via Zappos sees Android conversions on the rise with catered UI - Mobile Commerce Daily - Strategy)

Online shoe retailer Zappos is experiencing a surge sales from customers using Android-based smartphones. 

Recognizing the importance of designing platform-specific experiences for its native apps, the company devotes a separate team for iOS and Android. Each team consists of fans of that specific device and their expertise leads to more appropriate executions. Examples of Android-specific features:

  •  a widget that tracks a shipment on your home screen without having to open up the app, log-in and find the item.
  •  a smartphone screensaver that displays the time and weather on top of a Zappos product matched to the current weather.

(via Zappos sees Android conversions on the rise with catered UI - Mobile Commerce Daily - Strategy)

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A new way to harvest more light to make solar cells more efficient
Researchers at MIT have figured out a new technique to make a traditional silicon solar cell — the kind that makes up most solar panels on rooftops — more efficient. The scientists published the findings in Nature Nanotechnology this week.
The innovation embeds a two-layer device made of carbon nanotubes and photonic crystals between the solar cell and the sun’s light. The device absorbs the sun light, heats up, and emits light that has a specific wavelength that can be used efficiently by the adjacent solar cell. A typical silicon solar cell doesn’t use all of the wavelengths of sun light, and many go to waste.
The MIT researchers say that with these types of designs, which use heat to boost efficiency, some solar cells in theory could one day produce an efficiency of over 80 percent. In comparison some of the highest efficient solar cells in mass production currently are in the low 20 percent range from SunPower. Alta Devices claims a solar cell that delivers 30 percent efficiency.

A new way to harvest more light to make solar cells more efficient

Researchers at MIT have figured out a new technique to make a traditional silicon solar cell — the kind that makes up most solar panels on rooftops — more efficient. The scientists published the findings in Nature Nanotechnology this week.

The innovation embeds a two-layer device made of carbon nanotubes and photonic crystals between the solar cell and the sun’s light. The device absorbs the sun light, heats up, and emits light that has a specific wavelength that can be used efficiently by the adjacent solar cell. A typical silicon solar cell doesn’t use all of the wavelengths of sun light, and many go to waste.

The MIT researchers say that with these types of designs, which use heat to boost efficiency, some solar cells in theory could one day produce an efficiency of over 80 percent. In comparison some of the highest efficient solar cells in mass production currently are in the low 20 percent range from SunPower. Alta Devices claims a solar cell that delivers 30 percent efficiency.

Relayr’s innovative WunderBar for the Internet of Things and App Development.
European startup relayr, founded in January last year and currently based at the StartupBootcamp accelerator, has kicked off a crowdfunding campaign for a hardware kit for developers aimed at making it easier for them to experiment with building apps for the long-promised Internet of Things. (via TechCrunch)

Relayr’s innovative WunderBar for the Internet of Things and App Development.

European startup relayr, founded in January last year and currently based at the StartupBootcamp accelerator, has kicked off a crowdfunding campaign for a hardware kit for developers aimed at making it easier for them to experiment with building apps for the long-promised Internet of Things. (via TechCrunch)

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