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10 things you wish you knew on Monday…

Stephen Rowley | October 30, 2015 | blur Group

It’s our favourite time of the week again. Get comfy, grab a fresh cup of coffee and get ready to reflect on the some of the best things we learned this week…

Bill Gates is psychic. No, really.

A Finnish business student who wrote a blog on Mr. Gates’ book, Business @ The Speed of Thought, has discovered that the key to Microsoft’s prolonged success might be due to the fact that Bill Gates himself can see into the future. In his 1999 book, Bill made 15 predictions as to what the business world would look like in the future, and so far he’s been eerily accurate!

 

Companies will be able to bid on jobs, whether they are looking for a construction project, a movie production, or an advertising campaign. This will be efficient for both big companies that want to outsource work that they don’t usually face, businesses looking for new clients, and corporations that don’t have a go-to provider for the said service.” – Bill Gates

It looks like Bill Gates may have had blur on the brain way back in 1999…

 

Source and manage suppliers efficiently and cost-effectively at blur.

 

Workplace Flexibility ranks #1

According to the 2015 Workplace Flexibility Study around 87% of HR leaders agree that workplace flexibility improves their employee satisfaction, it also discovered that workplace flexibility was ranked by 75% of employees to be the best benefit an employer can offer. Over to you…

 

South Korea leading the 5G race

With South Korea being the undisputed leader of internet speeds, it comes as no surprise that South Korea Telecoms announced this week that they would be the first in the world to introduce 5G. Recently reported to be up to 1,000 times faster than 4G, 5G is expected to set a new standard for mobile download speeds.

Claiming to be around 19.1 gigabits per second, it means that entire movies could be downloaded in seconds. If it lives up to expectations, 5G could be the beginning of a new era of entertainment via mobile devices. That’s before you even consider how 5G could benefit business.

 

Is traditional TV dead?

With more and more ways to watch what you want, when you want, it seems as if traditional TV is on the way out. Apple’s latest Apple TV is set to turn the television into an app driven experience.

 

Looking at the world by channels is sort of backwards…What you really want to say, is I want to watch Sky News, I don’t want to say what channel number Sky News is.” – Eddy Cue, Apple Senior Executive

 

The latest Apple TV will allow users to turn their TVs into a series of tiles that can be navigated by the touch sensitive remote and new Siri commands. With TV viewership dropping more rapidly year-upon-year, it might be time for businesses that use TV advertisement to rethink their advertising strategy – especially after mobile advertising spend is set to overtake TV by 2016.

 

Is your website optimized for mobile devices?

 

Wi-Fi? More like Who-Fi.

Although most of us use Wi-Fi daily, MIT computer science researchers have been using it to…see through walls. Radio signals can be sent through walls and can outline the shapes of objects on the other side of the wall.

They plan on using the technology to alert family and medical services to family members who may have fallen unconscious. It’s also suggested that the technology could be used to automatically control lights, TVs or heating by monitoring people in the house.

 

The sky’s the limit

British telecomms company Sky have released a sneaky teaser announcing that the next evolution of it’s service is going to “Set your TV free”. The product has been said to be offered alongside existing ones rather than replace them and be “a whole new viewing experience.

Could this be what TV needs to address rapidly-declining viewership?

 

I was created to surpass you…

… Is the admittedly creepy message from MotoBot: a robot that has been created that can ride a motorbike without any human interference.  Yamaha, the creators of MotoBot, said that their goal is for it to ride around a racecourse at speeds of over 200 km/h.

The systems needed for the robot to safely navigate a track are both complex and have to be very precise in order to function smoothly, quickly and accurately – or risk poor MotoBot becoming MotoNot.

Although currently in it’s early development stages, the robotic bike rider could provide breakthroughs in robotics that could offer widespread benefits across the globe.

 

Unlimited power

Chemists for the University of Cambridge have been working on a lithium air battery that is said to be 90% more efficient than current high end batteries. The battery has been described as having extreme energy density and can be recharged more than 2000 times, great news for all of us that use wireless mouses!

The discovery has been called a significant advance in this area of technology and is very welcomed with open arms in an age where energy consumption is at an all time high.

 

Aim for Zero Waste and Zero Iefficiency

 

Working together has never been easier

Something that goes hand in hand with workplace flexibility is the ability to collaborate online and, with Microsoft’s latest announcement, this is only set to get easier. Office Online is set to receive full Skype integration, via a new Chrome extension, to allow users to chat while they work on the same documents.

Although this can technically already be done by calling the person on Skype via the program it solves the problem for users on Chrome OS or have limited storage space for extra programs.

 

Eminem found to be a “performance enhancing thug”…

Pardon the pun, and we’re sure Marshall is a perfectly agreeable chap, but it seems that listening to his music could increase your athletic performance by as much as 10%! So if you’re a fitness fan, you might want to consider adding a bit of Mr. Mathers’ music to your workout playlist. British researchers have also suggested that listening to either Bob Marley or Aerosmith may infact hinder your athletic performance, so make sure they’re not on your jogging playlist!

 

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