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Victorinox launches new website about true stories.

Victorinox launches new website about true stories.

Reading Time: 3 minutesVictorinox, the makers of the original Swiss Army Knife, just revealed their new online concept for the website. It is a new Brand interface with the goal to bring a more emotional experience. Based on true stories received throughout the years from customers, the Swiss Brand is capitalizing on these amazing storytelling. Called “Victorinox Stories”, the new website proposes a diving-experience into each story. In 2012, Victorinox will communicate more about the company values, its products and the Brand strong promise: Companion for Life. According to Mr. Carl Elsener, CEO of Victorinox, it is not the story of the company that turned Victorinox products as Icons, it is about the stories that customers experienced in which products played a vital role: stories about memorable moments of adventure and expeditions on earth, in the sky, and in space. Dramatic stories in which Victorinox products contributed to solutions and saved lives. Even stories…

Why Blogging is better than Facebook?

Why Blogging is better than Facebook?

Reading Time: 3 minutesWith the social media revolution, more and more people wonder if they should start a website/blog or just go for a Facebook page. In deed, because social networks introduce more and more publishing features, one can really wonder why should he open a website or a blog. Everything looks so easy in Social Media in terms of structure, virality and editing that sometimes we do not wish to spend too much time on traditional channels. Here are some good reasons, 10, in why blogging will still be better than Facebook. Hopefully this will convince you… or not! Reason n.1 : “Mark Zuckerberg will not control you”. In your own website or blog, you can do whatever you want, the way you want. On Facebook, I agree that Timeline improved a lot of things but, we need to dance by the rules. No room for fully customization or personal templates. Reason…

TED, Lucy McRae and how technology changes the human body.

TED, Lucy McRae and how technology changes the human body.

Reading Time: 1 minutesTED Fellow Lucy McRae is a body architect — she imagines ways to merge biology and technology in our own bodies. In this visually stunning talk, she shows her work, from clothes that recreate the body’s insides for a music video with pop-star Robyn, to a pill that, when swallowed, lets you sweat perfume. Trained as a classical ballerina and architect, Lucy McRae is fascinated by the human body, and how it can be shaped by technology. If you want to read more, check the official website here: TED. LA Info sourced at TED official website. All images are copyrighted with no reproduction rights available.

DuckDuckGo, a Google killer?

DuckDuckGo, a Google killer?

Reading Time: 6 minutesFounded by Gabriel Weinberg in 1998, DuckDuckGo.com becomes the “outsider” of Search engines today with more than 1 million searches a month. Is it a Google killer? Well, at least we can see that certain key features of the new search engine is going on that direction. See for yourself. Search engines are always one of the most important tools we can use today. They are the door for all the knowledge we can find on the internet. And depending on how good the search engine is, you are going to be more or less happy with your search results. For the past 10 years, they become a huge challenge because people want to get the information requested right away and do not wish to get “dead-ends”. When Google was launched in 1998, it changed radically the way search engines not only looked-like but on the way to search. Today we…

Youku, the “other” Youtube? Not so sure…

Youku, the “other” Youtube? Not so sure…

Reading Time: 3 minutesYouku is one of the biggest websites for video in the world. Millions of people, chinese for the most, connect daily and find high level content. Youku is not a pale copy of Youtube. It is more about professional online TV. As we know, Video content rules the internet. And when we look to the digital landscape, Youtube is the market leader. Some competitors like Vimeo or Dailymotion try hard to compete but the “broadcast yourself” strategy is really unbeatable. Nevertheless, in some areas in the globe, Youtube is not a mainstream, especially in China as there are strong restrictions to this website. So Chinese developed their own video streaming channel. It was launched in 2006 by Victor Koo (previous CEO of Sohu.com). Today Youku is the leader for online video in China with more than 40% of market share. Almost 300 million monthly users in 2011. In average, each…

TED Talk: Future of e-Commerce pick and pack

TED Talk: Future of e-Commerce pick and pack

Reading Time: 1 minutesHere is a very interesting video about the future of E-commerce and especially the “pick & Pack” processes in a warehouse. This video is part of TED program and was presented by Mick Mountz, CEO of a company founded a couple of years now called KIVA SYSTEMS. They propose a full integrated robotic approach of the warehousing. Looks amazing. As productivity at that level means better costs, this becomes a true solution for many companies with thousands of Sku’s and small recommended retail prices. What do you think? LA   Info sourced at TED.com . All images not free of rights for reproduction. 

Would SOPA & PIPA damage the web?

Would SOPA & PIPA damage the web?

Reading Time: 2 minutesA lot of talking is running right now about the SOPA & PIPA projects. PROTECT-IP is a bill that has been introduced in the Senate and the House and is moving quickly through Congress. It gives the government and corporations the ability to censor the net, in the name of protecting “creativity”. The law would let the government or corporations censor entire sites– they just have to convince a judge that the site is “dedicated to copyright infringement.” The government has already wrongly shut down sites without any recourse to the site owner. Under this bill, sharing a video with anything copyrighted in it, or what sites like Youtube and Twitter do, would be considered illegal behavior according to this bill. According to the Congressional Budget Office, this bill would cost us $47 million tax dollars a year — that’s for a fix that won’t work, disrupts the internet, stifles innovation,…

E-TIP winter gloves, pure high-tech.

E-TIP winter gloves, pure high-tech.

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe North Face, outdoor brand, relaunched its high-tech gloves this winter. The line is called the E-TIP and allows you to use any touch screen device thanks to a high-tech material. You do not need then to take the gloves out to use your iPhone, iPad, Blackberry Storm or other Samsung. As a modern and high-tech oriented person, we always complain about the fact that we need to take out our gloves in winter to use our touch screen device (phone, GPS,etc…) thanks to The North Face and the E-TIP gloves this sacrifice is over. Thanks to these special gloves you can use your iPhone in a normal way in the ski slopes. According to the Brand, the E-Tip Gloves are form fitting, four-way stretch gloves that offer warmth and maximum dexterity. For urban wear, you can comfortably work your phone, MP3 player or laptop mouse pad with warm fingers…

SoundCloud, the myspace killer?

SoundCloud, the myspace killer?

Reading Time: 3 minutesOne of the most fashionable words in 2011 was “cloud”. And it will continue in 2012. After Apple’s iCloud, another one growing very fast is SoundCloud. It is an online audio distribution platform which allows collaboration, promotion and distribution of audio recordings. Some people consider it is a myspace killer. Originally from Sweden, SoundCloud quickly got installed in Berlin-Germany in August 2007. It was founded by sound designer Alex Ljung and artist Eric Wahlforss. It had the intention of allowing musicians to share recordings with each other, but later transformed into a full publishing tool which also allowed musicians to distribute their music tracks. Basically, you can record your original-sound and share it with your friends, ask them what they think about it or even share it throughout the social networks. Of course, all records need to be original and you should be the owner (or have the official rights) to…

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, Counter-Culture

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, Counter-Culture

Reading Time: 4 minutesDuring the holiday season, I read the official biography of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. At the beginning I thought  it was again another object to nourish Steve Jobs cult. Even though I like Apple products, I do not like the “guru” strategy that minimizes the creative teams behind. But I must say that this biographical work shows more than just the life of a “geeky hero”. It shows the life of a man, that was not proud of everything he did but more than that, it shows an interesting idea of Counter Culture. The book was written by Walter Isaacson, an important media personality as former CEO of CNN and the managing Director of Time magazine. He also wrote the biography of Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin and Kissinger. In a way by adding Steve Jobs to his bibliography, Walter Isaacson generates a sort of historical retrospective about Counter Culture…

Harman Kardon is a “Beautiful Sound”

Harman Kardon is a “Beautiful Sound”

Reading Time: 4 minutesToday the high-tech sound company Harman announced a global collaboration with the world megastar Jennifer Lopez with a new campaign entitled “Beautiful Sound”. HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,500 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.0 billion for twelve months ending September 30, 2011. Harman Kardon has everything of a true elegant and luxury experience. Perfect design, high performant materials, reliability and timeless lifestyle attitude. I have my HK670 for years and it fits perfectly the living…

1Password – Keep your secrets!

1Password – Keep your secrets!

Reading Time: 2 minutesAgileBits is a Canadian based company founded by 2 people: Roustem Karimov and Dave Teare. They have a brilliant software called 1Password, compatible with Apple, Android or Windows. It allows us to save our most sensitive data and it is one of the best softwares/Apps in the market for Data safety. With our Digital life growing more and more, one very important matter comes to our minds almost each day, or even several times a day : “what is my password?” In deed, how many online accounts, credit cards, email addresses, loyalty program numbers and frequent flying client numbers one have today? According to the Guardian newspaper, one person can have around 200 different “sensitive information” like passwords, pin codes, etc… The average person can remember around 50 passwords, phone numbers and pin codes. It is not bad but definitely not enough. 1Password can help you with this and much more. If…

Why Google+ is a failure?

Why Google+ is a failure?

Reading Time: 4 minutesGoogle+ is considered as the fastest launched social network in history. It gathered 10 million people in a few weeks. Larry Page, Google’s CEO, almost announced a “Facebook killer” but fortunately for him, he did not. Google+ was already a failure, even before the launch. It might not die, but definetely will go down the hill. Why it is a failure? If Google big bosses had something social in their strategy we would have noticed already. No, Google is not about socializing, it is about the Geek attitude. Google is by far the most brilliant search engine we ever had. Not because we “feel” connected with that white page with the funny logo on it…. No. It is because it gets us what we are looking for. So Google search engine strenght is its Algorythm. Google’s strenght is their programers, it’s about software, mathematical formulas and efficient methods. So, why…

iCloud, the new Mobileme.

iCloud, the new Mobileme.

Reading Time: 4 minutesApple announced yesterday the launch of its iPhone 4S. It is not the revolution but an evolution. Basically all you who were waiting for the new iPhone to get one…. well now it is time. I will not talk about the 8MP photo camera, or the HD1080P videos, or even a quite revolutionary Voice control (that makes Android and Blackberry out of order)… no. I will talk about iCloud. The story started with iTools in 2000. This one only the Apple freaks will still remember. Then, the online synchronization service from Apple became .Mac in 2002 and had finally the good formula for Developers and non-developers. It took them until 2008 and the launch of iPhone to start reviewing their site and came up with MobileMe. MobileMe brought extra fonctionalities like synch your mails, calendar, contacts and pictures + storage + “find your iPhone” application. Since then, sharing content online…

How Internet decreases the world’s cultural landscape?

How Internet decreases the world’s cultural landscape?

Reading Time: 8 minutesThe digital revolution started in 29 October 1969 when for the first time one network was made between Leonard Kleinrock’s Network Measurement Center at the UCLA’s School of Engineering and Applied Science  and Douglas Engelbart’s NLS system at SRI International (SRI) in Menlo Park, California. This was the starting point for Internet. Today, we have 2.1 billion people online or at least using internet regularly. Are we experiencing a new revolution? It is hard to say no. At the end of the 19th century, the industrial revolution changed the way we were manufacturing products. The steam-machine technology brought new possibilities and changed the world. The end of the 20th century brought the Digital culture into a huge phenomenon and today we believe we are facing a new revolution, the Digital revolution. 30% of total global population is online now. Out of this huge technological breakthrough, social networks and the way Media content is used brought new paradigms. Some…

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