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Innovation requires a new mind-set: The O’Reilly Radar Podcast

By Jenn Webb
September 4, 2014

Editor’s note: you can subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast through iTunes, SoundCloud, or directly through our podcast’s RSS feed. I recently lamented the lag in innovation in relation to the speed of technological advancements — do we really need a connected …

Innovation requires a new mind-set: The O’Reilly Radar Podcast

By Jenn Webb
September 4, 2014

Editor’s note: you can subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast through iTunes, SoundCloud, or directly through our podcast’s RSS feed. I recently lamented the lag in innovation in relation to the speed of technological advancements — do we really need a connected …

Innovation requires a new mind-set: The O’Reilly Radar Podcast

By Jenn Webb
September 4, 2014

Editor’s note: you can subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast through iTunes, SoundCloud, or directly through our podcast’s RSS feed. I recently lamented the lag in innovation in relation to the speed of technological advancements — do we really need a connected …

Four short links: 4 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 4, 2014

EtherCalc — open source web-based spreadsheet. Dynamics of Correlated Novelties (Nature) — paper on “the adjacent possible”. Here we propose a simple mathematical model that mimics the process of exploring a physical, biological, or conceptual space that enlarges whenever a …

Four short links: 4 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 4, 2014

EtherCalc — open source web-based spreadsheet. Dynamics of Correlated Novelties (Nature) — paper on “the adjacent possible”. Here we propose a simple mathematical model that mimics the process of exploring a physical, biological, or conceptual space that enlarges whenever a …

Four short links: 4 August 2014

By Nat Torkington
August 4, 2014

EtherCalc — open source web-based spreadsheet. Dynamics of Correlated Novelties (Nature) — paper on “the adjacent possible”. Here we propose a simple mathematical model that mimics the process of exploring a physical, biological, or conceptual space that enlarges whenever a …

Need parking? There’s no app for that…yet

By Drew Dara-Abrams
July 16, 2014

“We will not abide businesses that hold hostage on-street public parking spots for their own private profit,” said the San Francisco city attorney last month, after declaring illegal Monkey Parking, ParkModo, and Sweetch, new start-ups that provide mobile apps for buying and selling curb …

Need parking? There’s no app for that…yet

By Drew Dara-Abrams
July 16, 2014

“We will not abide businesses that hold hostage on-street public parking spots for their own private profit,” said the San Francisco city attorney last month, after declaring illegal Monkey Parking, ParkModo, and Sweetch, new start-ups that provide mobile apps for buying and selling curb …

Need parking? There’s no app for that…yet

By Drew Dara-Abrams
July 15, 2014

“We will not abide businesses that hold hostage on-street public parking spots for their own private profit,” said the San Francisco city attorney last month, after declaring illegal Monkey Parking, ParkModo, and Sweetch, new start-ups that provide mobile apps for buying and selling curb …

Four short links: 23 April 2014

By Nat Torkington
April 23, 2014

Samsung UX (Scribd) — little shop of self-catalogued UX horrors, courtesy discovery in a lawsuit. Dated (Android G1 as competition) but rewarding to see there are signs of self-awareness in the companies that inflict unusability on the world. Tools for …

Four short links: 17 April 2014

By Nat Torkington
April 17, 2014

Playbook for Strategic Foresight & Innovation — MANY pages of framework and exercises. Good for what it is, but also as a model for how to disseminate your ideas and frame for the world to consume. Why I’m a Crabby …

Disposable architecture?

By Jenn Webb
April 16, 2014

I’ve noticed a number of faint signals recently pointing to a general shift in the speed of technology and the repercussions it’s having on the products we’re seeing come to market. This recent Tweet from Tom Scott got me really …

The evolving purpose of design

By Glen Martin
April 10, 2014

For more than a century, design has been determined by its applications to the physical world. As architect Louis Sullivan expressed in an 1896 essay, “The Tall Office Building Artistically Considered“: “It is the pervading law of all things organic …

Lean Urbanism

By Tim O'Reilly
March 14, 2014

Through an interesting confluence, I recently came across three different instances of the same question: what is the “minimum viable product” for urban renewal? Last Monday, I visited the O’Reilly Media office in the old Pfizer building in Brooklyn, and …

Battery technology is not keeping pace with computing power demands

By Matthew Gast
March 13, 2014

I’ve spent the past decade of my professional life working to enable connectivity everywhere with Wi-Fi. Back when I started working with Wi-Fi, it was a way of connecting laptops to the network more easily. These days, Wi-Fi is more …

Failure is a fundamental component of business evolution

By Andreas Antonopoulos
March 11, 2014

This post originally appeared on Andreas Antonopoulos’ personal biographical site; it is republished here with permission. In the free market, failure is always an option. The United States has one of the world’s most vibrant entrepreneurial cultures, where millions of …

Four short links: 10 March 2014

By Nat Torkington
March 10, 2014

Wolfram Language — a broad attempt to integrate types, operations, and databases along with deployment, parallelism, and real-time I/O. The demo video is impressive, not just in execution but in ambition. Healthy skepticism still necessary. Maury, Innovation, and Change (Cory …

Four short links: 5 March 2014

By Nat Torkington
March 5, 2014

$1 Gesture-Recognizing Device (GigaOm) — the AllSee is the size of a quarter, harvests RF for power, and detects the variations in signal strength caused by gestures. A Conversation with Sydney Brenner — The thing is to have no discipline …

Bluetooth Low Energy: what do we do with you?

By Mike Loukides
February 4, 2014

“The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads,” as Jeff Hammerbacher said. And it’s not just data analysts: it’s creeping into every aspect of technology, including hardware. One of the more exciting developments …

Four short links: 14 January 2014

By Nat Torkington
January 13, 2014

LayoutIt — drag-and-drop design using Bootstrap components. These tools are proliferating, as the standard design frameworks like Bootstrap make them possible. There’s unsustainable complexity in building web sites today, which means something will give: the web will lose to something, …

Democratizing technology and the road to empowerment

By Jenn Webb
December 18, 2013

Advancements in technology are making what once was relegated only to highly educated scientists, engineers and developers accessible to — and affordable for — the mainstream. This democratization of technology and the empowerment it affords was an underlying thread through …

IoT meets agriculture, Intellistreets, immersive opera, and high-tech pencils

By Jenn Webb
November 20, 2013

The Radar team does a lot of sharing in the backchannel. Here’s a look at a selection of stories and innovation highlights from around the web that have caught our recent attention. Have an interesting tidbit to contribute to the …

New hope for the vision of metropolitan regionalism

By Ezra Haber Glenn
November 19, 2013

Editor’s note: this post originally appeared on Glenn’s CityState blog. This version has been lightly edited. Others have written — and I’m sure will continue to write — with enthusiasm and hyperbole about the ways that new web portals and …

Craig Venter on moving at the speed of light

By Mike Loukides
November 8, 2013

Last week I had the privilege of speaking with J. Craig Venter at the Hillside Club in Berkeley, as part of the Bay Area Science Festival. Dr. Venter is a pioneer in biotech, from sequencing the Human Genome to creating a synthetic …

Podcast: the Internet of Things should work like the Internet

By Jenn Webb
November 3, 2013

At our OSCON conference this summer, Jon Bruner, Renee DiResta and I sat down with Alasdair Allen, a hardware hacker and O’Reilly author; Josh Marinacci, a researcher with Nokia; and Tony Santos, a user experience designer with Mozilla. Our discussion …

Power over USB

By Mike Loukides
October 25, 2013

I’ve been reading about enhancements to the USB 3.0 standard that would allow a USB cable to provide up to 100 watts of power, nicely summarized in The Economist. 100 watts is more than enough to charge a laptop, and certainly …

Four short links: 23 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 23, 2013

Expecting Better — an economist runs the numbers on the actual consequences of various lifestyle choices during pregnancy. (via sciblogs) Business as Usual in the Innovation Industry — the only thing worse than business plan contests for startups is innovation …

Actions predict louder than words

By Brian d'Alessandro
October 22, 2013

Data isn’t just bigger these days; it is also fundamentally different than it was 10 years ago. The nature of this change is driving several innovations in the way marketing is done, particularly around targeting and measurement. From a predictive …

A NY state of hardware

By Dale Dougherty
September 11, 2013

This post was co-authored by Travis Good and Dale Dougherty Every major trend was once a fringe curiosity embraced by the few with a sense of mission. The current surge of hardware innovation is no exception. A relatively small group …

Podcast: emerging technology and the coming disruption in design

By Jenn Webb
August 30, 2013

On a recent trip to our company offices in Cambridge, MA, I was fortunate enough to sit down with Jonathan Follett, a principal at Involution Studios and an O’Reilly author, and Mary Treseler, editorial strategist at O’Reilly. Follett currently is …

On Batteries and Innovation

By Mike Loukides
July 31, 2013

Lately there’s been a spate of articles about breakthroughs in battery technology. Better batteries are important, for any of a number of reasons: electric cars, smoothing out variations in the power grid, cell phones, and laptops that don’t need to …

Where Innovation Lives

By Jim Stogdill
July 20, 2013

I sat down with Jon Bruner in New York City this week to talk about where innovation happens. Concentration still seems to matter, even in a networked world, but concentration of what? Minds, money, markets, or manufacturing know-how? People we …

Four Qualities of Successful In-House Innovation Teams

By Jeff Gothelf
July 2, 2013

One of the most common questions I get about applying lean ideas to product design and development is, “How can I make this happen in my organization?” Between entrenched corporate silos and existing team management structures, it can seem impossible …

Four short links: 10 June 2013

By Nat Torkington
June 10, 2013

Anatomy of Two Memes — comparing the spread of Gangnam Style to Harlem Shake. Memes are like currencies: you need to balance accessibility (or ‘money supply’) and inflation. Gangnam Style became globally accessible through top-down mainstream sources (High Popularity), but …

Four short links: 16 May 2013

By Nat Torkington
May 16, 2013

Australian Filter Scope Creep — The Federal Government has confirmed its financial regulator has started requiring Australian Internet service providers to block websites suspected of providing fraudulent financial opportunities, in a move which appears to also open the door for …

Google Glass and the Future

By Mike Loukides
April 29, 2013

I just read a Forbes article about Glass, talking about the split between those who are “sure that it is the future of technology, and others who think society will push back against the technology.” I don’t see this as …

The makers of hardware innovation

By Dale Dougherty
April 26, 2013

Chris Anderson wrote Makers and went from editor-in-chief of Wired to CEO of 3D Robotics, making his hobby his side job and then making it his main job. A new executive at Motorola Mobility, a division of Google, said that …

VA looks to apply innovation to better care and service for veterans

By Alex Howard
February 21, 2013

There are few areas as emblematic of a nation’s values than how it treats the veterans of its wars. As improved battlefield care keeps more soldiers alive from injuries that would have been lethal in past wars, more grievously injured …

Crowdfunding science

By Renee DiResta
February 5, 2013

In our first science-as-a-service post, I highlighted some of the participants in the ecosystem. In this one, I want to share the changing face of funding. Throughout the 20th century, most scientific research funding has come from one of two …

Publishing News: Pushing ebooks beyond skeuomorph boundaries

By Jenn Webb
February 1, 2013

Screens should be portals, not skeuomorphic containers Jeff Gomez, VP of online consumer sales and marketing at Penguin Group, took a look this week at the issue of ebooks in the publishing ecosystem and argued that “we’re focusing in all …

Science as a service

By Renee DiResta
January 30, 2013

Software as a service (SaaS) is one of the great innovations of Web 2.0. SaaS enables flexibility and customized solutions. It reduces costs — the cost of entry, the cost of overhead, and as a result, the cost of experimentation. …

Four short links: 22 January 2013

By Nat Torkington
January 22, 2013

Design Like Nobody’s Patenting Anything (Wired) — profile of Maker favourites Sparkfun. Instead of relying on patents for protection, the team prefers to outrace other entrants in the field. “The open source model just forces us to innovate,” says Boudreaux. …

Publishing News: Amazon AutoRip — where’s the book version?

By Jenn Webb
January 11, 2013

Here are a few stories from the publishing space that caught my attention this week. Why book lovers can’t have nice things Amazon announced a new service this week called Amazon AutoRip. According to the press release, consumers who buy …

Four short links: 21 December 2012

By Nat Torkington
December 21, 2012

Amazon’s Product Development Technique — the product manager should keep iterating on the press release until they’ve come up with benefits that actually sound like benefits. Iterating on a press release is a lot less expensive than iterating on the …

To eat or be eaten?

By Mike Loukides
November 30, 2012

One of Marc Andreessen’s many accomplishments was the seminal essay “Why Software is Eating the World.” In it, the creator of Mosaic and Netscape argues for his investment thesis: everything is becoming software. Music and movies led the way, Skype …

An innovation agenda to help people win the race against the machines

By Alex Howard
November 14, 2012

If the country is going to have a serious conversation about innovation, unemployment and job creation, we must talk about our race against the machines. For centuries, we’ve been automating people out of jobs. Today’s combination of big data, automation …

Four short links: 1 October 2012

By Nat Torkington
October 1, 2012

Flightfox — Real people compete to find you the best flights. Crowdsourcing beating algorithms …. (via NY Times) Code Monster (Crunchzilla) — a fun site for parents to learn to program with their kids. Loving seeing so much activity around …

Seeking prior art where it most often is found in software

By Andy Oram
August 28, 2012

Patent ambushes are on the rise again, and cases such as Apple/Samsung shows that prior art really has to swing the decision–obviousness or novelty is not a strong enough defense. Obviousness and novelty are subjective decisions made by a patent …

Four short links: 9 August 2012

By Nat Torkington
August 9, 2012

Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy (Amazon) — soon-to-be-released book by Bill Janeway, of Warburg-Pincus (and the O’Reilly board). People raved about his session at scifoo. I’m bummed I missed it, but I’ll console myself with his book. Cell Image …

Top Open Source SDN Projects to Keep Your Eyes On

By Sarah Sorensen
August 1, 2012

Interest and momentum around OpenFlow and software defined networking (SDN) has certainly been accelerating. it's hard to predict what's going to happen next. But that won't stop us from trying! I spent the last few weeks checking in with some SDN pioneers to find out what's going on that's of interest in the SDN space these days...


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