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WHOSE BUSINESS IS IT ANYWAY?

Published on: 31 January 2019

Customers dictate the course of business

Dateline: 1 February 2023

Change is inevitable, but many businesses don't like or want change. Not when they're on top, and milking the cash cow; if it's not broke, don't try to fix it! But just because you're making super profits, and your customers adore you, doesn't mean it's going to be that way forever, even if you're Apple or Coca-Cola. Just ask Kodak. Shareholders and employees like to think it's 'their' business, but it's not much fun running or owning a business with no customers; a bit like a morgue, except that ...

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SLEEPING BEAUTIES HEAL THEMSELVES

Published on: 29 March 2018 1 Comment

The answer is more than a good night's rest

Dateline: 7 March 2021

Remember the classic doctor's advice? "Take two aspirin and call me in the morning." It often worked, as after a restful night made more comfortable by the analgesic, you no longer needed the doctor the next day. Since then self-administered remedies have come a long way, and many of us have smart devices and wearables that monitor our health and well-being, providing us with personalized recommendations for preventative as well as curative therapies. But how do we maximize the benefits of a good ...

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POD RACING TAKES OFF

Published on: 11 January 2018 3 Comments

Racing flying cars is a thing

Dateline: 12 January 2020

It's exhilarating, it's dangerous, and it's happening. Contrary to common sense and good advice, young geeks are taking part in a dangerous game, racing against each other in real life, flying machines. Passenger Optimized Drones, or PODs are the nearest thing we have to flying cars. The problem is, they don't have wheels, so they're not cars, and the batteries don't last long enough for a serious journey, so they're not really useful for travel; and with only one passenger (or pilot) they're more ...

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WHO TURNED OFF THE NIGHT?

Published on: 4 January 2018

Greenpeace calls for light curfew to bring back the dark

Dateline: 9 January 2023

What happened to those lovely dark nights, when all the stars came out? They're gone, along with hurricane lamps and black outs. Now that LED lighting has conquered the world, seen from space our planet is a bright, glittering jewel at night. Even darkest Africa is filled with a billion points of light, and more's the pity. It's unnatural and astronomers hate it. The obsession with climate change has waned, and activists are focusing heavily on pollution, especially light pollution. They want ...

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STEP INTO THE MATRIX

Published on: 11 May 2017 1 Comment

Now you can upload new skills to your brain

Dateline: 10 April 2029

Need a new skill or ability? There's an app for that! Neuroscience and neuroprosthetics have advanced to the point where, if you need to learn Arabic in a hurry, or how to make sense of DNA analysis, you can just upload it to your brain. On demand, just like an app for your phone. The first breakthrough was the 'hardware'; memory chips wired into the brains of stroke and accident victims have been replaced by nanoparticle 'liquid electronics', implantable with minimally invasive techniques. They ...

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DRONE HUNTING GOES VIRAL

Published on: 27 August 2015 5 Comments

Bullet-proof paint creates need for cyber weapons

Dateline: 27 August 2017

Since the development of bullet-proof paint two years ago, drone manufacturers were quick to protect their products from the 'drone hunters' who typically shot them down at every opportunity, using special shotgun cartridges called "dronemunition." Drone hunting goes beyond vandalism. Many people feel drones are a threat to their privacy, trespassing on their individual rights, so why not shoot them down? So what if they're legal, or even helping the police and city managers, performing useful ...

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2010-2020: A DECADE OF STEP-CHANGE THINKING

Published on: 30 December 2010 1 Comment

A review of the past decade’s most important trends – PART 1

Dateline: 1 January 2020

FIFA TechBall Doubles Viewers and ProfitabilityFIFA's new executive team has now employed active technology in games - to the delight of players and supporters. Games have become more interactive and tough decisions are resolved instantly, and openly. Viewership figures have doubled in all media & gaming revenues have soared.Openness & Transparency Death Knell for DiplomacyA decade ago WikiLeaks started using digital platforms to access and distribute what used to be confidential information. Two ...

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FANS LOVE INTERACTIVE HIGH-TECH WORLD CUP

Published on: 1 July 2010 3 Comments

New technologies give massive boost to the bottom line

Dateline: 28 June 2018

It seems like the furor around 'the bizarre secret society of fallible referees' that so dominated the 2010 World Cup is now a distant memory. Technology has finally won the day and become an integral part of this game too. The technology is now an absolute pre-requisite of every first class football match; social interaction with the fan base has blossomed and profits have come flowing back into many a financially-challenged club. At yesterday's England vs Germany clash, more than 60 million fans ...

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WIMBLEDON - THE THREE-DAY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Published on: 2 July 2009

Commercial impact soars on back of lightning games

Dateline: 5 July 2020

Tennis has learnt a lesson from the high-impact success in other sport entertainment - cricket with its Twenty20 format, the international Rugby Sevens tournament and five-a-side Power Football. The Championships just completed in the leafy lanes of Wimbledon were over in just three days of hectic matches. Single sets of the 'best-of-thirteen-games' decided the winners of each round. Day One was hectic as the wheat was separated from the chaff in a blitz of matches that lasted an average of just ...

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NEW LEGS FOR THE NEW YEAR

Published on: 1 January 2009 7 Comments

Prosthetic limbs are the latest teen craze

Dateline: 20 December 2020

"I'm getting them upgraded for the New Year," beams a happy Deon Pretorious, aged 15. Pretorious is one of thousands of teenagers around the world voluntarily choosing to undergo surgery which will render them as amputees. The trigger for this activity has been the launch of Apple's iWalk prosthetic legs. "Our products are a dramatic improvement on our existing biology," says Jeff Monbajat, Chief Technology Officer at Apple. "Cyberdyne made the real break-through in '16 with the first ...

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HAPPY HIGHTECH HOLIDAY!

Published on: 27 December 2007

Climate change and technology reshape the ski slopes

Dateline: 24 December 2010

It's ski season - but hitting the icy slopes of Europe and the US sure ain't what it used to be! The days of skimming the low-lying valleys of Italy, France, Austria, Canada and the US are numbered. Climate change is dramatically decreasing snow cover, shutting down the lowest resorts, with many more yet to close their doors. The ski trail has gone high into the mountains - for those who can still afford it, and can handle the higher, steeper pistes - and it's become seriously high-tech. Gone are ...

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'DISABLED' RUNNER BEATS THREE WORLD RECORDS BUT NOT CRITICS

Published on: 29 March 2007 12 Comments

Uproar over "unfair advantage" and "immoral surgery"

Dateline: 12 May 2012

A disabled athlete has disrupted the annual Paralympics in London by setting new world records in the 100m, 200m and 400m distances - faster than any able-bodied athlete, laying down a challenge for athletes at the 2012 London Olympics in July. This year's events have been dominated by Li Lo, a relatively unknown Chinese athlete who first competed as an 'able-bodied' athlete and then, after a mysterious car accident in 2006, lost both legs at the knees and was quick to enter the Paralympics the ...

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FIFA OUTRAGED BY RIVAL WORLD CUP

Published on: 26 October 2006 3 Comments

South Africa exploits 2010 success to expand the game

Dateline: 21 January 2011

South Africa has announced that it will host the first Alternative Football World Cup in 2012. Following the spectacular success of the 2010 World Cup, the country has decided to cash in on the infrastructure and tourism boom. "We have secured full commitment from six sporting bodies and expect to host an event similar in size to last year's FIFA World Cup," said Danny Jordaan, chief executive of African Sports Stage. The idea was inspired by the surprising success of a Futsal tournament hosted ...

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TECHNOLOGY SAVES CHAMPION SURFER FROM SHARK ATTACK

Published on: 12 October 2006 1 Comment

People and endangered species fight back

Dateline: 19 August 2008

Surfing was suspended for two hours due to a shark scare during the final of the Billabong Pro surfing championship in Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa, yesterday. Organizers were alerted to the presence of a Great White shark thanks to a recently installed satellite-based tracking and warning system. Three-time Foster's ASP Men's World Tour champion, Mick Fanning, surprised judges by suddenly catching a rather mediocre wave to shore. "My Shark Buddy ankle bracelet started vibrating. I had to get ...

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POLITICAL TURMOIL THREATENS 2010 WORLD CUP IN SOUTH AFRICA

Published on: 22 June 2006 6 Comments

ANC unity crumbles as majority alliance splits

Dateline: 2 May 2009

The May Day celebrations were muted this year as ANC factions licked their wounds and tried to determine what the Good News message could be to members and the electorate after their acrimonious split at the party conference ten days ago. A year of crippling strikes has already delayed construction of major facilities for next year's FIFA World Cup in South Africa and been the catalyst for the split in the ruling ANC's political ranks. On one side are the employed ranks of the former ANC who ...

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SAO TOME CLEANS UP AT BEIJING OLYMPICS

Published on: 2 September 2004 1 Comment

Olympic mercenaries or new age trailblazers?

Dateline: 27 August 2008

The tiny island nation of Sao Tome and Principe today finished the Beijing Olympics with a massive 57 medal haul. This remarkable nation is home to just 200 thousand people. Controversy reigns over their results. After the discovery of oil in 2001, civil war followed the government takeover by President Miguel Trouvaada. His military government has ruled relatively benevolently but much of the oil wealth has been spent on the president's passion for sport. Facilities for athletes are considered ...

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