On August 2, 2018, Apple became the world’s first public company worth more than $1 trillion. If anything, that abstract figure understates the company’s reach. Apple makes the first thing that hundreds of millions of people look at when they wake up. The company’s supply chain can extract trace amounts of rare-earth minerals from a mine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, embed them in one of the planet’s most advanced computers, and deliver the whole thing to the steppes of Mongolia. And yet Apple’s rise is nothing more or less than the story of three interfaces: the Macintosh OS, the iPod click wheel, and the iPhone touchscreen. Everything else has been fighting about how the pie would be divided up among competitors and copycats. advertisement advertisement In the user-friendly world, interfaces make empires: IBM, with its punch-card mainframes, was an empire until the 1970s. Then came the graphical user interface, which transformed both … [Read more...] about Apple built a $1 trillion empire on two metaphors. One is breaking
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Answer: Bear Witness. Tell the Story. Take Action. This has been my advice to board members whom I have trained and placed on nonprofit boards for many years, but it takes on greater importance in today’s environment for two reasons: first, the tough economy which makes fundraising more challenging for nonprofits, and second, the increasing demand from funders for nonprofits to measure their impact in serving the community. I was reminded of this advice last week during a program I organized and facilitated for the Carnegie Council on “Serving on a Nonprofit Board: Opportunities, Qualifications, and Expectations.” A member of the audience who had just attended a conference on measurement asked what boards and funders should expect with regard to metrics in understanding what the organization is achieving. Most striking was the response from Karthik Krishnan, Vice President, Reed Business Interactive, and Board Member, East River Development Alliance (ERDA). With his … [Read more...] about How To Be A Great Nonprofit Board Member, Especially Now
Almost any computer on sale today will come with an embedded Webcam. But how many of us actually use them? advertisement New services that enable video tweets on Twitter might be the democratizing force that drags Webcam use–and by extension, video chat–into its rightful place in the technological pantheon. If you’ve never turned on your built-in webcam, who’s to blame you? They produce unflattering images, and most of us aren’t too keen on staring at ourselves even in the best of lighting. Even though popular chat apps like Google Talk and Apple’s iChat offer video chatting built-in, I don’t know anyone who uses these tools regularly; they’re alternately awkward and surreal. Forward-facing cameras on mobile phones haven’t caught on yet for what I suspect are the same reasons. Vidly may help change all that. It’s a high-def video sharing service that works with Twitter, allowing users to post short clips instead of … [Read more...] about Will Video Tweets Finally Put Our Webcams to Use?
Sri Lanka's newly elected President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa would work within the "American perimeter" but would maintain close ties with India while doing business with cash-rich China more cautiously, according to experts.Rajapaksa stormed to victory on Sunday, trouncing his nearest rival Sajith Premadasa by a margin of over 13 lakh votes - 52.25 per cent of votes polled against 41.99 per cent.The 70-year-old controversial wartime defence secretary's victory is of significant importance for India which will hope that the new dispensation in Colombo will not allow any foreign power inimical to New Delhi's interest in the strategically located island nation.Close The experts, who have been closely monitoring Sri Lanka's diplomatic ties with major global powers for decades, believe that Gotabhaya would adopt a policy of not weaning too much away from the US interests in the region. related news Lankan President-elect Gotabaya's ties with India will depend on his approach towards … [Read more...] about Sri Lanka under Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to maintain close ties with India: Experts