In prior discussions about smart cities, including the global rankings I published on Co.Exist a few weeks ago, I believe many of us have under-emphasized the importance of cities in creating an enabling environment for emerging technology companies. advertisement advertisement This was a key issue addressed at the first-ever Cities Summit held in Vancouver earlier this month. Mayors of 35 cities around the world joined with executives and consultants in an intense day and a half of panels discussing open cities, digital cities, urban laboratories, smart-city financing, and startup cities. One of the most interesting conversations was about “Startup Cities.” Nanci Klein of San Jose spoke about the five different industrial areas that the city is promoting, as well as the role of the city in supporting the local startup community. One of San Jose’s early insights was addressing the bureaucratic hurdles in their procurement process by creating a demonstration … [Read more...] about How Can You Build A Smart City?
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The U.S. Court of Appeals has overturned an existing ban on Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus smartphone. It is the second ruling this month to find in favor of the Korean technology nabob in its ongoing war with Apple, stating that California’s district court had “abused its discretion in entering an injunction.” Last week a judge lifted the injunction on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. The firm is pushing for a retrial after the original verdict in San Jose, where Apple was awarded just over a billion dollars in damages over what it saw as copyright infringement by Samsung. Apple, who yesterday won a delay on a sales ban on some of its products in South Korea, can, however, take some comfort from the fact that it has stolen one of its rival’s most prominent chip designers. Jim Mergard is swapping Austin, where Samsung’s chip team resides–and where Apple’s chips are manufactured, ironically enough–for a parking space at Cupertino. … [Read more...] about Samsung Wins Latest Round In Its Patent Spat With Apple
Trump’s ubiquitous bright red trucker hat, festooned with “Make America Great Again,” is now seared into our collective memory. It was the most hated and most loved symbol of the election, the most comical and the most serious. It was a poorly designed product that turned out to be very strong branding. It was the most misunderstood design of the election–for designers and non-designers alike. advertisement advertisement But most of all, it’s a lesson about the limitations of “good” design. “No one wants to give [Trump] credit, understandably, because it’s not something that was designed,” says Lindsay Ballant, a designer, art director of The Baffler, and adjunct professor at the Maryland College of Art. “It should be something that designers think about. Good design doesn’t necessarily mean effective design.” As we move on from the 2016 election and contemplate the role of design in subsequent … [Read more...] about The Worst Design Of 2016 Was Also The Most Effective