Part Indiana Jones, part Willy Wonka, the 42-year-old Markus helps America’s best restaurants maintain their reputations for James Beard Award-winning cuisine by importing the world’s rarest ingredients. Chefs from all over the country revered for their haute cuisine–Thomas Keller and Wolfgang Puck among them–rely on his exotic goods to stay creative. Every menu Grant Achatz has ever offered at his three-Michelin-starred Chicago restaurant, Alinea, has deployed delicacies from Markus’ arsenal, and six months after opening Madame Zuzu’s Teahouse in Chicago, Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan made Markus his exclusive supplier.
So it was with Instagram, with a twist: By adding simple editing tools like filters, Instagram let mainstream web users become—or at least do an impression of—good photographers. Regular people were now able to manipulate their photographs to reflect ideas and feelings.
Many professional photographers were horrified. Suddenly anyone could be a photographer. What’s more, Instagram helped take jobs from the professionals. Last year the Chicago Sun-Times fired its entire staff of photographers and trained its journalists to take and edit photos on their iPhones and upload them to the appropriate social feeds. It’s not that its reporters were transformed into Margaret Bourke-Whites, but Instagram’s tools allowed them to be adequate at very, very low cost.
Today many professional photographers are finding that Instagram can be a good way to promote and complement their work. One example is David Guttenfelder, a veteran photojournalist who has traveled the world for the Associated Press, winning a World Press Photo Award seven times. In 2013, when he got access to North Korea to spend a year chronicling the lives of everyday citizens, he began publishing a portion of his work on Instagram. His feed, which now boasts 349,000 followers, became a repository for photos snapped quickly of small curiosities. Time named him the 2013 Instagram Photographer of the Year.
The NFL is working with Zebra Technologies to embed quarter-sized sensors into player uniforms — and will be used as of the first Sunday of the season, September 7.
Networks airing live games will be able to use broadcast overlays to show, for example, the distance between the quarterback and receiver while they're executing a play in real-time.
Although players on each of the NFL's 32 teams will receive a sensor, only 17 stadiums — the ones hosting Thursday Night Football games this year — will be equipped to transmit the information. Those stadiums are fitted with radio-frequency identification (RFID) transmitters to pick up on the sensor data.
The animation above shows all scheduled flights over a 24h period (based on 2008 data). Every day 93,000 flights are starting from approx. 9,000 airports. At any time there are between 8,000 and 13,000 airplanes in the air. This animation was produced to be shown on the high definition 3D-Globe "Orbitarium" in Technorama - The Swiss Science Center in collaboration with Institute of Applied Information Technology InIT, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Winterthur.
Now, think a few years from now where most planes will have sensors in engines, flaps, landing gear and how much performance/maintenance data they will generate. Boeing 787s are expected to generate 1/2 terabyte of data a flight.
Think how much data will be streamed to and from these planes as more airlines offer wi-fi at 12mbps and better speeds (as ViaSat is delivering on some Jetblue flights)
Or how many page views will FlightAware get as more families and passengers track flights (below is image from their Live Flight Tracker)
and depressingly think how much more emissions will go towards global warming – half a pound of CO2 per passenger mile.
It’s an irony of the second Age of Reason that the abundance of data—the effervescence of sources and ease of delivery—makes so many more questions answerable while at the same time making it very easy to get lost. We’ve dedicated an issue to exploration, to a broad, cross-platform look at the fruits of Big Data.
Remind isn’t a game or social network—it’s a texting tool used in many parts of the U.S. to establish stronger lines of communication among teachers, students, and their parents.
About 1 million teachers and 17 million parents and students have downloaded Remind, a free app developed by a San Francisco startup of the same name. In such states as Texas, Alabama, and Georgia, 40 percent to 50 percent of teachers use the software, the company says. Educators can update homework assignments, solicit volunteers for field trips, and send photos from the classroom without having to count on paper handouts making their way into and out of backpacks or on parents regularly checking their e-mail.
This is the age of invisible apps “that just notify us when something is going on,” as trend spotter and venture capitalist Mary Meeker said recently. Cyriac Roeding, 41, started reaching out to shoppers in 2010. Shopkick’s cofounder and CEO, and a German expat, he did so via ultrasound, a high-frequency signal that communicates with the app, verifies shoppers are inside the store and offers them kicks. “I’d done some soul-searching,” says Roeding, who wondered, “What’s the intersection of mobile and the physical world? The answer was easy: It’s called shopping.”
Twice a year more than 1,000 store representatives come to Paris for an event called “Podium,” where they select which pieces of merchandise they will carry. The family has decreed that each flagship store must pick at least one item from each of the 11 métiers–thus pushing them beyond handbags, scarves and ties to perfume, jewelry, watches, home accessories. In giving these managers an elaborate menu to choose from, each store boasts merchandise unique to itself. The moneyed globe-trotters who constitute the Hermès customer base constantly find themselves on a worldwide treasure hunt. For example, only in Beverly Hills can they find a $12,900 basketball, and the $112,000 orange leather bookcase was sold exclusively at the Costa Mesa store. So when they fall in love with that $11,300 bicycle there’s a pressure to get it, since the company’s website, while ahead of many luxury competitors, offers just a smattering of the Hermes product line.
Forbes with a story of the long time French luxury goods innovator
Photo Credit of my favorite Hermes product – their small pattern silk ties