Uber Efficient

Written by Patricia Cullen on . Posted in Innovation

Want to book a flight to Barcelona by simply sending a text message? There’s an app for that. How about ordering from some of the best restaurants with the touch of a button? There’s also an app for that. Would you like to reserve a table in a pub without talking to a soul? Yes – there is an app for that too. 

In the not too distant future we may well be using a single, simple smartphone app to do all of the above, and more. Apps are revolutionising our social life, and the persistent growth of the on-demand sector, that focuses on the here and now and instant gratification, proves that consumers are attracted to start-ups promising to fulfil all their needs within seconds. That’s why businesses like Uber, the car service that operates in 53 countries, that don’t aspire to invent new products or goods, but instead focus on changing the way industries work, making our lives more convenient in the process, are doing so well.  The ability to act as middlemen in a market that matches people looking to buy a service with others who are providing it seems priceless. Siri, Apple’s voice-based virtual assistant, promised this practicality but never actually lived up to the hype. Back in 2011, Siri was meant to change the manner in which we communicated with our computers and phones. But that just didn't happen. 

Identical Response to Gluten in Most Children and Adults with Celiac Disease

Written by Bob Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., on . Posted in Innovation

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — ImmusanT, Inc., a company focused on restoring tolerance to gluten and overcoming the need for gluten-free diet in patients with celiac disease, today announced the publication of an article online in the journal Gastroenterology that details new research comparing the T cell response to gluten in children and adults with c According to researchers, the recognition of gluten peptides by T cells in children with celiac disease is similar to that of adults, supporting the notion that peptide-based diagnostics and therapeutics currently under development by ImmusanT for adult patients may also be used for children. The international team who led the study included the company’s collaborators at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) of Medical Research in Australia: Melinda Hardy, Ph.D., and head of celiac disease research, Jason Tye-Din, Ph.D. ImmusanT’s chief scientific officer, Bob Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., is a senior author of the recently published manuscript. 

Strategies to Meet Increased Global Demand for Animal Protein

Written by the Online Editor on . Posted in Innovation

With the global population projected to reach more than 9 billion by 2050, global demand for food will essentially double, which could significantly increase carbon dioxide and nitrogen levels in the environment and lead to the extinction of numerous species agricultural practices.

The National Research Council released a new report that found meeting the expected growth in global demand for animal protein in a way that is economically, environmentally and socially sustainable will require a greater investment in animal science research. The report identified research priorities and recommends that governments and the private sector increase their support for this research.

From the Margins to the Mainstream: Marijuana

Written by Garrett Brandon on . Posted in Innovation

With recreational marijuana use permitted in a number of US states, cannabis is moving from the margins to the mainstream of society.

It's rapidly shedding its image as the drug of choice for disillusioned, disenfranchised stoners, and coming to be seen as a sophisticated inebriant  for the open-minded and curious. And with its entry into the mainstream, there are big business opportunities that early movers are already beginning to exploit. When something exists undisturbed for long enough on the margins of society, it's only a matter of time before it becomes tolerated - if not quite accepted outright - by the mainstream.

Digital Sharing Economy: A Tale of Two Approaches

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The shining lights of the digital sharing economy, Airbnb and Uber have a lot in common – but differ greatly in how they deal with regulators and users alike.

Both at the vanguard of the digital sharing community, Airbnb and Uber are generally thrown in together as the two examples of what can happen when a peer-to-peer, community-based collaborative idea takes off. And with some reason: just fours old, Uber is now valued at a staggering $17 billion, while Airbnb, just two years older, is worth at least $10 billion.

The Technology Revolutionising Healthcare

Written by Henry Martin on . Posted in Innovation

Robots, 3D printing, ingestible sensors  ̶  science fiction is becoming reality in the field of healthcare

Perhaps more than in any other field, technology has transformed medicine and healthcare in ways that would have seemed like pure science fiction just a decade ago. Dr. Bertalan Meskó is a medical futurist and author of The Guide to the Future of Medicine: Technology and the Human Touch. In this book, Meskó outlines several areas that he thinks will shape the future of medicine and healthcare. Meskó’s predictions fall into two categories: concepts already in the process of realisation and those that will likely have an impact in the near future. Here is a selection of them:

FusionExperience announce Anomaly42 the 'smart data' platform live on Dell VCloud

Written by Fergal Hogan on . Posted in Innovation

FusionExperience  has today announced that Anomaly42 – The Data-as-a-Service platform that connects all data across multiple sources is now live with projects on Dell’s VCloud either side of the Atlantic. Choosing a robust partner for hosting large, complex and sensitive client data sets is no easy decision’ said Steve Brown, CTO at FusionExperience. FusionExperience, the leading premier Partner of Anomaly42, has built up considerable experience over numerous deployments of Anomaly42 in the Cloud.

Blending Business and Pleasure

Written by By Patricia Cullen on . Posted in Innovation

Gone are the traditional 9-5 hours reserved solely for the purpose of work. According to the recent People - Inspired Security study by Samsung, the age-old concept of ‘work-life balance’ is quickly  diminishing due to the cross-over in the technology that workers use in their professional and personal lives. Three quarters of the Europeans surveyed are using work time for personal chores, whilst the same number are fast using their leisure time for work-related tasks. In place of clearly defined boundaries between work time and leisure time, the concept of ‘work-life blending’ is emerging.

Appsolute Business Satisfaction

Written by By Patricia Culle on . Posted in Innovation

When we think about bank accounts, the age-old, reliable current, savings or basic accounts spring to mind, with the main function of the bank still reserved for storing our money. However in 2014, financial institutions should be looking at a variety of new techniques to provide modern services, offering different ways to use bank accounts more effectively and seizing these new opportunities by proposing innovative, sought-after services to their personal and corporate customers. Banks are constantly looking for ways to increase lending and reach potential new consumers with their latest products and services, but some financial institutions have failed to appreciate the technological changes necessary to flourish in this digitally dominated era.

Cloud Computing Changing the Game for Small Businesses

Written by Fergal Hogan on . Posted in Innovation

Small businesses looking to improve efficiency are increasingly finding that every cloud has a silver lining. Indeed, cloud computing, which is IT jargon for accessing applications as services over the internet, is becoming a game changer for many small companies, allowing them to access a growing number of innovative services that are easy to manage, provide transparent pricing and will scale up as a business grows.  In addition to embracing cloud computing, small companies are also using Skype and video conferencing to boost their responsiveness, support consultants working in the field and expand the business.

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