Sir Richard Branson isnâ€™t just a guy with a beard and a penchant for sweaters, balloons and boat racing. Heâ€™s also the man behind one of the most successful brands in the world: Virgin. So starts the bio page that describes Richard Branson on Virginâ€™s corporate website. Itâ€™s a good, concise description of a man who epitomizes his organizationâ€™s brand, so closely identified is he with that brand across so many different business areas, and who is a powerful communicator (or, as some … [Read more...] about Unfiltered Branson
Possibly the most interesting news so far to come out of the Mobile World Congress taking place in Barcelona this week is that there seems to be clear agreement among mobile operators and equipment manufacturers to develop and bring to market a universal mobile phone charger. Imagine: a tool to charge your phone that will fit any future phone on the market. You know whatâ€™s it like right now, donâ€™t you? If you have, say, three phones from different manufacturers, youâ€™ll have three … [Read more...] about Fingers crossed for a mobile industry standard
Last month, IT industry analysts Gartner published their 2008 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies. Here's what it looks like: What I find especially interesting is where on the hype cycle some of these technologies are, especially seeing their current and predicted positions along the Technology Trigger and cresting the Peak of Inflated Expectations. What will languish in the Trough of Disillusionment, and what will emerge onto the Slope of Enlightenment? Gartnerâ€™s own summary … [Read more...] about Notables in the 2008 Gartner hype cycle
Reading about CO2Stats (via TechCrunch), a company who says it monitors your website's environmental footprint and purchases renewable energy to neutralize it: [...] The carbon footprint of air and automobile transportation is widely known, but few people are aware that the electricity generation required for information and communication technologies (ICT) is now responsible for 2% of global CO2 emissions, exceeding the emissions of the entire aviation industry. With CO2Stats it is for the … [Read more...] about Is your website green?
One handy web service I've been using for the past seven months or so is Dopplr. Dopplr lets you share your travel plans with others you know. The service then lets you know if any of your friends will be where you'll be when you travel, and vice versa. I've found Dopplr a pleasure to use because it's simple to use and it gives me depth of information that suits me without requiring an awful lot of interaction. It's an evolving service with quite a few additions to functionality since it came … [Read more...] about Plot your carbon footprint with Dopplr