The more I use facebook, the more powerful it has become professionally. That’s for two reasons:
1) I have over 300 "friends" now in my facebook account, most of them professional colleagues. Some of them are former rivals and there was no love lost when we started at each other over the cannons. Facebook breaks down those barriers. Some of these folks are very influential in our business and industries they cover. facebook also puts you back in touch with colleagues from long ago that I never would have from again. We have doubled the number to 134 in our Design News facebook account. Come join us.
2) If I comment on or post something, all 300 plus "friends" get notified. It’s like my mini-circulation list which I own and control. You have to be careful, though, and not spam them (i.e. over-communicate) and make sure a comment or link to something is meaningful. As for expanding that crowd, I’ve already picked the low-hanging fruit. Now I have to selectively and more slowly grow my list. But expansion is important.
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
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