Keeping up with fashion, and wind turbine class warfare

Sep 14, 2010

 

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Fashionably ironic

It's still Fashion Week, so tech blogs are still serving up tips about style.  Yes, it's weird that mustard-stained bloggers are behind the apps.  Mashable recommends apps for shopping, advice and fashion news

Who’s buying?

Our style-savvy readers might be addicted to fashion week apps, but Fast Company points out that only 13 percent of adults will actually pay for an app:

Only around 35% of adult cell phone owners have apps on their phone (including preloaded apps), and only 24% actually use them. Although apps have generated huge profits for developers, they still rank very low on cell phone users' mobile activities. Texting and taking pictures are now common among adults--more than 70% use these features--but downloading apps still has a long way to go: Just 29% of adults have downloaded apps, a percentage lower than recording video and playing music.

Electronic health records

Information Week has details about a College of Health Information Management Executives survey that shows how chief information officers are approaching new electronic health record rules:

According to the survey's results, 28% indicated that they expect to qualify for stimulus funding in the first six months of fiscal year 2011, which begins on October 1. An additional 62% reported that they expect to qualify between April 1, 2011 and September 30, 2012, which marks the end of Stage One of the incentive program, and 10% believe they will not qualify for stimulus funds until fiscal years 2013 or 2014.

Apple update

Wired has a very serious investigative piece up that confirms that Steve Jobs is not a ninja (really guys?).

Wind turbine warfare

Fast Company looks at how wind turbines are causing class strife in England

Wind Farms in the U.K. are being opposed by a privileged elite--a more politically active group with higher social capital and lower neighborhood crime exposure--according to a recent report in The Ecologist. Industrial projects being built in low-income areas is nothing new, but the research coming out of the University of Birmingham does raise the question of how social capital will shape the future of alternative energy.

Ryan Morden and Emma Jacobs are working on a piece that touches on some of these issues in our backyard, so be on the look-out for that as our wind power series continues.

Corny marketing

Consumerist has a look at corn syrup's new portmanteau of "corn sugar" (h/t to the Innovation Trail's own Juan Vazquez).  A new set of ads continue last year's theme that corn syrup is just as bad for you as sugar.  Or rather, just as not bad for you.

In praise of fail

Blogging Innovation has a TON of quotes from famous innovators that laud failing as a way of learning.  Inspirational and bleak at the same time!  Here's a favorite:

“I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.” — Thomas A. Edison

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