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"I refuse to condemn your generation and future generations to a planet that’s beyond fixing."

— Barack Obama, 6/25/2013 (via think-progress)

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The WiFi is Too Damn Expensive

A recent article in Businessweek describes Gogo’s road to IPO and why it could be problematic. Simply put: In-flight WiFi is expensive. It’s hard to imagine the average consumer shelling out $14 for an all-day pass on Gogo. This area is ripe for innovation but regulatory agencies limit this opportunity with out-dated restrictions.  

There is a huge chance for the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Aviation Agency to collaborate on a plan to unleash airwaves for in-flight WiFi as well as allowing devices to be used throughout the course of a flight.

Americans expect free WiFi and cruising at 30,000 feet is no excuse.There is an insatiable need for connectivity and a six hour flight across the country should be no exception. Whether for checking e-mail or streaming Netflix, this is a huge space for innovation but the FCC and FAA need to relax regulations first and watch as prices fall and speeds improve. 

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emergentfutures:

CHART OF THE DAY: Time Spent Watching Video On Mobile Devices Has Doubled In The Last Year

Full Story: Business Insider

emergentfutures:

CHART OF THE DAY: Time Spent Watching Video On Mobile Devices Has Doubled In The Last Year

Full Story: Business Insider

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whitehouse:

On July 1st, student loan rates will double if Congress fails to act.

Tell us why this matters to you with the hashtag #DontDoubleMyRate.

Watch the video at WH.gov/Double.

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ilovecharts:

29 cities’s bike-sharing programs at the same scale
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newyorker:

A cartoon by Mike Twohy. For more cartoons from the issue: http://nyr.kr/1186GKC

Amen.

newyorker:

A cartoon by Mike Twohy. For more cartoons from the issue: http://nyr.kr/1186GKC

Amen.

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fastcompany:

NeverLate is an iPhone app that allows your calendar to cross reference the traffic report. So rather than merely warning you that a meeting is in 10 minutes, it can dynamically ping you, right when you should leave for that meeting, given unforeseen road construction, accidents, or just one of those backups where everyone is simply hitting their brakes too much. Meanwhile, you can focus entirely on getting ready, rather than digging through traffic reports.
“After you’ve used the app for about a week, NeverLate will learn where your home and work are and when you’re normally there.”
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fastcompany:

NeverLate is an iPhone app that allows your calendar to cross reference the traffic report. So rather than merely warning you that a meeting is in 10 minutes, it can dynamically ping you, right when you should leave for that meeting, given unforeseen road construction, accidents, or just one of those backups where everyone is simply hitting their brakes too much. Meanwhile, you can focus entirely on getting ready, rather than digging through traffic reports.

“After you’ve used the app for about a week, NeverLate will learn where your home and work are and when you’re normally there.”

More info

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Senator Bernie Sanders asks, “What can we learn from Denmark?”

Although Denmark and the United States are two very different countries, the United States could look to Denmark and its willingness to protect its citizens from economic insecurities in shaping future policy.

I visited Denmark this past winter and noticed the very high standard of life. While speaking to a bartender at our hotel, he was politically informed and passionate about the healthcare, education and security he has been provided growing up in Denmark.

Of course, this policy framework developed over many decades but perhaps it is worth analyzing and asking ourselves if we can learn from Denmark.

Full article here: http://huff.to/12MxhOJ

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emergentfutures:

15 Predictions in Healthcare, Technology and Innovation for 2013

Full Story: Science Roll

 

emergentfutures:

15 Predictions in Healthcare, Technology and Innovation for 2013

Full Story: Science Roll