Category Archives: Technology

Liquidation as an Exit Strategy

Selling a company to an interested buyer is the method most commonly associated with getting out of a business. But for many small business owners, liquidating assets is often the best or perhaps only feasible method of exiting their businesses, especially retail businesses. The reasons for this are numerous: Your heirs may want nothing to…
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The Pros And Cons Of E-Cycling

Mandatory e-cycling is already enshrined in law in 25 states in the United States, but remains a divisive issue. It is a agreed that a way must be found to deal with the substantial number of electronic goods falling out of use each year, the number of which is likely to increase as consumer electronics…
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Sidewalk Labs, a Start-Up Created by Google, Has Bold Aims to Improve City Living

Google’s ambitions and investments have increasingly broadened beyond its digital origins in Internet search and online advertising into the arena of physical objects: self-driving cars, Internet-connected eyeglasses, smart thermostats and a biotech venture to develop life-extending treatments. Now Google is getting into the ultimate manifestation of the messy real world: cities. The Silicon Valley giant…
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Universal laptop charger standard is coming

A new universal laptop charger standard that promises to cut down on e-waste has been published in the hope that it firms will choose to adopt it. The International Electrotechnical Commission [IEC] Technical Specification 62700 would be compatible with a wide range of notebook computers and the IEC hopes that it will be adopted in…
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The Five Biggest Risks to Effective Asset Management

According to the PAS-551 standard on asset management from the British Standards Institute, asset management is defined as: “systematic and coordinated activities and practices through which an organization optimally and sustainably manages its assets and asset systems, their associated performance, risks and expenditures over their life cycles for the purpose of achieving its organizational strategic…
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4 Business Lessons from Operations Managers

The operations person is often overlooked as a source of business wisdom. She directs seemingly mundane duties, supervising hourly workers, walking the production floor, and making sure that orders are shipped on time. However, a good operations manager who understands the nuances of the position, is a particularly valuable asset to a business. I have…
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Power, Pollution and the Internet

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Jeff Rothschild’s machines at Facebook had a problem he knew he had to solve immediately. They were about to melt. The company had been packing a 40-by-60-foot rental space here with racks of computer servers that were needed to store and process information from members’ accounts. The electricity pouring into the…
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How to Start a Conversation With Strangers at a Networking Event

One of the best ways for entrepreneurs to socialize with colleagues, customers and potential clients is at networking events. Corporate gatherings, conferences, happy hours and cocktail parties provide an opportunity for you to meet new people and reconnect with old acquaintances. However, if you have difficulty mingling in a room full of strangers, connecting with…
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Seven Ways to Run Your Business More Efficiently

At a time when gas prices are climbing steadily and everyone is a little worried about the economy, running your investigation or process serving business efficiently is a must. Efficiency does not mean a rigid schedule or work process; however, it does mean being savvy in order to make the most of your time, effort…
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10 Tips for Making Your Business More Efficient

To keep pace in an increasingly competitive world, your business needs to run as efficiently as possible. "Sooner or later, any company not operating efficiently will be out of business," says Laurie McCabe, vice president of small and medium business insights and solutions for research firm AMI-Partners. Efficiency is even more important for small and…
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Replacing obsolete hardware may be smarter than upgrading it

These days, we have several options available when it comes to dealing with obsolete computers--but we weren't always so lucky. An IT pro describes his experiences during the big upgrade boom of Y2K and discusses what he would have done differently. Back in 1999, everyone was scrambling to update computer hardware and software before the…
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6 Tips for Greater Workplace Efficiency

We all know the old saying that time is money. It’s true, especially in the world of manufacturing. The more time you waste, the more it costs to make your products and the less profit your business has to take home. Likewise, the better you get at working efficiently, the better your profits will be.…
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Astronomers: Dark matter may interact with itself

It turns out dark matter may not be entirely dark after all. A team of astronomers have determined that dark matter may interact with itself, and can even be observed doing so, in a way other than through the force of gravity. Using the MUSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope array in Chile, along…
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Breaking News: Over-Unity Reactionless Generator Invented In India

“Ere many generations pass; our machinery will be driven by a power obtainable at any point in the universe.” – Nikola Tesla A Reactionless AC Synchronous Generator (RLG) has been invented by Paramahamsa Tewari, electrical engineer and former Executive Director of Nuclear Power Corporation of India. His background includes engineering project management for construction of…
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Delphi self-driving car goes coast-to-coast, autonomously

It’s 1903 all over again when it comes to creating firsts in cross-country driving. This time, it’s not just to make it cross-country by car, but to make the longest autonomous drive cross-country in car. A team of Delphi engineers covered 3,400 miles, San Francisco to New York City, over a span of nine days. The…
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6 ways to improve your spring and summer with technology

This past winter was harsh on much of us here in the United States. Loads of snow, bitter winds, and icy roads made going outside something of a hassle. Thankfully, we’re well into spring now, and summer isn’t far behind. After being cooped up for so long, it’s no surprise that this time of year…
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Revolutionary graphene polymer batteries charging 10 minutes to run 1000 km

According to a report from a Chinese website, The Spanish Graphenano, along with the University of Cordoba and Grabat Energy, developed a polymeric graphene battery, especially suited for electric cars, that will be cheaper and lighter than conventional batteries and will run 1000km on a 10 minute charge. Graphenano claims that this revolutionary battery will…
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Batteries That Will Save the Planet

Just three years ago, science journalist Farhad Manjoo wrote an article for Slate called “Better Batteries Will Save the World.” The subtitle, however, quickly undercut the headline’s claim: “Too bad they’re impossible to make.” This in spite of the recent launch of the Tesla S, the Nissan LEAF, the Chevrolet Volt and the announcement of…
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How Big Data Can Save You Big Money on Business Taxes

I awoke with a start the other night, realizing the end of March had crept up on me and I still hadn't done my taxes. Just thinking about it makes me want to curl up in a ball and hide from the IRS. And that’s just for a single person. Many business leaders know the…
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How startups build their first R&D labs

The UpTake: It's part of growing up as a startup: that moment when you realize you need your own space, and it's time to move out of the incubator. But if you're a biotech or other scientifically-based company, finding the right space that allows you to do research can be a challenge. Here's what to…
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Fiber-optic breakthrough could lead to real AI

What do Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Steven Hawking all have in common? Judging by their outspoken remarks on the looming dangers of runaway AI, we might guess that they all suffer from insomnia. These guys seem to have realized something that would not be so apparent to ordinary folks like you or I, something…
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Industry Body Calls for Gene-Editing Moratorium

Gene-editing companies say research on altering the DNA of human reproductive cells is dangerous and unethical. Officials of a biotechnology industry group have called for a voluntary moratorium on using new DNA-editing techniques to change the genetic characteristics of human embryos in laboratory research. Excess Logic continues reposting interesting articles about hi-tech, startups and new technologies to…
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22 interesting facts about drinking water

A lot of water is wasted because so many people give little thought to where water comes from and where it goes after they use it.  Yet less than 1% of the Earth's water is available for human consumption.  And there is no "new" water on Earth. Excess Logic continues reposting interesting articles about hi-tech, startups…
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30 captivating facts about a biotech breakthrough

The modern biotech industry was born when Genentech, now a part of Roche (ticker: RHHBY ), was founded in 1976. Scientists at the company started a long history of innovation in 1978 by successfully expressing a human gene in bacteria that allowed them to produce human insulin. It became the first genetically engineered human medicine…
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Researchers break Newton’s third law — with lasers

This story is steeped in conditional phrases and the trademark weirdness of quantum science, but for all that, it has serious implications for computing and for our basic understanding of physics. A team of researchers has managed to (very technically) break Newton’s third law of motion — that every action has an equal and opposite…
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The Optical Fiber Ribbon Solution for the 10G to 40/100G Migration

The relentless movement and volume of data has today’s data centers of all sizes seeking how to best deploy their network infrastructure to support ever growing gigabit transmission speeds.  Ultimately Fiber optic cables have become the ubiquitous transport medium in the data center network. The number and type of fibers, their long term viability, and…
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