With all of the hype around mobile apps, virtual reality and live media streaming, it can seem like today's internet has little in common with the "information highway" many of us remember from the days of AOL and Netscape Navigator. And yet, behind the scenes, the more traditional side of the web has been growing rapidly.
In the last decade, we've seen the Community Supported Agriculture concept move from the hippie fringe to the urban mainstream. CSAs have become synonymous with DIY culture, the farm-to-table movement, and the urban hipster.
If you live in a major city, chances are you depend on your phone to get around. And in a city like New York, where there's a good chance you aren't driving a car, it's even more of a challenge to keep that battery meter in the green throughout the day. Enter Brooklyn design firm Pensa, solar charger manufacturer Goal Zero and AT&T.
New York City’s largest hotel — the New York Hilton Midtown — will discontinue room service to its 2,000 guest rooms starting this August. This move follows the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu, which eliminated room service back in October. As to why, according to a spokesman for the hotel chain, “Like most full-service hotels, New York Hilton Midtown has continued to see a decline in traditional room-service requests over the last several years.”
When was the last time you logged into Google+? Like many of us, you probably rushed to claim your username early on, checked the site a few times, and let your interest slowly taper off. Despite some truly clever innovations and an enormous pool of users, Google+ has never really achieved the critical mass necessary to make it a Facebook contender.
As our digital lives become ever more linked to our personal lives, a new digital-disconnection trend is emerging. Now, we all have that one friend who staunchly refuses to upgrade to a smartphone, but this is different-- it's not a backlash, or some kind of neo-luddite movement. Instead, it's intended from the beginning as a temporary break, a vacation.
Watch out, Shapeways-- Staples has announced a new 3D printing service in the Netherlands and Belgium. It'll be using the innovative IRIS 3D printer, which eschews the usual extruded plastic material in favor of layered paper. This also allows the printer to add color as it prints, resulting in photorealistic imagery as well as three-dimensional structure.