How GPS Came to Be—and How It May Be Altering Our Brains

How GPS Came to Be—and How It May Be Altering Our Brains


How GPS Came to Be—and How It May Be Altering Our Brains

We use GPS today to guide airplanes, ships, and tractors. It keeps tabs on sex offenders and helps find oil deposits. “GPS surveys land, and builds bridges and tunnels,” Milner writes. “GPS knows when the earth deforms; it senses the movement of tectonic plates down to less than a millimeter.” GPS can tell you how long until your Uber arrives—and even let you know if someone nearby is interested in a one-night stand. The set of technological challenges that had to be solved to enable all of this was formidable. Source: How GPS Came to Be—and How It May Be Altering Our Brains – Bloomberg Rights to all content (text, images, videos etc.) with post source. If you think these are wrongly attributed email us

What does the ‘i’ in iPhone really mean?

What does the ‘i’ in iPhone really mean?


What does the ‘i’ in iPhone really mean?

At an Apple event in 1998, Steve Jobs introduced the iMac, explaining the link between “i” and “Mac.” Jobs followed these statements with a slide that expanded upon what else the “i” means to Apple: internet  individual  instruct  inform  inspire  Since then, the “i” has moved beyond its Internet-centric meaning; Apple probably didn’t have the Internet in mind when naming the original iPod. But as Apple continues to grow into other markets, including smartwatches and TV boxes, its famous prefix seems to be falling to the wayside. Instead of iWatch and iTV, we have Apple Watch and Apple TV. Perhaps this is because we no longer need to know our devices connect to the Internet — it’s something we’ve come to expect. Source:  Here’s what the ‘i’ in iPhone means Rights to all content (text, images, videos etc.) with post source. If you think these are wrongly attributed email us

The denim dictionary: Every jean style you need to know

The denim dictionary: Every jean style you need to know


The denim dictionary: Every jean style you need to know

The denim world is no longer a dictatorship but a democracy. Each day you can cast your vote for whatever jean you see fit, trends be damned. With so many varieties available, shopping for denim can be overwhelming. We’ve broken down the huge variety of today’s most popular styles to help you navigate the vast blue jeans seas, and to properly exercise your freedom of choice. Source: The denim dictionary: Every jean style you need to know Rights to all content (text, images, videos etc.) with post source. If you think these are wrongly attributed email us

The Invention of Pad Thai

The Invention of Pad Thai


The Invention of Pad Thai

Phibunsongkhram, better known as Phibun in Western historical accounts, had played a prominent role as a military officer in a coup that stripped Thailand’s monarchy of its absolute powers, and in 1938, he became prime minister. Thailand, which was then known as Siam, had never been colonized, but it was surrounded by French and British colonies. Siam was also an ethnically diverse country with strong regional identities. Worried about his country’s independence, disintegration, and, most of all, support for his rule, Phibun decided to transform the country’s culture and identity. Phibun passed 12 Cultural Mandates (which included changing the name of the country to Thailand) exhorting the Siamese people to be productive, well-mannered, and proud of their country. As part of his campaign, Phibun ordered the creation of a new national dish: pad Thai. The exact origins of pad Thai remain contested. According to some accounts, Phibun announced a competition to create a new, national dish. Phibun’s son, however, says that his family cooked the dish before Phibun made it government policy, although he does not remember who invented it. Either way, the dish’s roots are Chinese. Its full name is kway teow phat Thai. Kway teow means rice noodles in a Chinese dialect, and the entire name means stir-fried rice noodles Thai-style. Noodles and stir-frying are very Chinese, and immigration likely brought the practice to Siam. Flavors like tamarind, palm sugar, and chilies were the Thai twists. By releasing a pad Thai recipe and promoting it, Phibun turned one potential take on stir-fried noodles into a national dish – a uniquely Thai dish which would help to unify the country. Source: The Invention of Pad Thai Rights to all content (text, images, videos etc.) with post source. If you think these are wrongly attributed email us

The Hidden Stories In Your Kitchen

The Hidden Stories In Your Kitchen


The Hidden Stories In Your Kitchen

Look around your kitchen. Big or small, it’s probably full of gadgets and tools. We use these things daily, but we never think that hard about where they came from in the first place. Look closer, though: There are hidden stories in your kitchen. | www.eklectica.xyz #eklectica See the hidden stories in your kitchen here. Rights to all content (text, images, videos etc.) with post source. If you think these are wrongly attributed email us

A Gentleman’s Guide to Linen

A Gentleman’s Guide to Linen


A Gentleman’s Guide to Linen

Linen shirts have long been a summer staple. Not to be confused with its denser, denim-like cousin chambray (so 2014), linen is made solely from the fibers of the flax plant. The name comes from the Latin word for the plant, linum, and it’s correspondingly one of the earliest man-made fabrics. 36,000-year-old linen fibers were discovered in Georgia in 2009. Ancient priests wore it and pharaohs were buried in it. Lately, linen is simply part of the palette of global fashion, as easy to encounter on the streets of Istanbul as Williamsburg. Source: A Gentleman’s Guide to Linen | Maxim Rights to all content (text, images, videos etc.) with post source. If you think these are wrongly attributed email us

History of Solitaire, Patience, and other single-playercard games

History of Solitaire, Patience, and other single-playercard games


History of Solitaire, Patience, and other single-playercard games

Solitaire the card game most likely came about toward the end of the 18th century, perhaps “in the Baltic region of Europe and possibly as a form of fortune-telling.” The theory is that the popularity of the game rose with the popularity of cartomancy, or divination by cards, as well as tarot card reading. Moreover, in Scandinavian countries, the game is apparently known as cabale, which is related to cabal, a “mystical interpretation of the Old Testament.” Cabal gives us Kabbalah, that mystical (and trendy) form of Judaism. Source: A brief history of Solitaire, Patience, and other card games for one Rights to all content (text, images, videos etc.) with post source. If you think these are wrongly attributed email us

Twitter makes an excellent platform for customer service interaction

Twitter makes an excellent platform for customer service interaction


Twitter makes an excellent platform for customer service interaction

Quite a few popular brands have suffered PR misfortunes in the past, prolonged in part by a lack of social media expertise. By failing to respond in real time, many companies have learnt the hard way, that bad news can travel fast, especially on channels that they may have a token presence on. Things may be changing though, Social media analytics and measurement solution provider Simply Measured released a study, which shows steadily increasing demand for customer service interaction on Twitter


The Art of Customer Loyalty: How to Build A Company Customers Love


The Art of Customer Loyalty: How to Build A Company Customers Love

Studies have shown that it costs 6 to 7 times more to acquire a new customer than keep an old one, outpacing your competition depends upon having a loyal tribe of happy customers. This guide will look at how the most beloved brands are able to instill the kind of legendary loyalty that keeps them ahead of the pack. You’ll walk away understanding why customer loyalty is important, what you can do to increase loyalty with new and existing customers, and how to create measurable systems to track your service efforts

Top 4 Brand Loyalty Mistakes

Top 4 Brand Loyalty Mistakes


Top 4 Brand Loyalty Mistakes

Once consumers are passionate about a brand, they need different things. They certainly don’t need to be sold to anymore – at least not like they were sold to at first. Now they need to be reminded that they’re making the right choice every time they buy, and they need to feel rewarded for the decision to lock in