Monthly Archives: February 2011

Apple’s new MacBook Pro

Apple unveiled the new MacBook family today and the big difference is the speed – the three new laptops are up to twice as fast as the previous generation.

Coming in three form-factors – with 13 inch, 15 inch and 17 inch screens – the MacBook Pros pack significantly faster dual-core and quad-core Intel chips. The 13″ packs the fastest dual-core chip going – the Intel Core i7 which runs at 2.7 GHz. The powerful 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models feature quad-core Core i7 processors up to 2.3 GHz.

A new addition is Intel’s ThunderBolt I/O technology which means your computer can communicate with plug in devices  more quickly. The Thunderbolt pipe speeds data along at 20x the speed of USB 2.0. It lets you edit high-defintion video from an external hard drive say, or stream video out to a television for example with no hiccups in quality or delays in transfer time. The channels carry data at “an amazing 10Gbps each”.

Graphics are faster too – with AMD cards providing graphics rendering at 3x the speed of previous MacBooks, good for gaming and video editing.

The in-built webcam is now HD and as ever, the computers are built from one smooth unibody piece and clock in at a slender 0.95 inches.

Prices for the 13-inch models start at $1199, $1799 for the 15-incher and the 17-inch model weighing starting at $2499.


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Society moving @ 100 miles an hour

I’m not sure about all of you, but it seems to me like society is moving at 100 miles an hour. We connect, trade and communicate all in the click of a button. Globalization and technological innovation are two driving forces which keep the globe spinning at full speed. Nowadays, an individual can no longer simply keep up with their surroundings to survive in the world of business. Instead, society demands that we are ahead of the game, adopting the trends of today while innovating the ideas of tomorrow…

For me, the video above by Mindrelic (amazing NYC time-lapse btw.) is a symbolic representation of the world in which we find ourselves. In a recovering global economy, I’m comforted by the words of Albert Einstein who reassures us that “in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” So be not discouraged my friends, wether graduation is on the horizon or the continued pursuit of that ever elusive “perfect career,” success is in your hands. It hinges on the ability to adapt to your surroundings, coupled with hard work, and the courage to seize the opportunities before us.

So where do we go from here? Well, I’ll  leave you with the words of Q senior:

“Our business in life is to change the world. Make it a better place, because our thinking reshape’s markets and our action creates new products that develop and expand markets. It demands extraordinary discipline and determination to achieve this, but it is easy for those who know their life’s purpose”

The formula is simple: “What am I good at + What I love = What I should be doing”

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Random Thoughts – From Egypt to Palin

First and foremost I would like to congratulate the Egyptian people on successfully bringing an end the 30 year dictatorial rule of Hosni Mubarak. What was achieved in those 18 days will lay the foundation on which the future of Egypt will be built upon. The success of the Egyptian revolution has not only had a profound impact in Egypt, but has managed to tacitly install confidence in people of other nations that are currently living under  a suppressive political regime.

However my jubilation is slightly tinted by the fact that; for the mean time Egypt finds itself in very uncertain conditions: Politically, Economically and Socially.

The pace at which Mubarak was forced to step down meant that there is now a lack of political infrastructure and legislative instruments to ensure that the demands of the Egyptian people are duly met. To certify long run stability in the country, these institutions needed to be in place before overthrowing the president. But yet again Mubarak did have thirty years! Democracy was not coming to Egypt any time soon. [I’ll leave it at that for the mean time, more on it at a later date].

I, like many of you, was overwhelmed by the images portrayed in the media outlets concerning the revolution. However, other than the sheer passion and determination on the people’s faces something else caught my eye… Where were the women? There were only a handful of women demonstrating! Where were the rest?

The situation in Egypt was a political upheaval that affected both men and women. Nevertheless, most of the scenes portrayed in the media revealed a vasty disproportionate turnout favouring men. I would have thought that such a momentous occasion, would have warranted a much larger turnout from the female contingency. Nevertheless after a moment of deliberation, I came to the conclusion that the reasoning behind the low turnout may have something to do with Egypt being predominantly a Muslim nation.

This did get me thinking though, about the general level of participation women have in the world of politics. A field that is notoriously populated by men, women today play a relatively small role in the political system. Things have however come a long way since the time when women were denied their natural rights [Natural Law: Grotius & Locke], to now where women have the ability to be leaders of society. The likes of Angela Merkel, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Dilma Rousseff, Aung San Suu kyi to name but a few, are a small drop in an ocean full of strong willed women that are proving that equality can prevail even in the world of politics. However equality also comes with the fact that women should be judged on the same criteria as their male counter parts. This is definitely not the case when it comes to Sarah Palin!

Sarah Palin has trotted her way through politics simply because, she has branded herself as the hockey mum that ‘gets’ the people. And as a result the American public have lapped up everything that she throws at them. The public for the past few years have sympathised with Palin, saying that they feel the media is giving her a ‘hard time’. The American people need to vet Palin like they would any other politician, male or female. When and if they do, only then will they understand why she should be kept as far away from politics as possible. Having said that, the majority of Americans did manage to see through her facade and thus didn’t vote for her. The tide is changing though. The midterm elections show that Palin’s plea is being heard on a larger scale than previously thought. However, as the video below shows, she lacks the intelligence that is required to successfully execute the offices of government that she is hoping to get. And I hope that the American people see this before the world is put through another Bush doctrine.

INFLUENCERS Part 2: Steve Stoute

The INFLUENCERS short documentary continues with the In-depth Series, attempting to understand the essence of influence & what makes a person influential without taking a statistical or metric approach.

This episode features Steve Stoute, Founder and CEO of Translation, a brand management firm that arranges strategic partnerships between Pop Culture icons (Jay-Z, Gwen Stefani, Lebron James, Justin Timberlake, etc.) and Fortune 500 companies.

Steve discusses the concept of “cool”.  In this interview, he outlines how new cultural codes are redefining traditional corporation communication. Stoute looks the importance of creating successful collaborations between Artists and Brands, and what it takes for marketers to create synergy between these two parties.

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