Everything Science Knows Right Now About #StandingDesks | Co.Design #treadmilldesks #activedesks #business

If it wasn’t already clear through common sense, it’s become painfully clear through science that sitting all day is terrible for your health. What’s especially alarming about this evidence is that extra physical activity doesn’t seem to offset the costs of what researchers call “prolonged sedentary time.”

In response some people have turned to active desks—be it a standing workspace or even a treadmill desk—but the research on this recent trend has been too scattered to draw clear conclusions on its benefits (and potential drawbacks). At least until now. A trio of Canada-based researchers has analyzed the strongest 23 active desk studies to draw some conclusions on how standing and treadmill desks impact both physiological health and psychological performance. READ MORE: Everything Science Knows Right Now About Standing Desks | Co.Design | business + design.

‘What Did You Expect?’ #Women in #Tech Reflect on Ellen Pao’s Exit from Reddit | The Guardian #genderequality #sexism #women #trolls #trolling

Leading women in the tech industry say the Reddit CEO’s resignation shows Silicon Valley still has a woman problem but some feel attitudes are changing fast. READ MORE: ‘What did you expect?’ Women in tech reflect on Ellen Pao’s exit from Reddit | Technology | The Guardian.

Female-Directed Films Recommended by Female Directors | Flavorwire #film #women #diversity

It’s very easy to despair over the dearth of female directors in the film industry, and we often do. But it’s also important to acknowledge and celebrate the work of the women who are out there getting it done, and that’s where this wonderful post from Bitch Media comes in. READ: Female-Directed Films Recommended by Female Directors | Flavorwire.

It’s Not Women Who are the Problem in Tech Land | CNET #tech #sexism #genderequality

We are hearing more and more about gender equality issues in the tech industry. I liked this particular article from CNET, as studies are referenced which provide evidence that the more diverse teams are, the more innovative and financially successful the company will be. Overt and subtle biases of sexism toward women and girls are also discussed.   

Silicon Valley’s male-dominated culture could cost the technology industry the thing it values most: innovation. READ MORE: It’s not women who are the problem in tech land | CNET.

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The Most Important Insights From Mary Meeker’s 2014 Internet Trends Report | TechCrunch

A must-read that’s chock full of critical knowledge. Kleiner Perkins partner Mary Meeker’s data dumps have become a highly anticipated event in the tech industry, as her research helps everyone else level up.

The only problem is that the 2014 Internet Trends report is 164 slides of dense data, so we’ve broken it down into a digestible summary of the most important facts, including a look at whether we’re in a bubble.

READ: The Most Important Insights From Mary Meeker’s 2014 Internet Trends Report | TechCrunch.

Link to the PDF of the presentation.

Enter into the 4th Industrial Revolution | Dassault Systemes

The Internet Of Things Will Be Huge—Just Not As Huge As The Hype | ReadWrite

The Internet of Things promises to bring a new level of convenience to our lives. Could it bring trillions of dollars worth of convenience? Not likely, but that’s not stopping a lot of prognosticators out there.

The level of hype around the financial promise of the Internet of Things is truly gargantuan. A May 2013 report from the McKinsey Institute suggests that connecting billions of ordinary devices to the Internet will add between $2.7 trillion and $6.2 trillion a year to the global economy by 2025.

Cisco, which has a big stake in the hardware infrastructure for a thriving Internet of Things, estimates that what it calls “the Internet of Everything” will boost global output by $14.4 trillion over 9 years, or a comparatively sane $1.6 trillion a year. General Electric, by contrast, goes even bigger than McKinsey, and estimates that the “Industrial Internet” will boost global GDP by $15.3 trillion in 2030.

So where is all this money going to come from? Will all the little robots and sensors that will fill our lives with automated goodness also spit out gold coins? Not quite. But the Internet of Things is still going to add a lot of economic value. Even if actual gains only amount to a tenth of the hype, the potential boost to the economy—and human wellbeing in general—will be very significant.

Read the rest of the story: The Internet Of Things Will Be Huge—Just Not As Huge As The Hype | ReadWrite.

Updated History of Mergers and Aquisitions in the Library Automation Industry | The Proverbial Lone Wolf

Via Updated History of Mergers and Aquisitions in the Library Automation Industry | The Proverbial Lone Wolf Librarian’s Weblog.

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Everyone in Tech Should Read Fiction. Here’s Why | Mashable

For many in today’s tech world, novel reading is a luxury — something you might do once or twice a year, if you’re lucky. It’s often the first thing that goes out the window when times are busy.

Perhaps, if you’re in the industry, you’ve convinced yourself that fiction doesn’t matter. Isn’t your reading time better spent with Flipboard or Zite or Instapaper, catching up on all those important articles and assorted long reads? 

But if you’re purely in the nonfiction realm, you’re starving yourself and your work of an important resource.

Read the full story: Everyone in Tech Should Read Fiction. Here’s Why | Mashable

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Can E-Books Save The Neighborhood Bookstore? | Co.Labs

A startup called Zola Books has paired with the popular novelist Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler’s Wife, to try to save brick-and-mortar shops.

Read: Can E-Books Save The Neighborhood Bookstore? | Co.Labs ⚙ code + community.