Welcome to a new edition of TheSunnyMag. This week’s curated list of beautiful reads from around the web contains stories on Steve Ballmer & his exit, a brilliant piece from the Harvard business review on making time for work that matters and wearables in workplace. Have a good read.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to Retire. What Happens Next Won’t Be Pretty. Read here.
Replacing Ballmer: Eight Candidates for Microsoft’s Top Job: Bill Gates is a member of the search committee, so get ready to hear his name pointlessly floated as Ballmer’s heir given the lack of an obvious successor waiting in the wings. But more plausible speculation is likely to center on these candidates. More here.
Ballmer Exit Brings Microsoft a Chance for Reinvention: While Microsoft in Mr. Ballmer’s reign as chief executive has yielded the spotlight to more glamorous companies like Apple, Google and Facebook, it still makes some of the biggest money-gushers in the technology business, including its Windows operating system for personal computers and Office applications like Word. More here.
The Rise and Fall of Windows Mobile, Under Ballmer: For several years, before Apple introduced an iPhone, Microsoft’s Windows Mobile software system was a dominant product in what was then a niche category, back when smartphones were still luxury devices for businesspeople who wanted a portable computing device that doubled as a phone. More here.
SaaS Growth is Triple Enterprise IT Average, Driven by CRM, Mobile Deployments: No matter which research paper you look at, one thing all of them agree on is that the global SaaS market is booming and will see continued growth for at least another three years. The drivers behind that growth vary depending on your perspective. New research from Siemer says that SaaS is being pushed by “smart computing” and the need for enterprises to push collaboration outside the firewall. More here.
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How to use the 25% of the internet that the NSA doesn’t monitor: If the NSA can listen in on 75% of all traffic traveling through the US, then that must surely mean that a full 25% goes unmonitored. When you’re talking about a significant chunk of the internet’s infrastructure, representing exabytes (billions of gigabytes) of traffic every month, 25% is a significantly sizable swath that’s unchecked by the US government. More here.
National Interest: Current accountability deficit: Behind the plunging rupee is the story of how the UPA-Congress leadership killed mining, exploration, industry, writes Shekhar Gupta in The Indian Express. Read here.
HAWALA LOGIC: How Indian rupee is devalued ahead of elections. Read more here.
PS4 will use its unified architecture to pound Xbox One into the dust – eventually: News from the European gaming convention Gamescom implies another PR win for Sony. According to AMD’s senior product marketing manager, Marc Diana, the PS4 is the only console that will support the company’s next-generation heterogeneous unified memory architecture (hUMA). When AMD announced hUMA earlier this year, it emphasized that it views the technology as essential to the future of high performance computing — and now it seems that the capability will debut on just one console. More here.
WHAT THE NEXT 30 YEARS WILL HOLD FOR 360, PS3 AND WII OWNERS: Generation is a funny thing. It has no clear beginning and no clear end, but we can all tell when one is on the rise or when one is fading away.
And this generation of game consoles — a golden age that has redefined interactive storytelling, catapulted gaming into the cultural mainstream and sold an unprecedented 250 million machines — has begun the process of fading away. More here.
The First Native American Gaming Company: “The women are always so tiny. Tiny little women.” Gloria O’Neill is talking about portrayals of Alaska Native and northern First Peoples on TV and in the movies. She’s talking about the cliches that we’ve all seen, of cute “eskimos” waddling across the ice in their parkas, communing with walrus spirits, cuddling together in fur-lined, ticklish congress in their windswept igloos. More here.
Wearables in the Workplace: Getting set for his 40-yard dash, the Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton leaned into a sprinter’s stance and swept his left arm upward, ready for the downward thrust that would launch him off the line. The Forty, as insiders call it, is the premiere test of raw speed. Newton’s burst at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine showed that he has plenty of it: He covered the distance in 4.59 seconds. More here.
MacBook Air battery woes show the downside of the quest for denser batteries: Apple was forced to make the iPad 3 slightly heavier and thicker when it introduced its Retina display, but it managed to increase total battery energy [possibly capacity – the terms could be interchangeable here] by 70% while only bumping internal volume up by a fraction of that amount. As we discussed earlier this week, Samsung has dramatically increased the energy density of the Galaxy S4?s battery (as has Apple with the iPhone 5), again, without a corresponding leap in volume or weight. More here.
Make Time for the Work That Matters: More hours in the day. It’s one thing everyone wants, and yet it’s impossible to attain. But what if you could free up significant time—maybe as much as 20% of your workday—to focus on the responsibilities that really matter?
We’ve spent the past three years studying how knowledge workers can become more productive and found that the answer is simple: Eliminate or delegate unimportant tasks and replace them with value-added ones. Our research indicates that knowledge workers spend a great deal of their time—an average of 41%—on discretionary activities that offer little personal satisfaction and could be handled competently by others. So why do they keep doing them? Because ridding oneself of work is easier said than done. We instinctively cling to tasks that make us feel busy and thus important, while our bosses, constantly striving to do more with less, pile on as many responsibilities as we’re willing to accept. More here.
The Hidden Trick to Finding An Extra Hour in Your day: There are certainly ways most people can save time. Turning off the television is a big one. (Or only watching while running!) At work, scheduling 45-minute meetings instead of an hour, or 20-minute phone calls instead of 30-minute ones will, over time, add up. Email management programs that send unimportant messages to a separate folder are likewise a good idea. More here.
The One Easy Daily Habit That Makes Life More Awesome: Life happens whether we are mindful of it or not. So start a journal, remember the moments that you never want to forget, and improve, well just about everything in the process. More here.