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Tablet market decline continues: Strong demand for substitutes and low innovation resulting in falling sales


The tablet market has undergone consecutive years of decline in recent years, and the market is expected to continue declining in the coming years as well. This has put intense pressure on players operating in this market, and many such as Dell and HTC have decided to pull out. Overall the market is dominated by Apple, Samsung and Amazon. Several reasons have been given to explain why the tablets market after such a promising start has succumbed to this pattern of decline. An important reason is the way in which… Read more

Behind the Digital Iron Curtain: Rise of Chinese Silicon Valley


After a long period of rapid, double digit growth, the Chinese economy entered a more sustainable phase of development, based on innovation and consumption. Given the large population of 1.3 billion in China, the explosive growth of smartphone users, e-commerce, and online content consumption and creation led to a digital revolution in almost all industries and business sectors. While the Chinese Communist Party is trying to match its social control in the real world with the virtual world, which becomes more and more restrictive, the country’s internet is thriving and… Read more

Airline seating patent demonstrates the importance of innovation to the future of passenger air transport


The recent filing of a patent by French manufacturing group Zodiac Aerospace for an innovative high density seating solution for single aisle passenger aircraft has caused a stir in the industry. By configuring the seats into an offset facing pattern, the space between seats is claimed to increase by 15%, offering each passenger an additional 10cm of available leg room. While the introduction of the seating is likely to be some way off, such innovation is indicative of the how the industry as a whole is seeking to meet the… Read more

Turning carbon dioxide from pollutant to raw material


Recently, the RSC’s Chemistry World highlighted the work of Econic Technologies. Formed in 2012, this UK company intends to produce polyols (precursors to polyurethanes) and polycarbonates. Why the interest in a small company offering  the kind of basic plastic resins that have been produced in vast quantities for more than 50 years? The reason is that it intends to make them from carbon dioxide. Econic will use catalysts developed by Professor Charlotte Williams and her team at Imperial College, London. These novel materials allow small molecules such as propylene oxide… Read more

Mapping Global Innovation


Technological innovation, often regarded as ‘the great growling engine of change’, has long been synonymous with powering economic development. Equally, through necessity, industrial growth helps to drive innovation and the creation of new technologies. Thus in theory at least, both economic and technological growth feed off each other to sustain and accelerate development. Yet in recent years the opposite has been the case; the global economy has gone through the pains of a financial crisis at a time when patent applications, which are a reasonably good measure of the level… Read more