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Airbus reveals concept cabin for 2050 air travel

Envisioning what it will be like to fly by 2050, Airbus is showcasing its concept cabin, which it says is inspired by nature and features green technologies to make flying a more interactive experience for passengers. As part of its ‘Vision for Aviation in 2050’, the aircraft manufacturer will be showing its concept cabin to the public at the Le Bourget International Airshow in Paris next week. Airbus says the aircraft’s bionic structure mimics the efficiency of bird bone with an intelligent cabin wall membrane that will control air temperature and can become transparent to give passengers panoramic views. Airbus says passengers in 2050 can sit back and enjoy the…

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Customers are the big picture in Aviva campaign

Aviva has launched its first global brand campaign today – ‘You are the big picture’ which is designed to demonstrate the company’s commitment to putting customers at the centre of its business. As part of the campaign, landmark buildings in six cities around the world – London, Paris, Warsaw, Singapore, Delhi and Mumbai – are being wrapped in portraits of Aviva customers, employees and partners. One building in each city will be handed over to the public with their photos being projected onto giant screens. The campaign kicked off today in London, Warsaw, Paris and Singapore, while Delhi and Mumbai will follow in a month. Buildings such as Sea Containers…

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Innovation: the execution challenge

As he publishes his latest book, The Other Side of Innovation, Ann O’Dea caught up with leading academic Vijay Govindarajan on a recent trip to London to discuss his thoughts on managing innovation. After the success of the much-vaunted 10 Rules for Strategic Innovators, Vijay Govindarajan has teamed up with his Tuck School collaborator Chris Trimble again on a new book that deals with executing innovation within an organisation – The Other Side of Innovation – Solving the Execution Challenge. When we meet in London he has just completed a two-year stint as chief innovation consultant with General Electric (GE), where he worked closely with the iconic Jeff Immelt. He…

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Irish consumer sentiment hits three-year high

Irish consumer sentiment hit a three-year high during June, a closely watched indicator has shown. The KBC Ireland/ESRI Consumer Sentiment Index rose to 67.9 this month, which is its highest level since October 2007. This compares to a figure of 65.3 in May and to the index’s all-time low of 39.6 in July 2008. According to David Duffy of the ESRI, the improvement reflects a more positive assessment by consumers of both the current situation and also the forward-looking components of the index – the Index of Current Conditions rose to 88.4 compared with 82.5 in May, while the Expectations Index increased to 54.1 from 53.7 in May. “Expectations rose…

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‘Three Strikes’ Rule Not Decided – Vodafone

Vodafone has said that while it is in discussions with music rights holders, it is still too early to confirm that it will implement the ‘three strikes and you’re out’ rule as applied by Eircom against illegal file-sharers. Vodafone, which took over the running of BT’s unbundled local loop (LLU) DSL network in Ireland last year, making it the second largest ISP in the country, told siliconrepublic.com that discussions with IRMA have indeed started. “It is too early to speculate the outcome,” a spokesperson for Vodafone said. “We’re engaged in discussions with IRMA, and we’re looking forward to a broader discussion. We are acknowledging in principal the concerns raised by…

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Nike’s World Cup ad breaks viral record

Nike has broken its own record for most watched viral ad in its first week of release, with its World Cup commercial ‘Write the Future’ clocking up more than 7.8m views in the first seven days of the campaign. The previous record – with 6.3m views in its first week – was Nike’s ‘Earl and Tiger’. The new ad was created by Wieden + Kennedy London and directed by Alejandro Gonzále Iñárritu, whose film directing credits include Babel and 21 Grams. Starring a host of top football stars, including Wayne Rooney, Didier Drogba, Ronaldinho, Christiano Ronaldo, and Franck Ribery, it shows the life changing effects a split second on the…

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Innovation will be central to boosting growth – OECD

Knowledge is the main driver of today’s global economy and countries need to harness innovation and entrepreneurship to boost growth and employment, the OECD has said. The Paris-based organisation said in its Innovation Strategy that innovation will be key to a sustainable rise in living standards in OECD countries. According to the strategy, governments have a key role to play to boost innovation as some essential research often attracts little private-sector support. The OECD also said that the current economic crisis makes it even more necessary to push through reforms: “Governments battling to get their economies onto a sustainable growth path need to reduce administrative hurdles for new and existing companies and…

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Dire predictions for Irish economy

Two recent analyses of Ireland’s economic situation have made for sobering reading. Writing in the Irish Times on Saturday under the headline ‘Burden of Irish debt could yet eclipse that of Greece’, UCD economist Morgan Kelly said that unless the Government abandoned the bank bailout the country faces bankruptcy. Kelly, who correctly predicted the bust several years ago, said in his article that while on the face of it Ireland’s debt position does not appear “catastrophic”, when the costs of the bank bailout are factored in the national debt could hit 115pc of GDP by 2015, “if we are lucky”. He warned that in the face of a borrowing crisis on the…

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Tullow CEO, Jacob Fruitfield chair receive alumni award

The executive chairman of the Jacob Fruitfield Food Group Michael Carey and Tullow Oil CEO Aidan Heavey have been named as this year’s UCD Business Alumni of the Year. The award, which is the highest honour UCD School of Business can bestow on a graduate, recognise those of its alumni who have demonstrated proven leadership skills, notable achievement in business and a significant contribution to the community, whether in Ireland or abroad. Commenting on this year’s winners, Professor Tom Begley, Dean of UCD School of Business, said: “We are delighted to honour Michael Carey and Aidan Heavey as our 2010 Alumni of the Year. Not only have they had considerable…

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Green R&D; in Ireland – An Overview

With so much happening in the green-energy research field in our third-level institutions, Ireland is genuinely staking its claim as the home for green tech. Carmel Doyle reports With the race on to progress Ireland’s green-energy portfolio in order to meet our 2020 energy targets and to create a cleaner, smarter economy. An increasing array of researchers in universities and institutes of technology (ITs) around the island are focusing on the renewable energy space to harness Ireland’s wave, wind, solar and bioenergy resources. Professor Fionn Murtagh, director of information, communications and emergent technologies at Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), says there is a lot of awareness of the potential of green-energy…

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