Police to begin iPhone iris scans amid privacy concerns Google+ is the social backbone The launch of Google+ is the beginning of a fundamental change on the web. A change that will tear down silos, empower users and create opportunities to take software and collaboration to new levels. Social features will become pervasive, and fundamental to our interaction with networked services. It’s not just about Google vs Facebook Much attention has focused on Google+ as a Facebook competitor, but to view the system solely within that context is short-sighted. Google+ is the rapidly growing seed of a web-wide social backbone, and the catalyst for the ultimate uniting of the social graph. As web search connects people to documents across the web, the social backbone connects people to each other directly, across the full span of web-wide activity. Search removed the need to remember domain names and URLs. Though Google+ is the work of one company, there are good reasons to herald it as the start of a commodity social layer for the Internet. What a social backbone would do Why Google+?
Augmented Reality: Past, Present and Future - TNW Industry You may have heard about augmented reality before. If you haven’t, you’ll be hearing a lot about it from now on, with the smartphone and tablet revolution now in full-swing. Augmented reality (AR) is a term used to describe a live view of a physical, real-world environment that is augmented by computer-generated sensory input, such as sound or graphics. AR is not to be confused with virtual reality (VR), which is an entirely digital experience that mimics real-world situations. There have been countless notable examples lately of augmented reality in action. Just last month we wrote about Blippar, the augmented reality app that brings brands to life – both the iOS and Android apps are due out soon, but here’s a video of the app in action: That’s augmented reality in a nutshell. So without any further ado, here’s a look at augmented reality: past, present and future. Augmented reality: the past As with many technologies, hitting a definitive moment when augmented reality was born isn’t easy.
Behind the CIA's Secret Somalia Operations | Countdown with Keith Olbermann To Our Faithful Current.com Users: Current's run has ended after eight exciting years on air and online. The Current TV staff has appreciated your interest, support, participation and unflagging loyalty over the years. Your contributions helped make Current.com a vibrant place for discussing thousands of interesting stories, and your continued viewership motivated us to keep innovating and find new ways to reflect the voice of the people. We now welcome the on-air and digital presence of Al Jazeera America, a new news network committed to reporting on and investigating real stories affecting the lives of everyday Americans in every corner of the country. Thank you for inspiring and challenging us. – The Current TV Staff
The sociological breakthrough of Google+ | Hannibal and Me My last Facebook update said: Too busy playing on Google+ to check FB And that was five days ago. The truth is that I’ve long been too busy doing anything to check Facebook. I’ve secretly, and increasingly, loathed Facebook since I joined it, which was relatively early (beginning of 2007, I believe), because my beat at The Economist back then was Silicon Valley, and it was simply part of my job to be fiddling with stuff like this. (I’m not the only one loathing FB, apparently.) Ah, 2007. So anyway, I was and remained “on Facebook”, the way one just is. Why this skepticism? Because Facebook is fundamentally (=unalterably) indiscreet. And it is fundamentally indiscreet because it is architecturally indiscrete. Mark’s vision (as he told it to me back then, and as I described it in my early profile) was to be a “mapmaker” (like the heroic explorers of the Renaissance) of human connections. Mark has been asking us all to do exactly this sort of thing. So now we have Google+. Like this:
What the Ultra-Personalized Internet Is Hiding from You - Technology In the spring of 2010, while the remains of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig were spewing crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, I asked two friends to google "BP." They're pretty similar—educated, white, left-leaning women who live in the Northeast. But the results they saw were quite different. One of my friends saw investment information about BP. The other saw news. Most of us assume that when we google a term, we all see the same results—the ones that the company's famous PageRank algorithm suggests are the most authoritative based on other pages' links. With Google personalized for everyone, the query "stem cells" might produce diametrically opposed results for scientists who support stem cell research and activists who oppose it. For a time, it seemed that the Internet was going to redemocratize society. And its not just Google. All of this personalization isn't just shaping what we buy. Want to stop your browser from tracking your clicks?
Pentagon Set To Track Social Media Doubt the power of social media? The Pentagon doesn’t. A new project from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency focuses on social media tracking. It’s possible you haven’t heard of The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). It seems like DARPA would have more important things to do than track tweets, but a new project, titled the Social Media in Strategic Communication, suggests that DARPA may spend up to $42 million on a project designed to track social media. In other words, what happened in Egypt was enough to spook the American government. What will the project include? “1. and concepts (memes), and (b) purposeful or deceptive messaging and misinformation. 2. sites and communities. 3. 4. To accomplish these goals, DARPA identifies various strategies it will use, including modeling communities, content generation, crowd sourcing and social media bots. It sounds more like the plot for a sci-fi movie starring Matt Damon than it does a concrete military plan.
Like A Leaf From A Tree: The Gene Patent Ruling - Andrew Cohen - National Can companies lay claim to pieces of the human genome? A federal appeals court decision says yes. Vincent Kessler/Reuters Friday's much-anticipated gene-patenting ruling from a federal appeals court reads like a variation on the timeless joke about the legal profession: What do you get when you have three judges writing about the same case? You get four opinions (and a great deal of navel-gazing about the nature of life's building blocks). So it is with The Association for Molecular Pathology v. Complicated and, for the foreseeable future, in flux. The majority opinion held that Myriad Genetics, Inc. holds valid "composition" patents on two isolated human genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, which are linked to a predisposition to ovarian and breast cancer. The central question of the case, then and now, was whether "isolated" human genes are unpatentable "products of nature" or patentable as "markedly different" compositions from their "unisolated" counterparts. Judge Kimberly A.
The big list of free Kindle tools There are quite a few programs and web services that can be really useful to Kindle owners. This post compiles 17 of these that every Kindle user should know about, ranging from eBook conversion programs to services that can broadcast your favorite websites to your Kindle. Note that many of the tools listed here aren’t strictly Kindle specific, but can be very useful to anyone who has a Kindle or any other eBook reading device, such as PDF cropping tools and eBook conversion apps, etc. Areas covered include ‘eBook Reading Tools’, ‘General eBook Conversion’ , ‘PDF to Kindle Conversion’, ‘Organizing files on your Kindle’, and ‘Sending web content to your Kindle’. eBook Reading Tools: 1. 2. General EBook Conversion:4. PDF to Kindle conversion:8. Organizing files on your Kindle:10. Sending Web Content to your Kindle:11. Other tools: a few that I wasn’t motivated to write mini reviews for 1. Go here to get Kindle Cloud Reader. 2. Go here to download Kindle Reader for PC, and here for Mac. 3. 4.
Love Lulz & Cyanide China rules the rare earth Asia is at the centre of an inevitable development of our digital world: the coming mineral wars. The computer you are using to read this article is already involved in a global war. Oil wars? Asia is the land of rare earth - the minerals that allowed the digital revolution to happen, and that are making green technology a reality. The key player in this high-stakes game is Baotou Steel Rare Earth (Group) Hi-tech Co., from Inner Mongolia - the world's largest producer of rare earth elements. China has imposed export quotas on rare earth elements for three years - to boost its own high-tech industries. Greater China - including Taiwan - is the world's top manufacturer and assembler of microchips, computers and network equipment, the soul of the internet. So this whole process can be seen as yet another chapter in the Asian revitalisation of global capitalism - the most positive global development of the past three decades (and there have not been many). Got niobium, will travel
The 7 Best YouTube Channels To Watch For Photoshop Video Tutorials The “best” part of the above title is pretty much relative, because it’s just the way I look at Photoshop and the video tutorials I am going to link to here. Before that, here’s a question. How do you prefer to learn graphic designing and Photoshop? Is it through text and screenshot based tutorials or through video lessons which seems more direct and natural? If this article is about the best YouTube channels on Photoshop, then we have loads of other resources for you too. That said and done lets head towards YouTube and some Photoshop study. Adobe Photoshop Channel Let’s start with Adobe’s own official Photoshop channel on YouTube. IceflowStudios Photoshop Video Training It is definitely one of the more across the board Photoshop CS5 tutorial channels on YouTube. Photoshopmama’s OPD OPD stands for Obsessive Photoshop Disorder and you should have it too if you are a keen Photoshop learner. TutorVid Gavin Hoey Photo Videos Pixel For Life Creative Sweet TV That’s not the end of it all of course.