La nueva realidad americana Más de 50 millones de hispanos transforman a EU Los titulares no dejan dudas: "Más de 50 millones de hispanos residen en EU”, “Los latinos se duplicaron en una década”, “Crece la población hispana y se propaga rápidamente”. Estamos despertando a una nueva realidad, una cara nueva de América. El video The New American Reality, creado por Univision, habla de la experiencia única de ser latino en Estados Unidos. La fuerza latina tiene, obviamente, una influencia directa en la política, la economía y la sociedad del país. Los hallazgos del censo confirman el peso que tendrán los hispanos en las elecciones presidenciales de 2012. Casi 10 millones de hispanos acudieron a las urnas en las elecciones de 2008, y dos tercios votaron por Barack Obama. Un estudio reciente del Pew Hispanic Center señaló que los hispanos se favorecen en este último mapa electoral que se está dibujando, ya que su presencia es mayor en estados que ganaron escaños en el Congreso respecto a aquellos que los perdieron.
Mobiles Replace Wallets (NFC) The day when near field communication (NFC) will help replace plastic credit cards, coupons and loyalty program cards with a wave of a phone at a payment terminal has been long anticipated. Wireless NFC technology enables devices, including mobile phones and payment terminals, to communicate with one another or read special tags. Its short-range signal, convenience and built-in security make NFC an apt choice for mobile payments. Its efficacy persuaded companies like MasterCard, American Express, and Visa to join the NFC Forum in 2004 shortly after it was founded to advance the use of the technology. Today, the possibility that this technology could replace a wallet full of plastic seems not only likely, but imminent. Samsung's Nexus S, the first NFC-enabled Android phone, will be on sale at Best Buy starting December 16; Nokia has announced that all of its Smartphones starting in 2011 will support NFC; and Apple recently hired an NFC expert. Credit Card Companies Mobile Network Providers
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Yue Yue dead: Chinese girl Wang Yue, 2, run over as bystanders watch, dies Announcement of her death quickly became the most talked about topic on China's version of TwitterLawmakers set to meet to discuss introduction of 'Good Samaritan' legislationCountry's economic boom and disparity between rich and poor have made changing social values a contentious topic By Richard Hartley-parkinson Updated: 09:25 EDT, 5 November 2011 The Chinese girl left bleeding in a road after being run over by two different vehicles and then ignored by 18 passersby has finally died. Horrific video footage emerged earlier this week of two-year-old Wang Yue - known as Yue Yue - being knocked down by a van in Foshan, a city in the southern province of Guandong. As she bleeds on the narrow street more than a dozen people walk or cycle past her for the next seven minutes before a second truck runs over her. The toddler was eventually taken to hospital and survived for more than a week before eventually dying of brain failure. Scroll down for the video...
My favorite iPad app: Algoriddim's djay One of my favorite hobbies is DJing. It combines the universal love of music with the tactile feel of vinyl (plus it makes people dance) -- what's not to love? I've been testing a new app for the iPad that's going to revolutionize DJing as we know it, djay for iPad ($19.99, App Store). Now instead of lugging crates and decks -- heck instead of lugging your notebook computer -- you can now rock a party with just your iPad. I spun a decent-sized holiday party for a friend this weekend using just djay for iPad and I'm a convert. While nothing will completely replace a pair of 1200s (or CDJs or Serato) and a mixer -- djay for iPad is the closest thing yet that I've seen. The biggest difference is lugging equipment and setup time. With djay the only "loading" I had to do was with my iTunes playlists, and once these were set, I just had to sync my iPad, test the tracks and go. djay for iPad features two realistic low-latency turntables and virtual mixer that work just like the real thing.
Social Media And The Loss Of Uncorrelated Wisdom It’s now a well-established fact that a group of people with diverse opinions can often make uncannily accurate decisions--smarter in many cases than any single individual could possibly manage. Open markets are the epitome of this, because they weigh individual opinions with real money, and as a result they sometimes produce decisions that seem truly prescient. Orange-crop futures markets, for instance, do a better job predicting Florida weather than meteorologists. And just a few minutes after the 1986 explosion of the Challenger space shuttle, the stock market correctly zeroed in on Morton-Thiokol, maker of the frozen O-rings, even though it was several weeks before a team of engineers investigating the disaster figured it out. (If you find this phenomenon as fascinating as I do, then in addition to James Surowiecki’s benchmark book The Wisdom of Crowds, you might want to peruse Scott Page’s excellent academic treatment of it in The Difference.) You want to avoid this fate?
The Hip-Hop Word Count: A Searchable Rap Almanac by Tahir Hemphill Note: Thanks for your support in getting us to our goal! Even though we are fully funded we are still actively seeking funding and appreciate any level of involvement. All additional pledges will be used to cover the costs of adding more functionality to the search tool and shortening the production time of the public launch. The Hip-Hop Word Count (HHWC) is a searchable ethnographic database built from the lyrics of over 40,000 Hip-Hop songs from 1979 to present day. The database is the heart of an online analysis tool that generates textual and quantified reports on searched phrases, syntax, memes and socio-political ideas. The idea to build the Hip-Hop Word Count came out of having hundreds of heated & passionate discussions about Rap music: Who was the best rapper of all time? Tired of having these answers left up to conjecture or whoever had the loudest voice, I decided to build a tool that would help give answers by charting the culture described within Hip-Hop music. Seems tough.
The End of Solitude - The Chronicle Review What does the contemporary self want? The camera has created a culture of celebrity; the computer is creating a culture of connectivity. As the two technologies converge — broadband tipping the Web from text to image, social-networking sites spreading the mesh of interconnection ever wider — the two cultures betray a common impulse. So we live exclusively in relation to others, and what disappears from our lives is solitude. I once asked my students about the place that solitude has in their lives. To that remarkable question, history offers a number of answers. Like other religious values, solitude was democratized by the Reformation and secularized by Romanticism. But it is with Romanticism that solitude achieved its greatest cultural salience, becoming both literal and literary. Modernism decoupled this dialectic. The Romantic ideal of solitude developed in part as a reaction to the emergence of the modern city. As a result, we are losing both sides of the Romantic dialectic.
Music Blogs Caught Up in Labels’ Online Piracy Fight “At first I thought it was hackers,” Mr. Hofman said. But within hours a notice went up on the site saying that its domain name had been seized by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement unit of the ; it was one of dozens of sites shut down, accused of copyright infringement and selling counterfeit goods. But Mr. OnSmash.com and the handful of other music blogs shut down by the government post brand-new songs and videos without licenses, but much of that material is often leaked to them by managers, music labels and even the artists themselves. As a result, these sites have a complex symbiosis with the music business. “To Joe Q. In addition to OnSmash.com, the music sites shut down included Dajaz1.com, RapGodFathers.com and rmx4u.com; another, torrent-finder.com, is a search engine for users of BitTorrent, a file-sharing system that can be used for any kind of data. Victoria A. Some of the people most surprised by the shutdowns are within the music business itself. Mr. Mr.
Could You Be Addicted To The Internet? [POLL] Unlike drugs and alcohol, excess Internet usage could help your career, make you more informed and keep you up-to-date with the latest hilarious memes. But a recent (small) study by researchers in China showed that too much Internet usage — to the point that it's an addiction — can cause structural damage to your brain. The researchers studied 17 adolescents with Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) and found structural and functional interference in the part of the brain that regulates organization, possibly causing cognitive impairment similar to that caused by gambling and alcoholism. Here's the science behind it: White matter is composed of nerve cells, while the gray matter that we hear so much about is made up of cell bodies. Myelin is a type of fat in the white part (nerve-heavy area) of the brain. This fat insulates the white matter in the brain and makes the transmission speed between nerve signals fast. Are you addicted to the Internet?
Social Media-Connected Teens Seek Time Offline [STUDY] Today's American teenagers are digital natives — connected to the Internet since youth. About 75% of 13 to 17-year-olds have personal social networking accounts. Since 2008, there has been a huge spike in teenage connectivity; only 59% of teens were on social media four years ago. Despite seeing "racist, sexist and homophobic content" online, teenagers view social media networks positively. More than 90% of teenagers are connected to the Internet. SEE ALSO: What’s Your Teen Hiding Online? Teens are aware of the dangers of excessive usage and the online potential of cruelty. Surprisingly, a majority of survey participants say they prefer to chat face-to-face instead of text or tweet. Teens who feel the highest need to unplug are the ones aren't connected to social networks or have had bad experiences online. Turn to the infographic below for other key findings about teens and tech from the nationally representative survey. Image courtesy of iStockphoto, monkeybusinessimages