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Zeitgeist 2012: Year In Review

Zeitgeist 2012: Year In Review

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Mr Newton has had enough… Mr Newton has had enough… It’s not you it’s me. Why I’m taking a break from social media. I was arrested on Saturday and held in a police cell for 12 hours whilst Her Majesty’s finest made their investigations to establish the facts around a claim made against me. The claim, they discovered, was without merit and I’ll be instructing my friends at Carter-Ruck. For the record I’m happy to report that the cell was clean and warm and the arresting officers, interviewing detectives, cell wardens etc were all charming. Skhizein - short film by Jeremy Clapin Having been struck by a 150-ton meteorite, Henry has to adapt to living precisely ninety-one centimeters from himself. An animated short that runs for only 13 minutes, this tells the rather comical and yet sad story of a man affected by a meteorite in a most peculiar way. Once he has been struck he finds that his body is now constantly 91 centimetres from where it should be. To open a door, sit down, answer his telephone, etc, he has to perform all of the actions exactly 91 centimetres away from where he normally would, laws of physics having taken a long walk off a short pier.

The 17 Best Twitter Hashtags for Education (2012 ) Talking about Twitter brings to mind the power of hashtags. According to Twitter Help Center the symbol #, called hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has already posted a guide on the use of hashtags in education. Check it out HERE US intelligence chief: we might use the internet of things to spy on you The US intelligence chief has acknowledged for the first time that agencies might use a new generation of smart household devices to increase their surveillance capabilities. As increasing numbers of devices connect to the internet and to one another, the so-called internet of things promises consumers increased convenience – the remotely operated thermostat from Google-owned Nest is a leading example. But as home computing migrates away from the laptop, the tablet and the smartphone, experts warn that the security features on the coming wave of automobiles, dishwashers and alarm systems lag far behind. In an appearance at a Washington thinktank last month, the director of the National Security Agency, Adm Michael Rogers, said that it was time to consider making the home devices “more defensible”, but did not address the opportunities that increased numbers and even categories of connected devices provide to his surveillance agency.

Animated Short Movies » Life-Changing Arts Movie shorts, or short animations are a unique form of art, which can inspire and enlighten just like any other art form. Sometimes even more so. Here is a selection of inspiring, or for some reason animated short movies, here shown in their original full length. Thanks to all the visitors who have contributed with their detailed suggestions! Best Inventions of the Year 2012 That’s not Photoshop. The Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde has developed a way to create a small, perfect white cloud in the middle of a room. It requires meticulous planning: the temperature, humidity and lighting all have to be just so. Once everything is ready, Smilde summons the cloud out of the air using a fog machine.

We Are Hopelessly Hooked by Jacob Weisberg Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age by Sherry Turkle Penguin, 436 pp., $27.95 Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other Basic Books, 360 pp., $17.99 (paper) 15 Amazing Animated Short films - StumbleUpon We all love short animated films, but creating short film is very hard task. Putting whole story in 5 to 10 minutes is not easy. Can you imagine? Few films produced after working hard more than 6 years! Here we collected 15 dazzling animated short films for your inspiration. You can find different genres in these movies like heart-touching film One life, frightening film The Passenger. Most Popular Chrome Extensions and Posts of 2012 SExpand 2012 brought a lot of new people to Google Chrome as the browser has been toying with the top browser spot throughout the year. Alongside all the new Chrome devotees comes a slew of new Chrome extensions that enhance privacy, add functionality, and more. Here are the most popular Google Chrome-related posts for 2012.

Man loses 'right to be forgotten' Google court bid A man involved in a £51m VAT scam has lost a legal bid to have news stories about him removed from Google under the so-called "right to be forgotten". Malcolm Edwards originally applied for an injunction forcing five media organisations including the BBC to remove their articles about him. He discontinued this claim, then applied for permission to serve proceedings on Google instead. The judge at Nottingham County Court dismissed the application. Google takes wider action on 'right to be forgotten' Image copyright AFP Tech giant Google says it will hide content removed under the "right to be forgotten" from all versions of the search engine when viewed from countries where removal was approved. Under the "right to be forgotten" ruling, EU citizens may ask search engines to remove information about them.

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