About Aphelis.net ☛ About This website is a research blog about the loose ends of the ideals of community. It also acts as an archive of items related to communication, technology and art. It provides adequate source attribution for each and every one of its entries. GPS bracelet uses social media to protect Civil Rights Activists The Civil Rights Defenders have issued their first batch of GPS bracelets that will alert the CRDs' headquarters, other nearby activists, and the entirety of the CRDs' social media following if the bracelet's owner is ever kidnapped. The first 5 bracelets were issued from April 2nd through April 5th during the Civil Rights Defenders' conference, Defenders' Days. The CRD plans on issuing 55 of these bracelets over the next year and a half. The bracelets are described as a personal alarm, and the product is called the "Natalia Project".
the founding story — 100CAMERAS. 100cameras was co-founded by four women in 2008 on the premise that a child sees the world differently than adults.They believed a child could take a camera into their own community and capture stories of the world around them in ways an older or outside photographer could not. And they were confident these stories could change lives, both within the community and around the world. In late 2008, the concept was first tested when one of the friends went to South Sudan and gave cameras to kids at an orphanage. The photos that returned were remarkable. In a hard place that most would call hopeless, these images told a different story: one full of life, hope, and joy. White Bull 2011: Google explains how to build billion dollar firms in Europe - Yeah right “Money is now a commodity, we all need talent” – Tony Kypreos at springboard.com Google is trying to invest $100 million a year in other companies, its Swiss VC guy said here this morning. It will invest between a few hundred thousand of dollars and companies worth tens of millions. Google has made 100 investments and made 26 of those in 2010 and 21 this year. Yves Cornaz said his division is a very active group. The majority of investments are proven technology and products that have shown market adoption, such as Doubleclick and Youtube.
Free and Open Source Software Applications that are safe and useful for unionists, labour and social justice activists N-1: N-1 is an online social network software. It has been developed by Indignados from Spain and elsewhere collectively. N-1 combines many of the below tools in it. The name n-1 is related to the principle of equipotentiality that attribute potentially equal participation for all the nodes involve. Other important free and open source online networks are Diaspora, Rise Up, Drupal. Big Blue Button is an open source online software built originally for higher and long distance education purpose. Divers can talk to dolphins, perhaps aliens, with new device An unlikely partnership between a dolphinologist and an artificial intelligence specialist has led to the development of a piece of hi-tech gadgetry that may allow humans and dolphins to talk to one another for the first time, according to the Independent. The iPhone-sized device uses a complex algorithm that is capable of making both dolphin-to-human and human-to-dolphin translations. It may soon allow divers to communicate with dolphins in real time, and is currently being tested aboard a boat in the Bahamas. The device's language-decoding capability has drawn interest from SETI (The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence), and may play a role in one day communicating with extraterrestrials, should they ever be contacted. Dr.
Information and communication technologies for development Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) refers to the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the fields of socioeconomic development, international development and human rights. The theory behind this is that more and better information and communication furthers the development of a society. Aside from its reliance on technology, ICT4D also requires an understanding of community development, poverty, agriculture, healthcare, and basic education.
7 Memes That Went Viral Before The Internet Existed In the very likely case that you're on the Internet right now, you already know what a "meme" is. But you may not realize that the concept -- a meaningless phrase, image or joke getting repeated endlessly for no reason at all -- predates the Internet generation by a long shot. Although it was more difficult for a phrase or image to "go viral" before all this technology, pointless memes still found their way to every corner of the globe. Such as ... When you consider how many people spent their time either killing or getting killed during both world wars, it's easy to see how the issue of graffiti would go largely overlooked. Which is why, after the dust settled, people all over the world began to wonder who "Kilroy" was and why he had graffitied the hell out of their continents.
Infographic Of The Day: A Dynamic Map Of The Indie-Music Universe The debate around self-driving cars has continued to escalate as they hit the road this month in Pittsburgh. But what about other kinds of vehicles that could benefit from similar technology? MIT's Senseable City Lab and AMS, the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions, have come together to explore the idea of self-driving boats. Along with researchers from Delft University of Technology and Wageningen University and Research, the City of Amsterdam, and the city's public water utility company Waternet, the two groups recently launched a new project called Roboat, which will deploy a fleet of autonomous vessels into the extensive canals and waterways of the Dutch capital. "We want to start testing autonomous boats in an urban context—an unprecedented result which could potentially give us useful insights for all those cities and metropolis facing ports, rivers, or waterways," says Carlo Ratti, one of MIT's principal investigators on the project.
Non-profit technology Nonprofit technology is the deliberative use of technology by nonprofit organizations to maximize potential in numerous areas, primarily in supporting the organization mission and meeting reporting requirements to funders and regulators. Types of technology do not differ between nonprofit and for profit organizations. Nonprofit technology is differentiated by specific strategies and purposes. Numerous nonprofit organizations approach technology with an emphasis on cost effectiveness due to limited budgets. Information technology in particular offers low-cost solutions for non profits to address administrative, service and marketing needs. Technology deployment grants nonprofits the opportunity to better allocate staff resources away from administrative tasks to focus on direct services provided by the organization.
the forgotten language of flowers In the early 18th century the Turkish "Secret Language of Flowers" was introduced to Europe by Lady Mary Wortley Montague, wife of the British ambassador to Constantinople. Flowers had long been a sign of romance but now lovers were able to send secret messages to each other by means of sending a posy of flowers. Each flower had a specific meaning and the order of arrangement had much to do with the intended "message". The French seem to have taken this idea to heart. In 1819 a French woman writing under the pen name of Madame Charlotte de la Tour (Louise Cortambert), wrote and published "Le Language des Fleurs" which offered seasonal floral and anecdotal advice to those wishing to send "secret" messages to each other. The following list of flowers comes mainly from that original book but has been augmented to include some common flowers of today as some of those from yesteryear are unknown.
Using Game Mechanics in UX Design Have you noticed that more and more websites are using game mechanics to create more enjoyable experiences? Principles of game design can serve UX designers today more than ever, because - 1 - brands realize the importance of interacting with users and keep them engaged and - 2- current web technologies allow developers build interfaces that support rich interaction scenarios in real time. Game mechanics will rock the web. In this article we share the best examples of how currently popular websites use game mechanics to attract new users and add them to their fan base. Photo by: Brian J.
Incredible Khajuraho: Erotic Art & Spiritual Temples of India < Temples The Khajuraho temples are considered to be one of the architectural wonders. Such is the grandeur and sculptural magnificence that it's listed as one of the “seven wonders of India”. The Khajuraho village encompassed by the mountains of Chatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh is 395 Km southeast of Agra. iPhone and Galaxy S Spur Growth in South Korea’s Smartphone Market Just a year and a half ago, smartphones were nearly absent from South Korea's wireless market, but a smartphone boom hit the country last year following Korea Telecom’s (KT) introduction of iPhones. KT's move pushed other mobile operators like SK Telecom and LGU+ to raise their marketing spending and partner with smartphone manufacturers to try to claim a bigger chunk of the rapidly growing mobile data services market. Smartphones had been a hard sell in South Korea due to their lavish price tags and the lack of apps, but now, with desirable devices such as the iPhone and Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S available at more reasonable prices, the country is on the cusp of a mobile Internet explosion. The number of smartphone users jumped to approximately 7 million as of December 2010, up from 806,000 in December 2009 – a growth rate of 768.5%.