August 24, 2013

Google Glass beta test generates excitement, innovation among medical professionals | Inside Higher Ed

Google Glass, the search engine giant’s augmented reality device, is in the hands of a select few beta testers -- and among them, a small number of educators. While many instructors say they will spend the fall semester determining whether the gadget deserves a role in the classroom, Glass is already affecting how some medical professors teach their craft.

Since Glass was announced in 2012, developers and users itching to stay at the bleeding edge of technology have conjured up ideas about the device's potential. Indeed, Google’s February raffle on Twitter and its own social network, Google+, invited anyone to justify why they deserve an early version of Glass -- in 50 words or less -- using the hashtag “#ifihadglass.” If chosen, raffle winners still had to shell out $1,500.



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Can the Fashion Industry Make Google Glasses Chic? | Fashionista


This weekend, while flipping through Marie Claire‘s September issue, I was reminded that Nina Garcia has vowed to wear Google Glass throughout Fashion Week. That means front-row live streams of runways shows will be projected through the eyes of the Project Runway judge. Pretty neat.

Vogue is also enamored with Google Glass, giving the lenses a starring role in a September issue fashion spread. Chic.

With those two haute endorsements, Google must be feeling pretty great about its product’s coolness factor. Especially since it plans to begin selling Google Glass to consumers at the beginning of 2014. However, there’s a problem with this “Google Glass as fashion accessory” talk. The glasses, with their wire frames and goofy lens shape, are pretty ugly. Like, objectively ugly.

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Microsoft details 3D printing in Windows 8.1 | PCWorld


With companies like MakerBot creating digitizers aimed at making 3D printing easier, Microsoft is betting that we’ll all be printing offYoda figurines and retirement gifts from our desktops soon.

To get ready for the coming 3D craze, and to cater to professionals already working with the technology, Microsoft is aiming to make 3D printing as easy as 2D printing in Windows 8.1. The easiest way to do that, Microsoft says, was to base its new 3D printing pipeline on the tried and true process of Windows document printing.

We’ve known about the new Windows feature since June when the company announced the Windows 8.1 preview. But in a recent blog post, Microsoft provided a little more detail about how 3D printing will work in the upcoming version of Windows due out October 17.

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Heavy Metal Television hiring music video DJs in Phoenix

As the brains behind “The Greatest Music Ever Created and How it Ruined Our Lives,” an Internet music show produced in Mesa, Eric Braverman had interviewed such long-haired luminaries as Ted Nugent, Metallica, Slayer and Slipknot.

But he thought he could do more for metal, Braverman says, if he had his own MTV-style network. And he wanted it online.

“I didn’t understand why Iron Maiden wasn’t on Jay Leno all the time,” Braverman says with a laugh. “So I was like, ‘Can I just make my own heavy-metal television channel that works like an actual TV channel?’ And my technical people were like, ‘Yeah, you can.’ ”

He found financial backing in Sharon Chambers of Down to Earth, a music-management company in Los Angeles. And with that funding, Heavy Metal Television made its Internet debut Oct. 30 — or Devil’s Night.

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Bezos, Amazon’s Founder, to Buy The Washington Post - NYTimes.com


The Washington Post, the newspaper whose reporting helped topple a president and inspired a generation of journalists, is being sold for $250 million to the founder of Amazon.com, Jeffrey P. Bezos, in a deal that has shocked the industry.

Donald E. Graham, chairman and chief executive of The Washington Post Company, and the third generation of the Graham family to lead the paper, told the staff about the sale late Monday afternoon. They had gathered together in the newspaper’s auditorium at the behest of the publisher, Katharine Weymouth, his niece.

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The First Lab-Grown Hamburger Is Served | Popular Science


Since 2008, Dr. Mark Post has been working on growing edible meat in a laboratory. Today, at an event in London, the first in-vitro hamburger has been served.

Muscle stem cells were taken from a cow's shoulder in a gentle biopsy and grown in calf serum, with micro-exercise so they wouldn't be flabby. 20,000 cells were then assembled into a burger, bound with bread crumbs and egg (but curiously no salt), colored with beet juice and saffron, and presented to the public. The event was also broadcast on Culturedbeef.net.

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August 21, 2013

Facebook leaps into games publishing | news10.net


SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook wants a cut of the revenue from the mobile games business.

The company today said it plans to take a role beyond its position of games platform to that of promoter and publisher. Facebook's new pilot program, dubbed Mobile Games Publishing, will allow it to promote small- and medium-sized games and take a cut in the sales in return.

 "We are invested in the success of these games, and in exchange for a revenue share, we will be collaborating deeply with developers in our program by helping them attract high-quality, long-term players for their games," Facebook said in a blog post.

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August 20, 2013

A real keyboard for smartphones, tabs


As someone who makes a living with a pen, notebook and a keyboard, I can tell you how important it is to have tools that don’t get in the way of conveying words, ideas and information.

Pens and notebooks are pretty basic and rarely fail, unless of course you show up, as I once did, without a pen during a brief one-on-one interview with the governor.

The keyboard, however, is essential and is far more variable in effectively putting words quickly on a screen and into print. There is a keyboard “feel” that can slow you down and interrupt your thoughts if the keystrokes don’t come easily.

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GoDaddy poised for more growth

GoDaddy, the Scottsdale-based company that made its mark selling .com domain names, is hoping to cash in on the next generation of Web addresses that will be allowed this year.

More descriptive domain names that end with things like .pizza or .plumber will be attractive to businesses, said Blake Irving, GoDaddy chief executive.

“I don’t think it will be a gold rush; a gold rush implies there is some scarcity,” Irving said of the new options coming to the market. “But it should create some lift for our business.”

GoDaddy Group Inc., with 55 million domain names under management and $1.3 billion in sales last year, is well-positioned under the new leadership of Irving for the Web-address expansion. There are more than 220 million domain names in use worldwide.



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Arizona home to one of world’s largest solar plants


GILA BEND — Just off the highway that many Valley residents travel on their way to California, thousands of mirrors planted on 3 square miles of former farmland are about to change the solar landscape in Arizona.

The $2 billion Solana Generating Station, once it begins sending power to the grid in August, will be one of the largest solar plants of its kind in the world. It won’t be unique in the amount of power it makes from the sun, but for what it generates after sunset.

Not only will the plant have a capacity of about 280 megawatts, enough to serve about 70,000 homes at once, but it will also be able to continue providing much of that power for six hours after sunset thanks to an innovative heat-storage system that doesn’t rely on expensive batteries.



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August 18, 2013

Scottsdale arming officers with body cameras


The Scottsdale Police Department is starting to implement a new on-the-body video camera into its standard protocol for officers.

About two months ago, the department purchased 10 Axon Flex body cameras and equipped police officers throughout the downtown Scottsdale area with them. Officers can wear them on their hats, glasses or collars and it gives them the option to record any and all incidents throughout their shifts, said Sgt. Mark Clark of the Scottsdale Police Department.

“There have been studies that have found that when officers are using cameras to videotape contacts, that both the officer’s behavior and the person’s they’re contacting behavior is better because they know they are on camera,” Clark said.

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August 17, 2013

QR Gameplan uses tech for tailored ads - USATODAY.com


In 2010, Maurine Karabatsos approached her boss with a new technology-driven marketing strategy that hinged on quick response codes, or QR codes.

QR Gameplan

Where: 2400 Arizona Biltmore Circle, Phoenix.

Employees: 10.

Interesting stat: 47 percent of businesses say they used QR codes for marketing in 2012, according to visualizing.org, an online platform for data visualization.

Details: qrgameplan.com.

So sure her concept would prove successful for the title agency, Karabatsos gave a friendly warning.

"I told him, 'I have this great idea, and if you don't want to do it, I'm going to start my own company,'" Karabatsos said.

The real-estate veteran implemented her plan, which was a hit and well-received by her employer. It also led to Karabatsos launching her own business, QR Gameplan, that same year.

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