Monthly Archives: November 2012

StickNFind system uses your phone and coin-like tags to find lost items

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The StickNFind system uses a smartphone app and coin-like adhesive tags to find lost items.

 

The tags are about the size and shape of an slightly-fat U.S. quarter dollar. Each one contains a circuit board, a replaceable watch battery, a buzzer and an LED light. They also each have an adhesive backing, which allows them to be stuck to things like keys, TV remotes, or any number of other things that tend to go AWOL.

Using a custom app on a paired iOS or Android smartphone, users can assign specific tags to specific objects. Should they subsequently need to find one of those objects, a display on the phone’s screen will show them how far away it is – as long as it’s within the maximum range of about 100 feet (30 meters).

 

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Imagining The Possibilities Of Facebook’s External Ad Network – AllFacebook

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Facebook has been sitting on a gold mine: users’ information. Up until now, the company has used this to target ads within the site. But now, Facebook could soon launch an external ad network, using data from within the social network. For instance, information from your interests and likes could be used to create targeted ads on websites away from Facebook. It’s not yet known exactly what this could look like, but Emergence Capital General Partner Kevin Spain talked with AllFacebook about how it would change online advertising. 

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SPORTS CHART OF THE DAY: The Patriots And Broncos Are On Fire Right Now

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As we have seen in recent years, the team with the best record is no  guarantee to win the Super  Bowl. Rather, it is about which teams are playing the best when it matters  most. And if we look at recent games, no team is playing better than the New  England Patriots.

Over the last six games, the Patriots are 5-1. But more importantly, they  have outscored their opponents by 111 points over that margin. The Broncos, with  a +76 scoring differential, are the only other team outscoring their opponents  by more than 40 points during that stretch.

Of course, this should not come as a surprise. In the last three seasons, the  Patriots are 19-0 in the second half of the season…

Read more:  http://www.businessinsider.com/sports-chart-of-the-day-patriots-and-broncos-are-the-class-of-the-nfl-right-now-2012-11#ixzz2Di1UYyk7 ;

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Next Issue Expands Magazine Catalog for Unlimited Plans – The Sacramento Bee

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NEW YORK, Nov. 29, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ — Next Issue Media, the first and only company to provide unlimited access to premium digital magazine content in the US, today announces the addition of eight new titles to its iPad®catalog.  These new magazines increase the total number of top titles to 80 across a spectrum of interests, maintaining the company’s commitment to offering the world’s most popular brands in a high-value consumer subscription model.

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The new titles added to the Next Issue catalog include: ESPN The Magazine, Fast Company, Food & Wine, Inc., Men’s Fitness, Men’s Journal, New York Magazineand Travel + Leisure.  While the Next Issue catalog continues to grow with the addition of these eight new magazines, pricing of the unlimited access plans remains the same.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/11/28/5017548/next-issue-expands-magazine-catalog.html#storylink=cpy

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Magazines Double Down On Tablet Commitment – emedia and Technology @ FolioMag.com

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The magazine industry’s faith in the future of tablets is not easing up, even though advertiser support for digital editions has been slow in coming and these platforms still represent a small fraction of overall distribution for most books. According to the latest analysis from McPheters and Co. iMonitor, which tracks thousands of branded media apps, the number of apps from publishers continues to grow month over month. By its count 9,125 publication-related apps were available in a range of app stores in October, more than double the 4,299 available on the same month last year. And up from the 8,839 in September. The market has expanded steadily throughout the year. 

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A look inside the world’s cheapest tablet computer, India’s $20 Aakash 2 (VIDEO)

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Suneet Tuli, CEO of Datawind, maker of the world’s least expensive functional 7″ tablet computer, recently stopped by the offices of Quartz to show off the device.

 

Suneet Tuli, CEO of Datawind, maker of the world’s least expensive functional 7″ tablet computer, recently stopped by the offices of Quartz to show off the device. The Aakash 2, which we’ve covered at length, is the size of a Google Nexus 7 tablet and, surprisingly, almost as capable, despite costing just one fifth as much. (Datawind sells the tablets to the Indian government for around $40, and the government either gives them away or re-sells them to students for $20.) 

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Wired Hides a Sneaky Message on the Spines of Its 2012 Issues

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Wired celebrated its 20th anniversary year in 2012 with a hidden and quite old-school little print puzzle.

 

Wired celebrated its 20th anniversary year in 2012 with a hidden and quite old-school little print puzzle. If you stack the January through December issues with the covers facing up, it reveals a (frankly hard-to-read) quote on the spines that Wired founding editor Louis Rossetto made in the first issue, in 1993: “Our first instruction to our writers: Amaze us.” A reader in Riverside, Calif., named Ben Allen was the first to notice the pattern—realizing after the first nine issues that it was spelling out a message. He quickly guessed the complete line with a Google search. The puzzle’s makers, Eric Harshbarger and Mike Selinker, were wise to stick with Rossetto’s pithy first instruction to writers. His second was: “We know a lot about digital technology, and we are bored with it. Tell us something we’ve never heard before, in a way we’ve never seen before. If it challenges our assumptions, so much the better.” 

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Amazon Web Services cuts S3 prices, knocks old guard rivals | ZDNet

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“We’re lowering prices for S3 by 24 percent to 27 percent in all regions,” said Andy Jassy, senior vice president of Amazon Web Services. Jassy also mocked old guard technology rivals, which were seen as cloud washers.

During his keynote, Jassy outlined the company’s sheer cloud computing infrastructure bulk, customer base and ecosystem. The message is relatively simple: AWS has a dominant lead over what’s becoming a long list of rivals. One data point: Netflix intends to completely run on AWS in the months to come. 

Jassy gave the following healthcheck on the AWS business, which remains a mystery in Amazon’s financial results since it’s 10 percent or more of the e-commerce giant’s business yet. Among the key stats:

AWS has hundreds of thousands of customers in 190 countries; 300 government agencies and 1,500 educational institutions; Jassy also touted AWS’ ecosystem of integrators to software vendors to marketplace partners;  There are 1.3 trillion total objects on S3; AWS runs more than 835,000 requests per second;  Has 3.7 million clusters;  In 2012, AWS will launch 158 new services and features, up from 81 in 2011. And AWS in 2012 now adds enough server capacity to power a $5 billion global enterprise daily.
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Digital Asset Management: David Riecks

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The simple promise of any Digital Asset Management (DAM) system is that it makes it easier to find and use the assets (digital files) you have in your collection.

In order to fulfill that promise however, you will need more than just a software solution. A well developed DAM system is just that, a “system.” This means that all of the other parts of a good library/information science system need to be covered so that you have the process, procedures and policies of the entire workflow documented. Digital Asset Management software may enable a number of these steps in the workflow, but these image database, cataloging applications, or browsers are typically only a portion of the whole DAM equation.

There are fundamentals, building blocks if you will—that you should understand if you are attempting to launch or refine an existing DAM system. At their core, DAM systems are all about organization, because people can’t use what they can’t find.

 

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Hearst evaluating pay models in other cities

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The launch last week of The Houston Chronicle’s premium website marks the first Hearst Corp. newspaper to place content behind a paywall and could herald similar digital initiatives at other Hearst sites.

Lincoln Millstein, Hearst’s senior vice president for digital media, told News & Tech that The Chronicle’s digital strategy is one of a number of options under evaluation by the publisher, but that, “We are contemplating different models for different markets.”

The Chronicle rolled out the new site, houstonchronicle.com, as a companion site to the daily’s existing chron.com website, which will remain free.

 

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