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July 2010


From Putting People First

Intel launches new interaction and experience research division

Intel launches new interaction and experience research division

At the Intel Labs’ annual Research at Intel media event, Intel Corporation Chief Technology Officer Justin Rattner announced a new research division, called Interaction and Experience Research (IXR), that is focused on defining…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Holistic Framework for Knowledge Management

Holistic Framework for Knowledge Management

An interesting paper recently discovered. Often an issue for the enterprise.-


From Putting People First

Smart meters not smart enough for consumers

Smart meters not smart enough for consumers

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy on Tuesday released results of a survey finding that energy use feedback tools are more important than smart meters in reducing consumers’ energy use. Analyzing 57 residential…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Team USA Heads to Poland to Compete in the Imagine Cup

Team USA Heads to Poland to Compete in the Imagine Cup

Well the USA may be out of the World Cup but that


From Schneier on Security

Secret Stash

Secret Stash

Hiding objects in everyday objects.


From Computational Complexity

Theory Happenings

FOCS accepts, abstracts and PDFs. The conference itself will be held October 23-26 in Las Vegas. There is a proposed TCS version of Math Overflow, a Q&A site to let the crowd help your research. The site needs your commitments…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Reflection on ISTE 2010

Reflection on ISTE 2010

Well I


From Putting People First

Glen Cove conference on strategic design and public policy

Glen Cove conference on strategic design and public policy

Ever keen to expand the boundaries of their practices, design professionals have been moving in the direction of public policy for some years, writes Lucy Kimbell (blog). But what designers, or multi-disciplinary teams using


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Career Outlook for CS Students

Career Outlook for CS Students

The CACM web site has an interesting interview with Joel Adams (Joel Adams Discusses the Career Outlook for CS Students) Joel Adams


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wharton Studies World Cup Access

Wharton Studies World Cup Access

Wharton WIMI studies how fans access the World Cup via ESPN: " ... ESPN, which is televising the World Cup, is using the soccer tournament as a living laboratory to test how people consume sports. Do they watch it on TV? Listen…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Qualcomm, Mattel Push Augmented Reality

Qualcomm, Mattel Push Augmented Reality

It makes sense for a toy manufacturer to look at this. it is well known that some smartphone game Apps are very big profit makers for well known toy companies. So why not embrace the rest of reality into your game? These developments…


From Schneier on Security

Vigilant Citizens: Then vs. Now

Vigilant Citizens: Then vs. Now

This is from Atomic Bombing: How to Protect Yourself, published in 1950:

Of course, millions of us will go through our lives never seeing a spy or a saboteur going about his business. Thousands of us may, at one time or another…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Temporal Analytics Engine

Temporal Analytics Engine

Wim Van de Velde points me the Recorded Future Site, which I had missed. What they call a temporal analytics engine. Not descriptive enough as a title. Just exploring. It has many possible applications, but having been involved…


From Schneier on Security

Cryptography Failure Story

Cryptography Failure Story

By Russian spies:

Ricci said the steganographic program was activated by pressing control-alt-E and then typing in a 27-character password, which the FBI found written down on a piece of paper during one of its searches.
 


From Putting People First

Beyond findability

Beyond findability

The Spring 2010 issue of the Journal of Information Architecture is now available. In one of the articles “Beyond Findability“, Luigi Spagnolo, Davide Bolchini, Paolo Paolini and Nicoletta Di Blas introduce Search-Enhanced Information…


From Computational Complexity

Is this solution cheating?

Consider the following problem:

A hole is drilled through the center of a sphere. The cylinder-with-caps is removed. The length of the removed cylinder (it also has caps on it which do not count for the length) is 6 inches…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2010-07-01

links for 2010-07-01

Project Harmony looks to improve contribution agreements I hope to be able to participate in this activity, if only to ensure that it does not become a validation for the practice of using "contributor agreements" by corporations…


From BLOG@CACM

2010 Edition of Campus Party Colombia

2010 Edition of Campus Party Colombia

A quick look at this special event in Colombia at which people breathe, eat, and sweat technology.


From Putting People First

A Transumer Manifesto

A Transumer Manifesto

From cars to designer clothes to children


From Putting People First

Kuniavsky designing read-write web-created things

Kuniavsky designing read-write web-created things

This fast approaching era of desktop manufacturing via advanced MakerBots and other 3D printers is in part why ThingM co-founder Mike Kuniavsky runs an annual conference called Sketching in Hardware. The event aims to “bring…


From Putting People First

The cities we need

The cities we need

The Grattan Institute, an Australian independent public policy think-tank, has published a new report, entitled “The Cities We Need“, that aims to set an agenda for thinking about the future of Australia’s cities. It asks how…


From Putting People First

Why social experience is the future of online content

Why social experience is the future of online content

“For all of the attention on social networking, there are few social media experiences that match the fun of hanging out together with friends in person,” writes Jon Goldman, CEO of the multiuser content-sharing platform Qlipso…


From Putting People First

Design research at LIFT conference

Design research at LIFT conference

At the beginning of May, frog design partnered with the Lift conference in Geneva to conduct design research on the conference itself to understand what was working well and not so well about the conference. The organisers wanted…


From Putting People First

The product of a healthy relationship

The product of a healthy relationship

The relationship between researchers and product designers can be a rocky one. Paul Golden looks at how market research can make sure it promotes creative thinking rather than obstructs it. “When handled properly, [the initial…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Acquires Woot

Amazon Acquires Woot

In a cool move Amazon has bought the geeky surplus store Woot. Will operate as an independent subsidiary. Although I have not been there for a while Woot was known for its cheeky, self-deprecating copy that was by itself a fun…

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