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Designing mobile money services for emerging markets
From Putting People First

Designing mobile money services for emerging markets

Nokia user researcher Jan Chipchase has posted an in-depth presentation and paper on designing mobile money services for emerging markets: “Hang around a telecoms...

Reading recommendation: Saturn
From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Reading recommendation: Saturn

I just finished Saturn’s children. This is my third

Laissez-Faire Access Control
From Schneier on Security

Laissez-Faire Access Control

Recently I wrote about the difficulty of making role-based access control work, and how reasearch at Dartmouth showed that it was better to let people take theThis...

The internet is killing storytelling
From Putting People First

The internet is killing storytelling

Narratives are a staple of every culture the world over. Yet, argues Ben Macintyre, writer at large for The Times (UK), they are disappearing in an online blizzard...

Banking the unbanked Africans
From Putting People First

Banking the unbanked Africans

The November 2009 edition of Mobile Money Africa, “Africa’s leading online resource for mobile financial inclusion”, is entitled “Banking the unbanked Africans”...

Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out
From Apophenia

Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out

I am delighted to announce that "Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media" is now in the wild and available! This book...

links for 2009-11-09
From Wild WebMink

links for 2009-11-09

Open source design and the OpenOfficeMouse I like this reflection from Chris Messina. The OpenOfficeMouse is just part of the rich flora and fauna...

Cellphones as Microscopes
From The Eponymous Pickle

Cellphones as Microscopes

In the NYT: ' ... Microscopes are invaluable tools to identify blood and other cells when screening for diseases like anemia, tuberculosis and malaria. But they...

Retinal Displays
From The Eponymous Pickle

Retinal Displays

For applications like augmented reality it makes sense to investigate ways to better get data directly into your eyes, without having to find a screen or move a...

Increased Use of Video
From The Eponymous Pickle

Increased Use of Video

AdAge reports about increased use of online video by a number of consumer packaged goods players.

Future Direction of Wolfram Research
From The Eponymous Pickle

Future Direction of Wolfram Research

Colin DeCair sends along a link which features a video clip from Stephen Wolfram

? Music for a Bad Week
From Wild WebMink

? Music for a Bad Week

It may just be that you need some free music to soothe away the bad taste from a bad week. There are a bunch of pointers on my personal blog.

On Amazon's PayPhrase
From The Eponymous Pickle

On Amazon's PayPhrase

In StorefrontBackTalk, a discussion about Amazon's new payphrase system and what the longer term implications for how you purchase. Speed and the ability to customize...

Gamma Rays in Lightning
From The Eponymous Pickle

Gamma Rays in Lightning

Antimatter signatures, gamma ray flashes, have been detected in terrestrial lightning storms. Don't recall this ever having been mentioned before. New safety implications...

Scratch Programming for 'All'
From The Eponymous Pickle

Scratch Programming for 'All'

In CACM, the evolution of a programming language for all. I have looked at the Scratch site, but have not tried it for a real application. My argument to these"Digital...

Ranking
From My Biased Coin

Ranking

An anonymous commenter asked an insightful question, worthy of a real answer: "Hi Prof, Why are you so obsessed with ranking things?"*Honestly, I don't think I...

Apologies for Slow Response Times
From The Noisy Channel

Apologies for Slow Response Times


Friday Squid Blogging: Dentyne Ice Squid Ad
From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Dentyne Ice Squid Ad

Weird.

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Data Security Bills
From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Data Security Bills

In a markup session yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved two bills on the protection of consumer data. S 1490, the Personal Data Privacy and Security...

Going (to) Google
From The Noisy Channel

Going (to) Google

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