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Kinect Effect - Xbox.com

Kinect Effect - Xbox.com | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it

Microsoft: "We built Kinect to revolutionize the way you play games and how you experience entertainment. But along the way, people started using Kinect in ways we never imagined. From helping children with autism, to helping doctors in the operating room, people are taking Kinect beyond games. And that’s what we call the Kinect Effect."

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Driving Adoption of Business Intelligence | SmartData Collective

Driving Adoption of Business Intelligence | SmartData Collective | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it
Days of thinking led me to write this post. Are technology issues really what are preventing people from using business intelligence for real-time and better decision-making? Are the limits of technology the major issue?
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The New Software Pricing Model: Can the Older Giants Compete? - Knowledge@Wharton

The New Software Pricing Model: Can the Older Giants Compete? - Knowledge@Wharton | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it
The New Software Pricing Model: Can the Older Giants Compete? by Knowledge@Wharton, the online business journal of the Wharton School.
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Why Trading Time For Money is the Best Way to Make Money

Why Trading Time For Money is the Best Way to Make Money | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it
It's time to hear the truth. If you want to stop trading time for money, then you need to go about it the right way. Read this to find out how...
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Neuroscience Helps Improve Website Design @PSFK

Neuroscience Helps Improve Website Design @PSFK | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it
EyeQuant is a scientific analytics tool that can help visitors stay on a site for longer.
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Maximising the Hunchworks User Experience - Blog | Global Pulse

Maximising the Hunchworks User Experience - Blog | Global Pulse | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it

A computer system is much more than just code: it consists of technology, its users and the processes that they follow. User experience (UX) covers all aspects of users’ interaction with products and services and how they are perceived, learnt and used. UX design prioritizes human values and relationships in the development of technology, to derive maximum value from our interactions with it. It’s an interdisciplinary approach that includes elements of psychology, anthropology, sociology, computer science, graphic design, industrial design and cognitive science.

 

Over the last few months, Global Pulse has been fortunate to work with Adaptive Path, one of the pioneer UX design firms, on HunchWorks. HunchWorks is Global Pulse's new rapid crisis impact detection platform, designed to team human insight and collaboration with computational power to rapidly detect and understand the weak signals that often signify the early impacts of crisis.

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A Plethora of Writing Prompts for Creative Writing and Journaling

A Plethora of Writing Prompts for Creative Writing and Journaling | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it
You already know that the best way to improve your writing is by reading, and by writing.
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Google+ launches an official guide for sharing, promoting and measuring Pages

Google+ launches an official guide for sharing, promoting and measuring Pages | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it
Google+ has just introduced its very own official Page guide for the brand new Google+ Pages revealed just yesterday. Through this new landing page, potential brands can easily register ...
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12 Tips to Make Your Company More Creative

12 Tips to Make Your Company More Creative | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it
Although it seems to be on the decline, creative capacity is more important than ever. Check out these 12 ways to make your company more creative.
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Two Schools of Thought: The Key Difference Between Apple and Google

Two Schools of Thought: The Key Difference Between Apple and Google | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it
Apple and Google may look similar, but the companies couldn't be any more different. They epitomize the ying-yang battle of design vs. data.
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CloudSigma adds Solid state drives (Flash) to its public cloud

CloudSigma adds Solid state drives (Flash) to its public cloud | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it
Cloud provider CloudSigma has become the first to add solid-state-drive storage to its public cloud computing service.
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Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2012

Gartner, Inc. today highlighted the top 10 technologies and trends that will be strategic for most organizations in 2012. The analysts presented their findings during Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, being held here through October 20.
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Freakonomics and Your Data | SmartData Collective

Freakonomics and Your Data | SmartData Collective | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it
In the August, 2005 issue of BusinessWeek, Michael Hopkins explored the best seller Freakonomics and it's authors' strategy for using data to explore and explain the world.
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Microsoft totally hit a homerun with Kinect.

Microsoft totally hit a homerun with Kinect. | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it

I never thought I’d say this about Microsoft but they totally hit a homerun with Kinect. The possibilities to explore groundbreaking innovation with this open technology is limitless. Start putting Kinect hackers on your radar as experimentation in the digital/physical space is about to get stupid fun.

 

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A Canon For The Visual Storyteller–The Origin Of The Infographic [Pics] @PSFK

A Canon For The Visual Storyteller–The Origin Of The Infographic [Pics] @PSFK | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it
A new book gives readers a historical look at how we convey words and data with images.
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Moving onto the cloud (part 4) | Feature | .net magazine

Moving onto the cloud (part 4) | Feature | .net magazine | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it
In the final part of our cloud series, Dan Frost of 3EV shows you how to move to the cloud and get the right tools for your application...
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Analytics: The widening divide. An IBM/MIT Sloan study | SmartData Collective

Analytics: The widening divide. An IBM/MIT Sloan study | SmartData Collective | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it
I listened in to IBM’s call about their recent analytics study conducted with MIT Sloan – The Widening Divide (available from www.ibm.com/thewideningdivide).
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MMOWGLI: An Experiment in Generating Collective Intelligence

MMOWGLI: An Experiment in Generating Collective Intelligence | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it

"mmowgli is both the coolest project I have ever worked on and the hardest to describe in words, but here it goes: mmowgli is an experiment in generating collective intelligence and a pilot project being developed by the Office of Naval Research.

Beyond that, mmowgli is ultimately the answer to a few questions, ones that haunted me every day during my tour as a Science Advisor at the Pentagon: why did I experience such a disconnect between technologists and “innovators,” on one hand, and warfighters and end users on the other? Why didn’t “game changing innovations” generate more enthusiasm from those who were “in the game?” And what was I doing to make it better?

As my Pentagon tour drew to a close, these questions nagged at me and morphed into a thousand others: What if we took a heavy, formal approach, and made it lighter and more of a continuous conversation instead of a blueprint? What if you didn’t need a fully formed idea to make a contribution? What if ideas, even half-formed ones, could meet up in space and recombine with other ideas to form new ones? What if this conversation engaged more stakeholders and tolerated more excursions? Finally, what if this conversation became so rich and compelling that, instead of truncating the debate, it actually enlarged the universe of possibilities?"


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The Principles of Experience Design and 10 sites doing it right

The Principles of Experience Design and 10 sites doing it right | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it
Whitney Hess is the cat's meow in the web design world. She's an independent user experience designer, consultant and prolific web logger based in New York City. Today, at the Future ...
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Online Surveys: Why to use them and how to make them great

Online Surveys: Why to use them and how to make them great | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it
As 2011 draws to a close, many businesses are busy planning next year’s budgets, sales, marketing, operations plans, product lineups, etc. If you’re not the corporate type, chances ...
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End the Office? Students Want Right to Work From Home [INFOGRAPHIC]

End the Office? Students Want Right to Work From Home [INFOGRAPHIC] | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it
A survey from Cisco finds that college students and young professionals expect a great amount of flexibility in their work environment.
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The Eight Things the Simpsons Can Teach You About Cloud Computing - ReadWriteCloud

The Eight Things the Simpsons Can Teach You About Cloud Computing - ReadWriteCloud | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it
When the Simpsons started out back in 1987 as animated shorts for the Tracey Ullman show no one knew they would become this powerhouse and continue to this ...
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Cloud Foundry meets the enterprise with Stackato

Cloud Foundry meets the enterprise with Stackato | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it
VMware's Cloud Foundry is already catching on among companies wanting to become PaaS providers, and now it might start finding a home in private data centers too.
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Samsung Among the First to Innovate with Badgeville’s Behavior Platform

Samsung Among the First to Innovate with Badgeville’s Behavior Platform | Functional Finds - Design, Technology & Media | Scoop.it

Samsung was among the first to announce integration of Badgeville’s new behavior platform in Samsung Nation. Samsung has put their weight behind the rollout. Rather than gamify one marketing campaign or a single product site, the company brought gamification into the forefront and integrated the new features throughout the US corporate site. Leaderboards, badges, and points head up the site’s new features, but behind the scenes lies Social Fabric, Badgeville’s new platform for delivering relevant, real-time social experiences tied to site-specific user behaviors.

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