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Forget drones and satellites: Microsoft’s plan to bring the internet to the world is all about TV | Quartz.com

Forget drones and satellites: Microsoft’s plan to bring the internet to the world is all about TV | Quartz.com | smart cities | Scoop.it
Google will spend between $1 billion and $3 billion to put 180 satellites in orbit, from where the company can beam the internet down to unconnected parts of the world, the Wall Street Journal reported this morning. That’s in addition to Google’s other high-tech internet missionaries: balloons floating high in the sky and drones circling overhead. Facebook also has lofty ambitions.But there may be a simpler way to spread connectivity: Television white space. TV is broadcast using the electro-magnetic spectrum—as is radio, communications and cell phone signal. Each television channel owns one tiny slice of that spectrum, which is regulated by governments. But there are gaps between channels to prevent one from interfering with the next. As the world’s thirst for wireless technologies grows, government regulators are looking at unused broadcast spectrum as a way to ease congestion and spur innovation.The idea may sound less glamorous than drones, satellites and balloons, but it’s an area where African countries are leading the way, with impressive results. And it has attracted a lot of attention ever since 2010, when the United States’ Federal Communications Commission announced that white space would be available license-free.That spurred companies big and small to run pilot programs testing whether the system could be used to bring broadband access to rural American communities that had made do with dial-up or satellite connections. Microsoft was one of the firms that ran a pilot program at its headquarters in Redmond, Washington.For the past year, Microsoft has also been experimenting in Africa, and the results have been encouraging, Paul Garnett, Microsoft’s head of technology policy, tells HumanIPO, a Nairobi tech blog.Microsoft has made less noise than its counterparts about its efforts to provide internet access to remote users in the developing world. Launched last year, Microsoft’s 4Afrika Initiative is more limited in scope than programs touted by Google or Facebook, which aim to take the web to the world. Microsoft’s focus, as the name suggests, is just Africa. But that doesn’t mean Microsoft’s program is less ambitious: the potential for change on that continent is arguably much greater, because Africa lags far behind the rest of world when it comes to internet access, as the map above shows.Click headline to read more--
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How can we trust the IoT?

How can we trust the IoT? | smart cities | Scoop.it
As we move closer to an always-connected world, we must remember that anything connected to the Internet is vulnerable to attack. The problem may be complex, but the solutions are simple. We just need to agree as an industry.

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Richard Platt's curator insight, May 18, 2014 10:27 PM

A call for a common set of standards around privacy of personal data in the IoT, Good idea however at this point with the FCC and other federal law enforcement agencies (FBI, etc...) involved with V2V and other IoT related communication standards, privacy and the assurance of privacy of data has become suspect because of actions taken by the NSA and others in the last few years.  


All of this being done in the name of pursuit of terrorists and criminals that acts as a veneer to violate the rights to privacy of the public at large...just saying that some kind of standard to not violate the personal data of an individual needs to be included that the government won't co-opt.  Until that is addressed how can anyone trust the IoT?

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Unlocking the Internet of Things

Unlocking the Internet of Things | smart cities | Scoop.it

Storms of new data are growing bigger by the day, flowing in from social media, new internal corporate processes, retail and market transactions, electronic sensors and other machines. Especially machines.


The masses of new data follow technology innovation and by 2020 industry analysts predict there will be up to 30 billion devices connected to the Internet with unique IP addresses. This compares with 2009, when were a ‘mere’ 2.5 billion connected devices.


But what are we meant to do with the Things of the Internet? The amounts of data being created are so large that they are measured in quintillions of bytes – 2.5 quintillion bytes of new data are created every day.



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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 27, 2014 1:17 PM

An article using Dr. Seuss as a reference is worthy of a read.

Jeff's curator insight, March 31, 2014 10:32 AM

Your company needs a mobile application from wwwiAffiliatesApps.com 

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This mirror takes your 'Selfies' and posts them on Twitter

This mirror takes your 'Selfies' and posts them on Twitter | smart cities | Scoop.it

"The Self Enhancing Live Feed Image Engine” is a two-way mirror that automatically takes photos of you and posts them on Twitter.


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ZAP s.a.'s curator insight, April 17, 2014 9:11 AM

If you love taking "Selfies" pictures, you will enjoy this post.  You can find out your best angle and smile with this mirror. 

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Google is building up a digital superstate, says German media boss

Google is building up a digital superstate, says German media boss | smart cities | Scoop.it
Mathias Döpfner, head of Europe's largest newspaper publisher, says internet search engine is abusing market dominance (Google is building up a digital superstate, says German media boss
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Sweet Portuguese cakes and desserts - Julie Dawn Fox in Portugal

Sweet Portuguese cakes and desserts - Julie Dawn Fox in Portugal | smart cities | Scoop.it
Portuguese cakes may not look very exciting but they are surprisingly tasty. Here's a small selection of Portugal's traditional cakes and desserts.

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Mary H Goudie's curator insight, July 26, 2013 1:57 PM

Sweet delights are on every corner in Lisbon - my "hood" Campo de Ourique pasty shop Aloma is the twice winner of the best custard tart of the year. Just as well there are lots of hills in the city to walk off all these sweet treats.

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How to Prepare your Business for Wearable Technology

How to Prepare your Business for Wearable Technology | smart cities | Scoop.it
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Remember those simple days in IT, when a stray cell phone or laptop was the worst of your worries when it came to personally owned computers in the workplace?

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Solar, Hydrogen, And Aluminum: A Guide To The Latest In Advanced Vehicle Technology

Solar, Hydrogen, And Aluminum: A Guide To The Latest In Advanced Vehicle Technology | smart cities | Scoop.it
A solar-powered car, a truck on a diet, tricycle cars, and pollution that comes in the form of steam. Which is your favorite?

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Richard Platt's curator insight, May 19, 2014 3:03 AM

Aluminum Ford F-150, shed 700lbs hence better towing capability and fuel efficiency than other trucks.  The Toyota i-Road is an interesting concept vehicle for an individual's 3 wheeled car, Li-ion powered.  An equivalent one from Elio Motor's gets 84mpg, with an eight-gallon tank it can get more than 670 miles in one fill up. with a price tag of $6,800.

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The future of learning - Sugata Mitra

The future of learning - Sugata Mitra | smart cities | Scoop.it

In this talk, Sugata Mitra will take us through the origins of schooling as we know it, to the dematerialisation of institutions as we know them. Thirteen years of experiments in children's education takes us through a series of startling results – children can self-organise their own learning, they can achieve educational objectives on their own, they can read by themselves. Finally, the most startling of them all: groups of children with access to the internet can learn anything by themselves. From the slums of India, to the villages of India and Cambodia, to poor schools in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, the USA and Italy, to the schools of Gateshead and the rich international schools of Washington and Hong Kong, Sugata's experimental results show a strange new future for learning.


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Leonardo Alves's curator insight, June 6, 2014 7:17 PM

Um novo e estranho futuro da aprendizagem. Crianças que aprendem por si mesmo, com recurso a Internet.

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Classroom of the Future: The New Way to Teach Kids

March 31 (Bloomberg) --- It's called Blended Learning, combining teaching and technology in an effort to improve learning outcomes. It's one of the ways scho...
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How 3D Printing Is Going To Change The World

How 3D Printing Is Going To Change The World | smart cities | Scoop.it

Printable limbs and organs, printable guns, printable pizza?! This technology will change our lives.

 

A 3D printer is similar to a normal printer, however a normal printer produces ink on paper. 3D printers, on the other hand, layer atoms on top of each other to create, or print, actual 3D objects.

It sounds fascinating, right? But 3D printing is certainly an invention that did not occur overnight. What is known as 3D printing now was once known as rapid prototyping. Rapid prototyping has been in use for many years now, and it involves an engineer designing an object as a computerized aided design file, or CAD. This file would then be sent to machines, which would produce the 3D object.

The only problem with this early type of 3D printing is that the plastics and the metals that were used were just not of a high-enough quality to be used as anything other than a prototype. Although the machine could produce the parts designed, the end product didn't have structural integrity and was only used to design things that engineers wanted to see a life-size model of.


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162 Future Jobs: Preparing for Jobs that Don’t Yet Exist

162 Future Jobs: Preparing for Jobs that Don’t Yet Exist | smart cities | Scoop.it

A recent article in The Economist quotes Bill Gates as saying at least a dozen job types will be taken over by robots and automation in the next two decades, and these jobs cover both high-paying and low-skilled workers. Some of the positions he mentioned were commercial pilots, legal work, technical writing, telemarketers, accountants, retail workers, and real estate sales agents.

 

Indeed, as I’ve predicted before, by 2030 over 2 billion jobs will disappear. Again, this is not a doom and gloom prediction, rather a wakeup call for the world.


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Takudzwa Kunaka's curator insight, April 2, 2014 7:42 AM
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Cas Op de Beek's curator insight, April 11, 2014 5:50 AM

First there came the computer and brought us more jobs and now comes more jobs and more. Technology brings us a lot more than only freedom he brings us more jobs as well. One small step for men but a big step for the future. 

Jim Doyle's curator insight, May 9, 2014 9:55 PM

162 Future Jobs: Preparing for Jobs that Don’t Yet Exist

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Zuckerberg paints a surprising future for Oculus VR: 'The most social platform ... - VentureBeat

Zuckerberg paints a surprising future for Oculus VR: 'The most social platform ... - VentureBeat | smart cities | Scoop.it
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ChatterPix - Add voice to images

ChatterPix -  Add voice to images | smart cities | Scoop.it
Get ChatterPix - by Duck Duck Moose on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.

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Meryl van der Merwe's curator insight, May 24, 2014 8:04 AM

Looks great for getting kids to present reviews of work

Maryalice Leister's curator insight, May 24, 2014 9:16 AM

I just know there are people out there who will take this idea and run with it....the digital world continues to underscore our playful and creative selves. Have fun!

Dale Borgeson's curator insight, November 16, 2014 10:26 PM

I know a teacher at NVES who has used this tool with her kids on numerous projects. 

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70 Online Tools & Services You Should At Least Know Exist | BloggerJet

70 Online Tools & Services You Should At Least Know Exist | BloggerJet | smart cities | Scoop.it

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Marie Clement's curator insight, April 23, 2014 5:11 AM

This is a great list of tools for anyone who is serious about online marketing.

Lee Werrell's curator insight, April 24, 2014 5:31 AM

Saving time is key if you are working and selling online - these tools help save you time and effort and make life easier. Check them out today!

Sergey Bessonov's curator insight, April 24, 2014 11:03 AM

Unbelievebly useul link for those who go online! check it out! 

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Wearable smart glass curates content based on your physical response

Wearable smart glass curates content based on your physical response | smart cities | Scoop.it

A wearable eyepiece measures physiological responses such as pupil dilation and heartbeat to find content on the web that will interest you.


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ZAP s.a.'s curator insight, April 17, 2014 10:19 AM

Re-experience of big data is the concept behind Amoeba. While you're watching different websites, Amoeba will analyse your bio-data to understand your interest levels. This device can be useful for advertisers, market research and education. 

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Your very own mini-me: lifelike 3D models

Your very own mini-me: lifelike 3D models | smart cities | Scoop.it

Did you ever wish that you ever had a model of yourself? Well, if you did, now it’s possible thanks to the state of the art tech that Twinkind have developed. The 3D scanning and printing results in amazingly lifelike models of yourself, others, or even a pet.


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Microsoft brings $1.13 billion data center to Iowa - Quad City Times

Microsoft brings $1.13 billion data center to Iowa - Quad City Times | smart cities | Scoop.it
Microsoft brings $1.13 billion data center to Iowa Quad City Times DES MOINES — Central Iowa is emerging as an economic magnet for high-tech data centers, state and local leaders declared Friday after plans were unveiled for global computer giant...
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Navy's future: Electric guns, Lasers, Water as Fuel

Navy's future: Electric guns, Lasers, Water as Fuel | smart cities | Scoop.it
Navy gives sneak-peek of its high-tech future, including missiles that fly faster than the speed of sound and seawater converted into fuel.

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Sneak a peek through the mist to Technology of the Future

Sneak a peek through the mist to Technology of the Future | smart cities | Scoop.it
A tabletop display with personal screens made from a curtain of mist that allow users to move images around and push through the fog-screens and onto the display, will be unveiled at an international conference later this month.

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What the Future holds for Travel

What the Future holds for Travel | smart cities | Scoop.it
In 10 years' time, virtual reality technology could take us to our favourite destinations in an instant, and microchipped children would never go missing on holiday (RT @TravelGuru_ZA: Virtual reality holidays and digital travel buddies, what the ...

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Techstore's curator insight, April 17, 2014 3:49 PM

What the Future holds for Travel  #futuretech #technology

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The future of learning - Sugata Mitra

The future of learning - Sugata Mitra | smart cities | Scoop.it

In this talk, Sugata Mitra will take us through the origins of schooling as we know it, to the dematerialisation of institutions as we know them. Thirteen years of experiments in children's education takes us through a series of startling results – children can self-organise their own learning, they can achieve educational objectives on their own, they can read by themselves. Finally, the most startling of them all: groups of children with access to the internet can learn anything by themselves. From the slums of India, to the villages of India and Cambodia, to poor schools in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, the USA and Italy, to the schools of Gateshead and the rich international schools of Washington and Hong Kong, Sugata's experimental results show a strange new future for learning.


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Leonardo Alves's curator insight, June 6, 2014 7:17 PM

Um novo e estranho futuro da aprendizagem. Crianças que aprendem por si mesmo, com recurso a Internet.

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Thats stunning...
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Curso HTML 5 API Drag Drop I. Vídeo 39

Comenzamos en este vídeo a ver la API Drag & Drop. nueva en la especificación HTML5 nos permite crear páginas web donde el usuario podrá mover elementos. Vem...

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20 Crucial Terms Every 21st Century Futurist Should Know

20 Crucial Terms Every 21st Century Futurist Should Know | smart cities | Scoop.it

We live in an era of accelerating change, when scientific and technological advancements are arriving rapidly. As a result, we are developing a new language to describe our civilization as it evolves. Here are 20 terms and concepts that you'll need to navigate our future.



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Richard Platt's curator insight, May 19, 2014 3:10 AM

Very sci-fi kind of read - definitely interesting, Remember there have been a lot of ideas from sci-fi literature that have come to pass.  Albeit no transporter (referring to Star Trek) just yet. 

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Google Glass set for makeover in Ray-Ban and Oakley deal | News | Marketing Week

Google Glass set for makeover in Ray-Ban and Oakley deal | News | Marketing Week | smart cities | Scoop.it
Italian eyewear company Luxottica developing ‘new breed’ of eyewear based on Google Glass technology. (Google Glass set for makeover in Ray-Ban and Oakley deal. Would you want to buy Oakley-branded Google Glasses?
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