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You search for the highest quality authors and content online, right? Finding the best is tough. Darin L. Hammond eliminates this stress for businesses across the globe. He rocks professional blogging, writing, teaching, consulting, and leadership with his top of the industry content management service, ZipMinis Freelance Writing: • Creating an optimized flow of diverse, irresistible content for the business blogs, websites, and social media networks. • Orchestrating distribution with supreme content management strategies, minimizing risks and worries for businesses. • Promoting fresh brand content through copywriting and potent interactions in social media communities. • Elevating the brand visibility, integrity, recognition, and SEO of the business. • Working in stride with the innovative leadership of the organization, advocating creative innovation. Darin also publishes on many power sites like Technorati, Blog Critics, B2C, SteamFeed, LifeHack, and Social Media Today.  You can enjoy Darin's blogging styles now at ZipMinis: Science of Blogging. Contact him now at dlh@zipminis.com.
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David Holz's Leap Motion Wants to Kill the Mouse

David Holz's Leap Motion Wants to Kill the Mouse | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it
Growing up in southern Florida, David Holz was a tinkerer. “I had a large pile of all sorts of electronics,” he says. “I was trying to figure out how things worked.” In high school, he built a system that uses several microphones to pinpoint where a noise originates; the U.S. military now uses similar tools to locate snipers. Holz’s project took him to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, but he didn’t win a prize. “I lost to somebody who cured a disease,” he says.
Holz, now 23, has moved on from sound-mapping. His new startup, Leap Motion, is dedicated to changing the way people interact with computers. Holz and his co-founder, Michael Buckwald, have built a device about the size of a cigarette lighter that contains three tiny cameras inside. It attaches to a computer and turns any PC or Mac into a gesture-recognition device. The idea is similar to the one behind Microsoft’s (MSFT) Kinect, an Xbox add-on that lets people play games just by moving their hands and body. At $70, the Leap Motion is about half the price of a Kinect. It’s also far more accurate, says Holz. The software that analyzes the images from the three cameras can track all 10 of a user’s fingers and detect movements of less than one-hundredth of a millimeter. “It’s so precise that it tracks down to the tendon,” says Andy Miller, a former Apple (AAPL) executive and now a partner at Highland Capital Partners, which has contributed to Leap Motion’s $14.5 million in funding.
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Meta Widget Turns Nearly Any Web Page Into a Widget on Android

Meta Widget Turns Nearly Any Web Page Into a Widget on Android | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it
Android: Widgets are awesome, but if you're keeping your eye on a service or web site that doesn't have a widget in the Play Store, you can make your own with Meta Widget.
To get started, just open up Meta Widget and navigate to the site you want to "widgetize". Then, when you get to the page you want, check the box in the lower left corner and tap somewhere on the page. It'll surround that element in an orange box, after which you can move the selection tool around with the arrows at the bottom of the screen. When you find the element you want to put on your home screen, tap the plus sign and go to town configuring text colors, widget alignment, and more to make it look just right.
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Social Media Marketing Strategy: Starts with Who | Networking Exchange Blog

Social Media Marketing Strategy: Starts with Who | Networking Exchange Blog | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it
What is Strategy?

In its most basic form, strategy is the process of determining the best way to get from Point A to Point B. As a business, your challenge is to overcome the obstacles that stand between you and where you want to be. Taking the right actions helps to create a connection between your brand and your audience. The more your content sparks the needs of your audience the greater the likelihood you will create real brand loyalty.
A Short Course in Social Media Marketing

A good social media marketing plan usually involves these 12 vital steps. Among those steps, here are a few that are particularly crucial to driving your marketing efforts:
Set goals and objectives
Identify your audience (think personas)
Focus on your offer and create killer content
Execute flawlessly with social media tools with the highest potential for return
Set metrics, evaluate, and fine-tune...

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David Kelley: How to build your creative confidence | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Is your school or workplace divided into "creatives" versus practical people? Yet surely, David Kelley suggests, creativity is not the domain of only a chosen few.
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A Primer on How to Create A Sound Social Media Policy - Forbes

A Primer on How to  Create A Sound Social Media Policy - Forbes | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it
Creating a sound social media policy now will allow companies to gain the value social media can provide now while minimizing the legal headaches social media can create later.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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The Ultimate Glossary: 120 Social Media Marketing Terms Explained

The Ultimate Glossary: 120 Social Media Marketing Terms Explained | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it
New social media applications launch every day and existing applications continue to evolve and add new features.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Google Updates Its Search Results, Makes Them Filled With More Junk

Google Updates Its Search Results, Makes Them Filled With More Junk | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it
Type "orange" into Google. The first eight responses include a color, a county, a telecommunications company, an amp brand, and a children's ministry curriculum.
Google wants to clear things up.
Today it launched "Knowledge Graph," a search database of over 500 million topics, with separate entries for "orange" the fruit and "orange" the county.

 

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Data visualization doesn’t matter

Data visualization doesn’t matter | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it

Visual.ly analyzed the top 30 infographics posted on their site and determined that data visualization doesn't matter:

Data visualization certainly matters when it comes to conveying information effectively, but when it comes to sharing, the answer is no: having data to represent is not a critical ingredient in infographics. More than half, or 53%, of the top 30 graphics do not contain data visualization. And by data visualization, we mean visual objects that are sized, colored, or positioned to represent numerical values.

I think what they actually mean is that data visualization is not the sole factor of a successful visualization. Since they are only analyzing the top 30 infographics, the minority 47% that had data visualization are still very successful. It would be a different story if the 53% of infographics without dataviz were the top successes and the 47% with dataviz were the bottom losers.

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Evolution of the Web: Social Media and Your Brand | Loyalty360.org

Evolution of the Web: Social Media and Your Brand | Loyalty360.org | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it
According to a recent Nielsen report, Americans now spend more time on Facebook than on any other website. An average American spends 23 percent of their online time on a social networking site – twice the amount of time spent on the number two category, online games. To further put this into context, time spent on the 75 “other” online categories combined – sports, music and personals among others – accounts for only 35 percent of Americans’ total Internet time.
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A Collection of Eye Catching Poster Design|Noupe

A Collection of Eye Catching Poster Design|Noupe | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it

Poster design is a true art form. Often the best posters will be bold, eye catching and visually intense, yet minimal and elegant at the same time. As with logo design, often a great poster will be great for what it omits, as well as what it features.

Really the effectiveness of a poster’s design depends upon it’s purpose. Whilst some posters require a basic typographic treatment, others may suit an elaborate visual design. When designing your own posters always try to bear in mind the poster’s audience, and what you are representing.

Often poster designs will need to be pixel perfect, and very carefully designed as they will be printed at very high resolutions. The smallest details will become more obvious in this medium, so it is important for the designer to take extra care in their process.

Today we have featured a wide range of poster designs, each demonstrating a different style, purpose and agenda. We were also lucky enough to speak with James White, and receive permission to feature his inspired poster designs.

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'Digistalgia': Has Social Media Shaped Teen Attitudes to Brands? | Social Media Today

'Digistalgia': Has Social Media Shaped Teen Attitudes to Brands? | Social Media Today | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it
I think, or at least imagine, it has always been the case that a shorter passage of time need pass before nostalgic tendencies develop in younger people.

To a teenage girl, a few years will clearly appear to be a far longer time span than to a woman twice her age.

However, the digital age appears to have ushered in a new era of early-onset nostalgia.

In much of the social media research I’ve done, younger teens are increasingly reflective when discussing brands that they used to eat, drink or play with only a couple of years ago.
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3 Ways a Stock Photo Can Make or Break Your Blog | Social Media Today

3 Ways a Stock Photo Can Make or Break Your Blog | Social Media Today | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it

"If a picture is worth a thousand words and an Instagram photo is apparently worth a billion to Facebook, where does that leave the stock photo? Somewhere in the middle ground to be sure, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t use that neutral space to work to your advantage with your social media outlets.

The stock photo, for anyone unsure of the concept, is a photograph that is purchased and licensed for specific purposes online. If you need an image to accompany a written article and you don’t have one that you own or that you have permission to use, the stock photo is the way to go because for a small fee you can buy a professional picture and have the right to use it in whatever capacity you see fit (to a point though that I’ll touch on in a moment.)"

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Elon Musk Is The Most Inspiring Entrepreneur In The World

Elon Musk Is The Most Inspiring Entrepreneur In The World | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it
This morning, Elon Musk's other startup, SpaceX made history.
At 9:56 A.M. eastern time, the International Space Station successfully captured a SpaceX Dragon supply capsule.
In an era where the smartest, most celebrated entrepreneurs are working on photo sharing applications, or social networks, it is inspiring to see Musk tackling much bigger, truly world changing industries.
Years ago, it seemed ridiculous that an entrepreneur could successfully complete a space mission.
And yet, here we are.
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Top 10 Cloud Cases | Networking Exchange Blog

Top 10 Cloud Cases | Networking Exchange Blog | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it
I had the pleasure of being a keynote speaker at the Chinese Institute of Engineers Spring Fair Technical Symposium at the University of Arlington recently. The energy and buzz of science competitions and experiments being conducted in the campus made it a very energizing experience.
Young minds, competing with robots, interesting projects made of aluminum, wood and all kinds of materials, gizmos, sharpening their skills and getting ready for the future took me back right to my Engineering days. Only this time I was on the other side of the lectern and addressing a mix of students and working professional all ears to hear about Cloud Computing.
The proceedings were kicked off by Dr. Hans-Joachim Adler, a Professor and Director in the School of Management at UT Dallas, who shared his views on Cloud Computing, its evolution in the technology landscape and drew parallels between an electric grid and a computing grid – and predicted utility computing was here to stay. He also commented how higher education is changing and remote learning would lend itself very well to Cloud Computing.
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Leap Motion

Hands-free motion control, a technology pioneered by Nintendo's Wii and later improved upon by Microsoft's Kinect, just took a very big leap forward. Industries from gaming to surgery to architecture, engineering, and design may never be the same.
With the unveiling today of its Leap 3D motion control system, a San Francisco startup called Leap Motion has, well, leapfrogged the state of the art in this young field, giving users the ability to control what's on their computers with hundredth of a millimeter accuracy and introducing touch-free gestures like pinch-to-zoom.
Leap, which comprises both a small USB input device and a sophisticated software platform, is expected to cost $70. But while users will have to wait until early next year to get their hands on it, what the company is showing today seems likely to get developers and users in a wide range of industries very, very excited.
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Charlie Rose - Larry Page, Founder & CEO, Google

Charlie Rose - Larry Page, Founder & CEO, Google | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it
Larry Page, Founder & CEO, Google...


from Darin--an engaging interview by the best interviewer, Charlie Rose, and one of the best CEOs, Larry Page.

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America's Most Promising Companies: The Top 20 - Forbes

America's Most Promising Companies: The Top 20 - Forbes | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it

 

What if someone told you the most promising company in America aimed to compete with multiple multibillion-dollar giants in a traditional industry with un-software-like profit margins? Then what if they told you that the same company had clocked explosive growth through the deepest recession in recent memory—and it was just getting started?

Meet Smashburger, tops on our new list of America’s 100 Most Promising Companies–privately held up-and-comers with compelling business models, strong management teams, notable customers, strategic partners and precious investment capital. Since 2007, the Denver-headquartered patty chain will have grown to 143 locations (half company-owned, half franchised) and $54 million in annual revenue by the end of 2011. Another 450 franchise agreements are already on the books. 

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Social Media Marketing Kit

Social Media Marketing Kit | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it
Grab HubSpot's free Social Media Marketing Kit to harness the power of Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to get found by more potential customers.

 

from Darin--Brief registration form to receive 3 free, useful guides.

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Best social media apps for Android

Best social media apps for Android | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it
The Internet has become part of the lives of the younger generations.

Via Jaana Nyström, Darin L. Hammond
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Google's First Tablet Will Start Shipping Next Month [REPORT]

Google's First Tablet Will Start Shipping Next Month [REPORT] | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it
Google is getting ready to start shipping its 7-inch tablet next month, DigiTimes reports.
This is Google's first time releasing its own tablet, in partnership with Asus. The tablet was originally supposed to ship in May, but it was pushed back until July to fix some pricing and design issues. Now, it seems the company has fixed the issues ahead of time.
DigiTimes reports hearing from its supply chain sources that Google will initially ship about 600,000 of these tablets in June, with plans to ship somewhere between 2-2.5 million by the end of the year.
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/googles-first-tablet-will-start-shipping-next-month-report-2012-5#ixzz1vnPh0Yro
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Text mining: what do publishers have against this hi-tech research tool?

Text mining: what do publishers have against this hi-tech research tool? | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it
Researchers push for end to publishers' default ban on computer scanning of tens of thousands of papers to find links between genes and diseases

A DNA sequence is examined: text mining allows links to be discovered that would never have been noticed during manual searches. Photograph: Simon Belcher/Alamy
Professor Peter Murray-Rust was looking for new ways to make better drugs. Dr Heather Piwowar wanted to track how scientific papers were cited and shared by researchers around the world. Dr Casey Bergman wanted to create a way for busy doctors and scientists to quickly navigate the latest research in genetics, to help them treat patients and further their research.

All of them needed access to tens of thousands of research papers at once, so they could use computers to look for unseen patterns and associations across the millions of words in the articles. This technique, called text mining, is a vital 21st-century research method. It uses powerful computers to find links between drugs and side effects, or genes and diseases, that are hidden within the vast scientific literature. These are discoveries that a person scouring through papers one by one may never notice.
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Our Favorite Memes

Our Favorite Memes | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it
Memes that amuse us! (Pinterest board of the day: Our Favorite Memes!
from Darin--not discussing the science of memetics, but the Internet conception of memes.
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Analog Art| Noupe

Analog Art| Noupe | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it

For most of us, one of the first tools we use for drawing pictures (beyond the crayons and finger paint of our early days) is a pencil. Be it a lead based or colored pencil, these analog artist tools are still a big staple among artists and designers alike. As designers many of us keep our handy notebooks and pencils within reach for the beginnings of any new designs or projects that come our way. Today’s inspirational collection may just have you reaching for that notebook and pencils before its done.

In this post you will find numerous stunning examples of pencil drawings that will have your jaws on the floor. Shocked that many of these imaginative pieces were created with colored or lead based pencils alone. Such amazing artistry on display, that we are sure it will delight and inspire all of our readers.

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Social Media Etiquette – The Do’s and Don’ts | Social Media Today

Social Media Etiquette – The Do’s and Don’ts | Social Media Today | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it

"From a young age we are told to be polite, listen, say please and thank you and generally respect those around us regardless of their socioeconomic status. So why is that so many people get their social media etiquette all wrong?

In this post we are going to cover the social media etiquette do’s and don’ts that will allow you to make better use of your time and develop deeper, more meaningful relationships.

How to Get Your Social Media Etiquette Right!"

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