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How BlackBerry blew it: The inside story

How BlackBerry blew it: The inside story | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
Canada’s prized technology company is now confronted with many challenges as it tries to find a model for survival
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Poor Blackberry.  This article is really in-depth and pulls no punches assigning ownership of the company's failure to its top executives.  RIM/Blackberry is going to end up being the caustionary tale of how to ruin yourself in the next crop of business school classes.

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Leap Motion, HP ENVY and the Future of Augmented Reality

Leap Motion, HP ENVY and the Future of Augmented Reality | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
We now have more tools, like Google Glass and HP's ENVY 17 with Leap Motion technology, to make our lives easier and make ourselves more powerful than ever before.
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Augmented reality (or AR) is the natural world we live in, made better; it is augmented by computer-generated inputs like sound, video, or GPS. It’s a conversation you have with your friend, where you can still keep eye contact and check the Yankees score. It’s a jogging route you’ve never taken before, with GPS guidance the whole way to keep you from getting lost. It’s being able to use your fingers to shape a 3D model on your computer, the same way you would if you were molding clay.

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Simon Says Watch This Video of Peter Dinklage on 'Sesame Street'

Peter Dinklage has ditched the drama of Westeros for the wholesome fun of Sesame Street The Game of Thrones actor pops up to play the infamous "Simon" of the the beloved, and often frustrating, childhood game "Simon Says." See also: 10 Delightful...
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He has a great singing voice. 

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Getting a Fair Price: eBay 'My Gadgets' Helps Value Electronics

Getting a Fair Price:  eBay 'My Gadgets' Helps Value Electronics | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
My best eBay days are far behind me, as I now tend to downsize possessions by either giving them away to friends, donating them to Goodwill, or on rare occasion using Craigslist or eBay to sell an item.
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I am so going to try this one out ...

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Yahoo Publishes First Transparency Report

Yahoo Publishes First Transparency Report | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
Yahoo published its first transparency report on Friday, disclosing the number of government requests for data that the company received in the first six months of 2013.
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Dice+ Now Available

Dice+ Now Available | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it

There’s a ton of dice out there on the market. They come in all shapes and sizes and are used for all sorts of games. Dice+ recently hit the market, which adds another die to the list.

For those who don’t know, Dice+ is a digital game die that has LED lights and connects to your tablet or smartphone via Bluetooth. Once connected, the die can be used to play digital games than make use of dice.


Via Deloste
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I am full of nerdful love for these.

Here's the link to the original post: http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/1/4682420/bluetooth-powered-dice-now-available-for-digital-gaming
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Randy Finch's Film: Is the YouTube Economy Screwed?

Randy Finch's Film: Is the YouTube Economy Screwed? | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it

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The Digital Rocking Chair's curator insight, September 1, 2013 1:08 AM

In an excellent analysis of YouTube's MCN (Multichannel Network) environment, Randy Finch asks  "Is the YouTube economy screwed?"

Note, the image above is from an article, cited in Randy's post, that you might also like to read:  The Current YouTube Economy Is In Peril by Fruzsina Eördögh.

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E-Single Review: "Searching for Dave Chappelle" by Jason Zinoman (Kindle Single)

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E-Single Review: "Searching for Dave Chappelle" by Jason Zinoman (Kindle Single)

"If there is a knock against Zinoman’s Kindle Single, it’s that it simply isn’t long enough. I wanted to keep reading. But I think this is an evolving story, as Chappelle has rather quietly rejoined the stand-up comedy circuit."

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I loved Chappelle's show, good to read he's venturing back into the public sphere.

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Where Teens Seek Online Privacy Advice | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

Teens often rely on themselves and the guidance they get from the websites they use to figure out how to manage their privacy online—but when they do seek advice, they go primarily to peers and parents.

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HBO Releases Unseen 'Game of Thrones' Footage

HBO Releases Unseen 'Game of Thrones' Footage | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
Warning: Clip and post contain spoilers.
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And a link to a fun "dating tips" page.

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2 E-Mail Services Close and Destroy Data Rather Than Reveal Files

2 E-Mail Services Close and Destroy Data Rather Than Reveal Files | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
Lavabit shut down, hinting at a secret government order, and Silent Circle, a similar end-to-end encrypted e-mail provider, followed suit.
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“Could you imagine what would happen if Mark Zuckerberg or Larry Page decided to shut down Facebook or Google rather than answer National Security Letters? They couldn’t. They would be fired,” Mr. Schneier wrote on his blog. “When the small companies can no longer operate, it’s another step in the consolidation of the surveillance society.”

 

Asil Note:  One of my clients looked at using Silent Circle as an email hosting service.  Good know they were serious about keeping their client's emails safe.  I hope this action spurs people to use their text and phone service.

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A Beginner's Guide To Making Your First Video Game

A Beginner's Guide To Making Your First Video Game | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it

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Hans Heesterbeek's curator insight, August 6, 2013 2:45 AM

Could be usefull. I'm not experineced in makeing games. But for some projects it could be useful. Wouldn't it be better, smarte and quicker to get somebody involved how knows the busines or are these tools for concepting? 

@CotCotCotApps's curator insight, August 6, 2013 9:31 PM

Some good advice: learn by doing, start small and be ready to fail! 

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Beautiful Illustrations by Shinya Okayama

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Set of beautiful illustrations by Japanese artist Shinya Okayama.

Via Annie Brightstar, Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist
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These are really lovely.

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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, August 3, 2013 1:30 PM

Shinya Okayama is a 31-year-old traditional artist / painter born in the Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. In 2007 Shinya graduated from the Sokei Academy of Fine Art & Design. If you’re into fairy tale illustrations, these is a must for you. Click and Enjoy!

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Mokko Studio VFX Producer Marc A. Rousseau on Riddick

Mokko Studio VFX Producer Marc A. Rousseau on Riddick | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it

The filmmakers, working in Montreal on an independently financed threequel to the 2000 sleeper hit Pitch Black, needed to find a facility that could bring to life the otherworldly monsters and alien jackals with dog-like personalities that populate the planet where beefy antihero Riddick (Vin Diesel) is stranded. Mokko ended up leading the charge, completing more than 300 shots on the film, including conceptualizing, building, and animating the creatures; mud and water simulations related to the splashing action of the mud demons; and some digital environment work.

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Its good to see Vin Diesel back in the Riddick storyworld.

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'The Walking Dead' Showrunner Speaks Out About Exit

'The Walking Dead' Showrunner Speaks Out About Exit | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
Glen Mazzara opened up about why he left the AMC series. During a panel discussion at the annual National Association of Television Program Executives Conference, Mazzara said he was never in complete control of the hit zombie drama.
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It will be interesting to see how (if) the new season changes dramatically, now its being helmed by Scott Gimple. 

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Finding Movie Inspiration in NASA's Real Science: The Case Study of Europa ... - Huffington Post

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Finding Movie Inspiration in NASA's Real Science: The Case Study of Europa ...
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Hollywood is in the midst of a science-fiction boom, yet few of its sci-fi movies are based on real science.

Via Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist
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Science is cool

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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, September 21, 2013 11:47 AM

Whether it's the stunning images from the Mars Curiosity rover, or the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes' observations of a dazzling array of exoplanets, or the announcement that Voyager 1 has become the first human-made object to leave the solar system, NASA is daily generating storylines that provoke the imagination and expand our horizons.

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Physical and virtual gaming worlds collide in Lexus IS Hybrid promo - Autoblog (blog)

Physical and virtual gaming worlds collide in Lexus IS Hybrid promo - Autoblog (blog) | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
Physical and virtual gaming worlds collide in Lexus IS Hybrid promo
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This is really, really cool.
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LG Ultra HD 84" TV Commercial (METEOR EXPLODES DURING JOB INTERVIEW)

LG=window


Via k3hamilton
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What I want to know is ... did all those people get jobs?

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Sad Mans Tongue's comment, September 12, 2013 12:37 PM
Oh my god i pissed my pants laughing.
burlysand's comment, September 24, 2013 3:30 AM
Thats tremendous...
Asil's comment, September 26, 2013 4:09 PM
It cracks me up, every time I watch it.
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'Spirited Away' Director Hayao Miyazaki Is Retiring

'Spirited Away' Director Hayao Miyazaki Is Retiring | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
You had better enjoy anime legend Hayao Miyazaki's next film, The Wind Rises, because it'll be his last.
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So that's it. With The Wind Rises, the legendary career that has produced such classics as Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle will come to an end.

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How We Killed Privacy -- in 4 Easy Steps - by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and ... - Foreign Policy (blog)

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How We Killed Privacy -- in 4 Easy Steps - by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and ...

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Four distinct factors have interacted to kill electronic privacy: a legal framework that has remained largely static since the 1970s, significant changes in our use of rapidly evolving technology, commercial providers' increasingly intrusive tracking of our every online habit, and a growth in non-state threats that has made governments the world over obsess about uncovering these dangers.

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How Google Could Really Help To Reward Original Image Authors Online | Wired.com

How Google Could Really Help To Reward Original Image Authors Online | Wired.com | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
The battle for fair use is unfair to anyone who plays by the old rules and tries to share with the artists because human creatives can’t compete with the automated services that aren’t sharing with the artists.

Via Robin Good
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I love the idea of fair-use algorithms, programmed to respect the meta-data tags of uploaded content. 

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Robin Good's curator insight, August 14, 2013 12:23 PM



Peter Wayner on Wired ponders the issue of fair use from a small, independent publisher point of view and asks some really good questions about what Google could actually do to encourage and reward those who create and bring new insight to the internet — not just those that remix it.


He writes: "What if the researchers at these companies could improve their bots enough for the algorithms to make intelligent decisions about fair use?


If their systems can organize the web and drive cars, surely they are capable of shouldering some of the responsibility for making smart decisions about fair use.


Such tools could help identify blogs or websites that borrow too aggressively from other sites. The search engines that are crawling the net could then use that information to flag sites that cross the line from fair use into plagiarism.


Google, for example, already has tools that find music in videos uploaded to YouTube, and then shares the revenue with the creators.


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The fair-use algorithms could also honor what the artist wants — for instance, some artists want to be copied. In these cases, a markup language that enumerates just how much the artist wants to encourage fair use could help provide that choice.


That way, those who want rampant copying could encourage it while those who want to maintain exclusivity could dial back the limits."


I can't but agree 110% with these suggestions.


As a curator I feel that there is a strong need for policing fair use and for greater transparency by those who choose to re-use other people content.


I am not for laws, and fines, but yes I am for tools that could tell me who is being fair in re-using and crediting / licensing other people's work, and who is not. Such tools could also motivate me to create more original visual work without fearing that other people would just steal it and re-use it as theirs.


Excellent suggestions. Recommended. Good questions being asked. 9/10


Full article: http://www.wired.com/opinion/2013/08/some-arguments-about-fair-use-pit-humans-against-machines/




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Kepler Spacecraft's Planet-Hunting Days Are Over

Kepler Spacecraft's Planet-Hunting Days Are Over | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
The revolutionary planet-hunting activities of NASA's prolific Kepler space telescope have come to an end.
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Kepler has detected 3,548 candidate planets to date, 135 of which have been confirmed by follow-up observations. Mission scientists expect more than 90% of the observatory's finds will end up being the real deal.

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Tastemade Raises Another $10 Million To Expand Burgeoning Food Network

Tastemade Raises Another $10 Million To Expand Burgeoning Food Network | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it
YouTube multi-channel network Tastemade has raised $10 million to fund its mobile app and its food-focused slate of programs and partners.
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YESASIA: Ghost in the Shell: Arise 1 (Blu-ray)(Multi-Lang) For Sale

YESASIA: Ghost in the Shell: Arise 1 (Blu-ray)(Multi-Lang) For Sale | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it

The cyberpunk classic Ghost in the Shell gets a reboot in the four-part anime film series Ghost in the Shell: Arise. Produced by Production I.G., Arise offers a prequel to Shirow Masamune's original manga, revealing the story behind how heroine Kusanagi Motoko came to be the cyber-crime fighting Major of Section 9. Directed by Kise Kazuchika and written by Ubukata Tow (Mardock Scramble), Arise features new character designs and different voice casting from previous Ghost in the Shell releases.

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This is one of my favorite anime series every ... perhaps one day it will come to Amazon.

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Why the Internet May Actually Be Good for the Future of TV

Why the Internet May Actually Be Good for the Future of TV | Stuff that Tweaks | Scoop.it

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The Digital Rocking Chair's curator insight, July 30, 2013 3:33 PM

Graeme McMillan:  "Is the Internet bad for television? Maybe not: Evidence suggests that the web makes people watch more television, and get more engaged with TV advertising" ....

Hans Heesterbeek's curator insight, July 31, 2013 5:02 AM

Is internet bad for tv? This explains the situation in the US. Does someone knows if it's the same in Europe? My gut feeling tells me that here in the Netherlands TV still has a big chunk of the market. People use tablets and other possibilties as second screen. Futher I have the feeling TV is used as it always is used and at know, this moment in time, watching TV is almost the same as it was a few years ago except for the second screen. Who can tell?