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How open data is transforming democracy in Africa – and the challenges it faces - The Next Web

How open data is transforming democracy in Africa – and the challenges it faces - The Next Web | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
How open data is transforming democracy in Africa – and the challenges it faces The Next Web One of the key points raised by Gorbis in the presentation was the shifting of governance away from politicians and governments towards the citizens thanks...
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I'm liking this move to a power shift through technology. I hope this trend moves forward and is here to stay1

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YouTube to offer facilities and experts to help 100 advertisers to build content

YouTube to offer facilities and experts to help 100 advertisers to build content | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Pilot, which includes American Express and PepsiCo, is set to try to lure major companies away from TV ads YouTube is to start offering 100 major advertisers facilities and experts to help them build content for its video-sharing platform, in its...
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YouTube begins to get into content for profit ad making endeavors

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SYNNEX VISUALSolv Group Now Selling Promethean Technology in Education - DailyFinance

SYNNEX VISUALSolv Group Now Selling Promethean Technology in Education - DailyFinance | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
SYNNEX VISUALSolv Group Now Selling Promethean Technology in Education
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"The SYNNEX VISUALSolv team is very pleased to extend our relationship with Promethean to include its education solutions.
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This is an interesting article/ ad for those thinking about education and technology and the money to be spent and made in that area.  What one major company offers and sees in its future relationship with education and technology is stated here.

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New Technology Allows the Mind to Control Prosthetic Limbs - Mashable

New Technology Allows the Mind to Control Prosthetic Limbs - Mashable | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
New Technology Allows the Mind to Control Prosthetic Limbs
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Our brains, which control our movements, may soon be able to control the movement of prosthetic limbs as well.
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This is tech at it's best!

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Edward Snowden and the Real Issues

Edward Snowden and the Real Issues | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
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Quite the contrary.  Had he wanted to aid an enemy and hurt the United States, he would not have gone public. He would have secretly disclosed very different information to the agents of a foreign power.

Which raises the question:  Why can’t these politicians respect Mr. Snowden for what he is: an ordinary young man who does not claim to be a hero, but is willing to go to jail, if necessary, to start a debate over what our bloated intelligence community and do-nothing Congress are doing to our liberties?

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Ministers to reveal British link to US data spying scandal

Ministers to reveal British link to US data spying scandal | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
MPs demand to know if UK spies bypassed law on intercepts, as Google denies allowing security agents access (RT @LeeJasper: Prism, NSA and GCHQ: We live in a free democracy right?
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Spying on a nations citizens without a warrant or due process is not an area the USA needs to be the global leader of. This is not what our country was founded on or why it is still admired by many. We want to hold to our founding values and keep earned admiration and not alter our course to oppression instead of progression..

 

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How the US uses technology to mine more data more quickly - Economic Times

How the US uses technology to mine more data more quickly - Economic Times | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Economic Times How the US uses technology to mine more data more quickly Economic Times When American analysts hunting terrorists sought new ways to comb through the troves of phone records, emails and other data piling up as digital communications...
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So how do how does our government and industries by on us? Here is some insight. How do you feel anbout using our tax dollars and the money we pay for phone and internet services to help our governmnet and companies spy on us? When Anonymous or other citizens spy on the government and companies that want us to let them spy on us they go to jail. In this country they want to keep them there for 30 years or more unless they can make a deal....no one ever says what the deal is......Could it be jail less time if they to help them spy on us or help catch others to cut deals to help spy on us? What is the deal?

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Information Security Officer | Jobs in Qatar by Mowasalat | GulfTalent.com

Information Security Officer | Jobs in Qatar by Mowasalat | GulfTalent.com | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Information Security Officer vacancy in Qatar with Mowasalat.
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Need a job?

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Google: Motorola's tattoos could replace passwords - Telegraph

Google: Motorola's tattoos could replace passwords - Telegraph | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Motorola’s forthcoming phones could use electronic tattoos or pills to identify users, it has been announced. (Google's New World Order just around the corner and you become 'Chipped' V.01 - Welcome to Tyranny Sheep....
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OK this does sound a bit new world order like and spooky if these were to become permanent tatoos. Sounds somewhat like branding cattle.

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You Don't Have to Be a Geek to Be Successful in Tech! - The NextWomen Business Magazine

You Don't Have to Be a Geek to Be Successful in Tech! - The NextWomen Business Magazine | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
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You Don't Have to Be a Geek to Be Successful in Tech!
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The selection of Marissa Mayer as the CEO of Yahoo put women in technology well and truly in the spotlight.
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Here's an update on successful women in tech.

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LinkedIn becoming more like other social networks - Los Angeles Times

LinkedIn becoming more like other social networks Los Angeles Times "Whether it's a thought provoking presentation about the future of big data or it's a picture of an inspirational quote, or perhaps it's an infographic showing the top trends...
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This true, only the discussions are more work related and often really informative. LInkedIn  is starting to work as a PLN.

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Tiny humidifier works with any water bottle - Gizmag

Tiny humidifier works with any water bottle - Gizmag | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
The Amazing Humidifier is a travel-sized device that creates water vapor from a store-bought bottle of water.
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I thought this little device was interesting.

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Grading Apple's digital textbook technology - Macworld

Grading Apple's digital textbook technology - Macworld | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Grading Apple's digital textbook technology Macworld “We want them to be interactive, we want them to have videos embedded, we want them to be easy to purchase,” said Eric Anderson, director of information technology for Archbishop Mitty High...
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I do see this as the future of reading in school as it goes more multimedia.

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SA, Boeing in Titanium Technology Deal - AllAfrica.com

SA, Boeing in Titanium Technology Deal - AllAfrica.com | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
SA, Boeing in Titanium Technology Deal
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... Africa's development goals and the competitiveness of Boeing products," Santos said.
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Investors in Boeing might find this interesting!

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Google unveils its Project Loon Wi-Fi balloons - in pictures - The Guardian

Google unveils its Project Loon Wi-Fi balloons - in pictures - The Guardian | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Google unveils its Project Loon Wi-Fi balloons - in pictures
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Google is releasing 30 hi-tech balloons in a trial of technology designed to bring the internet to places where people are not yet connected.
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Google tries a new way to bring the internet to those with no access.

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Technology in schools: Basic drills. Watching videos.

Technology in schools: Basic drills. Watching videos. | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
The Center for American Progress released a new report today on technology use in schools, concluding that schools were not using technology to its fullest potential.
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The study states: "Across the nation, we found that many schools were using technology in the same way that they have always used technology; students are using drill and practice programs to hone basic skills. Students are passively watching videos and DVDs. Too many students do not have access to hands-on science projects. In short, there is little indication that technology has revolutionized our nation’s school system."

 

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Amazon Creates A 3D Printing Store, Vaulting The Technology Into The ... - TechCrunch

Amazon Creates A 3D Printing Store, Vaulting The Technology Into The ... - TechCrunch | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Amazon Creates A 3D Printing Store, Vaulting The Technology Into The ...
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OK! Are you ready to print your own 3D? Here it comes!

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Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D.: Dreaming in the Digital Age: The Impact of New Database Technologies

Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D.: Dreaming in the Digital Age: The Impact of New Database Technologies | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
If privacy protection is taken as the shared responsibility of both the participant and the database host, the risks don't disappear, but they shrink down to a size that makes it possible to balance them with the upside potentials.
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In developing the SDDb and working with SHADOW I've tried to respond to these concerns by emphasizing 1) the practical measures we can take to protect people's privacy and 2) the benefits of becoming a participant in a large-scale database.

Regarding privacy, the participants can set the standard by altering or removing any personally identifying details (like the names of people and places) in their dream reports. Participants can also exclude any content they simply don't feel comfortable sharing. I encourage people to be as forthcoming as possible, but I always let them know it's their decision about how much to share.

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In developing the SDDb and working with SHADOW I've tried to respond to these concerns by emphasizing 1) the practical measures we can take to protect people's privacy and 2) the benefits of becoming a participant in a large-scale database.

Regarding privacy, the participants can set the standard by altering or removing any personally identifying details (like the names of people and places) in their dream reports. Participants can also exclude any content they simply don't feel comfortable sharing. I encourage people to be as forthcoming as possible, but I always let them know it's their decision about how much to share.

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China Reveals First Space-Based Quantum Communications Experiment - MIT Technology Review

China Reveals First Space-Based Quantum Communications Experiment MIT Technology Review The ability to send perfectly secure messages from one location on the planet to another has obvious and immediate appeal to governments, the military and...
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Well, now maybe they can put important data somewhere safe and there is no need to assume we are all criminals and spy on us without even getting a warrant to collect information and data. This sounds like an impressive achievement. Now if China is really stealing and hacking for secrets everyone will wonder if it was their idea or did they take it from somewhere  else. That is another reason for everyone to play fair because then people trust you really did what you deserve credit for.

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Embracing Technology in High School Curriculums | EdLab

Embracing Technology in High School Curriculums | EdLab | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
This article reflects on how a high school in Napa, California views technology as an essential element to education. The New Technology High School encompasses laptops into their curriculum by assigning project-based ...
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Project based learning is a very motivational way to learn.

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Apple Has Sights on 'Gaze Detection' Technology - Mashable

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Apple Has Sights on 'Gaze Detection' Technology
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Could future iPhone or iPad devices have gaze detection technology? A new patent application recently filed by Apple reveals the company has its sights set on reading eye movement.
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How about the idea of your technology reading you maybe even better than you read it?

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Special Needs Students Teach Others About Assistive Technologies - WNYC (blog)

Special Needs Students Teach Others About Assistive Technologies - WNYC (blog) | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Special Needs Students Teach Others About Assistive Technologies
WNYC (blog)
"The idea is that they're tools, not cures," said Axler, who used reading and writing technologies throughout school to help with his dyslexia and dysgraphia.
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What a great way for technology to empower a person!

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Edward O. Wilson's 'Letters to a Young Scientist' - New York Times

Edward O. Wilson's 'Letters to a Young Scientist' - New York Times | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Edward O. Wilson's 'Letters to a Young Scientist' New York Times Readers will find encouragement and inspirational maxims scattered throughout the book: “So much has been written, yet so very little is known.” “A real scientist is someone who can...
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Here is something to share with your favorite young curious friend, relative or student.

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Apple Ruling to Get Into Who Can Use Standard Technology - Bloomberg

Apple Ruling to Get Into Who Can Use Standard Technology - Bloomberg | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
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Apple Ruling to Get Into Who Can Use Standard Technology
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Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s legal battle with Samsung Electronics Co.
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Here is something to watch as the technology moves forward. 

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Best Website Design Companies of May 2013 Released by 10 Best Design | Breaking Business News, Headlines, Stories and Video - CBS News

@10BestDesign ranks the top #web #design companies. @Kohactive is a winner! - http://t.co/7uzNlm0Mjl
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Here are the award winners of Website Design. Have fun exploring.

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