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Humanity, Community and Technology in School | Practical Theory

Humanity, Community and Technology in School | Practical Theory | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
The potential for that to be a force for good is near limitless, but we should be thoughtfully skeptical when we think about the uses of educational technology especially when it comes to the larger issue of school reform and the ...
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Scout brings home security to the Internet age (and it's cheap) - NBCNews.com (blog)

Scout brings home security to the Internet age (and it's cheap) - NBCNews.com (blog) | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Scout brings home security to the Internet age (and it's cheap)
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Home security systems are often complicated, expensive, and pretty outdated.
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KAIST develops wireless power transfer technology for high capacity transit - EurekAlert (press release)

KAIST develops wireless power transfer technology for high capacity transit - EurekAlert (press release) | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
KAIST develops wireless power transfer technology for high capacity transit EurekAlert (press release) Daejeon, Republic of Korea, 13 February 2013—The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and the Korea Railroad Research...
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Learning history through technology - The Edwardsville Intelligencer

Learning history through technology
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Nelson Elementary second grade teacher Kelly Schaefer knows the value that technology offers as a teaching tool for her students, and she uses technology every chance she gets.
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45 Insanely Great Gaming Website Designs Inspire

45 Insanely Great Gaming Website Designs Inspire | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Game websites are gaining a lot of popularity as of late and better the website, better is the fan following. Moreover, game websites are also one of the most profitable ones around.

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Need to design a great User Interface for LOTS of data? Take a look at gaming website design. These 45 Insanely Great Gaming Websites pack a lot of infomration into every page.


Hard for me to judge the efficiency or acceptance of these messages since I am not a gamer, but I suspect people who play these games feel right at home on these websites and we can "StealThis on how to organize and flow data, instruction and call to actions from any number of these designs. 

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21 Social Media Marketing Tips From the Pros | Social Media ...

21 Social Media Marketing Tips From the Pros | Social Media ... | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Social media marketing tips: Here's what these social media experts recommend you focus on to successfully market your business on social media.

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Free WiFi For the Masses? Not So Fast | Mercatus

Free WiFi For the Masses? Not So Fast | Mercatus | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
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This points out the truth that neither Wi-Fi nor the Internet is free. consumers as customers and or tax payers pay for it to be there and thrive. The fight to keep the Internet open access "net nuetrality" does not assume that it should be free either just open to all to select through the consumer's click what site each supports. It just fights to keep it open access to users who pay for it to be just that open for each person to access. Neither non-profit and for-profit models are free. We should look very broadly at this issue. Most those making the arguments this article makes turn out to be written by pro-industry, for-profit models in their opinion and are very anti-public, anti-non-profit ownership.

 

Both models have a place but for-profits models of ownership, by the very fact they are a "for- profit" models often result in nearly monopoly type ownership as they seek and too often are allowed to buy out competition. The FCC’s caution in not allowing more than 30% of our spectrums to go up for the usual power grab at auction to the highest bidder to be owned by those who mainly have money to buy everything for themselves and their personal profit and interest is wise. Public held spectrums like local municipal Wi-Fi or even running their own infrastructure should certainly be allowed if those citizens so choose. There should be nothing to prevent them from connecting town to town either if they so as citizens decide to expand and join together in their own interest as well. The goal in saving offering much of the white space and lower spectrums to local area non-profit groups is a great goal to encourage more nation wide expressions from citizens across the nation. These opportunities just need to be published more before these types of article convince folks to give up to the for-profit interest before they even new what they had. Sort of like the guy who offers to buy the land you own for a great price because he knows it has billions of barrels of oil and you didn't.

  

The "auctioned" licenses are issued to those who want to come through the local airwaves and be ALLOWED into those areas to provide service for profit. The people in each community should be allowed to choose to go non-profit or have alternatives if they choose and feel they can have local public ownership offerings that serve them as well or better. These would be "owned" as well, just jointly owned by those that are being served. This is also a free market model. Whoever dreamed up the idea that public ownership is not free market forgets that corporations are also joint ownership... most are just the for-profit model. Since when did growing your own garden or owning your own communication system, school and church with your neighbors become socialism and anti-free market? Some areas are best non-profit because they are important to a community and mankind for other values we treasure that may not bring us money riches and are the very reason we go to work.... like paying for homes, have time to enjoy our home, family, friends, nature, dancing, singing and just being alive, spending time and money to learn things we must and also things that enrich our lives, to provide children activities, raising them and spending time and money to be part of that, to care for the elderly and make their life as rich as possible. These are all situations we all share if we live a full life. Don't ever forget "We work to live" even when the push for a few for-profits to own everything is failing to tell us honestly "They want us to live only to work for them and then die fast if we aren't their mamma!"

 

Why should local communities be forced to offer a few major for-profits something they can or choose to do for themselves? That is like a farmer who owns land having to go to auction to buy the right to use his own land. Why should communities be forced to open local air for free or to buy at auction what is already their local spectrums of airwaves? Google is for profit and not a local co-op style format so I don’t know why they would not have to go to action if they plan on becoming a service provider or directly own spectrums.  If service providers want to charge the more to Google because they use more than they already do or for customers to access these services Google and those others mentioned here it does make sense for Google to compete at auction if they plan to end that abuse by ISPs by running their own infrastructure and directly compete as a service provider alternative to the few that survive now. Content providers do pay more for access to more and costumers are already paying to access what they choose. NO one should have to run other infrastructure to dodge ISP, for-profits if they serve us as content providers and costumers are already paying them to do and they do it affordably and WELL.

 

The more expensive for profit model is used because it offers something you can't make on your own, don't care to do or they do better. Like when you don't care or cannot plant your own garden and then you hire someone else to do it. The whole idea of the public model is to co-op ownership by those served or often underserved because the for-profits see these communities as not profitable so they fail to serve many people well. I personally bought cell service to have service in a place where I work and reaching a phone is difficult. The fact is I have good service only when I'm not at work because it has not been seen as a profitable area to provide good service to yet.... They charge as though I have full service and then it's my problem if they don't really have that. "I'm" not in the "right" location. Frankly I would love to try to do connections mostly non-profit because the only time I do get great service is along a main road or in a fairly good size city. I have AT&T, not some small startup and that is what they deliver and many others do no better by much. My point about the big fish eating the other fish is that I never signed up for AT&T, my original cell company that worked fine was eaten at least three times by others and now AT&T. There are already very few for-profit options in the big communication service provider sea now because the big fish already allowed in the 30% of the spectrum sea already ate up the smaller ones just because they had their price or where starved out. This did not improve service much because why should they worry if the competition is gone. They idea that they might have competition instead of ownership emerge for that other 70% of the spectrum scares these companies into action to win us over to let them have most of it. Stand firm FCC!

 

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All-terrain technology for developing countries

All-terrain technology for developing countries | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
EPFL is launching 'EssentialTech,' a unique program in which engineers will in particular produce medical devices custom-designed for the difficult conditions encountered in developing countries.
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Twitter searches to finally include tweets older than one week - NBCNews.com (blog)

Twitter searches to finally include tweets older than one week - NBCNews.com (blog) | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Twitter searches to finally include tweets older than one week
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Twitter has developed a way to bring up tweets older than a week in searches, potentially putting an end to a common frustration among users.
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Eric Schmidt to sell 42% of stake in Google - The Guardian

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Google chairman Eric Schmidt is planning to sell 42% of his stake in the search company over the coming year, worth about $2.5bn (£1.6bn), the company announced on Friday.
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LinkedIn eyes future as professional publishing hub

LinkedIn eyes future as professional publishing hub | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
The company seems set on making business content, not social networking, the focus of the site. Read this article by Jennifer Van Grove on CNET News.
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Edit Away, No Sign-In Needed With Microsoft SkyDrive And Office Web Apps | TechCrunch

Edit Away, No Sign-In Needed With Microsoft SkyDrive And Office Web Apps | TechCrunch | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
A new feature from Microsoft allows people to share and edit documents from SkyDrive in Office Web Apps without the recipient having to sign in to their Microsoft account...
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Information Technology and Democracy, Two Years On | Impact of ...

Information Technology and Democracy, Two Years On | Impact of ... | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
The revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa were widely thought to have been influenced by the internet. It was argued that people were influenced by the free expression on the internet to demand democracy in their ...
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THE LIST: 12 Top Technologies in Education - THE DAILY RIFF - Be ...

THE LIST: 12 Top Technologies in Education - THE DAILY RIFF - Be ... | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
If you've been out of the loop or confused by the deluge of media stories about technology in education, this just-published NMC Horizon Project Short List Report - 2013 Higher Education Edition - is a good quick cheat-sheet ...
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What are your employees really doing on the Internet? - Memphis Business Journal

What are your employees really doing on the Internet? - Memphis Business Journal | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Anywhere from 60 to 80 percent of the time workers spend on the web during the work day has nothing to do with their job. (What are your employees really doing on the Internet?: Anywhere from 60 to 80 percent of the time workers spend ...
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Gifted and talented education: using technology to engage students - The Guardian

Gifted and talented education: using technology to engage students - The Guardian | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
The Guardian Gifted and talented education: using technology to engage students The Guardian Here we have collated some highlights and links from our recent live chat, in association with IGGY, that explored the role of technology in gifted...
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We're a haberdashery for technology and education - Dezeen

We're a haberdashery for technology and education - Dezeen | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Technology Will Save Us talk about DIY technology kits and workshops in this Designed in Hackney Day movie.
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Digimag Journal - Issue 74 / Winter 2013 - Call for papers

Digimag Journal - Issue 74 / Winter 2013 - Call for papers | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Digicult is inviting proposals for an issue addressing the following call topics, especially from individuals such as: curators, critics, hackers, fabbers, creative producers, lab managers, activists, designers, theorists, independent and academic...

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Steve Jobs, Phone Phreaker

Steve Jobs, Phone Phreaker | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
One of the most heartfelt—and unexpected—remembrances of Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide last month at the age of 26, came from Yale professor Edward Tufte.
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"Tufte was never busted for his youthful forays into phone hacking, also known as phone phreaking. He rose to become one of Yale’s most famous professors, a world authority on data visualization and information design. One can’t help but think that Swartz might have followed in the distinguished footsteps of a professor like Tufte, had he lived."


“Aaron’s unique quality was that he was marvelously and vigorously different,” Tufte said, a tear in his eye, as he closed his speech. “There is a scarcity of that. Perhaps we can all be a little more different, too.”

 

 

"Swartz—a brilliant young hacker and activist who was a key force behind many worthy projects, including the RSS 1.0 specification and Creative Commons—killed himself on Jan. 11"...........Curator's insight:  "Activist" whose dream was to "make the world a better place." This is what made him "different" from most everyone else and "different" from nearly every one of the earlier and current famous and tallented hackers. This was his life's work, his dream and his passion. Aaron's dream is what made him different. Yes, if more of us had his dream and a tiny bit of his passion and braveness maybe he wouldn't have felt he needed to go so far out on a limb. 

  


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Tesla Stalled on the E.V. Highway | NYTimes.com

Tesla Stalled on the E.V. Highway | NYTimes.com | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it

Having established a fast-charging foothold in California for its electric cars, Tesla Motors has brought its formula east, opening two ultrafast charging stations in December that would, in theory, allow a speedy electric-car road trip between here and Boston.

 

But as I discovered on a recent test drive of the company’s high-performance Model S sedan, theory can be trumped by reality, especially when Northeast temperatures plunge.

 

Tesla, the electric-car manufacturer run by Elon Musk, the billionaire behind PayPal and SpaceX, offered a high-performance Model S sedan for a trip along the newly electrified stretch of Interstate 95. It seemed an ideal bookend to The Times’s encouraging test drive last September on the West Coast.

 

The new charging points, at service plazas in Newark, Del., and Milford, Conn., are some 200 miles apart. That is well within the Model S’s 265-mile estimated range, as rated by the Environmental Protection Agency, for the version with an 85 kilowatt-hour battery that I drove — and even more comfortably within Tesla’s claim of 300 miles of range under ideal conditions. Of course, mileage may vary.

 

The 480-volt Supercharger stations deliver enough power for 150 miles of travel in 30 minutes, and a full charge in about an hour, for the 85 kilowatt-hour Model S. (Adding the fast-charge option to cars with the midlevel 60 kilowatt-hour battery costs $2,000.) That’s quite a bit longer than it takes to pump 15 gallons of gasoline, but at Supercharger stations Tesla pays for the electricity, which seems a reasonable trade for fast, silent and emissions-free driving. Besides, what’s Sbarro for?

 

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Energy Innovation: Lithium Battery Technology and Economic Growth

Energy Innovation: Lithium Battery Technology and Economic Growth | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Energy storage is a business we must be in, as future economic prosperity depends upon using it to facilitate ever increasing amounts of electronic data and energy.
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Google, Microsoft, And Apple Are Likely Using Technology Held By Mobivity ... - Seeking Alpha

Google, Microsoft, And Apple Are Likely Using Technology Held By Mobivity ... - Seeking Alpha | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Google, Microsoft, And Apple Are Likely Using Technology Held By Mobivity ...
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In March of 2011 CommerceTel Corporation, now Mobivity (MFON.OB), acquired what may be a key patent in the telecommunications and internet sector.
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Snapchat and the Erasable Future of Social Media

The world's hottest photo-sharing app, which features self-destructing pictures, isn't just a better way to flirt. It's about taking control of your digital self
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Confirmed: Google Removes "Not Selected" From Webmaster Tools

Confirmed: Google Removes "Not Selected" From Webmaster Tools | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Google has confirmed the reports of the removal of the “not selected” filter within Google Webmaster Tool’s Index Status report.
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Click here for... Did you know shift happens

Click here for... Did you know shift happens | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Did you know shift happens... Are you keeping up with how fast technology is moving, have you seen the latest video on what's going on? Check it out here.
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Great short video of how fast world shaping shifts are happening.

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