Wednesday, March 19, 2014

BBC News - Robot writes LA Times earthquake breaking news article

BBC News - Robot writes LA Times earthquake breaking news article

The Los Angeles Times was the first newspaper to publish a story about an earthquake on Monday - thanks to a robot writer.

Journalist and programmer Ken Schwencke created an algorithm
that automatically generates a short article when an earthquake occurs.
Mr Schwencke told Slate magazine that it took around three minutes for the story to appear online.

"Robo-journalism" is increasingly being used in newsrooms worldwide.

The LA Times is a pioneer in the technology which draws on
trusted sources - such as the US Geological Survey - and places data
into a pre-written template.

Monday, March 10, 2014

What You Think You Know About the Web Is Wrong |

What You Think You Know About the Web Is Wrong |

If you’re an average reader, I’ve got your attention for 15 seconds, so
here goes: We are getting a lot wrong about the web these days.

We confuse what people have clicked on for what they’ve read. We mistake
sharing for reading.

We race towards new trends like native advertising without fixing what was wrong with the old ones and make the same mistakes all over again.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Networking newsletter: new model - new offer

Dear Partner,

Let us bring to your attention the latest members of our PingBrother product family, the EPIW114-XXXX series, at an unbelievably competitive price.

Exclusively for our distributors and system integrator partners, we offer these products at a price of
EUR 59 / pc
for orders over 10 units.If you need more pieces, please contact us for an even better offer.

The EPIW114 series has been developed based on eedback from our partners, and the product does not contain POE selector slide switches. The POE output of the ethernet ports can be pre-customized based on the purchase order number, so you can find the right configuration for any application method or area. The benefits of this version are the reduced occurrence of errors and a more competitive price.

Features of EPIW114-xxxx

  • POE switch for standard or passive-POE devices
  • Manageable POE power
  • Management of any devices by contact outlets
  • Monitoring with measuring of the
    • Inpout voltage
    • Internal temperature
  • Manageable automatic watchdog functions
  • Watched events:
    • Lost ping of any host
    • Faulty http answer of any host
  • Automatic watchdog responses:
    • Turn ON/OFF/RESET of the POE power
    • Control of any other device by contact outlets
    • Email warning
  • Free management software to remotely control several devices in one clear GUI
  • SNMP remote management

EPIW114-xxxx ordering codes:

  Adjustable POE power on
Model Eth1 Eth2 Eth3 Eth4
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PingBrother is

a 4 port industrial 10/100 passive POE ethernet switch and IP watchdog with built in web based GUI.  It is an intelligent device, which watches a lot of qualities of its environment, such as input voltage, temperature, current consumption of the connected POE devices, operability of any network devices (ping, http availability), water leakage or condensation.

It gives a user defined response, for example turns off /on or reset the power of the POE ethernet ports, controls any connected device by its relay contact, and/or sends an email.

PingBrother can work on nearly any low voltage (8-56V DC or 9-42V AC), and can distribute its input power to any kind of connected standard or non standard POE devices (PD).

PingBrother can manage other, non-IP devices through the relay contacts connected to the terminal blocks.



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Friday, January 03, 2014

Cycle Highways

Lord Norman Foster, renowned architect and founder of Foster + Partners, has proposed a massive network of elevated pathways for cyclists in London. Dubbed 'SkyCycle,' the cycling routes would follow London's vast suburban rail network for over 220 kilometers (136 miles), allowing cyclists to traverse the UK's capital without encountering cars or pedestrians.

SkyCycle would consist of a number of routes, most of which would connect with other lines at points. Each route would be able to accommodate 12,000 cyclists per hour.

The network as a whole would serve almost six million people, half of whom live and work within 10 minutes of one of its 200 entrances. As the majority of London's rail network was created in the steam era, the tracks follow the path of least resistance, avoiding steep gradients and making them ideal routes for cycling

Sunday, November 17, 2013


The NSA has asked Linus Torvalds to inject covert backdoors into the free and open operating system GNU/Linux.

This was revealed in this week’s hearing on mass surveillance in the European Parliament.

Chalk another one up of the United States NSA trying to make information technology less secure for everyone.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Marketing in digital age

It’s been nearly half a century since Philip Kotler first published his Principles of Marketing, which has defined the practice of millions of professionals worldwide ever since.  It’s no stretch to say that before Kotler, there was no true marketing profession.

What made Kotler different than what came before is that he took insights from other fields, such as economics, social science and analytics and applied them to the marketing arena.  Although that may seem basic now, it was groundbreaking then.

Today technology is transforming marketing once again.  Although up to this point, most of the impact has been tactical, over the next decade or so there will be a major strategic transformation.  This, of course, will be a much harder task because we will not only have to change what we do, but how we think.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Pinterest gets funding

According to several sources, Pinterest has completed another enormous funding, this time nabbing $225 million with late-stage investor Fidelity Investments in the lead.

The new infusion of cash — which comes on the heels of a very recent and massive funding in February of $200 million that valued the social scrapbooking company at $2.5 billion — pegs the latest valuation of Pinterest at $3.8 billion.

Education and health

Education and health care jobs are so attractive because unlike manufacturing jobs, which have steadily declined over the last 25 years, they are largely shielded from global competition.

As a society we continue to spend large sums of money, both in the public and private sector, on educating our students and caring for the health of our citizens.

Since good jobs will increasingly require more education and our population is aging, the long-term outlook for these sectors looks positive.

Education and health care also create jobs across income distribution, providing work for home health aides as well as college professors

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Twitter IPO

As excitement grows for the upcoming Twitter IPO, the federal government shutdown and pending debt-ceiling issue looms large.

There are some in Silicon Valley who believe that the current innovation cycle, powerfully led by mobile and cloud computing, will overwhelm any public market dislocation caused by Washington D.C. ineptitude.

After all, Twitter and other high fliers, such as the rumored 2014 IPO class — including Dropbox, Palantir, Airbnb and Box — are growing fast, operating in huge markets with big and slow-moving incumbents and beginning to show business models that will generate meaningful profit.

This has been the recipe of success for LinkedIn, Splunk, Workday, ServiceNow and even Facebook, where IPO investors have done extremely well.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

How to generate leads

Define Clear Goals For Social Media To Generate Leads

If you want to generate leads using social media then don’t simply create a Facebook page just to collect “Likes” or a Twitter account to get tweets.

Define specific goals and define a content creation process that would engage your social audience, focus on joining the conversation prospects and customers were having in your field of work, and reach the influencers in that space.

If your company that sells Servers, focus on conversations that server experts would engage in or want to talk about.

Connect with server experts so that they can share their opinions about your server products

Social still booming?

Social ROI. Impressions. Retweets. And the effervescent “like”. Yes, they all still matter.

Social media is a shiny object that still glimmers. But now it’s time to figure out how to truly integrate it into our businesses.

I recently spoke at Social Media Today’s Social Shakeup Conference and had an inspiring discussion with Ray Wang, Chairman of Constellation Research.

He suggested that social media has been a magically exciting detour within an existing digital revolution, and we’re now only getting back to the core of digital. I  agree.

Digital has transformed business for years. Automation has made it easier to scale core marketing and sales efforts, helping businesses reach new audiences and increasing sales.

But now, social must become the underlying platform that powers growth and opportunity.

People drive technology, and people drive social, but integrating both to truly humanize your business, introduces a huge challenge

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Future Of Education Eliminates The Classroom, Because The World Is Your Class | Co.Exist | ideas + impact

The Future Of Education Eliminates The Classroom, Because The World Is Your Class | Co.Exist | ideas + impact

Socialstructed learning is an aggregation of microlearning experiences drawn from a rich ecology of content and driven not by grades but by social and intrinsic rewards.

The microlearning moment may last a few minutes, hours, or days (if you are absorbed in reading something, tinkering with something, or listening to something from which you just can’t walk away).

Socialstructed learning may be the future, but the foundations of this kind of education lie far in the past. Leading philosophers of education--from Socrates to Plutarch, Rousseau to Dewey--talked about many of these ideals centuries ago. Today, we have a host of tools to make their vision reality.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Online learning

If you haven’t taken an online course yourself, have you ever wondered what online learning is really like? While the online learning platforms used from school to school may differ slightly, online learning offers more than what most people would think.

The handy infographic at the link takes a look at some of the common myths about online learning, following them up with a more accurate representation, as well as some of the things that online learning offers students, regardless of age or the subject that they’re studying.

Friday, September 06, 2013

The Guardian has shown us the future of journalism, and it is — coffee shops! — paidContent

The Guardian has shown us the future of journalism, and it is — coffee shops! — paidContent

Given its status as a leading player in the future of journalism debates — and the penchant many Brits have for puncturing egos — it’s not surprising that the Guardian‘s launch of a coffee shop sparked a roast of a different kind on Twitter Wednesday night, under the hashtag #guardiancoffee.

But while the move may be ripe for skewering, there is a serious motive at the heart of what the Guardian is trying to do, which is to make it easier for journalists to connect with the people formerly known as the audience.

The facts are these: The Guardian (please see disclosure below) has opened a small shop called #GuardianCoffee in the fashionable neighborhood of Shoreditch in London, near the newspaper’s headquarters.

It offers coffee from a local roaster, as well as iPads that are free to use — and Guardian social-media editor Joanna Geary apparently plans to spend at least some of her time in the shop, interacting with readers as well as doing live interviews.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

MobileMonday: Be Inspired Tour comes to Tampere

MobileMonday Be Inspired Tour comes to Tampere | Mobile Monday Tampere

To celebrate our 13 magnificent years of community sharing, MobileMonday Finland produces its’ first ever Be Inspired Tour, which will bring some of the most influential and inspiring visionaries known to the industry to Finland. 

The tour will be themed around the new era of the sense of community and the mobile industry, and how the changes affect both individuals and organisations.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

NFC and new iPhone

Amid the digital revolution, outdoor advertising has remained stubbornly resistant to change. 

Electronic billboards can display video and occasionally run tweets or Facebook comments from fans, but they don't react dynamically in the same way as online and mobile advertising. 

SEE ALSO: 10 Best iPhone Chargers An NFC-enabled iPhone could change that, though. 

With an install base by the end of the year in the millions, outdoor advertisers will have the license to try out some more interactive advertising. 

Imagine a billboard that dispenses coupons or one that shows different ads depending on who walks by. 

Or perhaps there wouldn't be a billboard at all — just a small device transmitting offers to your phone.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Press release - Speech - Poland first to launch national digital jobs coalition under European umbrella

EUROPA - PRESS RELEASES - Press release - Speech - Poland first to launch national digital jobs coalition under European umbrella

Far too many people are out of work; including 5 million young people. And those aren't just people missing out on jobs.

They are missing new opportunities, on getting their own place, on starting their own family. In short, they are missing out on life chances.

In that context, boosting digital skills is essential. It helps people find the jobs available: and remember that, in our digital age, almost one million ICT jobs risk going unfilled.

It helps our economic competitiveness, ensuring our economy continues to create jobs into the future. And it is well suited to the young generation, of digital natives.

 Picture: Helge V. Keitel, KK-Nett, Sotkamo, Finland (2009)

Friday, August 09, 2013

Samsung to buy German OLED company Novaled — Tech News and Analysis

Samsung to buy German OLED company Novaled — Tech News and Analysis

Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung, in conjunction with its affiliates, plans to acquire German company Novaled, which makes organic light emitting diode or OLED technology. OLEDs are used in next-gen displays for cell phones and televisions, and the tech is both more energy efficient and also delivers vivid colors and images.

Samsung and its affiliates are paying around $350 million plus a potential $40 million payment based on performance for Novaled. Novaled’s investors include eCAPITAL, TechnoStart, Omnes Capital, TechFund Europe, Innovation Capital, as well as Samsung Ventures, which invested in 2011.

Monday, August 05, 2013

Boston Globe Is Another Metro Paper Gone Local -

Boston Globe Is Another Metro Paper Gone Local -

The sale continues a recent trend in the struggling newspaper industry: newspapers being returned to local owners, often at bargain-basement prices. 

When the possibility that the Tribune Company would sell its newspapers emerged this year, both The Los Angeles Times and The Baltimore Sun quickly attracted interested local buyers

Rick Edmonds, a media business analyst for the Poynter Institute, said the trend was driven by locals wanting to give back to their hometowns and also by the economic value of the buildings that house the newspapers. 

“There’s a sort of pride of community,” Mr. Edmonds said. “If it doesn’t work out, the value of the paper is equivalent to the value of the real estate.” 

But turning around a newspaper in the current environment takes more than financial skill and renewed focus. 

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Crowdsourced in the U.S.A. - Businessweek

Crowdsourced in the U.S.A. - Businessweek

In February, Jenny Drinkard, an industrial designer and recent Georgia Institute of Technology graduate, proposed an idea to a website called to turn modified milk crates into a home storage system.

Then 1,791 Quirky community members around the world refined the design, suggesting accessories and ranking them in order of preference on the site.

The result: plastic cubes that can be stacked, connected, and customized with drawers, slide-in wooden shelves, cork bulletin boards, wooden feet, and rollers—fit for a college dorm room.