Archive for March, 2010

Information Gathering was a class I took at university. As a process, this a very important part for researching and creating web applications. However what are the effects of continuous information gathering in one area?

10 years ago, I thought that the refining process of information would happen quite quickly, because information from websites that we tend to use on a daily basis like shopping data etc, is fairly finite.

But the key sites that hold and gather information as the one stop shop for basic necessities of living are still hard to define.

A few however have clearly emerged for example, if you happen to be the best at creating the basic services of your industry and not necessarily the first, you have a good chance of making your position on the Internet number one in your market place. Examples of this would include Search Engine – Google, Online Book Store – Amazon, Online Auction – Ebay, Reference – Wikipedia and Social Networking – Facebook, whilst the rest cover a vast plethora of niche and other fragmented market places.

Maybe the future will be the same, with just a few more defining sites or companies emerging over the next 10 years whilst the rest of the fragmented market place continues to evolve and fragment even further.

Using the same basic principal of continuous information gathering, sites like Quora are aiming to create these types of one stop shops to find information quicker.

Content courtesy of Quora :

About Quora

Quora is a continually improving collection of questions and answers created, edited, and organized by everyone who uses it. The most important thing is to have each question page become the best possible resource for someone who wants to know about the question.

Accumulating Knowledge

People use Quora to document the world around them. Over time, the database of knowledge should grow and grow until almost everything that anyone wants to know is available in the system. When knowledge is put into Quora, it is there forever to be shared with anyone in the future who is interested.

Another question and answer type of site, this one however throws in a twist of Wiki, in that there is a continuous process if information refining going on by its users.

Created by a few ex-Facebook employees last year and now released on an invite only model, maybe Quora will be one of the next big sites of the future.

Find out more about Quora at :

http://www.quora.com/about

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When a new technology arrives it is then integrated across all types of communication channels and changes the services offered by those channels. Recently HD made its way on to our screens, now you can buy phones that allow you to create High Definition video and upload it directly to the web.

With the imminent arrival of 3D TV, we are going to see 3D overlap itself with HCI(Human Computer Interaction). We will see this in projects like Microsoft’s Natal. This is where the power of hand gestures will now allow us to interact with games and other applications.

The power behind some of this fourth coming technology is a company called Canesta, who have spent a lot of time and money to get to where they are. They have developed a chip that allows 3D gestures to be recognised by the computer and small enough to be fitted into everyday consumer devices.

By placing 3D cameras into every conceivable device will now allow us to change the way we interact with onscreen menus, but also the way we see the on screen information.

Minority Report is just round the corner.

Find out more about Canesta at : http://canesta.com/

Read an article about the story at :

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/29/technology/start-ups/29canesta.html?dbk

Sites like http://interneteyes.co.uk do have the grounds for a valid model. If cameras were simply observing just the functional parts of a city, like for example the copper wiring, which serve hundreds of peoples Internet needs then crime could be reduced, or at least the communication of crime may be increased in speed.
And if privacy issues can be addressed then cctv may become the next reality tv show.

Under The Wire.

Posted: March 25, 2010 in Cyber Culture
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With issues of privacy from intensive marketing campaigns, sharing files across the web, governments controlling web access, the Internet will always continue to provide users with new alternate options for by passing government controls.

Haystack provides such a service, providing a proxy like system, that uses encryption to allow communication.

Find out more about Haystack at :

http://www.haystacknetwork.com

I have been seeing adverts recently for a mobile phone that films in HD. The Sony Ericsson Vivaz allows you to record in 720p HD, which is the same as any half decent compact camera. Weighing in at just under 100g, with on board card storage, this is a good all rounder mobile phone that has a touch screen interface.

Read a review courtesy of Mobile Phones UK :

http://www.mobile-phones-uk.org.uk/sony-ericsson-vivaz.htm

Watch the promotional video here :

Find out more about Sony Ericsson at :

http://www.sonyericsson.com

If somebody steals your electricity and commits a crime, is it fair to have your electricity supply vastly reduced, and in some cases cut off. The analogy here is broadband and this is an extreme case, but still possible and not fully covered by the new bill.

In addition to digital areas like Domain Names, Definitions of Broadband, Video Games Age Classifications and more. the government are going to introduce some new legislation with regards to all the illegal downloading that’s going on.

Unfortunately this is not going to put a stop to it, and no matter what deterrents are put into place, evolving technology will offer a new route to sharing, and it will no doubt be even harder to track.

A demonstration against the bill not receiving a proper debate being planned. If you would like to make your voice heard then visit :

http://www.38degrees.org.uk/page/speakout/extremeinternetl

Content courtesy of The Daily Telegraph :

More than 10,000 Britons have demanded a parliamentary debate on the Digital Economy Bill, which is currently going through the House of Commons. A protest is also being organised for this Wednesday at Parliament about the Bill which is likely to be rushed through parliament in the so-called “wash-up” period immediately before the election. …Read More.


South Korea has provided this type of service to its citizens for at least a couple of years now, and last year I read about a similar type of clinic near Redmond in America.

Now the UK has its first facility to help those that feel they are suffering from this type of technological  addiction.

Find out more about the hospital providing the service at :

http://www.nightingalehospital.co.uk/services/addictions/technology-addiction/

Related Links :

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100318/tc_afp/britainhealthmindtechnologyinternetchild

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/18/technology/18rehab.html

Keep up to date with world disaster data and the latest climate data from a Hungarian National Association company, they are a non-profit organisation.

Some of the data they give is on what they call an ‘Alert Map’. Found out about this site a couple of years ago, nice to see they are still continuing to provide a valuable service.

Content courtesy of RSOE/EDIS :

“Nothing happens unexpectedly, everything has an indication, we just have to observe the connections.”

Let me introduce our services. The Hungarian National Association of Radio Distress-Signalling and Infocommunications (RSOE) operates Emergency and Disaster Information Service (EDIS) within the frame of its own website which has the objective to monitor and document all the events on the Earth which may cause disaster or emergency. Our service is using the speed and the data spectrum of the internet to gather information. We are monitoring and processing several foreign organisation’s data to get quick and certified information.

Find out more about RSOE/EDIS at : http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/


Sony Playstation Move.

Posted: March 20, 2010 in Gaming
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Sony, like Microsoft’s Project Natal, will be introducing their motion censored game controller later this year called PlayStation Move. But this may not happen, Sony have not always launched products on time.

With Nintendo leading the way so far, it looks like motion censored controllers will be leading the battle between the big three giants in 2011.

Read more about the Sony’s new controller, courtesy of Engadget at :

http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/11/playstation-move-everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know/

Blippy is a site that allows you to share your online purchasing habits with fellow Internet users. On their website they say that Blippy is a fun and easy way to see and discuss what everyone is buying. It works in a similar way to Twitter, in that you follow other users purchasing habits and a feed of the services they are interacting with is displayed like a list of incoming tweets. Blippy have teamed up with a number of online stores, so that not only do you share your purchasing habits with other users, but Blippy is no doubt collecting all this information in their database.

But this site might throw up some privacy concerns for some users. Within the account settings Blippy does allow you to make the information private and you can then choose the people who you would like to share the information with. Why anyone would make this information available to the public is beyond me. But hey, you have to give users options.

Find out more about Blippy at : http://blippy.com/

Read more about Blippy’s Privacy Rules at : http://blippy.com/privacy

This is a visual tool for creating images based on flames made by a guy from Piestany, Slovakia called Peter Blaškovič.

With a bunch of tools to adjust things like the opacity, colour and saturation etc, this tool is hours of fun for all.

Try out the Flame tool at :

http://www.escapemotions.com/experiments/flame/index.html#top

Check out some of the images created by users and chosen by Peter and shown in his gallery at :

http://www.escapemotions.com/gallery/index.php

Google is always coming up with new ideas, some of the ground breaking, some of them not.

One of Google’s latest releases is Google Reader Play. It’s a different way to view content on the web, by bringing together images, video and text in a visual slide show rather than a text based list.

Content is shown to you depending on what you have mark as liked or disliked.

This is a cool idea because the visual aspect of the content has the chance to communicate messages using a ‘global visual language’. People all over the world can understand information from a visual point of view. For example seeing an image of a volcano erupting is something anyone can relate to, and if you want more information, you simply have to click through to the hyperlinked post.

Although, having just tried to log into Google Reader Play, the browser just continued to load and nothing happened. Hopefully these bugs will be ironed out soon, and Google may have brought to the market place a new way to view content.

Find out more about Google Reader Play at :

http://www.google.com/reader/play/#item/new/0

Read a review of Google Reader Play at :

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/03/google-reader-play-ipad-friendly-news-reader/

Not that many people have heard about Porsches production of mobile phones but its been 3 years since the first model came out.

Porsche have just brought out an updated model released now only in Singapore, the P’9522. Available only to Porsche owners.

Image courtesy of TopSpeed

Content courtesy of Nitrobahn :

The most advanced feature includes a Biometric Fingerprint Sensor technology which helps you to secure data and phone books in the device. Which means, you might be able to start your car with your phone, James Bond style! Read Full Article …


Many people are used to following people on Twitter. But did you know you can follow topics of conversation by following a topic’s Hashtag.

For example, yesterday I blogged about ‘Mothers Who Blog’, but to follow some of the topics around this post I followed the hashtag ‘#bloggybootcamp’ using my TweetDeck. This way I could follow some of the tweets coming in directly related to the hashtag.

So as more and more people begin to tweet, they should start using the hashtag to allow others to follow the trending topic.

To see related tweets to a hashtag visit :

http://hashtags.org/

Update 16.04.2010

Just noticed this message on the link above :

hashtags.org has had a rough history, in both technology and focus. it doesn’t look like these problems will be rectified by the current team. that said, we are looking to sell our assets (@hashtags, hashtags.org, etc.).

if you have any interest in this project, please contact cody marx bailey.

Just tried testing a Hashtag again (#entrepreneur), still working ….phew!

Well done to all those mothers out there who have decided to blog, and thank you to the New York Times for giving this growing marketplace some PR. Whether your a pushy mum, or just someone you wants to communicate the joys of bringing up children there are many reasons why mothers would blog. The fact is that everyone should blog, what better way to communicate how you feel. And although its being called a blog, it is essentially a web communication application like any other. This means that who ever is in control of the site can ether let the entire Internet view the contents or it can be accessed from behind a secure password entry system to a select few.

Created by Tiffany Romero & Heather Blair, Bloggy Boot Camp is a company that organises events about blogging and social media and targets women. Right now they are planning a “Blogging Boot Camp Tour” across the United States. This is a great idea not only for providing help using technology, but for creating a community.

Find out more about Bloggy Boot Camp at : http://www.bloggybootcamp.com/

Read the New York times article by Jennifer Mendelson at :

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/14/fashion/14moms.html

An example blog :

http://www.scarymommy.com/