With that in mind, Valaine started her clique, Step Into the Sunlight, for fellow website-building obsessives, hoping to link them together and help them understand that they are not alone.
The core idea of integrating giving with social networks has been bolstered in recent years thanks to high-profile online fundraising campaigns. About half of the $355 million raised for relief in Haiti is estimated to have come in online, the same ratio as donations to the 2012 presidential campaigns. And it taps into a longstanding enthusiasm for Facebook among non-profits, a reported 179,000 of whom signed up for the social good app Causes after it launched in 2007. Causes broadcasts donors’ generosity to their friends in the hope that doing so would encourage more giving. That’s an idea that has resonated with many.
That level of realism, coupled with a vibrant online community of players, has turned the video game series into a yearlong promotional vehicle for the NBA, which has increasingly turned to social media platforms and digital technology to boost its business. Earlier this year, the NBA became the first sports league to surpass one billion likes on social media – a testament to its commitment to reaching millennials.
Before the FCC voted today to adopt new rules that will make it easier for the agency to enforce net neutrality, the agency’s commissioners heard from three people who believe in an open internet: Chad Dickerson, the CEO of Etsy; Veena Sud, the executive Producer of the Netflix-produced serial The Killing; and Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web.
Last month, the department required NeuStar to revise its contract with registrars like Go Daddy to include wording that now specifies that proxy registration is not allowed. The changes consisted of adding “No Proxy Domain Name Services” to a heading in the contract (.pdf) and adding a new paragraph, labeled section 188.8.131.52.2
Ben Shneiderman, professor of computer science at the University of Maryland in College Park, is convinced that most people are better at communicating with their computers when they can see data, rather than reading or writing it.
Collecting and analyzing those blood and urine samples, some 6,250 in all, will fall to a team of 1,000 people working in a nondescript laboratory north of London. The lab, provided by the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline and run by King’s College London, will run 24/7 as it processes as many as 400 samples daily.
Texas’s congressional districts are particularly gerrymandered in the Austin region, which is carved into parts of six districts.
The idea of a robotic arm that looks like a trunk so it doesn’t violently murder you might sound silly. But a recent study by three German scientists showed that robotic arms could, in fact, violently murder you.
But soon it was evident that the culprits were at large in the city. A memo from External Security, one of Libya’s spy services, was sent out. “This is to inform you,” it began, “that there is a group of people within Tripoli who call themselves the Free Generation Movement. They commit vandalism against the police and are distributing flags from the king’s era. They have also done interviews with a number of journalists inside of Tripoli.” Worse, the group had somehow found a way to get videos of all this subversive activity onto the Internet. They needed to be stopped.
“The companies, once they establish this leadership position, do have a responsibility to decide to make sure these platforms, these technologies are used in a positive way.”
I’ve never been an Aquaman hater, though I know there are plenty out there. In fact, I’ve read maybe 50 or so issues from past volumes of the title, plus his Justice League and crossover appearances. I’ve enjoyed them all, but never would I have ever guessed Aquaman would end up toward the top of The Stack for me. Then, something amazing happened. Blackest Night, Brightest Day and Flashpoint re-introduced the character with a modern bent and gave him a much needed boost of relevancy. When it was announced that fan-favorite writer Geoff Johns was going to be writing an ongoing series after the conclusion of Flashpoint, the reception was extremely positive.
Cell phone users and instant messaging addicts can now search the web using IM chat software rather than a web browser.
So I was thrilled to happen upon a company called Our Children’s Gorilla, whose merchandise lives up to their name’s weirdness. The company is based in Sweden, and there are some definite similarities in design between their stuff and IKEA’s. But I’ve never seen a portable play hut that looks like a giant skull at IKEA, nor hangers that look like monkeys, nor a piggy bank that looks like a surprised alien (and that was reportedly modeled after a character in the movie “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly“). There’s so much more weirdness to see on the company’s website (which is all-Flash and thus unlinkable).
Given the importance of Linux and the open-source movement, the moment is priceless. It and other glimpses of Torvalds are enough to make the documentary film Revolution OS essential viewing for anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of the people and ideas behind the open-source movement.
Brown-Thompson estimated 75 percent of parents and teachers are using HIPSchools. According to Bill Archer, vice president of marketing for HIPSchools, only half the parents and teachers at most schools that have the service actually use it.
The presidential lines come from 10 labs in the United States, Israel, South Korea, Australia and Sweden.
”Disruption is one of the most powerful forces in business,” says WIRED Editor in Chief Chris Anderson. “Disruptive by Design is a forum for leaders who are reinventing their companies by throwing out existing models and assumptions, revolutionizing whole industries in the process. In the past two years, disruption toppled many outmoded firms and ideas. Now we see every day how it is powering the recovery and driving innovation.”
If there is a potential weakness, it’s Spiegel himself. As is often the case with tech wunderkinds, the 26-year-old is not just a brilliant and tenacious visionary, but also reportedly controlling, combative and difficult to deal with. As a result, executive turnover has been high.
I’m sure many of you are familiar with games that offer in-game purchases. Many of them are simple apps for tablets that offer you the ability to buy more in-game coins to purchase weapons or power-ups that can make the game more enjoyable. Some of these games, however, have a multiplayer element to them; you buy a more powerful weapon or buy more cows or whatever… and suddenly you have an in-game advantage when playing against other players. Well, unless those players ante up and make their own in-game purchases. And there’s always one new weapon… one new super ability… that’s just out of reach with the in-game currency, but a single click of a button and a credit card gives you that out-of-reach game changer immediately. Well, until your opponents make the same purchase. And the race continues.
His tour, which includes 20 blog stops, started on March 25 at Kottke.org and is scheduled to last one month. “God knows how long it will actually go on,” Knauss said. “The idea could get stale or I could slowly go mad or a mob of enraged weblog readers could storm into my office and beat me to death.”
So far, investors are approaching the deal with some caution; shares of both companies were lower mid-morning on Monday. While executives acknowledged there will be a rigorous regulatory review, Stephenson insisted he is confident the deal will win approval.
The idea was that people would use the special stamps for wedding invitations, new baby announcements, holiday cards and similar purposes.
1-800-Contacts also says it tried to reach a licensing agreement or some other “amicable” arrangement with Ditto. “But instead of responding to our offer, Ditto has spent time and energy engaging in online discussions and issuing an inaccurate and misleading press release,” the company says.
One note: the book isn’t for kids. Ariel swears like he’s in a Kevin Smith movie, and there is some sexual content in the book (though that’s mostly at a PG-13 level, where it’s implied but then cuts to the next scene before things get too explicit).
Acknowledging market rumors that a large telecommunications equipment firm might file for bankruptcy, a Lucent spokesman said any such rumors in its case were “absolutely false.”
“Like the pro footballer walking to the penalty spot in the World Cup Final, agonizing over exactly the same question, I wanted to make a game which asks: ‘Do I have what it takes when it matters most?'” O’Dempsey explains.
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Verizon said a number of factors could be at play for the slowdown, including congestion on the connection that Netflix has chosen to use to reach Verizon’s network, potential in-home issues such as in-home wiring on the consumer end, spotty WiFi and device settings.
Messages can be submitted over the Internet or mobile phone via Short Messaging Service (SMS).
BERKELEY, California – The promise of blogs, wikis and social networks to upend business as usual was on display at a high-powered conference Friday, when blogging software company Six Apart and evangelists from Microsoft co-chaired a panel detailing how these tools lead to better customer relationships.
“We had to figure out how to create this time between time that the story took place in,” Manninen said, talking of what the movie would be like visually. “It was important for the story that this felt like earth because we wanted this to be a family, a regular family that were trying to survive and go through regular life in their context of actually survival and eating. The design came out of trying to find a way to make an interesting earth that was also engaging but also acted as a story point, which is we don’t have a villain in our movie – really the world is, to some degree, the villain, but it’s also, their place they live, it’s home.”
The best part of the book, of course, is the artwork itself. There are photographs taken by the team on their research trip to Scotland, pencil sketches, digital color tests, acrylic paintings, sculpted models, and more. The book is well-organized, showcasing various artwork from things like character development, the scenery (including the wild weather, which is almost its own character in the movie), and storyboarding. Reading through the book, you really get an appreciation of how far the technology has come since Toy Story. As Lasseter says in the preface, “Medieval Scotland is as far from an environment that is natural for computer animation as you can possibly get.” Things are rough and mossy and uneven; even the man-made objects are irregular, worn, dented. And then, of course, there’s Merida’s hair, which is was a challenge unto itself.