The truth, however, is far more interesting. Free online access is just one of two major initiatives that TED has undertaken to engage a wider audience. The other is fully physical and has equally changed the character of the organization. That initiative, called TEDx, began in 2008 as a way to bring TED-like gatherings to smaller communities. It quickly spread to cities and towns around the globe—1,300 so far, in 134 countries, hosting more than 800,000 people in total, many times more than have ever attended an official TED event. The video viewing I attended at the Bozeman library was not some random screening; it was an overflow simulcast of the inaugural TEDxBozeman, which had sold out its tickets in six days. Each event is required to show at least two videos from TED.com, but the rest of the speakers are in person, often local, creating a TED-style experience for places where “ideas conference” isn’t even part of the lexicon.
5:00 pm: The 5:20pm on the card turns out to be the time that I’ll get some hands-on time with Surface. Keep an eye out for a hands-on story coming soon. Thanks for tuning in!
“It’s amazing a year ago how many people jumped in to the huge economic frenzy that was going on,” Mayer said. “It appears to be such an obvious market. People found out it looked obvious, but it was very difficult to succeed.”
Soon Meme earned her name, becoming an online sensation and spawning two books, a series of accessories (tote bags, mugs and even stamps featuring the kitteh’s pawprint) and fan art. In late March, a site in the states discovered the Japanese sensation and introduced Meme to the West. Soon Cute Overload covered the, well, cute overload and the meme circle was completed.
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Chrome can be a speedy and private browser that’s child-safe if you take a little time to make it so. More extensions are being written for Chrome all the time, and we can expect many of them to be privacy related. Tune in next month, when I’ll review privacy plug-ins for Firefox 4 (assuming it’s out by then, that it). Until then, be sure to check out CDT’s browser report to get an idea of how all the top browser makers are trying to outdo each other on privacy control. You are a GeekDad, after all.
A: Software reads messages that are coming in and understands what the person is saying. Then we figure out what we should do for that particular customer. If you think about Siri or Alexa, those are examples where the computer is listening to a spoken sentence or paragraph and figures out what someone means. Like if I say “what’s the weather out today?” you have to understand what’s the weather and then some kind of location.
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The kit, which Sony said will be available in May exclusively through its PlayStation website, includes a 40-gigabyte hard drive for the PlayStation 2 console, a Network Adaptor (Ethernet) for PlayStation 2 with 100 Base T Ethernet, Linux Kernel version 2.2.1 and Sony’s “Linux for PlayStation 2” version 1.0 development software.
When such devices are perfected to the point that they can be used for athletic purposes, we’ll be looking at an entirely new concept of sport. It’s doubtful the Olympics will ever feature exoskelletally assisted runners or weightlifters, but what’s to say that a different type of venue won’t arise for such a thing?
The device, named the i705, costs $450 and is available online and in retail stores. The price for wireless service ranges from a basic plan, including e-mail, which is $20 per month, to unlimited access to the Internet, e-mail and other applications for $40 a month.
Vazu Click is a free, plug-in application for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser. It lets users highlight and send web text to cell phones. It also automatically tags phone numbers on a web page so users can send the number to their cell phones by simply clicking on the Vazu icon.
Looking back, Irving says he’s pretty happy with the issues he’s fixed over the past year. “I’m not ruthlessly efficient at fixing them, that’s for sure,” he says. “On the other hand, that’s not untypical of a software project”
Owen Nannarone at home in Scituate, Mass. Photo: M. Scott Brauer/Wired
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