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Michael Erard has a few suggestions for improve the commenting environment online. The first two, user-driven moderating and sentiment analysis, are things we've discussed quite a bit (the first one being quite ubiquitous on the web), but the latter two, connoisseurship and searchability, are fairly new territories for us. Variations on these ideas could work well in the context of both Vialogues and mSchool.
Amazing Concept: Phoneblocks -It would help reduce e-wastes and also help people customize their phones.
This Appmachine helps people without technical training build things like websites, apps and games. As a designer, it looks like the beginning of the end for designer and coder. Pros: It is well built in simple mobile app. It looks like a very easy and simple process. I think it is good for prototyping something, but not designing. Cons: But I don't think this has much to do with design at all. It also costs over $1,000. If I were an emplo...
Processing Processing is "an electronic sketchbook for developing ideas." Processing also offers a way to learn programming through creating interactive graphics. Among possible ways of learning code, I think students can find motivation in immediate (in real time) visual feedback. Tweak Mode- This is awesome. You cannot type anything while running the app, but you can drag the number values to change them. I think this is a big step up for code tools.
Many of you have likely read about the “all digital” public library that opened in Bexar County, Texas just last week. BiblioTech, as it's appropriately named, proudly boasts the title of “The Country's First Digital Public Library,” but what does that really mean? As it suggests, it's a building completely devoid of books. When Bexar County residents venture into this establishment, they won't hear a quiet shuffle of papers but a muted hum of dozens of computers, tablets, and eReaders, and perhaps a few disgruntled murmurs of patrons attemp...
Majority of software projects does performance analysis at the final stage , when we have the application ready. Developers and managers tend to forget that performance should be taken as a feature development and not as an end result. Even at the end, we mostly focus on how application as whole is doing and troubleshooting measures might not even involve any code changes. I have experienced that even code changes could improve the performance of application in multiple folds . This blog is specific to performance analysis of Python code. There are various python as well as linux packages avai...
Today, Apple officially released the iOS 7 for its iPhone users. The new software comes with more tools to help make life easier. These are some of the features that caught my eyes: The Control Center is a new feature for the iOS 7 and gives you quick control to your most used apps, which can be viewed by just swiping up from the bottom of the screen. AirDrop is another new feature and allow users to share photos, contacts and videos at a faster rate all by just clicking on AirDrop. I love this feature because it's a faster way to share than previous methods such as email o...
Inderjeet Mani, Principal Research Scientist at Yahoo Labs, is giving what's bound to be a really neat NLP talk on Monday. Details and abstract below: Date: Monday, September 16th Time: 2:30 p.m. — 3:30 p.m. Location: Room 750 Schapiro CEPSR, Interschool Lab Abstract: Recent developments, including the launch of Summly and its acquisition and integration by Yahoo, have raised expectations for the commercial prospects for automatic summarization. However, to address these expectations, there are several challenges that are relatively new to summ...
The technology that we use daily reflects the growth of our economy. The article Upcoming Technology talks about some of the new technologies that will impact the future. One of these new technologies is Google Driver-less Car, a car created by Google that is powered to drive on its own. When I look at these different tools and devices, it allows me to see that technology will continue to improve society.
A friend of mine just launched this app--Flonation--which I figured I'd share here since it's fairly educational and definitely adds to the hip-hop + education tools out there. It's a video-app that automatically feeds you rhymes over a beat (the app comes with beats but you can also upload your own), which you use to record a flo/freestyle. The videos are shared in an instagram style video feed in the app, so you can view and sort other people's flos. There are different levels depending on your skill/experience writing and rapping.