I attended CVC demo night on Wednesday and there were some really good tools being developed by the Columbia grads. The highlight for me was these three tools-
1. Readfa.st - Readfa.st is a web-based educational platform for teaching people to read faster. They integrate a simple and effective speed-reading curriculum into your daily reading, and keep you engaged through social and gaming elements
2. Grovo (www.grovo.com) - Grovo is an online educational and training platform that helps people use the best websites quickly and intelligent...
I am at a colloquium at Columbia University's Computer Science department. Leah Findlater from University of Washington is presenting.
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I will be attending this meetup today. Still 10 spots available. It should be fun!
Khan Academy recently rolled out new profiles for the learners. Here is an interesting blog post from the lead designer. Here is a software demo on youtube. It looks really good and will immensely help self paced learners.
I recently came across this presentation from a googler in a user experience team. It highlights important set of features, concerns and proposes different models of online social networks that replicate real world social networks. He suggests designing social networking features for multiple groups of people (family, friends, classmates, acquaintances), different relationships (weak ties, strong ties and temporary ties). I think addressing such questions while designing social networking features of
Did you know that the apps you use on your smart phones communicate your information to marketing companies? Here is an interesting visualization listing major apps sharing data like username, password, location, contacts, phone id without user consent.
I am currently reading book titled "Rework" from 37signals. One of the interesting points they make is how bunch of ideas turn into crappy products by trying to do them all at once. They note that it's difficult to do ten things well at the same time. Some examples they provided were of directors cutting good scenes and writers eliminating good pages to make great books. They emphasize that software should follow the same pattern. Many times we have great ideas about features that can take months to implement but while developing those awesome feature...
I am at a lecture at the Computer Science department at Columbia Universiy by professor Giuseppe (Peppo) Valetto from Drexel University.
Here is another post to add to the flavor to the recent posts on TCR.
Last week I attended NY tech meet on probabilistic topic model, given by David Blei. He and his team extracted topics from past 100 years of papers in science journals. Following is the image of topics (e.g. laser and relativity) traced over time -