Thursday, April 11, 2013

Tech at Barclay Center, National Archives and More!

Search by Image
Now you can explore the web in an entirely new way by beginning your Google search with an image. Learn more about images on the web and your own photos.

Stand Up and Cheer, but Hit ‘Pause’ First
The goal, arena executives say, is to reproduce the multiscreen experience that many fans have already adopted in the man caves of their dens or living rooms.  . . . .To compete with couch multitasking, Barclays Center has installed a high-density Wi-Fi network and multicast video technology . . .intended to power similarly speedy video streaming, tweeting and photo-sharing for fans at Nets games.

This Story Stinks
In the beginning, the technology gods created the Internet and saw that it was good. Here, at last, was a public sphere with unlimited potential for reasoned debate and the thoughtful exchange of ideas . . . .Then someone invented “reader comments” and paradise was lost.

Facebook tries to stay hip with jazzier News Feed
In an effort to remain hip, it is infusing the focal point of its website with a more dynamic look and additional controls designed to empower its 1 billion users to sort streams of photos and other material into more organized sections that appeal to their personal interests.

The Public Researcher Wiki of the National Archives
Look inside any box at the National Archives and you'll find the records of someone's story. This wiki is a space for the public, researchers and staff of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to share those stories. Ask questions. Share discoveries. Explore.

Hacking at Education: TED, etc.
Pardon my quoting Mitra’s TED Prize acceptance speech at length, but I always feel like it’s hard to get a word in edgewise in TED Talks. Indeed, they’re designed that way: well-scripted and highly-polished presentations — 15 to 20 minutes on “ideas worth spreading.” The audience is supposed to bask in the ideas — get carried away in the prose and in the delight of human curiosity and the superstar delivery and “why hadn’t I thunk of that” problem-solving. . . . You are not supposed to interrogate a TED Talk. You’re supposed to share the talk on Facebook.

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