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This Man Is Not a Cyborg. Yet.

Posted by on Jun 3, 2013 in Illuminate | 0 comments

This Man Is Not a Cyborg. Yet.

This Man Is Not a Cyborg. Yet. By DAVID SEGAL GET right up close to Dmitry Itskov and sniff all you like — you will not pick up even the faintest hint of crazy. He is soft-spoken and a bit shy, but expansive once he gets talking, and endearingly mild-mannered. He never seems ruffled, no matter what question you ask. Even if you ask the obvious one, which he has encountered more than a few times since 2011, when he started “this project,” as he sometimes calls it. Namely: Are you insane? “I hear that often,” he said with a smile,...

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The Connect: A New App Combines Your Social Networks Into One Easy App

Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Illuminate | 0 comments

May 6, 2013 in Social Networking [prMac.com] Kansas City, Missouri – Independent developer Shane Byrnes announces the release of The Connect 1.0. The Connect is a social networking app that combines the feeds from your favorite social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, into one easy, convenient and Free iPhone and iPad app. Users can also post updates, photos and videos to your social networks simultaneously or individually with just the press of a button. As a user you can view your social media feeds...

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Luminous Launches New Tablet App – Communications Platform – - Luminous Connect!

Posted by on Apr 23, 2013 in Illuminate | 0 comments

Luminous Publishing’s Communications Platform – Luminous Connect  is at work for client DFSG.  The first-ever tablet application designed to influence an advancement in U.S. energy policy was launched today by Luminous Publishing for the Domestic Fuel Solutions Group (DFSG). Allowing users to promote legislative action, instantly gather and share the latest energy news and influence public perception, the DFSG Advocate application gives alternative fuel supporters a new and powerful tool to compel federal and state governments to...

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Techmeme founder: Give me human editors and the New York Times

Posted by on Nov 30, 2012 in Illuminate | 0 comments

Techmeme founder: Give me human editors and the New York Times

Gabe Rivera is a quiet high priest of the tech and media world whose websites, Techmeme and Mediagazer, use algorithms to pluck headlines and shape news coverage. But Rivera himself holds some very traditional views about the role of editors and how people like to read. At a gathering in New York on Wednesday, he pulled back the curtain on his operation — part way at least — and talked about what he might do next. Continue Reading at...

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The Tablet Market Grows Cluttered

Posted by on Nov 19, 2012 in Illuminate | 0 comments

The Tablet Market Grows Cluttered

Holiday shoppers with a tablet computer on their gift list this year might be forgiven for feeling a little panicked. Continue Reading at The New York Times

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Robot Tracks White Sharks, App Lets You Follow Them

Posted by on Aug 28, 2012 in Illuminate | 0 comments

Robot Tracks White Sharks, App Lets You Follow Them

And you thought Shark Week was over. A team of marine biologists, led by Prof. Barbara Block at Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station, has deployed a self-propelled Wave Glider robot off the coast of San Francisco that listens for and follows white sharks. But the robot is only one piece of the high-tech puzzle: an app for the iPhone or iPad lets everyone, non-marine biologists and marine biologists alike, see the information the robot is collecting about the sharks. “The Wave Glider is moving along on a fixed trajectory. If there is a...

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Facebook releases speedier iPhone, iPad apps

Posted by on Aug 27, 2012 in Illuminate | 0 comments

Facebook releases speedier iPhone, iPad apps

Facebook moved to fix one of the biggest complaints from its huge base of mobile users Thursday by releasing new native iPhone and iPad apps that promise to be twice as fast as before. Facebook engineers rebuilt the apps from the ground up specifically for the Apple devices instead of relying on HTML5 code the company used for its cross-platform iOS, Android and mobile web apps. “So while utilizing web technology has allowed us to support more than 500 million people using Facebook on more than 7,000 supported devices, we realized that when...

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The Tech-Driven Classroom Is Here, But Grades Are Mixed

Posted by on Aug 27, 2012 in Illuminate | 0 comments

The Tech-Driven Classroom Is Here, But Grades Are Mixed

In a typical K-12 U.S. classroom, one teacher instructs about 15 to 25 students per class, but cannot possibly divide his or her time evenly among all learners. Some excel, some pass, some are left behind. Enter education technology (or “ed tech”), the much-touted panacea for all that befalls the American teacher. Hailed as the “great equalizer” for its ability to provide universal access to information via the Internet, ed tech has been, in practice, more hype than reality. The problem is that, historically, education technology added...

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Where Apps Become Child’s Play

Posted by on Jul 10, 2012 in Illuminate | 0 comments

Where Apps Become Child’s Play

AN iPad case that doubles as a teething toy? Yes, such a product exists. It’s known as the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Apptivity Case (also available for iPods and iPhones) and it sells for $35. It’s well known that children are quick to learn new technology. But 6-month-olds? How did the idea arise for a toy that allows its user to gnaw on its brightly colored handles and drool on its protective screen, while also manipulating apps for counting and singing?   Continue Reading at The New York...

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Video: Scott Cook on How Technology Can Revolutionize Education

Posted by on Jul 6, 2012 in Illuminate | 0 comments

Video: Scott Cook on How Technology Can Revolutionize Education

In the session “Revolutions in Progress” at Techonomy 2011 in Tucson, Ariz., Scott Cook, Founder and Chairman of Intuit, discussed how technology can revolutionize education in the same way it has transformed the music and entertainment industries. Digital technology has given musicians and artists a global reach that was unfathomable 100 years ago. Why not treat education in the same way, suggests Cook, and give students access to the best teachers and lessons available using new technologies? Roger McNamee, Managing Director of...

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