Things I come across that make me wonder, laugh, enjoy, think and experience life in general

 

emergentfutures:

Guardian ‘seriously discussing’ end to print edition


The publisher of the Guardian and Observer newspapers is close to axing the print editions of the newspapers, despite the hopes of its editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger to keep them running for several years.

Full Story: The Telegraph

That would be a big name quiting print editions indeed… Who’s next?

emergentfutures:

Guardian ‘seriously discussing’ end to print edition

The publisher of the Guardian and Observer newspapers is close to axing the print editions of the newspapers, despite the hopes of its editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger to keep them running for several years.

Full Story: The Telegraph

That would be a big name quiting print editions indeed… Who’s next?

In-stream, native advertising works best. What do LinkedIn, Twitter, Buzzfeed and Tumblr all have in common? These companies all embed sponsors in their content stream rather than laying ads on top it. This provides a less disruptive user experience and better engagement for advertisers. In-stream ads also scale well to smaller screens which, for many publishers, can be a marketing black hole. “If you can get into the feed where people are looking and not piss them off, that works,” said BuzzFeed’s CRO, Andy Wiedlin.

The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.

C.J. Huff, the superintendent of Joplin Schools since July 2008, led his district of 1,100 employees and 7,700 students through the recovery effort that has followed the devastating May 22, 2011 tornado that ripped through the heart of Joplin, Missouri. (via poptech)

Great quote - I love this attitude for leadership.

Your conscious is so small, it’s the broom closet in the mansion of the brain.

David Eagleman’s research includes time perception, vision, synesthesia, and the intersection of neuroscience with the legal system.

(via poptech)

I’d love to see what David actually means with this… Something like the part of the brain where consciousness can be located is relatively small? Since I’m totally sure that the impact of it on life is quite a bit bigger.

emergentfutures:

Why College May Be Totally Free Within 10 Years


Higher education is in transition and with a coming proliferation in online courses could be totally free for many within a decade. The status quo won’t yield easily. But this is looking like a real answer to runaway student debt.
Full Story: Time

Very interesting vision. The impact of a shift like that for people working in that sector will be huge if this becomes a reality!

emergentfutures:

Why College May Be Totally Free Within 10 Years



Higher education is in transition and with a coming proliferation in online courses could be totally free for many within a decade. The status quo won’t yield easily. But this is looking like a real answer to runaway student debt.



Full Story: Time

Very interesting vision. The impact of a shift like that for people working in that sector will be huge if this becomes a reality!

ckck:

This is the Gemasolar Thermosolar Plant in Andalucía, Spain, which is a type of Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant. It works by reflecting sunlight off of heliostats (sun-tracking mirrors, basically) onto a tower where salts are heated. These heated salts are then used to create steam, which in turn runs a turbine that generates electricity. It is also capable of producing electricity day and night thanks to a salt storage system that can keep the turbine going for 16 hours. For more, watch this video.

Having never even heard of this type of solar power plant until just the other week, I feel like I just took a leap into a future I didn’t even know existed. My mind = blown. And not only is this a really ingenious way of harnessing solar power, the whole thing just looks incredible too. Yay for environmentally-friendly energy without it looking like a complete and utter eyesore.

Amazing facility indeed… I read about this before but these pictures are among the best I’ve seen!

futuristgerd:

… despite the rise in second screening people only one in ten people browse the internet for information about the programme they are watching. Furthermore, 68% of respondents that do use the internet to connect with a programme would not want the websites for products, personalities or adverts that have just been shown on television, to automatically appear on their second screen. So instead of interacting with the programmes they are watching, people are talking about them with friends. This behaviour is more prominent among younger age groups and gradually declines with age. (via 24% of people use second screens while watching TV | Econsultancy)


Feels completely natural to me… Not a surprising statistic.

futuristgerd:

… despite the rise in second screening people only one in ten people browse the internet for information about the programme they are watching. Furthermore, 68% of respondents that do use the internet to connect with a programme would not want the websites for products, personalities or adverts that have just been shown on television, to automatically appear on their second screen. So instead of interacting with the programmes they are watching, people are talking about them with friends. This behaviour is more prominent among younger age groups and gradually declines with age. (via 24% of people use second screens while watching TV | Econsultancy)

Feels completely natural to me… Not a surprising statistic.

museumofusefulthings:

3-D Printing and controversy arising. See more here. 

Even the thought of this becoming reality is rather unsettling to me…

museumofusefulthings:

3-D Printing and controversy arising. See more here

Even the thought of this becoming reality is rather unsettling to me…

Camera+ For iPad

parislemon:

Camera+ has been on the homescreen of my iPhone for years. Today, they released a version for the iPad. No, you probably don’t want to be that dumbass holding up your iPad at a concert (though you can be that guy with this release!), but this is brilliant for editing.

To that end, developer tap tap tap updated the iPhone app as well with iCloud syncing (and iPhone 5 support, of course), so you can shoot on the iPhone and then immediately edit on the iPad. Perfect. And the iPad version is on sale for $0.99 to celebrate the launch.

More from them on the launch.

That must be really cool, certainly with iCloud syncing!

smarterplanet:

3d printed iPhone 5 case (Taken with Instagram at Shapeways LIC)


Wow! That’s the first 3D printed product that actually looks ready to use that I’ve seen so far…

smarterplanet:

3d printed iPhone 5 case (Taken with Instagram at Shapeways LIC)

Wow! That’s the first 3D printed product that actually looks ready to use that I’ve seen so far…

(Source: shapeways)