Archivos diarios: 22 agosto 2010

Universal Translator is More Science-Fiction Than Reality

In most situations, when you look at a design concept, you’re supposed to get the sense that some day, at some point in the (perhaps distant) future, you’ll be able to get your hands on this. Just like we saw with Sony’s design for their Eclipse media management device. This one, though. Well, we can safely say that it’s really a concept. Not that it’s not cool — because it’s a great idea, but we’re just wondering if the designer had one too many drinks while they were watching their favorite Sci-Fi flick.

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As you look at the image above, you’ll have to realize that that’s the whole thing. There’s no other peripherals hiding out of view. What you’re looking at, is a thin slice of glass, that’s meant to do a whole lot of things. For example, it’s a universal translator. That’s right. Somewhere in there, there’s all the languages in the world, used on a daily basis we imagine, and all you have to do is hold it, and get instant translations. You could just take the universal translator, and throw yourself right into the middle of some unknown country and be all right. That’s a relief, for sure. Sigue leyendo

Intel, McAfee y la internet de las cosas

La reciente adquisición de McAfee por parte de Intel tiene una lectura muy interesante cuando vemos las notas de prensa que se han publicado sobre ella, y es la derivación del tema hacia la inminente popularización de ese concepto del que llevamos tanto tiempo oyendo hablar: la llamada “internet de las cosas“.

McAfee es una empresa que me evoca recuerdos de los orígenes de la red, muy anteriores a la popularización de Internet: el fichero que más habitualmente nos bajábamos de las BBS a principios de los ‘90 eran las primeras versiones de su antivirus, al principio Viruscan, después la combinación Scan y Clean… eran programas fundamentales en una escuela de negocios con laboratorios dados a la circulación promiscua de ficheros entre cientos de alumnos. Y John McAfee ya estaba allí. Sigue leyendo

New Jeep Wranglers get USB interface, reworked interiors

Mark Raby

Automotive group Chrysler has shown off what new features will be incorporated into the 2011 Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited models, which include a completely overhauled and technologically updated interior.

Automotive group Chrysler has shown off what new features will be incorporated into the 2011 Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited models, which include a completely overhauled and technologically updated interior.

One of the best features included in most minivans has made its way to the Jeep line – built-in radio controls from the steering wheel. The new wheel console also allows drivers to operate a connect cell phone.

The dashboard has been updated with a USB interface and a specific port for 12-volt power devices. Production of the new models is currently underway.

“While retaining unmatched, legendary capability, the 2011 Jeep Wrangler boasts an all-new interior that delivers a host of comfort, convenience and versatility features,” said Jeep CEO Mike Manley. Sigue leyendo

SanDisk presenta memoria SSD de 64GB ultra delgada

SanDisk presenta una memoria flash ultra-compacta SSD con capacidad de hasta 64GB, como una solución de almacenamiento para dispositivos móviles.

SanDisk presenta memoria SSD ultradelgada durante expo

La memoria tiene un tamaño de 16mm x 20mm x 1,85 mm, algo menor a una estampilla postal, y pesa menos de un gramo. Está diseñada con una tecnología de nueva creación, llamada integrated SDD, o simplemente iSSD. Eso, junto al formato BGA (Ball Grid Array), le permite ser soldada directamente en el motherboard.

Este iSSD cuenta con interfaz de trasmisión SATA, y alcanza velocidades de escritura de 100 MB/s y de lectura de hasta 160 MB/s. Cuenta con soporte para todos los sistemas operativos. Las capacidades van desde 4 hasta 64GB.

Esta pieza de tecnología fue presentada durante el Flash Memory Summit 2010, realizado en Santa Clara, California en los Estados Unidos, como la Unidad de Estado Sólido (SSD) de 64GB más pequeña del mundo. Sigue leyendo

Descubren zona del planeta con 4500 millones de años

Autor: Misael Aguilar

Científicos del Departamento de Magnetismo terrestre del Instituto Carnegie, en Washington, descubrieron una zona de la tierra con las características primitivas de la Tierra hace 4,500 millones de años.

Hallan zona de la Tierra con características primitivas de hace 4500 millones de años

Se trata de una zona de la isla Baffin en el Ártico Canadiense, en la cual los científicos notaron anomalías las cuales atribuyeron a un manto de características distintas en la zona. Los resultados de las pruebas mostraron que el manto de la zona permanece en estado primitivo, a pesar de que la Tierra está en constante evolución.

Los investigadores señalan que , si bien las rocas de la zona tiene unos sesenta millones de años de antigüedad, la zona situado debajo es una prueba de las condiciones de la vida primigenia, ya que la composición demuestra que se formó antes de que empezaran los procesos geológicos, como los desplazamientos tectónicos, que moldearon el manto terrestre hasta los que es la actualidad. Sigue leyendo

Awesome Collection of Watercolor Artwork by Grzegorz Wrobel

Posted by WDCore Editorial

In this post we have gathered some of Grzegorz Wróbel’s Watercolor Artworks, from early childhood interest in drawing and painting, watercolor techniques as fascinated, however, until 2002. Since then, he paints and takes part in numerous open air in Poland and abroad, we hope that you like this beautiful collection.

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10 Tips For Aspiring Community Managers

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As the world of dominant brands becomes more fragmented, established companies and startups are hiring community managers to cultivate an engaged community in a digital world where customers’ experiences with the product is amplified through social media, whether good or bad. And it’s not just the experience that users value; the relationships and connections they are able to make with companies and fellow consumers are just as important.

As a result, engaging users online and off has become evermore important for both companies big and small. That’s because social media has revolutionized the idea of word-of-mouth marketing, providing not only an opportunity for companies to expand their brands but also creating the risk of a customer service nightmare.

Community managers, who come in all shapes and sizes depending on the company and its mission, are often the online face of their companies, and more increasingly, offline as well. They’re the social strategist, community builder, storyteller, marketer, product manager, designer and evangelist rolled all into one. But most importantly, they’re responsible in projects and initiatives that strengthen the community of consumers, users and customers of the company.

Though there’s no silver bullet to being a successful community manager, for those aspiring to become one, we’ve gathered some tips from community builders on what it takes to land a job and be effective at cultivating community. Sigue leyendo

Conversor y editor de vídeos MKVToolnix

Autor: Misael Aguilar

Si eres fanático del formato MKV (Matroska Video), y te gusta pasar tus vídeos y películas a este formato, te presentamos la herramienta de edición y conversión MKVToolnix.

Edita y convierte vídeos en formato MKV con MKVToolnix

Como su nombre lo indica, es una aplicación de conversión diseñada principalmente para usuarios Unix y derivados, como las distribuciones Linux, pero también dispone de un instalador para Windows.

El programa acepta diferentes formatos de entrada en vídeo WMV, AVI, MP4, RMVB. También soporta diferentes formatos de audio, como MP3, OGG, FLAC. También cuenta con soporte para archivos de subtítulos, como SRT, ASS, y otros, los cuales podemos agregar a nuestro producto final, tanto en hardsub como softsub. Sigue leyendo

Modernist: Free WordPress Theme with Focus on Typography

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Today we are glad to release a yet another freebie: a beautiful Modernist WordPress theme, designed by Rodrigo Galindez and released for Smashing Magazine and its readers. The theme is based on the design ideas of Jan Tschichold, Josef Müller-Brockmann, Dieter Rams, and other modernists. Beautifully built yet transparent, it was designed with a focus on optimal typography in order to better showcase your content: text, images and video.

The theme supports widgets, is SEO optimized, has clean and documented code. It is loading very quickly, and has various WordPress 3.0 features. Works in IE 6+ and all versions of Safari/Firefox/Opera. Includes CSS3 enhancements. As usual, the theme is absolutely free to use in private and commerical projects.

Download the theme for free!

The theme is released under GPL. You can use it for all your projects for free and without any restrictions. Please link to this article if you want to spread the word. You may modify the theme as you wish.

Release in Modernist: Free WordPress Theme with Focus on Typography

20 Awarded Illustration Print Ads
Posted by WDCore Editorial

Our today’s post consists of some inspirational and interesting Illustration Advertisements, which you do not see usually. These product ads are simply out of the usual run of things. Won’t believe it? Just have a look at these ads!

Dandruff Trails, Escapade

Desinfex: Duel

Lado B: Motel

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Please don’t tell my mum I work in advertising. (She thinks I play the piano in a local brothel).

by jeremywaite

For Advertising : According to David Ogilvy

Advertising nourishes the consuming power of men. It sets up before a man the goal of a better home, better clothing, better food for himself and his family. It spurs individual exertion and greater production“.

Against Advertising : According to Jeremy Waite

Advertising encourages us to buy stuff we don’t need, with money we don’t have, to impress people we don’t like“.

The advertising industry gets a tough ride.  Now don’t get me wrong – I LOVE the industry. I’ve worked in it for over 14 years, but I do think it’s important from time to time to assess exactly what it is that we marketers / entrepreneurs are all trying to achieve (and why).

Advertising has developed a bad reputation in recent years but it also shapes cultures, it affects society and it grows brands.  But because advertising has proved so successful over the years, it has become this incredible thing that our entire economy can’t live without.

Am I saying that we should live without advertising? Nay, nay and thrice nay!  But do I think that our motivation for selling things is wrong?  Much of the time, yes. Sigue leyendo

Kimberly-Clark’s Pull-Ups introduces potty-training iPhone app

By Elaine Wong


Just when you thought iPhone app developers had seized every thinkable opportunity out there, along comes this one: Now, you can potty-train your kid using a free mobile app from Kimberly-Clark. The maker of Huggies diapers and Pull-Ups training pants is introducing a new app, iGo Potty, this week that does just well, exactly that. It encourages both parents and kids alike to participate in the potty-training process (and hopefully make it fun along the way) with interactive features like customizable potty reminders, prizes and games and even special calls from “Patty the Potty.” (Yes, the toilet is calling. Make sure you get your toddler to answer it.) Sigue leyendo

Scitable: Science Made Social [Interview]

Posted by Lauren Dugan

scitable Education is increasingly becoming digital, using social networks, videos and collaborative online tools to enhance the learning experience. One of the largest online social education communities is Scitable. A hybrid between a virtual classroom, a social network and a scientific journal repository, Scitable boasts several hundreds of thousand users around the world. We recently got to speak with Vikram Savkar, SVP and Publishing Director at Nature Publishing, about what Scitable is, what it offers to students, and the future of social education.

Can you give us a brief background of Scitable? Where did the idea for a collaborative science community come from?

Scitable is a spin-off of Nature Publishing Group, one of the world’s leading publishers of scientific research journals. Scitable is a collaborative online learning space for science, aimed at formal learners at the undergraduate, graduate, and high school levels and informal learners of all ages and from all walks of life.

To a large extent, the idea for a collaborative science education community came right out of the way science itself works. Science isn’t an isolated discipline — it’s inherently social. All scientists pick up data and conclusions from peers and extend them with new insight of their own; and most scientists directly collaborate with peers when developing their theories or designing experiments. We realized that a powerful solution for training scientists has to foster some degree of this collaboration. Otherwise it’s only educating students about the facts, not the process, of science. Sigue leyendo

Are you looking for some great readings? You just found it!

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Image by Andrea Vascellari via Flickr

Por jabaldaia

Who is an Ethnographer? by Idris Mootee

Ethnography is hot. Many are quick to claim that they do ethnography by observing people. It is like saying anyone who drives a taxi in NY is a screenwriter. Or anyone who knows how to operate a camera can be a photojournalist

Apple iPad and Google Buzz: Harsh Reality of Innovation by Hutch Carpenter

Nothing like putting your heart and soul in an innovation, and then getting this:

Innovation tip – look for remote as well as local opportunities by Paul Sloane

Most businesses look for new opportunities in obvious places, adjacent to their current position. They typically ask two questions:

Innovation Case: Creating A World Class Innovation Unit by Stefan Lindegaard

A global and well-respected company in a fast-growing industry wants to set up a new innovation unit. Their current innovation efforts are technology-driven but there is a growing understanding that innovation efforts need to focus beyond technology and R&D.

The Golden Age of Innovation – Newsweek via Ralph-Ohr

Despite stereotypes of entrepreneurs as fresh-faced youngsters, new research has found that older workers are more likely to innovate than their under-35 counterparts.

Leadership from the Inside Out — Part II by Gary Hamel

In my previous post, I introduced you to Drew Williams. For seven years Drew served as assistant vicar at St. Andrews, an Anglican parish in Chorleywood, England. When he arrived in 2003, Drew found a church that was big but not growing, and a congregation that was loyal but not energized. Mark Stibbe, head vicar at St. Andrews, challenged Drew to develop a plan that would change this.

Watch the disruptors, not the incumbents by by Tom Hulme Sigue leyendo

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