The future of integration platforms is prescriptive rather than descriptive – @gigaom

SUMMARY: The current middleman services that link connected devices and different web platforms are just the first step in building out a context-aware internet of things.

by Seema Jethani, Enstratius

The next generation of integration platforms will be prescriptive where they will be able to observe our behavior across various facets of life and automatically build or recommend integrations for us.

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The popularity of APIs today has given rise to vendors such as IFTTT and Zapier that help us tie various services together very easily, without requiring us to program to the APIs ourselves. Gartner likes to call such vendors iPaaS or Integration Platform as a Service providers.

The beauty of Google NOW is that it passively delivers information to us that it predicts we will want, based on our search habits… Leer más “The future of integration platforms is prescriptive rather than descriptive – @gigaom”

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Hot Infographics on Visually (II) – Thnxz to @Visually (again)

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5 Science Infographics Everyone Should See


he best science infographics make data digestible, accessible and visually appealing, without skimping on the relevant facts. Some are for scientists, organizing massive amounts of data in a way that’s powerfully useful; while others are designed for a lay audience, illustrating complex concepts simply, like the science behind the Higgs Boson or evolution. It’s in this latter category that science infographics are making the most obvious widespread impact.

Here are five science infographics for non-scientists that will change the way you see the world.

The Scale of the Universe

Visiting the Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Natural History in New York City can be a life-changing experience. Their keystone exhibit – a giant spiraling timeline of everything – makes scale astoundingly accessible. Using models, the viewer experiences the infinitude of an atom and the enormity of a galaxy. By the end, the size of the space inside the viewer’s head is the size of the universe.

Scale is inherently difficult to comprehend. We live in a macro world and most of the time we’re imprisoned by the size and scope of our bodies. But sometimes, a truly ingenious exhibit or (in the case of the interactive infographic below) a graphic representation, can demolish the walls around our puny little minds. And understanding scale is such a fundamental part of science appreciation. Why is it amazing that we have a rover on Mars? Because Mars is so incredibly far away. Why should I be impressed that we understand atoms and quantum theory? Because something that small should be completely incomprehensible to a human being. The achievements of science are never more obvious than when the scale of the universe is understood. (To view the interactive infographic below, click on the image.)

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The Wonderful World of Energy

Energy: the life force. Without it, we’d be inanimate nothings. We wouldn’t have cells that generate new tissue or minds that fire signals from neuron to neuron. We wouldn’t have sunlight to warm us or to feed our plants. We wouldn’t have plants. Life depends on energy. Motion depends on energy. And, on a less fundamental level, our lifestyles depend on energy too. Having a basic understanding of energy – what it is, how it works, and why it’s important – should be something we all aspire to. The below infographic is an excellent place to start.

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Hot Infographics on Visually (I) – Thnxz to @Visually

Gay marriage chronology

For more than a decade, the battle over same-sex marriage and other rights for gay couples has been hard fought in U.S. courts and legislatures and at the ballot box. Use this map to view milestones in the fight and how state laws have changed since 2000.

Timeline: Gay marriage | Full-coverage: Prop. 8 and DOMA

Gay Marriage Chronology

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Steps to Breaking Your Procrastination Habit – thnxz to @PickTheBrain

1. Write down the dreaded task. Writing down the task you’ve been putting off brings the project to the front of your mind so it can’t easily be ignored.

2. Identify the underlying feelings. According to psychologists, procrastination is an emotional reaction. One of three core emotions is always driving it–fear, anger, or sadness. For example, you might be worried that you won’t get the job done well enough and on time (fear). You may feel resentful because you have to do something you hate (anger). Or you might feel inadequate or ill-suited for the task (sadness). Dig down deep to identify which emotion is causing you to drag your heels.

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3. Move the emotion out of your body. Emotions are pure energy; they either flow through our body when we express them, or get stuck when we don’t. If they’re not expressed constructively and physically, they build up inside us like a pressure cooker. In a private setting, do exaggerated shivering to move out the fear; punch a pillow or stomp around to release anger; or watch a movie that makes you cry to express the sadness. It may sound silly, but it works.

4. Find an antidote to each negative thought. What negative thought pops into your head when you think of this task? You can neutralize such negative thinking by replacing each one with a “truth” that contradicts it. For example, if you think “I’ll never be able to learn all this,” you might say to yourself, “If others can learn this, so can I.”

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20+ New Brochure Design Examples – thnxz @topdesignmag


Finding a new brochure design that can inspire you can cause a real headache that can ruin you your time. That’s my reason for collecting for you more than 20 brochure designs that rock. Getting inspiration from these examples will help you pass the first step and start designing.


#INFOGRAPHIC: Guide to Finding The Right Social Influencers – thnxz @Sociable360 !

A guide to activating your social advocates and influencers.
How do you find the right influencers? MSL Group teamed up with SocialChorus to talk about the value of the Power Middle in this infographic.

This post is published at Sociable360 by: Sheriff Gbailey

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SafeFrame – thnxz @iab

The SafeFrame 1.0 technology is a managed API-enabled iframe that opens a line of communication between the publisher page content and the iframe-contained external content, such as ads. Because of this line of communication, content served into a SafeFrame is afforded data collection and rich interaction, such as ad expansion, that is unavailable in a standard iframe.

To avoid disruptive ad behavior and the potential security risks of serving ads inline with the page, publishers may choose to have ad content served into an iframe.

An iframe is a sort of mini HTML page within the publisher-hosted page. Using the iframe, ad content is sequestered within the boundaries of the iframe and unable to access any information about the page where it is served. Without access to page content, ad content within the iframe cannot expand, interact dynamically with site visitors, or collect any data necessary in determining ad effectiveness.

The iframe solution protects the publisher, but it also limits ad capabilities and decreases the value of inventory that is restricted to iframes.

SafeFrame’s API-enabled iframe opens a line of communication between webpage code and the ad content in a controlled and transparent way. This communication allows for rich interaction while protecting the publisher’s page from undetected changes that might otherwise damage page integrity.
Some key benefits of SafeFrame for digital advertising include:

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Making The Most Out Of Twitter’s Promoted Advertising // thnxz @simplyzesty –

Twitter AdvertisingWith the latest API ads being announced last week, there has been much talk about the potential it offers to businesses. The potential to offer more diverse and sophisticated ads to users is enticing and if it goes well, it will provide a major boost to Twitter’s finances as it increases revenue.

However, with all the commotion surrounding the API announcement, it’s easy to forget about what’s already there. It’s funny to think that Twitter’s promoted advertising has been around since 2010, yet for the most part, it’s been successful in getting messages out there without impinging upon the overall experience. Provided you have the right content and a general strategy, Twitter’s promoted advertisements can give your campaigns a welcome boost.

What Do You Want To Achieve?

There are three ways to advertise on Twitter and one is more suited to a particular role than others. The three ways to advertise are through Promoted Tweets, Accounts or Trends. If you’re a smaller business, the first two methods would be more suited to you. Promoted Tweets will select a specific tweet from your feed and places it in your target demographic’s news feed as well as search results. This method is suited if you’re creating engaging content, either through favourites, retweets and replies, and you want to increase its reach.

On the other hand, Promoted Accounts means your profile appears on the ‘Who to follow’ section as well as search results (usually the fourth or fifth entry down). If you want to increase the number of followers your page has, this is the type of advertising you want to select. You can track how much your follower count grows through Twitter’s analytics, showing you both organic followers and those who saw your Promoted Account.

Promoted Trends allows you to place your own hashtag or term in the trends list. This is best used if you’re running a Twitter campaign and participation is central to its success. Each of the three should be done to complement an overall strategy as unengaging content won’t magically become interesting if it’s put in front of a large audience.

Full article (Identify Popular Hashtags & Case Studies)

Manually Select Your Promoted Tweets

When you first start using Promoted Tweets, Twitter will set it up so that your most engaging tweet will be automatically selected as your Promoted Tweet. To an extent, this will work if you’re looking to just increase followers and engagement. However, it’s better to switch this to manual as soon as possible. The reason for this is that your most popular tweet mightn’t be relevant to your advertising aims, otherwise you could be left with a random tweet that does nothing for your brand message.Manually Select Tweets

Place Promoted Tweets At The Top Of Your Feed

We know what to expect when we visit a profile, but what some profiles don’t properly take advantage of is the fact that you can place Promoted Tweets onto the top of your page. This way, when people visit your profile, the first thing they will see in your feed is the tweet you want.

The only potential flaw behind this is that not everyone will be visiting your profile page (it doesn’t appear in the page preview), so this would require some experimentation on your part to see whether it’s worth it or not.

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Firefox 17, un navegador muy social |

Hoy 20 de noviembre, tal y como Mozilla había prometido, se ha lanzado la nueva versión de Firefox, es decir,Firefox 17. Esta nueva versión estable del navegador de Mozilla trae “bajo el brazo” un buen puñado de interesantes novedades que vale la pena tener en cuenta puesto que, además de ser una versión con soporte extendido (ESR), pone el foco en la seguridad y también el mundo de las redes sociales gracias a la Social APIque, por ejemplo, nos ofrece la posibilidad de acceder desde el navegador al chat de Facebook.

Firefox 17

Desde el punto de vista de la seguridad, Firefox 17 incluye, como ya se había anunciado, una utilidad (llamadaClick-to-play) que por defecto bloqueará plugins que se haya quedado obsoletos, es decir, que el navegador avisará a los usuarios de sistemas Windows que su versión de Adobe Reader, Microsoft Silverlight o Adobe Flash Player está anticuada y es vulnerable y no cargará la página que requiera de este tipo de recursos hasta que sean actualizados. Aunque pueda parecer algo radical (aunque debo decir que la medida me parece fantástica), realmente la navegación no se bloquea del todo porque no es complicado saltarse esta restricción y arriesgarnos a usar dichos plugins anticuados (aunque lo recomendable es seguir el consejo y actualizar estos complementos a sus últimas versiones).

El 10% de usuarios de Mac que aún siguen anclados en Mac OS 10.5 Leopard y que, además, utilizan Firefox se pueden encontrar en una situación incómoda al conocer que Firefox 17 no tiene soporte para esta versión de Mac OS X, es decir, que los usuarios tendrán que quedarse como están (anclados en una versión obsoleta de Firefox) o bien plantearse el uso de otros navegadores que sí tengan soporte en su entorno.

Además de algunas mejoras en cuanto al rendimiento (cosa que siempre es de agradecer), la ampliación del tamaño de los iconos en la Awesome Bar o la inclusión del atributo Sandbox para iframes en HTML5; una de las características clave de Firefox 17 es su acercamiento a lo social gracias a la puesta en marcha de la Social API de Firefox.

El primer efecto que podemos ver es la posibilidad de integrar el chat de Facebook dentro de nuestro navegador, es decir, disfrutar de la experiencia de uso de Facebook sin necesidad de entrar en esta red social y, por tanto, trabajar o navegar sin tener que estar cambiando de ventana para contestar a lo que nos comentan nuestros amigos. Para activar esta funcionalidad, lo único que tenemos que hacer es visitar (lógicamente desde Firefox) la página del Messenger para Firefox que ha habilitado Facebook y activar elplugin. Esta activación habilitará una “barra social” en Firefox en la que veremos los contactos conectados y un listado con las actualizaciones relevantes que se van sucediendo en Facebook; es decir, la misma información que vemos en el lateral derecho del interfaz cuando visitamos Facebook desde el navegador de escritorio.

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Firefox 17 protects your privacy while enhancing the Facebook experience

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Firefox 17 protects your privacy while enhancing the Facebook experience

The latest beta release of Mozilla’s popular Firefox browser has introduced a new social media API. Can a web browser make it easier to use social media while protecing your privacy? Mozilla hopes so.

Offensive Facebook email leads to Blackhole malware attack

Offensive Facebook email leads to Blackhole malware attack

Facebook users are warned to be on their guard against unsolicited emails they might receive suggesting that someone has left an offensive comment about them on their wall.

Huawei UK makes a blunder with its online careers page

Huawei UK makes a blunder with its online careers page

Chinese technology giant Huawei, under the spotlight following US concerns that its technology could be used for undercover surveillance, has made an elementary mistake in regards to its UK careers page.

‘Parasite’ porn websites steal and spread images and videos of young people

Parasite sites are snatching and disseminating sexually explicit images of young people

A new study shows that 88% of sexually explicit photos and videos of children and other young people found online have been lifted from legitimate source sites, including social networking sites such as Facebook, video sites such as YouTube, or stolen/lost phones.

FTC smacks down security sloppiness by web analytics company Compete


The FTC has settled with web analytics company Compete, Inc. over poor security. Compete has agreed not to do it again, and to audit itself every two years for 20 years.

What do you think? Is that a stiff enough penalty? Have your say in our comments section…

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Intuit Has ‘No Plans to Retire’ QuickBooks SDK


Mobile apps and SaaS might be the future of Intuit’s developer toolkit for QuickBooks, but don’t tell that to the thousands of developers who are still using QuickBooks’ Software Development Kit (SDK) to make desktop applications. To ease the transition, Intuit has announced that the company currently has “no plans to retire the SDK” while it nudges third-party developers toward the cloud with the new Intuit Partner Platform (IPP).

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Link to El día D de los emprendedores

Todo emprendedor conoce el día D. Es el día en el que después de mucho pensar, de mucho imaginar, de diseñar el producto, de ver las primeras pruebas, de hacer todo el testeo, finalmente el proyecto ve la luz. En general lo que nos pasa a todos los emprendedores es que después de un proceso tan intenso de trabajo, piensas que el mercado entenderá tu propuesta y empezarán a llegar compras por todos lados. Pero cuando finalmente llega, no pasan grandes cosas.


Link to Modelo de captación: ¿Cómo conseguir nuevos clientes?

Los objetivos de marketing siempre tiene que ver con un resultado de negocio (crecer, mantener o frenar caída) siempre relacionados con algo (respecto al año pasado o respecto a un mercado o share). Para conseguirlo al final hay sólo dos caminos: conseguir nuevos clientes o que los clientes actuales consuman más. Hoy me gustaría recoger algunos apuntes sobre la captación.


Extremely Beautiful Examples Of Sunset Photography

Extremely Beautiful Examples Of Sunset Photography

One of the most colorful times of the day is when the sun is going down to rest behind the horizon.Enjoy watching these extremely beautiful examples of sunset photography !


Design From the Future! An Interview with the Authors of Make It So.

By Andrew Maier 

Design From the Future! An Interview with the Authors of Make It So.

There’s something magical about the genre of Science Fiction: “science” is rigorous while “fiction” grants creative license. But where does one end and the other begin? Nathan Shedroff and Christopher Noessel hunt for an answer in their latest book, Make it So.

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Classic Photography Theme for WordPress

Classic Photography is our latest free WordPress theme, and this one has loads of features that make it a great choice for photographers who need a quality website.

Theme features include:

  • An adaptive layout that looks great on desktops, tablets, and smartphones.
  • Full-color control! You can change the color of almost every element of the design.
  • Customizable homepage slideshow to showcase your photos.
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Chrome permite convertir fotos en dibujos en arena | Buenísimo…

La nueva versión del browser de Google continúa mostrando el poder de los nuevos estándares web. Ahora propone tomar una foto del usuario, que un robot en el Museo de Ciencias de Londres la convierta en un dibujo en arena y enviarle el video del proceso

Chrome permite convertir fotos en dibujos en arena

Google acaba de presentar la versión estable de Chrome, que ya prometía grandes avances desde su beta. A principios de julio, Google había mostrado algunos de los avances en la tecnología que incorpora su browser.

En ese momento, la compañía dijo que los usuarios podrían tocar un xilofón o bien tomarse una foto y elegir entre numerosos efectos.

Ahora Google fue un poco más allá al presentar otro proyecto vinculado con la API getUserMedia, la misma que les permite dar acceso a las aplicaciones web a su cámara web y micrófono, sin necesidad de instalar un plug-in.

La API getUserMedia representa el primer paso para el llamado WebRTC, un nuevo estándar de comunicación en tiempo real que tiene como objetivo permitir las comunicaciones con alta calidad de video y sonido en la web.

El experimento en cuestión es Sketchbots, salida del Chrome Web Lab, que empleagetUserMedia para permitir al usuario tomar una foto de su rostro, convertirla en una ilustración formada por líneas y luego enviarla a un robot en el Museo de Ciencia de Londres.

Después, el robot dibuja su retrato en un montón de arena, mientras el usuario puede observarlo en vivo a través de YouTube. Los visitantes del museo lo ven en persona, dijoGoogle.

Click acá para ver Sketchbot en acción.

En una serie de videos puede verse cómo es el proceso.

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Seis sencillas “buenas prácticas” cuando usemos HTML5

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Quizás muchos de vosotros os estéis iniciando en HTML5, por eso es bueno comenzar con unas cuantas buenas prácticas de HTML5 desde el principio. Son bastante básicas, pero no está de más recordar alguna de ellas, ya que sobre todo nos ayudarán a crear un mejor código HTML5.

Usar un generador de plantillas básicas

Al comenzar a desarrollar una web normalmente lo primero es definir los elementos básicos, buena parte de ellos son los mismos en casi todas las páginas, algunos tags iniciales como: header, footer, metas… Para crear este esqueleto básico podemos usar alguno de los generadores de plantillas disponibles en forma online.

Algunos de los más conocidos son SwitchToHTML5Shikiryu generator. Sin olvidarnos de el excelenteHTML5 Boilerplate.

Tener siempre a mano un cheat sheet de HTML5

Seamos sinceros. No conocemos todos los tags HTML5 y algunas veces muchos de ellos se nos olvidan con frecuencia. Eso sin contar los nuevos que se van introduciendo. Así que lo mejor es tener siempre a mano una (cheat sheet) de HTML5. Podéis encontrar unas cuantas sobre tags,event handler o soporte en navegadores en la web siempre actualizadas.

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Twitter Hack: 5 Ways to Automate Twitter | by Thomas Samph

About Thomas Samph
Grovo Learning Inc.

When IFTTT launched in late 2011, tech publications lauded the startup as a haven for nerds. Almost a year later, the same may be true for IFTTT, a website that connects digital channels, from RSS feeds and social networks to cell phones and email clients, into an “If This Then That” formula. But these days, IFTTT is catching a lot more commercial success, in part due to its simple, powerful and easy-to-use interface, but mostly because it simplifies everything.

In celebration of simplifying social media, here are the top 5 ways that IFTTT Twitter automations can simplify your life:

1. Automatically greet a new Twitter follower
Instead of sending messages to new followers individually thanking them for following you, use this IFTTT recipe. First, connect the Twitter channel to IFTTT, then enable the recipe and customize the message that’s sent to new followers. In using IFTTT, you can turn recipes on and off as you like, so if the recipe isn’t working as you’d like it, just turn it off to edit it, then turn it back on when you’re ready.
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