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3 topologies driving IoT networking standards

By Mark Pacelle
April 4, 2014

There are a lot of moving parts in the networking for the Internet of Things; a lot to sort out between WiFi, WiFi LP, Bluetooth, Bluetooth LE, Zigbee, Z-Wave, EnOcean and others. Some standards are governed by open, independent standards …

Four short links: 27 February 2014

By Nat Torkington
February 27, 2014

Our Comrade, The Electron (Maciej Ceglowski) — a walk through the life of the inventor of the Theremin, with a pointed rant about how we came to build the surveillance state for the state. One of the best conference talks …

Health technology brings care plans alive

By Andy Oram
February 4, 2014

Challenges and hackathons are meant to surprise you. If the winner is a known leader in the field with lists of familiar credentials festooning the team’s resumes, there was no point to starting the challenge in the first place. Pharmaceutical …

Four short links: 24 January 2014

By Nat Torkington
January 24, 2014

What Every Computer Scientist Should Know About Floating Point Arithmetic — in short, “it will hurt you.” Ori — a distributed file system built for offline operation and empowers the user with control over synchronization operations and conflict resolution. We …

The emergence of the connected city

By Glen Martin
January 8, 2014

If the modern city is a symbol for randomness — even chaos — the city of the near future is shaping up along opposite metaphorical lines. The urban environment is evolving rapidly, and a model is emerging that is more …

The Internet of Things Needs the Laws of Robotics

By Rachel Roumeliotis
October 31, 2013

Joshua Marinacci (@joshmarinacci), is a researcher at Nokia, author, and speaker. We sat down recently to talk about the quickly growing internet of things and what the future might hold in terms of consequences both foreseen and unexpected. Key highlights …

Four short links: 9 October 2013

By Nat Torkington
October 7, 2013

Android Malware Numbers — (Quartz) less than an estimated 0.001% of app installations on Android are able to evade the system’s multi-layered defenses and cause harm to users, based on Google’s analysis of 1.5B downloads and installs. Facebook Operations Chief …

Four short links: 24 September 2013

By Nat Torkington
September 24, 2013

Measuring Heart Rate with a Smartphone Camera — not yet realtime, but promising sensor development. iBeacons — low-power, short-distance location monitoring beacons. Any iOS device that supports Bluetooth Low Energy can become an iBeacon, and can detect other iBeacons when …

Four short links: 23 July 2013

By Nat Torkington
July 23, 2013

Canary (IndieGogo) — security sensor with video, motion, temperature, microphone, speaker, accelerometer, and smartphone remote control. Page Speed is Only The Beginning — 73% of mobile internet users say they’ve encountered Web pages that are too slow. A 1 second …

Strata Week: Wireless body area networks bring humans into the Internet of Things

By Jenn Webb
June 7, 2013

Collaborative sensor networks of humans, and your body may be the next two-factor authenticator There has been much coverage recently of the Internet of Things, connecting everything from washers and dryers to thermostats to cars to the Internet. Wearable sensors …

Four short links: 20 May 2013

By Nat Torkington
May 20, 2013

Our Fair Deal — international coalition (EFF, InternetNZ, Demand Progress, Creative Freedom Foundation, many others) raising awareness and petitioning lawmakers to reject copyright proposals that restrict the open Internet, access to knowledge, economic opportunity and our fundamental rights. (via Susan …

Four short links: 25 March 2013

By Nat Torkington
March 25, 2013

Analytics for Learning — Since doing good learning analytics is hard, we often do easy learning analytics and pretend that they are good instead. But pretending doesn’t make it so. (via Dan Meyer) Reproducible Research — a list of links …

Visualization of the Week: Identify your insiders, outsiders, connectors and gateways

By Jenn Webb
January 30, 2013

WolframAlpha announced an upgrade to its Personal Analytics for Facebook platform that allows users to visualize a number of aspects of their Facebook ecosystem. John Burnham outlines the updates on the WolframAlpha blog, noting that the popular visualization from the …

Four short links: 30 January 2013

By Nat Torkington
January 30, 2013

Chinese Attack UAV (Alibaba) — Small attack UAV is characterized with small size, light weight, convenient carrying, rapid outfield expansion procedure, easy operation and maintenance; the system only needs 2-3 operators to operate, can be carried by surveillance personnel to …

Four short links: 3 January 2013

By Nat Torkington
January 3, 2013

Community Memory (Wired) — In the early 1970s, Efrem Lipkin, Mark Szpakowski and Lee Felsenstein set up a series of these terminals around San Francisco and Berkeley, providing access to an electronic bulletin board housed by a XDS-940 mainframe computer. …

Four short links: 2 October 2012

By Nat Torkington
October 2, 2012

Print Your Own 3D Parts (Wired) — Teenage Engineering, makers of a popular synthesizer known as the OP-1, posted the 3-D design files of various components on digital object repository Shapeways, and is instructing 3-D printer-equipped users to print them …

Seeking prior art where it most often is found in software

By Andy Oram
August 28, 2012

Patent ambushes are on the rise again, and cases such as Apple/Samsung shows that prior art really has to swing the decision–obviousness or novelty is not a strong enough defense. Obviousness and novelty are subjective decisions made by a patent …

The Direct Project has teeth, but it needs pseudonymity

By Fred Trotter
August 24, 2012

Yesterday, Meaningful Use Stage 2 was released. You can read the final rule here and you can read the announcement here. As we read and parse the 900 or so pages of government-issued goodness, you can expect lots of commentary …

Top Open Source SDN Projects to Keep Your Eyes On

By Sarah Sorensen
August 1, 2012

Interest and momentum around OpenFlow and software defined networking (SDN) has certainly been accelerating. it's hard to predict what's going to happen next. But that won't stop us from trying! I spent the last few weeks checking in with some SDN pioneers to find out what's going on that's of interest in the SDN space these days...

Ten years of Foo Camp

Ten years of Foo Camp
By Jim Stogdill
June 27, 2012

We curate topic areas and interesting people, but Foo Camp is designed to be an idea collider. It's an intentional serendipity engine that works the seams in between.

Four short links: 4 May 2012

By Nat Torkington
May 4, 2012

Common Statistical Fallacies (Flowing Data) -- once you know to look for them, you see them everywhere. Or is that confirmation bias? Project Hijack -- Hijacking power and bandwidth from the mobile phone's audio interface. Creating a cubic-inch peripheral sensor ecosystem for the mobile phone. Peak Plastic -- Deb Chachra points out that if we’re running out of oil,...

What Are We Doing With All This Computing Power?

By Sarah Sorensen
April 25, 2012

When Apple released its earnings this week, they announced they sold 35.1 million iPhones in the quarter. Since introducing the iPad in 2010, they have sold 67 million devices. When you stop to think about it, those numbers are just mind boggling and begs the questions are we really using all this computing power to our best advantage?

Four short links: 29 March 2012

By Nat Torkington
March 29, 2012

Tricorder Project -- open sourced designs for a tricorder, released as part of the Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize. (via Slashdot) Microsoft's New Open Sourced Stacks (Miguel de Icaza) -- not just open sourced (some of the code had been under MS Permissive License before, now it's Apache) but developed in public with git: ASP.NET MVC, ASP.NET Web API, ASP.NET...

From the Trenches of RSA - Be Aware of Your Risks

By Sarah Sorensen
March 2, 2012

Awareness of the risks of the network is vital to keeping the information flowing through safe. So what are the attacks, and what can you do...

Four short links: 1 March 2012

By Nat Torkington
March 1, 2012

Crowdsourcing Radiation Data in Japan (Freaklabs) -- wardriving pollution detection. Backyard Brains -- measuring electrical activity of a neuron in a cockroach leg. Astonishing how much science is within the reach of backyard hackers now. (via BoingBoing) Cotton Candy Stick Pre-Orders -- a $200 Android computer on a USB stick, with HDMI out etc. Raspberry Pi Launches -- $35...

The privacy arc

By Mike Loukides
February 28, 2012

We're at a point in privacy's evolution where sanitized tech solutions are clumsily attempting to introduce (or reintroduce) human connections into our experiences.

The privacy arc

The privacy arc
By Mike Loukides
February 28, 2012

We're at a point in privacy's evolution where sanitized tech solutions are clumsily attempting to introduce (or reintroduce) human connections into our experiences.

Four short links: 15 February 2012

By Nat Torkington
February 15, 2012

Namebench (Google Code) -- hunts down the fastest DNS servers for your computer to use. (via Nelson Minar) Primer on Macroeconomics (Jig) -- reading suggestions for introductions to macroeconomics suitable to understand the financial crisis and proposed solutions. (via Tim O'Reilly) Smarter Cameras Plumb Composition -- A new type of smarter camera can take a picture but also assess...

Four short links: 10 January 2012

By Nat Torkington
January 10, 2012

Samsung Develops Emotion-Sensing Smartphone (ExtremeTech) -- By analyzing how fast you type, how much the phone shakes, how often you backspace mistakes, and how many special symbols are used, the special Galaxy S II can work out whether you’re angry, surprised, happy, sad, fearful, or disgusted, with an accuracy of 67.5% From a research paper from a research group...

Four short links: 2 January 2012

By Nat Torkington
January 2, 2012

What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success (The Atlantic) -- Accountability is something that is left when responsibility has been subtracted. This is a magnificent article, you should read it. (via Juha Saarinen) impress.js (github) -- MIT-licensed Prezi-like presentation tool, built using CSS3 3d transforms. I've never been happy with the Prezi because I fear data lock-in. This...

Four short links: 30 December 2011

By Nat Torkington
December 30, 2011

Hadoop Hits 1.0 -- open source distributed computation engine, heavily used in big data analysis, hits 1.0. Sparse and Low-Rank Approximation Wiki -- interesting technique: instead of sampling at 2x the rate you need to discriminate then compressing to trade noise for space, use these sampling algorithms to (intelligently) noisily sample at the lower bit rate to begin with....

The Increasing Value of Diversity and Inclusion in a Connected Workplace

By Sarah Sorensen
December 6, 2011

To capitalize on ideas, solve problems, and make decisions that will drive success, businesses must ensure they have a workplace that contains, connects, and values a diverse set of thoughts, perspectives and experiences. An inclusive work environment can drive revenues, collaboration, innovation, productivity and customer preference

Visualization of the Week: Amazon book recommendations

By Audrey Watters
December 2, 2011

A new tool takes a link from a book on Amazon and creates the network surrounding it. It shows up to 100 recommendations associated with the title.

Visualization of the Week: Amazon book recommendations

Visualization of the Week: Amazon book recommendations
By Audrey Watters
December 2, 2011

A new tool takes a link from a book on Amazon and creates the network surrounding it. It shows up to 100 recommendations associated with the title.

Visualization of the Week: Amazon book recommendations

By Audrey Watters
December 2, 2011

A new tool takes a link from a book on Amazon and creates the network surrounding it. It shows up to 100 recommendations associated with the title.

Four short links: 10 November 2011

By Nat Torkington
November 10, 2011

Steve Case and His Companies (The Atlantic) -- Maybe you see three random ideas. Case and his team saw three bets that paid off thanks to a new Web economy that promotes power in numbers and access over ownership. "Access over ownership" is a phrase that resonated. (via Walt Mossberg) Back to the Future -- teaching kids to program...

Four short links: 10 November 2011

By Nat Torkington
November 10, 2011

Steve Case and His Companies (The Atlantic) -- Maybe you see three random ideas. Case and his team saw three bets that paid off thanks to a new Web economy that promotes power in numbers and access over ownership. "Access over ownership" is a phrase that resonated. (via Walt Mossberg) Back to the Future -- teaching kids to program...

Social network analysis isn't just for social networks

Social network analysis isn't just for social networks
By Howard Wen
November 9, 2011

The scientific methodology of social network analysis (SNA) helps explain not just how people connect, but why they come together as well. Here, "Social Network Analysis for Startups" co-author Maksim Tsvetovat offers a primer on SNA.

Social network analysis isn't just for social networks

Social network analysis isn't just for social networks
By Howard Wen
November 9, 2011

The scientific methodology of social network analysis (SNA) helps explain not just how people connect, but why they come together as well. Here, "Social Network Analysis for Startups" co-author Maksim Tsvetovat offers a primer on SNA.

Social network analysis isn't just for social networks

By Howard Wen
November 9, 2011

The scientific methodology of social network analysis (SNA) helps explain not just how people connect, but why they come together as well. Here, "Social Network Analysis for Startups" co-author Maksim Tsvetovat offers a primer on SNA.

Radar is now on Google+ (officially this time)

Radar is now on Google+ (officially this time)
By Mac Slocum
November 8, 2011

We've got big ideas for Radar's new Google+ page. For starters, we see it as a two-way channel, an experimentation hub, and a place to surface intriguing content.

Radar is now on Google+ (officially this time)

By Mac Slocum
November 8, 2011

We've got big ideas for Radar's new Google+ page. For starters, we see it as a two-way channel, an experimentation hub, and a place to surface intriguing content.

Radar is now on Google+ (officially this time)

Radar is now on Google+ (officially this time)
By Mac Slocum
November 8, 2011

We've got big ideas for Radar's new Google+ page. For starters, we see it as a two-way channel, an experimentation hub, and a place to surface intriguing content.

Four short links: 4 November 2011

By Nat Torkington
November 4, 2011

Beethoven's Open Repository of Research (RocketHub) -- open repository funded in a Kickstarter-type way. First crowdfunding project I've given $$$ to. KeepOff (GitHub) -- open source project built around hacking KeepOn Interactive Dancing Robots. (via Chris Spurgeon) Steve Jobs One-on-One (ComputerWorld) -- interesting glimpse of the man himself in an oral history project recording made during the NeXT years....

Four short links: 21 October 2011

By Nat Torkington
October 21, 2011

What Mozilla is Up To (Luke Wroblewski) -- notes from a talk that Brendan Eich gave at Web 2.0 Summit. The new browser war is between the Web and new walled gardens of native networked apps. Interesting to see the effort Mozilla's putting into native-alike Web apps. YouTube Insult Generator (Adrian Holovaty) -- mines YouTube for insults of a...

Four short links: 13 October 2011

By Nat Torkington
October 13, 2011

Memorable Indexes (Futility Closet) -- Carroll's index also includes entries for "Boots for horizontal weather," "Horizontal rain, boots for," "Rain, horizontal, boots for," and "Weather, horizontal, boots for". They're silly and whimsical, but the underlying problem of making multiple accessible entrypoints into a single corpus of content is with us today and only compounded by the vast growth of...

The IT Energy Challenge

By Sarah Sorensen
September 12, 2011

How do you balance 10 percent of the world's energy consumption with technology's potential to push the boundaries and redefine the world as we presently experience it? How do you balance 3 percent of the world's emissions with a promise to connect and support opportunities on a scale that will improve our personal, business, and civic lives?

Four short links: 17 August 2011

By Nat Torkington
August 17, 2011

Tablib -- MIT-licensed open source library for manipulating tabular data. Reputed to have a great API. (via Tim McNamara) Stanford Education Everywhere -- courses in CS, machine learning, math, and engineering that are open for all to take. Over 58,000 have already signed up for the introduction to machine learning taught by Peter Norvig, Google's Director of Research. Wearable...

Four short links: 11 August 2011

By Nat Torkington
August 11, 2011

Why Restaurant Web Sites Are So Bad -- The rest of the Web long ago did away with auto-playing music, Flash buttons and menus, and elaborate intro pages, but restaurant sites seem stuck in 1999. North Korean Government Partly Funded by Gold Farming (Gamasutra) -- alleges a special group of hackers built automation software for MMOs and sent part...

FCC contest stimulates development of apps to help keep ISPs honest

By Alex Howard
August 10, 2011

The FCC Open Internet Challenge stimulated the creation of a new mobile application that enables consumers to analyze the performance of their mobile broadband network. Combined with the other two winners of the challenge, consumers now have better tools to measure their Internet service.


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