Google Launches ‘Project Tango’ 3D-Mapping Smartphone

Article note: Yes please!

Google today launched Project Tango, an experimental smartphone and developer kit that incorporates 3D sensors able to map indoor and outdoor environments. Designed as a 5-inch phone containing custom hardware and software, the first Project Tango prototype makes more than a quarter million 3D measurements each second, tracking three-dimensional motion to create a visual 3D map of the space around itself.

Google describes Project Tango primarily as a mapping tool, automatically capturing the world around each user to provide directions, dimensions, and environmental maps.

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Can someone explain WhatsApp’s valuation to me?

Article note: The WhatsApp buy is fascinating and I'm really hoping someone will write a good post taking apart how purchases like this feed the monster of wealth inequality.

Unless you were off the internet yesterday, it’s old news that WhatsApp was purchased by Facebook for a gobsmacking $16B + $3B in employee payouts. And the founder got a board seat. I’ve been mulling over this since the news came out and I can’t get past my initial reaction: WTF?

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Can someone explain WhatsApp’s valuation to me?

Article note: The WhatsApp buy is fascinating and I'm really hoping someone will write a good post taking apart how purchases like this feed the monster of wealth inequality.

Unless you were off the internet yesterday, it’s old news that WhatsApp was purchased by Facebook for a gobsmacking $16B + $3B in employee payouts. And the founder got a board seat. I’ve been mulling over this since the news came out and I can’t get past my initial reaction: WTF?

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Steve Perlman Unveils ‘pCell’ Wireless Networking

Article note: I'm trying to shut up the cynic in me that thinks there's no way carriers are going to adopt this since they've built their business on the scarcity of data, but maybe some smaller carriers could adopt and compete with this.

Cade Metz, reporting for Wired:

Steve Perlman is ready to give you a personal cell phone signal that follows you from place to place, a signal that’s about 1,000 times faster than what you have today because you needn’t share it with anyone else.

Perlman — the iconic Silicon Valley inventor best known for selling his web TV company to Microsoft for half a billion dollars — started work on this new-age cellular technology a decade ago, and on Wednesday morning, he’ll give the first public demonstration at Columbia University in New York, his alma mater. Continue reading

Steve Perlman Unveils ‘pCell’ Wireless Networking

Article note: I'm trying to shut up the cynic in me that thinks there's no way carriers are going to adopt this since they've built their business on the scarcity of data, but maybe some smaller carriers could adopt and compete with this.

Cade Metz, reporting for Wired:

Steve Perlman is ready to give you a personal cell phone signal that follows you from place to place, a signal that’s about 1,000 times faster than what you have today because you needn’t share it with anyone else.

Perlman — the iconic Silicon Valley inventor best known for selling his web TV company to Microsoft for half a billion dollars — started work on this new-age cellular technology a decade ago, and on Wednesday morning, he’ll give the first public demonstration at Columbia University in New York, his alma mater. Continue reading

A WordPress Child Theme with MixItUp

Article note: Good writeup by Tom on working some interesting Jquery sorting into a WordPress child theme (although I have to say this is why I'm really happy with the Anchor CMS on my main site, not having to queue and load scripts in their own theme like that just to experiment).

Earlier, I attempted to integrate a slick javascript sorting library called MixItUp into a WordPress theme. It didn’t go all that well despite a series of tutorials from different people. After a decent amount of effort-

You can see a working example at this link. Continue reading

A WordPress Child Theme with MixItUp

Article note: Good writeup by Tom on working some interesting Jquery sorting into a WordPress child theme (although I have to say this is why I'm really happy with the Anchor CMS on my main site, not having to queue and load scripts in their own theme like that just to experiment).

Earlier, I attempted to integrate a slick javascript sorting library called MixItUp into a WordPress theme. It didn’t go all that well despite a series of tutorials from different people. After a decent amount of effort-

You can see a working example at this link. Continue reading

I already have a PLN? And it works!

Article note: Great post by Surupa, a participant in the Domain of One's Own Faculty Initiative (in my cohort). Love when folks come to realize that some of these tools aren't exactly new, they're just a new way to engage with a network they already have in one form or another.

As I began reading this week’s material on building Personal Learning Networks (PLN), I realized that I was using PLNs all along and what happened this week in my research serves as a great example of how PLNs work.

PLN and teaching

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Hospitality

Article note: A great post by Gardner that gets at some of the concerns I've heard raised in our Faculty Initiative in regards to why an academic might not want to blog openly. Planning to share this at our cohort this week.

From The Oxford English Dictionary:
1. a. The act or practice of being hospitable; the reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers, with liberality and goodwill. Continue reading

Hospitality

Article note: A great post by Gardner that gets at some of the concerns I've heard raised in our Faculty Initiative in regards to why an academic might not want to blog openly. Planning to share this at our cohort this week.

From The Oxford English Dictionary:
1. a. The act or practice of being hospitable; the reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers, with liberality and goodwill. Continue reading