Επιτέλους: Και Τα Πράγματα Θα Μιλάνε Με Τα Ίντερνετς

 
 

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via θοδωρής γεωργακόπουλος by Θοδωρής on 11/30/11


Οι άνθρωποι έχουν μονοπωλήσει κάπως το Ίντερνετ, κι αυτό είναι άδικο για τα άψυχα πράγματα. Γιατί να μην είναι στο Ίντερνετ οι πόρτες, ας πούμε; Ή τα πατώματα. Ή οι ντουλάπες; Κάπως έτσι μάλλον το σκέφτηκαν στο ΜΙΤ κι έβγαλαν το Twine, ένα θαυματουργό πλαστικό πραγματάκι που έχει μέσα αισθητήρες και το κολλάς οπουδήποτε και, τσουπ, το «οπουδήποτε» είναι ξαφνικά μια οντότητα στο δίκτυο, και μπορείς να της κάνεις διάφορα πράγματα.

Maybe you want to get a tweet when your laundry’s done, or get an email when the basement floods while you’re on vacation. Even if you’re good with electronics and programming, these are involved projects. Instead of worrying about wiring or networking code, you can focus on your idea.

Twine is the simplest possible way to get the objects in your life texting, tweeting or emailing. A durable 2.5″ square provides WiFi connectivity, internal and external sensors, and two AAA batteries that keep it running for months. A simple web app allows to you quickly set up your Twine with human-friendly rules — no programming needed. And if you’re more adventurous, you can connect your own sensors and use HTTP to have Twine send data to your own app.

Είναι μια φανταστική ιδέα, γι’ αυτό προφανώς έχει μαζέψει τέσσερις φορές περισσότερα λεφτά απ’ όσα έψαχνε στο Kickstarer.

 
 

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Microsoft reportedly launching Office for iPad in 2012

 
 

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via The Verge – All Posts by Nathan Ingraham on 11/29/11


Apple iPad 2 press

Microsoft’s released a few apps here and there for the iPhone and iPad but has kept one of its prize breadwinners out of the iOS fray. According to The Daily, that all might change in 2012 with the launch of Office for iPad. The publication claims that this new release will play nice with Office 365's cloud-based service, and iPad documents should be compatible with the desktop versions of Office. In fact, this closely mirrors both Office for Windows Phone and iWork on the iPad, with document syncing and compatibility between mobile and desktop apps. Office for iPad's price point also is rumored to be similar to iWork on iOS's $10 per app pricing. The Daily claims a new Office for Mac will be coming out closer to the end of 2012, but…

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Try Out Windows Phone on Your iPhone or Android Right Now [Windows Phone]

 
 

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via Gizmodo by Brent Rose on 11/29/11


Have you been curious about Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango)? Maybe you want to try it out without standing around in some store? Microsoft just made it easy to do exactly that on your iOS or Android phone. No installations required. More »


 
 

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Κυκλώματα από γραφένιο κατευθείαν από τον εκτυπωτή

Χρησιμοποιώντας έναν τροποποιημένο οικιακό εκτυπωτή και ένα «μελάνι» που περιείχε γραφένιο -το εξωτικό υλικό που αποτελείται από μονοατομικά φύλλα άνθρακα- ερευνητές στη Βρετανία δημιούργησαν πειραματικά κυκλώματα για την ηλεκτρονική του αύριο.

Lenovo LePad S2005, S2007, and S2010 tablets launch in China

 
 

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via The Verge – All Posts by Jamie Keene on 11/29/11


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Lenovo is launching the LePad S2005, S2007 and S2010 tablets in Beijing this morning, following on from the K1. The range is likely to be known as the IdeaTab outside of China, but it looks like the model numbers will remain the same. All three devices ship with the W-CDMA bands needed for China’s Unicom network.

The 5-inch S2005 occupies the same confusing is-it-a-phone-or-a-tablet space as Dell’s Streak 5 and the Samsung Galaxy Note. It runs a skinned version of Android 2.3.5 on an 800 x 480 LTPS display (which touts an impressive 178-degree viewing angle), with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and 1GB of RAM. The storage is expandable, but there’s no word on how much is included. The device also packs a pair of cameras, with a…

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Google+ reunites DSLR images with owner — after a year in the Pacific ocean

 
 

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via The Verge – All Posts by Dieter Bohn on 11/26/11


EOS 1000D Underwater 1000

It’s hard not to be a little jaded the Saturday after Thanksgiving, when all that gratitude has been expressed and the deep, deep regret about how much you ate has set in. Fortunately, while your immediate family has once again disappointed you with their politics and green bean casserole, your larger, human family can restore your faith in people’s basic goodness with the magic of social networking. Enter Google+ and Markus Thompson, who was scuba diving in Deep Bay (outside of Vancouver) and discovered a Canon EOS 1000D camera. Thompson pulled the SD card to discover not only that he could recover the images, but that they revealed the camera had been sitting in the salty brine for over a year.

Thompson took to Google+, posting the…

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Optical computing streamlined with garnet filters

 
 

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via The Verge – All Posts by Jamie Keene on 11/24/11


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New technology that channels light in the same way that diodes direct electrons could be the future of optical computing. While optical systems are much faster than their electronic counterparts, they are generally limited by higher costs and the need for additional equipment to control interference. These so-called isolators add to the complexity of the design, but an MIT team has figured out a way to achieve the same noise-reducing effect more simply. 

Diodes form a critical part of any circuitry since they allow electrons to pass only in one direction, which creates the potential for logic gates. Without the isolators, reflections of the laser (or LED) inside the chip can cause interference and corruption. MIT’s solution to this…

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iPad 3: Super-High-Res Displays a Go, But Yields Will Be Low

It's the most definitive assurance yet that Apple's next iPad will include a screen with a near "retina display"-quality resolution: DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim has told CNET that "production has started" for 2048×1536, 10-inch-class tablet screens, and three manufacturers — Samsung, Sharp and LGD — are supplying parts to Apple.

Seagate CEO speaks about Thailand floods and resulting hard drive shortages

Seagate Hard Drive

Although Seagate's factories weren't directly impacted by the huge flooding in Thailand, the company has been affected by the inventory shortages of components crucial to its supply chain. All Things D recently interviewed Seagate CEO Steve Luczo, who assessed the road that lies ahead for the industry: supply shortages will continue until at least late 2012, and the industry may not return to normal until the end of 2013. And while manufacturers are adapting to the shortage by including fewer parts in their drives by using a single higher-density disk with two heads instead of two disks with four heads, Luczo says price increases are inevitable. Although Seagate doesn't plan to build factories outside of the flood zone because it…

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Απέχεις 4,7 Ανθρώπους Από Οποιονδήποτε Άλλο Στη Γη

 
 

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via θοδωρής γεωργακόπουλος by Θοδωρής on 11/22/11


Κοίτα να δεις: Σύμφωνα με τα αποτελέσματα έρευνας του Facebook σε συνεργασία με επιστήμονες του Università degli Studi di Milano, κάθε μέλος του Facebook απέχει μόλις 4,74 «φίλους» από οποιοδήποτε άλλο μέλος. Δεδομένου ότι το Facebook έχει τώρα πάνω από 800 εκατομμύρια μέλη (721 εκ. τον καιρό που έγινε η έρευνα), δηλαδή πάνω από το 10% του παγκόσμιου πληθυσμού, το δείγμα είναι πολύ χαρακτηριστικό και κατά συνέπεια η ιδέα εκείνου του Ούγγρου συγγραφέα από το 1929 (όταν ο πληθυσμός της Γης ήταν μόνο 1,5 δισεκατομμύριο) περί «six degrees of separation» αμφισβητείται με στοιχεία και νούμερα.

Using state-of-the-art algorithms developed at the Laboratory for Web Algorithmics of the Università degli Studi di Milano, we were able to approximate the number of hops between all pairs of individuals on Facebook. We found that six degrees actually overstates the number of links between typical pairs of users: While 99.6% of all pairs of users are connected by paths with 5 degrees (6 hops), 92% are connected by only four degrees (5 hops). And as Facebook has grown over the years, representing an ever larger fraction of the global population, it has become steadily more connected. The average distance in 2008 was 5.28 hops, while now it is 4.74.

Βεβαίως, υπάρχουν διάφορα θέματα προς συζήτηση εδώ, όπως το ότι οι άνθρωποι που είναι μέλη του Facebook έχουν κάποια ποιοτικά χαρακτηριστικά που τους κάνουν να διαφέρουν από μεγάλα μέρη του παγκόσμιου πληθυσμού, ή το ότι η ιδέα του «φίλου» στο Facebook είναι κάτι ασαφές και ίσως να μην έχει απτή έννοια στον «πραγματικό» κόσμο.

Ωστόσο η έρευνα έχει αρκετό ενδιαφέρον και είναι ό,τι πρέπει για διάβασμα ένα πρωινό μιας νωχελικής Τετάρτης, καθώς ο ήλιος λάμπει και το σύμπαν καταρρέει.

 
 

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