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This whole thing seriously rubbed me the wrong way...It feels reactionary, short-sighted, and ignorant. Ugh.
No, inBloom isn’t evil. Let’s look at the reality of how the cloud and big data pervade our lives and how we can best apply them to improve education.
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Great piece by +Jason Perlow - Real food for thought
Should parents spy on their kids? The issue is not "Should we" but "How much".
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Today has been less than fun, but tomorrow night I'm taking Kid #4 to see +Joe Satriani play at the Paramount in Seattle...Seriously can't wait - Way more excited about the show than this bloody paper I'm writing ;)
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This is awesome!
We had the opportunity to try out Google Glass this week, and our keepers were curious to see if it would help them in caring for the animals. It also gave the rest of us the chance to see the animals through the eyes of the keepers, as they went behind-the-scenes to work with the koalas, eagles, giraffe and a sooty owl. #GoogleGlass  
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This IS awesome! I want one!! haha
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This is a pretty slick approach to building financial stability for the bottom 70% of India's sociodemographic.
“Seventy percent of Bangalore does not have bank accounts, despite there being a bank on every corner... If we can address these customers through a savings bank account approach, then over a period of time, based on their financial behavior, we can look at giving them loans, mortgages, and other products such as micro pensions.” - VS Radhakrishnan, CEO & Managing Director, Janalakshmi Financial Services
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The Government should plans to build a bank there or individaul can do it too, if  it is allowed for.
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This is important, folks...check out my post, follow the links, watch the video, get involved!
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I agree completely with you... That's why I advocated for a cross-curricular approach in my article. I don't think this effort is about turning out a bunch of hackers but rather ensuring that lots of people are exposed to programming so they can take it to the next level if it interests them or just have some useful skills and understanding if not. 
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So much better than Facebook's summary :)
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Hilarious! And she always seemed so nice ;)
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This will finally bring converged infrastructure and virtualization to schools in a really big way. This isn't the usual Dell approach of "let others innovate and we'll figure out slick, cost-effective ways to sell a bazillion of them". This is hard core innovation in a space not known for anything more than incremental evolution. Nice work, +Dell
PowerEdge VRTX brings converged infrastructure to businesses of all sizes.
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It definitely isn't innovative. What's the price?

Got to be under $100k to have any chance in education market
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Wow... You don't get a much more positive review than this. Pretty incredible.
My two-week review of Google Glass: it all depends on the price

This week I gave five speeches while wearing it.
I passed through airports four times (two more in a couple of hours).
I let hundreds of people try my Google Glass.
I have barely taken it off since getting it other than to sleep.

Here's my review after having Google Glass for two weeks:

1. I will never live a day of my life from now on without it (or a competitor). It's that significant. 
2. The success of this totally depends on price. Each audience I asked at the end of my presentations "who would buy this?" As the price got down to $200 literally every hand went up. At $500 a few hands went up. This was consistent, whether talking with students, or more mainstream, older audiences.
3. Nearly everyone had an emotional outburst of "wow" or "amazing" or "that's crazy" or "stunning." 
4. At NextWeb 50 people surrounded me and wouldn't let me leave until they had a chance at trying them. I haven't seen that kind of product angst at a conference for a while. This happened to me all week long, it is just crazy.
5. Most of the privacy concerns I had before coming to Germany just didn't show up. I was shocked by how few negative reactions I got (only one, where an audience member said he wouldn't talk to me with them on). Funny, someone asked me to try them in a bathroom (I had them aimed up at that time and refused).
6. There is a total generational gap that I found. The older people said they would use them, probably, but were far more skeptical, or, at minimum, less passionate about the fact that these are the future, than the 13-21-year-olds I met.

So, let's cover the price, first of all. I bet that +Larry Page is considering two price points: something around $500, which would be very profitable. Or $200, which is about what the bill of materials costs. When you tear apart the glasses, like someone else did (I posted that to my Flipboard "Glasshole" magazine) you see a bunch of parts that aren't expensive. This has been designed for mass production. In other words, millions of units. The only way Google will get there is to price them under $300.

I wouldn't be shocked if Larry went very aggressive and priced them at $200. Why would Google do this? 

Easy: I'm now extremely addicted to Google services. My photos and videos automatically upload to Google+. Adding other services will soon be possible (I just got a Twitter photo app that is being developed by a third party) but turning on automatic uploads to other services will kill my batteries on both my phone and my glasses (which doesn't have much battery life anyway). So, I'm going to be resistant to adding Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Evernote, and Tumblr to my glasses. Especially when Google+ works darn well and is the default. 

Also, Google is forbidding advertising in apps. This is a HUGE shift for Google's business model. I believe Larry Page is moving Google from an advertising-based company to a commerce based company.

The first thing I tried that it failed on was "find me a Sushi restaurant." I'm sure that will get fixed soon and, Google could collect a micropayment anytime I complete a transaction like reserving a seat at a restaurant, or getting a book delivered to my house, or, telling something like Bloomingdales "get me these jeans." 

There is literally billions of dollars to be made with this new commerce-based system, rather than force us to sit and look at ads, the way Facebook and tons of other services do.

When you wear these glasses for two weeks you get the affordance is totally different and that having these on opens you up to a new commerce world. Why?

1. They are much more social than looking at a cell phone. Why? I don't need to look away from you to use Google, or get directions, or do other things. 
2. The voice works and works with nearly every one and in every situation. It's the first product that literally everyone could use it with voice. It's actually quite amazing, even though I know that the magic is that it expects to hear only a small number of things. "OK Glass, Take a Picture" works. "OK Glass, Take a Photo" doesn't. The Glass is forcing your voice commands to be a certain set of commands and no others will be considered. This makes accuracy crazy high, even if you have an accent.

I continue to be amazed with the camera. It totally changes photography and video. Why? I can capture moments. I counted how many seconds it takes to get my smartphone out of my pocket, open it up, find the camera app, wait for it to load, and then take a photo. Six to 12 seconds. With Google Glass? Less than one second. Every time. And I can use it without having hands free, like if I'm carrying groceries in from the car and my kids are doing something cute. 

I've been telling people that this reminds me of the Apple II, which I unboxed with my dad back in 1977. It was expensive. It didn't do much. But I knew my life had changed in a big way and would just get better and better. Already this week I've gotten a new RSS app, the New York Times App, and a Twitter app. With many more on the way.

This is the most interesting new product since the iPhone and I don't say that lightly.

Yeah, we could say the camera isn't good in low light. We could say it doesn't have enough utility. It looks dorky. It freaks some people out (it's new, that will go away once they are in the market). 

But I don't care. This has changed my life. I will never live a day without it on. 

It is that significant. 

Now, Larry, find a way to make it $200 and you'll have a major hit on your hands.

(Attached are dozens of photos I shot over the past two weeks with it).
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    Mathematics Education, 2013
  • Johns Hopkins University
    Information Systems, 2001
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    Anchored the ZDNet Education and Googling Google blogs; substantial webcast and white paper production for third-party sponsors and content-based marketing
  • Athol-Royalston Public Schools
    Teacher, Technology Director, 2003 - 2011
    Taught math, science, and technology. Became the full-time Technology Director in 2009.
  • WizIQ, Inc.
    VP Business Development, 2011 - 2012
    Led marketing and business development efforts as the Indian startup brought their online education environment to North American markets
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