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Sophie Wrobel
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Public policy needs to evolve with society, not maintain former status quos

Dear governments around the world, and especially Belgium's,

this is not the way to deal with innovation. Technology can and inevitably will bring benefit to society. It's your job to make sure that the way it does so is in interests of your people, making daily life more comfortable and raising their standards of living, while creating an environment fostering innovation in all industries. Blocking innovation doesn't do that. Blocking innovation to retain and revitalize business models that lack the flexibility to adapt, and where the owning companies refuse to innovate themselves, does not achieve that goal.

The long-term repercussions are fatal for your economy; the short-term repercussions are annoyance to your citizens. This doesn't sound like a very good political strategy to me. But what do I know, as much as I'd like to think that Germany and Belgium share a number of common cultural points in terms of how we value and wish to maintainthe modern infrastructure and conveniences that we currently enjoy, perhaps Belgium is so different from the rest of Europe?

Thank you for reading,, and I hope you reconsider.
Idiocy rulez...
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+Sophie Wrobel, +Benjamin Vigier said it well in his comment, this is not about innovation in general, but about Uber trying to replace one monopoly with another - there's a good discussion about that here: Don't get me wrong, as a customer, I like the way Uber functions, and I've used it; in addition, taxis in Brussels could do with better service - but regulation is there for a reason, if only to protect the drivers, who are decidedly the weakest part in this. Yes, going to court might appear ham-fisted, but given Uber's reputation for not negotiating with local authorities, it might be their only way. Let's hope that there'll be a compromise that benefits both consumers and Uber's workforce.
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Digital Marketing: Putting AR to work

Thinking back to the Mentos and Coca-Cola commercial, this type of advertisment is another great way to raise sales, this time for Haagen-Daas. With smartphones as popular as they are, I'd bet there will be a small surge in sales, because people just want to try it out themselves, and see what figures come with each flavour of ice cream!
That's one way to use augmented reality #ar tech

Pretty Stupid Yet Insanely Cool Smart Phone Ice Cream App!
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Annotations, AR and Curiosity.
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Why approaching big data collaboratively leads to big insights

The Financial Times claims, "“Big data” has arrived, but big insights have not." I disagree. Big insights have arrived too, but not along traditional channels. Big insights don't occur in statisticians' reports. Big insights occur in crowdsourced data analyses.

Crowdsourced data analysis occurs in open tools that let leaders put their data into the public - and let anyone have a stab at applying a plethora of analysis techniques to generate visual and statistical analyses. Some of these analyses are more insightful than others; the particularly insightful analyses spark yet others to add more insight to the analyses. This is a collaborative approach to statistical analysis, which matches the collaborative approach that social media paradigm imposes on us. And this is where the real 'big insights' take place today, and will increasingly do so in the future: in collaborative data analysis platforms - one that spontaneously comes to mind is , though there are a few others out there as well.

/via +Francois Demers and +M Sinclair Stevens 
Five years ago, a team of researchers from Google announced a remarkable achievement in one of the world’s top scientific journals, Nature. Without needing the results of a single medical check-up, they were nevertheless able to track the spread of
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+Sophie Wrobel Hmmm. I left a response to your comment on my own post of this story before I dashed off to work and now, upon returning home, it has disappeared. Too tired to reconstruct now it but it was about the misleading headline. I think the "mistake" was explained better in the story...mostly about bad samples and thinking that N=all when it doesn't.
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Translation issues...

... sorry to say, but some of the translations are very bad. (I think maybe you used an auto-translate tool?) This is particularly bad for a lot of texts; is there a possibility to change it?

(I can work directly with a strings file, this is probably easiest)
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Hello Sophie :) thanks again by your help. This afternoon i am going to pass you the strings file. The new strings are at the bottom of the strings file.
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Sociotechnological implications: Levelling the Stock Market Playing Field
Unifying the very small and the very large

Ever wonder how high-speed trading gets people rich? It's a very simple algorithm, really, and can be beat by an ingeniously simple solution:
1) Watch for a 'slow' buy order coming from a real person
2) Issue the same order at another exchange before the first trade is executed
3) Now you've driven the price up a few cents, so wait a few milliseconds until the 'slow' trade is filled, and then issue a sell order.

The advantage lies in the network fibres: The algorithm assumes that their high-speed fibre will get the order to another exchange before your order gets there on the 'slow' cables.

Now the solution: send the same order with a slight time delay to all the exchanges, so that they arrive at the same time. This prevents high-speed traders using that particular algorithm from gaming the market. That's some deep-level packet and hardware knowledge needed to beat the market.

Which raises an interesting insight that applies to not just stock markets but also to other aspects of daily life, as ubiquitous computing brings lower-level interfaces into consumer gadgets: Technology changes our habits and processes at a fundamental level. To understand this change, we need to understand how these fundamental, low-level hardware concepts create implications on the higher level of our society.

Translated into English: The 1% understand that the nitty gritty details which network geeks deal with can line their pockets with gold, because they assume that no other sane person would care to look at both the nitty gritty details and the big picture.

#Society   #Technology   #Ethics  

/via +Ansel Taft 
Steve Kroft reports on a new book from Michael Lewis that reveals how some high-speed traders work the stock market to their advantage
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+Adam Hartman that's true, there's always some randomness in everything. But the order fill rate changing from never to 100% is telling. That said, given the amount of money involved, I expect people will try to game the new game.
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Data, data everywhere - and which belongs to you?

Open data, ubiquitous technology, and contextual personalized augmentation lead to one very enriched user experience.  This app takes publically available data on webcams and other camerad devices, combines it with your current location, and augments your visual perception of the world with it. The result: data, put in context in real time, letting you make more informed decisions on what behaviour may be acceptable where.

I'm not saying that you should change your behaviour depending on whether a camera is watching or not. But there isn't anything wrong with being more aware about what information is being captured when: at the end of the day, you are responsible for your own data, and with technology moving more and more into everyday applications and locations, from RFID tags on clothing to webcams and Google Glass, this presents an excellent opportunity to understand the consequences - and learn how to interact with - an interconnected world to obtain the outcomes you want.

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Wearable computing will make your smartphone look outdated

Imagine a wearable chip embedded in an armband, which can do everything your smartphone can do with the same speed, but with a battery life of one month between recharges and is much smaller and flexibler. Does that sound impossible? Ineda claims otherwise, and their newly unveiled chips look pretty nice.

This technology has a lot of potential applications, in anything from home patient care for elderly to digitalizing your home to replacing your smartphone. While the chip is just the beginning - actual devices and uses will still need to be developed incorporating it - it is certainly a very, very promising technology and an exciting development!
Is this Indian company the Intel of the wearable era?

An Indian startup called Ineda Systems has developed a chip for wearable computers that can run for 30 days without recharging. The company emerged from stealth mode today. And they’ve got some big backers, including Samsung and Qualcomm. 

Join me, plus co-anchor +Jason Howell and guest co-anchor +Natali Morris as we discuss the news of the day, plus interview +Steve Gibson (Gibson Research Corporation) and +Don Clark (The Wall Street Journal). 

Watch now:

#India   #Ineda   #TechNewsToday   #TNT  
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Alchemy for Beginners: How to turn lead into diamond

OK, not quite Lead (Pb), but the Lead commonly known as 'pencil lead' seems to be able to transform into diamond when sandwiched between suitable base (like Platinum) and Hydrogen. Now we can drive the cost of diamonds down, and expect diamonds to show up in more industrial applications - or why not, maybe even household applications. After all, nothing is sharper than a diamond knife!

Why it works

Quoting from the article:
They found that hydrogen binding initiated a domino effect, with structural changes propagating from the sample’s surface through all the carbon layers underneath, turning the initial graphite-like structure of planar carbon sheets into an arrangement of carbon atoms that resembles diamond ... [T]he scientists discovered that hydrogen binding resulted in the formation of chemical bonds between graphene and the platinum substrate.

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Let me know what you think - a good sharp knife is so nice. The Kyocera ones are also very light weight - great for veggies. 
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The Problem with Closed Cloud Technology

What happens when you use an integrated cloud service that has a non-standard API? As long as business is doing well, things are fine. But when that service decides to call it quits, it certainly raises a wave of implications with it.

We need open data exchange protocols with closed data exchange transmissions

What we really need to get away from this and to allow businesses the flexibility they need - eliminating the lock-in - is industry to agree to use open data exchange protocols. The protocols themselves need to be open to allow cloud services in a well-designed system to be modular and subsitutable / pluggable. Unfortunately, this is something very few companies want to do: it means that their customers could switch to another provider more easily.

Perhaps it is time for competitors - particularly smaller field players - to start to work together, in the realization that redundency could actually be a selling point, as should one competitor's services fail, the customer is not left stranded without any business continuity backup plan?

/via +Kaj Sotala 
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+Matt Lambert I wish the cloud was that simple too. But there are several factors pushing decisionmakers to go to cloud, not just 'I want to send my contact a message'.  But maybe there's a win-win message hiding in the many decision factors that could help push interoperability a bit faster?
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Reverse Arrow Optical Illusion

Look Mah; I can do magic! This is a nice experiment to do with the kids. 

This is simply a demo of refraction: bending of light. #scienceeveryday  

A whimsical example:

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Physics Central info on Refraction:
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Everything is possible in the virtual world, it's only a question of innovation.

Advocate for technological innovation, digital literacy, and online privacy.

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