Ubiquitous Wirelessness

Thanks to a recent FCC ruling, wireless technologies will become even more expansive and pervasive.  The ruling allows wireless technologies to use the white-spaces between broadcast television channels.  Use of the white-spaces will expand the reach of the internet and increase speeds for mobile date exchange. 

 

http://www.technologyreview.com/communications/21671/?a=f

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Select Media Festival

The festival is organized by Public Media Institute, a group of artists, technologists, and community members.  As described on the site their “mission is to promote art, technology and social activism in order to transform people – socially and intellectually – through the production of festivals, events, exhibitions, community projects, artifacts and other media.”  This year’s festival is called “Infoporn” and is focused on information design and data visualization. 

 

http://www.selectmediafestival.org/where.html

 

 

Games in Education

Eventually, I think that games will become a more integral part to higher education.  This article suggests some of the ways that they will.  Teaching politics, literature and economics are just a few of the many applications that the article envisions.  Architecture?

 

http://connect.educause.edu/Library/EDUCAUSE+Review/GamesforHigherEducation20/46975

 

Another site called Institute of Play….

http://www.instituteofplay.com/

VoxOx

This software enables communications to run out of the same interface.  It can accommodate e-mail, text messaging, video conferencing, phone calls, file sharing and interaction with social networks.   As this article points out, there is already software than unifies communications, but this one “offers a more exhaustive list of services”.

 

http://www.technologyreview.com/communications/21667/?a=f

Flu Trends

It is suggested that Google’s product called Google Flu Trends can spot an emerging influenza epidemic a couple weeks sooner than they had using traditional methods.  It was determined that many people do internet searches prior to visiting a doctor.  Tracking those searches is one way to spot rates of flu outbreaks.

 

http://www.technologyreview.com/web/21669/?a=f

 

http://www.google.org/flutrends/