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. 





In case you had any doubts, a $50 million dollar project revealed that there are, in fact, benefits to socializing online and that there may be more positive than negative effects.  


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. 





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?




Another site called Institute of Play….



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”.



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.