Want to know just how strong your cellphone signal is? It turns out there’s a map and an app for that. OpenSignalMaps uses Android smartphones as probes, crowdsourcing locations of cellular towers and their strength. Finally, you’ll get a real answer to why those calls keep dropping when you pass through certain areas.Developed by Staircase 3, the company plans to create accurate sign
Pablo Picasso once said, “Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.”True, but they can also help sell an exhibit. Case in point: The Martin Agency in Richmond, Virginia, put a small budget toward a campaign promoting the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’s Picasso Exhibit “Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris,” which begins February
The demise of print media is commonly attributed to the success of free, easily accessible digital media. However, some editors have embraced it as a way to enhance their magazines’ content and increase revenue.We’ve compiled seven ways in which magazines are successfully employing social media to create an editorial journey for readers, rather than just a linear reading experience.
Is Facebook a good place for kids? U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama doesn’t seem to think so. She says she’s happy her daughters aren’t using the popular social networking service.Obama’s daughters, Sasha, 9, and Malia, 12, aren’t allowed to use Facebook for security purposes. However, the first lady isn’t too concerned about her daughters missing out. Facebook i
Alistair Croll is the co-chair of O’Reilly’s Strata conference, which tackles the convergence of Big Data, ubiquitous computing, and new interfaces. The next Strata event happens in Santa Clara, CA from February 1 to 3.Karl Marx said that the industrial revolution polarized the world into two groups: those who own the means of production and those who work on them. Today’s means of producti
The Department of Justice issued Twitter a subpoena for access to the accounts of Julian Assange and several others in relation to its investigation of the whistle-blower organization, which released roughly2,000 classified cables.
As a result of its current law enforcement guidelines, Twitter is going to divulge the information. The provision is fairly typical for technology startups to include in their policies as a way to protect themselves from getting involved in legal issues pertaining to the platform’s users. With such a policy, Twitter is not held responsible, and in many ways it should not be. According to the media lawyers we interviewed, this kind of government request is not unique.
Can you go wrong combining Legos and ninjas?Probably not, which is why Lego is making a big production out of a new property called Ninjago. Think “production” as in movie production. The company has enlisted writers Kevin and Dan Hageman, who wrote the Sony Animation pic Hotel Transylvania, to create a backstory for the line, which centers around four young ninjas who train under the
Verizon expected to announce the launch of the device on its network at an event in New York City.The move has been a long time coming; rumors of a Verizon iPhone have intensified significantly in the past year, while frustration with AT&T’s network reliability has continued to mount. At the same time, rival carriers have launched dozens of Android devices, which are now outselling the
Jon Stewart of The Daily Show offered his take on Tuesday’s Verizon Wireless iPhone announcement with typical hyperbole. “Freedom!” bellowed Stewart with arms outstretched. Stewart then quickly added, “Freedom to actually switch providers. Nothing more than that.”It turns out that Stewart is part of the “iPhone community” and, like other iPhone users, lame
Have you ever wondered why every company — Google, RIM, Palm — that launched a mobile application store chose a different name for it? One reason is that Apple attempted to trademark the term “App Store,” but now Microsoft is fighting to use the same term for its own mobile app store.Microsoft claims the term “app store” is completely generic and should be free to use b