antdude writes: "CNNMoney report that "... your cell phone may be tracked this year. Starting on Black Friday and running through New Year's Day, two United States/U.S. malls... will track guests' movements by monitoring the signals from their cell phones.
While the data that's collected is anonymous, it can follow shoppers' paths from store to store.
The goal is for stores to answer questions...
While U.S. malls have long tracked how crowds move throughout their stores, this is the first time they've used cell phones.
But obtaining that information comes with privacy concerns..."
antdude writes: "Blue's News share a Mashable article, with an infographic showing various items that are filled with germs — "Worried your cellphone may fall into the 16% with poop on it? You should be scared — not just of the germs lurking on your mobile, but on all your favorite tech gizmos...""
antdude writes: "Neatorama shares a MSNBC Vital article on the number of friends for Americans — "If asked how many friends you have, some may have trouble distinguishing between the lengthy list of Facebook friends and those close pals you confide in. Well, it turns out, Americans' lists of the close type has shrunk to two, down from three confidantes 25 years ago, a new study suggests.
The study also found that the number of us who have zero confidantes, or the socially isolated, has not increased over these decades, as scientists had suspected based on a 2006 study showing a near tripling of Americans' social isolation between 1985 and 2004...""
antdude writes: "Linux Today shares an Opensource.com article on "The digital rights management graveyard: A brief history of digital rights management in music. There are more than a few reasons digital rights management (DRM) has been largely unsuccessful. But the easiest way to explain to a consumer why DRM doesn't work is to put it in terms he understands: 'What happens to the music you paid for if that company changes its mind?' It was one thing when it was a theoretical question. Now it's a historical one...""
antdude writes: "Human Invent has an article titled "Five/5 Fake Sounds Designed to Help Humans" — "In the wall of sound you encounter every day, there are some noises that are more strategically placed than the others. Designers and engineers labour to create artificial noises that make life easier whether by generating atmosphere or making you feel more secure. Here are five fake sounds designed to fool us but only for our own good..."
antdude writes: "Medical Xpress says "the older we get, the more difficulty we seem to have remembering things. We reassure ourselves that our brains' 'hard drives (HDs)' are too full to handle the new information that comes in daily. But a Johns Hopkins neuroscientist suggests that our aging brains are unable to process this information as 'new' because the brain pathways leading to the hippocampus become degraded over time. As a result, our brains cannot accurately 'file' new information."
In the heart of civilization lie places abandoned. For whatever reason, people retreat from these spaces entirely, leaving behind unintentional time capsules filled with objects and equipment from another era, including computers.
In recent years, a risky hobby called 'urban exploration' has gained momentum on the Internet. Urban explorers risk life, limb, and imprisonment to document derelict buildings and urban decay. They are guided by a code of ethics not to disturb what they find, as illustrated by their main credo: 'Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.'
In the following slides, we'll uncover the hidden and often eerie world of abandoned computers in 12 photographs/photos. that remind us both of our own propensity for technological excess and of the seemingly inexorable force of tech obsolescence that has overtaken our civilization at a breakneck pace...""
antdude writes: "This nine (not ten) pages Network World's slideshow showing "the all-time geekiest Oscar triumphs. Recent history shows geek culture has gone mainstream. Movies that appeal to the geek in all of us have traditionally had a tough time winning respect at the Academy Awards...""
antdude writes: NetworkWorld has a nineteen (19) pages (20th doesn't count) slideshow showing technologies/techs. of "Commanders in cutting edge — From the first presidential steamboat ride to the introduction of electricity in the White House to Obama's famous BlackBerry, our nation's commanders in chief have always enjoyed the privilege of being exposed to technology's cutting edge — even if they haven't always embraced the opportunities.
So in honor of Monday's celebration of Presidents' Day in United States/U.S., here's a look at some of the more notable – and controversial — presidential first encounters with the leading technologies of their days..."
antdude writes: This Retrevo blog says "Clothes may make the man (or woman) but dressing for success now includes the gadgets you carry and the gadget accessories that adorn them. That includes cell phone cases, laptop bags, headsets and all the other colorful and stylish electronic paraphernalia people can’t live without. Have you ever wondered whether your gadgets influence what other people think of you? A recent Retrevo Gadgetology study asked consumers whether they notice other people's gadgets and how someone's gadgets affect their opinions of them. It turns out, most noticeably among under 35 year olds, that people's gadgets are being checked out everywhere they go and people’s perceptions are, in fact, influenced by them.
According to the Retrevo Gadgetology study using an iPad is lower on the list of things men and women find attractive than even reading a book..."
antdude writes: City Pages has a five pages/one printpage (will prompt), with a visual history, titled "Oregon Trail: How three Minnesotans forged its path" that show how this educational game was one of the most popular educational games of all time...
Ant writes: "This three pages Dorkly article tells the "ten/10 western games and trends that never caught on in Japan" — "In the olden days of gaming, everything worthwhile came out of Japan, as did all of the console manufacturers. Now, with the game market being much more globalized, American developers have as strong of a foothold in our culture as ever. That is, everywhere but in Japan. There are a lot of facets of our gaming culture that the United States/U.S. holds dear that the Japanese have never even given a second thought to. Here's a list of some of the most surprising (and maybe least surprising, in some cases)...""
Ant writes: "This Libreaction blog rants on how "real librarians sometimes silently cringe at the shockingly-poor reference interviews conducted by librarians on television/TV and in the movies.
But Andy Priestner, head business librarian at Cambridge University, isn't going to hide under the reference desk. He's come out swinging against Jocasta Nu, the librarian over the Jedi Archives depicted in the Star Wars franchise. As the above video illustrates, Nu really doesn't know how to discern and meet customer needs. Priestner writes at length about Nu's dubious use of space and access policies..."