Jul 022010
 

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Augmented politics, inspired by BP.

http://theleakinyourhometown.wordpress.com/

“the leak in your home town” is an iPhone app that lets users see the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill whenever they see a BP logo. A user simply launches the app and aims their iPhone’s camera at the nearest BP logo. What the user sees is one of the broken BP pipes coming out of the BP logo, and out of the pipe comes the oil, pluming upward.

“This work mixes computer generated 3D graphics with the iPhone’s video camera to create an augmented reality. The user is able to see the computer generated 3D objects at specific locations in the real world. The 3D graphics create the broken BP pipe which comes out of the BP logo.

“An important component of the project is that it uses BP’s corporate logo as a marker, to orient the computer-generated 3D graphics. Basically turning their own logo against them. This repurposing of corporate icons will offer future artists and activists a powerful means of expression which will be easily accessible to the masses and at the same time will be safe and nondestructive.”

“This project was created by Mark Skwarek and Joseph Hocking and is a work in progress.”

http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond/2010/06/augmented-reality-bp-logo-hack/

Jun 192010
 

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iPad, Android

via Byline The App Store and the Android marketplace are attractive lures for developers, but apps built to run on the mobile web can still impress. We take a look at the best frameworks available for mobile-web developers.

http://feeds.wired.com/~r/wired/index/~3/9muldowCXyI/

May 172010
 

Slashdot comments on the original story:

Ars Technica has an opinion piece by Sarah Rotman Epps on the iPad and other potential tablets as a new paradigm that they are calling ‘curated computing,’ where third parties make a lot of choices to simplify things for the end user, reducing user choice but improving reliability and efficiency for a defined set of tasks. The idea is that this does not replace, but supplements, general-purpose computers. It’s possible — if the common denominator between iPads, Android and/or Chrome tablets, WebOS tablets, and the like is a more server-centric web experience — that they could be right, and that a more competitive computing market could be the result. But I wonder, too: would that then provide an incentive for manufacturers to try to lock down the personal computing desktop experience as well?”

http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/2MWIXMzrvjk/Shall-We-Call-It-Curated-Computing

Meanwhile, at Wired, Eliot Van Buskirk takes Epps’ curatophilia even further, citing four realms of digital culture he claims have already been colonized by the curatorial compulsion:

1) Facebook curated the web….

Personal websites remain the domain of geeks while Facebook (and its predecessors), LinkedIn, Tumblr, Flickr and other pre-fab web-presence providers flourish, despite valid privacy concerns. When faced with social freedom on the web, we chose social curation instead, and now we’re dealing with that choice….

2) Music curation vs. music criticism…

Today, you can discover in seconds how nearly any band in the world sounds, assuming it wants to be heard, on YouTube, MySpace, Spotify, The Pirate Bay and other services. At that point, the role of the music critic shrinks considerably and becomes more about curation than criticism. The fact that your favorite MP3 blog mentions something at all is more important than what they say about it, because you can then download or stream the song and decide for yourself….

3) News publications filter the news.

Before the internet and Google all we had was curated news, in that readers typically got all of their news from one or two paper publications, which are closed systems. When the news went online and the internet opened up news distribution, aggregation became important. A Google News search on a current event typically reveals thousands of articles on the same topic, and the sheer number of current events being reported has skyrocketed in the past decade, which has made curation important once again….

4) Consumption devices curate functionality.

Finally, we arrive at the sort of curation Epps is talking about. The Kindle, cellphone, MP3 player, GPS and other specific-purpose devices curate functionality in order to deliver a better experience than a general-purpose desktop computer could ever deliver. This holds especially true for devices designed around consumption, such as portable MP3 players or big-screen televisions….When a “curated computing” device offers general functionality and a large screen, geeks get nervous because they view it as a blow against computing freedom.

http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/05/feeling-overwhelmed-welcome-the-age-of-curation/

Are jargon-happy digerati like Epps and Buskirk only infatuated with “curating” because they’ve run out of other Web 2.0 buzzwords? Or has the proliferation of the once-artsy concept of curating into sectors like journalism and computing helped to reveal its true political merits and liabilities?

May 172010
 

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Slashdot comments on the original story:

Ars Technica has an opinion piece by Sarah Rotman Epps on the iPad and other potential tablets as a new paradigm that they are calling ‘curated computing,’ where third parties make a lot of choices to simplify things for the end user, reducing user choice but improving reliability and efficiency for a defined set of tasks. The idea is that this does not replace, but supplements, general-purpose computers. It’s possible — if the common denominator between iPads, Android and/or Chrome tablets, WebOS tablets, and the like is a more server-centric web experience — that they could be right, and that a more competitive computing market could be the result. But I wonder, too: would that then provide an incentive for manufacturers to try to lock down the personal computing desktop experience as well?”

http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/2MWIXMzrvjk/Shall-We-Call-It-Curated-Computing

Meanwhile, at Wired, Eliot Van Buskirk takes Epps’ curatophilia even further, citing four realms of digital culture he claims have already been colonized by the curatorial compulsion:

1) Facebook curated the web….

Personal websites remain the domain of geeks while Facebook (and its predecessors), LinkedIn, Tumblr, Flickr and other pre-fab web-presence providers flourish, despite valid privacy concerns. When faced with social freedom on the web, we chose social curation instead, and now we’re dealing with that choice….

2) Music curation vs. music criticism…

Today, you can discover in seconds how nearly any band in the world sounds, assuming it wants to be heard, on YouTube, MySpace, Spotify, The Pirate Bay and other services. At that point, the role of the music critic shrinks considerably and becomes more about curation than criticism. The fact that your favorite MP3 blog mentions something at all is more important than what they say about it, because you can then download or stream the song and decide for yourself….

3) News publications filter the news.

Before the internet and Google all we had was curated news, in that readers typically got all of their news from one or two paper publications, which are closed systems. When the news went online and the internet opened up news distribution, aggregation became important. A Google News search on a current event typically reveals thousands of articles on the same topic, and the sheer number of current events being reported has skyrocketed in the past decade, which has made curation important once again….

4) Consumption devices curate functionality.

Finally, we arrive at the sort of curation Epps is talking about. The Kindle, cellphone, MP3 player, GPS and other specific-purpose devices curate functionality in order to deliver a better experience than a general-purpose desktop computer could ever deliver. This holds especially true for devices designed around consumption, such as portable MP3 players or big-screen televisions….When a “curated computing” device offers general functionality and a large screen, geeks get nervous because they view it as a blow against computing freedom.

http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/05/feeling-overwhelmed-welcome-the-age-of-curation/

Are jargon-happy digerati like Epps and Buskirk only infatuated with “curating” because they’ve run out of other Web 2.0 buzzwords? Or has the proliferation of the once-artsy concept of curating into sectors like journalism and computing helped to reveal its true political merits and liabilities?

May 142010
 

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Josh Plourde at AEWC Offshore Wind sent this my way.

AEWC Advanced Structures & Composites Center is now accepting resumes for a paid student research assistant who would:

•Create and edit promotional materials.

•Cooperate in the development and design of web site.

•Take leading role in iPad/iPhone app design and development.

Applicants should:

•Be knowledgeable of several programming languages, including PHP and Javascript.

•Be familiar with design standards.

•Have strong New Media/Programming background.

•Demonstrate strong communication skills.

•Be available and willing to work 40 hours this summer and 20+ hours during the fall and spring semesters.

If interested, send resume and cover letter in PDF format to Elizabeth Viselli on First Class.

May 142010
 

Josh Plourde at AEWC Offshore Wind sent this my way.

AEWC Advanced Structures & Composites Center is now accepting resumes for a paid student research assistant who would: •Create and edit promotional materials. •Cooperate in the development and design of web site. •Take leading role in iPad/iPhone app design and development.

Applicants should: •Be knowledgeable of several programming languages, including PHP and Javascript. •Be familiar with design standards. •Have strong New Media/Programming background. •Demonstrate strong communication skills. •Be available and willing to work 40 hours this summer and 20+ hours during the fall and spring semesters.

If interested, send resume and cover letter in PDF format to Elizabeth Viselli on First Class.

May 122010
 

Charlie Stross argues that Steve Jobs’ recent fascistic turn — such as his refusal to run Flash on the iPhone — is a side effect of Jobs’ planning for the coming decline in personal computer sales.

According to Stross, the market will be all about mobility. Apple will turn from selling hardware that runs its software to selling hardware that runs its cloud.

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Apr 132010
 

Apple’s new terms of service rankles developers by requiring them to write iPhone/iPad apps in a native language instead of using converters like Adobe’s Flash-to-iPhone exporter.

This is like a DNA test for software: no matter how you perform in the end, if you don’t have the right pedigree, you’re out of luck.

Thankfully, developers using Safari-compatible languages like JavaScript can still make Web apps based on frameworks like PhoneGap–for now, anyway.

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