Dave Winer weighs in on why Twitter needs to move beyond 140 characters. Twitter is the tool of choice for journalists and as tech limits change (like SMS limits,) our tools change, too.”..all products in a space eventually get the features of all the other products…If Buick adds a radio, then so must Dodge and Toyota. That is unless they want to be at a disadvantage in the market. It’s 2016, not 2006. The market for social networks is maturing.”(via Why Twitter has no choice and why it won’t be so bad — Medium)
How David Pogue set up green screen for his daughter, for about $250. Folks, when you buy online, check out the reviews. David did, and saved money and got the green screening setup he needed to help his daughter with her school projects. But there, nestled among all the high-priced kits, I saw something that I thought must be a misprint: a complete green screen setup — 9-by-10-foot green screen, a second 5-by-7-foot cloth, two 500-watt lights with 20-inch “softboxes” (diffusing screens for even light), two collapsible seven-foot light stands, software to teach you green screen techniques and perform the actual actor extraction — for $250. via Hollywood-Style Tricks on the Cheap – NYTimes.com.
This has been so obvious to me as someone who had worked for may years doing a variety of producing, research, and writing and only coming lately to journalism. I’d rather read a journalist who is upfront about a bias but is fair in reporting, than one who aspires to an unattainable objectivity but doesn’t cover a story with analysis and a sense of what’s fair and reasonable. By pretending that their journalists don’t have opinions, when everyone knows that they do, mainstream media outlets are suggesting their viewers or readers are too stupid to figure out where the truth lies, or too thick to consider the facts of a story if the reporter happens to have retweeted someone or joined a Facebook page. Given that kind of treatment, many of those looking for news are likely to migrate to sources that admit they have views on events, rather than continue to be talked down to by newspapers and TV networks that pretend they are above that sort of thing. via Twitter and journalism: It shouldn’t be that complicated — Tech News and Analysis.
It’s a free service that puts a magic folder on your computer desktop. Anything you put into it magically appears in an identical folder on all your other computers. That simple concept offers a wealth of possibilities. You can work on a project at the office, then go home and pick right up from where you left off. Those same files are in the same Dropbox folder — without ever having to send them, carry them or transfer them.
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Origo’s concept video is very basic, but it gives you a good idea of what Tchoukanov and Peels hope to accomplish. A simple interface allows children to digitally design a shape, and then the Origo printer creates it in an hour or so (depends a lot on size and complexity). A machine that takes your dreams and turns them into real world objects – what child wouldn’t want this thing? via Origo’s 3D Printer Could Be The Last Toy Your Ten Year Old Will Ever Need | Singularity Hub. Related articles
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Net neutrality and how corporations are allowed to charge for data are important issues and with a tipping point coming in regard to TV and internet as one’s main screen, it will be interesting to see whether consumer pressure will affect how the telcos charge for service. Over the long term the gap between TV and the internet has narrowed: Four years ago, roughly three times as many people cited TV than the internet as their main source of national and international news. via MediaPost Publications News Organizations Take It On The Chin 10/04/2011.