UC San Diego Gets Big Picture with ‘OptIPortable’ Video Walls

[From the article: “The new Vroom video wall has enabled our
researchers and their students to take their collaboration capability to a new
level and has challenged them to explore new areas of information technology
with a completely immersive mixed media environment,” said Thomas DeFanti,
director of visualization for Calit2.

Calit2,
which brings together technology research with a focus on applications, refers
to these wall-sized visualization facilities or clusters as
“OptIPortables.” First installed in March 2010 at UCSD using 32 NEC X462UN displays
and then elsewhere at its partner institutions around the world, the Institute
uses the video walls to allow simultaneous video conferencing and visualization
of large-sized data sets. …According to DeFanti, NEC displays have been used
because “they consistently offered the narrowest bezels we could purchase
at the time, a critical issue for viewing super-high-resolution imagery.”
Also, he added, NEC has displays in the sizes the Institute needs. More
recently, the display shopping list has added the requirements of LED
backlighting and 2D and 3D collaboration capabilities.]
UC San Diego
Gets Big Picture with ‘OptIPortable’ Video Walls

The University of California,
San Diego (UCSD) has decided that more and bigger is better, especially for
immersive experiences. The university is building out its collection of virtual
rooms that use multiple large-screens for visualization.

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Amazon announces Kindle Fire tablet for $199

Amazon announces Kindle Fire tablet for $199 (runs on Android)
USA Today – ‎37 minutes ago‎

Amazon has confirmed it is entering the tablet business, unveiling the Kindle Fire at a press event in New York on Wednesday. The device will include a 7-inch color display, Wi-Fi support, weigh 14.6 ounces and run on …

See also announcement of 2 new, additional Kindles (Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G) at http://www.amazon.com/

Microsoft Previews Compiler-as-a-Service Software

[From the article: Microsoft will release a CTP (Community Technology Preview) of a new type
of compiler its researchers have been building, code-named Project Roslyn, the
company executive overseeing the C# programming language announced Thursday.
…Roslyn is a compiler for C3 and Visual Basic with a set of APIs (application
programming interfaces) that developers can use to fine-tune their code. It
resembles a model developed by Miguel de Icaza’s Mono Project, in which the
information the compiler generates about a program can be reused as a library.]

Microsoft
Previews Compiler-as-a-Service Software

By Joab Jackson, IDG News Sep 15, 2011
4:20 pm

Source: http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/240135/microsoft_previews_compilerasaservice_software.html

The Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) Conference Wrap Up

[From the article: Open source software made the leap into mainstream productization many
years ago with products like Linux. And while the timeline is shorter by some
years, open source geospatial software is already a viable alternative
technology to commercial software, to the dismay of several commercial software
suppliers. With over 15,000,000 lines of code in the OSGeo library, there is a
wealth of contributed intellectual property to make a corporate lawyer drool
with envy.  While there is the realization that open source products are
viable, this is still just a small community of companies that are making a go
of it selling value-added solutions based on open source code. The evidence is
in the small number of exhibitors at FOSS4G (and many of those were commercial
providers like Esri, Safe Software, MapQuest and DigitalGlobe, the latter two
being locally headquartered) and even fewer large corporate sponsors to OSGeo.
Arnulf Christ, president of OSGeo, admitted it has not made a very good pitch
to companies looking for a return on their investment in the open source
movement. Even Autodesk, a long-time investor in open source that placed Map
Guide into the public domain several years ago, is now missing in action as a
major participant from FOSS4G 2011.]

The
Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G

‎You +1’d this publicly. Undo

DirectionsMag.com
Joe Francica – 8 hours ago

Since
open source technology is often seen as more cost-effective because ….
With over 15000000 lines of code in the OSGeo library, there is a
wealth of

WellPoint’s New Hire: IBM Watson Technology Plays ‘Doctor’

[From the article: The company added that they hope the technology will help improve the quality of patient care and help reduce costs. WellPoint is the nation’s largest publicly traded health insurer based on enrollment. It operates Blue Cross Blue Shield
plans in 14 states, including New York and California. The Watson technology is capable of processing about 200 million pages of content in less than three seconds,
according to IBM.]

 

WellPoint’s
New Hire: IBM Watson Technology
Plays ‘Doctor’

Watson’s
huge library of
textbooks and medical journals … The company added that they hope the technology will help
improve the quality of patient care and help reduce costs. WellPoint is the
nation’s largest publicly …International
Business Times
 · 9/12/2011

Microsoft goes open source with Gadgeteer electronics

[From the article: We can file this one – at a push – under open source
engineering, even if – given this involves Microsoft – no Linux is involved.
The Redmond giant has has announced
the official launch of Gadgeteer,
a set of electronic parts designed to be plugged together to build prototypes
or working electronic devices. Remote controlled cars and cameras are given as
possible examples. It is aimed squarely at “hobbyists, electronic
enthusiasts and educators” and Microsoft says it does not require any
specialist electronics knowledge or soldering. The idea is to make it simple
for anyone to quickly design and build their own devices.—Might be a good fit
for a lab. Jim]

Microsoft goes open source with Gadgeteer electronics

By
Alun Williams –
Electronics Weekly.com

on August 4, 2011 1:42 PM

http://www.electronicsweekly.com/blogs/open-source-linux/2011/08/microsoft-goes-open-source-with-gadgeteer-electronics.html

How Cognitive Science Can Improve Your PowerPoint Presentations

[From
the article
: Harvard cognitive scientist Stephen M. Kosslyn, who studies
how brains process images, wants to improve the world with his cutting-edge
research. And he’s starting with four ways to make your PowerPoint
presentations more human brain-compliant. …The Goldilocks Rule refers to
presenting the “just right” amount of data. Never include more
information than your audience needs in a visual image. As an example, Kosslyn
showed two graphs of real estate prices over time. One included ten different
numbers, one for each year. The other included two numbers: a peak price, and
the current price. For the purposes of a presentation about today’s prices
relative to peak price, those numbers were the only ones necessary.]

How
Cognitive Science Can Improve Your PowerPoint Presentations

By Annalee Newitz Feb 15, 2008 10:20 AM

http://io9.com/357063/how-cognitive-science-can-improve-your-powerpoint-presentations