Wolfram Alpha now does literary analysis

April 11, 2012 |  by  |  Sites  |  No Comments

Wolfram Alpha the computational knowledge engine announced on its blog today that it will aid in analyzing Shakespeare’s plays Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Othello and other famous works of literature, such as Moby Dick and Great Expectations. Entering a play into Wolfram|Alpha, like A Midsummer Night’s Dream, brings up basic information, such as number of acts, scenes, and characters. It also provides more in-depth info like longest word, most frequent words, number of words and sentences, and more. It’s also easy to find more specific information about a particular act or scene with queries like “What is the longest word

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Apptopia – sale of mobile apps, transferring ownership, code, users and revenue

April 10, 2012 |  by  |  Apps, Sites, Video  |  No Comments

There’s no question that mobile apps are a booming business and a new website called Apptopia wants to help developers captilize on this by selling their apps. And we’re not talking about selling an app to users — we’re talking about selling complete ownership of an app, handing over the reigns to a big company or business. Apptopia is a marketplace for developers to sell their mobile apps — including code, users and revenue — after they move on to another great idea , take other responsibilities or just want to make some additional cash. Apptopia is a self-serve platform like

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How to make your tweets more trustworthy

March 19, 2012 |  by  |  Twitter  |  No Comments

Among the lessons for how to get trustworthy tweets: Gain followers and retweets, include URLs in your posts, have a profile picture, and fill out your bio with information related to topics you tweet about. The researchers surveyed more than 250 Twitter users to determine what factors do and don’t lend tweets credibility. Then they scored that group of factors on a scale of one to five, five being the highest. Here are the top 10 things that make tweets more trustworthy, along with their respective scores: Post was retweeted by someone you trust – 4.08 Author is a subject expert – 4.04 You follow

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PrivacyChoice quickly rank websites alerts you to potential privacy risks when using a website

March 18, 2012 |  by  |  Chrome, Firefox, News, Sites  |  No Comments

Most of us use the Internet and assume that we’re protected from our personal information being shared with others. That’s not always the case as we’ve found, especially when it comes to companies tracking our activity to share with advertisers. One can change the privacy settings in our browser or click on the privacy icon that many display ads carry. To find out what is really going on under the pages of many Web sites and the third-party ad networks they work with, however, users would have to take a more difficult route — reading the privacy policy for each Web

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National Geographic’s Enduring Voices brings endangered languages into the digital age

March 18, 2012 |  by  |  News  |  No Comments

Chances are you haven’t heard of languages Chamacoco, Remo and Tuvan, and while they are nearing extinction, thanks to a digital project by National Geographic, each of them is now reaching a wider audience – online. National Geographic’s Enduring Voices project is trying to slow down the rate at which languages are disappearing. Giving listeners a chance to hear some of the most little-known sounds of human speech. Every 14 days a language dies. By 2100, more than half of the more than 7,000 languages spoken on Earth—many of them not yet recorded—may disappear, taking with them a wealth of knowledge

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LightBeam pico projector turns any surface into a display – Video

February 21, 2012 |  by  |  Video  |  No Comments

Pico projectors have lately been investigated as mobile display and interaction devices. Everyday objects sojourning in a beam are turned into dedicated projection surfaces and tangible interaction devices. While this has been explored for large projectors, the affordances of pico projectors are fundamentally different: they have a very small and strictly limited projection ray and can be carried around in a nomadic way during the day. Thus it is unclear how this could be actually leveraged for tangible interaction with physical, real world objects. We have investigated this in an exploratory field study and contribute the results. Based upon these,

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Dot429 – is LinkedIn for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community

February 19, 2012 |  by  |  Sites  |  No Comments

When it comes to networking, there is no shortage of ways to connect with other professionals. LinkedIn has become the most popular professional networking platform, with over 100 million users using the site to post their work experience, look for jobs, and connect with prospective employers. Facebook, too, has its own professional social network in BranchOut. When it comes to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, there traditionally haven’t been many substantial resources for gay professionals to network and make business connections, especially with other gay professionals. Bill Stewart and Richard Klein co-founded dot429 to help address this

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OneShar.es – send confidential data which automatically deletes after recipient views it once

February 19, 2012 |  by  |  Cool Stuff, Sites  |  No Comments

Sharing is natural. We share a lot of things in our daily lives whether through social networks, email or IM. The problem arises when we share sensitive information with others. We easily send emails with usernames, passwords or other important information to our friends, co-workers and clients without thinking. Its simple and quick to do and we tend to trust those we share this information with. However, there are always digital traces left behind that we never think about. Consider this for a minute. You just emailed your wife the pin number to your ATM account. Was the emailed deleted or

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BuiltWith reveals technology used by the websites

February 17, 2012 |  by  |  Sites  |  No Comments

Search engines like Google scour the web to figure out how to rank content. But what if you want to know which of some 2000 technologies a web site is using? And, what if you want to know what the tech trends are across the 130 million largest sites on the web today? You could just dig through the source code for each site you’re interested in to answer these questions piecemeal, or you could repurpose other web site profilers designed for search engine optimization or other jobs. Or, you could use BuiltWith. Built by one-man team Gary Brewer in

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