The upcoming convention for the League of Women Voters of Connecticut will focus on social media.
The convention will be held on Saturday, June 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the New Haven Graduate Club at 155 Elm Street in New Haven. The keynote speech by Anne Yurasek will focus on “Demystifying Social Media.” Yurasek, an organizational development consultant and principal of Fio Partners, will describe
“How social media differs from traditional media, teach participants how to create a strategy for their social media efforts, and how to measure success.”
Lunch will be from noon to 1:30 p.m., is open to the public. The cost is $35, and reservations can be made through the LWVCT office (203)288-7996.
Deborah Sloan of Ruckus said,
We’re excited about the possibilities it brings – for instance, a grandparent or a parent away on business or stationed away from home can read a book on a mobile device and have their child hear it read aloud and follow-along in real time (and get reading assessments as well) — as research shows (and we all now know) the importance of reading aloud to and reading together with children.
The app will allow mobile-to-mobile and mobile-to-desktop reading for parents or grandparents for example, to read with children at a distance.
The company is also working on a mobile app with Connecticut Public Broadcasting which will be out soon. The app will allow content to be used after downloading which will allow it to be used with or without an internet connection. The app will also allow CPB to monetize in app purchases to increase revenue for programming.
By using small, remote controlled Quadcopters, some video makers captured the salvage operation for the Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy. Pretty cool stuff.
Fox CT’s Jim Altman takes a look at a local man who operates similar “aircraft.”
REDMOND, Washington (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp gave the world the first look at its new game console on Tuesday, hoping the Xbox One will attract existing video game fans while also becoming a hub for living room entertainment.
The third-generation Microsoft console, coming eight years after the Xbox 360, was unveiled by games unit chief Don Mattrick at an event at the software company’s campus near Seattle.
The Xbox One is an “ultimate all-in-one entertainment system,” Mattrick said.
The console will launch worldwide “later this year,” the company said without providing an exact timeframe.
The new device interacts with a television, responds to voice and gesture commands, and includes Skype video calling, 15 exclusive game titles and original programming content.
Acclaimed movie maker Steven Spielberg will be creating a premium television series based on Microsoft’s blockbuster sci-fi game “Halo” for the Xbox One, the company said.
The new console will offer exclusive National Football League content and eight new game franchises, executives said.
It will have 8 gigabytes of memory, with an updated controller and new-generation Kinect sensor that communicates a user’s voice and gesture commands to the console. The technology is built on the Xbox operating system and the kernel of Windows software to handle Internet-based content.
The Xbox One will chiefly compete with Nintendo Co’s new Wii U and Sony Corp’s forthcoming PlayStation 4 for a bigger slice of the $65 billion-a-year computer game market.
But the world’s largest software company also sees it as a broader strategic piece in the battle with Apple Inc, Google Inc and others to control consumer entertainment in the age of tablets and smartphones.
Microsoft’s stock was off 5 cents at $35.03 in afternoon trading on Nasdaq.
(Reporting by Bill Rigby; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick, Dan Grebler and Nick Zieminski)
The company also offers mobile apps on iPhone, and Android in addition to the website. Dealflicks is listing discount tickets for three Hartford area theaters: Spotlight Theaters on Front Street in Hartford, Starplex Cinemas in Berlin, and Metro Movies in Middletown. There are cinemas listed for other areas around the country. Discounts on the site range from 10 to 50 % depending on the theater, movie time and package (tickets alone or tickets with snacks.)
For example, Tuesday night’s 7:15 showing of Ironman 3 in 3D at the Starplex Cinemas in Berlin will cost a moviegoer $7, including a small popcorn — about a 50% savings. Discounts vary by show time and location, with some locations only listing daytime availability.
Ticket prices hit an all-time high in 2012, with an average ticket price of $7.96, according to a Deadline.com report of data from the National Association of Theatre Owners earlier this year.
Photo: Lori Shepler/Los Angeles Times
An article on Forbes.com makes a compelling case as to why schools need to embrace Twitter for getting their story out there.
1) More and more smart phones means Twitter is the way news is communicated. Get on board or be left behind.
2) Parents likely have choices for where to send their kids to school. A school that shows effectiveness in communicating it’s message shows they are taking an active role in that dialogue.
3) There’s very low cost of entry.
Amnesty International has rolled out a site that determines if you would be arrested in various countries around the world based on what you post on social media sites.
The Verge reports on the site Trial By Timeline, which goes through your Facebook, and determines if you would be jailed for your behavior.
Chris Welch writes:
The results are chilling: working for a media outlet led to me being “killed by extremists” in nine countries including Iraq and Mexico, for example. Because my religion isn’t specified on Facebook, Trial by Timeline assumed that I’m atheist and thus found me “guilty” of blasphemy in Afghanistan — an offense punishable by torture.
A firm that runs dedicated denial of service attacks that can lead to a website going down has said that it allows the FBI to monitor it’s systems.
According to Brian Krebs at Krebsonsecurity.com, the firm Ragebooter disguises themselves as a website security testing firm and perform DDOS attacks on websites. A DDOS involves thousands of computers loading a website at the same time. It often brings websites down.
The owner of Ragebooter claims legitimacy and the fact that he’s able to stay in business because he is working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Krebs talked to the owner, Justin Poland, about the ethics of DDOS.
“That was when Poland dropped the bomb, informing me that he was actually working for the FBI.
“I also work for the FBI on Tuesdays at 1pm in memphis, tn,” Poland wrote. “They allow me to continue this business and have full access. The FBI also use the site so that they can moniter [sic] the activitys [sic] of online users.. They even added a nice IP logger that logs the users IP when they login.”
Essentially, he claims the FBI would be able to track all the electronic comings and goings of the customers of Ragebooter. The FBI would not confirm or deny Poland’s claims.
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theverge.com “Yahoo has officially announced that it will acquire Tumblr in a $1.1 billion cash deal expected to close in the second half of the year, and will keep Tumblr’s David Karp on as CEO. “Per the agreement and our promise not to screw it up,” Yahoo says in its press release, “Tumblr will be independently operated as a separate business.” In one of its first acts of business, Yahoo has moved its official blog to yahoo.tumblr.com.”
engadget.com “A frankly worded press release says that this arms-length arrangement will help Yahoo “not to screw it up” and promises that the 300 million monthly visitors to the blogging site will continue to experience Tumblr’s “irreverence, wit, and commitment to empower creators.” If all this is to be believed, those who have allegedly fled to WordPress, for fear of Tumblr being shut down or re-versioned, may have slightly jumped the gun.”
In a somewhat odd press release, Yahoo promises it will not “screw up” the popular microblogging service.
techcrunch.com “With a lot of negative comments coming in from Tumblr users in lead-up to the deal, and some competitors claiming that they’re witnessing a kind of exodus from Tumblr as a result, Karp has also weighed in with his own announcement about the deal, emphasizing the same independence line: “We’re not turning purple,” he wrote.”
latimes.com “It’s the biggest — and riskiest — deal yet for Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer, who is trying to make pioneering Internet company relevant to younger generations who have gravitated to other services and to mobile devices.”
nytimes.com “The board of Yahoo, the faded Web pioneer, agreed on Sunday to buy the popular blogging service Tumblr for about $1.1 billion in cash, the companies announced Monday, a signal of how the company plans to reposition itself as the technology industry makes a headlong rush into social media.”
Track closures from Friday night’s Metro North train crash could present problems for families and friends traveling to New Haven for the Yale Commencement exercises this weekend.
More than 70 people were injured in the collision, which officials said appeared to happen after one of the trains derailed. Eight people remain in hospitals, officials said. Train passengers who expected to come north from New York City to Yale will be forced to take alternative forms of transportation. All Metro North train travel is stopped at South Norwalk and is indefinitely suspended. Amtrak service between New York and New Haven is also suspended. Officials on Saturday said they do not know when service will be restored.
The main events for Yale’s graduation are on Sunday and Monday.
Yale University had created a mobile site, m.commencement.yale.edu to alert people as to transportation issues prior to the accident with up to the minute information.Bruce Judson, president of the site developer Judson Mobile, said, ” While we can’t change the situation, our mobile capabilities are helping to ease the challenges parents and families now face in traveling to the graduation.”
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