There’s no such thing as Flickr Pro today because [with so many people taking photographs] there’s really no such thing as professional photographers anymore,” Mayer said (though she acknowledged that there are “different skill levels”). —
Flickr gets revamp — with 1 TB of photo storage free — and Yahoo gets new NYC office — Tech News and Analysis
I’ve been saying this since I realized that PageMaker would level out the world of printing. Sure everybody can do it, and lots of folks will do it, but when you want something to specs, go to a pro.
This is useful for sensors that cannot be deployed with a guaranteed orientation, such as those dropped from aircraft. —
NDSU Develops “Smart” Paper and Antennaless RFID Tags
This is more about the RFID research at North Dakota. I don’t find this comforting, either.
This one doesn’t get embedded in your body, but RFID in paper sounds vaguely troubling. It might help stop counterfeiting, but couldn’t it also make a sticky note into an eavesdropping device?
“Research teams at North Dakota State University, Fargo, have developed a method to embed radio frequency identification (RFID) tags in paper, which could help combat document counterfeiting, and have developed antennaless RFID tags for use on metal.” (via NDSU Develops “Smart” Paper and Antennaless RFID Tags)
It’s also difficult to tell if response systems are effective for student engagement. A 2008 study at the University of Toronto polled 715 students about whether or not they felt that response systems — that is, hand-held clickers; this was way before smartphones were as common as they are today — were effective for learning. About half didn’t think they helped. A cursory glance at dozens of related studies reveals similarly lukewarm results.
Among other things, baby-boomer marketers need to accept the fact that millennials have not inherited their parents’ love for the “touch” of paper. They do not naturally go gaga over double-page spreads of either editorial or advertising in magazines. They do not feel compelled to seek their fashion and beauty direction from the magazines that served as bibles for older generations. Nor do millennials feel the need to park themselves in front of a TV at the time appointed for their favorite show, or even to watch TV on a TV at all. Millennials spend a huge amount of their lives online: on smartphones (59 percent), on tablets (35 percent) and on their laptops (70 percent). As of 2011, 91 percent of millennials are regular internet users, according to Forrester Research. —
Baby-Boomer marketers are misreading millennials’ media behavior | Crain’s Detroit Business
Ask any kid. They are connecting, buying, reading, but just not like people of the 60s did.
Digital TRENDS reports more glitches with Apple maps. For example, share a map from your iOS device, and on Facebook or any android OS device, it goes to Google Maps…and more
Our own Molly McHugh put together a list of Apple’s “wrong turns” in its maps endeavor. For instance, there is no public transit option in the new application. Clicking the bus icon simply sends you to the app store and suggests a replacement. Simple searches for Canada, Mexico, and Australia yield no results. Street view most definitely trumps 3D-flyover and Apple just can’t compete with Google’s level of detail. (via Links to Apple Maps are redirecting users to Google Maps on the web | Digital Trends)
The market – which takes into account smartphone, tablet, and notebook shipments – grew to 308.7 million, representing year-on-year growth of 37.4 percent. But despite this market segment including traditional notebook devices powered by Windows, it is Android, a product of the Open Handset Alliance, which is making the biggest gains. During the quarter, Android was the operating system powering 59.5 percent of smart devices shipped. Behind Android was Apple’s iOS with a 19.3 percent market share, and Microsoft with 18.1 percent. (via Android is crushing Apple and Microsoft in the mobile device market | ZDNet)
Mobile journalism isn’t just about phones anymore…
(via Refreshed LinkedIn Today Offers a New Way to Discover Content with Channels [SLIDESHOW] | Official LinkedIn Blog)
LinkedIn plus Pulse means that LinkedIn is “refreshed,” according to their blog.
I haven’t had too much time to try it out, but I used Pulse as my main reader on my mobile phone, and I thought it was quick, dependable, and easy to configure.
Though its moderation model has had and will continue to have its pitfalls, Reddit’s user oriented moderation style is a great example of how social media outlets can encourage good behavior on the part of their users through a ‘rewards and consequences’ system. Fellow users can click on a poster’s username to see their past comments and posts, which many users use to judge the validity of a user’s current posts. Likewise, people can ‘down vote’ posts and comments which don’t add to a given conversation and after a set number of down votes have been given, the site will hide the post or comment from the general comment thread. Though there are issues and abuses of Reddit’s model, it is still a great example of the ways in which social media users can self-moderate their communities. Good behavior is encouraged, while bad behavior is discouraged and can negatively impact a user’s interactions with other on the site as a whole. —
Jayson DeMers: How Social Media Is Supporting a Fundamental Shift in Journalism
Shades of mudslinging weasels. By that I mean this nascent discussion of crowd sourced news aggregation, selection, and editing sites reminds me of the discussions about how to control trolls on listservs.
It also makes me remember how Slashdot developed its system for moving comments up or down, based on the reputation someone earned within the community.
See what I mean? “A user-based moderation system is employed to filter out abusive comments. Every comment is initially given a score of -1 to +2, with a default score of +1 for registered users, 0 for anonymous users (Anonymous Coward), +2 for users with high “karma”, or −1 for users with low “karma”. As moderators read comments attached to articles, they click to moderate the comment, either up (+1) or down (−1). Moderators may choose to attach a particular descriptor to the comments as well, such as normal, offtopic, flamebait, troll, redundant, insightful, interesting, informative, funny, overrated, or underrated, with each corresponding to a -1 or +1 rating. So a comment may be seen to have a rating of “+1 insightful” or “-1 troll”.
Moderation points add to a user’s karma, and users with high “karma” are eligible to become moderators themselves. The system does not promote regular users as “moderators” and instead assigns five moderation points at a time to users based on the number of comments they have entered in the system – once a user’s moderation points are used up, they can no longer moderate articles (though they can be assigned more moderation points at a later date). Paid staff editors have an unlimited number of moderation points.”
from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slashdot