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松下與YouTube影片創作人攜手宣傳其VIERA 4K電視

日本大阪--(BUSINESS WIRE)--(美國商業資訊)--松下公司(Panasonic Corporation)正在宣傳其擁有65英寸巨大螢幕的超高畫質VIERA 4K電視,強調這是觀賞YouTube影片等線上視訊的完美螢幕。為了吸引電視觀眾,該公司決定首先與YouTube影片的創作人合作。 松下透過群眾外包平臺eYeka與全球各地創作人建立聯繫,邀請他們創作令人讚嘆的影片,在擁有一塊更大、更漂亮的螢幕來發揮創意的情況下,展現一個故事或充滿創意的一個瞬間會如何變化。 這項競賽吸引了全球各地的創作人,5週時間內共收到來自法國、日本、美國、俄羅斯、印度、中國和英國等13個國家的34段影片。有些參賽者是來自東京日本工學院(Nihonkogakuin College)的學生。由《連線》(WIRED)雜誌和松下評選出的三部獲獎影片為: 1. "Dance FX",作者niwina(法國) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Nw07HEXSi0這部作品實際上使用一台VIERA 4K電視來展現不可思議的舞蹈表演。作者在影片創作中身兼多職,如表演、導演、攝影和

松下携手YouTube视频创作人,宣传其VIERA 4K电视

日本大阪--(BUSINESS WIRE)--(美国商业资讯)--松下公司(Panasonic Corporation)正在将其一款拥有65英寸巨屏的超高清VIERA 4K电视作为观赏YouTube视频等在线视频的完美屏幕进行宣传。为了吸引电视观众,该公司决定首先与YouTube等视频的创作人合作。 松下通过众包平台eYeka与全球各地创作人建立联系,邀请他们创作令人惊叹的视频,在拥有一块更大、更漂亮的屏幕来发挥创意的情况下,展现一个故事或充满创意的一个瞬间会如何变化。 这项竞赛吸引了全球各地的创作人,5周时间内收到了来自法国、日本、美国、俄罗斯、印度、中国和英国等13个国家的34个视频。有些参赛者是来自东京日本工学院(Nihonkogakuin College)的学生。由《连线》(WIRED)杂志和松下评出的三部获奖视频为: 1. "Dance FX",作者niwina(法国) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Nw07HEXSi0这部作品实际上使用一台VIERA 4K电视来展现不可思议的舞蹈表演。作者在视频创作中身兼多职,如表演、导演、拍摄和编辑,

The Cute and the Crazy: 32 Scenes From Comic-Con Day 1

Mashable - 33 min 45 sec ago

Comic-Con is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you're going to get, but it's almost always sweet and sometimes nutty.

Attendees found that fact out once again Thursday, as the weird and wacky convention made its welcome return to the San Diego Convention Center. As you'll see in our gallery, there's just as much delightful strangeness outside the hall as in it.

So whether you spent the whole day stuck in panels, or are merely watching the whole thing from a galaxy far, far away, enjoy our selection of 32 scenes from the convention's first day — including the Con's first ever Guardians of the Galaxy movie cosplayers. Read more...

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Starbucks in the evening: Wine, beer and 70M customers each week

In case you were concerned Starbucks is moving away from its core coffee business as it launches carbonated beverages and lunch sandwiches, it insists it is not. CEO Howard Schultz said the company is keeping its laser focus on coffee. But it is also moving forward with other cold refreshments, and Schultz said they see it as an entrance into other evening offerings. It won't just be wine and beer, which the company already sells at some locations, but also food and other offerings, said Cliff…

This art project turns primitive smoke signals into ones and zeros

Engadget - 38 min 53 sec ago
How to come to grips with a world dominated by ubiquitous, but unseen wireless communication? An art installation from the Koln International School of Design aims to give us a feel for the ethereal radio waves we take for granted every day. Binairy...

"Rival-less" MDC Sees Record Revenue Growth in Q2

MDC Partners is having a strong start to 2014, with 2Q 2014 revenue increasing to $317.7 million, up 10.5% year-over-year.

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New York biomedical company Cognigen is acquired by California firm

A New York biomedical company that provides analysis of clinical trials has been acquired by a California firm. Cognigen was founded in 1993 and has about 35 employees at its Amherst, New York headquarters. The company will continue to operate under its current name. It will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Simulations Plus Inc., based in Lancaster, California, which provides simulation and modeling software for pharmaceutical discovery and development. The deal will see Simulation's employees…

Will Northrop be the next defense company to freeze its pension?

The Boeing Co. was first. Then Lockheed Martin Corp. And this week, Northrop Grumman Corp.'s chief financial officer seemed to be prepping analysts for a potential change. So will Northrop Grumman be next to freeze its pension plan? The timing wouldn't be random. Beyond the fact that defense companies carry a lot of liability, due largely to the fact that they’ve been around a while, the Society of Actuaries was expected to issue new proposed guidance for mortality assumptions. As the Lockheed…

Southwest Airlines profit soars 77 percent

Southwest Airlines Co.'s second-quarter profit more than doubled, partially driven by lower fuel costs. The low-fare airline reported a record profit of $465 million, or 67 cents per share, in the quarter. That was up from $224 million, or 31 cents, in the year-ago period. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters had projected second-quarter earnings of 62 cents per share. Total operating revenue climbed 8 percent to $5 billion, up from $4.6 billion in the year-ago period. Dallas-based Southwest has…

Wave Rage: Surfer Tackles Drop-In for Ultimate Revenge

Mashable - 48 min 10 sec ago

A New Zealand surfer did what many surfers before him have wished to do.

In the ultimate show of wave rage, Tim Thompson, decided to show a Brazilian surfer the consequence of dropping in on his wave.

See also: Dronies Are the Only Way to Be Photographed This Winter

In a video, first posted on gosurf.co.nz, Thompson can be seen rugby tackling a surfer that had gatecrashed three of his barrels.

The incident happened when Thompson was on a surf trip in the Mentawai Islands off Sumatra in June

He wrote on the post about the feeling all surfers get when they see 10 people "pile into the line up, all at once, heading for you like a honing missile." This is the result when one of those missiles crosses your path too many times. Read more...

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Comet To Make Close Call With Mars

Slashdot - 48 min 53 sec ago
sciencehabit writes In mid-October, a comet sweeping through our inner solar system for the first time will pass near Mars—so close, in fact, that if it were buzzing Earth at the same distance it would fly by well inside our moon's orbit. While material spewing from the icy visitor probably won't trigger the colossal meteor showers on the Red Planet that some scientists predicted, dust and water vapor may still slam into Mars, briefly heating up its atmosphere and threatening orbiting spacecraft. However it affects the planet, the comet should give scientists their closest view yet of a near-pristine visitor from the outer edges of our solar system.

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WellStar cancer centers names new oncology services leader

Joel Helmke is the new corporate vice president of oncology services at WellStar’s cancer center, reports Marietta Daily Journal. Helmke was previously a member of the leadership team at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. WellStar has cancer centers in both its WellStar Cobb Hospital in Austell and WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta. In his new role, Helmke will work with the Mayo Clinic Care Network, which often collaborates with the nonprofit hospital system,…

Back to the drawing board

Seth Godin's Blog - 1 hour 13 min ago

Isn't the drawing board the place where all the best work happens?

It's not a bad thing to go back there. It's the entire point. (HT to Neil).

       

Auf Anfrage von Interpol: VAE-Ministerium des Inneren soll Opfer des in der Ukraine abgeschossenen malaysischen Flugzeugs identifizieren

ABU DHABI (Vereinigte Arabische Emirate)--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Auf Anfrage der International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) ist das Team der VAE für die Identifizierung von Katastrophenopfern (DVI, Disaster Victims Identification) am Dienstag in die Ukraine gereist, um bei der Identifizierung der sterblichen Überreste der beim Abschuss von Malaysia Airlines Flug MH17 über der Ukraine am letzten Donnerstag getöteten Opfer mitzuhelfen, bei dem alle 298 Passagiere und Besatzungsmitglieder ums

Open data and crowdfunding can breathe new life into democracy

Venture Beat - 1 hour 22 min ago

Above: Government shutdown

Image Credit: Orhan Cam/Shutterstock

Democracy may be one of man’s greatest inventions, but it has suffered lately in many developed countries due to low citizen participation and general distrust of politicians and government institutions.

In the U.S., only about 40 percent of the eligible population votes during midterm elections, and many city mayors have been elected with single-digit turnout.

The Web is helping to address these challenges and restore democracy back to its original Greek definition: “government by the people.”

The open data movement hopes to drive a new era of accountability and transparency in government, while new digital touchpoints enable more direct, real-time citizen participation.

Also, the emergence of crowdfunding in the civic arena enables everyday people to pool their money and have a greater say in the projects they care about.

More government transparency with open data

When it comes to government entities, the open data movement hinges on the belief that data is a public asset — just like highways and parks — and should be made freely available to everyone.

Releasing data about budgets, school test scores, court sentences, hospital waiting times (for public hospitals), and more allows people to measure the effectiveness of their local institutions and services. In short, data enables citizens to see just how its government is doing.

However, open data isn’t just about public access to data. People need to be able to use the data, discover it, share it, and combine it with other data. Open data provides an opportunity for innovative citizens and companies to create groundbreaking solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing the government and community.

For example, at a recent Open Data Day in Vancouver, project hacks ranged from a visualization of Vancouver’s budget to an analysis of test scores at local schools, and a website monitoring local area bike accidents.

Companies already involved in opening data include OpenGov,Open Data Soft, and Junar. But in order to get the most value and transparency from public data, we need someone to take all the existing public datasets and make them accessible and comparable through a single platform, similar to what Clever does in education.

Increasing citizen participation

As town halls and government agencies move online and into the social arena, these new digital touchpoints encourage greater citizen involvement – the essential ingredient for democracy. Online voting can make elections more convenient and accessible.

Paul Allen’s Vulcan Capital is investing $40 million in Scytl, a Barcelona-based digital voting services company. While many of Scytl’s customers come from emerging democracies, developed markets – including the US and Canada – are looking at Scytl to reduce costs.

In addition to online voting, the Web enables citizens to have a louder voice in shaping everything from public policy to public services. Virtual meetings, town halls, and public consultations are replacing in-person gatherings. Local governments and organizations are using platforms like MindMixer and PlaceSpeakto solicit real-time feedback and ideas from citizens.

For example, the local government in Wichita, Kansas used MindMixer during a recent drought to ask people what they would be willing to do to conserve water. When San Francisco asked citizens to help redesign the library card, they received more than 5,000 submissions through MindMixer.

While PlaceSpeak and MindMixer projects are posted and managed by organizations, there’s still room for a citizen-driven platform, where everyday people can organize around shared concerns. Sites like SeeClickFix or CitySourced are beginning to address this opportunity, but we also need a platform on a larger scale and with more traction.

Crowdfunding for civic projects

Crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have already played a major role in democratizing access to capital for hardware start-ups, artists, filmmakers and other entrepreneurs in the private sector. But can crowdfunding also pick up the slack to fund cash-strapped projects in the public arena?

With the emergence of crowdfunding in government, citizens can donate money to the civic projects they care about: a new park, library renovation, bike share program, homeless shelter, etc. If enough of the public backs an idea with their wallets, that project can go forward.

For example, on Neighbor.ly, a crowdfunding site specifically for civic projects, groups raised money for a dog park in Florida and to greenlight Google Fiber in Kansas City.

While there’s always the risk that crowdfunding projects will center around the wealthier neighborhoods and citizens, the model has an undeniable grassroots organizing affect. Someone’s $100 contribution to waterfront restoration won’t go too far on its own, but when that person joins up with a thousand other like-minded individuals, a project can get the financial backing it needs.

In some cases, we have seen collaboration between public and private funds. For example, back in 2012 New York State matched the private funds raised by Matthew Inman (aka The Oatmeal) on an Indiegogo fundraiser to build a museum at the former lab of Nikola Tesla. The fundraiser reached it goals, enabling a non-profit to purchase the land housing Tesla’s former lab as a first step toward honoring the site.

In many ways, civic crowdfunding is a win-win situation: citizens get the projects they want, while cash-strapped governments and taxpayers need to pay less for them. Perhaps more importantly, crowdfunding can take the politics out of the decision to fund or not fund certain projects.

In essence, citizens are now voting with their wallets, and can bypass the one or two gatekeepers in government who used to solely decide how to allocate public funds.

Opportunities for the tech community

These three trends aren’t just good for citizens and democracy, they’re good for business. Software developers and entrepreneurs will have a unique opportunity over the next few years to launch new ventures based on the data now available on government websites.

There’s tremendous opportunity for innovation from the private sector to solve communities’ most complex problems and help address government’s limited budgets. Fixing government issues can prove to be a major economic stimulus plan for innovative startups.

Boris Wertz is the founder of version one ventures, and has invested in over 50 early-stage consumer and enterprise companies, including Edmodo, Flurry, Indiegogo, and Wattpad. Follow him on his blog and on Twitter @bwertz.








Atlanta among 5 areas with worst mail delivery times

Atlanta is one of five areas across the country where mail is arriving at homes after 5 p.m. more than four days a week – or more than 70 percent of the time, according to a new report by the U.S. Postal Service Office of inspector General. The other areas are Washington DC, Richmond and Arlington, Virginia, and South Florida, reports CNN. The late deliveries are blamed on cost-cutting measures and a shrinking work force, CNN said.

AE Pilot and AFP

PrintPlanet.com - 1 hour 38 min ago
We currently have a Windows file server and are looking at adding ExtremeZ-IP to give us AFP support. However, we are also in the near future looking at installing Esko Automation Engine Server (which doesn't support AFP.

My question is.... If the Mac users already have the AFP file server mounted on their desktops and open a file through AE Pilot will it use the existing AFP mount or remount a SMB share?

Obviously if it forces SMB then it defeats the object of us going ahead with ExtremeZ-IP.

Thanks for any help.

Kristian
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'Disgusting' Ads Show Men in Cars Doing Gross Things

Mashable - 1 hour 41 min ago

SYDNEY — An advertising campaign for personalised number plates in Australia has received a large number of complaints from the public and has been labelled "sexist" and "disgusting".

The ads advised women to "man proof their cars" by purchasing MyPlates with feminine designs from the new "Le Chic" range

The campaign asks: "Ladies, tired of that man smell in your car?" Before presenting the man-repulsing number plates as the solution.

See also: Man Creates Slick Ad to Sell Crappy 1999 Car

Daryl Head, the chief executive of Custom Creative who created the campaign, said he was "upset" by the number of complaints to the Australian Standards Bureau. Read more...

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Black Box From Flight AH5017 Located, France Sends Soldiers to Guard Wreck

Mashable - 1 hour 51 min ago

PARIS — French officials have dispatched a military unit to secure the site in restive northern Mali where an Air Algeria plane crashed with 118 people aboard

One of the black boxes from the plane has been located, France24 reports

France's interior minister said Friday that terrorism cannot be excluded as a cause for the tragedy though it was likely due to bad weather.

The MD-83 aircraft, owned by Spanish company Swiftair and leased by Algeria's flagship carrier, disappeared from radar less than an hour after it took off early Thursday from Burkina Faso's capital of Ouagadougou for Algiers.

See also: Algeria Flight With 116 Aboard Is Lost Over Mali Read more...

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A solicitud de Interpol: El Ministerio del Interior de los EAU en Ucrania Identifica Víctimas de Avión de Malasia Derribado

ABU DABI, Emiratos Árabes Unidos--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A solicitud de la Organización Internacional de Policía Criminal (International Criminal Police Organization, Interpol), el equipo de Identificación de Víctimas de Desastres de los EAU (UAE Disaster Victims Identification, DVI) viajó el martes a Ucrania para participar en la identificación de los restos de las víctimas del vuelo MH17 de Malaysia Airlines derribado el pasado jueves sobre Ucrania, donde murieron 298 personas, incluido pasajeros y