Technology has changed art, and this is what it looks like

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This summer, London’s Barbican Centre plays host to Digital Revolution, a major new exhibition that explores the impact of technology on art over the past four decades. It’s a show high on visuals and low on exposition, aiming to entertain children more than enlighten adults.

The exhibition begins with a gallery called “Digital Archaeology” that highlights key moments in the UK’s technological awakening. It features row upon row of ancient machines such as the Magnavox Odyssey, the Speak &…

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Inside the early days of Google Street View

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It’s almost hard to remember now, but once upon a time, before its invasion of everything from World Cup stadiums to the Galapagos Islands, Google Street View was just a van with a goofy camera rolling around San Francisco. Iain McClatchie, who was hired on to the Street View team in early 2006, has a new blog post up recounting the project’s early days: the government-funded research project that was a forerunner to Street View, the first turret-like cameras, and the launch of country-wide maps for Australia (traffic for which broke the site on release). There were misfires — one generation of camera wasn’t approved for outdoor use — but the project’s success ultimately led to near ever-growing coverage of the world and clever solutions…

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Android Wear Gets Its Own Companion App, Plus A Dedicated Section In Google Play’s App Store

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android-wear-hero Android Wear, Google’s new smartwatch platform powering wrist-computers like the LG G, Samsung Gear Live, and Moto 360, now has its own companion application. The app, also called Android Wear for simplicity’s sake (?), is available from the Google Play app store, allowing watch owners to configure various settings and voice actions on their device. The app today offers some… Read More

Lua, The Mobile-First Comms Tool For Any Workforce, Launches Insights Metrics Product

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TS_small_lua Lua, the mobile first communications platform for any workforce, has today launched a brand new feature of the product called Insights. Insights is a metrics platform that will allow clients to see in real-time the way that their employees are communicating and gauge that against the success of the company. Lua launched back in 2013 out of TechStars to bring better communication tools to… Read More

If you read Boing Boing, the NSA considers you a target for deep surveillance

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America’s National Security Agency gathers unfathomable mountains of Internet communications from fiber optic taps and other means, but it says it only retains and searches the communications of “targeted” individuals who’ve done something suspicious. Guess what? If you read Boing Boing, you’ve been targeted. Cory Doctorow digs into Xkeyscore and the NSA’s deep packet inspection rules.

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Google dumps porn from its ads

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In March, Google announced that it would ban pornographic ads from its AdWords network, which supplies the sponsored results in Google searches. Monday, Google sent an email to relevant advertisers informing them that the changes are imminent: in the coming weeks, all ads that “promote graphic depictions of sexual acts” will be done away with, according to CNBC.

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Streamfully Turns Web Links Into Personalized Content Previews

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techcrunch streamfully Startup General Cybernetics is offering an unusual twist on the web browsing experience with a new product called Streamfully. Once you install the Streamfully extension for Google Chrome, you can start hovering over links that you see on the web, then Streamfully will display previews of the page that you’re about to click to. For example, if you visit the TechCrunch homepage, you can… Read More

Can Content Pay Its Way Through Social Shares And Tailored Email Newsletters?

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sharewall Publications like The Times of London, the FT and the New York Times have been hammering away at paywall-based business models that let them make money not just from traffic-based advertising but getting users to pay for the content they read, while newspapers like The Guardian have eschewed the idea on their website but opted for apps where payments are in place. While the basic… Read More

Readable, Succinct, or Just Plain Short?

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Which is more readable?releaseVersion = version.substring(0, version.indexOf(‘-SNAPSHOT’))

orreleaseVersion = version[0..-10]

Given a value of 0.109-SNAPSHOT for version, they both give the same result. And I’m tempted by the second, because it’s shorter. But I’m going to go with the first one – not because it’s more Java-ish and I’m scared of Groovy syntax, but because it’s…

US denies petition to reconsider TWA Flight 800 conspiracies

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12 minutes after taking off from New York’s JFK airport on July 17th, 1996, Trans World Airlines Flight 800 exploded, killing all 230 people on board. Now, almost 18 years after the Boeing 747 crashed, the National Transportation Safety Board has denied a petition that would see it reconsidering its findings, drawn up by people who believe the plane was the target of terrorism, missiles, or even a secret microwave weapon.

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Mystery Nokia handset appears in leaked photos, could be Lumia 830

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Microsoft is currently preparing at least three new Windows Phone 8.1 devices for release this year, including a 4.7-inch mid-range “Superman” handset, a low-end “Rock” device, and its “McLaren” flagship Windows Phone with the new 3D Touch features. Leaked photos posted to popular Chinese microblogging site Weibo suggest there could be another Windows Phone 8.1 handset on the way, which may fill the mid-range gap and replace the Lumia 820. The mysterious device appears to use an aluminum frame with a polycarbonate back, a construction both the Lumia 925 and Lumia 930 use. WPDang speculates that this could be the Nokia Lumia 830.

The rear of this unknown Lumia also includes a large and flat camera housing, suggesting that it won’t…

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Salesforce Mobile Reports And Dashboards Provide In-depth Knowledge On The Fly

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S1 Mobile Reports and Dashboards from Salesforce.com Salesforce.com today announced a new mobile reports and dashboards tool that runs on their mobile Salesforce1 platform. The goal of the product is to give salespeople access to information on the go, presented to them in a customized fashion to meet the unique needs of each individual user. Salesforce customers have told them, it’s great to have access to data at their desks, but very… Read More

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