Press Clippings: Technology in Popular Culture

The initial listing of news on how technology is used by consumers or in popular media culled from a variety of sources we monitor on a regular basis.

We'd love to see your clippings here as well! Please use the edit this page button to add more, or add comments on how or why you think they may or may not be important. As is the convention throughout the Horizon Project Wiki, we ask you to identify items you think are of high interest to us, as I have done here by typing 4 tilde (~) characters-- - Larry Larry Oct 30, 2011. This will help us to sift through the articles and determine which ones resonate most strongly with the board as a whole.

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  • Alta Devices’ Flexible Wearable Solar Charger to Make Soldiers’ Backpacks Lighter
    The more important our electronics and devices have become to our day to day lives the more we now are lugging around and continuously needing to keep charged up by plugging in whenever possible. This solar charging mat can be attached to a backpack to continuously generate renewable electricity, which is then used to recharge a lithium battery connected with it. Once charged, the battery can be used to power a range of portable electronic devices such as a laptop, tablet or smartphone.- lkoster lkoster Oct 7, 2013
  • This App Uses The Power of You to Report the Weather
    An app developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Oklahoma uses crowdsourcing to collect geographic, winter precipitation from users that cannot be detected using automatic systems.
  • The Close Web: Social Networks Are Coming Home
    Nextdoor, a San Francisco-based Web site for connecting neighbors, has garnered support from the same early investor as Facebook and LinkedIn. Rather than connecting people who already have an existing relationship like Facebook does, Nextdoor connects people who often don’t know each other, even though they live in close proximity. - Could be useful for students, too, especially at larger institutions and concerning interdisciplinary work - helga helga Oct 4, 2013 - jochen.robes jochen.robes Oct 7, 2013 - lkoster lkoster Oct 7, 2013 - deborah.lee deborah.lee Oct 7, 2013 - jasonr jasonr Oct 7, 2013- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Oct 15, 2013
  • Debunked: 9 Common Myths About Technology
    This article repudiates some of the most common myths concerning the technology we use every day, from battery draining to deleting files off your computer.
  • A Game that Plays with Private Information
    A team of developers in Austria created the online game, Data Dealer, about collecting and selling personal data, in which the user takes on the role of a data-collection agency, paying for data from both legitimate and illegitimate sources. - Interesting role shift to create awareness - helga helga Oct 4, 2013
  • The First 4G Car, the Audi S3, Debuts in Europe; U.S. Must Wait Until Spring
    The world’s first LTE-connected car, courtesy of Audi, is available in Europe with fully integrated 4G connectivity. The S3 and forthcoming A3 will use their LTE chips to link its on-board nav system to the cloud with access to Google Earth and Streetview. Drivers can access social media networks Facebook and Twitter with voice commands, though its Audi Connect platform is still light on other apps. And the LTE connection can also be redistributed to other devices in the car through Wi-Fi.
  • A First Look at the Digital Public Library of America
    The Digital Public Library of America has launched its website that gathers together the digital collections from many partner institutions. The DPLA aggregates the metadata for these items and points users to the digital copies available at the partners’ websites. - helga helga Oct 4, 2013 - deborah.lee deborah.lee Oct 7, 2013- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Oct 15, 2013
  • Is Gmail Secure Enough for My Private Emails?
    This article discusses how Gmail's privacy policy works and other alternatives to using Gmail including FastMail, which is owned by Opera Software (Opera is Norwegian), registered in Micronesia (.fm), and based in Australia.
  • Google Glass: Not for the Hearing Impaired
    A hearing-impaired freelance journalist applied for Google’s Explore program to test Google Glass, finding that the device does not offer alternatives for people who can’t understand speech or who have an accent. There’s also no captioning of what the Glass agent says or a way for a hearing-impaired individual to input commands contributing to a huge communication barrier. - I should hope improvements are in the making - helga helga Oct 4, 2013
  • How Smartphones Make You Smarter
    This is an interview with Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, a psychologist at University College London and vice president of Hogan Assessments, an online personality consultancy, and Sharon Oviatt, author of “The Design of Future Educational Interfaces,” a new book about how technology helps people improve their performance in mathematics, science and languages. - jochen.robes jochen.robes Oct 7, 2013 - lkoster lkoster Oct 7, 2013- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Oct 15, 2013
  • Journal App Narrato Gets Quantified Self With Moves Integration And Wider Platform Play
    Narrato aims to be an intermediary between different data types, like an Evernote for your life, giving you a personal cloud for populating any type of data. For example, you can import Tweets, Foursquare checkins, any social data, or more advanced things like health-related data,” he says. - helga helga Oct 4, 2013 - lkoster lkoster Oct 7, 2013 - deborah.lee deborah.lee Oct 7, 2013
  • Tame Wants To Help Hacks, Flacks, And Other Social Media Types Tame The Noise On Twitter
    Berlin-based startup Tame is a context search engine for Twitter. The mobile and tablet-friendly web app analyses content from your Twitter followers or based on a specific search to algorithmically surface the top hashtags, the Twitter users most mentioned, and the top links shared over the past 24 hours. The idea is to give you an at-a-glance overview of content populated on Twitter via your own Twitter feed or topics that you explicitly wish to delve into, without having to do much upfront work.
  • 10 Amazing Jobs You Could Land With the Right STEM Education
    This article profiles some of the exciting professions that are held by people who have a STEM background.
  • The 10 Best Technology Advances of 2013
    According to Paste magazine, this year had no shortage of technology advances. Their 10 best technology advances of 2013 range from the bionic eye to helium hard drives.
  • Things You Probably Never Knew About Wikipedia
    Wikipedia has made a global impact on our culture. In this infographic by www.website-monitoring.com statistics are displayed showing exactly how. - deborah.lee deborah.lee Oct 7, 2013- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Oct 15, 2013
  • A Tiny Computer Attracts a Million Tinkerers
    A good overview of the rise of Raspberry Pi, tiny affordable computers that are now selling so rapidly that many distributors are out of stock. - lkoster lkoster Oct 7, 2013 Wow. This is cool. I know this was designed with kids in mind but frankly I can see uses for this in intro CS classes in higher ed, particularly with so many labs locked tight with standardized imaging that clamps creativity. - jasonr jasonr Oct 7, 2013 Cheapness and adaptability will hasten them becoming ubiquitous. i think people underestimate the impact these devices will have in democratizing computing power and allowing a thousand unexpected flowers to bloom. This is NOT a kids computer, neither is the Arduino or other similar devices. - tom.haymes tom.haymes Oct 26, 2013
  • Will 2013 be the Year We See More Educational Startups in Indonesia? I Hope So
    An Indonesian company plans to install 100,000 wifi hotspots in Indonesian high schools by the end of this year, and even more in later years. The author of this lists reasons why he believes this will spark Indonesian entrepreneurs to focus more on the education industry. - helga helga Oct 4, 2013
  • An Internet of Things. "In the next century, planet earth will don an electronic skin. It will use the Internet as a scaffold to support and transmit its sensations."
    http://postscapes.com/internet-of-things-examples/ - michael.lambert michael.lambert Oct 6, 2013 - lkoster lkoster Oct 7, 2013 - jasonr jasonr Oct 7, 2013- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Oct 15, 2013
  • Movies Beget Tech, This is an amazing Twitter exchange between Jon Favreau, the creator of the Iron Man movies, and Elon Musk, upon whom he supposedly based the Tony Stark character in the films. Musk: "Yup. We saw it in the movie and made it real. Good idea!" The Verge "Elon Musk Just Started Building a Real Iron Man Laboratory" - tom.haymes tom.haymes Oct 26, 2013