Archive for September, 2009

A Fusion of Art and Technology

Monday, September 28th, 2009

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All Tech Considered recently reported on Tim Tate, an artist who creates reliquaries for our electronic age.  Each bulb-shaped glass container is decorated with blown glass and contains a tiny working video screen that plays a video created by Tate.  He had a vision for how he wanted the art piece to work, but before he could continue he worked with an optics company to create the tiny screen, which runs without a dvd player or other standard video playback mechanism.  The screen has few moving parts, just an on/off switch on the bottom of the glass bulb.  Tim Tate is co-founder of the washingtonglassschool.com

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Facebook Tops the 300 Million Mark

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

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This month, Facebook announced that it now has 300 million users and is generating enough revenue to cover its costs. That makes Facebook the largest social networking site on the Internet. Analysts say this could lead to an initial public offering in the near future, though CEO Mark Zuckerberg is not committing to that happening anytime soon. Facebook was born in a Harvard dorm room 5 years ago and has now grown into one of the top Internet destinations, with membership tripling in the past year alone. Zuckerberg says the company is now exploring ways to boost performance and handle additional membership growth.

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Harry Potter Landing Soon in Orlando

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

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Orlando, Florida is home to not only Walt Disney World but to several Universal Studios theme parks. Soon it will also be home to Harry Potter and his wizard friends. According to an Associated Press report, Universal will be opening a new theme park called The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at its Islands of Adventure resort. The Harry Potter park is schedule to open in Spring of 2010. Attractions will include a “Forbidden Journey” ride that will take visitors on a tour of scenes from the Harry Potters books. In addition to the audience of American Harry Potter fans, the park is planning on attracting some of the 1 million annual Orlando area visitors from the U.K.

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Full page eReader from PlasticLogic

Saturday, September 05th, 2009

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At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year, Plastic Logic demonstrated its ultra-thin, large-screen document and book reader. This device is large enough to display 81/2 by 11 inch documents in full-size. The company is positioning itself to compete with other eBook readers on the market, which is currently dominated by Amazon’s Kindle. See the PlasticLogic eReader demo in this YouTube video:

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