Archive for February, 2010

twitter & local businesses

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

CitySearch Is Building Out The Definitive Directory Of Local Business Tweets

Small businesses are using networks to become bigger

community health monitoring done with texts only

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010


RapidResponse Overview from Matt Berg on Vimeo.

mobile networks breaking up?

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

To secure exclusive rights to the iPhone, [AT&T] acceded to Apple’s demand that the device come with a simple, flat-rate plan. But instead of selling only a few million as it expected, AT&T now has an estimated 12m-14m iPhones on its network. Its data traffic has grown by 5,000% in the past three years.

Small wonder that it has had a hard time coping, particularly in such technophile cities as New York and San Francisco.

wireless networks are different from fixed ones. In most cases, the extent to which one subscriber uses a fixed connection has little impact on other customers, since each has a separate link to the internet. But the data-transfer capacity within a cell is shared between several handsets. If left unchecked, a small group of users can gobble up most of the bandwidth, as on AT&T’s network, where the top 3% of users consume 40% of it.

operators will have to introduce more stringent usage caps, demand a premium for better service or charge by usage.

The Economist’s article.

ambient awareness

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Brave New World of Digital Intimacy” by Clive Thompson on the NYT

“In essence, Facebook users didn’t think they wanted constant, up-to-the-minute updates on what other people are doing. Yet when they experienced this sort of omnipresent knowledge, they found it intriguing and addictive. Why? Social scientists have a name for this sort of incessant online contact. They call it “ambient awareness.” It is, they say, very much like being physically near someone and picking up on his mood through the little things he does — body language, sighs, stray comments — out of the corner of your eye.”


IMPACT! exhibition

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

IMPACT! exhibition
16th-21st March 2010
11.00am-5.30pm, free admission.

computer science homework help

Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2EU

Leading UK science researchers have been working with designers from the Royal College of Art to visualise the potential impact of scientific developments and how they might effect how we live in future Britain. Very interesting case studies.

Applying reputation to science

Friday, February 12th, 2010

I was browsing old posts of MobBlog the other day, and ran into Daniele’s post on (double) blind review. I have to say I’ve yet to see a conference in my field which genuinely benefited from double blind review, and despite the anecdotes I’ve heard of double blind being statistically better for female authors than regular review, I’m starting to think we possibly need to move for the exact opposite soon. (more…)

decode at v&a

Monday, February 8th, 2010

today i went to decode an exhibition of digital media at the v&a museum in london. the exhibition nicely combines science, art, & web 2.0 and gets exponentially better as one walks through the gallery. worth a visit! here is a nice post.  bbc video. a list of my favorites follows: