Old-school types are nostalgic for the days of walking into the library stacks and seeing what books catch one’s eye; digital tools often have trouble enabling this sort of accidental discovery, where a user finds something valuable that they didn’t even know they wanted. But serendipitous encounters don’t have to be analog; if anything, digital tools should be able to foster more serendipity, since they can effortlessly reorder categories, effectively rearranging stacks based on the researcher’s avenue of inquiry. But how would one engineer serendipity — and can we even call something serendipitous if it was engineered? — I’m feeling lucky: Can algorithms better engineer serendipity in research — or in journalism? » Nieman Journalism Lab (via infoneer-pulse)
Home Depot stores in California, New York and Illinois are now stocking Makerbot 3D printers in their aisles, with staff on-hand to demo 3D printing for a wide audience.
Thread Sews Consistency Through the Fabric of the Internet of Things
Nest, Samsung, ARM, Freescale and three other companies have joined forces to form a group dedicated to solving some of the challenges around the Internet of Things. The non-profit is called Thread Group and they have designed and developed a protocol for the Internet of Things aimed at making the connected home much simpler and easier for users and developers alike.
Researchers Test Personal Data Market to Find Out How Much Your Information Is Worth
If you could sell your location data every day, how much would you charge? A research team has carried out an experiment to find out.
Full Story: Technology Review
The App That Lets You Spy on Yourself and Sell Your Own Data
Facebook and other social networking sites aren’t free. They don’t charge you money to connect with friends, upload photos, and “like” your favorite bands and businesses, but you still pay. You pay with your personal data, which these service use to target ads.
For Citizenme, the price you pay is much higher, and it’s trying to shift internet economics back in your direction. The long-term plan is to provide a way for you to sell your own online data directly to advertisers and others of your choosing. But it isn’t there just yet. In the meantime, it’s focused on helping you collect and analyze your social media data through a mobile app that connects to multiple social networks—giving you more insight into how things work today. “The very first step is raising awareness, helping people understand what’s being done with their data,” says Citizenme founder StJohn Deakins.
Full Story: Wired
Consumers should be able to use their existing cell phones when they move their service to a new wireless provider,” Leahy said. “With today’s strong bipartisan vote in the Judiciary Committee, I hope the full Senate can soon take up this important legislation that supports consumer rights. — Cell Phone Unlocking Bill Clears Senate Committee | TechCrunch (via infoneer-pulse)
Emotion-Tracking Calendars Provide An Unflinching Look At How Happy And Loving Your Life Is, Or Isn’t
Calendars are generally used for reminding you what day it is, and what your supposed to do during it. It’s unusual to find calendars that also monitor romantic and emotional fulfillment.
10 Companies That Control Almost Everything We Eat
Hayley Peterson, businessinsider.com
The graphic focuses on 10 of the world’s most powerful food and beverage companies: Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Unilever, Danone, Mars, Mondelez International, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nestle, and Associated British Foods.
This is an interesting image visualizing the direction some key supply structures for humanity are moving in. There are of course a number of questions around the future of food and nourishment connected to these kinds of structures e g around future availability and pricing, future quality and nutritional value and future power relations.
Tectonic changes are coming. Are you ready?
Plus: How Apple, Facebook, Google, and more tech-world heavyweights describe their design jobs.
Design is a rather broad and vague term. When someone says “I’m a designer,” it is not immediately clear what they actually do day to day. There are a number of different responsibilities encompassed by the umbrella term designer.
Design-related roles exist in a range of areas from industrial design (cars, furniture) to print (magazines, other publications) to tech (websites, mobile apps). With the relatively recent influx of tech companies focused on creating interfaces for screens, many new design roles have emerged. Job titles like UX or UI designer are confusing to the uninitiated and unfamiliar even to designers who come from other industries.
Let’s attempt to distill what each of these titles really mean within the context of the tech industry.