The app that likely prompted the change is called Tits and Glass, which allowed users to watch sexually explicit photos and videos. The company behind the app, MiKandi, was very happy with the initial response, claiming that nearly 10,000 unique visitors visited TitsAndGlass.com in a day. MiKandi also said it was interested in going a step further; using Google Glass to facilitate "two-way adult interaction." Source: Mashable
"[T]his announcement is not sitting well with app developers who voiced their frustration at missing out on a business opportunity by blaming the public for being concerned about privacy protection - considering such concerns anachronistic, anti-progress and even hypocritical."Source: Forbes
This is a tricky one because there are so many ways Glass can be used. I'm sure people are thinking this will be great for whistleblowers and to expose atrocities but will it? Glass isn't exactly subtle nor is it affordable (or available yet) for the masses. From a practical perspective it's great that you can shoot photos and record videos including audio for interviews using wearable tech. It frees up your hands so you can what, exactly?
I suppose if you're in crisis mode, or part of a catastrophe, then you can finally help others while covering a story but should you? Journalists are meant to cover events objectively but now expectations might change. I'd be curious to see what the usual journalism panelists have to say on this topic.
I think we have to be honest with expectations. It's unlikely that the audio is as good as you'd capture with a mic. The camera might be awesome but it can't possibly compare to HD video and images with zoom functionality - yet. We shouldn't ignore the obvious either ... We've seen the funny videos online where someone has to get within inches of the subject to really capture what's being said or seen. Is putting your actual face that close to story you're covering really that smart?
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The aircraft and aerospace industries have been cash crops for the desert town of Palmdale, Calif., since the 1950s. On the very off, very random chance to have a private tour of Lockheed Martin's awe-inspiring UAV and jet manufacturing facility called Skunk Works, I leapt at the chance, not knowing what to expect.
Palmdale is known as the aerospace capital of the U.S., and while info about the city is readily available, accessibly details about the facility are limited. The things they're manufacturing in this place are of national importance. Since only one building is really visible from the road, some locals spend their whole lives growing up nearby, wondering what all goes on over there.Image Credit: Desiree Kane
Skunk Works is an official alias for Lockheed Martin's Advanced Development Programs (ADP), formerly called Lockheed Advanced Development Projects. Skunk Works is responsible for a number of famous aircraft designs, including the U-2, the SR-71 Blackbird, the F-117 Nighthawk, and the F-22 Raptor. Currently its largest officially known project is the F-35 Lightning II, which will be used in the air forces of several countries. Source: Wikipedia
There are way more buildings than just the one. Upon entering the facility (which requires an escort), the only place photos are allowed is where everyone is screened and given a badge, which must be visible on each person at all times. Most of the buildings are for maintenance. Some are for HR, some are simply where they put paint on the aircraft. But there's one building in particular where good stuff happens.
There are places in this world that are devastatingly breathtaking, and the San Juan Islands in Washington state is one of them. By far one of the most beautiful places in North America, if you find yourself making plans for a springtime vacation, one of the first places to consider in the Pacific Northwest is here.
Rows and rows of daffodils and tulips line the roads of Anacortes, Washington's surrounding area called LaConner. It's a farm community and so idyllic it is ridiculous. The tulip festival happens annually in April, and the daffodils keep on blooming until the middle to end of May.
Even tons of snow geese flock there for spring.Deception Pass, a short drive from Anacortes and the pass with the most badass name for miles around, is a place that connects Fidalgo Island and Whidby Island. When you walk over the bridge, you're compelled to curse at how unbefuckinglievably beautiful nature can be. I was able to be there with friends and they experienced the same compulsion. If you need a staunch reminder of how small we really, really are, all you need do is visit Deception Pass, aptly named for being, well, deceptive. All appears calm, the water and the trees. Then, it happens. You're in the middle of the bridge finding yourself barely able to walk in any direction from the blasting, encompassing wind. It's well worth the battle with the wind to get to the view, though: Everywhere you turn in this region is blooming and beautiful, so pop that Allegra and get on out to this stunning location.
Once you download and run the Bitcoin client software, it connects over the Internet to the decentralized network of all Bitcoin users and also generates a pair of unique, mathematically linked keys, which you'll need to exchange bitcoins with any other client. One key is private and kept hidden on your computer. The other is public and a version of it dubbed a Bitcoin address is given to other people so they can send you bitcoins. Crucially, it is practically impossible - even with the most powerful supercomputer - to work out someone's private key from their public key. This prevents anyone from impersonating you. Your public and private keys are stored in a file that can be transferred to another computer, for example if you upgrade. A Bitcoin address looks something like this: 15VjRaDX9zpbA8LVnbrCAFzrVzN7ixHNsC. Stores that accept bitcoins - for example, this one, selling alpaca socks - provide you with their address so you can pay for goods. Source: What Bitcoin is and why it matters
Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) is a data encryption and decryption computer program that provides cryptographic privacy and authentication for data communication. PGP is often used for signing, encrypting and decrypting texts, e-mails, files, directories and whole disk partitions to increase the security of e-mail communications. Source: Wikipedia
That's because the Human Rights Campaign, which advocates equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, has been promoting an image of a pink equal sign over a red background in lieu of its blue-and-yellow logo to mobilize supporters online as the Supreme Court begins hearings on gay marriage today in Washington, D.C. A symbol of "equality," the photo has racked up more than 25,000 "likes" and 78,000 "shares" on the group's Facebook page in the last 24 hours. In fact, Mashable reports that since actor George Takei changed his profile picture to the red equal sign, the post has received more than 40,000 likes from fans.
Read more: What Is the Red Equal Sign All Over Facebook and Twitter?
Clicktivism is about swaying public sentiment reports based around online discussion and activity. Data on sentiment is intellectual property. The government, even if nothing else, is collecting this information and clicktivism is the citizen's way into the data history books, where people look many years later when they want to track a movement towards changing laws. It is a group of people exerting their sway and changing the data and it's a way to communicate with the people listening directly. There's nothing better for democracy than that.
Scheduled March 8-12, the 2013 SXSW® Interactive Festival will feature five days of compelling presentations from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders, the SXSW Trade Show and an unbeatable lineup of special programs showcasing the best new digital works, video games and innovative ideas the international community has to offer.I've already got a preview of the new Nintendo Wii U and 3DS XL lined up to share with y'all via video like I did with the CES 2013 Sony 3D 1080p Playstation TV w/ Simulview. SXSWi is pretty much an in-person nerdgasm. I will do my best to share that with you, online.
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