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dimanche 24 février 2013

[Utile] 5 Tricks That Will Make Your Tweets Mobile-Friendly


Twitter was born of the mobile phone. Back when Jack & co. were developing what was then known as “Twttr”, they thought long and hard about how to make the product work best on our phones.

A lot’s change in the digital world since 2006, including “Twttr” being reborn as Twitter and revolutionizing how we communicate. We’ve also witnessed the smartphone boom and the introduction of the tablet – so mobile is more important now than ever before. All this change only emphasizes how important it is for businesses and individuals to understand how their tweets and profiles are being viewed on mobile devices.

If you’ve never really thought about how your tweets look on your customers’ phones, no fear: we’ve got you covered. Here are 5 ways that you can optimize your profile, your tweets, and your whole Twitter presence for mobile.


Origine: AllTwitter http://www.mediabistro.com/alltwitter/5-tricks-that-will-make-your-tweets-mobile-friendly_b36656?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+twittercism+%28Twittercism%29

jeudi 21 février 2013

[Intéressant] IBM And Google Have Discovered A Massive New Market Opportunity

Africa gdp map

MAMADOU NDIAYE grew up in Senegal. His parents were "not poor, but not rich". He was fascinated by mathematics, which he studied at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar and then taught for several years in Côte d’Ivoire, saving to pursue his dream of studying in America.

He went to New York, where he worked at Staples, an office-supplies chain, to finance his masters in statistics at Columbia University. A customer, impressed by Mr Ndiaye’s sales advice, suggested that the Senegalese apply for a job with his own employer, IBM. That was 15 years ago. Now Mr Ndiaye is back home, as manager of the office Big Blue opened in Dakar last May.

The office in Senegal is just one sign that IBM believes Africa will bring in billions. It is no newcomer: it sold its first gear there to South Africa’s railways in 1911 and a mainframe computer to Ghana’s central statistics bureau in 1964. Lately it has been paying special attention to the continent.

In July 2011 it won a ten-year, $1.5 billion contract to provide Bharti Airtel, an Indian mobile-phone company, with information-technology services in 16 African countries. Since mid-2011 it has set up shop in Angola, Mauritius and Tanzania, as well as Senegal. In all, it boasts a presence in more than 20 of Africa’s 54 countries. Last August it opened a research lab in Nairobi, one of only 12 in the world. And between February 5th and 7th Ginni Rometty, its chief executive, and all who report directly to her met dozens of African customers, actual and prospective, in Johannesburg and the Kenyan capital. It was, Mrs Rometty said, the first time the whole top brass had assembled outside New York since she became the boss just over a year ago.

Big Blue may be ahead, but it is not alone. Last month Eric Schmidt, Google’s chairman, spent a week in sub-Saharan cities. He enthused about Nairobi, which, he wrote, "has emerged as a serious tech hub and may become the African leader." Orange, a French mobile operator, and Baidu, China’s answer to Google, recently introduced a jointly branded smartphone browser in Africa and the Middle East. Orange also sponsored this year’s Africa Cup of Nations, a football tournament, in South Africa. (Nigeria won it, beating Burkina Faso in the final on February 10th.)

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Origine : SAI http://www.businessinsider.com/africas-technology-market-2013-2?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+typepad%2Falleyinsider%2Fsilicon_alley_insider+%28Silicon+Alley+Insider%29

dimanche 17 février 2013

[Intéressant] Get Ready To Lose Your Job

“Technological revolutions happen in two main phases: the installation phase and the deployment phase,” observes Angel of the Year and new Andreessen Horowitz GP Chris Dixon, who says that the turning point between those phases for the Age of Information is…now.

Meanwhile, “profits have surged as a share of national income, while wages and other labor compensation are down,” notes Paul Krugman. Walter Russell Mead agrees: “The old industrial middle class…has been hollowed out, and no comparable source of stable high income employment has emerged.” Recent data supports that: “Incomes rose more than 11 percent for the top 1 percent of (American) earners during the economic recovery, but barely at all for everybody else … Median household income is about 9 percent lower than it was in 1999.”

Coincidence? Nope. The great tech revolution of the last 30 years is finally beginning to metastasize into every other human domain–in other words, software is eating the world, endangering almost every job there is. I argued a few weeks ago that this means America has now hit peak jobs. Let me now unpack that a bit.

For 50 years now Moore’s Law has been (to oversimplify) doubling computing power every two years. People like Ray Kurzweil and Vernor Vinge look at that astonishing history of nonstop exponential growth and predict a technological singularity within our lifetimes.

Me, I’m pretty skeptical. Kurzweil claims that whenever technology hits a limit, “a paradigm shift (i.e., a fundamental change in the approach) occurs, which enables exponential growth to continue.” That’s not much more than a convenient article of faith. As Peter Thiel points out, “technological progress has fallen short in many domains. Consider the most literal instance of non-acceleration: We are no longer moving faster. The centuries-long acceleration of travel speeds … reversed with the decommissioning of the Concorde in 2003.”

Lire la suite sur TechCrunch

Origine : TechCrunch http://techcrunch.com/2013/02/16/this-time-is-different/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29

dimanche 10 février 2013

[Libre] 75-year-old soybean farmer sees Monsanto lawsuit reach U.S. Supreme Court

Who controls the rights to the seeds planted in the ground? A 75-year-old farmer takes the agricultural giant to court to find out
As David versus Goliath battles go it is hard to imagine a more uneven fight than the one about to play out in front of the US supreme court between Vernon Hugh Bowman and Monsanto.
On the one side is Bowman, a single 75-year-old Indiana soybean farmer who is still tending the same acres of land as his father before him in rural south-western Indiana. On the other is a gigantic multibillion dollar agricultural business famed for its zealous protection of its commercial rights. [...]

Origine : Hacker News http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/02/09/75-year-old-soybean-farmer-sees-monsanto-lawsuit-reach-u-s-supreme-court/

[Utile] Intégrer un lien vers une URL externe dans une vidéo YouTube

YouTube permet maintenant d'intégrer un lien vers une URL externe dans ses vidéos. Voici comment faire, suivez le guide !

samedi 9 février 2013

[Intéressant] 43 Breathtaking Photos You’ll Never Forget

On Feb. 5, Sony announced the World Photography Awards shortlist of finalists in both professional and open categories. From over 120,000 submissions, this list of 43 images has been curated from submissions spanning 170 countries-- a record number of entries to date.

Astrid Merget, creative director of the World Photography Organisation, said. “The World Photography Organisation is dedicated to finding the best international contemporary photography from across the world. The shortlist is a clear indication of the exciting photography which is out there and, as we do every year, we are looking forward to presenting this collection of photographers to a global audience.”

The photo…

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Origine : Mashable! http://mashable.com/2013/02/07/2013-sony-world-photography-awards/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashable%29

[Intéressant] Speed Painter’s Skills Will Blow Your Mind

The first 90 seconds of this video will probably bore you. Then your mind will be blown. Seriously -- you'll be straight up gobsmacked.

Anderson Cooper discovered this talented treat when he held his own version of America's Got Talent on his talk show.

This painter showed up, promised Cooper and his co-judges (including Sharon Osbourne) a masterpiece in under two minutes. They were doubtful. Then they were proved wrong -- very wrong.

Who knew "speed painting" was even a thing?

Image courtesy of iStockphoto, pcatalin.

More About: Anderson Cooper, art

Origine : Mashable! http://mashable.com/2013/02/08/speed-painter/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashable%29

[Libre] TPB AFK: Watch and Download The Pirate Bay Documentary NOW

tpb afkThe Pirate Bay is one of the best known file-sharing brands and the site has a well-earned place in Internet history.

The BitTorrent site and its founders have been targeted by several court cases over the years, and Swedish filmmaker and producer Simon Klose has documented part of this struggle.

The result is TPB AFK, a dark documentary that follows the three Pirate Bay founders during their trials in Sweden up until the final verdict. The project started more than four years ago and today it premieres at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival.

In a world first the documentary is available simultaneously on a BitTorrent tracker near you as part of the official release.

- Download the TPB AFK torrents (proxy)


For those who have been following TorrentFreak for a while the film will not bring many shocking revelations. However, it does provide a unique behind-the-scenes perspective on the dozens of news events that were reported during the Pirate Bay trials.

What not many people know is that the three founders of The Pirate Bay often pretended to get along in public, but had some big fallouts in private. This also becomes apparent in the documentary.

Peter Sunde, one of the three founders followed in the documentary, previously told TorrentFreak that he has mixed feelings about the final TPB AFK cut but that “it tells an important story.”

TPB-AFK highlights a lot of the negative events the three founders went through, ending with the final guilty verdict early last year. Needless to say these events had quite an impact on their lives.

“It’s still a fucked up story and the film makes me think about the past years of my life quite a lot,” Sunde says.

The Pirate Bay founder added that he might have chosen other material to include and that many of the good parts have been left out.

“It’s Simon’s decision what to include and it’s his view of our story. I like that he’s independent from us and that he’s promised to release lots of extra material for some of the things that I might have wanted to have included,” Sunde said.

Those who’ve seen TPB AFK will understand Sunde’s sentiment. Perhaps that’s what makes the documentary even more compelling. A must watch.

Let us know what you think in the comment section.

Source: TPB AFK: Watch and Download The Pirate Bay Documentary NOW

Origine : TorrentFreak http://torrentfreak.com/tpb-afk-watch-and-download-the-pirate-bay-documentary-now-130208/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Torrentfreak+%28Torrentfreak%29

lundi 4 février 2013

[Utile] Easily Share Free Books With Your Friends Using Ownshelf

Browse the books your friends are reading – or share collections with your friends. You and your friends can download the books to read later. It’s called Ownshelf and it’s intended to be a way for friends to share freely distributable books.

It’s possible to use this to distribute copy-written material – because of encryption, Ownshelf wouldn’t even necessarily know you were doing so. This is not the intended use of the app, however: it’s supposed to be a way for people to share works in the public domain or otherwise free to spread.

There might be copyright issues here, long term, as The Next Web pointed out.

“We promote and provide books that are public domain or creative commons. Of course what users actually upload to their personal shelf is up to them,” said founder Rick Marazzani, according to the article. “We hope that by using real names and real friends via Facebook that people will stick to what they deem as fair use. All the content on the server is encrypted, so we cannot see what’s in the user’s files. So we could not manage DRM or rights centrally.”

So this is a great tool that may or may not end up being abused by pirates – much like the Internet itself. But enough background: let’s see just how Ownshelf works.

Your Online Bookshelf

Head to OwnShelf.com to get started. You’ll need a Facebook account to log in; there is unfortunately no email-only option. When you do log in you’ll be presented with an empty shelf and the ability to browse your friends’ books. If none of your friends use OwnShelf (likely) you’ll still see three sets of books to browse: the shelves of Paulo Coelho and MC Lars alongside a collection of books that later turned into movies. Feel free to browse these collections to discover how the site looks.

Click on any book and you’ll see the option to “borrow” it.

If you “Borrow” the book it will show up on your “Books” page, along with any EPUB files you’ve uploaded to the service yourself (more on uploading later).

Click any of the books and you’ll be given the opportunity to download them as EPUB files.

You can easily add these books to your iPad or iPhone using iTunes, or add them to any e-reader that natively supports EPUB files (Kobo, Nook). If you want to send this file to your Kindle Nook or just about any e-reader on the market, try Calibre. We offer a free Calibre manual if you need help.

Uploading Books

You can upload books from the “Books” page of OwnShelf; the button for doing so is right at the top. You’ll be able to browse your computer and add as many EPUB files as you like.

Want some books to upload? Why not grab free EPUB versions of our many manuals? They are free to download and to distribute. I uploaded a bunch of them to Ownshelf; you could too and share the information we offer with friends quickly and easily.

Of course not every free EPUB file on the web comes from us – just the best ones. If you want more choices for some reason you could check out these 3 Good Online Sources With Free eBooks To Read and Angela’s article that outlines 5 eBook Tools and Tidbits for more book tips.

What are you uploading to Ownshelf? Let me know in the comments below, or tell me about other websites for uploading and sharing free books.

Oh, and if someone from Ownshelf is reading: we’d love to be a featured shelf. Get in touch if you’re at all interested.

The post Easily Share Free Books With Your Friends Using Ownshelf appeared first on MakeUseOf.

Origine: MakeUseOf http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/easily-share-free-books-with-your-friends-using-ownshelf/

dimanche 3 février 2013

[Intéressant] They Paid What? Absurd Paintings that Sold for Millions

Let's go ahead and conduct a test. I'll buy a handful of paintings from the cheapest spots in town - either a run-of-the-mill flea market, someone's garage sale, or even my 3 year old nephew's preschool classroom - give them a bravado title and extraordinary story, and then sell them in one of the famous auction houses of the world. My guess? With the right mis-attribution, these works could sell for at least $100,000.
Don't just take my word for it! The following are 10 examples of paintings that would be considered junk if they were sold at an ordinary garage sale, but because of their extravagant history, descriptions and estimated value, were sold for millions to the highest bidder:

1 - Concetto spaziale, Attese by Lucio Fontana - $1.5 Million