Wired: “Facebook Is Ready for Your New Closeup. Are You?”

“Earlier this year, Daniel Ek, the CEO of the music service Spotify, was in a car with Mark Zuckerberg. Ek was visiting the Facebook founder in California while the two companies were working together on what eventually would be part of the massive announcement made by Zuckerberg today at his company’s F8 developer’s conference. It’s an initiative that will unleash new waves of applications on Facebook that will greatly enhance the power of the service — already a major part of people’s lives — by adding a limitless stream of lifestyle data that people can use to share and, ultimately, define themselves with a profile built on a stunning amount of personal information.”

Von Steven Levy, Wired/Epicenter > Weiter bei Wired/Epicenter

Forbes: “Facebook’s Makeover Is A Little Bit Scary”

“At last year’s F8, Facebook announced the “like” button. One year later the ‘like’ button looks like the work of cave men. Starting today, Zuckerberg announced that you won’t be able to just ‘like’ a song, artist, movie, news story, exercise or recipe. You’ll listen to a song, buy concert tickets, watch a movie, read a news article, run in Golden Gate Park and cook a recipe. Your entire life– and all your social interactions– will now be broadcast on Facebook. In Facebook vernacular: ‘Your apps. Now with friends.’” Von Nicole Perlroth, Forbes > Weiter bei Forbes

Video: “Control another person’s face in real-time”

“Given a photo of person A, we seek a photo of person B with similar pose and expression. Solving this problem enables a form of puppetry, in which one person appears to control the face of another. When deployed on a webcam-equipped computer, our approach enables a user to control another person’s face in real-time.” > Weiter bei Vimeo

Link: “Google’s Mapping Tools Spawn New Breed of Art Projects”

“While not exactly art, Google Street View has also uncovered its fair share of pranksters and puzzles which deserve a mention in this list.” > Weiter bei Wired/Raw File

Virtuelle Objekte real fühlen

Die Oberflächen rein virtueller Objekte könnten bald fühlbar werden: “Senseg uses technology it calls ‘tixels’ — short simply for ‘tactile pixels’ — to generate a controlled electric field that extends several millimeters above the device’s surface.”

> Weiter bei Springwise (John Greene)

Link: The Paperless Cockpit

“What is in those bulky, black flight bags that pilots carry into the cockpit? It is not a change of clothes but reams of reference material needed for the flight — about 40 pounds of it. [...] But instead of carrying all that paperwork, a growing number of pilots are carrying a 1.5 pound iPad.” Von Kate Murphy. > Weiter bei The New York Times

Link: Convergence vs. Specialization: Which Will Win Out? [ReadWriteWeb]

“One of the enduring themes of technology is convergence, when different products evolve to do similar tasks. The smartphone is the prime example of convergence in this era, bringing together voice and data (web) applications. Plus, in recent times, high quality photography and video. However, we’ve entered an age where we have multiple Internet-connected devices within our grasp. Many of these are specialist devices, such as the Kindle and Xbox. We’ll see many more examples soon, as specialist household objects such as toasters and fridges get connected to the Internet. So, does that mean specialization will win out over convergence? ” By Richard MacManus. > Weiter bei ReadWriteWeb

‘Informationen zur politischen Bildung’ erschienen: Schwerpunkt Massenmedien

Die Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung hat ein Heft zum Schwerpunkt “Massenmedien” veröffentlicht. Es ist in der Reihe “Informationen zur politischen Bildung” erschienen und enthält zahlreiche Beiträge renommierter Autoren. Das Heft steht im Volltext zum Download zur Verfügung, kann aber auch in gedruckter Form kostenlos bestellt werden. Weiter >

IPad 2: Meinungen

iPad 2 Hands On: It Really Is Different
Kat Hannaford, Gizmodo

Hands-On With Apple’s Skinnier, Faster iPad 2
Brian X. Chen, Wired

Apple iPad 2 (Bilder)
Fubiz

Forrester analyst agrees that iPad 2 will dominate
Anthony Ha, VentureBeat/Mobile Beat

All the Details on Apple’s iPad 2: Specs, Pricing, Release Date
Audrey Watters, ReadWriteWeb

Jobs Takes the Stage to Pitch New iPad
Miguel Helft, NYTimes.com/Technology

Bild: Courtesy of Apple.

Bruce Sterling talk on “vernacular video”

“Here’s a very stern and sardonic Bruce Sterling at the Vimeo Festival discussing “vernacular video.” Bruce notes, “This speech goes on for 56 minutes, practically forever by vernacular video standards.” Despite that, I was riveted by all 56 minutes’ worth — Bruce takes an unexpected turn through the history of the Dick Van Dyke show on the way to explaining how to predict the future and then wraps it up with a sinister turn around the morality of cigarette sponsorship and what it is that vernacular video does that runs parallel to selling coffin nails.” Via Cory Doctorow/Boing Boing

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