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Controlling trolls with Google+ is more effective than most other networks (Howto)It is true that as the poster of the post on G+ you have tremendous power to keep the comments very clean and troll free for everyone with a click of the button. Not only do the comments disappear from your view, but also from other readers. Mike explains below how to achieve this, and just as important, also defines what trolling is.As a tireless optimist I tend to see the bright side of everything… or is it because I have so many unanswered questions myself, I find it difficult to weed out trolls from decent questions… so I rarely end up using these features but I think that especially people being bullied or intimidated (or harassed) on G+ should make use of these features. If you feel uncomfortable then rather banish those people from your posts and keep your experience a happy one.  #trolls▼ Reshared Post From Mike Elgan ▼How to control trolls with Google+The worst quality of Twitter, in my opinion, is the weakness of tools, features and policies for protecting against cyber-harassment. Trolls, bullies, racists and other haters run wild on Twitter, and there’s little ordinary users can do about it.Google+, on the other hand, is nearly ideal for posting publicly and in the full light of day, while simultaneously protecting against trolls and other haters.In this article, I’m going to give you my definition of the word “troll.” I’ll talk about the damage they increasingly do. And finally, I’ll go into detail on how to control trolls on Google+.Get ready for some hard-core troll control: http://www.computerworld.com/article/2824753/how-to-control-trolls-with-google.html#trolls #google+http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/aao0/52210436

Controlling trolls with Google+ is more effective than most other networks (Howto)

It is true that as the poster of the post on G+ you have tremendous power to keep the comments very clean and troll free for everyone with a click of the button. Not only do the comments disappear from your view, but also from other readers. Mike explains below how to achieve this, and just as important, also defines what trolling is.

As a tireless optimist I tend to see the bright side of everything… or is it because I have so many unanswered questions myself, I find it difficult to weed out trolls from decent questions… so I rarely end up using these features but I think that especially people being bullied or intimidated (or harassed) on G+ should make use of these features. If you feel uncomfortable then rather banish those people from your posts and keep your experience a happy one. 

#trolls

▼ Reshared Post From Mike Elgan ▼

How to control trolls with Google+

The worst quality of Twitter, in my opinion, is the weakness of tools, features and policies for protecting against cyber-harassment. Trolls, bullies, racists and other haters run wild on Twitter, and there’s little ordinary users can do about it.

Google+, on the other hand, is nearly ideal for posting publicly and in the full light of day, while simultaneously protecting against trolls and other haters.

In this article, I’m going to give you my definition of the word “troll.” I’ll talk about the damage they increasingly do. And finally, I’ll go into detail on how to control trolls on Google+.

Get ready for some hard-core troll control: 

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2824753/how-to-control-trolls-with-google.html

#trolls #google+

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/aao0/52210436

Smart Carry-On Lets You Track Bag’s Location and Charge Other DevicesA campaign to crowdfund the “world’s first smart, connected carry-on” reached its goal of $50,000 in two hours and one minute on Indiegogo Monday. Bluesmart luggage connects to a mobile app that allows travelers to track the bag’s proximity, digitally lock and unlock it, check the bag’s weight, show travel data and track routes. The creators are not the first to propose GPS-tracked bags, but they have added features that make the concept appealing.And at $195 starting price it already hit its goal in such a short time… definitely a massive demand for this type of “device”. Maybe suitcases have been just suitcases way too long…http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/aahg/52210436

Smart Carry-On Lets You Track Bag’s Location and Charge Other Devices

A campaign to crowdfund the “world’s first smart, connected carry-on” reached its goal of $50,000 in two hours and one minute on Indiegogo Monday. Bluesmart luggage connects to a mobile app that allows travelers to track the bag’s proximity, digitally lock and unlock it, check the bag’s weight, show travel data and track routes. The creators are not the first to propose GPS-tracked bags, but they have added features that make the concept appealing.

And at $195 starting price it already hit its goal in such a short time… definitely a massive demand for this type of “device”. Maybe suitcases have been just suitcases way too long…

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/aahg/52210436

Writing on the wall for print mediaSix hundred media workers lost their jobs in South Africa in the past 12 months. Those remaining are working at organisations that are struggling to survive in a world where print is losing circulation and online earnings are not filling the gap in _income._It is true that SA’s newspaper media is bleeding badly in the digital age BUT there is actually a bright future too for them if they can make the change. Just like with quality open source software, there are many readers who are prepared to pay a reasonable amount for quality local news. I have been subscribing for years to the Sunday Argus newspaper online but cancelled my subscription recently as it did not read well on my Macbook (the dedicated app just crashed all the time, and the web page was not performing with the Safari optimisation). So I moved to a subscription with the +Mail & Guardian and am happily now reading anywhere anytime on my Kindle, where it was a single click to subscribe. Newspapers have a future online if they can be easily subscribed to, and can be read easily on different devices. Don’t bring us old fashioned clunky interfaces and expect readers to battle their way through it. Give us sharing options too to share news with friends,  this is how the Internet and viral content works.So  I agree here with the article below that I don’t think our local publications are hitting all the right platforms and transcending enough into the new online media… you can’t just scan to PDF a paper newspaper and now think you are digital. I’d even be cautious about going own “app” like the Sunday Argus did, and I’d rather push my content out through well used and recognised platforms like Zinio and PressReader that already have all the device formats built-in and catered for. That way I use one app and read all my different publications.#newspaperhttp://click-to-read-mo.re/p/aaeI/52210436

Writing on the wall for print media

Six hundred media workers lost their jobs in South Africa in the past 12 months. Those remaining are working at organisations that are struggling to survive in a world where print is losing circulation and online earnings are not filling the gap in _income.
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It is true that SA’s newspaper media is bleeding badly in the digital age BUT there is actually a bright future too for them if they can make the change. Just like with quality open source software, there are many readers who are prepared to pay a reasonable amount for quality local news. I have been subscribing for years to the Sunday Argus newspaper online but cancelled my subscription recently as it did not read well on my Macbook (the dedicated app just crashed all the time, and the web page was not performing with the Safari optimisation). So I moved to a subscription with the +Mail & Guardian and am happily now reading anywhere anytime on my Kindle, where it was a single click to subscribe. Newspapers have a future online if they can be easily subscribed to, and can be read easily on different devices. Don’t bring us old fashioned clunky interfaces and expect readers to battle their way through it. Give us sharing options too to share news with friends,  this is how the Internet and viral content works.

So  I agree here with the article below that I don’t think our local publications are hitting all the right platforms and transcending enough into the new online media… you can’t just scan to PDF a paper newspaper and now think you are digital. I’d even be cautious about going own “app” like the Sunday Argus did, and I’d rather push my content out through well used and recognised platforms like Zinio and PressReader that already have all the device formats built-in and catered for. That way I use one app and read all my different publications.

#newspaper

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/aaeI/52210436

Intel Bay Trail-based HDMI stick capable of running Windows 8.1 goes on sale - NeowinAn Intel Bay Trail-based HDMI stick has gone on sale on Chinese retailer Alibaba’s website for just $110 excluding shipping.The HDMI stick featured on Alibaba and Aliexpress is supposedly listed by the OEM, who is manufacturing the device on behalf of Intel. Although, Intel hasn’t officially announced the product yet, the full set of specifications has been provided by the manufacturer along with the pricing and shipping info.Unlike other HDMI dongles that provide the ability to mirror content to televisions, the Intel-based stick listed as Meegopad features a full blown x86 CPU capable of running most operating systems including Windows 8.1 and popular Linux distros such as Ubuntu and Fedora.The HDMI stick is just under 100mm long and is packed with a quad core Intel Atom CPU running at 1.7 GHz. Other specifications of the device include 1 GB DDR3 RAM, 2 MicroUSB ports, 1 HDMI port, 16 GB and 32 GB storage options, a memory card slot, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.So what is nice here is that this is a pretty standard processor which will be able to run many OSs. Many Android only HDMI sticks have still been a bit limiting in the past. It is also faster and has more RAM than a Raspberry Pi (yes at a higher price too). But it still won’t have the flexibility of a small PC standing next to your TV in that you can’t really upgrade the internal RAM, etc but that too would cost more than this stick again. So it will pay to think carefully what you want to do with a device like this before buying it.http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/aaaC/52210436

Intel Bay Trail-based HDMI stick capable of running Windows 8.1 goes on sale - Neowin

An Intel Bay Trail-based HDMI stick has gone on sale on Chinese retailer Alibaba’s website for just $110 excluding shipping.


The HDMI stick featured on Alibaba and Aliexpress is supposedly listed by the OEM, who is manufacturing the device on behalf of Intel. Although, Intel hasn’t officially announced the product yet, the full set of specifications has been provided by the manufacturer along with the pricing and shipping info.

Unlike other HDMI dongles that provide the ability to mirror content to televisions, the Intel-based stick listed as Meegopad features a full blown x86 CPU capable of running most operating systems including Windows 8.1 and popular Linux distros such as Ubuntu and Fedora.

The HDMI stick is just under 100mm long and is packed with a quad core Intel Atom CPU running at 1.7 GHz. Other specifications of the device include 1 GB DDR3 RAM, 2 MicroUSB ports, 1 HDMI port, 16 GB and 32 GB storage options, a memory card slot, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.

So what is nice here is that this is a pretty standard processor which will be able to run many OSs. Many Android only HDMI sticks have still been a bit limiting in the past. It is also faster and has more RAM than a Raspberry Pi (yes at a higher price too). But it still won’t have the flexibility of a small PC standing next to your TV in that you can’t really upgrade the internal RAM, etc but that too would cost more than this stick again. So it will pay to think carefully what you want to do with a device like this before buying it.

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/aaaC/52210436

Google on CEOs being the Chief Innovation OfficerSome good advice for CEO’s on how to allow companies to grow and innovate. See the shared slideshow at http://www.slideshare.net/ericschmidt76/how-google-works-final-1.▼ Reshared Post From Eric Schmidt ▼Unfortunately there is no app for innovation (although that would certainly be innovative). Until that’s developed, the best way we’ve found to foster it at Google is to create an environment where ideas can collide in new and interesting ways, and the good ones are given resources to grow.One of the reasons that Google operates differently than other companies is that we haven’t tried to wall off innovation to one particular department or project. Everyone is encouraged to look for new ways of doing things, and successful pilots are quickly scaled.More at: http://www.slideshare.net/ericschmidt76/how-google-works-final-1#HowGoogleWorks #google #innovationhttp://click-to-read-mo.re/p/a9id/52210436

Google on CEOs being the Chief Innovation Officer

Some good advice for CEO’s on how to allow companies to grow and innovate. See the shared slideshow at http://www.slideshare.net/ericschmidt76/how-google-works-final-1.

▼ Reshared Post From Eric Schmidt ▼

Unfortunately there is no app for innovation (although that would certainly be innovative). Until that’s developed, the best way we’ve found to foster it at Google is to create an environment where ideas can collide in new and interesting ways, and the good ones are given resources to grow.

One of the reasons that Google operates differently than other companies is that we haven’t tried to wall off innovation to one particular department or project. Everyone is encouraged to look for new ways of doing things, and successful pilots are quickly scaled.

More at: http://www.slideshare.net/ericschmidt76/how-google-works-final-1

#HowGoogleWorks #google #innovation

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/a9id/52210436

SimCity That I Used to KnowOn the game’s 25th birthday, a devotee talks with creator Will Wright. SimCity, the classic PC game that makes mayors out of middle schoolers, turned 25 last week. Well, actually that’s a common misconception —  the IBM version of SimCity was released in October of ‘89, but the original (for Mac and Amiga), came out in February.Regardless of its precise birthday, SimCity was a hugely influential game. Popularizing a genre of “software toys” that presented players with an interactive, complex world writ little, gamers growing up in the ‘90s may remember a time when any new PC title from Maxis (the company Wright founded with partner Jeff Braun) bearing the prominent ‘SIM’ prefix promised endless hours of play time that wasn’t about winning or losing, but experimentation and discovery. The Sim series also represents a philosophy about design, and the role of play in our learning process.http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/a995/52210436

SimCity That I Used to Know

On the game’s 25th birthday, a devotee talks with creator Will Wright. SimCity, the classic PC game that makes mayors out of middle schoolers, turned 25 last week. Well, actually that’s a common misconception —  the IBM version of SimCity was released in October of ‘89, but the original (for Mac and Amiga), came out in February.

Regardless of its precise birthday, SimCity was a hugely influential game. Popularizing a genre of “software toys” that presented players with an interactive, complex world writ little, gamers growing up in the ‘90s may remember a time when any new PC title from Maxis (the company Wright founded with partner Jeff Braun) bearing the prominent ‘SIM’ prefix promised endless hours of play time that wasn’t about winning or losing, but experimentation and discovery. The Sim series also represents a philosophy about design, and the role of play in our learning process.

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/a995/52210436

The Innovators: How A Group Of Hackers, Geniuses, And Geeks Created The Digital Revolution by Walter IsaacsonIn an excerpt from his new book, _The Innovators_, Walter Isaacson recounts the improbable story of the online encyclopedia that has proven its detractors wrong time and again.Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, _The Innovators_ is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens.What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail?In his masterly saga, Isaacson begins with Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s daughter, who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s. He explores the fascinating personalities that created our current digital revolution, such as Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, John von Neumann, J.C.R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Robert Noyce, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Tim Berners-Lee, and Larry Page.This is the story of how their minds worked and what made them so inventive. It’s also a narrative of how their ability to collaborate and master the art of teamwork made them even more creative.For an era that seeks to foster innovation, creativity, and teamwork, _The Innovators_ shows how they happen.http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/a93w/52210436

The Innovators: How A Group Of Hackers, Geniuses, And Geeks Created The Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson

In an excerpt from his new book, _The Innovators_, Walter Isaacson recounts the improbable story of the online encyclopedia that has proven its detractors wrong time and again.

Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, _The Innovators_ is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens.

What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail?

In his masterly saga, Isaacson begins with Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s daughter, who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s. He explores the fascinating personalities that created our current digital revolution, such as Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, John von Neumann, J.C.R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Robert Noyce, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Tim Berners-Lee, and Larry Page.

This is the story of how their minds worked and what made them so inventive. It’s also a narrative of how their ability to collaborate and master the art of teamwork made them even more creative.

For an era that seeks to foster innovation, creativity, and teamwork, _The Innovators_ shows how they happen.

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/a93w/52210436

Mozilla’s Firefox Hello feature lets you make video calls from the browser without plugins“Firefox Hello makes it easy to communicate with friends and family who might not have the same video chat service, software or hardware as you. It’s free to make voice and video calls and there’s no need to download software, plugins or even create an account,” Telefonica said.The feature is scheduled to roll out over “the next few weeks” and will allow users to connect with anyone else who has a WebRTC enabled browser (including Firefox, Opera or Chrome). So potentially this could connect millions of users all using different hardware and software… no one service or extensions to install… it’s just in your browser and ready to use. Will be interesting to see how this impacts on Skype.More details on how it works also at http://venturebeat.com/2014/10/16/firefox-34-beta-arrives-with-firefox-hello-calling-by-telefonica-chromecast-tab-mirroring-from-android/.http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/a8On/52210436

Mozilla’s Firefox Hello feature lets you make video calls from the browser without plugins

“Firefox Hello makes it easy to communicate with friends and family who might not have the same video chat service, software or hardware as you. It’s free to make voice and video calls and there’s no need to download software, plugins or even create an account,” Telefonica said.

The feature is scheduled to roll out over “the next few weeks” and will allow users to connect with anyone else who has a WebRTC enabled browser (including Firefox, Opera or Chrome). So potentially this could connect millions of users all using different hardware and software… no one service or extensions to install… it’s just in your browser and ready to use. Will be interesting to see how this impacts on Skype.

More details on how it works also at http://venturebeat.com/2014/10/16/firefox-34-beta-arrives-with-firefox-hello-calling-by-telefonica-chromecast-tab-mirroring-from-android/.

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/a8On/52210436

With Laplock, You Get A Text Message When Somebody Unplugs Your Mac LaptopAt heart, Laplock is a menubar app for your Mac. You install it, enter your phone number and/or Yo account, and that’s it. After that, whenever you close your laptop lid and leave it somewhere, if someone unplugs the power cord, an alarm will blast through your speakers and you will get a notification on your phone.Notifications can be a simple text message or a Yo. If reception is bad, the app will call you instead.http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/a8MI/52210436

With Laplock, You Get A Text Message When Somebody Unplugs Your Mac Laptop

At heart, Laplock is a menubar app for your Mac. You install it, enter your phone number and/or Yo account, and that’s it. After that, whenever you close your laptop lid and leave it somewhere, if someone unplugs the power cord, an alarm will blast through your speakers and you will get a notification on your phone.


Notifications can be a simple text message or a Yo. If reception is bad, the app will call you instead.

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/a8MI/52210436

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 reviewSince Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note line in the fall of 2010, it has stood as the “tock” to the Galaxy S’ “tick” in the product cycle year after year. The leading Galaxy S device of the year introduces all of the new software features, a new form factor and a new internal specs, while the Galaxy Note later in the year refines the physical design, enhances the software with new S Pen features and often fixes the pain points introduced with the Galaxy S — all while doing a little something extra with the increased screen real estate.In many ways you could say the Galaxy Note is the device that Samsung really uses to push its limits. Where it tries things to see what sticks, then integrate it back into the next-generation Galaxy S.This year is no different, and the Galaxy Note 4 is tocking right along, improving dramatically on the Galaxy S5. With a brand new aluminum exterior that looks and feels great, optical image stabilization on the camera, a new higher-resolution QHD display, top-end internals and small refinements on the software, this is a device any manufacturer would be happy to call its leading flagship.Despite generally playing second fiddle to the Galaxy S5, it’s actually not hard to say that the Galaxy Note 4 contains all of the features we wish were in the GS5 — if not for its larger screen size that’s physically too much to handle for many. This is the real 2014 flagship for Samsung, and it’s called the Galaxy Note 4. Although I just got a Galaxy S5 this year I’m seriously thinking of a change next time around… The Note range is sounding interesting if I’m going with a bigger screen, or possibly even an LG or Motorola now as they’re all also making really excellent phones (I nearly said cameras).http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/a8HX/52210436

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review

Since Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note line in the fall of 2010, it has stood as the “tock” to the Galaxy S’ “tick” in the product cycle year after year. The leading Galaxy S device of the year introduces all of the new software features, a new form factor and a new internal specs, while the Galaxy Note later in the year refines the physical design, enhances the software with new S Pen features and often fixes the pain points introduced with the Galaxy S — all while doing a little something extra with the increased screen real estate.


In many ways you could say the Galaxy Note is the device that Samsung really uses to push its limits. Where it tries things to see what sticks, then integrate it back into the next-generation Galaxy S.

This year is no different, and the Galaxy Note 4 is tocking right along, improving dramatically on the Galaxy S5. With a brand new aluminum exterior that looks and feels great, optical image stabilization on the camera, a new higher-resolution QHD display, top-end internals and small refinements on the software, this is a device any manufacturer would be happy to call its leading flagship.

Despite generally playing second fiddle to the Galaxy S5, it’s actually not hard to say that the Galaxy Note 4 contains all of the features we wish were in the GS5 — if not for its larger screen size that’s physically too much to handle for many. This is the real 2014 flagship for Samsung, and it’s called the Galaxy Note 4.

Although I just got a Galaxy S5 this year I’m seriously thinking of a change next time around… The Note range is sounding interesting if I’m going with a bigger screen, or possibly even an LG or Motorola now as they’re all also making really excellent phones (I nearly said cameras).

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/a8HX/52210436