Google has unleasehed it’s new Election 2012 portal, chocked full of every resource a human will ever need or want to know about this year’s US Presidential Election. The site - www.google.com/elections/ - is a dashboard for the multiverse of Google products, as well as some awesome gravity filled links to resources like PBS’s Election Calendar. When you get onto the site, you’re greeted with a Google News-style splash of the latest campaign news. But this is not your typical Google News experience. On the left rail, users are able to filter this Google News stream by candidates, issues and more. The feed has Google usual übercustomization, stretching from journo’s to campaign managers. There’s every chance that you won’t need to leave this monitor to get the entire election coverage, Google has seriously got it covered. Read the full article »»»»
A marketing professor at the University of Melbourne says he has developed an algorithm to explain what makes an internet video go viral.
YouTube has only existed for six years, but already there are more than 20 videos that have each been viewed by more than 100 million people. Videos that go viral often depict funny or amusing situations captured by everyday people – like ‘Charlie bit my finger’, featuring a young boy complaining of his baby brother’s toothy habits, which has exceeded 100 million views.
Until now no-one has had a real theory about what makes a video go viral, but University of Melbourne marketing professor Dr Brent Coker thinks his algorithm can explain the success of viral videos. Read the full article »»»»
The world is shrinking, cities seem much closer together when you travel at near to the speed of sound, computers that once filled entire buildings now fit in your pocket and what once required factories full of machines can be done by the iM-01 iModela, the desktop 3D printing factory. Roland has managed to squeeze an entire automated production system into a box not much bigger than an inkjet printer and at $1000 they have managed to bring desktop manufacturing to the masses, anyone with a computer and spare USB port can start the production line rolling.. A product of Roland’s little known DG division the iM-01 brings flexible manufacturing to a desktop near you.
“With iModela, artists around the world can bring their most innovative design ideas to life, adding dimension and style to creative projects, whether or not they have any previous experience with 3D technologies. iModela makes it easy to create a physical model from an artist’s 3D rendering, using powerful 3D modelling technology to sculpt shapes, drill holes, create reliefs, smooth surfaces and engrave designs. With iModela, 3D modellers and hobbyists can affordably produce even the most complex designs with precision.”, John Wall, Roland DG Business Development Manager Read the full article »»»»
Our favorite ubergadget, the It-Can-Do-Anything Chumby has a new home, The FunBox. From the outside it looks like any other bedside clock – a little remaniscent of the classic Sony Cube – but it’s so so much more. It’s a widget-running Chumby, which means it’ll let you check your twitter feeds, cack yourself over the latest Youtube shenanigans, check your Gmail or do any other inappropriately stimulating web activity just before you close those squinting eyes for some Zzzs. FunBox has just passed through the FCC and its paperwork reveals a 3.5-inch touch screen, 454MHz processor, 1GB DDR memory, SD card slot and a USB port for an external drive.
Unlike Chumby’s original plush Chumby, or Sonys Dash, the FunBox is in the guise of a more simplistic alarm clock form factor. The FunBox is expected to rely on a 454MHz ARM processor and 64MB of SDRAM. The FunBox runs Chumby’s open source OS, which currently features over 1,500 apps, including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Pandora. No word on pricing or availability yet, but expect this to be in the cheap basket.
From Braben’s Blog: What you’re seeing in the video is the Raspberry Pi running h.264 video at 1080p. (We didn’t have the audio hooked up so we could talk to people while it was running.) At the point this video was taken, this demo had been running for about 8 hours. I was busily getting attendees to feel the SoC, to emphasise the fact that it only draws 1W, staying surprisingly cool.