Bitcoin is a decentralized electronic cash system that uses peer-to-peer networking along with digital signatures and cryptographics to generate currency, and it threatens to upend existing global currency systems & institutions the way Napster and The Pirate Bay disrupted the entertainment industry. For all its looming significance, however, few people truly understand it. Now, Duncan Elms has directed, designed, and animated a must-see video "Bitcoin Explained" that should be considered essential viewing for anyone with a savings account and a computer.
Public/street/graffiti artist (call him what you will, he won't care) JR, known for his photo-based public art installations, has just released an amazing new free iPad app chronicling his career and exentensive global body of global work. Packed with interactive features such as maps and videos, the app is a must-have and even comes in English, French, and Spanish translations. Bravo, JR... Read More
Game maker Activision has debuted what it claims is the "most advanced and realistic human animation technology to date" with this new video demo released yesterday at the annual Game Development Conference. The software is called "next-generation character rendering." Too bad they couldn't have put it to use "rendering" a less creepy "character" (and given it some better dialogue)...
Hot on the heels of the release of Buzz, its new social networking app, GOOGLE has announced its plans to build an experimental, ultra high speed broadband network that will ultimately lay waste to the current network as we know it:
“Imagine sitting in a rural health clinic, streaming three-dimensional medical imaging over the web, and discussing a unique condition with a specialist in New York. Or downloading a high-definition, full-length feature film in less than five minutes. Or collaborating with classmates around the world while watching live 3D video of a university lecture. Universal, ultra high-speed Internet access will make all this, and more possible. We've urged the FCC to look at new, and creative ways to get there in its National Broadband Plan – and now we're announcing an experiment of our own.
Google is planning to build, and test ultra-high speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the country. We'll deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today with 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections. We'll offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000, and potentially up to 500,000 people.
As a first step, we're putting out a Request for Information (RFI) to help identify interested communities. We welcome responses from local government, as well as members of the public.
Our goal is to experiment with new ways to help make Internet access better, and faster for everyone. Here are some specific things that we have in mind:
• Next generation apps: We want to see what developers and users can do with ultra high-speeds, whether it's creating new bandwidth-intensive "killer apps" and services, or other uses we can't yet imagine.
•New deployment techniques: We'll test new ways to build fiber networks, and to help inform and support deployments elsewhere, we'll share key lessons learned with the world.
• Openness and choice: We'll operate an "open access" network, giving users the choice of multiple service providers. And consistent with our past advocacy, we'll manage our network in an open, non-discriminatory, and transparent way."
*Click HERE to apply to become a network test member....