Microsoft’s new Website authoring tool- Sway

2 10 2014

 

Go to Sway (http:/Sway.com/)

Microsoft is launching Sway today, a new app that’s part of the company’s Office family of products. It will sit alongside the regular Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote apps as a rich content creation tool. In its most basic form, Sway allows anyone to create a beautiful website from just images and text without any effort, and it’s all what you see is what you get (WYSIWYG) — a modern and simple version of FrontPage. Despite that, Microsoft is taking an interesting approach with Sway, using the company’s powerful Azure cloud servers to suggest page layouts and quickly render content on the fly. Read more at: Verge.

 

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mags





Mapping could help stop Ebola’s spread

26 09 2014

Whether it’s the Black Death of 1350 or the Ebola virus in West Africa, one thing deadly pandemics have in common is that their progress takes a geographical course. But researcher Lars Skog at KTH Royal Institute of Technology is one of those developing geoinformation systems that can help health workers predict the spread of a disease and stop it.

Like the Black Death that ravaged medieval Europe, the Ebola virus’ progress through remote areas of West Africa is enabled by lack of understanding about the disease, including its causes and transmission.

Mapping technology however will give responders to the crisis in Africa the upper hand in stopping the spread of the deadly disease, says Skog, a PhD in geoinformatics…

http://www.kth.se/en/aktuellt/nyheter/mapping-could-help-stop-ebola-s-spread-1.496641

 

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mags





Christ Jesus

13 09 2014

Christ Jesus’ image by Heinrich Hofmann.

Christ Jesus image by Heinrich Hofmann

“Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ”"

2 Tim 2: 3

 

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Adventures of Tintin II (2015 film)

13 09 2014

The Adventures of Tintin II is a 2015 upcoming film to be made based on the work of Hergé.

This was originally planned to be based on The Seven Crystal Balls and Prisoners of the Sun, however screenwriter Anthony Horowitz has since called this into question, suggesting these films would be the second  sequel and another story would become the first sequel.12

Peter Jackson also confirmed he will direct it once he has finished The Hobbit.1 On July 27th, 2009, Jackson stated that his favourite Tintin stories were The Seven Crystal Balls, Prisoners of the Sun, The Black Island and The Calculus Affair, but clarified that he had not decided which stories would form the basis of the second film yet. Jackson stated that it "would be great" to use Destination Moon and Explorers on the Moon as the basis for the third or fourth film in the series.

More at:

http://tintin.wikia.com/wiki/The_Adventures_of_Tintin_II_(2015_film)

 

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jsmags





512GB SanDisk

13 09 2014

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-29175093

Memory specialist SanDisk has created an SD card with 512 gigabytes (512GB) of storage space – the highest capacity ever released.

The card, which is the size of a postage stamp, will go on sale for $800 (£490).

SD Card

Memory specialist SanDisk has created an SD card with 512 gigabytes (512GB) of storage space – the highest capacity ever released.

The card, which is the size of a postage stamp, will go on sale for $800 (£490).

The launch comes a decade after the firm released a 512-megabyte (MB) SD card with one-thousandth of the space.

Experts believe SD cards could eventually hold up to 2 terabytes (TB) of data, about 2,000GB.

The new card is aimed at film-makers shooting in the high-quality 4K format.

The 4K format – which is four times the resolution of HD – requires large file storage. Depending on compression, a single minute of 4K shooting will typically take around 5GB of storage space.

"4K Ultra HD is an example of a technology that is pushing us to develop new storage solutions capable of handling massive file sizes," said Dinesh Bahal, vice-president of product marketing at SanDisk.

The SD card format is one of the most widely used standards of flash storage, popular with digital cameras, camcorders and other mobile devices.

While camera types, resolutions and settings vary – a 512GB card could potentially hold around 30 hours of HD video.

The launch comes a decade after the firm released a 512-megabyte (MB) SD card with one-thousandth of the space.

Experts believe SD cards could eventually hold up to 2 terabytes (TB) of data, about 2,000GB.

The new card is aimed at film-makers shooting in the high-quality 4K format.

The 4K format – which is four times the resolution of HD – requires large file storage. Depending on compression, a single minute of 4K shooting will typically take around 5GB of storage space.

"4K Ultra HD is an example of a technology that is pushing us to develop new storage solutions capable of handling massive file sizes," said Dinesh Bahal, vice-president of product marketing at SanDisk.

The SD card format is one of the most widely used standards of flash storage, popular with digital cameras, camcorders and other mobile devices.

While camera types, resolutions and settings vary – a 512GB card could potentially hold around 30 hours of HD video.

 

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jsmags





CIA on Twitter

7 06 2014

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Millennium Development Goals & Measuring Progress

26 07 2013

 

I was reading Mr. Bill Gates’ latest blog, from Gates Notes & the Annual Newsletter and wanted to highlight Mr. Gates’ comment about measuring progress-

“I have been struck again and again by how important measurement is to improving the human condition. You can achieve amazing progress if you set a clear goal and find a measure that will drive progress toward that goal-in a feedback loop”

Bill Gates

You can read more about “Measuring Progress” here.

 

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Also, an infographic of the development goals- it would be good to gain access to the data that we can use to measure the progress of these goals, through various tools- Big Data, intuitive Visual Tools, predictive analytics, open data and open source intelligence (OSINT), including social media (and analytics); though these tools are available now, it seems like we are slow to leverage & exploit their power:

“Eight goals- Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)- aimed at improving the lives of the world’s poorest people have brought new focus to the highest priorities in health and development”

You can read more about the Millennium Development Goals through the Annual Letter by Bill Gates here.

 

Bill Gates- getting a closer look at charts documenting rural health progress at the Germana Gale Health Post in Ethiopia. Over the past year I’ve been impressed with progress in using data and measurement to improve the human condition (Dalocha, Ethiopia, 2012).

 

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mags