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Video: The Google Story

Posted by Giorgio Tomassetti on 21:43 in ,
A (very) quick look back at the Google story over the last 11 years. From Stanford to Mountain View and around the world, featuring many different products, starting with BackRub (Search) up to Google Wave, StreetView and Chrome.


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FoodScanner - Easly keep track of what you eat

Posted by Giorgio Tomassetti on 11:00 in ,
FoodScanner uses the iPhone’s built-in camera to scan barcodes of food items. Using DailyBurn’s database over 200,000 food products, you can scan what you eat (or what you are thinking about eating) and get the nutritional information and your daily calorie count.

FoodScanner Demo from Andy Smith on Vimeo.




From: Mashable

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Social networking sites have educational benefits

Posted by Giorgio Tomassetti on 20:26 in , , ,
University of Minnesota researcher Christine Greenhow breaks down how her research has found that social networking sites like Facebook and Myspace can have an impact for learning and educational growth for high school students. By working with students in a Minneapolis high school to study how they use the social sites, she has discovered that the benefits may just outweigh any risks.


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Now it's a great time to be a consumer

Posted by Giorgio Tomassetti on 19:34 in ,
As you can see from the graph, there has never been a better time to be a consumer in the United States.

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The economic crises has caused massive job losses and hardship for millions, but it has also fostered a shoppers' paradise. Anyone who still has the means to spend can find unheard of deals.
Prices on everything from clothes to coffee to cat food are dropping, some faster than they have in half a century.
Hotel rooms cost travelers nearly 20% less, on average, than last year, the biggest decline since Smith Travel Research began collecting data in 1987. Home prices have dropped 30%, on average, from the peak in 2006. In some markets, they're down more than 50%. Homes in parts of Detroit are cheaper than a new car.


Overall, prices are tumbling at the fastest rate in decades. The government's Consumer Price Index, which measures the average price of goods and services purchased by households, has fallen 1.5% over the last 12 months. The reading for July showed a 2.1% annual decline, the biggest since 1950.


From: ABC News

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Where is my laptop made? SourceMap.org shows you where things are really produced

Posted by Giorgio Tomassetti on 18:49 in , ,
Sourcemap is a website that allows you to understand how the global marketplace works. In fact, you are able to select different products and, for each one, you can see what is made of and where its components come from. By adding up the impact and location of all the parts, the website can also estimate the carbon footprint of each phase of the life cycle of an object.
SourceMap's intended to demonstrate how important supply chains are, and what the consequences of each part of the chain work out to be. It's set up like a social network, so that anyone from producers to end-users can take part.
For example, the following map shows you where your laptop is really made:


You can take a look at this video if you want to learn more about SourceMap:

Getting Started with Open Supply Chains from Matthew Hockenberry on Vimeo


SourceMap has been designed by the MIT Media Lab.


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