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2013

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Plotting the next Silicon Valley

On 26, Mar 2013 | In News | By Contrive Media

Crave globe-trotter Eric Mack kicks off an exclusive four-part series on the unlikely Latin American spot hoping to transform itself into a new hub for science, technology, and innovation.

QUITO, Ecuador–Imagine it’s 2023. Things have shifted in the world of technology, and I’m not just talking about the elimination of the standard-transmission vehicle in favor of autonomous transport. Companies in Asia, the United States, and Europe still produce many of the world’s major innovations in everything from energy efficiency and biotechnology to IT and consumer electronics, and many of those products are still made in China.

But there’s also a new player on the scene that wasn’t registering on anyone’s radar in the tech world just a decade ago.
In this particular vision of the future, a small but rapidly growing number of innovations are born, nurtured, produced, and sent to market from a tiny but vivacious country sandwiched between the Pacific and the Amazon — Ecuador.

Scientists and researchers flock to this new Latin American take on Silicon Valley to develop new medicines near the remarkably biodiverse Amazon rain forest. Other nearby abundant natural resources aid in the development of cutting-edge solar cells and new petrochemical technologies. And software and hardware designers take advantage of…

Read the whole story: Plotting the next Silicon Valley — you’ll never guess where

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Mar
2013

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Google I/O is sold out

On 13, Mar 2013 | In News | By Contrive Media

The developer conference, a staging ground for news on Android, Google Glass, and more, sells out in less than an hour.

It took less than an hour for Google’s developer conference, Google I/O, to sell out today.

The event, which will be held May 15-17 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, has always been a popular draw for the developer community. About 50 minutes after the tickets went on sale at 7 a.m. PT today, the “sold out” message appeared. On the registration page instead was a note that the keynotes and top sessions will be available on computer, phone, or tablet.

Google I/O has been the venue for the announcement of major releases of Android, as well as a chance for conference attendees to check out experimental products, such as Google Glass. With the recent hype building over Google’s high-tech headgear, there are high expectations Google will wow the audience with new features and apps.

In addition, it has been the conference to get a lot of free Google gear. Last year, attendees got the Nexus 7 tablet, Nexus Q, Galaxy Nexus smartphone, and the Chromebox, a value of more than $1,100.

Given the early stage of Google Glass, it’s unlikely that developers will get to take a pair home for themselves. But the Nexus 4 smartphone from LG and the…

Full Article: And just like that, Google I/O is sold out

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Mar
2013

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Social Media… Twitter Is Live TV; Facebook Is DVR

On 06, Mar 2013 | In News | By Contrive Media

When you follow someone on Twitter, you see everything they post. When you follow someone on Facebook, it decides what you see. Which is right? I’d say both, and it comes down to the live TV versus DVR personalities of each service.

Should Facebook Show Everything?

The issue of Facebook deciding what to show people in their Facebook news feed came up this week when Nick Bilton of the New York Times wrote about how over the past year, the engagement on his posts had dropped, despite his having gained a huge increase in Facebook followers.

That echoed concerns from Star Trek alum and social media extraordinaire George Takei, who last year was alarmed that his Facebook engagement was down. He wondered, as Bilton did, if this was perhaps something Facebook was doing to get him and others to pay for better visibility. Billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban, also got in on the criticisms last year.

I used to be in the “Facebook should show everything” camp. For example, when the Subscribe feature (now called Follow) launched in 2011, I wished it was…

Original Article: For Social Media Viewing, Twitter Is Live TV; Facebook Is DVR

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