Press Clippings: Technology in Popular Culture

The initial listing of news on how technology is used by consumers or in popular media culled from a variety of sources we monitor on a regular basis.

We'd love to see your clippings here as well! Please use the edit this page button to add more, or add comments on how or why you think they may or may not be important. As is the convention throughout the Horizon Project Wiki, we ask you to identify items you think are of high interest to us, as I have done here by typing 4 tilde (~) characters-- - Larry Larry Oct 30, 2011. This will help us to sift through the articles and determine which ones resonate most strongly with the board as a whole.

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    The more important our electronics and devices have become to our day to day lives the more we now are lugging around and continuously needing to keep charged up by plugging in whenever possible. This solar charging mat can be attached to a backpack to continuously generate renewable electricity, which is then used to recharge a lithium battery connected with it. Once charged, the battery can be used to power a range of portable electronic devices such as a laptop, tablet or smartphone. - Sam Sam Sep 5, 2013 - snorre.lovas snorre.lovas Sep 11, 2013
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    This article presents a case-study on anti-technology fiction that comes across as a product of serious scholarship, but uses flawed methodology to distort data in supporting a specific claim. This particular case study pertains to genetic engineering, but the author warns us to look deeply at arguments against technology in all sectors. - Sam Sam Sep 5, 2013
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    Roaming charges make accessing the Internet expensive when traveling internationally, which can be very short distances in Europe. Roaming charges make accessing the Internet expensive when traveling internationally, which can be very short distances in Europe. - Ann.Sorum.Michaelsen Ann.Sorum.Michaelsen Sep 10, 2013 - snorre.lovas snorre.lovas Sep 11, 2013
  • Braintree software firm teams up with United Kingdom
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    The world’s first LTE-connected car, courtesy of Audi, is available in Europe with fully integrated 4G connectivity. The S3 and forthcoming A3 will use their LTE chips to link its on-board nav system to the cloud with access to Google Earth and Streetview. Drivers can access social media networks Facebook and Twitter with voice commands, though its Audi Connect platform is still light on other apps. And the LTE connection can also be redistributed to other devices in the car through Wi-Fi.
  • Google Glass: Not for the Hearing Impaired
    A hearing-impaired freelance journalist applied for Google’s Explore program to test Google Glass, finding that the device does not offer alternatives for people who can’t understand speech or who have an accent. There’s also no captioning of what the Glass agent says or a way for a hearing-impaired individual to input commands contributing to a huge communication barrier.
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    This article discusses how Kenyan leaders and organizations are working to figure out how technology can help to ease transitions of power in Kenya, rather than aid in violence, like in the last elections. There is difficulty in monitoring hate speech and taking legal action against it without being or seeming to be tyrannical, but on another note, violence is not committed now under the radar, since public actions are under the scrutiny of a mobile-equipped and tool-rich society.
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    Officers in northern Norway’s Vest-Finnmark District Police are testing out a new app developed by two students from Trondheim’s University of Science and Technology that enables people to report problems, submit pictures, complain, or seek assistance from officers.
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    Berlin-based startup Tame is a context search engine for Twitter. The mobile and tablet-friendly web app analyses content from your Twitter followers or based on a specific search to algorithmically surface the top hashtags, the Twitter users most mentioned, and the top links shared over the past 24 hours. The idea is to give you an at-a-glance overview of content populated on Twitter via your own Twitter feed or topics that you explicitly wish to delve into, without having to do much upfront work. - snorre.lovas snorre.lovas Sep 11, 2013 Help teachers/pupils get the interesting messages, links etc reducing the noise.
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    A good overview of the rise of Raspberry Pi, tiny affordable computers that are now selling so rapidly that many distributors are out of stock. - snorre.lovas snorre.lovas Sep 11, 2013
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    Because people with disabilities may not be so independent and mobile as others, their social life can be more limited. Social medias are therefore important to keep updated, and can also be a source to information that they otherwise would have missed because of their impairment (particularly in the case of vision or hearing impairments) - Kristin.Skeide.Fuglerud Kristin.Skeide.Fuglerud Sep 21, 2013