first_imgcurt hopkins Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Saturday was the 395th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare. (Some believe it is also the 447th anniversary of his birth.) Shakespeare is, arguably, the world’s greatest playwright. He is certainly the most produced and most translated one. For those who think he’s overrated, fine. But some national literatures, like Poland’s, grew out of the effort of translating Shakespeare into the native language. Unsurprisingly, the fastest-growing technology, the social Web, has mostly kept pace with the playwright. So here is a short list of ways online to either discover Shakespeare, rediscover him or just compare and contrast. There is an aesthetic, after all, to the intersection of technology and art. Dig. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. MIT’s online resource for all the texts of Shakespeare’s work for free. Open Source Shakespeare. Download and print any of Shakespeare’s work.The Folios. Facsimiles of the first four printed folios. Shakespeare Authorship. If you find working class people objectionable, or perhaps believe that 9/11 was an “inside job,” you’ll probably find the “authorship question” to your liking. You may not like this site, however, as it seems to demand scholarship from Antistratfordians that Antistratfordians do not demand of themselves.Shakespearean Insult Generator. Enjoy, thou surly dizzy-eyed puttock! You don’t like it? Then perhaps you’ll enjoy the Shakespearean Insulter, thou spongy brazen-faced scullian.Shakespearean Festivals and Theatres. See the plays in their original context, on the boards. Folger Podcasts. Podcasts from the American home of Shakespeare resources, the Folger Library in DC. Royal Shakespeare Company on YouTube. The RSC‘s main page would not open for us. (Come on, guys. Seriously?) But their YouTube channel shows a great deal of this world leader’s work. Stratford Festival. Canada’s Stratford Festival is one of the world’s largest and they have done better than average in using social media to connect with fans. (The average, to be clear, is unbelievably low.) Apps. Developers have created applications for both the Android and the iPhone. The problem is, most of the Android apps are just text-based and most of the iPhone offerings are just…trailers. One thing I’ve had some grief finding is a central source for MP3s of Shakespeare plays, poems and essays. If you have a source you like, as well as other resources, including podcasts and blogs, please drop them in the comments. Chandos portrait via Wikipediacenter_img 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#art#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

first_imgMobile BlindersEradicating boredom and banishing downtime has its upside, of course. In a recent Bloomberg report, major advertisers, including Coca-Cola and Hearst, expressed their concern over lowered “impulse” sales at the grocery store checkout aisles. This is not at all surprising. Staring into their smartphones, with their “mobile blinders” on, people are less inclined to buy gum, candy or those trashy magazines.“For years, publishers could count on bored shoppers waiting in the checkout line to pick up a magazine, get engrossed in an article, and toss it into their cart alongside the milk and eggs. Then came ‘mobile blinders.’ These days, consumers are more likely to send a quick text and check their Facebook feed than to read a magazine or develop a momentary craving for the gum or candy on display.” Awesome. Score one for the smartphone!But this victory comes at a cost. Spending so much time texting and updating, tweeting and watching, calling and playing at every free moment, from every location, never alone with our thoughts, never allowing our thoughts to drift, impacts our creativity, which in turn can limit our full potential.Edward de Bono, business consultant and self-described “father of lateral thinking” has authored numerous works on creative thinking. de Bono calls moments of boredom “creative pauses,” which allows the mind to drift, and avails the person to new forms of input and understanding. Boredom may be even more important for children than adults. Spending so much time on gadgets may “short circuit the development of creative capacity” in children, according to educational expert Dr. Teresa Belton. Other education experts similarly suggest that a child’s imagination and creativity is ultimately aided through bouts of boredom.Earlier this year, Science Omega examined the benefits of boredom.“Psychologists from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have conducted research into the potential upsides of boredom and found that the time we spend daydreaming could improve our creative ability.”The lead researcher on the UCLan study, Dr. Sandi Mann, emphasized boredom’s role in society:“I do strongly believe that we shouldn’t be afraid of boredom and that we all – adults, children, workers, non-workers – need a little bit of boredom in our lives. Of course I’m not saying we should make people attend boring meetings for the sake of it, but allowing staff downtime where they can daydream and let their minds wander could possibly lead to benefits for an organisation.”Short-term GainThere is the possibility, of course, that by killing our boredom smartphones are freeing up time for better, more productive or uplifting pursuits. For example, psychology professor Gary Marcus distinguishes between the two primary types of pursuits we use to defeat boredom.“Boredom is the brain’s way to tell you you should be doing something else. But the brain doesn’t always know the most appropriate thing to do. If you’re bored and use that energy to play guitar and cook, it will make you happy. But if you watch TV, it may make you happy in the short term, but not in the long term.”So much of what we do on our smartphones, however, is decidedly short-term: a few moments playing a game while we stand in line, a minute to scan Instagram as the person in front of us at the grocery store pulls out their checkbook. A study last year by UK carrier O2 examined the amount of time the typical user spends each day on their smartphone. It’s a lot – more than two hours a day, everyday. Most of that is spent browsing the Internet, on social networking sites, playing games, listening to music, calling, emailing and texting – and not, for example, learning a new language.  No Off SwitchAt work, employees are often encouraged to ‘think outside the box.’ The assumption is that such thinking will lead to creativity, innovation, and newer, better solutions to existing or expected problems. Spending so much time with our heads focused inside the box – staring at our smartphone – may mean, however, that we are ultimately limiting our creativity. There is no time freed up to see the larger picture, to make connections where they previously never existed, to allow our brains rest, to see and hear and accept alternatives. Though I confess I hope I am wrong about all of this.I spend far more time than the average user with my eyes staring into that small, bright and highly receptive screen. I am not sure I am able to shut it off, even now. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement brian s hall I love my iPhone. I take it with me everywhere. But I am starting to fear it may be killing my creativity. Numerous studies and much accepted wisdom suggest that time spent doing nothing, being bored, is beneficial for sparking and sustaining creativity. With our iPhone in hand – or any smartphone, really – our minds, always engaged, always fixed on that tiny screen, may simply never get bored. And our creativity suffers.Peter Toohey, author of Boredom: A Lively History, told the New York Times that boredom is the experience of “wanting to, but being unable to engage in satisfying activity.” No wonder those of us with smartphones are able to avoid boredom so easily. We can always engage in some satisfying activity, no matter how trivial – snap a picture of our meal, play a quick game of Angry Birds, check-in on Foursquare or leave a tip. We may be helpless, despite knowing the deleterious effects of these devices. Consider that Apple’s latest marketing campaign perfectly captures the breadth of functions and fun the iPhone readily delivers to its millions of users. There is so much anyone can do with this magical device, so simply, so quickly, from any place, at any time. The problem is that this may not be a good thing. At least, not always.   Tags:#Apple#iPhone Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

first_imgFast and the Furious star Paul Walker had a heart of gold and has left behind a charity legacy matched by few.The 40-year-old was killed in a car accident on Saturday.“It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for Reach Out Worldwide,” his charity said in a statement. “He was a passenger in a friend’s car, in which both lost their lives. We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news.”Walker founded REACH OUT Worldwide in January 2010, following the Haiti earthquake. Its mission is simple: to offer help and hope to people affected by natural disasters.“Paul wasn’t someone who would just write a check and lend his name to an organization; he was the heart and soul of Reach Out WorldWide,” said JD Dorfman, Reach Out Worldwide. “Paul was the first one in and the last one out, he led by example and his hard work and dedication inspired everyone who had the privilege of working with him. He led one of the first teams into the hardest hit areas of Haiti and traveled to Chili to bring water, medical aid and hope after the Earthquake and Tsunami. He ran a chainsaw clearing debris and helping people get back into their homes during the hottest days after the tornadoes in Alabama… Some people play a hero, Paul was a hero. Paul was an honorable, hardworking, dedicated, respectful man with a humble spirit who shared his blessings with those who needed it most. It was an honor and a privilege to be able to work with, learn and look up to someone who walked the walk.”From his charity’s website: “Based in Santa Barbara, Calif., we are a dedicated network of trained volunteers who act as first responders in the United States and abroad. We strive to bring hope in bleak circumstances by providing aid when it’s needed most, in the first days after a devastating event occurs. Our philosophy is that by making a difference in an individual’s life, to that person, the world has been changed for the better. Our ultimate goal is to send a team to disaster areas within 48 to 72 hours after an event happens.”Paul Walker will be sadly missed in both the acting and philanthropy communities.Copyright ©2013Look to the Starslast_img read more

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Through three weeks of training camp and two preseason games, there has been good and bad concerning the Arizona Cardinals defense.On the good side, the Cardinals have been forcing turnovers at an alarming rate — two against Green Bay and six last week in a win over Dallas.The Cardinals’ defense has also allowed just one touchdown in two games..Head coach Bruce Arians said Monday that turnovers are great, but a defense can’t live on them. He also said that some things need to be tightened up on the defensive side of the ball — namely limiting explosive plays by the opposing offense. Linebacker Sam Acho agrees. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “As a defense, we’ve got to work on doing our assignments better,” Acho said following Monday’s practice at University of Phoenix Stadium. “We had a lot of big plays, we had a couple busted assignments, so we’ve got to work on everybody doing their job.”In the preseason opener, the Cardinals allowed a 50-yard completion from Aaron Rodgers to James Jones. Against Dallas, there were three completions of 20 yards or more. Acho said he saw improvement Monday, but consistency is the goal for coordinator Todd Bowles’ defense.“It went well, but there’s still a lot we need to clean up and we’ve got to start putting together good days so we can consistently be a good team.”Acho and the Cardinals’ defense will get another opportunity to improve Saturday night when the San Diego Chargers pay them a visit in Glendale for their third preseason game. Former Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt is the new offensive coordinator in San Diego, and the Chargers have struggled in their first two preseason tilts. In losses to Seattle and Chicago, the Chargers have averaged 310.5 yards per contest, but have turned the ball over six times and allowed eight quarterback sacks. last_img read more

first_imgBT has launched a new-look BT TV app for smartphones and tablets.The new app is available to all BT TV customers at no extra cost, and enables viewing of live channels and on-demand programmes to which they subscribe.The app enables functionality such as allowing viewers to pick up a programme at the point they stopped viewing on the BT TV Player on their set-top box. It also enables them to record programmes remote and save programmes into favourites to watch later on the set-top.BT rolled out the new generation of its YouView user interface in February with a set-top update. The new YouView included a new main menu, a faster full-screen guide and quickly access to media palyers and apps. The platform was rebuilt around HTML5, which the company said would open the way to more new feature sin the future.last_img read more

first_imgArris has launched a cloud-based analytics and reporting tool designed to give service providers real-time information about their public WiFi offerings.Arris Wireless Intelligence is designed to let management, operations and marketing staff visualise their deployed WiFi network and understand the use of access points, the type of devices used, data consumption and session duration. “Consumer demand for bandwidth is becoming both insatiable and ubiquitous, so the ability to provide a fast, seamless WiFi experience outside of the home, throughout a service provider’s community, is becoming the next big opportunity and challenge,” said Dan Whalen, president, network and cloud, Arris.“Arris Wireless Intelligence is essential for service providers to begin integrating data management into their WiFi solutions. By offering easily accessible data on a range of important variables, our innovative solutions give our customers the information they need to make key decisions around WiFi deployment and utilisation.”last_img read more

first_imgEnglish-language Turkish news service, TRT World, has launched on UK subscription-free satellite TV platform, Freesat.The channel is available from today in standard and high definition on channel number 215, joining Freesat’s ‘News and Sport’ section.“We’re very pleased to be the first free-to-air platform to offer TRT World to UK viewers,” said Alistair Thom, managing director of Freesat.“In coming to Freesat, TRT World joins the likes of CNN and Al-Jazeera in providing our viewers with an international perspective on news and current affairs from both home and abroad.”Murat Akguc, managing director at TRT World said: “TRT World is strengthening its worldwide position as a global news organisation and this deal will enable us to reach out to UK homes to provide an alternative viewpoint on world events, challenging perceived narratives and providing a much-needed perspective on news.”TRT World is the international face of Turkish Radio and Television Corporation. It had been broadcasting in the English language since 2015 to communicate a Turkish perspective on current affairs to a global audience.last_img read more