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  • Blog Post: At TED, Worldwide Telescope uses Oculus Rift to let attendees experience the universe

    If you could see ideas spreading, what would it look like? Amy Robinson wanted to get to the bottom of this question. Robinson is a community member of TED , the annual technology and design conference whose tagline is “Ideas Worth Spreading.” She is also the Creative Director of Eyewire...
  • Blog Post: 3 reasons why Internet memes are changing the world

    “Memes and Egyptian hieroglyphics are not that different from each other. They both include cats and they are both about describing daily life.” Andres Monroy-Hernandez is jokingly explaining to me the transcendent qualities of Internet memes (an idea he’s paraphrasing from a colleague...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer on Xbox 360. Hello familiar.

    As you may have seen or read, Internet Explorer is coming to Xbox 360 and I couldn’t have said it better than Gizmodo so I wont try …..the new Xbox 360 dashboard update looks like Windows Phone 8 which looks like Windows 8 which looks like Outlook which looks like Surface which...
  • Blog Post: Test driving Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview

    I’ve been busy playing with the Release Preview of Windows 8 for the last week and almost forgot to post about Internet Explorer 10 – included in the OS. Two notable features, Flash support and a flip ahead are well covered in Paul Thurrott’s post Windows 8 Release Preview: Changes...
  • Blog Post: Bing Maps Global Ortho Project

    Video: Bing Maps Global Ortho Project The Bing team has a pretty healthy frequent flyer balance courtesy of the Bing Maps effort. Quentin Hardy at Forbes had a post on Bing today that brought me to this conclusion. He posted a piece about Bing Maps and their Global Ortho Project – an effort...
  • Blog Post: MIX11:IE10 PP1 comes out to play

    As usual, the MIX keynotes prove to offer some big news and a few surprises - Day 1 of MIX11 didn't disappoint. IE9 has only been out for a couple of weeks and we’re already releasing a test preview of the next version. Dean Hachamovitch announced availability and Steven Sinofsky put in a surprise...
  • Blog Post: Social Gadgets that Translate the Twittersphere

    The daily twittersphere continues to remind us of the changing landscape of media and how we consume information. There's an inordinate amount of raw, unorganized information and insight that captures the analogy of drinking from a fire hose. To remedy the situation, the folks at FUSE Labs built a set...
  • Blog Post: Way Out Wars – addictive HTML5 game

    It never ceases to amaze me what can be done with HTML5 – I recently stumbled across wayoutwars.com and it’s addictive stuff. You hear a song and are presented with 4 floating covert art images. Typing the name of the correct artist as fast as you can shoots down the cover and earns you points...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research Offers A Different Perspective on Internet Search

    We talk about Bing as a “decision engine” that anticipates your intent and surfaces search results to help you quickly make an informed decision. Built into this concept is the assumption that productivity is your chief goal. The Socio-Digital Systems group in Microsoft Research Cambridge...
  • Blog Post: Helping teens (and adults) become better online citizens

    It’s easy to get caught up by all you can do with technology and feel as if you’re the master of your own domain. That mentality is pretty common with most teenagers, but when you add the ability to post stuff on-line then it can be like giving them the keys to your M12 FAV Warthog . As I...
  • Blog Post: Brandon Generator: All the web is a stage

    I’ve not paid as much attention to The Random Adventures of Brandon Generator but with episode two appearing this week, my interest was piqued . Award winning filmmaker Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz) and illustrator Tommy Lee Edwards (Marvel and Lucasfilm fame) are working with our...
  • Blog Post: Wired UK and IE9

    Some friends in the UK pointed me to a new site from WIRED magazine last week. It’s called The Wired Mind and it delivers a unique way of browsing content on Wired.co.uk The site is an interesting take on what you can do with HTML5 and in the spirit of full disclosure, it was created in partnership...
  • Blog Post: Developing for Internet Explorer for Xbox

    Accessing the Internet on TV isn’t any thing new. In the late 90’s a few brave souls ditched their remote for a keyboard, which they used to search online through their television set. The experience seemed more about finding information that it was to expand entertainment. Now the living...
  • Blog Post: The Interactive Artistry of Contre Jour comes to IE and Xbox Live

    This past summer, the IE10 team rolled out such video game classics as Asteroids and Missile Command. Now they’re adding Contre Jour to that list - a very cool casual game that’s a bit of an audio visual masterpiece. And if that weren't enough, it's also available on Xbox Live , which means...
  • Blog Post: IE is streaming The xx around the world

    A cool little project from The xx with Internet Explorer that uses HTML5 and streams The xx’s new album, Coexist, has been shared around the world. Each tweet, email or Facebook post is denoted by the start of a curve and the end of the curve shows a new listener. By using your mouse (or finger...
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