Ottobre 2014 archivio

Microsoft Band

Geek   30.10.14  

Non uno smartwatch, ma una fitband. Multipiattaforma, con accesso a tweet, email, messaggistica e all'assistente vocale Cortana. Pronto a misurare la vostra salute.
Si chiama Band, il primo personal device di Microsoft.

Nota a margine. Quel mini display in quella posizione sembra scomodissimo.


Think gay

Res publica   30.10.14  

Il coming out di Tim Cook è un pezzo di letteratura sui diritti civili e allo stesso tempo è l'espressione più pura di quell'ispirazione che determina il successo di Apple. Think different.

I don't consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I've benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it's worth the trade-off with my own privacy.

I'll admit that this wasn't an easy choice. Privacy remains important to me, and I’d like to hold on to a small amount of it. I've made Apple my life's work, and I will continue to spend virtually all of my waking time focused on being the best CEO I can be. That's what our employees deserve--and our customers, developers, shareholders, and supplier partners deserve it, too. Part of social progress is understanding that a person is not defined only by one's sexuality, race, or gender. I'm an engineer, an uncle, a nature lover, a fitness nut, a son of the South, a sports fanatic, and many other things. I hope that people will respect my desire to focus on the things I'm best suited for and the work that brings me joy.


La Terra fotografata da Chris Hadfield

Multimedia   29.10.14  

Venezia fotografata dalla ISS

Chris Hadfield, astronauta della CSA, ha pubblicato il libro You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes che raccoglie alcune delle sue migliori foto tra le circa 45.000 scattate durante il suo lungo soggiorno a bordo della Stazione Spaziale Internazionale.

During 2,597 orbits of our planet, I took about 45,000 photographs. At first, my approach was scattershot: just take as many pictures as possible. As time went on, though, I began to think of myself as a hunter, silently stalking certain shots. Some eluded me: Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, and Uluru, or Ayers Rock, in Australia. I captured others only after methodical planning: "Today, the skies are supposed to be clear in Jeddah and we'll be passing nearby in the late afternoon, so the angle of the sun will be good. I need to get a long lens and be waiting at the window, looking in the right direction, at 4:02 because I'll have less than a minute to get the shot." Traveling at 17,500 miles per hour, the margin for error is very slim. Miss your opportunity and it may not arise again for another six weeks, depending on the ISS's orbital path and conditions on the ground.



Multimedia   29.10.14  

Ambition è lo splendido corto diretto da Tomek Bagiński per l'Agenzia Spaziale Europea. Il video tratta il tema dell'origine della vita e dell'importanza dell'acqua in questo processo per promuovere la missione Rosetta, in orbita attorno alla cometa cometa 67P/Churyomov-Gerasimenko, che presto entrerà nel vivo con lo sbarco del lander Philae.

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