London's brightest young innovators have been urged to commit themselves to life-long education to help them ride the “rising tide” of the tech industries that will shape all our futures. Entrepreneur Tommy Stadlen, co-creator of the Polaroid Swing technology, told a day-long Evening Standard festival for “young progress makers” that getting involved in tech was a “pretty obvious choice”. He said: “Some people go into industries that are too niche or that are dying industries. Pick something where the waves are rising or where the tides are rising — it’s so important.” But he warned that the traditional model of “going to university for three years and getting a piece of paper” was broken and that the next generation will see education as “more of a lifelong process”. Mr Stadlen, who has sold his Swing business to Microsoft, said the capital was now a far more credible challenger to Silicon Valley … [Read more...] about London’s youth ‘will need to learn for life to cope with tech boom’
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THE 9.6million followers who tune in to watch Miranda Kerr having her hair done on Instagram – for this is how models spend most of their time – were treated to a more interesting sight last Thursday: A black and white photo of a whacking great diamond ring.Across it was the caption, “Marry me!” and a twee animation of tech mogul Evan Spiegel on bended knee. Underneath Kerr typed: “I said yes!!!” and an explosion of heart emojis.A spokesman for Spiegel, founder of the Snapchat mobile app, who is 26 to Kerr’s 33 and worth £1.6billion to her £32.4million, said they “are very happy”.He declined to add if Spiegel was disappointed Kerr had not announced their engagement, which already has 447,000 “likes”, as a Snapchat “story”.At first, the marriage seems an unlikely combination. He founded Snapchat while still at highly regarded Stanford University, becoming one of the world’s youngest … [Read more...] about From Miranda Kerr to Emma Watson, celebs are ditching rock stars to bag themselves a billionaire tech nerd
The news was not unexpected. For years, Steve Jobs had been fighting a rare form of pancreatic cancer. In 2004 he underwent an operation, in 2009 he had a liver transplant and three times was forced to take time off from Apple, before finally stepping down from his post as CEO in August this year. Steve Jobs "died peacefully today surrounded by his family," according to a family statement issued by Apple. The company's web site displayed a portrait of Jobs with the years 1955-2011. In a statement, Apple said: "Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being… his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple." Jobs started the Apple company with a high school friend, Stephen Wozniak, in a Silicon Valley garage in 1976. He was forced out of the company a decade later, only to return in 1997 to breathe new life into its products and its image. Shortly after the news broke, people around the world used Twitter and the Internet in … [Read more...] about Internet mourns the death of Apple founder Steve Jobs
The extent of US data collection now suggests something like a mania in Washington, with reports of allies being bugged as well as enemies. But where does the expertise come from? When it comes to data collection, there is one digital industry that specializes in it. It is barely a decade old, but it has taken over almost every aspect of our lives - social media. The border between protecting private data and collecting it is narrow, and, as it turns out, easily punctured. Last month, the New York Times revealed that in 2010, Max Kelly, the man in charge of protecting the personal data of Facebook's 1.1 billion users, left his job and moved into a post at another major US organization involved in data analysis: the National Security Agency, the branch of the Defense Department responsible for collecting and analyzing digital transmissions. Kelly, the former chief security officer for the world's biggest social media platform, had moved to the spy agency just a few months after its … [Read more...] about Does the NSA go head-hunting at Facebook?
As with most things, ComentaTV started relatively small. About four years ago, the Buenos Aires-based technology company worked out that 30 percent of Argentine soccer fans tweeted regularly as they watched games on television. It inspired ComentaTV to create an algorithm that would scrape all of those tweets, save them to ComentaTV's servers, and then allow television producers to push the most popular tweets onto screens, using a proprietary iPad app. "When people realized that they were not just a number but that they could actually be part of the action, they went crazy," says ComentaTV founder Juan Melano. And then things went big. "For one game, we had over 150,000 interactions. So we went from 30,000 to 150,000 just by finding the gimmick that would let people have those five seconds of fame, Andy Warhol style, with a Tweet." ComentaTV's technology is considered so valuable because it seems to have mastered the tricky art of tracking and then organizing - in easy-to-read … [Read more...] about Here’s your #15minutesoffame via real-time #Twitter television interaction