December 14, 2017

MIT Launches Online Learning Initiative

From the MIT News Office: MIT today announced the launch of an online learning initiative internally called “MITx.” MITx will offer a portfolio of MIT courses through an online interactive learning platform that will: organize and present course material to enable students to learn at their own pace feature interactivity, online laboratories and student-to-student communication […]

Early Sound Recordings by Alexander Graham Bell in 1880s Played Back With New Technology

UPDATE: You can now listen to the recordings online via the Library of Congress. Direct to Recordings ||| Additional Info via Library of Congress The team has successfully submitted six discs—all experimental recordings made by Volta—to the sound recovery process known as IRENE/3D (Image, Reconstruct, Erase Noise, Etc.), a process developed by Berkeley Lab in […]

What are They Saying in Congress? "Announcing the Return of 'Capitol Words'" (Data Analysis Tool)

From the Sunlight Foundation: More than three years ago, we launched a website called Capitol Words that gave an at-a-glance view of what word was most popular in Congress. Today, the Sunlight Foundation is unveiling the completely revamped and rewritten Capitol Words. To folks who never had a chance to play with our previous version, […]

Scholarly Publishing: New Hope – The New Platform for the PLoS Journal Websites

From the PLoS Blog: After five years of hosting the PLoS journals on Topaz, the PLoS development team decided earlier in the year that it was time to re-think the platform for the next five years. They came up with a new architecture, named New Hope, which leverages best practices in developing enterprise platforms, a […]

Booksellers Are Not Happy With Amazon's Price Check Promo Tomorrow

From the American Booksellers Association: “This week Amazon.com announced that customers who go into bricks-and-mortar stores on Saturday, December 10, use the company’s smartphone price check app on select products, and then purchase that product from Amazon will receive a discount of up to $5. While books were not included in the promotion, indie bookstores, […]

Cool! Harvard's Library Lab Adds 13 New Projects to Roster

From the Harvard University Library: A metadata repository for scholarship produced across the University, enhancing the HOLLIS catalog by including the holdings of the Harvard Film Archive, and an “awesome box” program enabling users to share their experiences of particularly helpful—or entertaining—library materials are among the 13 new projects and 5 continuing projects funded by […]

Enhancing Multilingual Content in Wikipedia: Learn About the WikiBasha Tool From Microsoft Research

From a Microsoft Research News Article: Making Wikipedia more multilingual inspired a Microsoft Research India team to develop a tool called WikiBhasha, which was launched Oct. 18. WikiBhasha—“Wiki,” signifying its community-oriented approach; “Bhasha,” a Sanskrit word meaning “language”—features a content-creation platform that combines linguistic services, such as machine translation, with a Wikipedia-friendly content editor. Everyday […]

Computer History Museum Launches Online Steve Jobs Exhibit

From PC World: The exhibit, titled “Steve Jobs: From Garage to World’s Most Valuable Company,” features photos and descriptions of objects from the museum’s permanent collection, as well as vintage Steve Jobs video footage. Particularly interesting is a 22-minute 1980 video of Jobs talking about the early days of Apple. At one point during the […]

Kindle Fire Offers ‘Disappointingly Poor’ Experience; 'Miserable' Magazines

Laura Hazard Owen at paidContent.org writes about Jakob Nielsen’s usability report about the Kindle Fire. As the headline indicates, Nielsen says the Fire has a lot of problems. The article also points out that Nielsen’s report doesn’t take into account technical issues that some users have with the device. From the Article: Will the projected […]

Web Browsers: Chrome Overtakes Firefox Globally for First Time

From the StatCounter Blog: Google’s browser Chrome overtook Firefox for the first time globally on a monthly basis in November, according to StatCounter, the free website analytics company. The firm’s research arm StatCounter Global Stats reports that Chrome took 25.69% of the worldwide market (up from 4.66% in November 2009) compared to Firefox’s 25.23%. Microsoft’s […]