Top 10 Gadgets of 2014 | TIME

This does not seem right – that one of the top 10 gadgets of 2014 has not even been released, and will bot be released until 2015?

[From Top 10 Gadgets of 2014 | TIME]

1. Apple Watch

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The Apple Watch wants to do to your wrist what the iPhone did to your pocket: stick a computer there. For at least $349, watchwearers will access apps, weather, photos, texts, emails, payments and, through Apple’s HomeKit software, control thermostats, door locks, televisions and lights. The watch’s sleek interface is mounted on a customizable strap, and it actually doesn’t make you look like a geek. First revealed this year but not on store shelves for a few more months, it’s a daring foray into the wearable market: Apple could be the first company to make wearable computers ubiquitous.

OpenCalais is growing up

OpenCalais has always seemed promising – and maybe now is the time to start testing it:

The OpenCalais Web Service automatically creates rich semantic metadata for the content you submit – in well under a second. Using natural language processing (NLP), machine learning and other methods, Calais analyzes your document and finds the entities within it. But, Calais goes well beyond classic entity identification and returns the facts and events hidden within your text as well.

The tags are delivered to you; you can then incorporate them into other applications – for search, news aggregation, blogs, catalogs, you name it.

If you’re not familiar with OpenCalais, the Document Viewer is a way to get a quick peek at OpenCalais output. Paste a chunk of text into the Document Viewer window, submit it, and see the resulting OpenCalais tags. Note that this is not the OpenCalais web service; it is simply a demonstration of what OpenCalais can do.

You can also visit our Showcase for examples of how developers have implemented OpenCalais in a variety of ways.

The metadata gives you the ability to build maps (or graphs or networks) linking documents to people to companies to places to products to events to geographies to… whatever. You can use those maps to improve site navigation, provide contextual syndication, tag and organize your content, create structured folksonomies, filter and de-duplicate news feeds, or analyze content to see if it contains what you care about.

The Tools: A Growing Ecosystem of Calais-Enabled Capabilities

The OpenCalais Web Service is a powerful capability – but using it to deliver value to real people requires applications and the tools to build them. Major focus areas of the Calais initiative are delivering the tools with which to build great applications and fostering the community of developers that will make those applications happen.

To learn more about the growing set of OpenCalais tools please take a moment to visit the Showcase and Documentation sections of the site.

[From How Does Calais Work? | OpenCalais]

Linked Data

Interesting concept

Linked Data in a Nutshell

In a W3C memo that Berners-Lee published in July 2007, he described four principles of Linked Data. The Wikipedia paraphrased it as follows:

Use URIs to identify things that you expose to the Web as resources.
Use HTTP URIs so that people can locate and look up (dereference) these things.
Provide useful information about the resource when its URI is dereferenced.
Include links to other, related URIs in the exposed data as a means of improving information discovery on the Web.
Even that paraphrasing is a bit technical, but we can sum it up like so: Linked Data allows you to discover, connect to, describe, and re-use all kinds of data. It is to data what the World Wide Web was to documents back in the 90’s.

[From Linked Data is Blooming: Why You Should Care – ReadWrite]

Brandon Beck on talent

Brandon is the CEO of Riot Games (where I used to work) – and a really good guy:

The game industry is undergoing the most dynamic period in its history and your teams must be prepared to adapt to a barrage of new challenges at an ever-growing rate. Traditional, “built-in” strategic advantages such as branded IP, publishing/distribution leverage, and technology no longer have the same strangle hold they once did in determining the success of your games. Ultimately, at Riot Games we have found that great people are the most important driver of the success of games. People make critical strategic, design, technology and business decisions.

People also navigate the one constant that arises in game development – unforeseen challenges. We have found that there is rarely a better investment than in cultivating and refining your talent pool. This talk will explore the impact people have on the success of video games. We will explore core concepts like how do you build a self-sustaining system for attracting and retaining the best talent ? What core philosophies help ensure consistent success? How do you maintain a culture while rapidly growing a company? How do you design an environment where people can create the absolute highest quality work? How do you recruit exceptional talent from other industries?

[From Brandon Beck Keynote: “Navigating Unforeseen Challenges – Why Leveling Up Your Talent Pool is Key to Min-Maxing Your Studio” – design3]

What’s a friend worth – very little it seems

So measuring your sites popularity by Facebook/Twitter friends and likes is not terribly reliable – what a shocker.

Retweets. Likes. Favorites. Comments. Upvotes. Page views. You name it; they’re for sale on websites like Swenzy, Fiverr and countless others.

Many of my new friends live outside the United States, mostly in India, Bangladesh, Romania and Russia — and they are not exactly human. They are bots, or lines of code. But they were built to behave like people on social media sites.

[From Friends, and Influence, for Sale Online – –]

WordPress-to-OPML source

Courtesy of Dave Winer – a really interesting little utility:

WordPress-to-OPML source
As promised, I have released the source for the server that converts a WordPress blog into a single Fargo-editable outline. It’s written in JavaScript and runs in node.js.#

The format is OPML, which has many other uses. #

It’s provided under the MIT license.#

[From WordPress-to-OPML source]

Pierre Omidyar’s journalism project

Interesting – I did not know how long it has been since anything has been posted online by these guys!

Glenn, Intercepted: Pierre Omidyar’s quarter billion dollar journalism project seems to have stopped publishing

[From Glenn, Intercepted: Pierre Omidyar’s quarter billion dollar journalism project seems to have stopped publishing | PandoDaily]