A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Google just announced that it will open up Google Wave to a large number of Google Apps users this fall. According to the announcement, Google will first open up access for some schools and businesses and plans to bring Wave to all Google Apps users next year. Google Apps administrators can now sign up for Google Wave accounts here. Google had already announced that it would hand out about 100,000 Wave accounts on September 30th and this looks to be the first step towards this.Opening up Wave first to businesses and schools seems like a smart way to open up Wave to a larger number of users, especially given that the application’s features are already geared towards these users. Wave is an extremely flexible communications environment and should work well for anybody who needs to collaborate on documents or just wants to keep notes and share them with colleagues or fellow classmates. If you haven’t seen Wave in action yet, have a look at this video of the first public demo of Wave.Wave Today: Stable, Faster, Ready for the Masses Since we got our first hands-on look at Google Wave in June, the platform has matured nicely. While some early reviews panned it as buggy and slow, today’s version of Google Wave is very stable and fast. As Google puts it, “A wave is equal parts conversation and document, where individuals communicate and work together in a multimedia environment – the wave itself.” Users can, for example, write documents, but also insert maps, photos, web feeds, and widgets. Most of the usage we have seen so far has been more akin to a well-structured chat room, but once a more mainstream audience gets its hands on Wave, we will likely see a wider range of usage scenarios.Google Wave has also managed to attract a large number of third-party developers by now who have programmed a wide range of new robots for Wave. These range from the weird, like a robot that translates every wave into Swedish Chef speak, to more useful features like URL shorteners and an anti-spam application. frederic lardinois 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
At the Unity, Maine, headquarters of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), engineer Jay LeGore has harnessed the power of the sun to replace about 200 gallons of propane a year.Located far from fire hydrants, MOFGA’s exhibition hall was still required to have sprinklers to meet fire safety codes. The large, timber-framed structure, which sees 60,000 visitors each year during the Common Ground Country Fair and also houses the association’s offices, sits in the middle of a former potato field, with no fire hydrants nearby. Instead, 15,000 gallons of water are stored in pressurized tanks in a building adjacent to the exhibition hall.To keep the tanks from freezing, the shed had been heated with a propane-fired furnace. To save fuel while serving as an experiment and example for demonstrations, Jay designed and built a wall-mounted solar air heater. Narrow vertical slots at each end of the collector allow air to flow from inside the shed, through a two-inch channel formed between the outside of the shed wall and black painted metal roofing panels that are horizontally installed. An inch and a half away from the metal panels are double-wall polycarbonate panels, commonly used for glazing greenhouses.The metal panels get hot enough so that, on the 75°F day I was there, the air coming from the collector was noticeably warmer; a thermostat said 85°F. More important, after two long, cold winters without any other source of heat, the temperature in the shed never went below 40°F.A squirrel cage blower forces air through the solar heater channels. I asked Jay why he hadn’t taken advantage of the stack effect and reduced electricity use by installing slots at the top and bottom of the panel instead of at the ends where a fan was required to move the air. He said that the stack effect would work great during the day, pulling in cooler air at floor level and releasing warmed air at the top of the panel, but that at night, the cycle would reverse and actually pull heat out of the building. Flaps could be used to stop that process, but in the interest of keeping things as low-tech, passive, and reliable as possible, the horizontal, fan-assisted arrangement was a better solution. He added that photovoltaic panels could have been used to power the fan, but the initial cost would have been prohibitive and the payback period too long; also, the shed was already tied to the grid.The total cost for the system, which could be used for supplemental heating in workshops, barns, basements, commercial buildings, or other spaces where south-facing windows would not be preferable? About $1,000 for the panel components, and another $1,000 for the squirrel cage blower and control equipment. The payback period is about three years.
With a slew of product announcements surrounding NAB 2013, Blackmagic Design stood out with the announcement of their 4K Production Camera and Pocket Cinema Camera. For the last two years, Blackmagic Design has taken the cake when it comes to product announcements at the NAB Show. In 2012 they made a huge splash with the announcement of their Cinema Camera, a professional digital camera that shoots 2.5K at under $3,000.The big news at the 2013 show was the addition of two more cameras in this product lineup, a professional production camera with a super-35 sensor that shoots 4K for $4k and a super 16 pocket camera that shoots 1080p RAW for under $1K. For the full specs on these cams see below. Blackmagic is shaking up the video production and post production industry, making cutting edge professional tools affordable. What do you think of these cams? Share your thoughts in the comments below. Both cameras are slated to be shipping in July 2013.Get more specs and details on the product announcement at NoFilmSchool:Blackmagic Production Camera 4kSuper 35 size sensor with a global shutterNative 3840 x 2160 resolution, optional 1920 x 1080 (via downsampling)12 Stops Of Dynamic RangeShoots 23.98/24/25fps, 29.97/30fps, 50i and 59.94i in 1920 x 1080EF MountVisually lossless compressed CinemaDNG RAW and ProRes 422 (HQ)21.12 x 11.88mm active sensor area2.5″ SSDThunderbolt and 6G-SDI outputBuilt-in touchscreenAvailable in July for $3,995LANCBlackmagic Pocket Cinema CameraSuper 16 1080 HD Sensor13 Stops of Dynamic RangeShoots 23.98/24 and 29.97/30 fpsActive m4/3 mountVisually lossless compressed CinemaDNG RAW and ProRes 422 (HQ) to SD cards12.48 x 7.02mm active sensor areaShipping in July for $9953.5″ LCD touchscreenRemovable BatteryBuilt in Stereo MicsLANC, micro HDMI with overlays