This week on technocolorshow we talked about WHCR Emergency Broadcasting Team, news in the world of Technology, and a TED talk about hacking.
Wednesday September 25th, 2013
This event is free but space is limited.
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building
September is National Preparedness Month. Is Harlem prepared to handle a large-scale crisis or disaster?
Harlem READY: Harlem Emergency Preparedness Summit is a meeting place for organizations, community leaders, businesses, houses of worship and concerned citizens to learn, share information and leave with concrete action steps toward being ready for disasters.
WHCR Emergency Broadcast Team
Harlem Community Development Corp.
Harlem Hospital Center
Harlem Business Alliance
Office of Assemblyman Keith Wright
Office of NY City Councilmember Robert Jackson
NYC Office of Emergency Management
NYS Office of General Services
Articles of Interest
Adafruit tutorial turns your Raspberry Pi into an ad-blocking WiFi access point
Ads can be a buzzkill, especially when they’re so pervasive they become distractions. Luckily, Adafruit has a new tutorial that turns your Raspbery Pi into a WiFi access point that doubles as a mighty ad-blocking machine for any device — be it an iPad or an Xbox — that connects to it. All you need is a working internet connection, a Raspberry Pi booting Raspbian, a WiFi adapter, an Ethernet cab
Google Maps updated for Android with sponsored hotel details, better navigation
Now that Google has finished updating its Map app’s UI, the company can focus on the finer details: navigation, documentation and monetization. The Android app’s latest update tweaks hotel search results by adding sponsored rate and booking links, which places a tiny “ad” icon next to services that paid for exposure. Navigation has been also been improved, with better traffic and route
Disney project turns the human body into a stealthy speaker
There are already devices that transmit sound to your body without speakers. But what if your body was the speaker? Disney Research has just explored that possibility through its Ishin-Den-Shin project. The experiment amplifies mic input and sends it back as a high voltage, low current signal that turns objects (including humans) into electrostatic audio sources that can’t be heard over the air.
Box Notes takes on Google Docs with collaborative editing, available in beta now
Box users who have been using other services to compose notes and collaborate on documents can now do so from inside the app, thanks to a Box Notes. The Google Docs-esque feature set allows for real-time, collaborative document editing, with the ability to embed images and video clips. Through a simple (even sparse) UI, team members can edit a file simultaneously while adding notes to specific it
Google Buys Bump
Bump today indicated that it has been acquired by Google. Bump developed a smartphone application that let people share information by bumping their devices together. Bump didn’t use near-field communications, but instead relied on sensors and wireless networks to exchange data between smartphones. Bump CEO David Lieb said that the application will continue to be available “for now.” Goo
Yahoo updates logo for the first time in nearly 20 years
Yahoo on Thursday unveiled its new logo after a month-long campaign that showed a new variant each day leading up to the big reveal. The new logo, which is already in place on Yahoo’s main page, retains many of the same characteristics as the one it replaces but with a…
Spotify seeking new investors at a $5.3 billion valuation
Popular music streaming service Spotify is continuing its growth plan and is now seeking additional funding in order to do so. The company is looking for new investors at a $5.27 billion valuation, a report from Swedish based financial publication Dagens Industri said.
Game sharing is coming to Steam
Steam is adding support for game sharing. The in-development Family Sharing feature is meant to allow “close friends and family members” to share their entire Steam libraries. Gamers will be able to grant access to as many as 10 different devices, although only one will be able to access the library at any given time. People playing shared games will be able to accumulate their own achie
Steam turned 10 today. Remember when it sucked?
Birthdays are normally a time for celebration, but you know what? People heap adulation on Steam every day of the year. So let’s flip it, and spend today remembering when Steam was new, and was just about the worst thing ever.
Dell is going private—for realsies this time
It’s finally, really happening this time: Dell is going private. Late yesterday, the company announced that, based on a preliminary vote tally, its stockholders have approved a $24.9-billion deal that will see founder Michael Dell and investment firm Silver Lake Partners take joint ownership of the company.Here are the …Read more…
Defining a generation: The audio cassette turns 50 today
The audio cassette is now officially “over the hill” as it was 50 years ago today when the format launched at Philips’ headquarters in Amsterdam. Originally designed to replace reel-to-reel tape for dictation, the audio cassette ultimately became a household staple for those that grew up in the 80s.
Sprint’s early upgrade program to launch on September 20
Sprint is reportedly preparing to launch an early upgrade program for smartphones in the wake of similar offerings from AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon. Known as Sprint One Up, the glorified handset rental service is expected to debut on September 20. Better late than never, right?
Piracy sites help Netflix to decide what shows to purchase
Netflix has begun its official rollout in the Netherlands. The company’s primary goal is to amass a substantial user base, similar to what it has in the United States. As a result, the Netflix team needs to assess what its viewers want to watch; and one such strategy is to monitor…
Google knows every single Android user’s WiFi password
New privacy issues have come to light surrounding Google’s Android mobile OS. Experts on the matter are claiming that back up tools in the operating system make it so that a copy of every person’s WiFi password (or the password of other networks you log onto) is being stored on…
Pew survey: 21 percent of US cellphone owners get online mostly through their phones
There have been signs that Americans are leaning more and more on the smartphone as a primary internet device, and nowhere is that clearer than the latest edition of Pew’s Cell Internet Use survey. The research group found that 21 percent of American cellphone owners now get online chiefly through their handset, up from 17 percent last year. Offline users, meanwhile, have been reduced to a minori
Why The Latest iPhone Announcement Was More Significant Than You Think
Another underwhelming iPhone was announced: the same size, the same basic features, and it doesn’t even make your morning cup of coffee yet. Sigh. Despite models in silver and gold, it was all rather lacking in glitz. But here’s what I think: Apple’s playing the long game, and here’s why. 64-bit The new A7 processors are 64-bit – and the truth is, it’s going to make literally zero difference to th
Google Drive for Android update simplifies uploading, creating and scanning files
Google’s been making the Drive app on Android better and better with every update since its debut on the platform — and lest we forget its iOS counterpart, too. Today’s new features might not be as flashy as the ones we saw with the introduction of the card UI, with Google placing emphasis on core functionality and making it easier to create, scan and upload files. Drive users will now see butto
Twitter submits plans for IPO: 140 characters of going public
Honestly, it shouldn’t come as any shock: the microblogging service that made it perfectly acceptable to deliver huge, huge news in 140 characters or less has just done precisely that. Twitter has announced that it has “confidentially submitted an S-1 to the SEC for a planned IPO,” but details beyond that are being kept under wraps. What’s it mean? Those with equity in the company are a
4 Android Apps To Remove Stains, Sort Clutter And Fight Grime
Control the clutter, dash through the dishes, shine the sink – an endless exercise in futility, or grime-busting genius? If your house is anything like mine, you need to attack it every day with a spot of cleaning or it will look like a complete pigsty. But, how do you keep track of what needs doing and what is still left to do? Do you have dozens of reminders in your favourite to-do app? Do you c
In A Nutshell, How Would You Describe MakeUseOf To A Friend?
You may have noticed a few changes around here of late. The site has been given a makeover, with a new look that mixes things up a little. We are currently seeking your views on the redesign, and welcome both positive and negative comments. We’ve also welcomed several new writers, and some of the content has shifted ever so slightly. However, despite the gradual evolution of MakeUseOf, the core of
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