Archive for July, 2012
Posted by Renee Schmidt

We’ve all used machine translators at one point or another.  They’re fast, free, and simple to use.  However, the quality of the results are oftentimes not quite up to par.  There are even websites devoted to the completely off the wall results that can come from using a machine translator.  No matter how great machine translators are at providing a fast and easy solution for translation, the truth of the matter is that machines are not able to process all of the intricacies, variables, and creativity of human language accurately.  

 
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You’ve been told that it is rude to have your cell phone at the dining table, whether you are dining with your family, or having a dinner date with your partner. The problem is, the society we live in is so super connected, that many of us have a hard time disconnecting for even an hour, let alone imagining a life sans our “connection.”

 
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SheSource.org (@SheSource) welcomes Renee Schmidt as a member (view Renee’s Profile).

Promoting women in the media, SheSource is an online braintrust of female experts on diverse topics designed to serve journalists, producers and bookers who need female guests and sources. Established by Women’s Media Center, the SheSource database of women experts is the go-to resource for journalists, bookers, and producers seeking women experts to appear on TV and to quote in print and online media. SheSource features leading experts from every field. Renee joins as an expert in the area of Technology.

 
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Enter to Win an Anodized Aluminum iPhone Case – $99 Value from EDGE Design! All you need to do is make one Tweet (details within)!

 
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Microsoft is enjoying the moment. As tablet wars heat up, all attention is on Surface, the latest Windows tablet recently debuted. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer admits that the computing titan has been mum about it until the release of the product. He said he knew the tablet would have to be obviously superior to competing products, adding  “we wanted to give Windows 8 its own hardware.”

 
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Another change Facebook launched last week is the ability to edit comments, instead of having to delete them. In the comment box, you now have the choice of deleting or editing, and when you edit, the comment becomes a text field once again.

 
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Facebook Stalking App

Using your phone to Facebook ‘friend’ a person you’ve just met is a frustrating experience –carefully spelling out names, looking through the photo list to find yourself, etc. Well, Facebook appeared to find a solution in the form a new app — Find Friends Nearby. An app that uses GPS to let you select from a list of nearby Facebook users. TechCrunch was tipped off this past weekend to the new app — initially known as “Friendshake”. The app had been quietly rolled out with no announcement. The app seemed like a useful tool for exchanging contact information with one or multiple people with minimal effort. So why did Facebook kill it only a few hours later?

 
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I wrote last week about life without the internet and what it would be like if it were to go down for 24 hours.  In an ironic twist, the FBI warns of a real malware threat that may result in widespread Internet outages this coming Monday, July 9th. 

 
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Tech pundits proclaim the ‘death of email’ as email usage continues to decline. Facebook changes email on timelines. Does it want to be your email provider too?

 
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