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Win 5 Free Tickets to the Real-Time Web Summit, New York City, June 11

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting elyssa pallai 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market What if Chris Dixon and John Borthwick were sitting at the same table as you, ready to have a real conversation about what’s next for the real-time Web? Would you like to sit across from Marshall Kirkpatrick and Richard MacManus and have a straight-shooting conversation about real-time online media? If so, then the ReadWriteWeb Real-Time Web Summit is for you. And thanks to its unconference format, the day will be like participating in a think tank – you and a group of tech luminaries collaborating on the future of the Web. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts “The RWW Real-Time Web Summit [in 2009] was excellent – friggin’ great in fact. I hauled a handful members of my team across country for it and my only regret was that I didn’t bring more of them. I’m looking forward to the next one.”John Borthwick, CEO BetaWorks – one of the leading investors in the Real-Time Web. That’s the nature of ReadWriteWeb summits – straight talking, collegial settings where individuals who are striving to move an industry forward, sit down and create the future. Everyone learns. Everyone advances. You leave feeling energized and full of “next’.The ReadWriteWeb Real-Time Web Summit – will take place on June 11 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. Register here. If you’re a student and would like to participate, please email us at [email protected] What’s an Unconference?It’s simple: With the help of a professional facilitator, Kaliya Hamlin, you and everyone attending the conference create an agenda in real-time on the day of the event. This ensures that what’s covered is important, timely, and exactly what you want to talk about. To see the power of the unconference format in action, check out this video of session pitching at the recent ReadWriteWeb Mobile Summit:Watch live video from ReadWriteWeb Mobile Summit 2010 on Justin.tvThe rest of the day is spent debating and discussing the issues. Notetakers record the sessions throughout, and we record video when possible.We can assure you that by the end of the day you’ll have made new contacts, participated in some ground-breaking discussions, and (if you were brave enough) worked side-by-side with people you admire.We hope to see you there.Today we’re giving away five free tickets to our readers who have the most interesting thoughts about the real-time Web. Let us know your comments, concerns, predictions and premonitions in the comments below! Tags:#conferences#RWW Real-Time Web Summit, NYC 2010#web last_img read more

The Road Home: Rebirth Of A Sony PlayStation Fangirl

first_imgBut with the PlayStation’s hardware chops, 3D worlds were immersive in an entirely new way. Bubsy 3D was a particularly cruel embodiment of the growing pains from side-scrolling 2D gaming to 3D gaming, but something about moving around on that extra axis gripped me nonetheless.In 1999, my mind was blown again. On a whim, I rented Final Fantasy VIII from the gas station that I could walk to at the front of my neighborhood. And as anyone who’s ever played a Final Fantasy title knows, it isn’t the kind of game you rent. After a bleary-eyed 48 hours with my new PlayStation gem, I reluctantly pushed it into the returns slot.That day, my love of gaming turned a new, more mature leaf – one with more side quests and sleepless nights. From that point on, the PlayStation became synonymous with the open-world gaming that made my imagination itch.A Gaming Dark Age – And A Renaissance taylor hatmaker 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App My, what a difference a generation makes.A console generation, in the case of Sony’s PlayStation 4. After a well-crafted press event at E3, Sony’s console has even Xbox diehards peering over the fence – and me too. It took Sony’s bold offensive approach to the future of gaming to make me remember, but it all came crashing back. (See also: PS4 vs. Xbox One: Who Will Win The Living Room?)I’m a PlayStation fangirl. And until this week, I had altogether forgotten myself.A Simpler, More Pixelated TimeBack when life was simpler and populated by considerably fewer bits, I owned a PlayStation. It wasn’t my first console (My dad bought me a Nintendo for making straight As in the first grade. Later, the Sega Genesis and I had more than a casual dalliance) but it became my special portal into the sprawling fantasy worlds that absorbed my attention in a way that then-understimulating environment seldom did. In 1995, Sony’s new console was a cutting edge slab of hardware. My first games were terrible and few. I spent a disproportionate amount of time playing kind of awful titles, but it didn’t matter – ESPN Extreme Games and its jerky control system had me occupied for months.Worse, I may be the only person to have ever played Bubsy 3D – a perennial favorite on “worst video games ever made” lists – to completion, which inspired in me both a feeling of closure and a vast relief that I’d never have to look at the jagged platforms of its awkward 3D hellworld ever again. Now, on the eve of the next-gen PS4 and Xbox One, the choice seems just as clear again. Impressed as I am the bells and whistles of Microsoft’s living room conquistador, Sony nailed it on price ($399), DRM (none) and the meat of what matters to its core gamer demographic (gaming).I may have skipped a PlayStation generation, but from the looks of things, I should be headed home soon.PS4 and controller images courtesty of Sony; Final Fantasy image courtesy of Square-Enix; World of Warcraft image courtesy of Blizzard; PC gaming image by Taylor Hatmaker By 2008, we were still dutifully playing it in our East Village apartment, wrapping up elaborate quests for rare items on rainy days when we didn’t have work or school.To The Dark (Green) Side And Back AgainBy 2009, I was a full console generation behind and suddenly faced with a choice. I was a PlayStation person — PS games renewed my love in vast, imaginary worlds time and time again. But it was the seventh generation of gaming consoles, and now people were playing with and against each other, all online.In the end, I betrayed my deep PlayStation roots and bought an Xbox 360. All of my friends were playing on a thing called Xbox Live, and the PlayStation was a hundred bucks more expensive anyway. I bought a 360, but to this day, it’s never felt quite right. The console feels designed around shooters and Kinect-era casual games rather than the kind of epic titles, like the Final Fantasy series, that lured me in way back when.  5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#gaming#PlayStation 4#Sony Related Posts My love of gaming flourished for a while, but the summer before I started high school, I quit playing cold turkey. Video games didn’t seem like a thing that girls did – straight ones, anyway – so I tried to reinvest my energies elsewhere, like shuffling listlessly around the mall. That seemed more socially acceptable than obsessing over plain text online RPG strategy guides and flawlessly executed boss battles.So I did normal girl stuff, casting sidelong, apologetic glances at my trusty PlayStation, quietly collecting dust on the shelf it’d rested on for years.Fast forward to college. No longer boxed in by the social mores of being 16-ish, my passion for gaming was back on. I’d moved to New York for school and started dabbling in World of Warcraft after a few friends introduced me to the whole online RPG phenomenon, but my nostalgia for the PlayStation still burned bright.By winter break of my sophomore year, with falling snow turning to grayish sludge, I made my 15-block pilgrimage to the used games store on Broadway where I bought a slightly worse-for-wear PlayStation 2. My then-girlfriend and I holed up in my dorm for days on end with that thing. We never had the newest games, but we loved whatever we played. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Lux Research asks: Just how valuable is that patent?

first_imgTags:#featured#General Electric#Honeywell#Lux Research#Patents#top Amanda Razani How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… According to Lux Research, investors have invested $4.3 billion into the development of sensors over the past ten years.  However it’s the pattern of the 28,927 sensor patents that were given since 1975 that actually unveils the value and potential of these patents.Lux Research studied patent trends for five kinds of sensors.  These included physical, gas and chemical, environmental, vital signs and biometric ones.  These were studied across five value groups: automotive, food and agriculture, medical, consumer, and building and industrial, in order to pinpoint markets that were growing and markets that are already overly competitive.The studies show that sensor patents targeted at consumer electronics and medical device industries have the least entry barriers, whereas those patented for automotive, and building and industrial use have the biggest barriers.“While the physical sensor patent space is the most crowded, there are opportunities for component and module manufacturers even in industries that have high barriers to entry,” stated Tiffany Huang, Lux Research Associate and lead author of the report titled, “Sensor Patent Landscape: Sorting through the Crowd in Search of Gold.”She went on to say, “An approach focusing on unmet technical needs in each market will lead to success.”A lot of new sensor patentsThere were some important bits of information discovered by the Lux Research study.  Physical sensors get the most patents, with a total of 28, 927 of these being granted since 1975.  Next in line are gas and chemical sensors with 2, 446.  Most patents don’t target a specific industry, but the most popular focus of those that do is the building and industrial space.Corporations have the patent market cornered, with 71 percent of sensor patents going to corporations.  Universities and independent research groups get the rest. Honeywell holds the most patents among corporations, racking up a total of 1,354, of which most are for physical sensors. Coming in second, is General Electric, with 989 and Northrop Grumman, with 752.It’s the quality of the patent that is important. Although Honeywell has the most patents, Bosch is the leader in building and industrial, consumer and automotive segments. The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D…center_img 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption Related Posts Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu…last_img read more