Stories: A sneak peek of session 1 at TEDGlobal 2014

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1-Stories-mainTEDGlobal 2014 is the first official TED conference held in South America. And so the program begins with stories from the continent. In this session, hear surprising voices from South America and the Caribbean islands, from an ad executive whose clever marketing campaigns aim to defuse the Colombian civil war to the chief of the Yawanawa people in the Amazon.

The speakers who’ll appear in this session:

Peru-born author Marie Arana has cultural roots in both Americas, a perspective she brings to her latest work, a remarkable biography of Simón Bolívar.

Ad executive José Miguel Sokoloff has planned marketing campaigns that aim to defuse the guerrilla war in Colombia by encouraging fighters to come back home.

Geoscientist Andrés Ruzostudies the Earth’s heat. He is particularly fascinated by the “Boiling River” of the Amazon, a mysterious hot spot located more than 700 kilometers from the nearest volcanic center.

With roots in the…

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Facebook Opens Its Mobile Ad “Audience Network” To All Advertisers And Apps


After announcing its mobile ad network at f8 in April, Facebook today officially launched“Audience Network” and started letting any advertiser buy and any third-party app host ads powered by its targeting data. The big new detail is that Audience Network isn’t a separate set of ad inventory from what’s available in Facebook’s own apps and site with a direct buying interface. Instead, it’s “a simple way to extend Facebook advertising buys across mobile apps to increase relevancy for people, yield for publishers, and results for advertisers”, according to Audience Network’s product manager Sriram Krishnan. All ads bought on Facebook are eligible to show up on Audience Network unless an advertiser opts out.

Similar to the web and mobile-based “ad network” Atlas that Facebook just relaunched, Audience Network is a way for Facebook to earn money by leveraging its personal data trove for targeting without cluttering its own service…

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Amazon Patent Describes A Mobile Payment System That Keeps Transactions Anonymous


A new patent published by the USPTO today (via PhoneArena) indicates that Amazon is looking into a way to limit the amount of data exchanged when two parties engage in a mobile payment transaction. The patent describes a way to sub in unique identifiers for information like name and email address that would otherwise be used to verify the identities of buyer and seller.

Participants who want to keep their information to themselves would have to first register with the service, which presumably would be operated by Amazon. They’d then be issued temporary tokens, which expire once a transaction is completed to help initiate and complete the payment. No information about either party would be revealed, with Amazon itself the only one involved with the identity of buyer and seller.

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To initiate a transaction, what you would do is send a text to Amazon’s mobile payment service, something like “PAY 20,” which authorizes a…

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A playlist as we “look for the helpers”

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In the day since the Boston Marathon was interrupted by two bomb blasts – which killed three and injured more than 170 – a meme has emerged online: “Look for the helpers.” The quote comes from Fred Rogers, who shared in his tome The Mister Rogers Parenting Book, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers.’ You will always find people who are helping.”

In the images of the terrible scene in Boston yesterday, the helpers are obvious – bystanders attending to the injured, paramedics rushing to the scene, police and marathon volunteers helping the crowd. Even Google swung into action, creating a person finder app for those with loved ones at the marathon finish line.

We love the idea of looking for the helpers. To keep you inspired on a hard day…

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Congrats to all the 2013 Bloggie Finalists and Winners!

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The 2013 Bloggie winners were announced on March 24, and we were excited to see eleven bloggers among the finalists and winners.

Now in its 13th year, the Bloggie awards accept blog nominations for everything from Best Craft Weblog to Best-Kept Secret Weblog, winnowing down the nominees through rounds of voting until five finalists remain in each of its 30 categories.

We found lots of great new must-reads among the finalists — including the four bloggers who nabbed top honors in their categories. Maybe one of these gems will be your new go-to in the Reader:

Watts Up With That ran away with both Weblog of the Year and Best Science or Technology Weblog. Anthony Watts, a former television meteorologist, takes a skeptical view of government approaches to climate change on his controversial, highly-trafficked, and much-lauded blog.

If climate change and weather patterns are what float your boat, there was…

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Y dijo la Tecnología: “Dejad que los niños se acerquen a mí, a través de las redes sociales adecuadas”


Hola Tecnolovers,

La tecnología nos rodea y nos facilita la vida cada día más, tanto en nuestra vida laboral como en la personal. Y a medida que nos rodea más, nos llena de admiración como las nuevas generaciones son capaces de asimilar esa tecnología reduciendo el periodo de aprendizaje, incluso parece que nacen con la capacidad de manejar herramientas que a la mayoría de los adultos nos ha llevado un tiempo de adaptación.

A cualquier adulto le ha llevado un tiempo aprender a manejar su nuevo smarphone, mas cuanto mayor hubiese sido la diferencia tecnológica entre el anterior dispositivo y el nuevo, a su vez también han ido surgiendo diferentes dispositivos como e-books, tablets, portátiles con pantalla táctil que se suman en este aprendizaje.

Los niños, fundamentalmente los bebes, tienen una capacidad de aprendizaje enorme y sumándolo al desarrollo psicomotriz hacen que le sea mucho mas sencillo aprender el manejo…

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Profesor “telepresente” y Educación aumentada

Blog personal de José Carlos Martín

Como sabéis uno de los temas que más me interesan, tanto a nivel personal como profesional, es la aplicación de la tecnología al sector de la Educación, desde mi posición de “tecnólogo”, por decirlo de alguna forma, siempre he mirado a este sector con un especial cariño, máxime cuando he tenido la ocasión de conocer y participar en algunas de las iniciativas más novedosas que a este respecto se han hecho en España, siempre con la Telepresence o videoconferencia como tecnología subyacente. Es por eso que cuando leí el artículo “In Cisco’s Classroom Of The Future, Your Professor Is Just An Illusion” sobre la implantación de una solución específica de Telepresencia en una universidad americana, decidí hacer un post sobre el tema. Una descripción más detallada de lo implantado se puede encontrar en este otro artículo de Cisco llamado “Cisco and Wharton School Unveil the Learning Experience of the Future”, así…

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