My name is Bill, I am a recent graduate in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State University and this is a place for me to post or give my 2 cents on the fascinating world of technology. I am now working for a pretty big technology related company whose name I will leave out just to avoid any possible complications, however far-fetched them happening may be. Music gets included from time to time as well.

August 28, 2014 6:10 pm
JPMorgan and other US banks reportedly hit by cyberattack

JPMorgan and other US banks reportedly hit by cyberattack

August 26, 2014 9:22 pm
7 upcoming wearables that make us laugh, cringe, and secretly covet

7 upcoming wearables that make us laugh, cringe, and secretly covet

8:54 pm
"Digital projection has won, and now film projectionists are a thing from the past, a mere curiosity. We are sad dinosaurs, we are about to be extinct."

Indiewire spoke to projectionists at this year’s Locarno Film Festival about their future in the digital age. (via futureoffilm)

(via futureoffilm)

August 25, 2014 9:51 pm


How To Have Cybersex On The Internet

9:01 pm 7:50 pm
Students Develop Nail Polish That Can Detect Date Rape Drugs


Four undergraduate students at North Carolina State University are attempting to produce a nail polish that will reveal the presence of “date rape drugs” such as Rohypnol and GHB by changing color in their presence.

August 24, 2014 9:50 pm

Crowdfunded news-site uncovers ISIS training camp using online mapping tools



Bellingcat kickstarted £51K to do data-driven/crowdsourced citizen journalism earlier this month, and a week later, pinpointed the exact location of an ISIS training camp near Mosul by matching the jihadis’ social media posts to online maps and geo-location services.

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(via emergentfutures)

August 19, 2014 7:18 pm August 18, 2014 7:50 pm 7:46 pm
"While APIs are growing in popularity, and more and more companies are launching their own public APIs, it is increasingly clear that public APIs aren’t a good fit for every company. In some cases, companies can only determine that a public API isn’t a viable proposition by launching one and seeing how the market reacts and its needs evolve. In other cases, however, the desirability and viability of a public API is questionable from the outset."

ESPN Decides to Shutdown Its Public API via ProgrammableWeb

Not much of a surprise, but disappointing nonetheless.  The challenge of supporting a public API is that many companies fail to truly buy into the long-term benefits of openness.  The value of the API has little to do with immediate returns, but as a driver for innovation that is outside of the organization.  In many ways, this is analogous to setting up corporate innovation centers and entrepreneur-in-residence programs, but completely outside of a companies direct control.  But such programs require investment and patience to evolve to the point where it generates potentially valuable innovations and new solutions.  I suspect that is the case with the ESPN API, a grand idea without a well thought out program to evangelize or to give it the full support it needed to thrive as an innovation community.

(via marksbirch)

(via marksbirch)