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The Motorola RAZR Is $111 for Tomorrow Only

10 Nov

 

 

 

 

Motorola’s kevlar-lined RAZR is coming out tomorrow at a pretty hefty $300 price tag. Except! Tomorrow’s exceedingly singular, palindromic 11/11/11 date has swayed the folks at AmazonWireless to run a twee little promotion where you can nab a RAZR for $111.11.

Sure, it’s a little hokey, but are you really going to complain about getting almost $200 off an awesome phone because of a dorky campaign? Well, okay, you’re probably still going to make fun of it, but it’s a darn good deal. [AmazonWireless]

The Motorola RAZR Is $111 for Tomorrow Only.

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StubHub Founder Launches “Spreecast,” A Social Video Broadcasting Platform. Wait, could this be the future of classrooms?

10 Nov

 

 

Fluhr tells me that he saw a gap in providing a video communications platform that is inherently social and allows multiple people to broadcast their conversations live. While broadcasting startups like Justin.TV and Ustream allow for live broadcasting, the social element of conversation is missing.

Thus, the idea for Spreecast was born. In a Spreecast social video stream, up to 4 people at a time can be face-to-face, streaming their conversation live while hundreds of others can watch, chat, and participate by submitting comments and questions to those on screen.

The producer controls allow the creator (and other co-producers designated by the creator) to control who gets on camera and when. And people can come on and off camera allowing for more than four people during the course of the Spreecast. When a viewer requests to join on camera, the creator can screen them by previewing their video and text chatting with them privately before deciding whether to allow them to go on camera.

You can email guests by entering email addresses or importing your gmail contacts. You’ll also be able to Tweet, Google+ or post to your Facebook feed so that your followers and/or friends will be notified about your Spreecast. You can also invite viewers at any time from the Spreecast page – before, during or after a Spreecast (to view the archive). Spreecast is also integrated with Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ so that producers and creators can broadcast their conversations to their friends, followers, circles, contacts and connections.

via StubHub Founder Launches Spreecast, A Social Video Broadcasting Platform | TechCrunch.

Can 3D Printers Make Libraries Useful Again?

10 Nov

 

 

As the printed word gives way to digital distribution, libraries must change in both form and function in order to remain relevant in the Internet age. One New York book repository has taken the lead in this effort by installing the country’s first “maker’s space” within a public library.

The effort is being spearheaded by Lauren Smedley of the Fayetteville Free Library. The Fayetteville facility, which is actually housed in an old furniture factory, is building a fabrication laboratory. The Fab Lab, as it’s called, will provide free public access to the machines and resources needed for home-scale manufacturing.

The Lab currently only includes a Makerbot 3D printer, but Lindley hopes to soon acquire a CNC Router and laser cutter as well. Once complete, the lab is expected to host a variety of community events, including classes for 3D Printing, 3D design software, computer programming, and Geek Girl Camps.

Can 3D Printers Make Libraries Useful Again?.

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