In the News: 2013-04-05

Written on:April 5, 2013
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Apple News: The revamped Wunderlist 2.0 sports shared lists, better organizational tools for iOS
I’m terrible at keeping track of things, so much so that my dentist once threatened to put a GPS tracker on me. I typically operate on a day-to-day basis; my appointments either involve me arriving three hours early or breathless, panic-stricken and just in the nick of time. As such, I kind of took as a little bit of serendipity when I started using 6Wundkinder’s free Wunderlist 2.0. Finally, a tool designed to help me fix my pathological lack of organization.
Read full story => Macworld

Technology News: Breakthrough in Hydrogen Fuel Production Could Revolutionize Alternative Energy Market
A team of Virginia Tech researchers has discovered a way to extract large quantities of hydrogen from any plant, a breakthrough that has the potential to bring a low-cost, environmentally friendly fuel source to the world. “Our new process could help end our dependence on fossil fuels,” said Y.H. Percival Zhang, an associate professor of biological systems engineering in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Engineering. “Hydrogen is one of the most important biofuels of the future.
Read full story => InnovationWatch

Programming News: Dataflow in Ruby
Two things about data these days: there’s a lot of it, and a lot of it is crap. How can we get information out of that? I like to think of my code in terms of a pipeline for data, transforming and working it and summarizing it into information. In order to handle growing amounts of data, we can’t process it all at once; we have to handle it piece by piece as it comes in. Each piece gets summarized in all the different ways and then discarded, so we never run out of memory.
Read full story => Jessitron

Photography News: HDR Primer
While many people view HDR differently, this primer is intended to help you get started making basic HDR images from a still photographer’s point of view. I personally don’t ever shoot a landscape or a cityscape without at least also shooting it in HDR. It solves so many problems. My personal approach is far more reserved than some photographers. I personally prefer HDR photos that are closer to what my eye sees at the moment of the shot. Others prefer a more aggressive HDR look. Wherever you are on that spectrum, it’s a fun way to capture a scene and a new way to capture detail in shots we used to just give up on back in the film days.
Read full story => PhotoFocus

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