Ampush Media Acquires One Of Bill Gates’ Favorite Education Startups, Academic Earth

This looks like it will be a great resource for anyone out there that wants to learn something new without spending money on tuition and you can do it from the comfort of your own home.


Ampush Media, an online marketing startup, has acquired Academic Earth, an online education video site that’s sort of like a “Hulu for Education” and a Bill Gates-favorite. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

As we’ve written in the past, Academic Earth is a user-friendly, curated platform for educational videos that allows anyone to freely access instruction from the scholars and guest lecturers at the leading academic universities. The site offers 350 full courses and over 5,000 total lectures from Yale, MIT, Harvard, Stanford, UC Berkeley, and Princeton that can be browsed by subject, university, or instructor through a user-friendly interface.

Additionally, editors have compiled lectures from different speakers into Playlists such as “Understanding the Financial Crisis” and “First Day Of Freshman Year.” Since the site’s launch in 2008, Academic Earth has grown to attract 400,000 unique visitors per month, primarily through word of mouth.

Gates is…

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SixthSense: Get the open-source code

This is just simply amazing!!! I hope everyone takes the time to watch the video.

TED Blog

Two years ago, inventor Pranav Mistry demoed the SixthSense technology on the TED stage — and talked about open-sourcing the software behind it. SixthSense is a wearable interface that enables interaction between digital information and the physical world through hand gestures. (Watch his TEDTalk to see how it works.)

As promised, Pranav and his team have open-sourced the code for anyone to use and contribute at Download the code and create your own SixthSense device, join a discussion group and augment the codebase.

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A Geek Peek at 2012

I thought this was a great article.  Looks like some awesome stuff to look forward to.   A Geek Peek at 2012.



Exciting & New for 2012

So it is about mid-week of the first week of 2012.  I hope nothing disastrous has happened to anyone so far, or maybe it’s too soon to tell.  As for me I have been doing a lot of web-surfing, and it seems that everyone is fascinated with what is new in 2012.   So then…  What’s new in 2012?

I have a couple of articles that I particularly liked.

Here is an interesting article I found about the upcoming Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, NV from PC World:

And another article about 10 Tech Research Projects from PC World:

Both very interesting, and it’ll be anxious to see which products turn into reality.

As for myself I believe that there will be a lot of innovative ideas coming from Google, Apple, and Microsoft.  Samsung seems to be doing a lot of good things; a recent move to China that’ll lower their costs definitely seems like the way to go (although I’m still waiting for my Amazon App for my t.v.).  Social media seems to be changing by leaps and bounds.  I myself just joined quite a few different social media networking sites such as, Linkedin, Twitter, Reddit, Digg, Delicious, Stumbleupon.  There are many more and although I probably won’t join them all I will at least try most of them so that I can be more informed about social media.  So far Twitter has been the most interesting (and yes I realize I’m about 3 years or so behind on that one better late than never though).  A couple of new comers to social media are Path which is a smartphone app designed to share much in the same way Facebook and Google+ does, but on a smaller scale.  Path is available for both the iPhone, and Android phones.  Another is Pinterest is an online clipboard or pinboard that allows you to share your interests with others, and from checking out some of the postings and tweets seems to be rising in popularity.  Oh, and guess who joined instagram…why our very own President Barack Obama.  Even the president knows when it’s a good idea for some good ole’ social networking.

So far though 2012 seems to be starting off nicely.  Less than a week before school starts, and already I have homework!!!  I’m happy about the fact that I got a bit of a refresher in coding from Codeacademy, and that I have a few more days of freedom before I basically lose all of my free time.  It is definitely going to be worth it, and I am super excited!!!  Thanks to everyone who has followed my Facebook page, and my twitter account  Be sure to sign-up for an e-mail subscription if you just want my posts sent directly to your e-mail.


Netflix To Debut Original Series “Lilyhammer” Next Month

This could be a new development that we may see more and more often. It’ll be interesting to see if this pans out for Netflix. I mean after their most recent flub in regards to their subscription fees lets see if Netflix can make a comeback.


Netflix is launching a new original series next month called Lilyhammer, which will kick off the company’s foray into original programming for 2012. The series will star The Sopranos actor and E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt in a “fish out of water” story that takes place in Norway.

The story follows New York mobster Frank “The Fixer” Tagliano as he enters the federal witness protection program. He moves to Lillehammer – the Norwegian town that hosted the 1994 Winter Olympics. He calls it “Lilyhammer,” however, which is how the show gets its name.

The series will include eight episodes in its first season, beginning February 6th in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. All episodes will be available for streaming on connected TVs, tablets, game consoles, computers and mobile phones – but not on DVDs by mail.

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SOPA, Freedom, And The Invisible War

This is definitely something I will be keeping an eye out on, and as should everyone who enjoys the internet as it is now.


While laughable in scope and reach (not to mention ridiculous in terms of potential enforcement) the Stop Online Piracy Act is seen as a very real threat to our freedom to, in short, surf the Internet. Although its ramifications are far more draconian than I’m letting on here, I posit that the government is the least of our concern when it comes to online freedom. Let’s catch up since our last few articles on the topic.

Since the GoDaddy kerfuffle, SOPA has gained traction as the hacker cause du jour. Designed to help copyright holders protect their property (something any casual observer can support), the bill, would allow the US government to essentially “turn off” part of the Internet that it doesn’t like. Most of these sites would be “rogue” or, more precisely, out of US jurisdiction. From the Bill:

A service provider shall take technically feasible and…

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