Safari 4.0 release removes the “innovative” interface for tabs

Remember back in Feb when Apple made the beta available and they moved the tabs above the header menu, what an uproar the web community had about it and what were they thinking. After just installing the release of the Safari today I’m sad to see the navigation toolbar has reverted back to the original tabs beneath the url. After using the beta and getting use to the tabs above I believe it was an improvement of navigation because it allowed for easier reading of tabs and and allowed you to separate them from the content area. Now with the tabs below, like every major browser, it seems to disconnect the content or have an invisible barrier between the two content and the navigation. I hope Apple brings back the new design or allows us to choose in a future update, maybe in Snow Leopard. Otherwise the browser is fast and works great, see some of the new features at http://www.apple.com/safari/features.html

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Webinar: Creating Powerful Presentations with Nancy Duarte at VizThink

Watch Nancy’s Duarte’s webinar for VizThink.com for an overview and her advice on improving presentations and designing presentations. Nancy’s company designed and coached Al Gore and his presentation deck for An Inconvenient Truth.

  
http://vizthink.com/blog/2008/06/18/webinar-creating-powerful-presentations-w…

During the webinar she show’s an example (below), where she asked the client in under 2 minutes to explain what was the main point. Notice below how the slide gets divided into 3 clean slides which each slide is able to explain one exact point.

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Tips for Remote Presenters by Nancy Duarte

Nancy has a great book she authored called slide:ology. A must have for anyone in design/creative and storyteller’s on how to create your deck. in this blog post, Nancy reviews her strategy for giving a remote presentation. She suggests:

Stand Up
Burst the Content
Present with Two
Make it Interactive
Understand the Technology

Read her blog post:

Notice the pictures on the windows to simulate an audience.

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Nancy’s book on Amazon: http://tr.im/nuPA
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E3: Project Natal – First Product that utilizes the technology: Meet Milo

Milo is a new product by Lionhead Studios, using the Natal technology, he can recognize you and your emotions. Notice about 3 minutes in where Clare draws on a paper and waves it in front of the TV and Milo understands what’s on the paper. Just imagine if we get browser and flash support how we can utilize this for learning! If you have not watched the Project Natal video click here: E3: Microsoft Project Natal – Look’s Amazing. Controller free interaction, voice control, 3d imaging and sensing emotions.

Trying to grab a fish

Drawing a picture:

Places paper in front of bar and paper appears on screen and Milo recognizes shape.

Watch the full video:

Learning & Social Media meets at weekly chats – Thursday nights 8.30pm – 10pm. @lrnchat

If you are free on Thursday nights from 8.30 – 10pm eastern, checkout the weekly chat where the moderator posts a question and everyone chimes in with input. The chats have taken place over the past 9 weeks and the logs are posted on their blog at: http://lrnchat.wordpress.com/. Great concept and way to learn from people in the field.

 Learn more at:
http://lrnchat.wordpress.com/about/

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E3: Microsoft Project Natal – Look’s Amazing. Controller free interaction, voice control, 3d imaging and sensing emotions.

Microsoft demonstrates a new piece of hardware, shipping in 2010 (no official shipping date), looks amazing and introduces several innovative technologies to consumers. For a small investment you get a controller-free interface to basically use your body for interacting and diving into game play. You also get 3D imaging and voice control and from the demonstration this will have a incredible impact on game play and interacting with your tv.

Believe it or Not: 

http://www.gametrailers.com/video/e3-09-lionhead-milo/50016

Sony demonstrates the PS3 Motion Controller.

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Games & Simulations in Learning: Some thoughts and a Great Deal on the Wii

During my presentations on Games & Simulations, I encourage the audience to be sure to go out and play and try the different types of games and environments that are out there. This is a key for you to understand the different types of games and options that you can incorporate into the training content that you may be developing. One of the most fun consoles out there is the Wii because of its innovate interaction with the game and the ability to have multiplayers at the same time jumping and moving to achieve a specific goal. This is especially a great console for home’s with families and it gives you an excuse to do your homework and have some fun with the kids or your spouse.

When we think of gaming we typically visualize the gamer below. In fact in the gaming generation (anyone born after 1980) 43% of the gamers are females and 26% continue over the age of 18. By the times these students graduate college they have over 10,000 hours of logged game play.

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In this age of technology, where kids and adults have such easy access to information and technology we need to continue to innovate, capitalize and integrate these concepts into our training in order to deliver training in new ways.

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Those of you that want to do your homework before meeting with me again, you can now get a Wii at Dell for $212.49. A great deal. 

The deal was found via Dealnews.com, a great resource for saving money on technology and other things we need: 
http://dealnews.com/Nintendo-Wii-Game-Console-for-212-free-shipping/298282.html Dell Home has the Nintendo Wii Game Console for $249.99 with free shipping. Apply coupon code “65G7RQ11J?M2LH” and it falls to $212.49. That’s one of the few times we’ve seen the Wii for below list price. Sales tax is added where applicable. It includes the Wii console, Wii Remote Controller, Wii Nunchuk Controller, and Wii Sports. Coupon ends July 31.



WolframAlpha – Making the worlds knowledge computable for everyone – Amazing!

Think about how this can transform your knowledge, training, and provide people with instant access to knowledge. This is something if you have to play and experience, it’s incredible and will get your mind racing. 

First watch the screencast:

Some things I tried:
What is pizza

Find the answer to word patterns: 

Some interesting items from their FAQ’s

How much data is there in Wolfram|Alpha?

Many trillions of elements, continually growing through a large number of feeds.

Does Wolfram|Alpha get its data from the web?

No. It comes from Wolfram|Alpha’s internal knowledge base. Some of the data in that knowledge base is derived from official public or private websites, but most of it is from more systematic primary sources.

Where does Wolfram|Alpha’s data come from?

Many different sources, combined and curated by the Wolfram|Alpha team. At the bottom of each relevant results page there’s a “Source information” button, which provides background sources and references.

Can I find the origin of a particular piece of data?

Most of the data in Wolfram|Alpha is derived by computations, often based on multiple sources. A list of background sources and references is available via the “Source information” button at the bottom of relevant Wolfram|Alpha results pages.

What is the closest precursor to Wolfram|Alpha?

In concept, perhaps Leibniz’s characteristica universalis from the late 1600s???or the science-fiction computers of the 1960s. Technologically, many pieces of Wolfram|Alpha have precursors, but the ambitious scope of the whole project is believed to be unique.

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From Stephen Wolfram’s Blog

And this is what inspired me to believe that building Wolfram|Alpha might be possible.
As a practical matter, many algorithms in Wolfram|Alpha were found by NKS methods???by searching the computational universe for programs that achieve particular purposes.

And there is a curious sense in which the discoveries of NKS about computational irreducibility are what make Wolfram|Alpha possible.
For one of the crucial features of Wolfram|Alpha is its ability to take free-form linguistic input, and to map it onto its precise symbolic representations of computations.

Yet if these computations could be of any form whatsoever, it would be very difficult to recognize the linguistic inputs that represent them.
But from NKS we know that computations fall into two classes: computationally reducible and computationally irreducible.
NKS shows that in the abstract space of all possible computations the computationally irreducible are much the most common.
But here is the crucial point: because those computations are not part of what we have historically studied or discussed, no systematic tradition of human language exists to describe them.

So when we use natural human language as input to Wolfram|Alpha, we are inevitably going to be describing that thin set of computations that have long linguistic traditions, and are computationally reducible.

Those computations cover the traditional sciences. But in a sense it is the very ubiquity of computational irreducibility that forces there to be only small islands of computational reducibility???which can readily be identified even from quite vague linguistic input.

If one looks at Wolfram|Alpha today, much of what it computes is firmly based on OKS (the ???Old Kind of Science???), and in this sense Wolfram|Alpha can be viewed as a shining example of what can be achieved with pre-NKS mathematical science.

Flip MinoHD Camcorder – Great Portable Video Camera

I’ve owned a Flip Camera since Christmas, Santa delivered it into my stocking and I haven’t stopped being blown away by the gadget. This video camera is amazingly small, compact and easy to use. The best part for me is it doesn’t freak people out if you start using it at an event or with the family because its not large and doesn’t have that fright factor “you are recording video of me.” Recording can be started quickly by pushing the power button on the side and then clicking the record (red button) on the back and you can start in less than 3 seconds if the unit is off. The camera is so simple, my 3 year old was able to start using it right away.

The HD model runs about $200 and captures 1280 x 720, up to 60 minutes of content, on the built in 4gb memory chip. Sliding a lever on the side exposes the USB Arm and easily plugs into a Mac or PC to upload the content to your hard drive. Using a Mac, it couldn’t be easier, the content comes right into iPhoto and you can start editing with iMovie or with QuickTime Pro. The video is saved in H.264 codec so the quality is incredible. The USB arm also allows you to charge while plugged in and the built in monitor and speaker allows you to review clips, delete or view while recording.



They just introduced a new model, the Flip Ultra HD which includes 8gb of internal memory which means up to 120 min of content and its sells for $199. The 4gb Ultra is $149. The new model also has an optional HDMI output for plugging right into a HD monitor or TV.
If you are looking to add video to your web site or start a video blog this is the perfect camera to get started with and record great quality content. It can also be used to record possible locations of a video shoot, interviews or testimonials.
Learn more on Amazon:

Social Media Presentation Resources & Links

Below are a list of resources and links to web sites from the presentation.

Download Presentation – Zip File: http://tr.im/jXEj

Build a Community
NING for all Communities http://www.ning.com
CrowdVine for Conferences http://www.crowdvine.com

Join a Community
http://www.twitter.com  and follow me at http://www.twitter.com/nickfloro
http://www.linkedin.com and link with me at Nick Floro
http://www.myspace.com

Project Discussion Chat with Logging
37 Signals CampFire http://www.campefirenow.com

Twitter Tools
Application for Mac and PC to write, review and monitor tweets http://www.tweetdeck.com
iphone or Touch for tracking basics stats on Twitter or Google Analytics http://ego-app.com
Monitoring or Reviewing Hashtags from an event or discussion http://www.hashtags.com
Create a URL and monitor how many clicks based on a tweet you create http://www.tweetburner.com
Review your twitter grade http://twiter.grader.com
Mac Application for Tweeting – http://www.atebits.com/tweetie-mac/ 
iphone or Touch app for Twitter http://www.atebits.com/tweetie-iphone/

Books
Me 2.0: Build a Powerful Brand to Achieve Career Success by Dan Schawbel

Designing for the Social Web (Voices That Matter) by Joshua Porter

Upcoming Conference on eLearning DevCon 2009 in Salt Lake City June 17-19
http://www.elearningdevcon.com/

Community for the Conference
http://community.elearningdevcon.com/

Resources:
Allows you to add a mini controller for easy links to your page contents by visitors.

Customize portal for your content and communities under one roof.

Social Media Demystified for eLearning DevCon 2009 – June 17-19. Presentation Download.

Attached you can download a copy of the Social Media Demystified for E-Learning presentation that was presented this afternoon. There are several great links in the presentation and I would love to learn more about how you might use the new tools and technologies. Please share your thoughts and experiences so we can all learn and grow from the community. If you were part of the webinar today, thanks for joining us.
 
As I mentioned in the webinar, the eLeariningDevcon.com conference, is one of my favorites. The attendees and presenters to a great job of sharing and discussing the latest tools and technology and I always come back ready to build the next generation of tools. Hope to see you there and please introduce yourself if we don’t tweet before. I’ll be presenting 3 sessions at the conference: Design 09 with Web 2.0, Introduction to Games & Simulations and Quick Prototyping Techniques.
 
Don’t forget to join the online community http://community.elearningdevcon.com to start discussing sessions you are interested, questions you might have, or ideas that might inspire us!

Join me on Twitterhttp://twitter.com/nickfloro

Download Presentation – Zip File: http://tr.im/jXEj

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http://www.elearningdevcon.com/

Great Book: Designing for the Social Web by Joshua Porter

If you are looking to expand your knowledge on Social Media, check out this great book Designing for the Social Web. It discusses how social media has evolved over the past several years, what works and what doesn’t and how to best integrate into your web site whether for sales, marketing or training. It also discusses the evolution of Social Media with Amazon, MySpace and how the web has evolved. Also looks at the psychology of users and how they think during the business process. On Amazon at: http://bit.ly/RwrHL

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PANMA Learning Event: Tomorrow on Web Hosting Demystified 4/21 in Philadelphia

If you are involved in web development, you don’t want to miss this event to learn the latest about hosting, selecting a provider and different technologies that you may need to consider. Space is running low, so register today!

Join us for an in-depth look at the state of web hosting in 2009. We’ll discuss the latest technologies, options and how to choose the right hosting partner. If you build, recommend or have a web site you won’t want to miss this great event to make sure you are getting the best solutions from your provided. We have some great giveaways, please tell a friend to improve your chances of winning. You must be at the event to win.

Tim Dodd from Hostmysite.com will be presenting on:

1. Second Generation Cloud Systems: What do they mean, how do they work and how you can take advantage of the technology. Discussion will include a look at Amazon, Mosso from Rackspace, Microsoft Azzure And HostMySites EEC

2. Optimizing Content Delivery: If you site includes video, pdfs, large files and you want to offer the best scalable delivery options, we’ll discuss solutions from Limelight Networks and Akamai

3. Selecting a Server for hosting, shared, virtual and managed servers, what does it mean and how to make the best choice.

4. What to look for when choosing a hosting partner. We’ll discuss what you should know before signing with a provider. 

Location: University City Science Center,  3711 Market Street, 8th Floor
Date: Tuesday, April 21
Time: Program: 7:00 – 8:30pm, doors open at 6:30pm. 

Register Today: The event is free, pre-register here: http://www.panma.org/

Visit us on Facebook! http://tr.im/panma  Our Facebook event page: http://tr.im/panmawebhosting  (Your can sign up there, if you’d prefer.)

Sponsors:
Pizza & Light refreshments will be provided by HostMySite http://www.hostmysite.com
G2 Computers is providing some giveaways, including 2 iPod shuffles. http://www.go2g2.com.

If you are making a presentation, check out this cordless remote to help free you from your laptop.

If you find yourself making a couple presentations a year or a month, I would recommend purchasing the Logitech 2.4ghz Cordless Presenter. It run’s under $45, Amazon: http://tr.im/iTm9, and frees you from being in front of or near your laptop. A USB connector, neatly pulls out of the back and plugs into your computer and sliding the on button on the remote to On allows you to connect with PowerPoint, Keynote or your favorite presentation tool. It allows for forward and backward movement as well as a built in laser pointer to assist in focusing the audience’s attention and parts of your screen. There is also a built in timer, which you can preset for a time limit and the remote will buzz to make sure you know you are running low on time and its time to wrap-up. I’ve plugged it into Macs, PCs with XP and Vista and no software is installed for quick use in case you are presenting from a client site. The display also displays how much battery life is left and it lasts approx 6 months based on your usage.
 
I’ve tried several other remotes over the years and found this to be the perfect size, feature set and ease of use to be able to quickly use during daily presentations.