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New T-Mobile deal: Refer a friend, get a year of free unlimited data

Post # 3841 by Beau Buck on August 21st, 2014 ~ 04:53:46 PM
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T-Mobile CEO John Legere.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere.

T-Mobile is offering yet another deal and on Thursday debuted a program that incentivizes its customers to have their friends move to T-Mobile.

In a dig at Sprint — along with ATT and Verizon — the Bellevue-based wireless carrier is giving a free year of unlimited data to customers who convince their friends to move from a competing company to T-Mobile.

Both the referrer and the new T-Mobile customers will receive one year of unlimited LTE data. Those that are already T-Mobile Simple Choice subscribers and have unlimited data will receive a $10 credit on their account for 12 months.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere put it more simply in a tweet this morning:

1: Brag to friend about your great @TMobile service
2: Your friend join @TMobile
3: You BOTH get unlimited 4G LTE for a year
4: Repeat

— John Legere (@JohnLegere) August 21, 2014

The move comes just a few days after Sprint said goodbye to its “Framily” plans and introduced a new family plan with 20 GB of shared data for $100 per month. T-Mobile lambasted Sprint today in its press release announcing the new deal.

“When we saw how Sprint’s dissing its own customers and dropping unlimited LTE plans for families, we knew we had an opportunity to help these people out,” T-Mobile CMO Mike Sievert, said in a statement. “Only a ‘carrier’

Article source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/geekwire/~3/AprEDc2Y-2E/

People’s history of art

Post # 3840 by Beau Buck on August 21st, 2014 ~ 10:53:18 AM
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Tomorrow, Ampersand will be presenting a book signing and talk by Nicolas Lampert, the author of A People’s Art History of the United States. The book focuses on the history of ideas, movements (political, social etc.)rather than the way a lot of art history focuses on patronage. Thus instead of a history of trophy hunting it seeks to reconnect Art to the people that it reflects. Very topical considering the focus on the art market and academicism (the “other” art market which is very demonstrative/illustrative) rather than the exploration of ideas these days.

Reception: August 20 7:00PM
Ampersand Gallery Fine Books
2916 NE Alberta Street, Suite B

Article source: http://www.portlandart.net/archives/2014/08/peoples_history.html

Seeing the potential: Vadio lands $2 million, fueling continued growth for its MTV-esque service

Post # 3839 by Beau Buck on August 21st, 2014 ~ 04:52:19 AM
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August 19th, 2014

Seeing the potential: Vadio lands $2 million, fueling continued growth for its MTV-esque service

Seeing the potential: Vadio lands $2 million, fueling continued growth for its MTV-esque service

Maybe I’m dating myself here, but… MTV used to show music videos. No. I’m serious. Like all of the time. No reality shows. Just videos. Song after song after song. And it was pretty awesome. So forgive me if I get a little nostalgic with Portland startup Vadio, which is bringing that exact same kind of original MTV-esque magic to radio stations.

Vadio enables radio station Web sites to serve up the video version of the song they’re currently playing—in real-time—increasing retention and engagement. And investors seem to like what they’re doing.

“It’s rare to find a company that is able to address the needs of multiple groups within the music industry– record labels, artists, and streaming music companies – but Vadio has come up with a solution that helps everyone,” says Robin Richards, former CEO of Vivendi Universal Net USA. “The dramatic growth in desire for music video content globally is creating the need and potential for a major shift in the industry. With a solid team of leaders in tech and music, there is an opportunity to build a significant global company and we are excited to be working with Vadio on this vision.”

And they’re doing it in a very Portlandy way. By building

Article source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/siliconflorist/~3/s-5N5i5IDJE/

Paper Circuits at Lovecraft Bar

Post # 3838 by Beau Buck on August 21st, 2014 ~ 04:52:17 AM
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Join me this Saturday when we’ll combine the art of origami and card making with electronics!

No prior electronics or paper crafting experience required.

While all materials will be provided, please feel free to bring:

Origami paper

Copper tape


Colored pencils, markers, crayons

Construction paper

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250466861

^H Weekend Work Party

Post # 3837 by Beau Buck on August 21st, 2014 ~ 04:52:17 AM
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Let’s get together for cleaning, weeding, digging, painting, patching and hacking 7600 N Interstate back into shape for our October launch!

Those of you who have already been to the space and don’t need guidance are welcome to show up as early as 7AM (but send us a message so that we know you’re coming if you don’t already have access).

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250466852

Tour the Tech Academy

Post # 3836 by Beau Buck on August 21st, 2014 ~ 04:52:17 AM
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You can
this event.

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250466871

The Next UX Revolution: Transforming Stodgy Enterprise Applications Into Engaging Experiences

Post # 3835 by Beau Buck on August 20th, 2014 ~ 10:51:49 PM
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Three clicks instead of ten. Two steps instead of five. White space. Intuitive icons. Drag and drop. As consumer UX underwent a renaissance over the last decade, enterprise software stagnated with a design sensibility from the dial-up era.

Usability—much less beauty—was never a priority for business software. All that mattered was that large and complex applications worked. What’s the point of tweaking and beautifying when basic functionality is challenging enough and all of your competitors are equally sub par?

The point is users. Not yesterday’s users who eventually adapted to whatever complex software product you put in front of them. Those users are retiring. I’m talking about millennial workers who know better than to settle for unwieldy, confusing applications that only make their jobs harder.

Back in 2012, with the changing expectations of a new workforce, Charles Phillips, my CEO at Infor, decided that it was time to set a new standard for enterprise UX. Without a roadmap to follow or stats to back him up, Charles made usability—and the beauty of the experience—a priority for Infor, based on his inherent belief that good UX is valuable for our business and to the people who buy and use our products.

How did Infor transform its expansive product line of more than 50 applications? How can you replicate our UX strategy within your own organization? And how did it all pan out? (Spoiler alert: Our “go big or go home” approach is paying off for our customers, our users, and us.)

Step 1: Build

Article source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/UXM/~3/1-rGqdzBCOI/the-next-ux-revolution-transforming-stodgy-enterprise-applications-into-engaging

Know your Linux! New Linux Foundation certification aims to grease job market

Post # 3834 by Beau Buck on August 20th, 2014 ~ 04:46:28 PM
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Linux has been expanding its reach — powering Google, Facebook and other major platforms — and hiring managers say they’re in need of an increasing number of Linux developers. But many of those jobs are going unfilled, and given the entrenched position of Microsoft Windows inside many companies, not as many developers and admins are getting Linux training and certification as Linux leaders would like.

Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation.

Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation.

That’s the challenge being tackled by the Linux Foundation — home to Linux creator Linus Torvalds — with a new Linux Certification Program, announced today.

“We want to make it easier for developers to learn Linux, prove that they’ve done it, and find jobs,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, in an interview with GeekWire. “On the corollary, we want employers to be able to quickly identify talent and provide them with jobs. Right now, although that is happening in the labor market, it’s not happening fast enough.”

The certification comes in addition to previously launched programs including a Massive Open Online Course introduced earlier this year by the foundation in conjunction with Harvard and MIT’s edX online education platform.

The new certification program, testing Linux systems administrators and engineers, will be conducted online by a live proctor, using a webcam and microphone, with candidates also using the command line on their screen to prove specific skills.

Each certification exam Article source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/geekwire/~3/-4KGlKEhu7Y/

Revisiting Benjamin

Post # 3833 by Beau Buck on August 20th, 2014 ~ 10:46:13 AM
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Walter Benjamin

Walter Benjamin is the philosopher that usually appeals to art critics…at least the “real” ones who are actually interested in exploring through critiquing art. Thus, this clever piece in the Brooklyn Rail is definitely worth a read. I like the way academic consensus is lampooned. Consensus is overrated and perhaps the cult of personality that evolves around a philosopher is the worst kind of consensus. Perhaps the dispute, when it arises is the only thing worth exploring? Perhaps the presence of dispute is the only thing that keeps culture from getting stale?

Article source: http://www.portlandart.net/archives/2014/08/revisiting_benj.html

Tech Talk: Verified Cryptographic Implementations

Post # 3832 by Beau Buck on August 20th, 2014 ~ 04:46:07 AM
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Galois is pleased to host the following tech talk. These talks are free and open to the interested public–please join us! (There is no need to pre-register for the talk.)
EasyCrypt is a computer-assisted framework for proving the security of cryptographic constructions. However, there is a significant gap between security proofs done in the usual provable security style and cryptographic implementations used in practice; as a consequence, real-world cryptography is sometimes considered as “one of the many ongoing disaster areas in security. We have recently extended EasyCrypt with support for reasoning about C implementations, and exploited the CompCert verified compiler to carry the security proof to executable code. Moreover, we have developed verified type-based information flow analyses on assembly code to ensure that executable code is protected against cache-based side-channel attacks.

Gilles Barthe received a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Manchester, UK, in 1993, and an Habilitation à diriger les recherches in Computer Science from the University of Nice, France, in 2004. He joined the IMDEA Software Institute in April 2008. Previously, he was head of the Everest team on formal methods and security at INRIA Sophia-Antipolis Méditerranée, France. He also held positions at the University of Minho, Portugal; Chalmers University, Sweden; CWI, Netherlands; University of Nijmegen, Netherlands. He has published more than 100 refereed scientific papers. He has been coordinator/principal investigator of many national and European projects, and served as the scientific coordinator of the FP6 FET integrated project “MOBIUS: Mobility, Ubiquity and Security” for

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250466862

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