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Portland 3D Printing Lab

Post # 3182 by Beau Buck on April 22nd, 2014 ~ 02:33:31 PM
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Come visit the offices of ProtoPlant and learn how 3D Printer filament (the plastic build material) is made. This is an Open House, so come anytime and spend some time with the team. Don’t forget to RSVP so they can plan properly. If we get enough signups, I hear there’s a small surprise in store for us. :) Post questions in the comments!

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250466012

Founders Seeking Co-founders

Post # 3181 by Beau Buck on April 22nd, 2014 ~ 02:33:30 PM
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Looking for cofounders – or maybe developers or ???
Give a 1 minute pitch about your business, and what kinds of people/skills you need.

Looking for a startup to join? Or are you a developer looking for a project? Give a 1 minute pitch about how you can help a startup.

Short pitches, networking, pizza and beverages. This event is always fun – and yes, people have found cofounders! Join us.

Date/Time: Friday, April 24, 4pm-5:30pm
Location: OTBC 8305 SW Creekside Place, Suite C, Beaverton, OR 97008

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250465916

Galois tech talk: A Gentle Introduction to Hiding Usage Patterns

Post # 3180 by Beau Buck on April 22nd, 2014 ~ 02:33:30 PM
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abstract: What if you want to store encrypted files on an untrusted Cloud Server in such a way that Server does not even know if you are editing the same file today as you were yesterday, or anything else about your usage patterns other than total amount of traffic to the Server? Clearly, no matter how strong of an encryption you use, access pattern is revealed: Cloud Server can simply track where on the hard drive you read/write from – clearly encryption does not hide that information. One naive solution to prevent revealing access pattern to the Server is to simply read all your data back from the Server and re-write your entire data back to Server in its entirety for each read/write. This works, but it is clearly impractical. Oblivious Random Access Memory (ORAM) is an algorithm that allows you to completely hide arbitrary access pattern in an efficient manner. In this talk, I will describe Oblivious RAM from the ground up, starting from my own Ph.D. thesis work on this topic (STOC 1990, MIT Ph.D. 1992) which showed the first efficient ORAM. The Journal Version of this work gained over 450 references according to Google Scholar [Ostrovsky-Goldreich JACM 1996] and ORAM became an important area of research in Cryptography in the last 5 years. I will describe surprising connections of ORAM to (1) tamper-proof embedded systems, (2) Software Protection (3) Secure Multi-Party and Secure Two Party Computation as well as (4) ways to securely compile programs with loops,

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250466038

Gaining UX Insight through Dyads and Triads

Post # 3179 by Beau Buck on April 22nd, 2014 ~ 02:33:28 PM
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When you plan a family holiday online do you do it on your own? What about looking for a place to have a birthday dinner or an entertainment package for your cable TV? Hopefully not. You’d probably call your partner or kids over to look at options with you on your tablet or laptop, right?

So why do UX researchers commonly test systems that handle these types of interactions in interview sessions, in focus groups with people who’ve never met each other, using surveys, or in one-on-one usability tests? These testing contexts are missing out on the bigger picture of how these decisions are made! Getting a fuller sense can provide us with critical insights that can differentiate a product and create a brilliant user experience.

Recently, a client approached us to help them figure out if their new digital entertainment concept for “family time” would appeal. There was limited budget and we didn’t have time to set up an ethnographic study that would allow us to head over to customers’ houses to see how things happen in real life.

Instead, to help our client stakeholders test features and concepts, we borrowed a method from sociology called dyad/triad research. This allowed us to see two or three people interacting within their family units or with their friends while they were watching television and using their mobile devices at our lab in Singapore.

What are Dyads and Triads?

In sociology, dyads and triads (small groups of two and three respectively) are the simplest human social groupings

Article source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/UXM/~3/dVFKXytzHdw/gaining-ux-insight-through-dyads-and-triads

This startup figured out how to charge devices wirelessly through walls from 40 feet away

Post # 3178 by Beau Buck on April 22nd, 2014 ~ 02:33:25 PM
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Hatem Zeine stands in front of a Cota prototype power transmitter at Ossia’s company headquarters in Redmond.

It’s been more than 12 years since Hatem Zeine first shared his crazy idea for wireless power with friends and colleagues. Back then, though, none of his peers really believed anything Zeine said.

“And your next invention is time travel, right?” they would respond.

Well, time travel isn’t quite here yet. But wireless charging — the kind that can go through walls and power devices more than 40 feet away — is coming to life at a startup just a few miles away from Microsoft’s headquarters.

Photo via Ossia.

Ossia CEO Hatem Zeine with a Cota prototype device. Photo via Ossia.

It’s in this small Redmond office where Zeine’s six-year-old company, Ossia, is quietly building technology that can charge the electronic devices we rely on more than ever today — all without cords.

“I want my 3-year-old to grow up and never know about charging devices,” Zeine, a trained physicist and former Microsoft engineer, told us last week.

Wireless charging isn’t a brand new phenomenon, but what exists today largely requires a device to be within close proximity to the charger. And that’s where Ossia’s patented technology, called “Cota,” is different.

There are two parts to Cota: A small, embeddable charger and a large, stationary charging station.

The tiny charger can be installed inside devices and sends out a low-power beacon signal to the transmitter, a charging

Article source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/geekwire/~3/oaPh_myhGQE/

Rodrigo Valenzeula at Archer Gallery

Post # 3177 by Beau Buck on April 22nd, 2014 ~ 08:26:03 AM
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Rodrigo Valenzuela at Archer Gallery (photo Jeff Jahn)

Chilean born and Washington State based Rodrigo Valenzeula’s work deals in all sorts of labor and his latest show “Help Wanted” at the Archer Gallery looks like it could be one of the best shows on view this April. Dealing in everything from mining to odd jobs and construction Valenzeula interacts with laborers and Clark College students to explore the unofficial labor forms that economies rely upon.

Help Wanted | April 8 – May 3
Opening Reception: April 23, 5 – 7PM
Archer Gallery | Clark College| Penguin Union Building
1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver Washington
Gallery Hours: T-Th 10AM to 7PM, F S noon to 5PM

Article source: http://www.portlandart.net/archives/2014/04/rodrigo_valenze.html

GNOME Happy Hour

Post # 3176 by Beau Buck on April 21st, 2014 ~ 02:20:12 PM
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GNOME recently released 3.12, help us celebrate the release! If you don’t know what GNOME is or what Free Software is, come over and find out about one of the most interesting and sometimes controversial free and open source projects out there. The hosts are Sriram Ramkrishna – Director of the GNOME Foundation and Ikey Doherty – who wrote his own desktop based on GNOME technologies.

GNOME is the coordinator for the popular OPW program (Outreach Program for Women)



Hope to see you all there. Look for the GNOME trademark :)

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250466034

April PAGDIG/IGDA Meeting

Post # 3175 by Beau Buck on April 21st, 2014 ~ 02:20:12 PM
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You can
this event.

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250465990

AEPDX Presents The Burst

Post # 3174 by Beau Buck on April 21st, 2014 ~ 02:20:11 PM
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The Burst is a rather unique spin the bottle between Portland’s top Illustrators and Motion Designers. We’re giving teams an entire week to collaborate and show Portland what they are made of.

Each randomly paired up team (1 Illustrator and 1 Motion Designer) has exactly 1 week to put their heads together to design and animate a 15-30 second masterpiece. We reveal the theme and then cut everyone loose. After a week we get together and throw a big party in their honor. Join us for that party and see what happens when you pair up random creatives.

Seating is limited so RSVP today

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250466031

Blucora paying $45M to purchase HowStuffWorks, the Internet’s how-to guide with 38 million monthly visitors

Post # 3173 by Beau Buck on April 21st, 2014 ~ 02:20:09 PM
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Blucora continues to expand through acquisitions. The Bellevue company today announced that it’s buying HowStuffWorks from Discovery Communications, paying $45 million for the Internet’s how-to guide for everything from automobile maintenance to gardening tips to job interview advice.

Among the questions that people can get answered on HowStuffWorks: How do they make hollow chocolate Easter rabbits? and “How does death by hanging work?

The site also answers basic science questions, like how magnets work and how Venus Flytraps capture prey.

blucoraHowStuff Works has a big audience, attracting 38 million visitors per month who drive 200 million page views. As part of the deal, Discovery Communications will partner with Blucora on native advertising efforts.

The site has been named to Time Magazine’s “25 Web Sites We Can’t Live Without” and has won Webby Awards. It was started by North Carolina State University professor Marshall Brain, and after a series of acquisitions was sold to Discovery Communications for $250 million in 2007.

“HowStuffWorks is a leading and trusted online source for high-quality content that informs, educates, and nourishes the curiosity of millions of people of all ages,” said Blucora CEO Bill Ruckelshaus in a statement. “We look forward to working with the talented HowStuffWorks team and are excited about their future potential.”

Blucora operates the InfoSpace search engines, but in recent years it has expanded into online tax preparation software (buying TaxAct for $287 million in 2012) and e-commerce (buying

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