Tuesday, September 30, 2014

IoT: Simulate Arduino online

123D Circuits:

"Simulate Arduino online and easily create custom circuit boards
Design and simulate circuit boards with ourbreadboard, schematic and PCB editor.
Share your designs and collaborate as a team."

Office 365 Solutions Dev

Office 365:

"You can use your Office 365 Small Business or Office 365 Enterprise subscription to develop solutions. If you don’t have an Office 365 subscription yet, sign up by clicking the following link. The subscription includes an Office 365 Developer Site where you can create and test your apps and other solutions. The different Office 365 subscriptions determine which services you can access, and what types of solutions you can build."

Microsoft WinRT OCR Library

Microsoft DevRadio: Microsoft OCR Library - Enabling Windows apps to Recognize Text in Images | DevRadio | Channel 9

Microsoft OCR Library for Windows Runtime  developed by Microsoft offices in Serbia, free for WinRT apps.

Microsoft OCR Library Sample in C#, C++, JavaScript for Visual Studio 2013

NuGet Gallery | Microsoft OCR Library for Windows Runtime 1.0.0

OCR Method in Office @ MSDN

OCR with Microsoft® Office - CodeProject

Microsoft iOS & Android keyboard

Microsoft creates a keyboard for iOS and Android tablets | The Verge:

"Microsoft has created a keyboard designed for iOS, Android, and Windows tablets."

Abundance: Global Learning XPRIZE ($15 M)

Learning | XPRIZE
"The Learning Prize Group envisions a future with unprecedented, individually-tailored opportunities for lifelong learning, literacy, autonomy, and career readiness, as well as widespread tools for uplifting entire populations from the vicious cycle of poverty. We aim to empower a universally-educated population, with equal access to information and knowledge regardless of age, gender, race, nationality, or socio-economic status."

$15 M, for software that could teach illiterate person anywhere in the world to become literate in 18 months, by personalized education;
will test 5 leading in Africa, and open source it to be available on every phone and tablet

Abundance the Book - by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler — Abundance - the Future is Better Than You Think - is a new book by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler. Official Abundance the Book website.

Bill Clinton Interviews Peter Diamandis on Abundance
"uplifting humanity"
"do it yourself economy"
"world's biggest problems are world's biggest opportunities"
"energy to come from solar revolution" (we get 5000 times from sun than it is needed)"
"aquaculture and vertical farming"

Windows 10 "like Tesla"

Why Did Microsoft Brand Its Next OS Windows 10?
Windows 10 Start Menu

Microsoft's Windows 10: What's new and how to get the preview bits | ZDNet
preview coming October 1st

"Microsoft's goal is to make Windows 7 users feel as though they are upgrading from a Prius to a Tesla with Windows 10 without having to relearn how to drive." :)

Microsoft's next OS is Windows 10, will ship later in 2015 @ engadget

Google X--, Google Y (2.0) "Smart Cities"

Founder Sebastian Thrun left Google X in August, now serves solely as an advisor | 9to5Google:

"Google X founder and Google VP Sebastian Thrun decided to leave his position last month, according to a change on his LinkedIn page picked up by TechCrunch. As confirmed by Google earlier today, Thrun will remain in an advisory role only at Google.

Thrun was a driving force behind the company’s efforts to build an automated car and also previously headed up the Google Glass project. However, both projects have since been passed to other leaders."

"A little over a year ago, Google CEO Larry Page convened his direct reports, the company’s dozen or so senior vice presidents, for a project that would take up two days a week for a couple of months. About 100 other employees below the SVP rank also participated in the effort, dubbed Google 2.0 …
What sort of problems would Project Y tackle? A more efficient airport design is one idea that has been mooted, and another is the slightly more ambitious idea of a completely new approach to how cities work."

Future Cities and Smart Technologies: A Landscape of Ambition and Caution: Special Theme @ ERCIM

Tesseract OCR free open source software (!)

Tesseract (software) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Tesseract is an optical character recognition engine for various operating systems.[2] It is free software, released under the Apache License, Version 2.0,[1][3][4] and development has been sponsored by Google since 2006.[5]Tesseract is considered one of the most accurate open source OCR engines currently available.[4][6]