Saturday, October 17, 2015

bubbles: unicorns & skyscrapers

podcast: Episode 656: Bubblelicious : Planet Money : NPR
"A unicorn is a private company that is worth more than a billion dollars. And there are 140 unicorns out there right now."

book "Boombustology: Spotting Financial Bubbles Before They Burst."
"... says skyscrapers are a great indicator of bubbles because it's a sign that people are really ambitious, especially if they're trying to build the tallest. It's also a sign there is easy money in the economy"
About - Vikram Mansharamani
"earned a PhD and MS from the Sloan School of Management at MIT, an MS in Political Science from MIT, and a BA from Yale University,"
"Salesforce Tower (in San Francisco)...  is going to be the tallest building west of the Mississippi."
The Salesforce Tower under construction will be the tallest in the Bay Area when completed.

IoT tools: Samsung SAMI

Samsung SAMI – a D3 Platform for the IoT
"Samsung SAMI is a Data-driven Development (D3) platform for receiving, storing and sending data to/from IoT devices. Any device can send data in various formats which is then normalized into a JSON format and stored in the cloud. Data can then be requested by other devices.
...Data can be later requested using REST or WebSocket API calls (API specification)
...Samsung has published a number of sample applications for Android, iOS, Node.js, Arduino, and the browser (JavaScript) that show how to use SAMI. There are also a number of SDKs that help with the creation of applications in Java/Android, Objective-C/iOS, PHP, Python and Ruby."

SAMI Developer Portal

interesting "cloud thing" logo :)

Matte vs Glossy Monitors

Are there "real" anti-glare touch screen monitors?
Some touchscreen 2-in-1 like Lenovo Flex are declared anti-glare, but they are not matte.
Flex 3 (14 inch) | Affordable, Thin, & Light Multimode | Lenovo US

Matte vs Glossy Monitors - PC Monitors