Adam S. Brooks

technologist / geek . entrepreneur . marketer . presenter / speaker . developer . consultant . innovator . educator . community advocate . author .

Mobility means info, convenience and social

Mobility means info, convenience, and social all served up on the go, across a variety of screens and devices.


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Lockheed Martin Missile Defense Secrets Sold Through eBay

Details of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system used to shoot down ballistic missiles using a hit-to-kill approach are found on a computer sold through eBay. Another day, another cyber-security concern. In today’s episode, a used computer bought on eBay contained highly sensitive details of a key U.S. missile system designed by defense contractor Lockheed Martin. Among the data found on the legally purchased computer were details of test launch procedures, blueprints of facilities and sensitive personal data on Lockheed Martin employees. Read More


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Emotional Development and Social Networking, Social Media, Rapid-Fire Media, Blogging, Twitter, etc.

New findings show that the streams of information provided by social networking sites are too fast for the brain’s "moral compass" to process and could harm young people’s emotional development. Before the brain can fully digest the anguish and suffering of a story, it is being bombarded by the next news bulletin or the latest Twitter update, according to a University of Southern California study. Read More

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“Wouldn’t it be great if you could Twitter just by thinking about it?”

Wilson, a doctoral student in biomedical engineering, was confirming an announcement he had made two weeks earlier — his lab had developed a way to post messages on Twitter using electrical impulses generated by thought. That’s right, no keyboards, just a red cap fitted with electrodes that monitor brain activity, hooked up to a computer flashing letters on a screen. Read More

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New flat flexible speakers are less than 0.25mm thick

A groundbreaking new loudspeaker, less than 0.25mm thick, has been developed by University of Warwick engineers, it’s flat, flexible, could be hung on a wall like a picture, and its particular method of sound generation could make public announcements in places like passenger terminals clearer, crisper, and easier to hear. Lightweight and inexpensive to manufacture, the speakers are slim and flexible: they could be concealed inside ceiling tiles or car interiors, or printed with a design and hung on the wall like a picture. Pioneered by University of Warwick spin-out company, Warwick Audio Technologies’  the ‘Flat, Flexible Loudspeaker’ (FFL) is ideal for public spaces where it delivers planar directional sound waves, which project further than sound from conventional speakers. [read more]

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Web 2.0 Doesn’t Exist But Web Pi Does!

Web 2.0 is more or less the second generation of Web sites and services that emerged after the dust had settled from the first dot-come bubble and bust. Many of these Web sites integrate social interaction. They also do more than their predecessors (Web sites of the 1990s and early 2000s). A conference even sprang up to help collect, represent, and promote the second interactive growth spurt. Within a few years, however, people started talking about "Web 3.0." This annoyed me because it assumed that Web 2.0 had some real meaning. It doesn’t. It’s just a label for a bunch of disparate companies and products. I know some people think that Web 2.0 actually means social networking. It doesn’t. Even if you’re convinced that it does, what would Web 3.0 be? Social networking that makes tons of money?  Let’s be clear: Web 2.0 is not doomed. Web 2.0 does not exist. Read More

Ok, we’re just talking semantics here. I, however, like to set geeky trends, not just follow them. So, with this motivating desire in mind, I have already moved well beyond "Web 2.0" and "Web 3.0" verbiage. I am now up to "Web Pi" or "Web 3.14159265358979323846." You may say that it doesn’t exist but it does an it’s cyclical. AB


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28 Incredible Photoshop Image Manipulation Techniques and Tutorials

All of these tutorials will show you how to take the simplest image and create something eye-popping and professional. Each one uses different techniques to achieve the result, and I am sure you would agree they are all amazing. Each image shows the before and after to give you the full effect. Read More

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15 online (browser-based) photo editing tools compared

Tools that let you edit photos in the Web browser have come a long way in the last few years. We wanted to take a moment to do a feature comparison with a grouping of editors–big and small, to see what each one is capable of. Most of the services on this list take advantage of Adobe’s ever-developing Flash platform, which in its latest iteration got a huge boost with support for the large images coming out of today’s high-megapixel cameras. On the flip side of that, several of the non-Flash-based editors use AJAX to make the changes happen without reloading the page. The benefit here is that you can run these on machines without the latest versions of Flash installed. Read More

Great stuff for when you’re on a netbook or cloud computing!

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Legal Tweets: Twitter Posting From The Courtroom: Federal Judge Grants Request

Federal judge grants a reporter’s request to send Twitter posts from the courtroom during a trial. U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten ruled Monday that the posts would not prejudice jurors since they’re told to avoid newspaper, broadcast and online reports about the case. Wichita Eagle reporter Ron Sylvester requested to use Twitter while covering the trial of a group of men accused of racketeering through the Crips street gang. Read More

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Privacy Risks and Cloud Computing

Last week, we had a wave of panic roll through Facebook users as many realized that the site had changed its terms of service in a way that implied it might soon broadcast their most embarrassing photographs to parents, teachers, and prospective employers. On Monday, the World Privacy Forum released a report that says those fears are just the tip of the iceberg. Read More

I love the ending of the article: “Don’t put anything in the cloud you wouldn’t want a competitor, your government or another government to see.” Duh-huh.

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