E-books change the way written word is experienced

Great example of how a reporter can take a press release and turn it into human story by adding an anecdotal example that demonstrates why the reader should care. David J. Loehr, a playwright who lives in southern Indiana, was taking his car to the dealership when a story on the radio gave him an idea for a new play. Ordinarily, Loehr would have had to make do with jotting…

Shuttle Astronauts Set to Leave Space Station for Last Time | Atlantis STS-135 Final Mission | International Space Station | Space.com

In an occurrence which became somewhat of a tradition for shuttle crews and those of the International Space Station expeditions, the Expedition 28 crew and the STS-135 Atlantis astronauts formed a microgravity circle for a portrait aboard the orbiting complex’s Kibo laboratory of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. This image was taken on July 15, 2011 during NASA’s final shuttle mission STS-135 aboard Atlantis. CREDIT: NASA –via Shuttle Astronauts Set…

News of the World phone-hacking whistleblower found dead

Sean Hoare, the former News of the World showbusiness reporter who was the first named journalist to allege that Andy Coulson was aware of phone hacking by his staff, has been found dead. Hoare, who worked on the Sun and the News of the World with Coulson before being dismissed for drink and drugs problems, was said to have been found at his Watford home. — via News of the World…

Amazon lets students rent digital textbooks | Education | News | PC Pro

It’s good to see some activity in this area. I liked holding onto my college textbooks, in part for the notes. (A few weeks ago, I passed two of my college physics textbooks to my science-geek son.)  It’s nice that Amazon stores your notes for you in the cloud, but it appears you have to re-rent the textbook in order to view those notes. Of course, that would make sense…

PC AI sucks at Civilization, reads manual, starts kicking ass | PC Gamer

Then the researchers handed over the instructions and taught the PCs a “machine-learning system so it could use a player’s manual to guide the development of a game-playing strategy.” They didn’t teach the PC how to play Civ, but they taught them how to read about it. The system had no pre-programmed notion of turn-based strategy or even what the objects in the world represented. The system was a noob.…

Google+ has made Twitter boring, here’s what Twitter should do about that « Scobleizer

Google+ has beautiful photos and videos. Twitter? Just page after page of mind-numbing 140 character items. Now, Flipboard demonstrated to all of us that photos and videos CAN be added into the display, and the new Twitter UI does do some of that, but it just isn’t enough. Google+ is blowing Twitter away here. –Google+ has made Twitter boring, here’s what Twitter should do about that « Scobleizer.