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BrainSpace.com – We Build Great Software


Brainspace Corporation makes software that connects people

Brainspace Corporation makes software that connects people and knowledge through a semantic intelligence platform. Brainspace processes information like the human brain—evaluating content, meaning and connectedness and determining not just relevance, but value. Brainspace’s suite of solutions will transform the way you find and connect to people, data and knowledge. Contact us for more information, or sign up now for the invitation-only beta of our new social curation app.

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FASCINATION OF A THOUGHT LEADER


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I always enjoy the scenic water taxi ride to the Chicago Merchandise Mart where the huge high-tech incubator known as 1871 lives and breathes like a sleeping dragon in a cave full of gold.

Michael Pollack, CEO of Rocket Fuel Labs is waiting for me. His firm provides the technology to launch new companies.

Turns out, I’m in for a treat—a conversation with a genuine thought leader. Mike is a highly intelligent man exploding with enthusiasm. I get the preliminaries out of the way, then sit back and simply say:

“Tell me about Rocket Fuel Labs.” Continue reading

Microsoft Office comes to Android !!!


The following excerpt is from USATODAY!

Microsoft recently made a version of Office Mobile available free for iPhone owners who also subscribe to its cloud-based Office 365 service. Now it’s Android’s turn.

On Wednesday, Microsoft extended a similar benefit to folks with Office 365 subscriptions and Android smartphones. The offering comes at no additional cost to those subscribers, but a typical Office 365 subscription runs $99.99 a year (and lets people use Office on up to 5 PCs and/or Macs).

As with the version for the iPhone, the mobile app is meant to complement Office on a personal computer so it’s more Office light than anything else. (The Android version was not available to test in advance.) So, Android owners can access, view and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents on their smartphones or create Word and Excel docs (but not PowerPoint docs) from scratch on those handsets. Outlook is not part of the deal.

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The Evolution of Data Backup: From Punch Cards to the Cloud


Ah, data backup. Normally the domain of an office manager or IT staffer, running backup is insurance against the loss of valuable data due to hardware failure, database corruption, viruses and disaster, both man-made and natural. No one wants to be helming the backup ship if the process fails, for the results can be disastrous.

Today’s businesses create huge amounts of data, in the form of digital pictures and video, customer transaction records, database and word processing files and social media posts, to name a few examples. According to ibm.com, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day, and 90 percent of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone. To say you need to have rock-solid storage systems in place is an understatement.

What started out with paper punch cards and magnetic tape is moving to the cloud. Gone are the days when the office manager backed everything up to tapes or floppies, or schlepped an external hard drive home each night. Now, we can digitize our images through services like Dig My Pics and save them in the cloud, where they are automatically backed up and available at any time with an Internet connection and a password.

The earliest data backup procedures were expensive, manual tasks that required storage media be handled and locked up on site or taken to an off-site location. Since backups were time-intensive and costly, not all businesses did them regularly, and some didn’t do them at all.

A Brief History of Data Backup

Business backup began with the use of two of the earliest media types, punch cards and magnetic tapeBy the late 1970s, the humble floppy disk made its debut. Floppies ranging in size from 8 inches down to 3.5 inches were a cheap and widely used solution through the ‘90s, when CDs came on the scene and replaced floppies due to their higher storage capacity. DVDs followed the popularity of CDs with a even greater storage capacity.

By the mid-2000s, Blu-ray disk and HD-DVDs, with capacities of up to 54GB, became available as removable storage mediums for business and USB flash drives became popular with individual users. These mobile storage and retrieval solutions enabled people to move important files from the office to their home computer. Network backup storage became an option for businesses in the ‘90s as well. It first enabled computers to connect locally in a single site (and later, through Internet links) to be backed up together. The data from several computers could be backed up and sent to a secure location off-site. The introduction of RAID (redundant array of inexpensive disks) technology in the early ‘90s allowed the use of multiple hard drives to make copies of data easier.

And Then, There Was the Internet

The Internet gave rise to the practice of storing and backing up data online. Using your Internet connection, users could upload their music, images and large files and back it up at an off-site location for safekeeping. This was the beginning of what became the modern cloud storage services that are in use today.

Backup and Recovery in the Cloud

Having a backup and recovery plan for your data is key to protecting one of your most important assets. You need to determine what data is to be backed up, how often and where it is to be stored. If you are keeping your own backups, you need to determine what type of media and software to use, as well as whether to store it on- or off-site. If you are keeping your backups in the cloud, you need to choose a trusted service. Popular cloud backup and storage services include Backblaze, Amazon EC2, Dropbox, Google Drive, Mozy and Apple iCloud. Each offer free and paid service levels. Try several first, to see which you prefer. 

As greater amounts of important data assets are created, we should see newer, cheaper and faster methods of storage show up. Today, it’s all about the cloud, and many believe it’s not a matter of if you’ll transition to a cloud backup and storage system, but when.

What are your earliest memories of data backup in the office?

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“The Simple Guide on How The Internet Works”


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This 29 page guide gives a great overview of the Internet and how it works.

This guide, by Taty Sena, explores the hardware, software and organizations that power the modern Internet. You’ll learn about everything from the history of the Internet to the organizations that make it possible today. This guide gives a great overview of the Internet and how it works, including:

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The history of the web

How information is transferred

What DNS servers do

The languages of the web, including HTML, java and more

Current Internet trends

How the web changed the world

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“Using YouTube: From Consumption to Production”


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There are two sides to the YouTube coin: consumption and production.
YouTube is unique from most other forms of media because it allows people using the service to both view content and create it. Becoming a content creator doesn’t require any special permission.

This 24 page guide will be dealing with both sides of the YouTube coin. Since each is separate from the other you will find that some chapters deal almost entirely with content consumption while other chapters deal almost entirely with content production. Those looking for information about YouTube’s web interface as well as alternative ways to access the site should focus on Chapters 2 and 3, while those looking for more information on how to create, manage and promote videos should refer to Chapters 4 and 5.

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Google Isn’t Afraid of Building for Apple’s Turf

Google Isn’t Afraid of Building for Apple’s Turf


Google Isn’t Afraid of Building for Apple’s Turf

At its annual developers conference, Google reinforced that it isn’t afraid to set up shop on the territory of its biggest rival, Apple. Several of the new services that it announced Wednesday are available for Google’s devices as well as Apple’s.

The company introduction its Hangout app, which will be a messaging service that works for Android devices, Apple’s iOS devices and through a Web browser. It also said that it would enable a new feature called Cloud Save — the capability to save user data across different devices — to work inside games made for Apple’s iOS software system.

Google even took the opportunity to jab at Apple’s map problems when it talked about the new maps app it made for iPhones late last year.

“People called it sleek, simple, beautiful, and let’s not forget, accurate,” said Daniel Graf, Google’s director of maps, while showing a picture of an iPhone with Google Maps. Mr. Graf demonstrated new features in its Maps app for Android devices and iPhones. When searching for a business, the software can now show special offers and discounts like getting half off a drink at Starbucks. The maps can also see real-time alerts for incidents, like car accidents slowing down traffic and offer a faster route.

These moves follow many examples of Google adding to its products for Apple’s iOS. Recently, it released a version of Google Now, a personal assistant similar to Apple’s Siri, that works for iPhones. And late last year, Google released its own maps app for iPhones.

Google’s aggressive expansion into Apple’s iOS system illustrates that it will do what it takes to collect user data from its rival’s customers, even if it makes Apple’s platform more powerful.

(VIA. New York Times)

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Here’s Why Facebook Wants To Spend $1 Billion On Waze, According To Industry Sources Who Are Smarter Than We Are


According to several reports, Facebook is in talks to buy an Israeli startup called Waze for $1 billion.

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Waze makes a “social” mapping app for smartphones. It was founded in 2009, and it has been backed by investors that include Horizons Ventures Hong Kong and Kleiner Perkins.

Last July, when Waze hit 20 million users, this is how BI’s Alyson Shontell described the service:

Waze relies on the community to give real-time traffic reports. If a user is on Waze while driving and hits traffic, a red line will appear behind the vehicle on Waze’s map to alert others in real time. Drivers can take pictures of accidents so other drivers will know why they’re not moving. They can also alert other drivers of upcoming speed traps.

Why does Facebook want to buy a mapping app?

We asked a few industry sources.

Three came up with interesting answers.

These sources asked to remain anonymous because they do business with Facebook, they wanted to be candid in their thoughts, and it’s just easier to talk to a reporter if they are allowed to be on background.
We’ve presented lightly edited versions of those answers below.
Industry source #1:

Facebook is buying Waze because each of the major tech companies want to own a mapping service. Microsoft, Google, and Apple own one. Now, so would Facebook.

Waze is a crowdsourced map. Users turn on Waze and as they drive around, roads are drawn. They can tell traffic by how fast people are moving around on the roads via GPS.

If you put, like, a billion users on it, the map becomes really accurate. If Facebook is committed to local search (pretty clearly they are), it would be helpful to have a maps UI in addition to a search UI, particularly one with road data that they can use their platform to make significantly more accurate and valuable.

Another example of all the big tech companies grabbing their own maps: last week, Alibaba took a huge stake in AutoNav, a German maps company with strong foothold in China.

A map will be a key interface for local discovery and commerce going forward, and Waze had a great one that FB uniquely could make a lot better.

The bottom line: Waze will improve Facebook’s local search, which is an increasingly important — and monetizable — application on mobile.
Industry source #2:

Facebook is buying Waze so Facebook Home doesn’t have to punt people over to Google Maps.

Furthermore, Facebook is probably stressed about Google playing the “if you are going to run a Facebook skin over our Android OS, we’re going to make it so your Facebook skin can’t use Google Maps” card.
I think it’s very obvious now that the future of maps / local is “social maps.” It will be really interesting to see how the space evolves in the next few months.

The bottom line: Facebook believes maps are a core mobile application that it needs to own, even on Google devices. Waze can help it make social mapping software that users will prefer over Google Maps.

Industry source #3:

The simplest and most important reason is that Waze is an awesome, quickly-essential-to-users mobile app, and mobile “real estate” is what Facebook desperately needs.

Facebook needs apps with strong enough appeal that they cannot be displaced by the “house” apps from Apple or Samsung (or Google, etc.).
Reason two is that Waze lets you see where your friends are. That’s a bigger value than just driving. But unlike check-ins, the user doesn’t need to do anything. So, integrated with the FB social graph, that’s amazing.

The last reason is that buying Waze helps Facebook realize its vision for the News Feed — a content feed that knows everything about you, and can use this information to determine what you need and want to see at that very moment. A big part of knowing everything about you is knowing where you are at that moment.

The bottom line: Owning Waze gives Facebook more mobile usage, and might even make its core product, the News Feed, more robust.

(VIA. Business Insider)

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With Over 15M Sites Built, Weebly Launches New Planner And Mobile Editor, Brings Website Creation Service To Android


In this day and age, if you own a small business, you need a web (and mobile) presence. It’s just the way it is. Some might opt just to go for a social media approach, a Twitter account and a Facebook page, but the likelihood is that you want something a little more flexible, high-quality and something that gives you more control over the user experience. More and more, people are turning to Wix and Weebly. The two big “W’s” in the website creator world.

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For those unfamiliar, Weebly is a service that lets you, your mom, grandmother, four-year-old cousin and anyone you know create a quality website for free. Launched out of Y Combinator in 2007, Weebly has had over 15 million sites created using its service to date, which collectively attract more than 100 million unique visitors each month. This week, Weebly has kicked its service up a notch with an all-new overhaul to its website builder — one that’s been a year in the making — and the launch of an interactive “Site Planner.”

This new site planner is designed to help give people ideas and a little lightbulb-style inspiration that will help them walk through the creative process and vision for the site. Plus, Weebly now offers an HTML5 site creator that offers new themes and pre-fab building blocks to customize their new site, and, most importantly, a new mobile new editor that helps them optimize their site for mobile devices, along with a now-globally available Android app.

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In the lead-up to the big launch, co-founder David Rusenko tells us, Weebly surveyed several million consumers and found that about 56 percent of them, understandably, don’t trust a business that doesn’t have a website. And, yet, 58 percent of businesses don’t have a website. Pretty eye-opening in today’s world, when over a billion people are on Facebook and hundreds of millions have so much computing power in their pockets.

Ask the Weebly founders who their core audience is and they’ll tell you, proudly, that it’s entrepreneurs — people who are trying to build their own small businesses, across every industry, not just techies. And, regardless of technical proficiency, the problem that most small business owners struggle with is how daunting it can be to face that blinking cursor, the blank page. It’s the same issue we scribblers deal with in cases of “writer’s block.” When building websites, people want ways to test out their ideas, lay out their vision, and help bring it to life.

So how does it all work?

The new Weebly site planner offers people ideas and inspiration to help ‘em plan and think through the vision for their site, which is pretty cool, as it offers a step-by-step, interactive guide to help them identify goals, organize and layout their pages. According to the founders, 55 percent of people who visit Weebly have never built a website before, so the HTML5 site creator is designed to help make that process easy on n00bs and experts alike, give their site a personalized, unique design, photos, text and so on.

The new mobile site lets users customize how their site looks for their visitors on computers, phones and tablets, allowing them to create a separate design for mobile using a distinct theme, while editing their site in a mobile viewer. As they go, they can switch between different views to see how it will look on both Android and iOS.

In turn, the company’s new Android app basically brings everything that was already native to the Weebly experience to Android, including the ability to create blog posts on the go with drag and drop mobile blogging, add photos and text to their blog, social sharing, push notifications, commenting and analytics.

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“For the first time, entrepreneurs around the world have a single place where they can easily
start a site that works across computers, phones and tablets,” said Roelof Botha, partner at Sequoia Capital who led Sequoia’s investments in YouTube, Square, Tumblr and more. “We believe demand for Weebly’s site creation tool is just beginning.”

Users can sign up for Weebly in a minute, pick their site address, whether or not they want to use the free service or a premium plan which starts at $4/month, and jump in. The service now helps you plan the layout, create the site, drag-and-drop-style and publish to the address of your choice. Weebly takes care of the cross-platform optimization and SEO, leaving you to do the rest. Pretty cool.

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(VIA. Tech Crunch)

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How to Convert PSD to HTML/CSS–Free 52 page preview


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It’s a step by step guide on how to convert a design made in Adobe Photoshop into functional HTML/CSS files.

You can learn how to take your Adobe Photoshop designs and convert them into fully functional websites using HTML/CSS. This definitive guide doesn’t just walk you through the basic process, it also teaches you to analyze your graphics before you write one line of code, check your design across multiple browsers, and handle any necessary bug fixes.

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