The iPad has taken the tech world by storm this year. In a half-year poll, ReadWriteWeb readers voted it the most important product of 2010 so far. One of the few criticisms of the iPad has been that it’s mostly a media consumption device. It doesn’t have a camera and writing on the iPad is akin to walking on the moon (everything happens in slow motion).However, the iPad has gained popularity in the artistic community – in particular thanks to an iPad app called Brushes, which enables you to ‘finger paint’ a colorful work of art.Art web site MutualArt reports that Brushes is being used to produce stunning works of art from professional artists such as David Kassan and Kyle Lambert. And internationally renowned British artist David Hockney recently said that the iPad “really is like a drawing pad. They will sell by the million.”Check out how David Kassan did a finger painting of a subject in this video. Note how he used the zoom feature to attend to details. The end result rivals anything done with paints! Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement richard macmanus Brushes was originally developed for the iPhone,by two ex-Apple employees: Steve Sprang and Kurt Revis. This year Brushes was redesigned by the pair, to take advantage of the iPad’s larger screen. The iPad app features brush controls, layers, an extensive color palette, zooming, high resolution export and a ‘stroke bystroke’ playback of the art work’s creation. A Users’s Guide for the iPad app was released just today. A Flickr group has been set up for Brushes and it includes a lot of very impressive art work. I have to say, this app gives the lie to the commonly spouted iPad criticism that you can’t create media with it – a claim that I heard repeated tonight by a “technology expert” interviewed by a local TV news network. Tags:#Apple#art#mobile#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces
Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Tags:#AR#Hololens#Internet of Things#IoT#Microsoft#VR Fei Zhao Follow the Puck Microsoft HoloLens — the company’s advanced “mixed reality” headset — will finally launch in China at the end of this month, by May 24.The headset started shipping to developers in the United States and Canada in March 2016, it has gradually expanded its markets to different countries like Australia, England, Ireland, France, and Germany.See also: Bringing AR to elevator servicing with HoloLensThe official website of Microsoft China has opened links to pre-order for the business kit and developer kit. However, both of these kits are not available to normal users at this time, and even the business users will have to fill out an application to reserve it. Both of the two kits will only be provided in English.Different from other products of VR/AR technologies, Microsoft HoloLens is the leader in MR (Mixed Reality) technology. The wireless and smart glasses design of HoloLens makes it more advanced compared with other VR headsets on the market. According to a Chinese technology website’s review, it also felt much more comfortable.What are the differences between Mixed Reality and VR/AR?VR emphasize the total virtual environment and experience, while AR technology is based on real environment, and adding virtual images and information. As for Mixed Reality, it combines the two technologies and adds much more realistic information than the AR technology, so that users can immerse into a more astonishing virtual world. Most of the professionals believe that there is only a slight difference between MR and AR.However, companies will try to spotlight the slight differences to make their products distinguished from others. Magic Leap, which was founded in 2011 in Dania Florida, is another major company in the MR market. According to the data from our VB Profiles, Magic Leap has established 6 years ago and they haven’t released any commercial products yet. However, they have already raised $1.39 billion in three series of funding campaigns. In February 2016, the company collected $794 million from the series C funding, and it was lead by Alibaba.So what are the differences between Mixed Reality and VR/AR? VR emphasize the total virtual environment and experience, while AR technology is based on real environment, and adding virtual images and information. As for Mixed Reality, it combines the two technologies and adds much more realistic information than the AR technology, so that users can immerse into a more astonishing virtual world. Most of the professionals believe that there is only a slight difference between MR and AR. However, companies will try to spotlight the slight differences to make their products distinguished from others.Magic Leap, which was founded in 2011 in Dania Florida, is another major company in the MR market. According to the data from our VB Profiles, Magic Leap has established 6 years ago and they haven’t released any commercial products yet. However, they have already raised $1.39 billion in three series of funding campaigns. In February 2016, the company collected $794 million from the series C funding, and it was lead by Alibaba.A billion dollar marketDue to the strong connections between MR and AR/VR technologies, competition among companies in these markets is intensive as well. VB Profiles reports the total funding of VR Tools/Platform market has now reached to $2.67 billion.Oculus, which was acquired by Facebook in 2014 for $2 billion, is another popular company alongside Microsoft HoloLens. This Irvine, California-based company was founded in 2012, and before acquired, they had already raised $93.4 million in three series.In March 2015, Oculus released its Virtual Reality headset Oculus Rift and soon became one of the best headsets on the VR market. However, this March, the former CMO of Oculus, Elizabeth Hamren, has become the new Corporate Vice President of the MR team of Microsoft according to LinkedIn information. In June 2015, Microsoft and Oculus were partnered to provide a better gaming experience for Xbox One, but now the competition between them is getting more intensive.For normal customers and users, it may be hard to understand those terminologies, but at the same time, the intensive competition among those companies will help us to get into this new era of virtual technology quickly. Then finally let us experience the most authentic and groundbreaking new products. Microsoft HoloLens will step into the China market, which is the world’s biggest market for virtual reality according to them. We should expect that HoloLens would be the perfect production of virtual technology. Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…
By Molly C. HerndonTax season is upon us and military families may be overwhelmed with the changes that may affect their 2013 return. To help navigate this complicated process, it is best to seek the help of a professional. Members of the Armed Services and their families are eligible for free tax preparation online. Through this program, up to three state returns and a federal return can be filed at no charge. Military OneSource is hosting an online chat today at 2 p.m. ET. Join this chat to ask questions about filing from military tax professionals.Unfortunately, tax season is a popular time for scams. These scams run from common identity theft to more complex types of fraud. Learn about the scams the IRS is looking out for this season, and report any suspicious emails to email@example.com. More information is available here. The Military Saves blog also lists 5 popular scams to lookout for this year.The Military Families Learning Network will present a personal finance webinar on Tax Updates for Military Families on March 4 at 11 a.m. ET. Speaker Dr. Michael Gutter will discuss income taxes and how understanding this process can relate to many financial management behaviors military families must engage in. The 90-minute session will cover:Basics of tax calculationsAn overview of common deductions, exemptions, and credits.The three Ds: deductions, deferral, and division.Complex issues facing families such as phase-outs of deductions, exemptions, and credits.Tax-advantaged accounts including flexible spending plans, TSPs, IRAs, and such that can help manage tax burdens today and in the future.This webinar is hosted by the Department of Defense and if you are not joining from a military installation, you will need to install security certificates. Alternatively, the webinar will be streaming live on Ustream which may be accessed online or via an app available for Droids, iPads and iPhones. Details about how to join are available here.The slides for this presentation have been added to Slideshare. View them here, or download a copy from the link above.AFC-credentialed participants will receive 1.5 CEUs for attending this webinar and following the instructions given during the presentation. No registration is required and this presentation is free of charge. View a list of all of the MFLN webinars presented and scheduled here.This post was published on February 20, 2014 on the Military Families Learning Network blog.
The Madhya Pradesh government on Saturday revoked the licence of a private hospital in Indore where 11 elderly persons, who underwent cataract surgeries on August 8, suffered significant impairment of vision due to infection. “As a result of the loss of eyesight of 11 patients who underwent cataract surgeries at your hospital on August 8, this is to inform you of the cancellation of your licence under Section 6(1) of the Madhya Pradesh Upcharyagriha Tatha Rujopchar Samabandi Sthapnaye (Registrikaran Tatha Anugyapan) Adhiniyam, 1973,” District Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) Pravin Jadia wrote in a letter addressed to the Director of the Indore Eye Hospital.District Collector Lokesh Kumar Jatav, however, told The Hindu that the patients had not lost their sight completely but were suffering from ‘blurry vision’ due to infection after the surgeries. “They have been shifted to the best eye hospital in the city and will undergo corrective surgeries. A team from Sankara Nethralaya from Chennai will perform the procedure. At this stage, we don’t know what caused the infection.”Under the Union Health Ministry’s National Programme for Control of Blindness, 14 persons aged between 45 and 85, 10 from Dhar district and four from Indore, underwent the surgeries on the day. Later, 11 of them complained of blurry vision. They have been shifted to Choithram Hospital and Research Centre in the city. The private hospital had conducted 386 cataract surgeries under the programme from April to August 8. A three-member team comprising the Additional District Magistrate (ADM) and two government ophthalmologists had been constituted to inquire into the case, said Mr. Jatav. A district health official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said, “Private hospitals get paid on the basis of the number of successful surgeries.”Meanwhile, Chief Minister Kamal Nath announced a compensation of ₹50,000 for each of the affected persons. “Our priority is to save their vision at this point,” Jitu Patwari, Higher Education Minister, told reporters. “The operation theatre has been sealed. Those responsible for negligence will be punished. Even the doctor who underestimated the extent of the infection will be punished.”The issue came to the notice of the authorities after Dr. Sudhir Mahashabde of the hospital wrote to the district blindness control society about it, said Mr. Jadia. Mr. Nath tweeted: “How the hospital was granted permission despite an incident there nine years ago, we’ll investigate it and take action against the accused.”In 2010, the hospital was in the dock when 18 patients who underwent cataract surgeries there lost their vision. However, surgeries were resumed following a six-month suspension period.
Polish media company ITI and its subsidiary TVN have agreed to form a strategic partnership with pay TV group Canal Plus.The deal will see TVN and Canal Plus merging their pay TV activities to create a common DTH platform with a subscriber base in excess of 2.5 million. TVN is expected to combine its subsidiary ITI Neovision with Cyfra Plus in exchange for a significant minority stake in the combined entity.“By combining the Polish pay TV assets of TVN Group and Canal Plus Group, TVN Group continues to meet the challenges of a converging media world and its premium offering will deliver the best available entertainment experience to its customers,” ITI said in a statement. “The TVN Group and the combined pay TV platform will plan to enter into partnership agreements in content development, production and exploitation in the Polish market.”In addition, Canal Plus is to acquire a significant minority stake in N-Vision, the parent company of Polish Television Holding, which holds a 51% stake in TVN. Under the deal, Canal Plus has been granted an option to acquire the remaining portion of the controlling stake in TVN from ITI.French group Canal Plus operates the Cyfra Plus pay TV platform in Poland, which has 1.5 million subscribers, while TVN operates rival pay TV service ‘n’.