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FAT news — From Around Twitter and the Internet — 2018, week 15

⬇”Research at NVIDIA: AI Reconstructs Photos with Realistic Results”

“A walkthrough of how to set up Windows 10 to never bother you unnecessarily again.” ⬇⬇⬇ https://tek.io/2JDiPoT



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FAT news — From Around Twitter and the Internet — 2018, week 10


If you’ve been optimizing your YouTube video descriptions, good on you. A positive surprise might be coming your way.

The initial version of Google Clips requires effort, isn’t cheap and has many shortcomings, according to The Verge:


And these pics have GOTTA BE green-screened, amirite? If you know, email me at AlexYongNYC@gmail.com

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FAT news — From Around Twitter — 2018, week 8



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Nice seeing old friends in person – And to meet people I’ve only seen online, til now

June 11, 2017

➡️ Follow @HeavenBeatbox on Twitter! ⬅️ So one day in the future we’ll look back on these backward-image Snaps⬇️ and know it’s OG Snapchat?? LOL!  Fix it, already! C’mon, man!

⬇️ My Snapchat “video” from the event. No HBB beatboxing in it, sadly! My bad . . . I got there a little too late ⬇️

Snaps from tonight:
Taken via: the Huawei Google Nexus 6P smartphone.
Carrier: Verizon Wireless 4G LTE. Yes, you CAN use the Nexus 6P on Verizon Wireless. It’s perfectly fine🙄 You’re not doing anything wrong. Don’t let Verizon tell you you can’t use the Nexus 6P on their 4G LTE. #eyeroll🙄



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A chat with the developer of MyScript Calculator

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The MyScript Calculator free Android and iOS app by Vision Objects


I had the fortune of interviewing Giovanni Rodriguez of Vision Objects, a world leader in handwriting recognition. At the Mobile Apps Showdown, Vision Objects’ Fernando Rynne told the crowd that handwriting recognition goes beyond replacing legacy keyboards. The unprecedented app they created proves that. They named it the MyScript® Calculator and it’s available on Android and iOS.  If you click on this link, you’ll see the presentation video and why MyScript Calculator was crowned the 2013 Winner of the Mobile Apps Showdown, besting nearly 40 other great competitors. Now that’s impressive!

Interview answers are provided by Giovanni Rodriguez of Vision Objects.

Q: What’s the difference between the MyScript® MathPad and the MyScript Calculator? How soon was MyScript MathPad created after MyScript Calculator?

A: MyScript Calculator is targeted at the general public and shows that there is an easier way to enter math into a machine than using a keyboard. The fact that your mathematical expression gets transcribed and calculated on the fly is what gives this app its wow effect. However, our core business has nothing to do with developing calculators or scientific solvers – we provide the handwriting recognition engines that let developers add handwriting input methods to their solutions (the SDK used in MyScript Calculator is called MyScript Equation). To illustrate the full power of MyScript Equation, we decided in Q2 2013 to develop a full-fledged mathematical expression renderer capable of recognizing and converting into LaTeX almost any form of mathematical expression. This is a tool many professors and students have longed for!

Q: After its inception, how many years and months did it take to finally present the Calculator at the Mobile Apps Showdown?

A: MyScript Calculator started a couple years back as a demonstration application we developed to showcase our math recognition SDK. All the customers we showed it to were amazed by its accuracy, speed and concept. In fact, after the feedback received at CES 2012, we decided to polish up this demo and turn it into an application. The first release of MyScript Calculator was born on Google Play in late June 2012. Then we recognized the need to port this app to the Apple world and version 1.1 appeared on the App Store that December, just 3 weeks prior to the 2013 Mobile Apps Showdown. The rest is history I guess. We have reached over 12 million downloads since its launch, appeared on the Apple TV commercial, and inquiries are still coming in from all over the world.

Q: At what age did you become aware that you loved math? What else would you like to say about your apps to students, parents, professionals, etc.?

A: Being a system engineer,  math was always with me as a student. I remember those big calculators with a lot of buttons. In those days, just to write a simple equation, you’d need to refer to the user manual and do a lot of combinations. What we are looking to do is to have a real natural way to write and interact with math, text, shapes and much more. This is what our technology provides, a natural way for people who want the pen and paper feel, but with the advantage of mobile devices and the interactivity on tablets and smartphones. The idea behind the use of our technology is to provide students and professionals reasons to start using those devices more as companions and content creation devices, and less as consumer devices.  Thank you for taking time to write about us and our vision for the great potential of mobile devices for students, parents, children, and professionals.

Special thanks to:

• Robin Raskin of Living In Digital Times

• Fernando Rynne of Vision Objects

• Jay Farris

for helping with this article.

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Attention NYC: If you don’t have cable TV and you can’t get an over the air signal, look into Locast.org

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David Goodfriend is an attorney and advocate in Washington, D.C. He is a former Clinton Administration aide, where he served as Deputy Staff Secretary to the 42nd American President. Goodfriend was a legal advisor to FCC Commissioner Susan Ness. He graduated summa cum laude from Beloit College and is co-host of “Left Jab” on Sirius-XM Satellite Radio. Goodfriend is also the founder and Chairman of Sports Fans Coalition, a coalition of sports activists, fighting to give sports fans greater voice in public policy impacting professional and collegiate sports. Goodfriend was a co-founder and EVP/General Counsel of Air America Radio, and was Vice President of Law and Public Policy at DISH Network, EchoStar Satellite LLC (DISH Network).February 9, 2018

Q: I feel free TV is one of those things people hear about but many folks don’t act on it — because we sometimes question whether we’re dancing with illegal groups if we do, etc. What are the statutes about free TV and accessing it?

David Goodfriend:

There’s actually a very thorough, well-reasoned legal argument that’s been presented to me and to members of my board by an outside law firm that’s very well regarded in the copyright field. What they told us is, the copyright statute itself, since 1976, has had a provision that says any non-profit can retransmit a broadcast signal provided that the non-profit doesn’t benefit directly or indirectly financially, and if it charges a fee, it only charges enough to cover costs. That’s it. That has been on the books since 1976, and it’s that provision that so-called ‘translator stations’ have always used for more than four decades to justify what they’re doing.

Q: So we should think of it like an antenna? Is it easy?

David Goodfriend:

A translator station is just an antenna, basically, that receives the TV signal and then boosts it, sends out another over-the-air signal so that the broadcast signal can reach the outer extremities of a market, and that’s been done by non-profits under this statute for decades, since 1976. It’s never been challenged by broadcasters or anybody else; it’s never even been litigated. The statutory provision just sits on the books and has been used, and no one’s ever had an argument over it.
Sports Fans Coalition formed a New York chapter last year called Sports Fans Coalition New York that’s organized under the non-profit corporate laws of New York, and we started our own translator service. The difference is this is over the internet instead of over the air. We restrict access to only people within the New York City five boroughs.
If you’ve got a computer or a smartphone or a tablet, go to www.LoCast.org. The site shows a channel guide; you can click on a channel and watch. The name locast is from “local” and “broadcast” put together. There are 15 stations for New York being streamed to New Yorkers, and the goal is the exact same goal the translator stations have always had which is: broadcasting is supposed to be available for free or at minimal cost to the public – everybody in the local market. And if you cannot get an over the air signal, and you don’t subscribe to cable, we’re the answer.

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Q: Who’s on your board and what do they bring to the table?

David Goodfriend:

Well, in the New York non-profit there’s three [board members] — there’s myself, Habiba Alcindor, and Phillip Berenbroick, who’s a public interest attorney based in Washington. All three of us also serve on the Board of Directors for Sports Fans Coalition, the main non-profit that’s been around since 2009. So, the New York chapter currently has a board comprised of a subset of board members from the national chapter.
I really was hopeful Habiba would participate, not only because she is local but because she cares so much about non-profit advocacy and non-profit activity. She’s really been a sort-of ‘keeper of the flame’ for what it means to have a non-profit mission. So, for example, we’re increasingly reaching out to residents of public housing in New York City to say: ‘We’ve got a lower cost option for you, if you don’t want to pay for cable and you can’t get an over the air signal, we have an option for you.’ And she’s been a really good evangelist, if you will, of that proposition.




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