Friday, February 27, 2015

Find: FCC votes for net neutrality, a ban on paid fast lanes, and Title II

FCC votes for net neutrality, a ban on paid fast lanes, and Title II
// Ars Technica

The Federal Communications Commission today voted to enforce net neutrality rules that prevent Internet providers—including cellular carriers—from blocking or throttling traffic or giving priority to Web services in exchange for payment.

The most controversial part of the FCC's decision reclassifies fixed and mobile broadband as a telecommunications service, with providers to be regulated as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act. This decision brings Internet service under the same type of regulatory regime faced by wireline telephone service and mobile voice, though the FCC is forbearing from stricter utility-style rules that it could also apply under Title II.

The decision comes after a year of intense public interest, with the FCC receiving four million public comments from companies, trade associations, advocacy groups, and individuals. President Obama weighed in as well, asking the FCC to adopt the rules using Title II as the legal underpinning. The vote was 3-2, with Democrats voting in favor and Republicans against.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Announcement: class cancelled today

Happy snow day.

Professor Watson

Friday, February 20, 2015

Fwd: Monday's nexUX meetup: Ron Statt of SAS on UX in analytics, at 3p


My thanks to you all for coming out to our last meetup! 

Monday is our next, with Ron Statt, senior director SAS R&D. Please come out again! As always, you will receive extra credit for coming out.

Professor Watson 

Come to Monday's nexUX Meetup! @ Hunt Library @ 300p
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Come to the nexUX Meetup!

With Ron Statt of SAS R&D

SAS Design and accessibility, mobility, and the future 

The Design Division at SAS is an umbrella organization responsible for supporting hundreds of offerings and thousands of users around the world. In this presentation, Ron will talk about the organization structure, their focus on accessibility innovations, how they’ve been impacted by the explosion of devices, how he feels they need to change to adapt to the future, and about how they are reaching out to collaborate with the academic community. 

Ron Statt is a senior director in the R&D Division at SAS Institute. He’s currently responsible for the Design Division, which includes user experience designers, visual designers, and accessibility analysts who impact the majority of SAS software offerings. Additionally, Ron provides program management for a cloud-based academic offering that is used by thousands of instructors, students, and independent learners throughout the world to learn SAS. During his 17+ years at SAS, Ron has held positions as a technical writer, project manager, manager, and director in various divisions.

As always with our meetups, this is not a "sit back and listen" meeting, but a chance for us to bring together a cross disciplinary group of people to think about the relationship between UX and analytics. Mostly though, we'll get to know one another, and have some fun.

RSVP and send your questions in advance using the buttons below. 

Also, please forward this email to whomever you think might be interested!

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Monday, February 23, 300pm


nexUX Meetups take place in the James B. Hunt Library on NCSU’s Centennial Campus. Events will be held in the Duke Energy Hall of Hunt Library, with a few exceptions.

James B. Hunt Jr. Library
1070 Partners Way
Raleigh, NC 27606
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There is ample parking near the Hunt Library on NCSU’s Centennial Campus.

  1. Visit the Parking Kiosk located as you enter Centennial Campus from the corner Varsity Drive and Avent Ferry Road. At the kiosk you can purchase a day pass for $5.00. This will allow you to park it the C-parking deck located near the Hunt Library on Partners Way. You can access this lot when leaving the parking kiosk by driving down Varsity drive, through Main Campus Drive and taking a right onto Partners Way. The multi-level parking deck will be on your right hand side.
  2. Directly outside the front doors of the Hunt Library (on Partners Way) is an hourly lot. There is a mechanical arm at the entrance to this lot. You can pay by the hour at $2.00/ hour to park here. Just be prepared, as this lot only accepts credit cards (no cash).

Once parked, you will be entering the Hunt Library on the ground floor. The Duke Energy Room is up the yellow stairs and on your left.

NCSU Wolfline buses also service the Hunt Library on several routes. See the full system map (PDF) or the real-time bus tracking map.


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Sunday, February 15, 2015

A Kickstarter project wants to make immersive virtual reality for groups [feedly]

Speaking of vr movies ...

A Kickstarter project wants to make immersive virtual reality for groups
// The Verge - All Posts

A recently funded Kickstarter project wants to create technology that can beam virtual reality into an entire room. The project, called Immersis, plans to make virtual reality something that a group of people can experience all at the same time — without wearing anything on their faces.

The company behind the project, Catopsys, calls Immeris an "innovative, disruptive technology" and says it can change the social aspects of virtual reality. The projector, which Wired points out looks like a sinister Pixar lamp, can connect to your computer and beam any content in 180 degrees.

"An immersive, disruptive technology"

The technology can adapt an image to fit the size and shape of any room it's in, but Immersis users must first create...

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Announcement: don't forget about your egames entry

At 12 today. Please email me a copy!

The walk potato, traces and beacon teams.

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Find: Apple increases the maximum size of iOS app binaries for the first time ever

Apple increases the maximum size of iOS app binaries for the first time ever
// Ars Technica

For the first time since the introduction of the App Store in 2008, Apple is increasing the maximum size of the app binaries that developers can upload to iTunes Connect. The company announced today that the cap would increase from 2GB to 4GB, though this doesn't affect the 100MB limit imposed on apps downloaded on cellular networks.

iOS app binaries contain both the executable file and all of the images, sounds, and other assets that the app needs—everything from icons to splash screens to UI is all included in one big file. Because of how they're packaged, these binaries can get rather large. Binaries include all the assets for all the devices they support. If you're shipping a universal app that supports all iOS 8 devices, for example, you've got Retina iPhone assets, Retina and non-Retina iPad assets, and special "3x" assets specifically for the iPhone 6 Plus (Apple's got a table here).

Universal apps include all of those assets, and the binary you download from the App Store is the same whether you've got an old iPhone 4S or a brand-new iPad Air 2. If you're running on an iPhone, for example, a universal binary will still contain assets for other iPhones and iPads, increasing the amount of space the app needs even though some of those extra assets aren't needed for your device. Xcode 6 partially supports vector graphics to ease the developer burden of maintaining and generating all these assets, but they're still stored as PNG files when the binary is built and uploaded.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Announcement: indicate your project preferences

You should all have received an email this morning letting you indicate your project preferences.

Please do so tonight or latest by tomorrow (Thursday) morning. Else I'll simply choose for you!

Professor Watson

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