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November 17, 2014

LinkNYC, New York City’s future public wi-fi

LinkNYC
CNET.com reported today about a newly approved proposal that aims to utilize the 7,000 public pay telephone installations remaining throughout the New York City’s five boroughs. A public-private partnership is launching LinkNYC, a network of gigabit wi-fi hubs that use the existing footprints for pay telephones. Unlike other citywide wi-fi attempts as seen in San Francisco (in certain public places only), each of the hubs will provide free wi-fi within a 150 foot radius of each station (or Link) with the goal of covering the large portions of the city within six years. The first Links should be online by late 2015 or early 2016. This will not replace in-home Internet access but will provide seamless connectivity for anyone out and about.

Each Link will allow for free phone calls anywhere in the U.S., a touchscreen interface to access city services and directions, access to local 911 and 311, and free charging stations for mobile devices. Each Link will have advertising displays which will pay for the network’s construction over time (meaning no taxpayer cost) and will also serve for public service announcements.

For more information, check out this link from CNET.com or LinkNYC’s Press Kit.

November 12, 2014

A Typeface Designed to Help Dyslexics Read

A new typeface designed to assist people with dyslexia.

example of the new typeface from Christian Boer via Slate.com

Dutch designer Christian Boer created a dyslexic-friendly font to make reading easier for dyslexics like himself.

“Traditional fonts are designed solely from an aesthetic point of view,” Boer writes on his website, “which means they often have characteristics that make characters difficult to recognize for people with dyslexia. Oftentimes, the letters of a word are confused, turned around or jumbled up because they look too similar.”

Designed to make reading clearer and more enjoyable for dyslexics, Dyslexie uses heavy base lines, alternating stick and tail lengths, larger openings, and semi-cursive slants to ensure that each character has a unique and more easily recognizable form.

Continue on to Slate.com for more of this article and a link for a free download of this font.

November 5, 2014

Introducing Kano: Hands-on Linux kit

Raspberry Pi based Linux kit for kids and other beginners looking for hands-on approach to computing.

Raspberry Pi based Linux kit for kids and other beginners looking for hands-on approach to computing.

Kano, a small British start up with strong Israeli ties, set out to make the inside workings of a modern computer accessible to children again. The idea behind the project is get kids coding and hacking themselves, and was inspired by one of the founders’ seven-year-old cousin who wanted to build a computer and wondered if it could be made as easy as playing with Lego.

Alex Klein, the co-founder in question, told ZDNet recently. “With our OS, they break the rules, share their creations with friends. We say: don’t start from scratch, start with these things that we offer, and make them yours.”

So how does the Kano kit measure up? Find out more in this ZDNet.com article.