By Molly Glentzer and Craig Hlavaty Published 12:00 am, Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Jones Plaza, the often-empty, 1.5-acre public space at the heart of Houston’s Theater District, may finally become a true people magnet courtesy of the second face-lift in its 51-year history. This time, Houston First Corporation, which operates the plaza for the city, hopes to create an event and dining area that reflects the artful vitality of the plaza’s prime location — a place that will be welcoming day and night for area employees as well as theater patrons and downtown residents. Houston First announced Tuesday that it has retained the Los Angeles design firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios to lead the transformation project. Officials said the redevelopment will cost about $25 million, most of which will be raised privately. The Downtown Redevelopment Authority has contributed $5 million. Houston Astros owner Jim Crane and his wife Whitney, along with the Astros Foundation, … [Read more...] about Jones Plaza to be redesigned as a ‘game changer’ for downtown Houston
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KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Educators say it’s a “game changer.”It’s in more than 2,600 schools across the country, used by about a million students and adding more all the time, even home schoolers.It’s called Acellus, developed in Kansas City by a noted inventor.Acellus is an online, interactive learning system. Several flavors of it are in use from kindergarten through high school, but most often it’s being used to turn potential dropouts into high school graduates.Students who have fallen behind on their course work or dropped a grade level use Acellus to catch up. In education-speak, that’s called a “credit-recovery” program.Acellus was conceived and founded by Kansas City scientist-engineer Roger Billings. He is most noted for being a pioneer in the use of hydrogen as fuel, particularly in vehicles.Acellus was first installed in a St. Joseph, Mo., school in 2001, and it has been has grown rapidly since.“Acellus does not allow … [Read more...] about Online, interactive learning system called a “game changer” in preventing dropouts
The problem with smartwatches to date has been that the devices have to be tethered via Bluetooth to your smartphone. As a result, the usefulness is limited to folks who need a companion device so they don't have to reach into their pocket. Samsung is reportedly planning to change that condition. According to the Wall Street Journal, the company plans to launch a standalone smartwatch-meets-phone in the "next few months." According to the Journal, the watch will be able to make and take calls without a smartphone. The watch will also take photos, send email, include GPS and a heart monitor. Every smartwatch out there today requires a smartphone and which device you choose depends on app variety in many ways. Also: Canalys: Pebble shipped more smart bands than Sony or Samsung in Q1 2014 | Samsung Gear 2 Neo and Fit review: Improved wearable tech with sleek designs What's unclear is whether Samsung will be able to get the smartwatch/phone down in size enough to be … [Read more...] about Can Samsung’s standalone smartwatch be a game changer?
We’ve had the PC, and the smartphone, and then the tablet. Now we are entering a new era, that of the wearable. And Microsoft’s sudden and rather dramatic entrance into the market with the Band is set to be a game changer. Microsoft’s entry into the wearables market won’t come as a surprise to most, but what will come as a bit of a shock is the choice of wearable. Most had expected the Redmond giant to join the smartwatch fray, rather than come out with what is primarily a fitness band. On first blush it seems like the fitness band market is already overcrowded, with players such as Jawbone, Fitbit and Nike all battling it out for market share. But the health and fitness market is coming into its own right now, and so it’s a good time for an 800-pound gorilla like Microsoft to make a serious play. On the outside it looks a lot like Samsung’s Gear Fit smart watch. It features a full-color touch-enabled display and can display text, call and email … [Read more...] about Microsoft Band is a game changer
posted on 13 Feb 2013, 16:54 2 1. Stuntman (Posts: 841; Member since: 01 Aug 2011) If it has a landscape slider keyboard and 32GB of storage, I'd dump my SGS3 for it ASAP. posted on 13 Feb 2013, 19:39 3 23. nexus718 (Posts: 7; Member since: 07 Dec 2012) I'm surprised no said anything about an increase in integration with Google Now, as Motorola has been talking about it in almost all of its most recent ads. posted on 14 Feb 2013, 08:13 2 40. jinxed (Posts: 107; Member since: 10 Jan 2013) True. And maybe this is the phone that integrates with the google glasses. Now that wud be game changing posted on 13 Feb 2013, 16:55 4 2. CivicSi89 (Posts: 349; Member since: 23 Jul 2011) Just hoping its no DROID X. haha. posted on 13 Feb 2013, 17:41 9 13. JulianGT (Posts: 89; Member since: 15 Oct 2012) Droid Razzr Maxx Super X* posted on 13 Feb 2013, 19:59 9 24. snowgator (Posts: 3609; Member since: 19 Jan 2011) The original Droid X was a great … [Read more...] about Comments for : What to expect with the Motorola X Phone, and is it a real game-changer?
The other evening as I was about to go to sleep, I wanted to look up some obscure fact on Wikipedia. My iPhone was downstairs and I certainly wasn't about to start up my laptop. "Forget about it," I thought. "I'll look it up in the morning."But then a deeper question arose: How come no one has delivered an instant-on small-form factor pocketable device with a keyboard optimized for fast Web access? Maybe I'm the only one who remembers the long-ago Psion 5mx, which had a great keyboard and built-in applications all packaged in a clamshell device that fit in a jacket pocket. [ Stay up on tech news and reviews from your smartphone at infoworldmobile.com. | Get the best iPhone apps for pros with our business iPhone apps finder. | See which smartphone is right for you in our mobile "deathmatch" calculator. ]I don't know if I'm ever going to see a device like the Psion 5 updated for the 21st century with a color screen and Wi-Fi, but rumors indicate the Apple tablet could come pretty … [Read more...] about Could Apple’s rumored iSlate tablet be another game changer?
A startup Tuesday unveiled technology it claims can can simultaneously charge multiple different devices in a house, even through walls and around corners, by using the same radio spectrum as other wireless standards, such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth."You don't have to put that device in every room. You just put it into one room in your house and it will power all your devices," said Hatem Zeine, founder of Ossia, developer of the technology. "It's like your Wi-Fi signal. If you can get a Wi-Fi signal, you'll be able to get power." [ Get expert advice about planning and implementing your BYOD strategy with InfoWorld's 29-page "Mobile and BYOD Deep Dive" PDF special report. | Keep up on key mobile developments and insights with the Mobilize newsletter. ]After six years of development, Ossia today unwrapped the new Cota wireless charging technology that it says will be available to consumers and enterprises by 2015.Zeine, demonstrated the technology with a prototype at the TechCrunch Disrupt … [Read more...] about Wireless charging from 30 feet away — does startup have a game changer?
When those who are blind encounter text, an object, or a landmark, how do they determine what is in front of them? Personal assistants, seeing-eye dogs, and canes traditionally have served this purpose. Now, Microsoft's new AI-based app called Seeing AI presents another aid to overcoming this obstacle for the visually impaired. On Wednesday, Microsoft unveiled the app as part of its overall AI strategy—which also includes using AI to uncover bias and address global challenges. The iOS app, previously available only on smart glasses, is now available for free on other devices—so anyone with an iPhone or iPad can download it. Microsoft has not yet revealed whether the app will become available on Android. The app uses a camera plus an AI-powered vision recognition system to look at an object and describe relevant information about it to a user. For example, a person can point their phone at a menu, and Seeing AI will describe the offerings. Seeing AI is not meant … [Read more...] about Microsoft’s new AI app to assist the blind could be a ‘game changer’ in accessibility
Remember back when Amazon released a phone? The Fire Phone promised to reinvent the way we used our mobile devices. With supposedly seamless integration with Amazon and a purportedly astounding new 3D interfaces, the phone flopped more than the sweat from Ted Buckland's forehead when being shouted down by Dr. Bob Kelso.Scrub that image.Let's talk about RED. If you're unfamiliar with the company, RED is the maker of some of the most brilliant film cameras on the market. Movies like Guardians of the Galaxy 2, The Martian, Hacksaw Ridge, Little Sister, Prometheus, and many more were shot using one of the many RED cameras (hardware that starts at $15,000.00 USD for the body only). So when RED announced they were going to build a smartphone, they immediately had my attention. What does one of the hottest film camera company's creating a smartphone have to do with the failed Amazon Fire Phone?The interface.Beyond what RED could possibly do to vastly improve the mobile device (more on that in … [Read more...] about Why RED’s take on the smartphone could be a game changer
As we approach the midpoint of the decade, a number of forces are coming together that have the potential to fundamentally reshape the data centers that have been carefully crafted over the previous decade. In this post, I will discuss three potentially contributing factors and how they could affect data center plans in the next few years.Perhaps the biggest potential game changer is the cloud. As cloud-based services continue their expansion, the march to the enterprise is inevitable. At first, companies will find themselves just testing the waters with a small workload... just to see how everything works. And then, as the cloud providers prove themselves capable of handling bigger workloads, and if the economics make sense, organizations will slowly move those tough-to-support workloads to the cloud, too.If this pattern sounds familiar, you're not going crazy. It's pretty much the same way that virtualization revolutionized the data center in the previous decade. Organizations will … [Read more...] about The 21st century data center: Three game-changers