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Noted: BriTek's Brilliant Airless Bicycle Tire Reinvents the Wheel from Inhabitat

Noted: BriTek's Brilliant Airless Bicycle Tire Reinvents the Wheel from Inhabitat Such a great, it seems amazing that it took this long to create one. Could revolutionize bicycle transport. Flat bicycle tires could be a thing of the past thanks to  BriTek ‘s amazin Energy Return Wheel. Whereas most bike tires regulate tire firmness with air pressure, with the Energy Return Wheel one simply adjusts the tension of the rubber that is stretched around a 29-inch  carbon fiber  wheel. Read more "Noted" items are particularly good finds from my daily reading which I share via all my social media accounts.     Find more Noted items here

Noted: Daily App: StillShot allows you to pick the best photos from your video clips from TUAW

Daily App: StillShot allows you to pick the best photos from your video clips from TUAW Similar to Vhoto, StillShot from Macadamia Apps allows you to grab a still photo from a video. While Vhoto automates the process for you, StillShot allows you scroll through the video frame-by-frame and choose the best shot. StillShot is extremely easy to use. Just open the app, select your video from your video library (StillShot filters out your photos, showing only your video clips) and scroll through the frames. When you find an image you like, hit the "Share" button, and it will be saved in full resolution to your camera roll. You also have the option to post the image to Facebook, share it on Twitter or print it. Read more "Noted" items are particularly good finds from my daily reading which I share via all my social media accounts.     Find more Noted items here

Noted: Crow or raven? New Birdsnap app can help from Science Daily

Crow or raven? New Birdsnap app can help from Science Daily searchers at Columbia Engineering, led by Computer Science Professor Peter Belhumeur, have taken bird-watching to a new level. Using computer vision and machine learning techniques, they have developed Birdsnap, a new iPhone app that is an electronic field guide featuring 500 of the most common North American bird species. The free app, which enables users to identify bird species through uploaded photos, accompanies a visually beautiful, comprehensive website that includes some 50,000 images. Birdsnap, which also features birdcalls for each species, offers users numerous ways to organize species -- alphabetically, by their relationship in the Tree of Life, and by the frequency with which they are sighted at a particular place and season. The researchers, who collaborated with colleagues at the University of Maryland, are presenting their work at the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition in Columbus, OH,

Noted: Google cuts off Chrome extensions that don't come from the Web Store from Engadget #technology #chrome

Google cuts off Chrome extensions that don't come from the Web Store from Engadget A while back Google said that it would stop letting Windows users install Chrome extensions that didn't come directly from the Web Store. The company ended up delaying the plan, but there is no more fighting it. Today users of the stable channel of Chrome on Windows will no longer be able to install extensions from outside the Web Store. That won't impact too many users thankfully, but it could make it difficult for those that like to run experimental add-ons. If you've already sideloaded extensions from outside of the Chrome Web Store, those will be disabled starting today; if you want to re-enable them, you'll have to make the switch to the dev channel of the browser. The idea is to protect users from malicious extensions that haven't made it through Google's screening process. Of course, OS X and Linux users can continue to use all the unapproved extensions they want. App

Noted: Welcome Preus museum to The [Flickr] Commons!

Welcome Preus museum to The [Flickr] Commons! We are thrilled to welcome Preus Museum, the national museum of photography in Norway, to The Commons today. The museum’s collections consist of Norwegian and international photography, albums, and various additional forms of images, cameras, and other technical objects which illuminate the historical development of photography. The museum has three galleries, one presenting parts of the collection: “A history of photography”, and two dedicated to temporary exhibitions. The museum also has a library of international standing, a photographic conservator who can offer state-of-the-art technical advice on the treatment and preservation of photographic materials, a museum shop and a cafĂ©. Read More

Noted: Speak and learn with Spell Up, our latest Chrome Experiment from Google Official Blog

Speak and learn with Spell Up, our latest Chrome Experiment As a student growing up in France, I was always looking for ways to improve my English, often with a heavy French-to-English dictionary in tow. Since then, technology has opened up a world of new educational opportunities, from simple searches to Google Translate (and our backpacks have gotten a lot lighter). But it can be hard to find time and the means to practice a new language. So when the Web Speech API made it possible to speak to our phones, tablets and computers, I got curious about whether this technology could help people learn a language more easily. That’s the idea behind Spell Up, a new word game and Chrome Experiment that helps you improve your English using your voice—and a modern browser, of course. It’s like a virtual spelling bee, with a twist. Read More

54 of My Favorite Technology Things for April 2014 -- from DouglasEWelch.com

As always, let me know what types of interesting items you would like to see and I will keep an eye out for them especially. -- Douglas Get new shared links as I find them via my social media feeds:         Technology |  How to Make Google Drive Work Like a Desktop Suite Technology |  How to Respond to Emails on Your Phone Infinitely Faster Technology |  IFTTT Brings App Automation to the iPad, Adds Collections, and More Technology |  The Best Tools and Apps to Make the Most of Flickr Technology |  Magneto Is a Smart, Google Now-Like Calendar (and We've Got Invites) Technology |  Robot Cage Fighting is Still a Thing! Technology |  Unleash the maps! : Last week, the New York Public Library released a massive collection of maps online...over 20,000 maps are available for high-resolution download. An incredible resource. Technology |  5 Things You Didn't Know About Pro Gaming New Media |  Five Best Desktop Microphones Technology |  Microsoft announces Skype TX with