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18 Months without Google

Last year I wrote a blog post about my experiences giving up Google. I thought it would be useful to revisit this briefly to talk about my experience now it has been a year and a half. Mainly, not much has changed since that post. I live an (almost) Google-free ...

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Create4Dementia – Reflection

Posted by Tom. On 30th & 31st May I attended the Create4Dementia hackathon, held at the Hancock Museum, Newcastle. The task was to create provocative and interesting designs and prototypes to, among other objectives, help challenge commonly held beliefs towards dementia. Unlike many conventional hackathons, there were large numbers of people ...

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Cross Platform Mobile Development

At LiSC, mobile computing plays an important role in carrying out a diverse range of research, with the development experience passed into our undergraduate teaching. Our new Social Computing programme which starts in September also has a strong focus on the moving target of mobile development. With mobile a central theme ...

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3 Months into my Google Diet

A bit of a side topic for the LiSC blog but may be of interest. This is all true to my experience, however if you have any suggestions/corrections please let me know. At the end of last year I had a particularly bad user experience around Google's continuing drive to integrate ...

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Social Applications Development Update

(This post is an updated version of one we posted on MSDN last September) With consumer uptake of smartphone platforms growing exponentially, particularly for accessing social media, news, streaming media and games through the lens of ‘mobile apps’, the LiSC team felt  it was time to overhaul the ‘Mobile ...

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Get Lost, GetLostBot! Serendipity in Location-Sharing Services

Last week I presented a short paper about GetLostBot at the Workshop on Personalising the Local Mobile Experience at the 2012 ACM Conference on Recommendation Systems in Dublin. The paper is freely downloadable from our institutional ePrints. This brief paper outlines the experience ...

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Windows #phonecamp pushes the right buttons

A few months ago we contacted Microsoft to arrange a #phonecamp in the School of Computer Science at Lincoln where they would come along and give presentations and demos of the Windows Phone platform. This aligned with our Social Applications Development Module run by LiSC for third year ...

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LiSC are hosting a Windows Phone Camp

Last September we developed a new module for year 3 and MComp students within the School of Computer Science at Lincoln called 'Social Applications Development'. As the name entails, the module is about the design and implementation of social applications, on mobile platforms, with content that sits at ...

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Bluetooth – Quietly Ubiquitous

Last year we had a discussion over the use of Bluetooth technologies and how we could potentially utilise them to create context aware mobile applications including games and sensor-ware. Current and emerging sensor technologies are always of interest ...

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