Spotify Connect, Raumfeld and Luxembourg

After a discussion  some months ago with Teufel who make the Raumfeld streaming systems they have finally made all devices in this range Spotify compatible. What’s more it even works in Luxembourg. This was previously a problem with other services which were on their Connector 2 such as WIMP, Napster and Simfy which while available on other devices remained inaccesible in Luxembourg. Annoyingly, many of the streaming providers only licence their platforms to the hardware vendors on a per territory basis. Sadly though Qobuz which provides CD quality streaming as I believe WIMP does too is still not available in Luxembourg on Raumfeld devices- although there is a rather inconvenient way round this.

 

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Evernote not working under WINE

Sadly if you want Evernote to work on Linux you may have to stick with the web version. After updating Evernote to the latest version on Linux (Mint 13) it has ceased to work which is very frustrating.

You can find my earlier article with a version which works here.

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Scotland: Will it get Nasty after Independence?

With Scotland edging towards independence and the far right parties gaining in popularity in England, what would any independence settlement look like? The answer is we hope it will be peaceful but in reality we don’t know. Britain’s Marine Le Pen, Nigel Farage for one (a man with a disproportionate level of influence in UK politics) has already indicated he wants a very tough settlement. The sad thing is post 2015 when David Cameron will most likely be forced into some for of coalition (if he is not kicked out by his own party) Scotland will face a tough settlement and if UKIP holds the balance of power (along with some more insane Conservatives) it will get very nasty. Short of switching off the gas and oil supplies Scotland has almost almost no bargaining power. I only hope that if the vote does become a “Yes”  that Mr Salmond and his friends have a few tricks up their sleeves.

 

 

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I-GEAR Game Study To Take Place Soon

After months of development and some considerable challenges we now have the first  I-GEAR game ready for use after Apple finally approved it. For those not familiar with I-GEAR it is an FNR funded project which consists of two main parts, firstly an exploration of how to use gamification to reduce traffic congestion and related to this user interfaces for use in cars.

For this first game use will initially be restricted to certain groups of staff at the University of Luxembourg but we hope to make a public version of a more advanced game available later.

As ever credit where credit is due and I thank the other IGEAR project members in particular those who slaved away on the development of this game: Sasan, Hossein, Tigran and Tomas.

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Tiree Tech Wave

Being from Scotland although not from quite as far North (which makes it probably a whole lot less windy) the following event appears to my sense of IT adventures in the wild… Alan Dix is to say the least well known the human-computer interaction community so I am sure his blend of fun and knowledge (along with the able assistance of his fellow conspirators) will make the event well worth going to.

Eighth Tiree Tech Wave (TTW-8)
23-27 October 2014, Isle of Tiree, Scotland, UK

A hands-on making and meeting event exploring the edges of technology on the wild edge of Scotland

http://tireetechwave.org

Organisers:

Following seven previous Tech Waves, we will be meeting again in October 2014.

The Atlantic fringe was the haven of scholarship through the Dark Ages and is the haunt of wind-surfers today. The Tech Wave tries to capture a little of the spirit of each; from mashups to breadboards, Arduino to RDF, we will consider the social and philosophical challenges of technology by engaging directly with it. Come to take time to explore ideas that keep being put on the backburner, to be stimulated by others, or simply to be intellectually refreshed.

New faces and old are all welcome.

As always there is no fixed agenda, the issues and activities depend on you! This time there will be some new toys to play with as well as the normal mix of making and talking …

Tiree Tech Wave offers a time to step out, albeit momentarily, from a target-driven world, to experiment and play with hardware and software, to discuss the issues of our new digital maker culture, what we know and what we seek to understand, and above all to make things together.

This is all about technology and people: the physical device that sits in our hands, the data.gov.uk mashup that tells us about local crime, the new challenges to personal privacy and society and the nation state.

Anything can happen at a Tech Wave.

Registration open at http://tireetechwave.org/participate/.

Early bird rate till 22 September 2014.

Tech Wave starts 23 October 2014.

For more information contact

or visit tireetechwave.org

Twitter: @tireetechwave
Facebook:  TTW8 event  —  general TTW page

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