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Reshape: The speakers in session 3 of TED2014

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Our world is constantly changing, and it is bold ideas that push this forward. Our speakers in this session are all big thinkers who are working to reshape the ways we see, think about, and interact with the world, from the mind behind some of your favorite fonts to an urban planner transforming New York City’s landscape.

Here are the speakers who will appear in this session:

As a type designer Matthew Carter has watched our words move from the physical to the digital. You may recognize his work — he’s designed the fonts Verdana, Georgia, and Tahoma.

Bob Greenberg returns to the TED stage to talk about the evolution of motion graphics.

While New York City’s chief urban planner, Amanda Burden revitalized the Brooklyn waterfront, and was a champion for The High Line — an abandoned elevated railway line turned park.

David Kwong writes the New York Times crossword…

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Android SDK For Wearables Coming In 2 Weeks, Says Google

These devices make good call for help systems, as well as, memory aids for people with disabilities. An individual’s complete medical history can also be uploaded and available when needed.

Quick Tech Trick: How to Search a Specific Site with Google

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This trick is easier than falling in love. Simply add “site:time.com” (or “site:nbc.com” or whichever site you want to search) after your search term, and you’ll get all the instances of that term on that particular site. Results from the rest of the web will be filtered out.

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Google Introduces Phone With 3-D Sensors

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Google has unveiled a new phone that makes real-time, 3-D maps of its environments. Its “customized hardware and software” includes sensors that gives it the capability to make over a quarter of a million measurements every second. Its uses could include indoor mapping and navigation assistance for the visually-impaired.

“We are physical beings that live in a 3-D world,” Google says. “Yet, our mobile devices assume that physical world ends at the boundaries of the screen.”

A prototype of the device, developed by Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects unit under a venture called Project Tango, is being offered to 200 developers interested in making apps for the phone.

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Chromebox: Here Come Google’s Desktop Computers

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Google is attacking the desktop PC with renewed purpose, announcing a wave of new Chromeboxes and a suite of meeting tools for businesses.

Unless you’re running an IT department, the most interesting Chromebox will be the $179 model from Asus. It has an Intel Celeron processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, four USB ports and an SD card slot, along with an HDMI output for connecting to an external monitor. Essentially, it’s a low-end Chromebook minus the screen and keyboard.

While this isn’t the first attempt at putting Chrome OS on a desktop PC, Asus’ Chromebox is far cheaper than the $329 Samsung model that preceded it. The price alone makes it interesting if you’re in need of a secondary desktop computer but, as always, the browser-based operating system can be limiting. For a primary PC you’re probably better off with a Mac or Windows-based machine…

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