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Resources on the Semantic Web, technology design, mobile technology and collaboration tools

An abundance of sources on the Semantic Web
Source: World Wide Web Consortium

The World Wide Web Consortium, an international group that works on Web standards and guidelines, offers a good starting point for anyone looking to brush up on Semantic Web technology.

The W3C Web site includes a basic explanation of the technology, sometimes referred to as Web 3.0, and points to articles and interviews from various technical publications. It also posts presentations by Tim Berners-Lee and other experts.

If you want to delve even deeper, visit W3C’s library of case studies or follow a link to one of seven other groups that focus on Semantic Web developments.

A collection of collaboration tools
Source: InformationWeek

InformationWeek’s Serdar Yegulalp highlights seven Web-based applications that enable multiple users to collaborate on documents in real time.

Google Docs is familiar to many people, but Yegulalp said Zoho Writer is a good alternative. That tool offers both full collaboration and read-only modes. In read-only, other users view the document as a static Web page. The application also comes with a chat function.

Another option is Dabbleboard. More of a whiteboard application, it enables users to draw pictures, insert images and text, and, like Zoho Writer, chat while they work. An added bonus for ambitious brainstormers: Whiteboard presentations can span multiple pages, Yegulalp said.

Gorgeous gadgets: A retrospective
Source: PC World

PC World’s Dan Tynan highlights 15 of the greatest tech designs ever, products that combine practical functionality with something close to beauty.

To qualify, a product must be generally available and sized to fit on a desktop (more or less), with extra points awarded for historical significance and/or goofiness.

First on the list is Motorola’s StarTAC cell phone, circa 1996. “The world's first flip phone is also the first gadget based on technology originally imagined in ‘Star Trek’: the handheld communicator,” Tynan wrote.

Next up is Apple’s MacBook Air laptop PC from last year. “When Steve Jobs pulled this paper-thin, titanium beauty out of a plain manila envelope in January 2008, the gasp could be heard from Cupertino to Kalamazoo,” Tynan wrote.

Gadgets on the go
Source: Network World

Network World reviews 12 products that are perfect for summer travelers who don’t want to leave their gadgets behind.

Consider the Kensington Portable Power Pack ($60), a device slightly smaller than a BlackBerry and capable of recharging a cell phone, an iPod or other USB-based product when there is no outlet in sight.

Meanwhile, the Aliph Jawbone Bluetooth headset ($130) is perfect for users trying to conduct business while on the road. Besides being comfortable and stylish, the headset does a good job of filtering background noise.

For the serious traveler, Network World recommends the Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 ($400), a shockproof, waterproof and freezeproof camera capable of withstanding Arctic temperatures. You never know.

FCW in Print

In the latest issue: Looking back on three decades of big stories in federal IT.


  • Anne Rung -- Commerce Department Photo

    Exit interview with Anne Rung

    The government's departing top acquisition official said she leaves behind a solid foundation on which to build more effective and efficient federal IT.

  • Charles Phalen

    Administration appoints first head of NBIB

    The National Background Investigations Bureau announced the appointment of its first director as the agency prepares to take over processing government background checks.

  • Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.)

    Senator: Rigid hiring process pushes millennials from federal work

    Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said agencies are missing out on younger workers because of the government's rigidity, particularly its protracted hiring process.

  • FCW @ 30 GPS

    FCW @ 30

    Since 1987, FCW has covered it all -- the major contracts, the disruptive technologies, the picayune scandals and the many, many people who make federal IT function. Here's a look back at six of the most significant stories.

  • Shutterstock image.

    A 'minibus' appropriations package could be in the cards

    A short-term funding bill is expected by Sept. 30 to keep the federal government operating through early December, but after that the options get more complicated.

  • Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco

    DOD launches new tech hub in Austin

    The DOD is opening a new Defense Innovation Unit Experimental office in Austin, Texas, while Congress debates legislation that could defund DIUx.

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