12/22/2014

先端繊維素材展示会(WEB展)出展のご案内

セーレン㈱(東京本社:港区南青山 福井本社:福井市毛矢/代表取締役会長:川田達男)は、
8月27日(水)より開催されております「第2回 先端繊維素材展示会(WEB展)」(主催:日本化学
繊維協会)へ出展しています。
当社独自のデジタルプロダクションシステム「Viscotecs」や、差別化高機能素材をご紹介しております。アパレルメーカー
ぜひご覧下さい。
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* 第2回 先端繊維素材展示会(WEB展)
開催期間 : 2014年8月27日(水)~2014年10月27日(月)
また、10月1日(水)、ビッグサイトTFTホールにて開催される「先端繊維素材シンポジウム」へ
協賛いたします。
* 第2回 先端繊維素材シンポジウム
開催日時 : 2014年10月1日(水) 9:20~16:30
会 場   : ビッグサイトTFT 西館?ホール1000
お問い合わせAFF事務局
住所大阪市中央区久太郎町4丁目1番3号大阪センタービル2階
担当黄雨晨
連絡先Tel.86-10-65285310 Fax.86-10-65123051
E-mailhuangyuchen@asiafashionfair.jp

AFFは主に何を展示しますか。それぞれの出展割合は。

会期2015年4月14日(火)~16日(木)
会場マイドームおおさか
展示面積6,000㎡
展示内容アパレル、服飾品、副資材、ホームテキスタイルなど
主催AFF株式会社、一般社団法人日中経済貿易センター
運営AFF事務局

※問:AFFとは答:AFFとはASIA FASHION FAIRの略称です。CFFCHINA FASHION FAIRの名称を変更したものです。AFFは日本繊維アパレル業界で最大級のOEM・ODM展示会です。2003年から毎年、春は大阪で、秋は東京で開催し、ビジネス効果がよいと業界の皆様に評価されています。

※問:AFFは主に何を展示しますか。それぞれの出展割合は。答:AFFの出展内容は各種アパレル、アクセサリー、生地、副資材、ホームテキスタイルです。アパレルは約7割です。服飾品、生地、副資材、ホームテキスタイルなどは3割ですが、出展効果が良いので、割合が増えつつあります。素材展示会

※問:初めてAFFに参加するのですが、どんな準備が必要ですか。展示会のプロセスを知るにはどうしたらいいですか。答:貴社の出展申込を受け取ってから、AFF事務局担当者よりご連絡させていただき、展示会のプロセスを指導させていただきます。出展募集が終了後、各出展企業に料金徴収通知書及び「出展者マニュアル」を送付します。マニュアルは出展スケジュール、小間、道具、ビザ、旅行、運輸などに関する様々な情報が載っています。

※問:小間はどんなタイプですか。角小間とは何ですか。小間には何が含まれていますか。答:小間は標準小間と特装小間の2種類があります。うち、標準小間もA型(メッシュパネルx1)、B型(棚板x3)とC型(棚板x6)の3種類に分けられ、特装小間は標準小間の面積の3倍以上から注文を承ります。標準小間の基本備品は社名板、テーブルと椅子、ライト、ハンガーパイプ、棚板またはメッシュパネル、ゴミ箱が含まれます。
角小間とは両方向が通路に面する小間です。通常の場合では、一般小間は3面がパネルで仕切り、開口部が1面だけです。角小間は2面がパネルで仕切り、広く見せる効果があり、標準小間より5万円高いです。アパレルメーカー

※問:展示会の小間配置はどう区分されていますか。答:AFFの小間配置は品目または貿易形態により、同業種集中の原則で区分されます。主催者は出展企業が提出した「出展者登録書」に記入している品目情報を参考し、小間配置を行います。出展情報を正確にご記入いただき、出展品目ができるだけ単一で、得意分野が目立つようお願いします。そうすると、正確な製品宣伝に役立ち、バイヤーもお目当てのブースへ辿りやすいです。

※問:出展募集を行う会社は各地に存在していると聞いていますが、これらの会社と主催者はどんな関係ですか。信頼できますか。答:近年、AFFの発展に伴い、各地域に出展募集を行う代理会社ができ、うち、団体や会社もあります。これらは、主催者と長年にわたる協力関係を持つ会社で、よい出展サービスを提供できます。出展募集を行う会社に対し、何か問題があれば、主催者へご連絡いただき、信頼性を確かめます。

※問:展示会場に入るため、証明書類あるいは入場券が要りますか。答:展示期間中、出展者入場カードを持って、展示会場に入ることができます。入場カードは展示会の準備日に会場受付で受け取ります。入場カードは出展者の唯一の身分証明で、必ず展示期間中にご着用ください。来場者の入場には、展示会招待状を持参するまたは会場受付で登録を行い、入場カードを受け取ります。展示会開催前の約3週間、全出展企業に招待状電子版を送り、既存のお客様へご案内いただきます。

※問:展示会スケジュールはありますか。会期中、毎日の開始時間と終了時間は何時ですか。答:AFF会期は3日間です。
開始・終了時間:開催初日~2日目:10:00~18:00、最終日:10:00~16:00
出展者の入館•出展準備時間は開幕日前日14:00~18:00、撤去時間は最終日16:00~17:00

AFF(Asia Fashion Fair)

   AFFAsia Fashion Fairは、11年間で22回開催してきた日本最大級の繊維・ファッションOEM・ODM展示会です。アパレル、素材展示会、副資材、ホームテキスタイル、服飾品などを展示します。出展企業はいずれも対日貿易が経験豊富で、ODM・高機能・ファストファッション・低価格などに対応可能です。ここ数年、日本の繊維産業はアジア地域での多様化発展を実現し、いわゆる「チャイナ+1」の傾向がますます顕著になりました。中国企業も「チャイナ+1」に取り組んでおり、多くの企業が東南アジアで工業を設立し、製品の製造地は中国からアジア各国に広がっています。AFFは、より多くのサプライヤーを集め、バイヤーの皆様により多くの選択肢を提供します。アパレルメーカー
AFFみどころ1

フィルム・プラスチック・複合材・金属 高機能素材に関するあらゆる技術・製品が出展

フィルム・プラスチック・複合材・金属など、製品の高付加価値化に欠かせない素材展示会。材料メーカーをはじめ、加工技術や製造装置、検査関連技術などが一堂に出展。自動車、エレクトロニクス、医療機器、航空・宇宙や加工業者をはじめとした各業界の研究・開発・製造担当者との間で活発な商談が行われます。※詳細は各展ホームページをご覧ください。
【出展対象】
高機能フィルム・プラスチック・複合材・金属の製造に必要な原材料、各種添加剤、成形機、加工技術、金型、製造装置、リサイクル装置、検査・測定関連機器、受託加工サービス など
【来場対象】
自動車、エレクトロニクス、医療機器、航空・宇宙、産業機器、金属・樹脂加工、材料などに関わる研究開発・設計・製造部門の方
  1. 会場 : 
    東京ビッグサイト
  2. 業種 : 

12/19/2014

Four Reasons Why Everybody Loves A Wholesale Beanie

Retailers will tell you that when it comes to wholesale caps, one of the most popular choices for clothing retailers is wholesale beanies. Why are these simple, knit caps so darned popular? They've been around for generations and continue to be the favored head covering for many people regardless of their age or where they're from.
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12/01/2014

In Tom Hanks' iPad App, Typewriters Make Triumphant Return (Ding!)

Tom Hanks' love affair with typewriters began in the 1970s, with his first proper typewriter — a Hermes 2000. Typewriters are "beautiful works of art," he tells NPR's Audie Cornish. "And I've ended up collecting them from every ridiculous source possible."
Hanks admits he started his collection when he had a "little excess cash" but, he points out, it's "better to spend it on $50 typewriters than some of the other things you can blow show-business money on."
The obsession has now resulted in an app called Hanx Writer: For IPAD 4 CASE users who are nostalgic for the clickety-clack of keystrokes and "ding!" of the carriage return, Hanx Writer will type and print documents just like an old manual typewriter. The design of the app, which Hanks created with the developer Hitcents, was based on typewriters from Hanks' own collection.
As for whether version 2.0 will have a white-out option? "That would be funny," Hanks says.
Interview Highlights
Three typewriters from Hanks' personal collection were used as inspiration for the design of the new app. "It makes me work a little slower," Hanks says — and that's a good thing.i
Three typewriters from Hanks' personal collection were used as inspiration for the design of the new app. "It makes me work a little slower," Hanks says — and that's a good thing.
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On differences from modern word processing — such as the function of backspace and delete
On the app, you can't just hold down the button and it deletes line after line. You literally have to do it one at a time: tuk, tuk, tuk, tuk. ... Or you can just not care and just go on with whatever horrible syntax you happen to personally use.
When I use my manual typewriter, I'm merciless with the X-ing out key. And sometimes it's nice ... when you're typing a letter on the app just to maintain that false Luddite sensibility. It's kind of like when you take a video and you add onto it the scratchy 8 mm filter that you can download. ... It's not authentic in any way other than the way it appears.
On how using the app changes the writing process
It makes me work a little slower, and when you work a little slower, you work a little bit more accurately. ... I like operating a little bit slower. Now, the only thing I get from this app is the sound and the speed. What I really, truly miss is the physical trail that typing usually gives you. Typing on an actual typewriter on paper is only a softer version of chiseling words into stone.
IPAD 3 CASE also keeps an index card file of choice words to integrate into his poem when he has trouble finding the right words.
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On whether this is a gateway typewriter experience for a new generation
I think in a lot of ways much of what ... the app-makers out there are discovering [are] these kind of like backdoor Luddite habits. The amount of cool things you can do with a photographic app now to make it look like anything from a daguerreotype from the 1860s to a Polaroid from 1972 — that gives it a patina. And because you've paid attention to it a little bit more, you haven't just taken a picture and sent it off, that means it becomes some sort of artistic expression.
On the trade-offs
If you do want to adhere to a couple of arcane rules in which speed and volume might be sacrificed a little bit — but the advantages that you get of more of a relaxed pace and a specific look to it — to me that's a wonderful trade-off.

LA Schools Superintendent To Leave After iPad Controversy

Rome, Italy, April 12, 2012 - Dr. IPAD 3 CASE demonstrated how modern technology, including NoMachine's remote access software, can improve physician collaboration and lead to better patient care at last week's TEDxMaastricht "The Future of Health" event.
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide. Dr. Barentsz, a professor of Radiology and Chair of the Prostate MR-Center of Excellence at the Radboud University Nijmgen Medical Center, and his team see advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans as a critical step to more accurate patient diagnoses. During his TEDx session, Dr. Barentsz also proved how the sharing of these images between specialists is integral to faster, better diagnosis and treatment of tumors.
During his talk, Dr. Barentsz utilized NoMachine's virtual desktop access software to jointly analyze a sample patient's MRI with colleagues in real time. While speaking at the event in Maastrict, The Netherlands, he accessed MRI software located on the hospital's clinical servers running Linux in Nijmegen. Dr. Barentsz then collaborated with physicians located in the United States and Australia, as well as a physician in the audience using an OTTERBOX IPAD 3 CASE . All four doctors were able to view the MRI at the same time and, using a medical video-conferencing program, quickly come to a consensus about treatment.
Regardless of location or the network environment, NoMachine's NX software provides real-time performance in remote sessions, automatically tuning itself to network bandwidth and latency parameters. Providing security through SSH encryption, NX supplies the complete connectivity and mobility demanded by organizations today.
NX also enables session shadowing, which allows multiple users to connect to the same remote session simultaneously for easier collaboration. By using NX, Dr. Barentsz was able to build up what he calls a "center of excellence network." NoMachine ensures this network has a smooth, dependable and secure connection no matter what the bandwidth or environment of each team member.
About NoMachine
NoMachine is the creator of NoMachine NX software, an enterprise-class solution for secure remote access, application delivery, and hosted desktop deployment. NoMachine revolutionizes the way users access their computing resources across the Internet to make seamless desktop access as easy and widespread as Web browsing. For more information, visit www.nomachine.com.
About NX Enterprise Server
NX Enterprise Server can host tens, or even hundreds of concurrent sessions on a single computer, bringing the cost of large-scale deployments down to a fraction of competing products. Enterprises and organizations leverage the power of NX Enterprise Server to maximize their hosted desktop deployment and to allow mobile and remote user to access and share applications across any network, using any device. Whether accessing applications from home or on the road, NX Server's outstanding compression, session resilience and resource management allows users to access their application environment securely, quickly and efficiently.

Get Set For a Party With Hunka Technologies Wineboard Ipad Applicati

April 12, 2012 Bhopal – Here is a good news for all party poopers owning an ipad. Hunka Technologies has launched a new ipad application for all party lovers. Wine Board is an iPad application that serves as a complete guide for wine, food and cheese pairings. WineBoard is an app that helps people find the perfect wine, cheese and food pairings.
WineBoard App provides 130 varieties of wine, over 2000 food and cheese pairings. This ipad app also provides the perfect wine serving temperatures which are provided by Nuvo Vino.
WineBoard ipad application provides a large and elegant screen displaying wines, food and cheese pairings. The app is pretty functional. If a wine is selected by the user, it shows the food and the cheese pairings that would complement with that wine. The user can also have wine and cheese pairings
 The app is very simple to use. When the user selects a food option, corresponding list of wines that would go with that food option would be listed. The wine notes would be provided for the selected wine. Also, other food options that complement food and wine pairings would also be displayed.
The WineBoard ipad app provides a list of wines and the user can select a wine from that option. The wines can be filtered depending on the category, whether the wine is a red or a white wine. WineBoard provides you the food options and cheese pairings that would complement that wine. Also, the wine notes are provided giving a brief description of the selected wine type.
“We have been into ipad application development for over a decade, we wanted to give a unique OTTERBOX IPAD 3 CASE app for the wine loving community. The WineBoard app allows you to select a cheese of your type. The WineBoard app will filter the list and would provide the list of wines that would complement the cheese the user has selected. The WineBoard app would also provide the description of wine and other cheese pairings that would complement that wine,” says Akshay Hunka, CEO Hunka Technologies.
There is a provision for search on every screen. The app also provides the serving temperatures of different wines provided by Nuvo Vino. It also provides the general guidelines for storing different styles of wines in degree Celsius and Fahrenheit.
Pricing and Compatibility
The WineBoard app is priced at $2.99 and is compatible with iPad. It requires an iOS 3.2 or later version.
Memory
WineBoard occupies only 1.3 Mb of the iPad’s memory.
Availability
The WineBoard app can be downloaded from the link-
About Hunka Technologies
Hunka Technologies is an iPhone and android mobile application company. Highly trained on Cocoa framework, the team at Hunka Technologies loves to compete in iPhone app development and ipad application development arena. The iphone game makers at Hunka Technologies have developed mind-boggling iphone games on puzzles and other iphone/ipad games that provide a very rich user -experience
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ToonUps Continues to Blend Online Gaming and the Real World

Players Send Get Well Messages to CURE Children Awaiting Surgery During Game Play
PHILADELPHIA, PA – April 11, 2012 – ToonUps, cause gaming pioneer and creator of A Better World game on Facebook, today announced a campaign with CURE International to send messages from within the game to real world disabled children who are surgical patients in CURE hospitals around the world. Once 1,000 custom messages are sent, ToonUps will release funds that will provide life saving care for three babies suffering from Hydrocephalus. The new campaign represents the first time that a game on Facebook reaches directly out to children to improve their lives and uplift their spirits.
“This is a monumental breakthrough in the cause gaming genre. It is where we see the market heading, so it’s nice to be first to the party,” said Ray Hansell, CEO of ToonUps. “Our desire is to have game play directly impact real people in a positive way in the real world.”
A Better World players can now go to the Positive Post in Town to read about each disabled child’s story and to write a customized get-well message of encouragement. Those messages are delivered digitally to a CUREkids coordinator in the region who will share it with the child via IPAD 4 CASE or laptop. Positive Post messaging is just one example of the do-good activities players can perform in A Better World. Others include expressing gratitude and sharing hopes and dreams. You can also shop, decorate your home, care for a virtual pet, and much more.
“These children get such a thrill imagining that someone on the other side of the globe cares about what happens to them,” noted Joel Worrall, vice president of CURE.org. “Giving A Better World gamers a chance to deliver customized messages to these children and put a smile on their face is truly a special gift for not only the kids but the people delivering the message as well. The game is a catalyst of kindness.”
About CURE
OTTERBOX IPAD 4 CASE  heals the sick and proclaims the Kingdom of God. It is the largest provider of reconstructive surgery to disabled children in the emerging world. Since opening the doors of its first surgical teaching hospital in Kijabe, Kenya in 1998, CURE's focus on bringing healing to developing nations has resulted in more than 1.5 million patient visits and over 121,000 surgeries to correct physically disabling conditions. CURE has also trained more than 5000 medical professionals raising the standard of care in the countries where it operates. Also, check out CURE’s plans to work with the Tim Tebow Foundation to build a children’s hospital in the Philippines.
About ToonUps
ToonUps is a digital entertainment company whose mission is to create online games and apps to brighten the world. ToonUps has created a rich array of products designed with the purpose of uplifting people through optimism, altruism and fun. From social gaming to business training, their innovative content brings these core themes to a variety of markets. ToonUps is headquartered in Wayne, PA.

iPads Allow Kids With Challenges To Play In High School's Band

There's a steady stream of hype surrounding the pluses and pitfalls of classroom tablet computers. But for a growing number of special education students tablets and their apps are proving transformative. The tablets aren't merely novel and fun. With guidance from creative teachers, they are helping to deepen engagement, communication, and creativity.
In a typical red brick public school building in the Fresh Meadows section of Queens, New York, one creative and passionate music instructor is using tablet computers to help reach students with disabilities. In the process, he's opening doors for some kids with severe mental and physical challenges.
On the surface, the PS 177 Technology Band looks like a typical high school orchestra. But there are two big differences. First, while they use traditional instruments, they also play iPads. And all of the band members have disabilities. Some have autism spectrum disorders.
"I'm Tobi Lakes, I'm 15 years old. I'm in ninth grade. I'm four grades away from college."
Morning sunlight pushes through large, old windows into the school's well-worn and empty-seated auditorium. On the stage, iPads on small stands sit in a semicircle. It's rehearsal time. The students mingle and chat before practice starts. Tobi Lakes, a tall, wire-thin teen with thick glasses sits at an electric piano. He taught himself to play.
Jason Haughton sings an original tune composed by the PS 177 Technology Band.
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"I'm very good. I like the piano. I like the keyboard. Keyboard is the best. Number one!" Tobi says with a wide smile. On his school-issued tablet computer, using a music app called Thumb Jam, Tobi also loves his iPad "guitar."
As rehearsal heats up Tobi takes the lead on rock guitarist Jeff Beck's version of Puccini's "Nesun Dorma." Tobi Lakes, iPad guitar shredder, is learning disabled. He's autistic. And he's also blind in one eye. Adam Goldberg, the creator of the PS 177 band, gets the music started.
"The first note of the second line please," he tells them. "In blue. There ya go. That's the pizzicato."
The 53 year old teacher is a classically trained pianist with a degree from the Manhattan School of Music. About 20 years ago he began substitute-teaching here while playing freelance jazz and rock gigs. He was soon offered a job at PS 177, and he's been at the school ever since.
'Sing, Sing, Sing!'
Seventeen-year-old Jason Houghton walks in a little late for rehearsal. One of his teachers says Jason is "classically severely autistic." His speech is often marked by echolalia, a communication disorder where he repeats back what you say to him. Before the band, Jason rarely spoke at all. But music helped change that. "Some people were very surprised when they could see that he could sing because some people thought that he was non-verbal," Goldberg says. "At first I kept saying 'sing, sing, sing.' And he wouldn't sing until I said 'Jason like this 'dah dah dah dah.' Then he would go 'dah dah dah dah.' And I would say 'no, do something of your own.' "
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Picks from Queens, NY music teacher Adam Goldberg. He's founder of the PS 177 Technology Band in Fresh Meadows, where students with severe learning challenges and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder mix iPads and traditional instruments to make music.
ThumbJam
Animoog
GarageBand for iPad
Midi Touch
Midi Designer Pro
Goldberg says several of the students were previously non-verbal or only occasionally verbal. He eventually got Jason to hum his own notes and soon built an original song "Being Me" around that phrase. These days Jason takes 'lead' vocals on that tune. And he doesn't just echo back lyrics. He even improvises – or scat sings – in his own way.
"It was mostly persistence, you know, and the confidence that it was there inside of him. It goes back to that summer when we had some extra time. And I just kept pushing him.
I admit sometimes I push them," Goldberg says. "Not in a mean way. But I know inside there's something and I have the confidence in them that they can find a way to bring it out."
The teacher calls himself a hesitant technophile. "I'm an acoustic guy," he says. He sits at the piano and starts playing jazz, his first musical love. "I was always reluctant to get involved with technology but that was mostly because there was so much work involved to get the technology to work properly."
But Goldberg says the iPad and its apps have allowed the band to produce complex orchestral-style arrangements. With the tablets, he says, kids can play all kinds of different virtual instruments by just tapping buttons on the touch screen, instead of getting bogged down in learning technique.
"All the technical stuff that, you know, is admittedly very worthwhile," he says. "I'm coming from classical background. But for people who can't, and don't have the resources, if you give them something like this as a musical instrument you can really kind of break through barriers and teach so much of the art of the whole process of music-making. Which these guys do beautifully with that."
A New Look
Just what is it about a tablet, or the iPad in particular, that works so well with some students with disabilities and children on the autism spectrum?
Educators believe there's something about the combination of the big, bright, clear visual cues of some of the music apps, and the touchscreen that's easy to use without creating a sensory or visual overload. Beyond that, many teachers and parents aren't really sure. It's still a bit of a mystery.
"We have some really, really low-functioning students who I could never really involve in the music activities," Goldberg says.
"But the iPad has pretty much taken care of that. I can't say I have 100 percent involvement. But it's pretty close."
And educators say there's another way the tablets are proving to be game changers for special ed. They've begun to make obsolete those large and costly learning devices, allowing a student with disabilities to look like every other student.
"It has changed the way people look at people with disabilities," says Karen Gorman, the director of Assistive Technology for New York City's Public schools. For years, she said, many kids with severe autism, cerebral palsy or other serious challenges needed these large, clunky and expensive assistive-speaking devices. Some looked like small accordions, worn around students' necks. Gorman says they looked a little odd, and screamed "disabled kid."
Now the iPad and other tablets, she says, have helped level the playing field socially.
"Parents thought for the first time my child with disabilities is using something that looks very cool, and modern and current. And other kids will come over to them now and interact with them."
Once, Gorman says, other students tended to see only the disability: "Kid in a wheelchair, kid in a wheelchair," she explains. "Kid in a wheelchair with an iPad? How interesting."
Game-Changer
Tobi Lakes stands and sways rhythmically back and forth on stage, the iPad braced in a stand as he summons his inner Jeff Beck. His thumbs furiously tap the music app's buttons as the song "Nesun Dorma" begins to crescendo. "Really awesome. We're ninety-nine percent there," Goldberg tells the band with a grin. "Very good. I love doing this!"
Apple, Samsung and other tech giants certainly didn't intend for their tablets to become essential tools for students with disabilities.
"I have a feeling they had no idea" says Leslie Schect, the Director of Technology for New York City's Department of Education. "The iPad is a game-changer because it's affordable and accessible. It really opens doors. At times we don't often know what's really inside because they're not speaking. This helps give them the voice."
Shecht says there's more to these students than many people realize.
"Music is a natural way in. It just makes sense that it's something they'd gravitate to."
Still Schect and other educators are quick to point out that the tablets are just tools, not some cure-all. Students still need a creative, engaged teacher – like Adam Goldberg - to make the devices transformative.
Goldberg says a key is getting students to open up and express themselves freely, "instead of being afraid 'oh, that isn't going to sound good.' "
Schect says her department and the city have no financial relationship or get any incentive from Apple for using their products. "I wish," she says. The company is simply one of the city's vendors and suppliers, she says.
'I Love Music'
"My name is William Hernandez; I play the IPAD 4 CASE  and the piano. I love Mr. Goldberg so much."
The band works to get the sound right on the South African anti-apartheid song "When You Come Back," which they perform as a tribute to the late Nelson Mandela.
Teenagers Rachel Rodriquez and Ulysses Rivers are on backing vocals. Nineteen year old Ryan Rodriquez takes the lead. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DZJ2DZI
Perhaps even more important than the music, Goldberg says, is that the band has given students a sense of belonging, friendship and joint accomplishment.
"They all support each other. It doesn't matter who is taking the solo. They're essential to making the whole thing work. That translates to a wider idea of socialization out in the general world. And I see a huge leap in their socialization and social abilities and the fact they say hello to each other. A couple of years ago that wasn't happening."
Now, band members dream of performing for a wider audience. 17-year-old Jaquan Bostick says he wants to try to make music his profession.
"You know when we graduate we should do all start a tour, like a world tour" he tells the band. "That's what I've been thinking about a lot. I've been thinking about that a lot. Like since yesterday."
His band mates and friends nod in agreement. "Me too." "Me three." Goldberg knows from experience how tough the professional musician road is and says he's straight with the students about it. Yet, he says he'd never strip them of their vision.
"Some of these kids, you know, don't have a chance to dream," he says. "Again, it comes from confidence. It may be a very difficult dream to achieve. But it's attached to reality. They really do play music. They're not dreaming of being Superman or Spiderman."
He says the students are dreaming of something they can do where they can say to themselves, " 'I have this.' "
For Tobi Lakes – and many others here – playing in the OTTERBOX IPAD 4 CASE  band has helped him socially and creatively. "I feel excited. I feel happy. I love music," he says with a broad smile. "It feels like I'm going crazy and all the audience was clapping!"

Eye Phone? Your Next Eye Exam Might Be Done With Your Phone

Getting an eye exam typically involves big complicated machines. But eye doctors are trying to get the big and complicated out of the equation by using smartphones and tablets instead. That way, they figure, eye exams can be done just about anywhere — even a village in Nepal.
That's where Dr. Chris Johnson and his colleagues are using IPAD 4 CASE  to test people for glaucoma, a disease that often has no symptoms until it has irreversibly damaged eyesight. That's because it nibbles away at vision at the periphery of the visual field.
Finding that out usually involves sitting in front of a big machine and staring at a screen while gray dots appear and disappear.
Instead, Johnson tested an off-the-shelf free app called Visual Fields Easy to screen about 200 patients in Nepal. "I was skeptical at first; we did some tests and calibrated it."
The app was very good at identifying people with moderate to severe disease, less so at screening out people with normal vision. "It works much better than I expected," Johnson, who specializes in developing diagnostic tests, told Shots. He and his colleagues are now expanding the tests to India, with the aim of refining it. "I know I can make it better."
Visual field testing usually requires an expensive machine. This man in Nepal helped test an OTTERBOX IPAD 4 CASE  app.i
Visual field testing usually requires an expensive machine. This man in Nepal helped test an iPad app.
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Johnson presented his data Monday at the meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in Chicago, and he was far from the only one tinkering with mobile tech. A number of researchers presented devices that clip onto iPhones to turn them into diagnostic tools.
Dr. David Myung, chief resident at Stanford University Hospital, wanted to come up with an easy way to photograph an eye inside and out. A big ophthalmology practice would have a machine that does that beautifully, but it costs tens of thousands of dollars and requires specialized training. Myung wanted something that a harried ER doctor or nurse could use on the fly. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DZJ2DZI
"We wanted to find a low-tech way to do it," Myung told Shots. So he and his colleagues came up with a plastic arm that snaps onto an iPhone, holding an ophthalmology lens in front of the camera at just the right distance. "The plastic arm is about as low-cost as it gets."
To get around the fact that the photographer isn't an ophthalmologist, it's designed so that people take videos or multiple photos. "It's a little like trying to take pictures of your kids, and they're moving around all the time. If you take 10 or 15 photos, one of them going to be in focus."
Depression and chronic pain are associated with dry-eye syndrome, a British study finds. And it's more likely as you age.
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The gizmo is also being tested to see if it can reliably screen people at a public hospital for diabetic retinopathy, and Myung and colleagues are applying for FDA approval, since it's a medical device. "We originally developed this for ophthalmology work in developing countries," Myung says. "People do have smartphones and digital capability. We think it could be very useful there."
And maybe closer to home, too.
Since the goal is cheap, simple tests using available technology, couldn't I just do my eye exam at home skip the two hours sitting in the waiting room with my eyes dilated? There are plenty of eye tests apps ready for download right now. But it's complicated, Johnson says.
"Did they get a bad result because they didn't do the test right, or is there a change in their visual status?" Johnson says. He's worried that people will skip an eye exam, then get frightened by a false negative result to a home test. "I think having that as a screen that's available for people who don't have good access to health care is the first thing. Home testing will require some additional things to make it bulletproof."

NPR slideshows reach iPad browsing, API

We're making a major upgrade today to all of NPR's slideshows. Our slideshows are now iOS-friendly and available in our API.
Previously, NPR.org slideshows played in Flash, which iPhones and IPAD 4 CASE  couldn't display. The lack of API distribution also made these slideshows unavailable to our mobile apps and member station sites. In late fall, we began to change our production. We created a new slideshow experience in our NPR Music live event pages, which included a new player and distribution process.
In today's move, we expand the use of that technology to all of NPR.org. We are upgrading more than 2,000 slideshows: those from news stories, music stories and our Picture Show blog.
These slideshows include more than 30,000 images. If you browse NPR.org on your OTTERBOX IPAD 4 CASE , you can now view all of these images, swipe between images and tap for captions. We've improved the slideshows' buttons and behaviors for a better experience — wherever you seeing them. We plan to display slideshows across many more NPR platforms in the future.
If you use the NPR API, you can access many of these images.
More than 13,000 images, including more than 3,000 NPR images, are available to local station sites immediately. NPR's Digital Services division, which works with local stations, already has NPR.org slideshows flowing into the Core Publisher platform and plans to optimize the experience further in the future.
For all API users, more than 8,000 images are now available.
To find details about using slideshows from the OTTERBOX IPAD 3 CASE , read the second half of this previous Inside NPR.org blog post, under "Collections." Every story that has a slideshow should have a collection marked as type "slideshow." An update to the earlier post is that the output is available in NPRML and now JSON.
Keep in mind NPR slideshows use images from a wide variety of sources, and we don't have rights to distribute all of our images. But we continue to work toward as much distribution as possible.

iPads In Special Ed: What Does The Research Say?

This week, NPR Ed's Eric Westervelt visited a special education classroom in New York City where iPads are being used in a novel way. Students with a range of severe disabilities, including developmental, mental, physical and autism spectrum disorders, are using apps alongside traditional instruments to help express themselves through music.
An iPad in a classroom. So what?
Teachers there saw improvements not only in students' musical knowledge and performance skills but also in their motivation, communication skills and the strength of their social bonds. The changes showed up in everything from little things, like saying hello to each other, to big things, like dreaming of a future as a touring musician.
The story was a lovely ray of light in a perpetually dark news cycle. It also fits into a common genre these days; we'll call it the "Optimistic Take on the Power of the Classroom iPad." I've done one myself. Just last year, I reported on a classroom in Los Angeles where an iPad had replaced a $15,000 custom assistive technology setup, enabling a student with control over only one finger to communicate.
Eric, of course, noted in his piece that the evidence here is mostly anecdotal. But we wondered: what do researchers say about whether the IPAD 4 CASE  is contributing meaningfully to kids' classroom experience?
The first widely marketed touchscreen tablet computer, the iPad is still relatively new. It was introduced in the spring of 2010. Over four short school years, 8 million of the tablets have been sold to classrooms worldwide. During Apple's most recent quarterly earnings call, CEO Tim Cook claimed iPads have 95 percent of the classroom tablet market — a market Apple essentially invented — and that this is a crucial market niche going forward, as it represents more than $1 billion in annual revenue.
"The focus in education is on penetration, is on getting more schools to buy and my belief is the match has been lit, and it's very clear to the educators that have studied it is that student achievement is higher with iPad in the classroom than without it."
But we should hardly take Cook's word for it. Let's go to the literature.
The published studies of classroom OTTERBOX IPAD 4 CASE  use – in special education, specifically — are eye-opening. But not because they're "clear." Because they're all so... tiny. The number of studies is small. Their sample sizes are miniscule. And the measurable effects are pretty small too.
I reviewed a dozen published research studies on the use of iPads with special ed students. iPads are being tested with students from kindergarten through the college level both as basic communication devices for students with limited verbal skills, and to teach math, science, reading, and other subjects.
To understand just how limited these studies are, keep this in mind: 6.4 million students in the U.S., aged 3-21, have some kind of learning disability. That's about 13 percent of all public school students. Yet most of the papers now being published look at fewer than ten students. One "surveyed" a dozen special education teachers. This small sample size matters because special education students vary so widely in their needs and abilities. There is no typical or representative learning disabled student.
The other takeaway, as I said, from looking over these studies is that the advantage found from using the iPad was often small or mixed. It's hard to talk about statistical significance when the sample size is in single digits. One study of just five elementary school students compared the use of an OTTERBOX IPAD 3 CASE  communication app to a simpler, less expensive system using picture cards. Some students did better with the iPad. For others there was no detectable difference.
One word shows up a lot in these iPad studies: "engagement." Simply put, introducing an iPad into a classroom seems to get kids excited and focused. According to one study, "results were mixed for math skill development but indicated an increase in independent task completion as demonstrated by a decrease in noncompliant behaviors and teacher prompt levels." In other words, students didn't necessarily learn more but acted up less and stayed on task.
But it's not clear if this kind of bump in engagement is unique to the iPad. It could easily be true of just about any nifty, new gadget. It's also not clear if the bump lasts once the gadget's newness has worn off.
And is that bump – perhaps lasting, perhaps short-lived — a big enough benefit for school districts to invest in tablet computers en masse? Anecdotally, of course, reports like Westervelt's show: in the hands of gifted teachers, iPads, like other technology, can bring real advantages to students. But the gaps in the literature, at this point, make it hard (and dangerous) to draw any broad or meaningful conclusions about the iPad's place in our schools.
In future What Does the Research Say? posts, NPR Ed will continue to take a critical view of the state of the art in educational research.