Archive for September 2009
25 Sep, 2009 | Posted by: photosource
Cell Phones More Powerful Than a Locomotive
Well, not quite (at least not yet). But they can do amazing things. Like turning on your oven. Of course, it was an unintended consequence, but a guy in Brooklyn had his oven turn on "all by itself" and melt a thermometer that was inside.
Further sleuthing determined that his ringing cell phone activated his Maytag
oven in his apartment. Additional testing by the New York Times
confirmed that different brands of cell phones can activate multiple models of Maytag ovens
, which seem to prefer the high setting when turned on this way. If it's still up, you can read the full story and watch the video here: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/23/nyregion/23about.html?_r=3
As our appliances get more advanced and wireless, and start communicating with each other, we can expect a whole lot more of these kinds of happenings.
One can only hope that each abode of the future will be equipped with an easily accessible master OFF switch
for all our "communicating" appliances, regardless of which room they are in. But you know, I'd bet it would be wireless.
Snap and Buy
Amazon.com recently purchased a start-up company, SnapTell,
which makes a popular app for the iPhone.
The app allows you to take a photo of a book's cover, DVD, or other product, and then be connected to an online store to buy it.
True, there are similar such search engines out there, and even Amazon has one, but it relies on humans to match the snapped photo with the store catalog. The SnapTell does the matching (or tries to) via software. If you've downloaded the app and purchased something (or tried to) using the snap and buy method, let us know how it worked for you.
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09 Sep, 2009 | Posted by: photosource
How To Surf The Web Anywhere
Find a wireless service to connect to the internet.. Cell phone coverage in the United States and Europe are pretty complete, but the title of this article is “How to Surf the Web from Anywhere
.” So for maximum service also look into a satellite phone and internet service.
Satellite phone service
takes some getting used to but is unmatched in its ability
to connect you to the rest of the world in what you swore was a mile past the middle of nowhere.
02 Sep, 2009 | Posted by: photosource
by Bill Hopkins
Taxes Affecting Associates
As more and more states pass or update laws to tax Internet sales shipped to their states, more and more Internet merchants are pulling the plug. At least for their associates. Amazon has now terminated their associate program in several states. Among the latest to receive word are North Carolina, Rhode Island and Hawaii. States are trying to close budget gaps by finding new (and sometimes novel) ways to collect additional sales taxes. Previously, if a state collected sales taxes (some don=t) it would only collect if the business had a physical presence in the stateBthe "brick and mortar" approach. Now laws are being passed/proposed to collect sales taxes if the merchant has any affiliates in their state, a decidedly different tack.
KUTGW, NSFW, KWIM?
I suppose you could always ask your (or another=s) kid to decipher this for you, but when that resource is unavailable (or you suspect the shorthand is inappropriate) you can always go here: http://www.netlingo.com/acronyms.php
Another site is dtxtr.com, which offers translations of "teen speak" to "english" (4col, they can't even capitalize "English.") I kinda like this one, 404. I'm sure your Internet browsing has shown this to you more than once. What does it mean in texting? "I haven't got a clue." How true. And watch out for these: 9, 99. CUOL.
12 Outdated Tech Terms
With a nod to George Carlin, here are twelve outdated technology terms, at least according to Business Week (there are dissenting points of view). Intranet, extranet, web surfing, push technology, Application Service Provider (ASP), Personal Digital Assistant (PDA), Internet telephony, weblog, thin client, RBOC, long-distance call, World Wide Web. To understand why these terms are considered outdated, please visit http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/aug2009/tc20090824_902851.htm
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