Monthly Archives: July 2006

EXTRA! EXTRA! Newspaper sites to start linking to Web sites

The New York Times reports today on the launch of a service by Inform.com that enables news sites to automatically link to related stories. Newspapers have long been reluctant to link to other sites for fear of losing traffic. Never … Continue reading

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Posted in media, newspapers

Personal mashups – letting users re-draw the map

The Google Maps API has been a runaway success, allowing developers around the world to create mashups marrying Google maps with data on a variety of topics, including craigslist real estate, taco trucks in seattle, flickr pictures, cellphone reception and … Continue reading

Posted in google, local search, maps, mashups, web 2.0 | 5 Comments

Data entry on mobile phones

There’s no question that data entry on mobile phones with the standard 12-key keypad is tedious. Technologies like Tegic’s T9, which is available on many phones makes this a lot easier. The technology predicts what word you are trying to … Continue reading

Posted in google, mobile, wireless, wireless data

Google mobile maps adds live traffic data

Google’s mobile map application added live traffic data earlier this week. It is the best mobile application I’ve seen to date. With all the terrible WAP sites out there, it’s great to see a wireless data application that works and … Continue reading

Posted in google, gps, maps, mobile, satellite navigation, wireless, wireless data | 3 Comments

Time of day and online maps

If you follow the online driving directions from Mapquest, Google Maps or Yahoo! from Reston, Va. to Washington, D.C., in the morning, there’s a very good chance you’ll get a ticket. Why? All three route you on I-66, the eastbound … Continue reading

Posted in cars, google, gps, maps, satellite navigation | 3 Comments

Reinventing satellite navigation

Satellite navigation is one of the most expensive options on new cars today, costing around $2,000. But it is also one of the least flexible and most quickly outdated items in the car. Although your position is determined by triangulating … Continue reading

Posted in gps, maps, satellite navigation

Lighting the way to the throne

I stayed at the New York Hilton this weekend in one of their renovated guest rooms. One piece of technology in the room caught my eye: a sensor-activated light. You step out of bed and LEDs at floor level automatically … Continue reading

Posted in hotels, travel

Unleashing the power of the buddy list

I’ve been using a number of different social networking sites recently – LinkedIn, MySpace, Flickr, AIM Pages, Digg, Netscape, YouTube, Yelp, Netflix. With every one of them, I face the same problem. When I join, I’m all by lonesome. (Except … Continue reading

Posted in facebook, im, instant messaging, social networking, web 2, web 2.0 | 6 Comments

The remote control lockbox

I recently purchased a Harmony 880 universal remote. It’s one of those gadgets for those who have a lot of gadgets. The promise is that you can consolidate remotes for a lot of devices into one. In many ways, the … Continue reading

Posted in audio, consumer electronics, remote controls, web 2.0 | 1 Comment

Show me the good stuff

When I check my email, I scan the list of new messages for names of people I know. This is something that machines can do much faster and better. With the volume of spam and bulk mail these days, some … Continue reading

Posted in email, spam, web 2.0 | 3 Comments