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BBC NEWS | Gates hails age of digital senses

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While it is still a couple of hours before Bill Gates makes his final keynote at CES as grand pooba of Microsoft, apparently he has been bandying about his own prognostications that touch, as well as voice and vision, interfaces are the coming trend that will have a significant impact on computing technologies over the […]

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SPOT communicator

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Crunch Gear offers up the next LBS device. The SPOT Communicator is a GPS unit that can send your current position via satellite. The press release shows that the target market is the outdoor enthusiast and field workers who are often outside of cell range. Battery life is pretty good given the lack of screen, […]

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Magellan and Google team up

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The first bit of GPS news out of CES this year has Magellan releasing the Maestro 5340 which will include GPRS for cell network connectivity. This network connectivity will be used to connect to…you guessed it…Google search and data services. At almost $1300 for the unit it will not be for small of purse, and […]

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Japan Wants 30% of Housholds to Go Solar by 2030

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Japan has set a target to increase it’s number of solar powered houses to 14 million by 2030. It’s a fairly lofty goal. The exceptionally noteworthy part of this is that Japan is focusing on reducing the costs of panels, increasing the power output, and increasing the ease of installation. Since Japan produces roughly half […]

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GPS Navigation Projected on the Windshield

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Engadget is reporting a pretty cool device that projects navigation information on your windshield. The navigation is really nothing more than a red line indicating which direction you should travel. The nice thing is that it places the line into your real world context, plus it doesn’t require the driver to take his or her […]

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UK Homes Wind Powered by 2020

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Engadget is reporting a news item that the UK is planning on powering all the home in Britain via off shore wind power by 2020. That’s a pretty ambitious project. The interesting portion of this is the off shore wind farms, which have been in use in Europe for upwards of a couple decades. The […]

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Yahoo Maps on your Chumby

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Fairly old news, but I was just adding some widgets to my Chumby and found that someone has finally made a Yahoo! Maps widget. Since the Chumby runs Flash-based widgets it was to be expected Yahoo! would be the first to show up. I am still hoping that Loki will decide to build a widget […]

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Give One Laptop Per Child/Get One

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There are only a few days left in a great promotion over at the One Laptop Per Child project where for $399 you donate a laptop to a child overseas AND get one for yourself (to keep or give away…your choice). An added bonus is that T-Mobile is offering one year of wireless access on […]

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You know you want one

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So, the next multitouch to market is Jeff Hann’s wall (first shown at the Ted conference a couple of years ago). I am not sure that at $100,000 it is for most in the geospatial industry, especially since the TouchTable has been around for a couple of years. After playing with the iPod Touch I […]

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Zonbu: Green computing and you

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I came across Zonbu on a couple of tech blogs today and was curious about the many claims…inexpensive, green, silent, data service. After wandering the website it actually looks promising for folks who have minimal computing needs. It runs on a Linux variant and is preinstalled with your standard software: Firefox, OpenOffice, IM, Skype, but […]