Through its various technological bells and whistles and the apps that you’re constantly updating with what you’re doing there, your smartphone already knows a lot about you. But don’t you wish your phone knew you a little more, you know, intimately? Intel’s chief technology guru says it will, and soon. The company is working up ways to help phones connect with users on an emotional level, sensing moods and feelings and reacting accordingly.
Remember Haystack, that software tool developed by the Censorship Research Center for distribution to Iranian dissidents so they could get around the government's Internet filters during the presidential election uproar last year? Its heart was in the right place, but its technology apparently wasn't.
It seems like we get everything from automated vending kiosks these days, from cash to DVDs to postal service to gasoline. The French have simply taken the next logical step. Putting a modern (and greener) spin on an old way of doing business, a French vendor has begun selling wine by volume from 500- and 1,000-liter vending pumps in French supermarkets. All customers need is a container.
On any given day on the World Wide Web, a lot of people say a lot of things. But when the guy who actually invented the Web takes the podium, people might be more inclined to listen. If, that is, they have access. Tim Berners-Lee – Internet pioneer, MIT lecturer, and the guy invented the World Wide Web – sounded off on a variety of issues during his keynote at Nokia World today, but one point was especially interesting: the idea that everyone in the world should be given a free low-bandwidth Internet connection “by default.”
A state-of-the-art facility aims to make desalination more efficient
By Katherine GammonPosted 09.15.2010 at 2:09 pm 0 Comments
By 2025, the United Nations reports, two out of three people on Earth will live in places without enough freshwater to drink or grow crops. One way to beat that trend is to extract water from saltwater. The most common method of doing that is reverse osmosis, an energy-intensive process. To reduce that energy burden, researchers are developing other methods to desalinate water, such as using biomimetic membranes. Some proposed desalination plants will reduce their energy needs by using energy-capture schemes or sustainable energy sources like wind power.
Building smart homes that are networked to run as efficiently as possible is supposed to be one of the technological fixes to our current energy consumption problem. But what's often lost in all the heady talk about innovating our way to a greener future is the fact that those wireless networking technologies also consume power, reducing the net benefit.
In a press event yesterday that required far more than its characteristic 140 characters, Twitter’s top brass – co-founder Biz Stone, CEO Evan Williams, and two of the top product development team – unveiled the new and improved Twitter. And in what looks on its face to be an attempt to lure people away from those flashy, customizable Twitter apps and back to Twitter’s Web page, the Tweeps behind Twitter have come up with some pretty cool features.
With the Space Shuttle program winding down, both NASA and several commercial ventures are developing next-gen rocket technology that will hurl the next iteration of space vehicles into the sky. But NASA acknowledges that rockets aren’t the only – or even the best – way to get into space.
By Dan Bracaglia Posted 09.14.2010 at 2:11 pm 1 Comment
It’s hard to believe, given the tragic scenario, that anyone could find beauty in such an ugly catastrophe as the Gulf oil spill, but Canadian photographer Edward Burtynysky was able to do just that in his newly released aerial images of the disaster.