Google phone = irrational exuberance?
Archives for December 2009
Where there are laptops there will be people trying to get online, hopefully through a free wi-fi signal. Nothing better when you travel than free wi-fi. But finding free wi-fi at the airport, when you’re often waiting around with nothing to do, has been a rare thing.
The one thing that kept coming up in any discussion of technology and the future is flying cars. Where are the flying cars? We were supposed to have flying cars by now! Real sense of entitlement about the flying cars. So okay fine. Today, we meet a flying car dealer and talk about the challenges and opportunities therein.
Remember those little discs from America Online? You couldn’t get away from them. Sign up and get 800 billion free hours. For beginning users, and we all were at the time, America Online was the internet. AOL quickly became big enough to merge with, take over really, Time Warner. Then things went south. AOL’s fortune was built on dial-up internet service, Time Warner was built on print media, two things that just didn’t turn out to be strong pillars. So the merger died. And today, the company, which is now called “Aol.”, officially begins a new chapter as its own company once more. What will the new/old company be?
Facebook is about to change. Oh, you’ll still get surprising friend requests from obscure 3rd grade classmates but the site dedicate to public sharing is about to get more private thanks to new privacy settings that will allow you to decide, update by update, who gets to see what you’re doing.
The company that makes Tom Tom global positioning system – or GPS – navigation devices says it’s getting some of the most complete and up-to-date information ever on roads in the U.S.
And now, it’s ranking them.
“There’s some surprises,” says Margot Dologne, a spokeswoman for TeleAtlas, a digital map company and subsidiary of Tom Tom. “I mean, you would never think Seattle would be the most congested city in the continental United States, or for that matter Minneapolis -St Paul would be down at the number 30 spot.”
The company ranked 30 metropolitan areas in the US with populations over half a million.
What are the essential bits of information you need to know about computers to navigate your way through our digital world?
Amazon is pushing its Kindle e-book reader as the ideal holiday gift this season. Is it?
Guest: Mike Elgan, Computerworld