towards Japan for a glimpse into the near future reveals that the number
of 20-year-olds accessing the Internet with a personal computer has been in
constant decline for several years. Only 11.9% of Japanese 20-year-olds
used a PC to go online last year. Will handheld computing become the
dominant information systems paradigm of the next decade? We’d say yes, assuming the handheld computing experience improves
to betting that it will with their new Mobile Internet Device
(MID) platform. Also have a look at their Intel Ultra Mobile PC
vision here. UMPCs are apparently targeted at mobile
professionals, while MIDs are aimed at "consumers and
prosumers", with a range of different screen sizes and
resolutions to choose from.
of course dealing their own card in the game of convergence is Nokia with
however, is still keeping the deskbound PC in the running with their take on
the PC of the future.
other news, Klipsch and Jabra have joined forces to produce the stylish
and portable S5010 cell phone boom box. It promises universal connectivity, but
no Bluetooth despite Jabra's association with that protocol. That, in fact, is
not that curious, given Bluetooth’s awkward usability. In
Readymade’s Bluetooth work, we’ve found just about the only rewards lie in the
difficult area of completely simplifying the way Bluetooth devices work
Then a warm
welcome to one of those little gadgets that will become indispensable in
the home of the future, the DaysAgo Digital Day Counter. It attaches to
any container with a magnetic or suction grip and counts, just counts
... up to 99 days. It’s a simple device that will eliminate the dice
of death with leftovers in homes across the globe.
with a conscience is the + Campana Brothers' TransNeomatic container bowl
collection for Artenica, made of a used scooter tires and natural wicker.
Before weaving, the tire undergoes a steam cleaning process and
is then coated with a solution to seal and protect it from
everyday use. Is it just us or does the tire in the picture seem
Last week Engadget
announced that Apple patented a mouse which eliminates the scroll ball and
replaces it with a touch-sensitive casing. This approach would apparently enable
users to switch between functions,
on the way you hold the mouse. Seems like a good idea to simplify all that pesky
panning, re-sizing and zooming designers continually have to work
attempt to make user experience more rewarding, Microsoft spin-offs, Zenzui
and Deepfish, are both using the idea of zooming to make mobile content
browsing easier. Even though these solutions seem intruiging and different, will
replacing a list with icons really crack it for the user experience? Carlo
Longino asks if the answer really lies in devising ways to fit more information
onto the limited space of a mobile device’s screen, instead of focusing on
increasing the richness of the content. Good question.
Google recently launched
its payment service, Google Checkout, to users in the UK. The upside could
be greater security, but of course the downside is that Google now will know even more about you. It looks like Google simply added a missing revenue link to their
chain; by cross selling transaction
handling to the customers of their paid search clients. Alas, they did not really have us in
After 10 years of research, Dr. Wayne Campbell at the Nanomaterials Research Centre from Massey University in New Zealand has developed solar cell
technology capable of generating electricity at 1/10th of the cost of current silicon based
solar cells.The technology works by using
synthetic dyes made from simple organic compounds patterned after the light
harvesting pigments found in plants. The coolest
aspect of this technology though, is that the dyes can be incorporated into
everything from wall and roof panels, to clothing. This could make possible the
recharging of our mobile devices while they're carried around in our
For an insightful look on why there are no big-name
green product designers and why making once-off crafty objects from recycled
materials are missing the point, have a look at Where Are The Superstar
Issue 02 of
Monocle takes a look at a sobering map of the world's future freshwater
stress. Even if the world maintained the pace of water-supply
development, this would not be enough to ensure that everyone had access to safe
drinking water by the year 2025. France, the
USA, much of Asia and Northern
Africa are among the areas projected to suffer freshwater stress by 2050.
Finally, and sadly, author Kurt Vonnegut,
has died at age 84 in New York.
These are simply breathtaking! Its
also impossible to pick a favourite between Jen Stark's colourful explosions or
Richard Sweeney's delicate white structures.
On the topic of winning: What really sets superstars apart from
everyone else is the ability to escape dead ends quickly. If you want to be a
winner, quit fast and often. So saysSeth Godin
in his new book which will help you ask the questions to identify which 'dips'
to escape and which to conquer.
The dream of accessible
African broadbandhas not yet produced winners; currently its another example of the poor paying
more for basic services than those who can actually afford to. Kenya, Madagascar and Burundi currently rely on
satellite services for connectivity, with costs among the highest in the world.
The World Bank has however made money available to help roll-out high speed
internet networks. Following in Burundi's footsteps, Africa is slowly becoming connected.
Three wind turbine blades, each
measuring 29 meters in diameter have been installed in the twin skyscraper of
the Bahrain World Trade Center. The Gulf breeze will enable the turbines to
deliver 11 - 15% of the energy needs of the building, which is enough to provide
light in 300 homes for over a year. Which in itself is an astounding insight
into the amount of energy such massive structures consume.
Amidst much debate, Apple has again come
under fire for its apparent lack of environmental concern. Greenpeace criticised Apple for not
setting a deadline for eliminating some toxic chemicals from its production
processes. It came last out of 14 firms Greenpeace profiled in a quarterly
report that ranks them by how green their production processes are and what they
do to recycle hardware they sell. Top spot went to Chinese computer maker
Lenovo, although Greenpeace shies away from calling them 'green'.
Then something we all suspected, has
turned out to be true. Power Point presentations actually decrease your ability
to understand what is presented. Professor Sweller from the University of New
South Wales in Australia discovered that humans don't absorb information
verbally and visually at the same time. Apparently its not effective to
speak the same words that are written, because that puts too much
load on the mind. You can speak together with a diagram though, as that presents information in a different form. He recommends
that Power Point should be ditched.