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Smart Cards. We profiled Japan's cutting edge Suica Card, London's Oyster Card, and a widely used smart card that has been in service since 1997: the Octopus Card in Hong Kong. Octopus is used as a form of electronic payment in a wide variety of public transport, shops, restaurants, car parks and more. Indeed the Octopus has become an all-purpose identification system in Hong Kong - but at what cost to privacy?This week we looked at
would come to the iPhone in early September. This week's announcement of a big Apple event on September 9th focused on the iPod, however, gives reason to suspect that the next version of the iPhone operating system will spend more time in the oven.Developers and enthusiasts had hoped that official support for Augmented Reality (AR), the display of data on top of a view of the real world,
Just as many of us are getting used to augmented reality applications for cellphones and digital cameras, Babak Amir Parviz and his University of Washington students are taking it one step further. The group is working on a human machine interface where LEDs are embedded into contact lenses in order to display information to the wearer.
hot topic right now, especially with the new line-up of Kindle competitors scheduled to arrive before the holiday season. However, according to a new report by Forrester Research, most people aren't willing to pay a lot for these devices. Forrester asked consumers at what price they would consider an eReader expensive but still buy it. The answer was generally somewhere between $50 and $99.EBooks and eReaders are a
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McKinsey Global Survey on Web 2.0 in business states that 42% of executives see a measurable benefit from RSS. That's 24% more than those who see any benefit from microblogging (i.e. Twitter).It's become fashionable among a certain set to declare that RSS is no longer the foremost pipeline for news and information on the Web. Many have abandoned their RSS readers in favor of Twitter. But what do businesses think about RSS? The
2009 Rails Rumble was, according to organizers, the strongest yet in the contest's history.In 48 hours last weekend, 237 developer teams competed and generated a total of 137 qualifying web applications, all developed with Ruby and Rails on the back end. The
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We don't know much about the upcoming OS from Google, Chrome OS. However recent reports tell us how tightly integrated the Google Chrome web browser will be with the operating system. It makes us wonder if Google will be required to support other web browsers on their new platform? After all, it's one thing to integrate your own browser with your OS (as Microsoft does with IE) but it's another thing to not even offer a choice.
Facebook announced this week the launch of a new program called "Facebook Connect For Mobile Web." The Connect platform, which originally launched in 2008, is already available for traditional websites as well as Apple's iPhone. With this update, it can now exist for any mobile platform, too.
My First Day as an Android Owner; by Marshall Kirkpatrick, Lead Writer
I've been a happy iPhone user for about a year but I just bought an Android phone this week and I like it a lot. Android is not as polished, as popular, maybe not even as good as the iPhone so far - but if I had to choose between them right now...I might pick Android. Below are some thoughts about the hardware, the learning curve, the App Market and Augmented Reality apps in particular.
release candidates, Opera this week released the final version of Opera 10, the company's flagship desktop Internet browser. Users who skipped all the pre-release versions of Opera 10 will be pleasantly surprised with the updates that Opera has brought to its browser. These include Opera Turbo (the company's compression technology), visual tabs, a smarter spell checker, and a faster rendering engine.After numerous betas and two
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