list of SOPA supporters sparks outrage against domain name heavyweight, GoDaddy. David Strom reviews the new Hedy Lamarr biography. And, Marshall Kirkpatrick looks at the implications of Google's AR glasses that may be coming sooner than we all thought. All of this and more in the ReadWriteWeb Weekly Wrap-up.A
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For many, the list of companies supporting SOPA wasn't a huge surprise. However, the fact that GoDaddy was among them caused many on Reddit to threaten a transfer of their domains on December 29, or "Move Your Domain Away From GoDaddy Day".
Richard Rhodes' biography of beautiful and intelligent inventor/movie star, Hedy Lamarr is reviewed by David Strom. Lamarr, a prolific actress, famous for a racy movie in her teens and for a busy career in Hollywood, was apparently researching breast augmentation when she came up with her most famous invention, her technique for frequency-hopping radio communications.
Marshall talks about what life might be like with Google's Augmented Reality glasses. The glasses, oft rumored, are apparently closer to reality than most of us realized. Looking at the future of life with these glasses seems bright and full of promise.
From the comments:
sparroww - "OK, let's start with the obvious.
With these glasses and the right motion based software you can have the equivalent of an enormous monitor. You move your head to the right and it shows you your "right monitor", same to the left, up down, etc.
People who work in situations where they need to look at the real world, but can benefit from a display can use this. Imagine a warehouse where all the employees know where to go, what to take off the shelf, where to put it, etc based on what their display tells them. Your dentist, doctor, etc, can look things up in real time while chatting with you without taking their eyes off you. For that matter then can do an easy side to side between your skin and the one they have on the display to see if this rash you have is serious.
Drivers will need to be careful using these, but it sure beats taking your eyes off the road to look at your GPS.
Construction people can superimpose the plans over the building while their working on it. There's so much more."
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Twitter is far and away my favorite social network, but it does have its downsides. The 140 character limit? Nope, I actually enjoy the challenge of crafting meaningful messages in limited space. The problems come in when you have users who don't quite understand the way Twitter is supposed to work, or when people or companies abuse the service. More
2011 saw the biggest boom in personal computing since the Apple II invaded homes and offices across the world. This time around it was not a desktop computer, or even some fancy new laptop. The smartphone has penetrated society with such speed and to such depth that basic human interaction with information has yet to adapt to the change. Enterprises are scrambling to handle the era of "bring-your-own-device" and it is, at times, a painful process. More
This time last year I listed my favorite Web products of 2010. I enjoyed that process so much that I'm doing it again this year. These are products that I liked and used the most during 2011, but I hope my list is useful to others too. More
We wind down the top trends of 2011 with one that's perfect for the holidays. Just as the frantic, real-time nature of the social Web hit fever pitch, the market trends this year made way for "content shifting." It's the simple idea of saving your articles, videos and podcasts for later. More
The Kindle Fire has been released to great fanfare, mixed reviews and millions of devices sold. The device's growth trajectory has already outpaced that of any other tablet introduced to the market. Secondary statistics show that the growth of the Kindle Fire rivals even that of the original iPad when it was unleashed on the world in the beginning of 2010. More
Yesterday Facebook released its list of top games for 2011. Only four of those games were Zynga-owned. The number one and number two slots were filled by Disney Playdom's Garden of Time, a game about locating hidden objects through time travel and EA's The Sims Social, which is most similar the "real-world" virtual game Second Life. Zynga's CityVille, a game all about building "the city of your dreams," came in third. In the top casino games of 2011 category, Zynga took first place with Zynga Poker. Right now, 95% of Zynga's gaming strategy relies on Facebook, and just last week Zynga went public. What does this mean for Zynga? More
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