August 10, 2011

Crestron iPad iDOCs for Counter or Wall

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Crestron has new docking stations for both the original iPad and iPad 2. Take your tablet and mount it on either a table top or wall and take advantage of the company's app for control of home or office. Available in both white and black gloss, the IDOC-PAD and IDOC-PAD2 software can manage video streaming, audio settings, thermostats or even lighting.

Via Crestron

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July 11, 2011

An Instant Network Week

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What is it about us humans that have a need to watch a train wreck in action? We watched the Casey Anthony case unfold via live feed and raced back to the site when the verdict was announced. We checked out YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to find the latest war news, complete with imagery of blood and violence.

We witnessed the endless comments of "awesome" when Mark Zuckerberg et al let us know we can instantly Skype on Facebook and even the President held a Town Hall Twitter event last week. In this day and age of immediate news, we are connected with everyone, every thing and that instant access makes it difficult to believe that there was ever any other way of networking.

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July 6, 2011

DynDNS Provides Mobile Access

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If you are out and about and need access to your network, DynDNS provides hardware that will monitor your IP and find when you are not there. It uses the information to FTP to your server and enable remote access. You can receive two accounts for free or opt for a paid one beginning at $15.00 for 30 host names.

Via DynDNS

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June 29, 2011

Help SETI Stay Afloat

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The ultimate form of networking needs your assistance. Who hasn't shared their computer with SETI at one time or another, hoping that you will glimpse the arrival of ET? Now they are asking for donations to help keep their 42 Allen Telescope Array going. While $200,000 seems like a large amount, they are well on the way with about $32,000 given so far. So help bring the ATAs back on line with funding, blogging and just plain spreading the word.

Via SETI

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June 23, 2011

Skype and Comcast Cooperate

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Skype and Comcast have teamed for VoIP service on HDTVs. Skypers can make and receive messages, and video and audio calls via a Comcast adapter Box by utilizing the Skype desktop app. The same service is available to smartphone and tablet owners. Friends from Facebook, Gmail, Outlook and smartphones can be imported from contact lists. Even better (albeit noisier,) Skyping and viewing can be performed at the same time. Look for the service to roll out later this year.

Via eWeek

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May 30, 2011

Ford Adds Heartbeat Monitoring Seat

What seems like a usable concept may in fact have the opposite effect. In a partnering of Ford European Research and RWTH Aachen University in Germany, engineers developed a car seat that monitors the driver's heartbeat. The S-Max seat contains 6 embedded electrode sensors that can detect irregular activity. Let's look at this for a second. Driver has heart condition, gets caught up in traffic and develops road rage. Which is worse, the road rage or some alert letting him/her know you are about to have a heart attack?

Via Ford

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May 18, 2011

EBS to Establish Localized Alerts

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Listening to my local updated emergency alert testing, not only was I treated to a high pitched wail that seemed designed for dog ears, there was a hideous voice attached that let me know, "This is a test, this is only a test." Now the government may soon be able to send you emergency alerts on your cellie. Part of the EBS, the Personal Localized Alerting Network uses a chip to let you know when something is going on in your area.

While PLAN may be a plus for knowing when to get out of town, it also may be a violation of privacy because the system relies on carriers data of user location. The program is to begin later this year in New York and Washington D.C. and go national by 2012.

Via PLAN

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April 5, 2011

AMEX Serve Mobile Payments

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American Express has set up a payment system similar to PayPal. 'Serve' users create an account and can send or receive payments. Access includes the company's iOS, the Interweb, Facebook and Android apps. The bad news is that there is a $2.00 ATM fee and a 2.9% and $0.03 per deposit discount for cash, debit and ACH. The good news is that if you get it now, the first six months are free and your first withdrawal for the month is free.

Via AMEX Serve

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February 24, 2011

CA Ceases Retail Zip Code Requirement

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You know how annoying it is when you walk into your nearest Radio Shack and they ask you for your zip code? Have no fear as that minor invasion of privacy is no longer required, at least in California. The state's Supreme Court determined that except in limited cases, i.e. businesses that need the info for security reasons, they can no longer require that personal tidbit.

Jessica Pineda of Menlo Park began the lawsuit after a store used her name and zip code to identify her address and stored it for marketing purposes, including selling the information to other businesses. The lower courts rejected the suit but the CA Court agreed that issuing a zip code was part of the state's Credit Card Act.

Via LA Times

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February 1, 2011

VOICES Speaks to Those Without Internet

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Father of the Internet Tim Berners-Lee has a new project in the works, the World Wide Web Foundation's VOICES. This will give those who do not have ability to access the Net to do so with voice-enabled apps. VOICES CEO Steve Bratt says that billions of new users will find the love online. It will provide tools, technique and training and will include the areas of agriculture and health. The organization relies on donations, so if you need an extra tax credit...

Via VOICES

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