Join the Christmas carnage and compete for a pristine land area south of the scenic New Switzerland. Help the Imperial Government to cull Atrox and Exarosaur herds, and thwart the smuggling Mulaak'f by wiping out as many as possible between Friday December 21 18:00 UTC and January 1 00:00 UTC.
The Government will award 1 point for every Exarosaur killed, 3 points for every Atrox, and 10 points for every Mulaak'f put into an irreversible coma. These points will be awarded regardless of maturity or location on Calypso.
The fierce colonist to have accumulated most points by Jan. 1 00:00 UTC will receive the new land area on Amethera.
The second prize winner will receive a complete Shadow Armor Set, and the third prize winner will receive a large amount of raw materials, with a Trade Terminal value of 10000 PED, for the new Make Up and Material Customization systems.
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
"A comet that has delighted backyard astronomers in recent weeks after an unexpected eruption has now grown larger than the sun. The sun remains by far the most massive object in the solar system, with an extended influence of particles that reaches all the planets. But the comparatively tiny Comet Holmes has released so much gas and dust that its extended atmosphere, or coma, is larger than the diameter of the sun."
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Monday, October 08, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
You've heard of web 2.0, over at discovery you'll see web 0.1 back at work. In an attempt to recreate the 80's they have introduced unreadable small text with a "make it the right size button mofos" which you have to click on every page, I love this kind of interaction. Ahh for User Mode in Opera.
and I've forgotten the real article I tried to read there and wanted to link to
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Friday, September 07, 2007
The Old Model
This NOAA illustration showing one model of future sea ice loss in the Arctic is not even the worst case scenario. A new report by scientists taking a closer look at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on ice loss suggests the ice may be melting at twice the rate predicted by the panel.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
The researchers failed to spot any Yangtze river dolphins, also known as baijis, during an extensive six-week survey of the mammals' habitat.
Baiji Tribute courtesy of Another Chance To See
NASA's animation of China's Three Gorges Dam construction over the years
Chinese Promotional film
A trip to Three Gorges Dam Project
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
The Ordnance Survey have stopped London in 3D becoming available in Google Earth, read more over at Digital Urban
Monday, July 30, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
- Two states known for their majestic peaks have gotten an upgrade.
- I can now see where my favorite maple syrup is made.
- Certain Florida beaches (and 1 mountain) are looking much improved.
- Try counting the warthogs in the Boneyard.
- Peek inside the home of the Brew Crew.
- You can read the Skin's logo painted on their field.
- An historic state capitol building is now in high res.
- This city was named after the Native American name of a nearby mountain, "Tacobet."
- A "far away" city that played a key role in trans-Saharan trade can now be seen close up.
- The town where Jane Austen spent her final years is much clearer.
- The topic of Vincent van Gogh's Cafe Terrace at Night is now bright as day.
- Take a look at "la ville noir," where Cointreau was invented.
- Only a third of this country's land is arable, but you can now view the entire country in high res.
- From 1880 to 1884 this German city was home to the world's tallest building.
- Rockets may be used to disrupt rain clouds over this city next summer.
- This country received an impressive terrain update, you might call it Lord of the Terrain.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Well the pope joins in, checkout Bush getting it wrong, I'm really unsure who any of this is aimed at, if you get time checkout Wheels on the Bus done in the style of Madonna
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
'It is easy technology,' said Barry Welsch, Heartland's manager of IT. 'The tag always stays in the consumer's hand - in this case, it's a phone.'
The system is expected to work across the campus, which is approximately 2.4 square kilometres in size."
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Monday, July 09, 2007
Sunday, July 08, 2007
She said her own baking was subject to another strange decision.
"About 11 years ago I entered a show with some fruit scones. I was the only entrant but I came third."
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Friday, June 29, 2007
The clouds are on the move, brightening and creeping out of polar regions, and researchers don't know why.
'It is clear that these clouds are changing, a sign that a part of our atmosphere is changing and we do not understand how, why or what it means,' said atmospheric scientists James Russell III of Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia"
More information: Strange Clouds at NASA, AIM mission webpage
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Saturday, June 23, 2007
The trial involves 75 customers who will test the concept at 50 retail locations in Memphis and Jackson, according to a statement from the Cellular South. They will use handsets from Kyocera Wireless Corp. that will act as a digital credit card. A customer will be able to tap a phone against a Near Field Communication-enabled wireless reader."
And if you can't make it in person check out the BBC Glastonbury website where you can watch the live sets.
Handsets loaded with bank account details would be swiped over a reader to buy tickets from Oyster Card machines, and swiped again at the barriers to pay for journeys.
The handsets use 'near field communication' technology, which involves a short-wave radio activated when phones are touched against a screen or reader. They will be available at commercial levels from next year, and are already compatible with London Underground ticket machines.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
A thunderhead towers at knee level, throwing tiny lightning bolts at my shoes. I'm standing--rather, my avatar is standing--astride a giant map of the continental United States, and southern Illinois, at my feet, is evidently getting a good April shower.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
"After lying in second place since the first Audi crashed out at 7:45 this morning, the Peugeot No 7 came into the pit at 12:39 with an apparent engine problem. At this time the car is still in for fixing and the second Peugeot will take second place from Gene/Villeneuve/Minassian."
Le Mans 24 Hour offical site
Le Mans on wikipedia
Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced its intention to participate in the GSMA Pay-Buy-Mobile Initiative. The Company will potentially participate in all trials facilitated by the GSMA which will drive forward developments on mobile payments.
Motorola will also provide feedback to GSMA Near Field Communications Technical Guidelines white papers, and work with standardisation bodies such as ETSI and the NFC Forum to further provide input to the development process.
Near Field Communications and the associated applications, including payment, are a strategic focus area for Motorola. Motorola is committed to working with the GSMA Pay-Buy-Mobile Initiative and the broader industry to facilitate the development and implementation of a NFC ecosystem.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
"No one shall be able to slow down his pace, for he has been chosen by God as His active instrument, violent and destructive towards the enemies of the Church."
Don't ask, I just like his hat, turns out this bunny was held as the anti-pope just can't make this stuff up
The Spanish entry on wikipedia mentions that anyone who has seen Jesus Christ Superstar is excommunicated, given that Christopher Biggins was in it, makes sense
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
"The most creative branch of the military-science-industrial complex (known as DARPA, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) also rejected Cramer's proposal. Officials at DARPA told the UW physicist his experiment is 'too weird' -- even though they recently gave money in support of a project aimed at creating Terminatorlike liquid robots."
sorry about the writing at the other end
Sunday, June 10, 2007
What happens when you put good people in an evil place? Does humanity win over evil, or does evil triumph? These are some of the questions we posed in this dramatic simulation of prison life conducted in the summer of 1971 at Stanford University.
Virtual Tourism has gone a step further and hacked the actual 'street view' images and produced a fully interactive 'street view' Google Gadget. The gadget shows a different image from street view every day and can be added to your iGoogle page by clicking on the Google button."
Playing around with a virtual car in the real environment. What you see is the mixed image shown on displays around the stage. The technology making this possible is called augmented reality. The music is by "My Fearless Friend". Source: Augmented Blog
Three companies that claim “essential” patents on NFC launched the licensing scheme, which other developers of the short-range wireless technology may join later."
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Friday, June 01, 2007
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Entropia Universe, the safest virtual world utilizing a real cash economy, has been chosen by the Beijing Municipal People's Government supported online entertainment company Cyber Recreation Development Corp. (CRD) to create a cash-based virtual economy for China. The landmark deal was negotiated for almost a year and will bring an outside virtual world into China for the very first time. Entropia Universe was chosen over several other proposals, including one by Second Life.
The new project will permit up to 7 million concurrent users logged into the virtual universe with an overall aim to attract some 150 million users from all over the world. Entropia Universe, a three-dimensional universe on the Internet intended for entertainment, work, commerce, community building, culture, and much more, is expected to generate over $1 billion annually in commerce from this partnership."
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
"CAVEman resides in the CAVE, a cube-shaped virtual reality room, also known as the “research Holodeck”, in which the 4D human model floats in space, projected from three walls and the floor below."
Sunday, May 27, 2007
"Only real life banks are able to offer a unique set of new and exciting but also trustworthy and secure services to the users of virtual worlds," Marsalek said. "The future growth and reputation of virtual worlds significantly depends on the sustainability of the services provided to their users and we believe that real life banks, such as Wirecard Bank, can add substantial value to the overall game play experience."
Friday, May 25, 2007
Near field communications is the talk of the ID world, but what will it take to turn the talk to action?
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
This weekend we have the Monaco Grand Prix and for anyone wanting to check out the local area and the route of the track in Google Earth download the KML file by APG from the Google Earth community (You will need to install Google Earth which is free and is part of the Google Pack). Originally posted in 2004 this is one of the first collections of placemarks that really took advantage of Google Earth to show related information of an area and was a real eye opener for me at the time.
See the post in the Spanish Google Earth blog which reminded me of this set of placemarks.
Over at map.movin360 the folks have created a panoramic video driving from Strecke Hauptbahnhof to Potsdamer Platz. The video is linked to Google maps so you can watch the progress and as it is a panoramic you can view any point of the journey from any angle. Go play, it's good...
Craig Preston, head of technology for ABC innovation, said only the digital transmission tower was left standing on the island, which cost the ABC tens of thousands of dollars to create."
The Maldives thus pips Sweden to the post; the Scandinavian country had hoped to be first off the block when it opens its own virtual embassy May 30."
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Topaz(R), designed and developed by British firm, Innovision Research & Technology, was used by the overall winner of Track B - 'Most Innovative NFC Proposal of the Year 2007', at the first European NFC Competition held last month as part of the NFC Developers Summit at the Wireless Information Multimedia Application (WIMA) 2007 event held in Monaco.
Topaz, mandated last year by the NFC Forum as the Type 1 Near Field Communication (NFC) tag, has proved to be a popular choice at the first European NFC Competition and was the tag of choice for the track B winners the 'Seeing Eye Phone', an innovative use of NFC by the Technical Research Centre of FInland, VTT.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
"Glue4 have launched a full personalised Smart Poster service, including handsets, deployment, operation and the analysis of user data, harnessing the untapped potential of mobile and outdoor marketing.
Fully interactive NFC smart posters include a range of advertising media tagged with the next generation of wireless technology. The chip passes information and services to viewers on demand, in this case through their NFC-enabled mobile phone. This could be mobile top-up, handset configuration or fault fixing. In addition, the information could be a link to any partner brand’s product details accessed through the mobile internet or a money-off voucher. Brands could also use the interaction to encourage viewers to vote, buy tickets, pass on information virally etc."
Video of Dr. Neil Garner talking about smart posters, token styles and how the market for innovative applications for RFID tags is just beginning.
Enhanced navigation is the next step in the evolution of mobile Web browsing. That's exactly what Opera's developers are exploring for the next version of Opera Mini. Opera Software invites everyone to sign up for testing the beta version of the upcoming Opera Mini. Please submit your email address here. Testers will be notified by email at a later stage and asked to submit their views of the Opera Mini beta via an online form.
Friday, May 11, 2007
Designing between things, places and people (pdf)
Introduction to NFC phones (pdf)
Physical hyperlink technology (pdf)
Tangible and social media & Mobile social software (pdf)
Context, scenarios and prototyping (pdf)
Some more slides from the Hybrid World Lab by Nicolas Nova
Under that scenario, he said, a consumer might receive a promotional pack of 10 DVD disks from a service provider and decide to watch only three of the films. The consumer would use an NFC-enabled mobile phone as a scanner to activate the selected disks and would return the rest."
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
* Avatar Janus JD D'Arcwire, representing a real life bank
* Russian Internet Payment Provider MONETA.ru
* Entropia celebrity and famed virtual night club owner Jon NEVERDIE Jacobs
* Famous cross-world virtual celebrity and entrepreneur Anshe Chung
* The anonymous "Jolana Kitty Brice"
So it looks like a real bank (against all expectations) has joined the fray. Not sure why the secrecy though, time will tell.
The virtual Entropia Universe banks will work similarly to real world banks. Initially, they will be provided with secure systems enabling them to lend money to participants and collect interest, design and name their own virtual bank building(s), utilize the extensive advertising opportunities available, and make their own personnel available through avatars that can interact with and provide service to other avatars. In order to get the virtual banks operational, each winner must add $100,000 as operational capital. As the only virtual universe whose currency has a fixed exchange rate with the US Dollar, Entropia Universe is providing a means for interested investors to be proactively involved with a real economy on a financial and creative front. The funds acquired in Entropia Universe can easily be withdrawn into real life cash.
With over 580,000 registered accounts, Entropia Universe had a 2006 turnover of over 360 million dollars. MindArk PE AB's Business Development Director David Simmonds enthused, "We are thrilled to welcome these five new partners to Entropia Universe. As we continue to set records in the virtual realm, the next two years will be a prosperous, successful time for all parties involved." MindArk CIO Marco Behrmann continues, "This further proves the Entropia concept of having a secure, reliable, and stable economic environment for doing business. The five banks will have integrated services within the mechanics of Entropia Universe and will not just be virtual advertising spots." More information about the virtual banking licenses is available here.
About the Winners
MONETA.RU is an Internet payment provider that was established in Russia in 2005. The website of the company is www.moneta.ru. The company's main goal is providing the most secure and comfortable online payments for its customers -- merchants and online shoppers -- on the Russian and CIS market. At the moment MONETA.RU is experiencing a rapid development due to being a payment gateway that aggregates all the most popular payment systems and solutions available on the Russian market and therefore providing the most powerful payment tool for merchants. Online shoppers use MONETA.RU as an e-wallet and enjoy the most complete list of available deposit and withdrawal options. All transactions are processed with the maximum speed and comfort, and are protected by the cutting-edge security system of MONETA.RU. The company's development strategy lies in orientation of partnerships with foreign companies. MONETA.RU is the first and only Russian processor of online payments which was purposely founded to assist overseas companies with entering the Russian and CIS market and sharing its enormous potential.
Bank NEVERDIE, The Gamers' Bank™, is one of the first financial institutions to exist entirely and only in Virtual Reality. Founded in Entropia Universe, Bank NEVERDIE is operated by famous gamer Jon "NEVERDIE" Jacobs, expanding upon a diverse virtual entertainment brand that includes the Club NEVERDIE asteroid space resort, shopping mall and nightclub, the NEVERDIE Mega Championship stadium, a virtual arena for sporting events and live concerts (currently under construction), Phasm Forest and Kingfisher Beach. In addition, Jon "NEVERDIE" Jacobs is involved in the "MMOWC" Massive Multiplayer Online World Championships, an annual global event to find the Best Online Gamer in the World, and the VWAwards: The Virtual World Awards, a virtual red carpet event that honors creativity across all platforms in virtual reality, and www.RealityPort.com, a web based portal into virtual reality.
Since 2004, the Anshe Chung Studios (ACS) has been the global leader in virtual real estate development on open virtual world platforms. Originally founded by Anshe Chung as an entirely virtual business in Second Life, it has evolved into a real company with more than 60 full-time employees turning over millions of dollars per year with virtual real estate, content development and virtual financial services. In 2007, ACS received high profile venture capital investment and has begun to branch out into additional virtual worlds. Besides thousands of virtual world residents and pioneers, ACS features key clients such as Fortune 100 companies, churches and governments, whose entry into virtual territory has been designed and developed by ACS.
About Entropia Universe
The heart of Entropia Universe is a distant planet named Calypso, which encompasses two continents with animal-filled wildernesses and large expanding cities that offer a variety of entertainment and social interaction for its participants. In Entropia, participants can create their own persona, or avatar, via a character generation system, and then have the option of choosing a suitable life and virtual existence for their avatar. Characters are able to enter the evolving worlds of Entropia Universe, which are full of unexplored and uncultivated lands. Participants can join a community or even create a civilization of their own. Entropia offers a new avenue for individuals to pursue dreams, fantasies, and adventures in an astoundingly 'real' virtual universe.
In December 2004, Entropia Universe set a world record, certified by the Guinness Book of World Records, when it sold a virtual Treasure Island for $26,500 USD as the largest virtual dollar amount spent, to 22-year old Australian David Storey, a.k.a. "Deathifier." In October 2005, the sale of an asteroid based space resort for $100,000 USD to famed gamer, Jon 'NEVERDIE' Jacobs, set a new record for the most valuable virtual item.
Entropia Universe is a registered trademark of MindArk PE AB. MindArk supports and monitors the services and maintenance of the Entropia Universe site. MindArk began in April of 2003 in Sweden, and has expanded to have partners throughout the world. Entropia Universe was launched in 2003 and has reached over 580,000 registered accounts. MindArk offers the Entropia Universe software to users free of charge with no monthly costs or associated subscription fees. For more information or to download the free Entropia Universe software please visit www.entropiauniverse.com. For more information about Entropia Universe's developer, MindArk, please visit www.mindark.com.
Monday, May 07, 2007
Read more RFID Connections
Saturday, May 05, 2007
The tower looked like it was being hosed with giant sprays of water or was somehow being squirted with jets of pale gas. I had trouble working it out.
In fact, as we found out when we got closer, the rays of sunlight reflected by a field of 600 huge mirrors are so intense they illuminate the water vapour and dust hanging in the air."
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Jon NEVERDIE Jacobs who paid $100,000 for a Virtual Space Resort built upon an Asteroid with a nightclub, multiple hunting areas, a stadium, and a 1000-room hotel was one of the winners of the auction and provided live streaming of the auction from his virtual nightclub. (Once the bidding was over he cued up Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd and Money's to Tight to Mention by Simply Red)
Another winner was Baroness Anshe Chung who maybe is the same as the first virtual world millionaire in Second Life.
All told the five licences fetched $403,961:
Bank 1 - 999,000 ped Yuri iNTellect Efremov - $99,900.00
Bank 2 - 950,001 ped Jolana Kitty Brice - $95,000.10
Bank 3 - 900,002 ped Jon NEVERDIE Jacobs - $90,000.20
Bank 4 - 590,608 ped Janus JD D'Arcwire - $59,060.80
Bank 5 - 600,000 ped Baroness Anshe Chung - $60,000.00
ZigBee mobile devices include mobile telephones and personal digital assistants with embedded ZigBee technology or using a ZigBee SIM card. These devices act as a mobile terminal and/or as a sensor control device anywhere there is a ZigBee network or ZigBee
access point. Potential applications currently in development include:
* Secure Mobile Payments: Mobile users pay for goods and services by waving handset in front of scanner and entering a pin number
* Information Delivery: Users receive news, downloads, (messages, ring tones, images, etc.), advertisements from network operators or localized information such as weather, traffic updates and movie show times based on their current location or neighborhood
* Health Care Monitoring: Continuously monitored health data is recorded on a handset and transmitted to the patient's doctor. In an emergency situation, such as the absence of patient response or alarming vital signs, the mobile device can be programmed to immediately alert emergency services
* Peer-to-Peer Small Data Sharing: Small files such as ring tones, images, address book contacts and other information provided by telecom operators is shared easily between two ZigBee-enabled mobile devices
Download the full press release: Zigbee Alliance Members Connect With Telecom Market (pdf)
The scale of the funding was undisclosed. First Data has also committed to use Vivotech's Near Field Communication (NFC) terminals, wallets and over-the-air provisioning for mobile commerce."
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
"The first ever Lotus 72 Grand Prix car, as campaigned by both John Miles (Team Lotus) and double World Champion Graham Hill (Rob Walker Racing) in the 1970 season, has been consigned by H&H Sales for its July 25 sale at Kempton Park Racecourse."
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
While playing around with Google Earth doing some research for a new blog on Google Earth in Spanish I found that the Google MyMap results are now being displayed in Google Earth.
As you may recall you can create your own set of placemarks in Google Maps using the MyMaps feature.
The default name for a new set of placemarks in MyMaps is My Saved Places, so a start is a quick search for that plus a location in Google Earth which should return a few results to play with.
Next you need to scroll down the results, past the spam and get to the web results.
Choosing one of the results shows the placemark on the map. Note the address points back to the MyMap URL.
Clicking on the link in the placemarks info bubble pulls the whole placemark collection into Google Earth and puts them in My Places|Temporary Places.
You can now view the whole collection in Google Earth. Very neat.
"Other notable areas reported include the use of smart shelves; Hot Spots and kiosks; RFID handhelds used by store associates; dressing rooms outfitted with RFID readers; and self-checkout. Pilots by retailers are on the increase, with other consumer-oriented industries implementing, such as museums, sports facilities (e.g. ski resorts, golf courses, etc.), and sporting events operators."
The NFC/touch based interaction issue is attempting to reduce our reliance on visual information overload. We are currently in the middle of a bleeping, distracting, attention seeking device-era, and I’m quite hopeful that in the near future our devices will become less noisy and more respectful of our time and peace."
Monday, April 30, 2007
Following publication of a significantly strengthened EU directive, expected later this year, EU member countries will have just 18 months to implement a law requiring operators to identify the precise location of callers to the E-112 emergency services, potentially to an accuracy level of just a few metres.
Enabling high-accuracy location technology could be an enormous challenge for operators - there are 500 million mobile phone users in the EU. To comply with this legislation would mean a massive handset upgrade programme – a hugely expensive and complicated task.
BlueSky Positioning has developed patent-pending technology and processes to embed Assisted Global Positioning System (A-GPS) capability in the SIM card (USIM in the case of 3G handsets), with minimal impact on signal strength and battery life. This means that operators need only replace the SIM cards, not the phones themselves – a far more manageable solution.
Point In Time has been accepted for presentation
WIMA 2007 NFC Competition Finalists Announcement
Not satisfied with replacing your landline, MP3 player, camera and alarm clock, mobile phone manufacturers have now set their sights on supplanting your wallet. Their new generation of phones will link to your credit or debit account as part of a joint initiative with phone operators, banks and credit card companies. They predict this one-swipe payment technology will potentially replace cards and cash and make it possible to go shopping armed only with a mobile phone.
"In fact, the success of the Cobrador del Frac has spawned a slew of rival companies: Town Criers, Buddhas, and even Pink Panthers.
The Monastery of Collection is one of them. Of its 28 employees, four regularly dress as 16th-century monks, though in special situations – such as a recent collection against the municipal government of Madrid for failure to pay its cleaning services – the company will send out extra monks."
Sunday, April 29, 2007
"Hitachi's new 'win' series phone, the W51H, will integrate AuthenTec's AES1510 fingerprint sensor as a standard feature.
Additionally the sensor enables secure and convenient near field communication (NFC) transactions used for mobile ticketing and check in, stored value, mobile credit, and Internet commerce payments."
Saturday, April 28, 2007
The vast complexity of the simulation meant that it was only run for ten seconds at a speed ten times slower than real life - the equivalent of one second in a real mouse brain.
The researchers say that although the simulation shared some similarities with a mouse's mental make-up in terms of nerves and connections it lacked the structures seen in real mice brains."
Not quite there yet then
Friday, April 27, 2007
KPN, Maxis Communications Bhd, mobilkom austria, O2, Orange, SFR, SingTel, SKT, Vodafone and Wind have joined the 14 mobile operators* that initiated the project in February. The handset vendors in the programme include Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics, which both plan to participate in the first trials scheduled to begin in October.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
'It's the smallest, lightest planet known at this time,' says Stéphane Udry from the Geneva Observatory in Switzerland. 'And it's just at the right distance from its star for liquid water to possibly exist on its surface.'"
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
JupiterResearch has found that despite renewed efforts on the part of financial institutions, overall interest in mobile banking services is limited. Just eight percent of online consumers who own a cell phone are interested in using mobile browsing to check account balances.
And to be honest I'm not surprised, why would anyone need to check their bank balance by mobile phone. Of course there is a big push here from the financial institutes to scrap ATMs.
Universal Envelope Identifier - "Smart Stamp" Technology Converges Internet and Mobile Phones with U.S. Postal Mail
Using Near-Field Communication Technology ('NFC') and printed conductive ink antennas combined with mobile phones and other wireless reader devices, Append services bring a new intelligent mail 'Smart Stamp'service into the mailstream for adding supplemental text, pictures, audio and video to sent postal mail."
Monday, April 23, 2007
It seems somewhat paradoxical that we feel obligated to create a new wireless product that will simplify our experience in some part of our business or private life. With a new wireless technology in mind we dutifully begin brainstorming to determine what we will ultimately create. On occasions the direction we take seems to be mired as we quandary over the value added proposition for the consumer. What benefit will it really bring? And, why ultimately should the consumer pick it up from the shelf and place it onto the counter ready for purchase?
A sense of practicality needs to be injected into the whole ‘making wireless products’ process as we choose to drive the future of wireless development forward. In that respect, Developing Practical Wireless Applications will guide the most eager of developer, the most fervent of business analyst, the most enthusiastic product planner and the most politically focused manager through choices in respect of which wireless technology to use. Ultimately, this book will guide you through each technology with an aim to enable you to make an educated choice regarding your would-be wireless product.
Furthermore, you will glean from the subsequent chapters a detailed breakdown of each technology. In some places you will find exposure, right down to the deepest of layers, enabling engineers to understand the inner workings of each technology, whilst intermediate readers will enjoy an understanding of the peripheral discussion surrounding a technology.
From free e-book: Developing Practical Wireless Applications
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Why are merchants not on board yet?