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The Last Screen

I was thinking the other day how Apple now has a contiguous line of screen sizes from 30 inches down to just a couple of inches (Desktop Mac, MacBook, iPad, iPhone, iPod nano). They don't do TVs, so there is still room at the large end. But they have all other sizes covered. So if…

1000 Wireless Devices Per Person (By 2017?)

The Economist writes (apparently quoting this pronouncement) that: By 2017 there could be 7 trillion wirelessly connected devices and objects -- about 1000 per person. Personally, I think their timing is off: I can believe that the hardware can be built by 2017, but not that we figured out how to manage or use them.…

We Might All Become Cyborgs Real Soon

The other day, I'm looking out the window on the street in front of our house, and see this elderly couple walking by our house. That happens all the time, of course, but this was different: both of them had Bluetooth headsets on their ears. They looked like they had been married for a long…

It’s watching us already

Cory Doctorow writes at BoingBoing yesterday: According to the [court] filings ..., the laptops issued to high-school students in the well-heeled Philly suburb have webcams that can be covertly activated by the schools' administrators, who have used this facility to spy on students and even their families. The issue came to light when ...[a] child…

Future of the Cell Phone

The iPhone form factor is here to stay: it's about the largest possible device that still fits into a pocket, and unless we all change our dressing habits in 10 years (unlikely), we'll carry a device with that form factor. It will be improved, of course, with more memory, more sensors, more connectivity options, more…