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Where the Action is: Smartphones & Netbooks

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 12/26/09 (3:26am)

smartphone-netbook.jpg Enough already with the fetishism about eReaders! It's the market for Smartphones and Netbooks that's advancing in leaps and bounds.

Real-Time Web: It's More Than Just Twitter

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 8/30/09 (12:18pm)

I liked the article in BusinessWeek on the 'Real-Time Web'. It being BusinessWeek, they naturally devoted a significant portion to speculation on how to make money from this emerging trend and I had to laugh at the illusive precision of there being "at least $5 billion to be made on the real-time Web". What, just $5 billion?

Anyway, to give them their due, they correctly identify the trend:

World of Widgets: Google Friend Connect

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 6/27/09 (1:36pm)

Google Friend Connect Logo

I put up the Google Friend Connect widget on the far right column. It kind of duplicates what the MyBlogLog widget does though in a more dynamic way.

In any case, sign up today!

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The Real Gadget Revolution: Web on the Go

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 3/26/09 (9:12pm)

I find it amusing that there's so much buzz (some of it manufactured?) about the Amazon Kindle. The real revolution is all around us (which is what you'd expect for a revolution): it's people using smart-phones or netbooks to text each other, send email and photos, and otherwise access the Internet.

Now we have a report by the Pew Research Center which reflects pretty much what anyone taking a train or bus home can observe every day:

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eBook Killer, Thy Name is NetBook

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 12/7/08 (10:40am)

So remind me again, who's going to pick the utterly drab and uni-functional Amazon Kindle for $359 when they can get this baby for the same price?

Courtesy of MiniNote User.

UPDATE (1/5/09): Not to make this sound like the GadgetBlog but HP just came out with an update to its top of the line model, the HP Mini 2140. Faster chip, bigger lcd panel -- Hoo Baby!

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Good News for Net Neutrality

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 11/16/08 (9:47pm)

Net Advocate and UMICH Don Susan Crawford has been named a "FCC Review Team Lead" by the incoming Obama-Biden Administration. Maybe the 'Net has a future after all...

[h/t TechPresident]

eReader of the Future

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 12/9/07 (12:03am)

Repeat after me:

  • The eReader of the Future will play popular formats without the need for conversion.
  • The eReader of the Future will be in color.
  • The eReader of the Future will be an "open" networked device.
  • The eReader of the Future will allow the user to download and install applications.
  • The eReader of the Future will allow the user to mix and match information any way the user pleases.
  • The eReader of the Future will not come from a company heavily invested in media ownership or sales.
  • The eReader of the Future will boast access not simply to tens of thousands of works but to millions on the internet.
  • The eReader of the Future will look a lot like the UMPC of the present.
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Messing with Leopard

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 12/1/07 (1:01am)

Apple OS X Leopard

I upgraded my computer to Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard) over Thanksgiving. I'm now getting used to some of the "over 300" improvements in the system.

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Innovation Good and Bad

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 9/13/07 (11:11pm)

Aaron Schmidt rightfully quotes himself with pride from an article in the Chicago Tribune:

"There's a lot of dead wood in libraries, and I think there's a lot of administrations that are kind of just biding their time for retirement and don’t feel like putting forth a lot of effort," he said. "I think there’s a general culture of resistance to change. That needs to go away."

He's right of course but I think the problem is a bit more complicated.

(more after the jump...)

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