Technology growth in developing countries

‘Digital Divide’ Narrowing Fast, World Bank Says “The digital divide is rapidly closing,” the report said. “People in the developing world are getting more access at an incredible rate — far faster than they got access to new technologies in the past.” Half the world’s population now enjoys access to a fixed-line telephone, the report said, and 77 percent to a mobile network — surpassing a WSIS campaign goal that calls for 50 percent access by 2015.”
Reuters.com

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Camouflaged technology

MP-O2-OTG Media Drive Book. “It’s not quite the Hitchhiker’s Guide, but the new MP-O2-OTG is a pretty slick little portable media drive enclosure. Not only does it look like a book (for easy hiding in your wood-paneled study), it decodes a variety of audio and video formats via VGA and component connections.”

Gizmodo

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Artificial eyes

Europeans see artificial eyes by 2010. “The device works by relaying signals from an eyeglass-mounted digital camera to the optic nerve. According to reports, 15 teams of researchers are working on related projects throughout Europe, and the European Commission expects a commercial version to be available by 2008 or 2010. Veraart puts the price of the device at around $20,000.”

Engadget

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Soloar/thermal sources of power

Solar Tower of Power Finds Home. “Announced several years ago, the 3,280-foot Solar Tower is one of the most ambitious alternative energy projects on the planet: a renewable energy plant that pumps out the same power as a small reactor but is totally safe. If built, it will be nearly double the height of the world’s tallest structure, the CN Tower in Canada.”

Wired News

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Altering a website that you don’t own

greasemonkey. “Greasemonkey is a Firefox extension which lets you to add bits of DHTML (“user scripts”) to any webpage to change it’s behavior. [...] For example you could:
Make sure that all URLs displayed in the browser are clickable links. Improve the usability of a site you frequent. Route around common and annoying website bugs.”
mozdev.org

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Real life time-shifting

Globe-jungle. “Kids can play during the day on the rotating climbing frame. One camera records their play, while another records their surroundings from inside the globe. These two perspectives of the globe constitute the images archive. After sundown, this footage is projected onto the bars of the globe. By spinning the frame the bars become a surface reflecting the images.”

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