Low power photography

New digital camera chip slashes power consumption 50x. “They’re only in the design prototype phase right yet, but a couple of dudes by the names of Mark Bocko and Zeljko Ignjatovic at the University of Rochester have apparently worked out a way to digitize photography at each pixel of a CMOS sensor, the results of which are actually nothing less than fifty times less power consumption in taking a shot, and ten times the dynamic range of light captured — on chips expected to be smaller and less expensive than current devices.”


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Sharing recordings of places

soundtransit :: book. “SoundTransit is a collaborative, online community dedicated to field recording and phonography.
In the “Book” section of this site, you can plan a sonic journey through various locations recorded around the world. And in the “Search” section, you can search the database for specific sounds by member artists from many different places.
If you are a phonographer, you can also contribute your recordings for others to enjoy.”


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Phones for kids

Get the Kids Started Early with Teddyphone. “Excited about your little toddler eventually becoming a cell phoning, surly teenager? Why wait 15 years when you can get them wasting your plan minutes now. The Teddyphone is the ideal phone for small children. Actually this thing does have some useful parent features such as reverse listening, an SOS button, speed dial and even an optional tracking feature. “


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Outsourced game playing

Ogre to Slay? Outsource It to Chinese. “For 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, my colleagues and I are killing monsters,” said a 23-year-old gamer who works here in this makeshift factory and goes by the online code name Wandering. “I make about $250 a month, which is pretty good compared with the other jobs I’ve had. And I can play games all day.” He and his comrades have created yet another new business out of cheap Chinese labor. They are tapping into the fast-growing world of “massively multiplayer online games,” which involve role playing and often revolve around fantasy or warfare in medieval kingdoms or distant galaxies.”

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Physical and virtual gaming

RFID turns you into a real-life action hero. “You’ve been sent to a 31st-century prison, where puzzles will help you crack the security system and escape. There are ventilation shafts to crawl down, secret doors, ladders, dead ends and hidden bonuses. This games is not on your PC or PlayStation but in a three-storey building in Madrid. In Negone, created by Differend Games, each player has a wrist console displaying your score, your character’s health and tools obtained in the game. You select your mission (they range from “inoculate the virus” to “steal the secret weapon”) and difficulty level. Security guards then escort you to your cell.”

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Simple online spreadsheets

JotSpot Tracker Furthers Office Online Experiment. “As more office applications move online, JotSpot Tracker joins NumSum and the open-source TrimSpreadsheet in the spreadsheet space. While Jotspot Tracker is clearly the most polished of the three, funcionality is very limited and the small visable area leaves a lot to be desired. Nonetheless, this is an excellent way to collaborate on simpler, smaller spreadsheets and bypass the hassle of email and chaotic version numbers. And the inport function was flawless. “


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Browser history

How’d I Get Here (Firefox extension). “Use this extension to go to the page on which you first clicked a link to the current page. For example: Go “back” even after opening a link in a new tab and closing the original tab. Remember how you found a site you bookmarked yesterday. When you are sent a link you have already seen, astound the sender by responding with a statement more precise than “I saw that on some blog a few days ago”. “

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Album covers

CoverFlow. “CoverFlow aims to bring that aesthetic appeal to your mp3 collection. It allows you to browse your albums complete with beautiful artwork pulled from any sources it can find, whether that’s buried in your song tags, collected via Synergy, or looked up on Amazon.”


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Religious podcasts

“Godcasts” becoming more popular. “I would say probably anywhere from 10 percent to 20 percent of the podcasts available online have some dimension of religion or spiritual life to them,” estimates Lee Ranie of the Pew Internet and American Life Project.
Godcasts are created by houses of worship from every denomination, and from around the world. The wide selection is good news for web worshippers.”
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