Text casting

Textcasting has arrived.. “Starting today, we at Slate are making one of our most popular features available in a brand-new format. We call it a “textcast,” a podcast in which the main thing being delivered to your iPod is text rather than audio. The idea is simple: Subscribe to our new Today’s Papers textcast feed just as you would to any other podcast. Every morning, we’ll deliver to your iPod a small file containing the full text of that day’s summary of the top stories from the nation’s best newspapers.”


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A second chance for tape

IBM makes superdense magnetic Lazarus. “IBM researchers have shattered the limits of how densely good ol’ magnetic tape can store data, breathing new life into the technology. A team at the firm’s Almaden Research Centre in San Jose crammed 6.67bn bits per square inch on new film developed by Fuji in Japan, which it says is more than fifteen times more than the most popular current technology can manage.”
The Register

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Virtual version of a real world

Google moves into virtual worlds. “Consumers could fly into the virtual New York, go shopping in a virtual Times Square, get past the velvet rope at a virtual Studio 54 and chat with an avatar dressed as Andy Warhol. They could plan their next trip to the real New York in meticulous detail, become a detective in a Gotham noir, browse an apartment for sale, or jump into a taxi and play a driving game. There are, in short, many more opportunities in a virtual version of the real world than in an entirely fantastical world like Second Life — or indeed Stephenson’s original vision of the metaverse.”
Future Boy

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Remixing books

The Future Of Books, Business & The Web. “Just as the music audience now juggles and reorders songs into new albums (or “playlists,” as they are called in iTunes), the universal library will encourage the creation of virtual “bookshelves” — a collection of texts, some as short as a paragraph, others as long as entire books, that form a library shelf’s worth of specialized information. And as with music playlists, once created, these “bookshelves” will be published and swapped in the public commons.”

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Truman baby

Watch language grow in the ‘Baby Brother’ house. “Since his newborn son left hospital nine months ago, Roy’s whole family has been monitored by 14 microphones and 11 one-megapixel “fish-eye” video cameras, attached to the ceilings of each room in their house. By capturing a continuous stream of data about his son’s experiences, Roy hopes to better understand the early development of language.”

New Scientist Tech

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