A Case for Asking People to Keep Their Mobiles ON

Too often when attending talks or conferences, people are asked to turn off their cellphones in order to not disturb the environment there. While I do agree that hearing an out-of-tune symphony ring tone is annoying to say the least, and I encourage asking people to put their phones on silent, I also think that people should encourage the attendees to keep their phones ON and share their experience with the world.

This is by far the best case I’ve seen for this argument, because nowadays anything that doesn’t make a blip on social media, at least locally, was not worth holding and went completely unnoticed.

What do you think about encouraging people to share their experiences in conferences and meetings? Share with us your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

Google Nexus One Phone Rumor Round-Up

There is a rumor going around that Google is set to release its own phone in the beginning of next year. Now speculation about the Google phone has been in the rumor mill for a couple of years, but it has really picked up after Google handed their employees what seems to be THE Google phone and pictures leaked out shortly afterwards.

The phone will be called Nexus One and it will be built by HTC, the same company that manufactures the Android G1 phones.  This will be the true Google phone since unlike the G1, Google will not be responsible for the software side only but they commissioned the hardware as well. The buzz worthy piece of information here is that the phone will not be tied down to a single network and will be unlocked. Which might be a game changer for mobile phone operators if the phone becomes a hit.

For a round-up of the rumor mill be sure to check out this video from SoldierKnowsBest.

Health Radar: Mobile Real Time Disease Tracking [video]

When it comes to health issues, one of the major challenges of controlling the outbreak of any disease is real time information. The internet has already proved quite pivotal in tracking the outbreak of the H1N1(swine flu) Virus. Twitter, Google , and Wikipedia have been all excellent tools in obtaining real time information about the outbreak and this was certainly crucial in controlling the outbreaks.

Is Technology Making us Cocoon Away From Society?

I can still hear it ringing in my ear every time I sit behind a computer screen “Get off that thing and go interact with Real People!”. That was my father’s reaction whenever he noticed me spending too much time on the computer. It has been more than a decade since I started growing up with the internet, and to this day my parents still feel that the internet makes people withdraw from society and anti-social. That idea is not only fostered by my parents but by a lot of people. You know what is even worse than being an internet user? To be an internet user and avid gamer.

Android, Gizmo5 & adMob: The Scary Thought of Google As My Mobile Operator

Android, Gizmo5 & adMob: The Scary Thought of Google As My Mobile Operator

Who does the Google answer to?

The Google Leviathan has been on the move lately, engulfing several smaller fish on the internet. The latest "victim" being Gizmo5 a VoIP service a la Skype. Gzimo5 Coupled with Google Voice has the prospect to be a very seductive concoction. Users will sign up to Google Voice and get a phone number that will forward all their calls...

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Does Social Media Have the Power to Deteriorate the Economy?

Does Social Media Have the Power to Deteriorate the Economy?

Money Talks!

How much is the total economic cost of using social media in other countries worldwide? Consequently, in the long run, does social media have the power to deteriorate the economy in general? And is social media to blame for information leakage and lack of privacy?

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MIT’s Social Garden: Tend to Your Relationships

MIT’s Social Garden: Tend to Your Relationships

The Concept of Social Garden

Throughout our social lives on the internet, we tend to maintain many more relationships than we do in real life. Keeping all those relationships healthy and staying in touch with everyone becomes more of a chore, and sometimes it's just hard to remember when you did what! The Social Garden project from MIT MediaLabs comes in to...

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4 Technologies That Will Shape The Future of Mobility

4 Technologies That Will Shape The Future of Mobility

The Future?

Virtual laser keyboards, cloud computer, Web operating systems (Google Chrome OS), mobile projectors and guaranteed high-speed connections... is the future of mobility already here?

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Google Maps Navigiation for Android 2.0 is for Free [video]

Isn't it always frustrating how dumb GPS navigation systems tend to be? How disconnected and pedantic they can be when you are trying to find a place? Well the all mighty Google is once again promising the moon, and it seems like they might just be able to deliver.

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