Archive for Mar 30, 2010

Energy Star approve gas-powered alarm clock in covert government inquiry

Energy Star - just one more army in the fight to green our gadgets, right?  Turns out, according to the US Government Accountability Office, Energy Star is "for the most part a self-certification program vulnerable to fraud and abuse"; they set up twenty fake products - including websites to go along with them - and sent them in to Energy Star to be certified.  Fifteen were accepted, including "a gas-powered alarm clock".

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Nokia Bots promises autonomous smartphone learning [Video]

Last year I bemoaned the state of social networking on mobile devices, and suggested that smartphone software should focus more on intelligently offering up contextually-appropriate information than merely replicating the desktop experience.  At the time, I pointed to some ongoing research at Nokia Research called the Linked Internet UI Concept, which promised to learn from your use and attention and thus better serve up news on your friends and colleagues.  We're yet to see any public release of that concept, but Nokia Research have pushed out what could be the first step toward it: Nokia Bots.

Video demo after the cut

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Boingo WiFi will support iPad from day one

If you are waiting anxiously for that iPad you pre-ordered weeks ago to turn up at your door this weekend, you are not alone. Most of the people who buy the iPad will opt for the WiFi only version rather than the 3G version. That doesn't mean that the WiFi version users won’t want to access the internet on the go from time to time.

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