Roland’s Sunday Smart Trends #66
July 10th, 2005
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Here is my weekly selection of articles that were not mentioned here — except if I missed them.

Use This Phone to Find a Date. Or See Videos. Or Even Talk
Amp’d Mobile is a new kind of cellular service, but the company’s founder scarcely thinks of himself as being in the phone business. What he’s out to sell is wireless entertainment.
Source: Michel Marriott, The New York Times, July 4, 2005 (Free registration, permanent link)

Why Newspapers Are Betting on Audience Participation
“Get me rewrite!” For years those words evoked the romanticism of the newspaper business, back when swashbuckling reporters landed scoops with derring-do. Today they mean something else entirely, at least here where the people at The News & Record, the local daily, are toiling to reinvent their newspaper.

Source: Katharine Q. Seelye, The New York Times, July 4, 2005 (Free registration, permanent link)

Computers Simulate Terrorism’s Extremes
In the wake of Sept. 11, 2001, [scientists at Los Alamos Labs] have been constructing the most elaborate computer models of the United States ever attempted. There are virtual cities inhabited by millions of virtual individuals who go to work, shopping centers, soccer games and anywhere else their real life counterparts go. And there are virtual power grids, oil and gas lines, water pipelines, airplane and train systems, even a virtual Internet.
Source: Ariana Eunjung Cha, The Washington Post, July 4, 2005 (Free registration)

Podcasting Is Still Not Quite Ready For the Masses
This week, my assistant Katie Boehret and I set out to see how easy it is to get and create podcasts. The good news is that, with its iTunes move, Apple has made receiving podcasts as simple as downloading music. The bad news is that neither Apple nor anyone else has made it nearly as simple to create a podcast and get it online as it is to create and post a text and photo blog. Until that happens, podcasting won’t be truly mainstream.
Source: Walter S. Mossberg, The Wall Street Journal, July 6, 2005 (I’m not sure if this article is available for free)

Lufthansa goes biometric
German airline Lufthansa and Siemens are testing fingerprint-based check-in and boarding procedures at Frankfurt Airport.
Source: Jan Libbenga, The Register, July 7, 2005

See you next week…


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