Roland’s Sunday Smart Trends #121
July 30th, 2006

Blue Note Records releases classic jazz tracks as ringtones for the first time

EMI Music’s legendary jazz label Blue Note Records has begun releasing ring tunes featuring riffs from some classic recordings by legendary artists including Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, Art Blakey and Chet Baker. Part of a new program called “The Best of Blue Tones,” this marks the first time these tracks have been made available for the mobile platform
Source: EMI news release, July 24, 2006

License Plate Tracking for All

In recent years, police around the country have started to use powerful infrared cameras to read plates and catch carjackers and ticket scofflaws. But the technology will soon migrate into the private sector, and morph into a tool for tracking individual motorists’ movements.
Source: Luke O’Brien, Wired News, July 25, 2006

Jay Rosen: Giving the ‘smart mob’ a voice in the media

For the past three years on his blog PressThink, [Jay Rosen] seems to have found his real métier: He has emerged as not only one of the nation’s most provocative press critics but also a relentless advocate for wresting some control of journalism from the professional media and putting it in the hands of the engaged, online public, the folks he calls the “smart mob.”
Source: Liz Halloran, U.S. News & World Report, July 26, 2006

United States cedes control of the internet – but what now?

In a meeting that will go down in internet history, the United States government last night conceded that it can no longer expect to maintain its position as the ultimate authority over the internet.
However, assistant commerce secretary John Kneuer, the US official in charge of such matters, also made clear that the US was still determined to keep control of the net’s root zone file — at least in the medium-term.
Source: Kieren McCarthy, The Register, July 27, 2006

Medical expertise available wherever emergencies occur

The IST-funded DICOEMS project has developed a wireless technology platform enabling doctors in hospital emergency rooms to remotely manage treatment of accident and other emergency victims. With specially equipped handheld computers or smart phones, paramedics and other emergency personnel first on the scene can send images and critical patient information to specialists at hospital emergency departments.
Source: IST Results, July 28, 2006

Coming soon: Google on your brain

The pace of computing power gains is only getting faster and that means big changes in the way we live. Are you ready to become a mind-reader?
Just thinking about likely near-term innovations in computing is exciting, but slowly a longer-term vision is coming into focus. Down the road we’re probably going to have access to something approaching all information all the time. Our lives – much longer by then because of the implications of this for medical care — will be enriched, even as our behavior will be very unlike how we live today.
Source: David Kirkpatrick, Fortune, July 28, 2006

The Secretive Fight Against Bioterror

On the grounds of a military base an hour’s drive from the capital, the Bush administration is building a massive biodefense laboratory unlike any seen since biological weapons were banned 34 years ago.
The work at this new lab, at Fort Detrick, Md., could someday save thousands of lives — or, some fear, create new risks and place the United States in violation of international treaties. In either case, much of what transpires at the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC) may never be publicly known, because the Bush administration intends to operate the facility largely in secret
Source: Joby Warrick, The Washington Post, July 30, 2006

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