Roland’s Sunday Smart Trends #189
November 18th, 2007

Using mobile phones as cash is put to the test in Europe

Don’t look now, but the French are in the technology vanguard again. A dozen major companies have opened the largest trial outside of Asia for the use of cellphones as mobile money – giving consumers the ability to pay for everything from croissants and toothpaste to subway fare and wine with a wave of a handset.
Source: Victoria Shannon, The International Herald Tribune, November 11, 2007

Tired of Text Searches? Use Eyealike

ActiveSymbols, freshly spun out of IT infrastructure provider Logicalis, launched a platform Nov. 12 to give users of sites such as Facebook and MySpace a better shot at finding who they are looking for by searching online pictures. […] The Eyealike VS (Visual Search) platform analyzes digital images and videos to let users find who they are looking for.
Source: Clint Boulton, eWEEK, November 14, 2007

Cameras that know who you photographed

Many cameras today can detect the faces of those being photographed, which is handy for guiding the camera to set its exposure, focus, and color balance properly. But the more difficult challenge of face recognition is more useful after the photo has been taken.
Source: Stephen Shankland, CNET Underexposed Blog, November 14, 2007

Amazon to debut Kindle e-book reader Monday

On Monday, the online retail giant will unveil its Kindle e-book reader at a high-profile event in New York, an industry source told CNET Thursday. CEO Jeff Bezos is expected to be present for the announcement, to be held at the chic W Hotel in Union Square. The Kindle is equipped with a Wi-Fi connection that taps into an Amazon e-book store, which users can access to purchase new electronic books.
Source: Greg Sandoval, CNET, November 15, 2007

Nokia targets pedestrians with Navteq acquisition

Nokia aims to produce better maps for pedestrians and after completing its $8.1 billion acquisition of map supplier Navteq, leaving the car-navigation market largely to others. “It’s not really our intention to take market share away. It’s our intention to grow the market,” Michael Halbherr, the head of Nokia’s location-based activities, said on Thursday.
Source: Reuters, November 15, 2007

Preserving One Web

Speaking at the Mobile Internet World conference in Boston earlier this week, Berners-Lee said that the W3C is working on defining a set of standards that developers can use to build websites that work with mobile devices, as well as with desktop computers, so that the mobile Web doesn’t break apart from the World Wide Web.
Source: Erica Naone, Technology Review, November 16, 2007

Mapping the Crowd

Keeping track of the dizzying proliferation of information in the Digital Age can overwhelm managers, and sizing up potential alliances can be daunting. But getting lost can be a costly setback for those with valuable ideas they want to develop. Maps — specifically, intellectual property maps created by strategic advisers Boston Consulting Group — increasingly are being used by everyone from health-care companies to research scientists. They’re deploying them to better manage, and expand, the networks they want to cultivate.
Source: Brian Hindo, BusinessWeek, November 15, 2007

Laser fingerprint scanner does away with dusting

A portable device that could scan fingerprints in microseconds has been developed by scientists in India. The system, which works using a technique called optical coherence tomography, promises to be better than existing fingerprint detection methods since it does not require any chemical processing.
Source: Belle Dumé, New Scientist, November 16, 2007

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