Roland’s Sunday Smart Trends #233
September 28th, 2008

Americans text more than they talk

American cell phone users are sending more text messages than they are making phone calls, according to a Nielsen Mobile survey released Monday. For the second quarter of 2008, U.S. mobile subscribers sent and received on average 357 text messages per month, compared with making and receiving 204 phone calls a month, according to Nielsen.
Source: Marguerite Reardon, CNET’s Wireless blog, September 22, 2008

State of the Blogosphere 2008

Blog search engine and ad network Technorati released its 5th annual State of the Blogosphere report and the numbers are quite interesting. Technorati says its findings indicate that blogging is now mainstream. We’re not so sure.
Source: Marshall Kirkpatrick, ReadWriteWeb, September 22, 2008

Facebook profiles can be used to detect narcissism

A new University of Georgia study suggests that online social networking sites such as Facebook might be useful tools for detecting whether someone is a narcissist. “We found that people who are narcissistic use Facebook in a self-promoting way that can be identified by others,” said lead author Laura Buffardi, a doctoral student in psychology who co-authored the study.
Source: University of Georgia news release, September 22, 2008

Futurephile: Computers to be ‘aware’

What will business IT look like in 2012? By 2012 internet-protocol traffic will reach half a zettabyte, 250,000 times more than in 2003. More devices will be connected to the net and businesses will use smarter computers that free them from routine. They will use the time saved to do more strategic thinking. Those that can’t adapt will be crushed under the avalanche.
Source: Joia Shillingford, The Financial Times, September 16, 2008

Smart alarm clock for mobile phones

Research conducted in two Finnish universities, Tampere University of Technology and the University of Helsinki, resulted in the development of a brand-new technology for screening and even diagnosing sleep disorders. The first application of the new technology, a smart alarm clock for mobile phones, HappyWakeUp, is now available. It is the first health-promoting mobile phone application in the world.
Source: Tampere University of Technology news release, September 23, 2008

University Students Create a Virtual RFID-enabled Hospital

Students at the University of Arkansas, and at neighboring high schools, are employing avant-garde technology to help the health-care industry learn just how RFID can make a difference in the operations of a company or organization. Craig Thompson, a professor of computer science and his students have digitally created a hospital in Second Life, a three-dimensional virtual world developed and owned by Linden Lab in which millions of people visit to work and play online.
Source: Beth Bacheldor, RFID Journal, September 16, 2008

Just in time for school: Free Adeona service tracks stolen laptops

Researchers at the University of Washington and at the University of California, San Diego have created a new laptop theft-protection tool. The software not only provides a virtual watchdog on your precious machine — reporting the laptop’s location when it connects to the Internet — but does so without letting anybody but you monitor your whereabouts. The tool is named Adeona, after the Roman goddess of safe returns, and is posted at It works by using the Internet as a homing beacon.
Source: University of Washington News, September 25, 2008

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