Roland’s Sunday Smart Trends #242
November 30th, 2008

Sharing the Browser

Online collaboration often consists of little more than forwarding links or snippets from a Web page to a friend or colleague with a few comments dropped in. IBM is hoping to change this by letting people share the browser itself. This is the idea behind Blue Spruce, an experimental browser project that IBM hopes may change the way many people use the Web.
Source: Erica Naone, Technology Review, November 26, 2008

IBM Reveals Five Innovations That Will Change Our Lives in the Next Five Years

Unveiled today, the third annual “IBM Next Five in Five” is a list of innovations that have the potential to change the way people work, live and play over the next five years: Energy saving solar technology will be built into asphalt, paint and windows; You will have a crystal ball for your health; You will talk to the Web… and the Web will talk back; You will have your own digital shopping assistants; Forgetting will become a distant memory.
Source: IBM Press Release, November 25, 2008

Collective solution to accessing the internet via satellite

In many rural areas of Europe, getting on the internet means putting up with sluggish dial-up connections or, at best, erratic mobile services. A new satellite-based solution developed by European researchers promises to change that.
Source: ICT Results, November 26, 2008

Semantic desktop paves the way for the semantic web

European researchers have developed innovative software to make finding information on your computer and sharing it with others considerably easier. In the process, they may have solved the chicken and egg problem that has held back development of the semantic web.
Source: ICT Results, November 25, 2008

Restaurateur tracks down bill dodgers on Facebook

An Australian restaurateur left holding a hefty unpaid bill when five young diners bolted used the popular social network website Facebook to track them down — and they got their just deserts.
Source: Belinda Goldsmith, Reuters, November 27, 2008

Nokia robots take over the home

Finnish handset vendor Nokia unveiled some blue skies technology on Thursday, in the shape of its Home Control Centre. The world’s biggest handset manufacturer claims that the platform will be the basis for next generation security, smart home solutions and household energy management systems. What this means is that Nokia sees its gadgets eventually taking full control of your home.
Source:, November 27, 2008

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