Roland’s Sunday Smart Trends #244
December 14th, 2008

IPhone touch screen unfriendly to women’s nails

San Francisco attorney Claire Choo wouldn’t trade her iPhone 3G for anything. But she’ll be the first to tell you the phone’s touch screen has presented a challenge for her and many others like her. No, not lawyers – women with long nails. “It wasn’t a consideration when I bought it. It was like, ‘Ooh, cool! A touch screen. I’m going to buy it.’ You don’t really think of the mechanics,” said Choo, 29. “But with the touch screen, your fingernails hitting the screen doesn’t work. You have to use the flesh part. I found I was having to hold the phone differently because my nails were too long.”
Source: Ryan Kim, San Francisco Chronicle, December 7, 2008

As newspapers fade, Pulitzer embraces Web

The Pulitzer Prize Board is finally recognizing the obvious: if newsprint’s highest journalism award wants to stay relevant it had better welcome the Web. The Pulitzer board announced Monday that it will consider entries from online-only publications in addition to print outlets for the 14 journalism categories that once were prestigious but now few care about.
Source: Greg Sandoval, CNET News, December 8, 2008

If u cn rd this quickly, gd 4 u

Mobile phone text-message abbreviations and simplifications are not ruining our spelling, but they do take much longer to read and understand than conventional English, a small Australian study has shown. […] While students were significantly faster using textese, it took almost half the number of students twice as long to read these messages aloud than messages written in proper English.
Source: Reuters, December 10, 2008

Washington Post CEO joining Facebook board

Facebook announced Thursday that Donald Graham, chairman and chief executive of The Washington Post Co., is joining the booming social networking site’s board of directors next month. The privately held Palo Alto, California, company said Graham joins Facebook’s 24-year-old founder Mark Zuckerberg, Netscape founder Marc Andreessen, Jim Breyer of Accel Partners and Peter Thiel of Clarium Capital and Founders Fund on the board.
Source: AFP, December 11, 2008

An ad hoc story of America emerges from online posts to Change.gov

More than 3,500 comments posted at President-elect Barack Obama’s Change.gov Web site have been merged into a single document, creating a downloadable portrait of a nation in crisis that runs for more than 700 pages and nearly 500,000 words. In merging the 3,572 comments, the Obama transition team has also utterly transformed them into something other than a series of disparate blog and e-mailed comments. They are now part of a searchable, portable and singular narrative that is, in many respects, an ad hoc story of America at this moment.
Source: Patrick Thibodeau, Computerworld, December 12, 2008, 2008

Estonia votes to vote by phone

Parliament in Estonia voted on Thursday in favor of a measure that would allow citizens to vote via mobile phone in the next Parliamentary election (in 2011), according to the Associated Press. Estonia has a history of being tech-forward. In 2005, it became the first country to offer online voting for a national election–although only about 1 percent of the votes cast that year were made online.
Source: Jennifer Guevin, CNET News, December 13, 2008


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