"Nearly 59,000 captive teens might seem like every parent's worst
nightmare. But for Helsinki (Finland)-based Sulake, such a group
provided a pain-free way to gain valuable insight into what "kids these
days" really care about"
"Pain-free because Sulake
runs Habbo, the nine-year-old virtual world that as of early June had
some 100 million avatars, 9.5 million of them active on the site each
month. And because Sulake could use the world as a platform to question
the teens—virtually. Habbo's second Global Youth Survey features the
results of a two-month-long poll conducted at the end of last year,
which surveyed 58,486 teens in 31 countries. The findings were recently
published in a 255-page report targeted at companies looking to market
to the lucrative demographic."
a) Standard Horizon's floating radios: "The HX750S floats faceup, and when it hits the water, a strobe light
mounted on its face starts blinking. Once recovered, the 750S even
tells you the water temperature. Next in the lineup is the HX760S,
which has all the features of the HX750S but includes a wireless
headset that communicates with the HX760S via Bluetooth 2, a wireless
radio frequency. The company's third floater is the HX850S; in addition to being encased
in rubber armor, it has a GPS receiver. The combination of GPS and VHF
is ideal for taking advantage of digital selective calling, which is
useful in distress situations."
b) Garmin's Colorado 400c: "Preloaded with BlueChart® g2 coastal charts, Colorado is made with the
saltwater mariner in mind. Packed with features, it includes a
high-sensitivity receiver, barometric altimeter, electronic compass,
SD™ card slot, color display, picture viewer and more."
"A lot of new venture flowers are about to bloom and Google and Amazon
are liberally applying the watering can. No government initiative or
five-year strategic plan could have hoped to have achieved anything so
profound - Google and Amazon are literally pushing the frontiers of
global capitalism right down to the teenager’s bedroom. Forget cutting
lawns or waiting tables to earn some money, the next generation of
college kids are more likely to pay for tuition by showing the world
how to play the riff in Weezer’s Sweater song by Rivers Cuomo..."
The Good, the Bad and the Scary future of the web..
..perspectives from Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Vint Cerf at Google, Richard
Stallman of the Free Software Movement, Bjarne Stroustrup at Texas A&M, Mena
Trott of Six Apart (which hosts my blogs), Leah Culver of Pownce and Jonathan
Zittrain at Harvard Law School
"It’s one of the first civilian flyers to feature automated folding
wings, which slim down the mini seaplane so it can fit on a custom
trailer. (An amphibious version offsets the extra weight of landing
gear by trading the motorized wings for a manually folding set.)"
"He's a hypermiler, part of a loose-knit legion
of commuters who've made racking up seemingly unattainable mpg (many times 100 mpg) an art.
And a sport. Hypermilers practice such unorthodox techniques
as coasting for blocks with their car's engine turned off, driving far
below speed limits on the freeway, pumping up tire pressure far beyond
car and tire makers' recommendations and carefully manipulating the gas
pedal to avoid fuel-burning excess." - USA Today