Thursday, November 29, 2007

Google delivers "Free GPS" to every cell phone

With it's new "My Location" feature, Google Maps for Mobile has finally let most of us determine (approximately) where we are in the world by looking at our cell phones.

How to use it?
  1. Load the new version of Google Maps for Mobile.
  2. Press the Zero key.
GMM then uses information gleaned from your local cell towers to approximate where you are on it's map. This is useful for you, because you could then ask Google where the closest lunch spot might be. It's good for Google because they are giving you reasonably useful information based on where they think you are.

What's next?

That means Google will soon be able to put adverts alongside the the location data it delivers and stores might be able to use such an advertising platform to deliver promotional information to your phone that might actually be useful to you. I'd like to know if there was one coffee shop or another that might care to issue a coupon for me to step into there shop as opposed to someone else's.

This video explains how My Location works:

qv: Google Maps for Mobile with My Location

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Friday, November 23, 2007

Podcast: Technology Edition of Your Day - November

Thinking about a new TV, digital camera, or ways to get more out of that HD TV you already bought? We take calls from across the states of North and South Carolina as people ask their questions in advance of their Black Friday shopping sprees. Learn how to get better quality HD TV for free. Listen to the podcast:

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

We're Live! (Ask your burning tech questions.)

WEDNESDAY, November 21, 2007

A live call-in hour on the Internet and related technologies. Eric Rodgers hosts Internet expert and blogger Phil Yanov, founder and executive director of the GSA Technology Council. Listeners can call in via the tollfree number 888-539-8859 to ask questions about using the Internet, computers, new digital devices, and related topics.

We're live from Noon until 1 PM on WEPR 90.1 FM and we stream live on the web.

Where else might you listen?
  • 89.3 Charleston
  • 90.1 Greenville / Spartanburg
  • 91.3 Columbia
  • 88.1 Sumter / Columbia
  • 89.1 Aiken /Augusta
  • 89.9 Beaufort / Hilton Head
  • 90.1 Conway / Myrtle Beach

qv: Your Day

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Happy Birthday to Claude Monet, Prince Charles and ....

Today's Birthdays:

* Claude Monet (1840-1926): Impressionist painter
* Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002): creator of Pippi Longstocking
* Prince Charles (59): heir to the throne of Great Britain
* Condoleezza Rice (53): US secretary of state
* Yanni (53): "contemporary instrumental" musician
* Laura San Giacomo (46): Maya Gallo on Just Shoot Me
* Wiliam Steig, creator of Shrek

and minor league blogger.... Phil Yanov.

Thanks for all the cards and letters!

qv: [November 14 at]

Monday, November 12, 2007

Will there be any OLPC Bogos available by the end of the day?

Today is opening day of the Give One Get One program for the One Laptop Per Child project.

Heores star, Hiro Nakamura, (okay, it's really Masi Oka) describes the way the program can help the children in underdeveloped areas in a YouTube video.

According to OLPC News, there are only 25,000 units available through this North America only promotion and they are expected to sell out fast.

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Hey, this is my first...

Hey, this is my first test post to my blog using Jott. You know I think I probably use this primarily for breaking news that I actually want to show up on the blog and not in my Jaiku(?) or my Twitter something that you might want to read in the blog, but I thought I would start right now and just see how it works. It is something that it just a little bit longer in form that I might normally put to my Twitter. listen

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