Archive for June, 2009

Get Well Wishes to Steve Jobs

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Steve_JobsNews this week of Steve Jobs’ heath problems and liver transplant has put a focus on his importance to the history of technological innovation at the end of the 20th century. Starting with the first pre-assembled Apple computers that Jobs marketed with Steve Wozniak, it can really be said that Jobs played a major role in making digital technology part of everyday life.

The iPod has revolutionized how we listen to music, and Pixar Animation Studios has shown that computer animation can be used to make amazing feature length films. Jobs had a hand in each of these innovations. Techies around the world are wishing Jobs the best and hoping he’ll soon be bringing us the next big thing.

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The Perfect Gift for Dad

Friday, June 19th, 2009


Father’s Day is here, and you may be stuck on what to get the dad who has everything. How about this coffee-making robot? Hina the humanoid robot grinds the coffee beans and brews the coffee in the following video.

The video was first posed on the Japanese portal Nico Nico, where it received over 100,000 views in 24 hours. No word about how to get your own Hina for Dad.

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Viral E-Book Marketing

Friday, June 12th, 2009


Scribd is an online publishing website which claims to be the world’s most popular social publishing site, receiving more than 60 million visitors per month. Scribd allows users to post documents in a variety of formats and embed them into a webpage in the iPaper format. More than 50,000 documents are uploaded daily, making Scribd something like the YouTube of the written word.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the publishing company Simon & Schuster has announced plans to offer 5,000 titles for distribution on Scribd. The publisher will set the price for the titles. The prices will probably be close to the price for print books, with a possible 20% reduction for title published on Scribd.

Amazon offers electronic books which can be viewed in plain text format on its Kindle book reader device. The different with iPaper is that no special device is required, and books have the same appearance as print versions.  Books may be read on the Scribd website, or downloaded in PDF format and printed.  This partnership between Simon & Schuster and Scribd could offer some serious competition to the Kindle.

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The Pen that Does it All

Monday, June 01st, 2009


For professionals who want to limit the amount of equipment they carry, the OmniPen Pro is the answer.  This handy device combines a ballpoint pen, red laser pointer, LED reading light and PDA stylus.  Now you can read in the dark, give a presentation, takes notes and record items in your PDA with one handy tool!

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