Wireless Technology Magazine
I got my Droid about five days ago, and immediately took it on the road with
me, which meant I didn’t have the quality time I wanted to settle into a
nook and read Persian love poetry to it. But, I did get a sense of how it
looks to a a rushed n00b. Also, I come to it from a Blackberry 8830, not from
an iPhone, so my expectationshave been set rather low in some ways. Here’s
an initial report. (And here’s an initial report from Dave Winer, whose new
Droidie.com site I’m enjoying. And here’s an initial report from Bijan
It’s an open device. Yay!
It’s great for browsing. Fast. Clear screen.
The built-in gmail client is pretty good. In fact, if you’re livin’ the
Google lifestyle (gMail, gCalendar, gReader, gMaps, gMacrame, gAutoclave,,
etc.) it feels like a seamless environment.
The turn-by-turn navigation with Google Ma... (more)
No, this is not about BP. “How to wreck a nice beach” is an iconic phrase
for speech recognition software, just as “Time flies like an arrow. Fruit
flies like a banana” is for semantic disambiguation. The first is an
automated rendering of “How to recognize speech.” The second consists of
two sentences that look similar, but each word (except the indefinite
article, I guess) plays a different role in the two sentences.
This comes to mind because there’s an interesting post by Repression Jones
about a book on the history of the vocoder by Dave Tompkins, along with about
an hour o... (more)
David Weinberger's Blog
There's a really interesting (free) article by Amol Sharma in the Wall Street
Journal about Google's expected cellphone software, and whether Google will
be able to do the necessary deals with the mobile carriers. In addition to
providing core Google apps (search, maps, YouTube, etc.), the rumor is that
the Google mobile operating system will be open to developers who want to use
the phone's services, such as GPS data.
The article includes this from Microsoft:
Microsoft executives question what impact Google will have. "The idea that
there are all these t... (more)
Chris Soghoian is giving a Berkman lunchtime talk called: “Caught in the
Cloud: Privacy, Encryption, and Government Back Doors in the Web 2.0 Era,”
based on paper he’s just written. In the interest of time, he’s not going
to talk about the “miscreants in government” today.
Pew says that “over 69% of Americans use webmail services, store data
online, or other use software programs such as word processing applications
whose functionality is in the cloud.” Chris’ question: Why have cloud
providers failed to provide adequate security for the customers. (”Cloud
computing” = users’ da... (more)
Jeff Jarvis led a discussion at PDF among 1,000 people about what
government could learn from Google, and, more generally, what a bunch of
techies would do to make government better. Jeff’s got this rare cross of
skills as a writer, teacher, entertainer and provoker. If you haven’t seen
him at work, you should grab the next opportunity. And, yes, Jeff is a
friend, so I’m biased. But I’m also right.
So, here’s a way the government is becoming like Google. Remember how a few
years ago, Google was grabbing the best and the brightest techies of every
stripe? Every time you turned a... (more)