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08NTC: Day 2, open plenary with David Pogue

Macro trends in technology: Three technologies to watch
David Pogue

Year of the cell phone

Leaving the cell network and going onto the network like landlines.

  • VOIP, carry your number. Every feature known to man.
  • Cell phone carriers haven’t taken on VOIP over cellphones
  • T-mobile, hot spot at home – any time you’re in a wireless hotspot, all your calls are free. $20 more a month. Little box is like a cell tower in your house. (makes it cheaper for them because they don’t have to put up new towers in your neighborhood)
  • Can hand off call from mobile to wireless network
  • T-mobile is the only company that doesn’t have a land-line business, which is why they are doing this
  • David Pogue just gave us his phone number.
  • Grand Central - too many phones. Awesome video that he posted on the NY Times site

  • Google Cellular – 411 costs $2. Use text messages. Send message to 46645. Type what you’re looking for: “Pharmacy Chicago” In 5 seconds they will send you back the complete name, address, phone. Weather. Driving directions, movie showtimes. Flight info. Currency conversions, Definitions. Instantaneous and uncluttered.Voice to Text - “to page this person, press #” That voice is on Ambien. The voices on voicemail recordings are slow. They make $100 million a year keeping people on the phone and paying for more minutes.
    • Spinvox and Callwave transcribe your messages so you can scan them, skip to the important ones, and not pay minutes!

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And you can’t keep up with technology…

Note: this was first published for Michaela’s personal blog on August 21. 2007.

No sooner than I had made my last post, Google Maps announced that they’ve added a feature that allows users to build their own personalized maps and post HTML snippets to their blogs or Facebook pages, similar to the Zee Map functionality I mentioned below. It’s clickable AND draggable, and has the potential to feature all the images, text and video your little heart desires. Harrumph.

You can read more about on the blog here.

And here is my quick attempt at playing with this new feature illustrating my fall travel schedule:

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Incidentally, and I’m not sure if it had to do with my slow connection at work, I was disappointed with the speed at which I could update this map. Everytime I tried to add a new place, the map froze and I had to return to maps.google.com to get it to respond again. At least it saved the markers I already added. Also, overall I felt Zee had more features and seemed a bit more simple to use…. For example, I couldn’t seem to figure out how to set the zoom “view” for the user, so I could make it obvious there were more than just a few links on the map. If I went to the intro URL (maps.google.com) afresh, I was able to pick a view just by zooming (not intuitive), whereas if I didn’t type the URL in afresh, it would only create a map of the most recent marker I had added. For now I like Zee better. For now at least…