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Friday, February 19, 2010

Branson's Flying Submarine

When you count yourself amongst the worlds wealthiest people you can commission just about anything, and if you are British mogul Richard Branson that means an "underwater plane" named "Necker Nymph," that can dive up to 40 meters below the surface of the water. No matter how cool this thing is, you don't become one of the world's richest without finding some way to make money from your belongings. If you are so inclined you can charter the $631,000 flying sub for $25,000 and another $88,000 for the sub's superyacht launch vessel, "Necker Belle."

The Necker Nymph uses fighter jet technology and was designed by Hawkes Ocean Technologies.

Source: CNN

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Please Rob Me, Really?

Boy Van Amstel and a group of Dutch developers created to prove a point about the dangers of sharing your precise location information on the internet, according to this BBC article."It started with me and a friend looking at our Twitter feeds and seeing more and more Foursquare posts," said Van Amstel, one of PleaseRobMe's developers."People were checking in at their house, or their girlfriend's or friend's house, and sharing the address - I don't think they were aware of how much they were sharing."

While the site does heighten awareness to the potential dangers of broadcasting your current location online, I think the logic is slightly flawed as it assumes a number of things:

1. That you live alone;
2. That you haven't taken any precautions against theft; and
3. That the bad guys are sifting through millions of tweets to single you out.

Not to say that there aren't potential risks and that you shouldn't take precautions! I just don't buy into the notion that this makes you any more vulnerable than the next guy, if you use you head a little.

Thanks for the post idea Dawn!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Google's Schmidt Declares "...the principle of mobile first"

Google's Chief Executive Eric Schmidt has declared that mobile has come of age, speaking at Mobile World Congress. 
“It's like magic. All of a sudden there are things that you can do that didn't really occur to you... because of this convergence point,” he said.

“That time is upon us -- right now, right here, for this year and at least the next many years.”

Do you think so Eric?