Oops, I forgot Paul was away this week. I hope I am not abusing my "keys to dad's car" by posting this stand-alone Technobriefs.
Post Segway, Kamen does water and power: Dean Kamen, perhaps best known for the Segway has been working on incredible technology aimed at the developing world, tools to purify water and produce electricity. I know this because I follow all the really important scientific journals: Colbert and Kamen Solve the World's Water Problems. More from the press: Segway inventor drinks his own pee (really) and The Segway creator's next entrepreneurial spin.
Wireless: after Google "won by losing" the 700MHz auction, they now are going after the spaces in between: Google unveils white space airwaves plans and Google outlines proposal for 'Wi-Fi on steroids'. This topic has been in the air since last summer: White-space spectrum debate rages but count on the Forces of Darkness to propose walled gardens over free use: CTIA urges FCC to license -- and auction -- TV white spaces. Sounds like a new iPhone with a faster channel is on the way: Gartner Clarifies 3G iPhone Reports. Often mentioned as an alternative to hardwired connections, a long range wi-fi is getting mixed reviews: WiMax Gets Less-Than-Max Grades in Australia.
Photoshop as free webapp: Photoshop the venerable image processing tool, so ubiquitous its name has become a verb, has been moving downmarket. Originally a professional tool, then a hobbyist version and now a free webapp called Adobe Photoshop Express. Reaction in the press: Adobe opens shop on Web-based Photoshop Express, Adobe's Free Photo Editor and Adobe unveils Photoshop Express online service.
Copyrights and media: what with all this piracy those poor folks in Hollywood can't make a buck: Hollywood's Record Year Shows MPAA's Piracy Folly. Its only stubbornness that keeps big media from embracing file sharing, the financial solution is well known: Monetizing File-Sharing: Collective Licensing Good, ISP Tax Bad. Pushing back the dawn of recording media: In Your Face, Edison: New Oldest Recording Found and Here’s the first sound ever recorded, circa 1860.
Comcast ties white ribbon around its black hat: after trying to throttle (disrupt) the BitTorrent protocol (TB Mar 2) and being beaten in the marketplace (TB Mar 16) have they seen the error of their ways?: Comcast Adjusts Way It Manages Internet Traffic. Those wild-eyed net anarchists at BusinessWeek say Comcast's P2P Conversion: I'll Believe It When I See Results (N.B. the comment by Robb Topolski).
Technobits: Study sees Microsoft brand in sharp decline --- Gone in 2 minutes: Mac gets hacked first in contest (late breaking: Flash flaw leads to Vista laptop's fall and Linux Unhackable At TippingPoint Contest) --- Carbon could enable fastest chips and Foldable, Stretchable Circuits --- Printing displays screen promise --- The Story of the Microrobotic Fly --- Dive Into Saturn Moon's Jets Shows Ingredients for Life --- Cloning treats mouse Parkinson's --- 'Naughty Auties' battle autism with virtual interaction --- Freed Baby Shark Heads for the Border and Released great white shark heads past Baja --- Giant Antarctic Ice Shelf Collapses --- 10 Best Science Fiction Movies Ever – Most Prophetic Sci-Fi Films --- in Japanese advertising: URL's Are Totally Out --- very comprehensive survey comparing packaged food and its packaging: Advertising vs Reality - A Product Comparison Project --- lightcycle recreation using stopmotion/pixilation animation: Cardboard TRON.