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Radio Australia topics, Nov 7

I make an appearance on the excellent Breakfast Club show on Radio Australia each Friday at 01:15 GMT and some listeners have asked me post links to the stuff I talk about, so here they are. Follow football on your cellphone through vibrations: a team in Scandavia has come up with a way to convey movement of a ball via vibrations. This would allow folks wanting to follow a soccer game with the phone in their pocket, in theory. This is how it would happen, as far as I can understand it: someone would watch a game and input data whenever the ball was kicked.Continue readingRadio Australia topics, Nov 7

The Predictable Human (and a Privacy Issue)

A study of mobile phone data shows that we are extraordinarily consistent about our movements. Mobile phone data, unsurprisingly, provides rich pickings for researchers since we carry one around with us all the time, and, unlike dollar bills, it’s more likely to stick with one person. But some have questioned the ethics of such a study. The BBC reports that the study, by Albert-László Barabási and two others, shows we are much more predictable in our movements than we might think: The whereabouts of more than 100,000 mobile phone users have been tracked in an attempt to build a comprehensive picture of human movements. TheContinue readingThe Predictable Human (and a Privacy Issue)

News: Is Wi-Fi A Health Threat?

 An Illinois lawsuit against a school district is bringing attention to the possible health effects of wireless networks. Wi-Fi Networking News takes a closer look at concludes that while a study used by the parents in the case “should certainly disturb those in the cell industry, it?s applicability to Wi-Fi is very very low.”

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