Tag Archives: Global Positioning System

How Technology Shrinks and Amplifies Distance

By | November 11, 2007

Two pieces in the NYT/IHT that weren’t about technology, but kind of are, illustrate how technology can shrink distance but also grow it. First off a piece by Geoff D. Porter,  an analyst in the Middle East and Africa division of the Eurasia Group, explores how African would-be immigrants to Europe are now making their way to Europe… Read More »

Foleo, Foleo, Where Art Thou?

By | September 6, 2007

Caption competition: “Is this a dagger I see before me?” “Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio” Now you see it, now you don’t Photo from BusinessWire It has the grim predictability of a company that doesn’t seem sure of what it’s doing, and what people want. Ever since Ed Colligan unveiled the Foleo — a Linux-based sub-sub-notebook… Read More »

At Last, a Zoomable World

By | June 7, 2007

It’s sometimes hard to get my friends excited about the technology I’m interested in, and that’s often down to the fact that a) the exciting stuff is often a big shift in what that technology can do and b) I’m not good at explaining these things to people, especially in wine bars, for some reason. Last night, for… Read More »

The Bluetooth Gun

By | March 18, 2006

Bluetooth in the line of fire? New Scientist reports of a police gun invention that when fired will automatically send its position to fellow officers who can then, presumably, provide backup. The idea is that when a police officer is holding his gun correctly — both hands on the weapon — he or she can’t easily reach for the radio.… Read More »

Podcast: Myrtle

By | November 4, 2005

Here’s another podcast of a piece I did for the BBC’s World Service ‘World Business Report‘. This one’s on using GPS to drive a car, courtesy of an eccentric woman called Myrtle. Download Myrtle here. Related Posts:Podcast: Wikipediatrics December 3, 2009 Podcast: Findability April 12, 2010 Podcast: Truthiness December 9, 2010 Podcast: Over the Paywall January 6, 2011… Read More »