Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Tuesday's News

- The mobile phones in our hands may have a more totemic role in our lives than we suspect.

There's something magical about the objects we use every day. No, not that plastic pen, but the one over there in the holder on your desk, the Mont Blanc. Or the wallet in your pocket, actually a bit too worn out, but a gift from your daughter. Or the portable clock radio you saved when going through your dad's stuff after he died.

Article by Douglas Rushkoff

- Voice-only Internet system for drivers

Imagine the dangers when full Internet capabilities become available to drivers. Dr. Meirav Taieb-Maimon and her colleagues at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (South Israel) have developed a voice recognition system that enables drivers to surf the Net while keeping their hands on the wheel.

- Wireless: Wi-Fi alliances set sights on 'nomad' subscribers

"Because of hundreds of accords between mobile phone operators around the world,travelers can take for granted that they will be able to use their cellphones just about anywhere,"this article in the IHT reports."Now,those kinds of agreements are beginning to happen for mobile Internet connections via Wi-Fi,or wireless fidelity.Fixed-line and mobile phone companies from different countries are slowly teaming up to create alliances to cover as wide an area as possible".

Any more news on other types of mobility? If so - post them here (CeMoRe Group)- or send them to k.dennis1@lancaster.ac.uk

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