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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

The Wall Street Journal had a special section in its June 19 issue regarding its recently concluded conference, D: All Things Digital. There may not be much here on location technology but there are some good interviews with Bill Gates (Microsoft), Robert Iger (Disney), and Barry Sonnenfeld (movie director) on the movement to, what else, "all things digital." Its worth a read to see how other industries are utilizing digital/internet technology for software, entertainment and advertising…you can get it online but the WSJ charges for access unless you want to sign up for the free two week access.

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by Joe Francica on 06/20 at 08:15 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Associated Press reports on tests conducted by the LA County Sheriff’s Department to explore the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones) as surveillance devices.  The three foot long, $20,000 to $30,000 planes will “initially be limited to scanning rooftops for break-ins and finding lost children or hikers.” The idea is to use them in place of loud, expensive helicopters. With the right sensors the UAVs can send back real time video and fly at night. Of course, privacy issues come to the fore.

This is one of those technology we’ll all start to deal with more and more as these and other remote control vehicles carry sensors to places we cannot travel. Keep an eye out for such a drone at a conference near you in the demo area and in the sky.

Update (6/23):It seems the Sheriff didn’t get FAA approval for the tests and that agency is currently exploring whether the department will be punished. Reports the LA Times, “the test raised the ire of FAA officials, who said they had told the Sheriff’s Department a week earlier that it could not fly the drones without receiving a certificate of authorization from the agency.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/20 at 11:28 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

KOTV reports that new laws on the books in Tulsa, OK severely limit the options for housing for those released after a sex offense conviction. Laws preclude living within “2,000 feet of public or private schools, parks, playgrounds or licensed childcare centers. That means 99,5 percent of Tulsa is now off limits. ” The maps offered are not too detailed but it seems the distribution of such facilities is fairly regular, meaning few areas fall into none of those categories. At least one that the reporters explored includes but one appartment complex and only commercial buildings and a highway.

Some suggest that such limitations will simply push such individuals to go underground and not register.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/20 at 10:37 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The company will enter the European consumer GPS navigation market this fall tapping former subsidiary NAVTEQ for data. The company will be chasing the success of TomTom, Garmin and Sony. Philips was in the nav market in the late 1990s but had limited success in the B2B space and left the market in 1999. The company maintains that it knows the consumer space well and will offer its products alongside its razors and TVs.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/20 at 09:56 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Monday, June 19, 2006

Last week I noted SRC introducing the Dashup concept at Where 2.0. Apparently at that event during a presentation SRC management challenged those in the audience to build an app as he spoke. The winning offering would net the winner $500. The SRC PR people just pinged us with the winner’s (Giovanni Gallucci) blog entry about the experience (along with a link to the app).

Now, here’s the interesting bit for me. Check out this quote:

So…he said “go” and I was off to the races. I really didn’t think I’d win…or even finish the task. Especially at an O’Reilly open source conference! These folks are hard core.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/19 at 12:42 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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