At PC Forum Novatium Solutions demoed its $100 PC appliance (without keyboard or display, which adds about $75) for emerging markets. The Nova netPC and Nova netTV are based on thin client (server-based, zero administration for users) and mobile phone technology.
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Users gaining control of their data and online identities was the theme of the morning panel at PC Forum. It's in part a struggle for power, or a shift in the balance of power between institutions, like credit bureaus and commerce site, and individual users.
So, are you sick of and tired of C.R.A.P. (my own acronym for DRM or digital restrictions management technology)?
There's something overwhelming about Mike Arrington's writeup of zooomr: a socialized photo sharing site that Arrington calls "Flickr on steroids." Maybe it's the part about how the developer of it -- Kristopher Tate -- is 17 years old.
The State of Illinois Department of Transportation has started an ambitious new enforcement program for laws against speeding. Beginning in July and in response to several highway worker deaths, speeding in "Work Zones" will bring a $375 fine (first offense) and a $1,000 fine and 90-day suspension (second offense).
Pierre Omidyar, eBay founder, talked about his notions of choice, sustainable business models and social good. "Businesses can be a force for good.
PC Forum kicked off this afternoon with Esther's introduction of the "users in charge" theme. It's a new culture of catering to users--not big banks, advertisers and others who have wielded power in the past, Esther said.
Check out the Berlin Brain-Computer Interface, also known as the "mental typewriter." Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute in Berlin and Charité, the medical school of Berlin Humboldt University, demonstrated the device at CeBit last week.
Now that tens of millions of people have Web pages to track, Crazy Egg has come up with an Ajaxian tracker, which records all the clicks by visitors on your Webafirma. It can also produce a heat map overlay of traffic patterns for a page.
On Monday and Tuesday I'll be blogging from Esther Dyson's PC Forum (disclosure: PC Forum is part of CNET Networks) at a (hopefully) sunny resort near San Diego. The theme is "Erosion of Power: Users in Charge" (Esther and I discussed the topic in this podcast).