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Latest Posts

Of lies and margaritas

The busy folks at MIT's Media Lab are at it again--this time it's an "emotional social intelligence prosthetic" for people with autism. The device consists of a miniature, glasses-mounted camera and face-analysis software.

May 2, 2006 by Ed Gottsman


Sphere goes live

Last week I wrote about Sphere, the latest blog search engine to scour the blogosphere, while it was still behind the curtain. This morning the curtain opened for Sphere, beta of course.

May 2, 2006 by Dan Farber


Sun reels in another former executive

Sun has reeled back another former executive. Stephen Shankland got the scoop that Rich Green, who was an executive at the Sun-laden startup Cassatt, is returning to Sun to run the software division, recently vacated by John Loiacono, who went to Adobe Systems in March.

May 1, 2006 by Dan Farber


More wag the dog: Mobile databases not exactly free

One of the reasons I was finally inspired to finish that JavaDB piece I just wrote (after starting the homework for it in January) was because a ZDNet reader recently contacted me regarding a two year old piece I wrote that asked whether or not Sybase and iAnywhere were the go-to guys for database synch.  Even though some would lead you to believe otherwise, reliable connectivity isn't that ubiquitous and it's for this reason that I have said and still believe that synch is still king.

May 1, 2006 by David Berlind


Follow the money

Nick Carr asks who is making the big money in the Web 2.0 era of user-generated (or user-submitted if you are Google) content.

May 1, 2006 by Dan Farber


JavaDB: An idea whose time has finally come?

Last year, at ApacheCon, according to Sun Chief Open Source Officer Simon Phipps, Sun senior staff engineer Francois Orsini apparently gave a demonstration of JavaDB -- Sun's version of Apache Derby.  Apache Derby is basically a full blown relational database management system (RDBMS) that's based on pure Java.

May 1, 2006 by David Berlind


From Samsung Q1 to Motorola Q

Samsung formally unveiled its ultra mobile PC, the Q1 this morning.  Similar to other "Origami" Windows XP Tablet Edition systems, it has a 7-inch, 800x480 LCD with touch-screen capability, weights 1.

May 1, 2006 by Dan Farber


Japan leads in blog posts per capita

I'm not sure what the import of this statistic is, but Technorati's data shows that Japanese language writers by far produce the most blog content, and that percentage has been increasing. Does anyone have an explanation for this phenomenon?

May 1, 2006 by Dan Farber