Steering clear of speeding with GPS devices

Jan. 11, 2008
Big Think, small audience
IT World Canada
Shane Schick writes about the latest social networking platform hoping to take the online world by storm.

“This week…saw the debut of Big Think, which Computerworld in the U.S. described as “YouTube for intellectuals.” The idea is to post video content from prominent politicians, journalists and other provocateurs and create something of greater value than “the less controlled freestyle of the online social media,” as the company behind the site put it.”

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Online video traffic has doubled, Pew says
The Globe and Mail
Mathew Ingram addresses the issue of the Hollywood writer’s strike and writes that this is what may have caused more viewers to turn to online videos rather than television for their viewing needs.

“I am hearing from more and more “average” people — i.e., not geeks — that they are watching more video online, and that they are finding things there they can’t on television. The writers’ strike may be one of the forces that are pushing people to do that, but it’s not the only one. Increasingly, the boundaries between TV and online are blurring.”

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Australia to test cars that won’t let you speed
Tech Dirt
Mike Masnick writes of a new GPS-based device system that prevents drivers from speeding and it’s one that may soon be making it into a car near you.

“The (GPS) system can be programmed to react in three ways. At the lowest level, it would beep at you if you’re speeding. A step up from there is where it would automatically cut the gas to slow you down, though there would be a manual override if the driver needed it. Then, there’s a third level, where there would be no manual override.”

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