Some tech updates while I draft my next article.
For those who aren’t in the know, GOOGLE WAVE is currently opened for public use. It is probably going to be the best collaborative/email/discussion/brainstorm/chat/update tool you’ve ever laid hands on. This should have been released while I was still an undergrad. Life would have been so much easier. Anyways, everyone ought to utilize this masterpiece by Google.
A wave is equal parts conversation and document. People can communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.
A wave is shared. Any participant can reply anywhere in the message, edit the content and add participants at any point in the process. Then playback lets anyone rewind the wave to see who said what and when.
A wave is live. With live transmission as you type, participants on a wave can have faster conversations, see edits and interact with extensions in real-time.
ASUS debuts 15.6-inch ROG G53 3D gaming laptop at Computex
Multimedia monster indeed
….And at the other end of the spectrum, from the visionaries (arguable) at OLPC
XO-3 Concept: A Crazy-Thin Tablet OLPC for Just $75
Not only is this not a laptop computer, one wonders how much a child can learn with what is essentially a giant iPod Touch
Tech is wonderful, but please… use it smartly.
Google Maps Lawsuit: Woman Follows Directions, Gets Run Over
When Google Maps‘ walking directions instructed Lauren Rosenberg to walk along a very busy highway with no pedestrian walkway, she followed the directions exactly. Unfortunately, she was hit by a car in the process. Now she’s suing Google for damages, Search Engine Land reports.
The walking directions from 96 Daly Ave to 1710 Prospector Ave in Park City, Utah told Rosenberg to walk just over one half of a mile along Deer Valley Dr, also known as highway 224. The highway did not have sidewalks or any other pedestrian-friendly amenities, and Rosenberg was struck by a car driven by a man named Patrick Harwood.
Rosenberg filed suit against both Harwood and Google, claiming both carried responsibility in her injury. Her lawyers claim that Google is liable because it did not warn her that the route would not offer a safe place for a pedestrian to walk. Note that the Google Maps website actually does do that, as pictured here.
However, Rosenberg says she used Google Maps on her BlackBerry, which did not show that warning, so she’s suing for more than $100,000. She should have probably realized upon arrival that it was an unsafe place to walk, though — but isn’t that how these lawsuits always go?