Sunday, September 27, 2009

Gadgets and Much More

New Social Network Gadgets.

Why don't you try a DreamScreen from HP?

Every time you think you are on top of all the new technology that is being invented another one is there. According to a New York Times online article that I just read, there is a particular photo frame by HR called the, DreamScreen which adds social networking, Internet radio and a media player.

The $249 DreamScreen 100 is a 10.2-inch display that would be right at home on your bedroom nightstand (it has a built-in world clock radio and calendar). The Wi-Fi-enabled device also displays a five-day weather forecast so you know what to expect outdoors before you go outside and then you can make a choice to carry an umbrella or call in a snow day. The device also can display Snapfish photos and your friends’ Facebook status updates, and play Pandora Internet radio as well as 10,000 other radio stations. It connects to your networked PCs and can stream photos and videos from home PCs. (It will not stream D.R.M.-protected content, however, so those older iTunes files won’t play.) I think I might buy a DreamScreen for myself to see how useful it would be to organizing my days.

Sharing Stories and Much More.
I was reading another New York Times online Technology article that I wanted to share about how many sites are offering ways for readers to post content to their favorite social networks. For example, the NY Times website offers links to post articles to Twitter and seven other services, including LinkedIn and Yahoo Buzz. The site of The Wall Street Journal has links to share its stories on Facebook and nine other services, including MySpace and
Inducing people to share links has become big business, and it is all about driving traffic back to a site and increasing ad revenue for many businesses. Young companies like and ShareThis are the giants of this particular corner of the Web, syndicating their catalog of sharing buttons — at no charge — to major Web sites, and developing ways to make money by selling data about who is sharing, and how much, back to Web publishers and their advertisers. To read the entire article just go to:

Amazon’s Kindle Book Reader May Enable Social Networking.

Another interesting NY Times article by Brad Stone, “Will Amazon Open the Kindle to Developers?” that I want to share is about the Kindle book reader may soon feature ways to add to our social networking abilities. We know that e-readers have limitations but, Amazon is enthused about giving their customers a device that does a lot more. What Amazon could do, however, is release a software development kit and open up the Kindle to third-party applications, turning a device with a single purpose — reading — into something that is conceivably much more flexible.

The future of the Kindles capabilities can lead to interesting possibilities in more applications that are useful to businesses. Companies like Facebook or Goodreads could add social features to the Kindle; game developers like Zynga could create nongraphics-intensive games like poker or chess for the device. There could also be educational games, or programs that take advantage of that rarely used keyboard and Kindle’s “experimental” Web browser.
If Amazon opened up, “all of a sudden you’ve gone from a device that is great for reading books and maybe newspapers and magazines to something that has a real utility for business people and also for consumers,” said Sarah Rotman Epps, an analyst at Forrester Research, which recently began surveying consumers about what other types of content they would like to see on e-readers. Let’s see where Kindle’s can go in the new technology world.
There is a lot more new technology and gadgets that will be made available to us all and it is hard to keep up with everything. I will continue to look for more interesting new gadgets that engage us in our social networking.

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