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October 15, 2012

2012-10-15 WSVA Show Notes

We missed the show last month due to my work schedule and today was cut in half due to dueling politicians.  However, the show went on and here are the things we had a chance to talk about. 

The podcast isn’t available right now, but come back and check for it later if you would like to hear it.

See you around the net and have a great day!

Tech News
Distracted walking laws, legislation
street sign for distracted pedestriansDistracted walking updates: Israel’s Knesset reportedly will consider a ban on text messaging while walking. The country already outlaws texting and using cell phones while driving.

The texting & walking issue bubbled up again in May 2012 as the Huffington Post reported incorrectly that Fort Lee, N.J., had banned the practice and was handing out $85 tickets. The popular blog retracted the story after the police chief said he was misquoted or misunderstood. Fort Lee’s tickets were for jaywalking.

Eye-controlled Gaze TV unveiled by Haier and Tobii
An eye-controlled television has been unveiled at Berlin’s IFA trade show. Haier’s Gaze TV uses technology developed by Tobii, a Swedish firm which already offers eye-tracking technology for computers.

Users control the set by staring at the top or bottom of the screen to activate a user-interface. The user can then change the volume, switch channel or carry out other functions by looking at icons shown on the display.

Israeli biblical park outfits donkeys with Wi-Fi
imageAn Israeli attraction meant to immerse tourists in an authentic, ancient biblical experience has outfitted its donkeys with wireless routers.

At the historical park of Kfar Kedem in northern Israel, visitors decked out in biblical robes and headdresses ride donkeys through the rolling hills of the Galilee, learning how people lived in Old Testament times.

Now they can also surf the web while touring the land of the Bible on one of the oldest forms of transportation. A device slung around the donkey’s neck like a feedbag is actually a Wi-Fi router.

Ron’s Android App Recommendation
(this app can be found on Google Play from your Android phone,
tablet or viewed on your PC from the link below.)

X-Plane for Android is a “slice” of the X-Plane desktop simulator, designed specifically for (relatively powerful) Android mobile devices.

Like the other X-Plane Mobile apps, the Android app uses a flight model that is about 85% as accurate as that of the desktop simulator–that is, 85% as accurate as the simulator currently being used by companies like Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and NASA. It also has many of the same weather conditions available. The app includes seven aircraft, which can be used to explore the virtual skies of six regions of the globe, spanning from America’s West Coast to Innsbruck, Austria.

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