Nintendo: the affordable PDA

March 21, 2006 | Leave a comment

Nintendo DS to get VoIP soon. The Nintendo DS is a handheld games console in the vein of the old Gameboy – but with the addition of a touch-sensitive screen and wifi capabilities. Just as the Playstation 2 brought DVDs into a lot of people’s homes, this has the capability to bring VoIP into the mainstream.

Where the Playstation 2 and the DS differ, of course, is the latter’s portability; any kid can bring a DS into school, and because the manufacturer makes back money on games, the units themselves are very cheap. (The DS retails for $129.99 at Best Buy; a wifi enabled Palm, meanwhile, runs at $299.) Although you’d have a pretty tough time getting this past any kind of school board – games consoles for educational use?! – there’s a flavour of the Opera browser avaliable for it, which in collaboration with services like Writely, Num Sum, DabbleDB and Thumbstacks, make it a pretty affordable PDA in wireless-enabled zones.

(Via evhead.)


March 20, 2006 | Leave a comment

A Google-Nike social networking joint venture. It appears to run on the Orkut platform, which has interesting implications for the future …

The revolution is being podcast

Curverider is running a conference!

We’re organising an informal one day event in Edinburgh on September 4th, where we’ll be talking about web technologies, learning landscapes, distributed environments and more. We’ve already lined up some interesting speakers and have plans for quite a controversial panel – it’s six months away but I’m really looking forward to it!

Entry is free, but you’ll need to register; we’re also actively looking for interesting conference papers and discussion panel participants. See here for further information, and stay tuned for further updates …

Microsoft IE ActiveX Update – Preview

Plugins are about to be crippled in IE due to a patent dispute. No autorunning Flash could actually be a blessing, I think.

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