Since Mike Lazaridis cofounded the Canada-based Research in Motion Ltd., maker of the Blackberry, his devices have spawned an entire industry—and quite a legacy. It's no surprise then that RIM's market share is No. 1 in North America and No. 2 in the world. But can he fend off the iPhone and Android?
Yesterday afternoon, between celebrating the first Social Media Day and Amazon's interesting purchase of Woot, Google launched several new features on its Google News aggregation page—the site's first major redesign since its 2002 launch. "The idea is to provide news tailored to the user," says Ben Ling, director of product management for Google.
If you're in a hospital and your doctor wants to monitor you without being in the room, there's an app for that. There are also wireless pacemakers that allow doctors to keep track of your health over the Internet, as well as all types of sensors that check your vital signs and can be transmitted to a smart phone or laptop.
BeautifulPeople.com recently launched a fertility introduction service to help make this a better looking world. The site, with more than 600,000 members around the globe, says their virtual fertility forum will allow attractive donors to find someone who matches their "procreation interests."
When it comes to the holy call that is the priesthood, it turns out that it can come in many forms, including via Facebook. The Catholic Church in France has turned to the social-networking site as part of its campaign to recruit young priests, with the hope that they can reverse years of dwindling ordainment. (Think 24,000 priests in France today compared with 42,000 in 1975.)The church's Facebook page, which was set up on April 21 in French, has garnered more than 1,400 fans so far.
According to the Daily Mail newspaper, the British intelligence agency MI5 has rolled out plans to lay off workers (including spies) who do not know how to use social-networking tools like Facebook and Twitter. The cuts were announced by the organization's director-general, Jonathan Evans, who told Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee last month that some of the older secret agents possessed computer skills that were not up to snuff in the war against cyberterror.
I'll be the first to say that I don't like to do 3-D in theaters. Sometimes it makes me nauseated. It doesn't yet add enough to my movie experience, and the only reason I put up with it is because if I want to see a flick like Up or Avatar in a New York City movie theater, those are generally the only tickets left.