Mobile Mashup

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Pachube, a mashup for sensor networks, enables people to tag and share real time environmental data from objects, devices and spaces around the world. The key aim is to facilitate interaction between remote environments.

Make Magazine says only eighteen feeds are conected so far – but the datastreams are already quite interesting – from a Japanese living room to a swing in Sweden. Head over to the site to learn how to connect your own sensor/stream.

In other news, the first stop for the Make Mobile Van is RoboGames 2008, held this weekend (June 13-15), in the Bay area.

Scott Gasparian has been posting updates on Make Magazine’s truck’s conversion to an educational outreach, making-crafting powerhouse. Make Mobile is designed for educational outreach. But it also has goodies to buy. Their Maker kits are fun for hobbyists, educators…and dads.

Network your world. CradlePoint’s CTR350 EVDO Travel Router is tiny and portable. Many mobile routers cost under $200. Cell card and service, of course, cost extra. A WiMAX Express Card might deliver faster, cheaper bandwidth — if you can get the service and a compatible mobile router.

EVDOInfo has an excellent Mobile Router Comparison Chart. But, if your carrier is feeding a cell tower with a single (1.5 Mbps) T-1 line, don’t expect 1.6 Mbps out of your cellular modem, as EVDO Forums and EVDO Info explain.

Summer’s here. Share and enjoy.

Whether employing professional journalists trained at prestigious universities, or polemicists who serve partisan agendas, our dominant media are ultimately accountable only to corporate boards whose mission is not “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”, but the aggrandizement of corporate executives and shareholders.

Here is my bias: Extremes of wealth and poverty cannot be reconciled with a truly just society. Capitalism will breed great inequality that is destructive unless tempered by an intuition for equality which is the heart of democracy. When the state becomes the guardian of power and privilege to the neglect of justice for the people who have neither power nor privilege, you can no longer claim to have a representative government.

In other news, McClatchy, one of the nation’s biggest newspaper chains, will cut its work force by 10 percent, or around 1,400 people, after having already eliminated about 2,000 jobs over 18 months. Newspaper ad sales have fallen 14 percent in the first-quarter — the steepest fall on record, reports Bloomberg. The Newspaper Association of America, which distributes the quarterly report, now says it will no longer send that information out to the press.

According to a recent BusinessWeek article, 11.2 percent of online adults in the U.S. publish content on a blog at least once a month, 24.8 percent read blog content and 13.7 percent comment on it. And the younger the demographic, the higher the number. The days of mainstream media monopolizing information may be long gone.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Sunday, June 15th, 2008 at 8:59 am .

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