Living with (or without) the modern-day gadget

By DAVID TICOLL, Globe and Mail

As August days waned and September seriousness loomed, newspaper pundits appeared to have risen up against technology. If we could just get ourselves off gadgets, they implied, life would be better. All this literary Luddism reeks of nostalgie de la boue. It looks to me like a denial-tinged rite of passage from the raptures of summer to the cold realities of urban autumn and back-to-work time.

Homework gets Beamed (not handed out)

By PATTI GHEZZI, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Teachers at Davis Academy will start beaming out homework assignments next week. Leaders at Davis Academy, a private school in north Fulton County, are giving personal digital assistants to all 142 middle school students. Teachers can transfer homework assignments to their students PDAs either through electronic transfers — called beaming — or e-mail. Students say the gizmos, also called handheld computers, are smaller, cooler and more fun than laptops.

HP Digital Experience Launch 2004

HP today announced its expansion into multiple new consumer digital entertainment and digital photography categories with a range of offerings aimed at making it easier than ever for people to live digitally. The offerings include new digital cameras and photo printers, home theater projectors, plasma and LCD flat-panel TVs, entertainment-based notebooks and desktop PCs, and the Apple iPod from HP – all in time for the back-to-school and holiday shopping seasons.

Aspen Summit thrilled telecom junkies

By Julie Dunn
Denver Post Staff Writer

Aspen – More than 200 tech and telecom insiders spent the past three days – and some of them spent $2,500 in registration fees – to immerse themselves in heady discussions about the future of the Internet and deregulation. They listened to movers and shakers such as Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell, who spoke Monday, and to F. Duane Ackerman, chairman and chief executive of BellSouth Corp., scheduled to speak Tuesday night, the summit’s last night.

Going higher-tech vs. crime


The NYPD is pouring $20 million into a dazzling upgrade of its much-heralded Compstat system that will allow cops to track crime almost as it happens. By next year, the eighth floor of gritty 1 Police Plaza will look more like a war room at the Pentagon, with a “data wall” of video display cubes and computer graphics.

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