You like this place? My car recommended it: Add to the list of luxury car options one more: advanced voice-navigation. Later this month Honda, with the help of IBM, will roll out new cars that respond to driver queries and commands with a natural-sounding text-to-speech voice. Powered by IBM’s Embedded ViaVoice software, these cars will allow their drivers to crank the volume on the CD player or adjust the air conditioning without ever taking their hands from the wheel. More importantly, the cars will offer turn-by-turn voice guidance to their destinations. Honda’s system recognizes cities and addresses in the continental United States, as well as restaurant names listed by Zagat Survey. Said Alisdair Rennie, a vice president in IBM’s Pervasive Computing division: “You can say, ‘Take me to a three-star Chinese restaurant,’ and the car knows where you are.”
I have been using BBEdit to write the PowerPage since late 1995, well before we implemented a complex Web Objects Content Management System (CMS). Back then, there wasn’t free Blogging software, in fact, no one even knew what a Blog was.
I would copy and paste yesterday’s news up to the top of the page, change the date, write some stories, then FTP that BBEdit file up to the server. At the end of each week and month I would manually create the archive pages in BBEdit too.
The new version of the Mac-only HTML and text editor, BBEdit 8 (US$179), includes over 100 new “lickable” features, including a “documents drawer” for working with multiple documents at once, a “Text Factory” for applying and saving lists of operations, and an updated preview function. Take the full feature tour.
Looking for a Gmail Web mail account? Got extra invites you aren’t using? iSnoop.net’s Gmail invite spooler offers a place for people with Gmail invites and those who want them to come together with minimal effort and fuss.
If you have invites to share, please feel free to send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. They will be added to the available pool immediately. If you would like to request an invite, simply submit your email on the Gmail invite spooler page.
Once you have a Gmail account (or a Blogger account for that matter) keep an eye on the top of those pages for a “Invite a friend to join Gmail” link and share the love.
MacNN reports on Apple’s record stock price:
Apple’s shares closed at a 3.5-year high on Friday, up more than 2 percent from yesterday’s close of $36.35, which was a 52-week high. Apple’s financial fourth quarter ends September 30th, with many of its sales promotions ending next Saturday, September, 25th (as noted earlier today). Apple is expected to release fourth fiscal quarter earnings on October 13, 2004 and also hold its Apple Quarterly Earnings call on the same date.
Griffin Technology’s long-awaited radioSHARK is now available for pre-order and the PowerPage got our hands on one of the first production units. The radioSHARK is a US$70 USB radio that comes with software that allows you to record any AM or FM radio broadcast in real time. What makes it cool is that the software allows you to schedule recordings and even pause live recordings – think of it as TiVo for broadcast radio. Read on…
I’ve just put up a review on the new iMac G5 at my site, OziMac (an Australian Mac News Site). Thought some of your readers may be interested. We got our demo unit today, and the review covers setting it up, etc…
Readers of these pages will remember our previous story about how Philadelphia was considering making the entire city the nation’s largest free wireless hotspot. Reuters is reporting that the plan is going forward and that a one mile area around the city’s fabled Love Park is already up and running.
You can imagine the excitement at PowerPage world headquarters, which is based just north of The City of Brotherly Love. Wow, first The Real World, now this.
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Philadelphia expanded free outdoor wireless Internet access on Tuesday as part of a multimillion-dollar plan to connect the entire city by early 2006.
It is the first major U.S. city to start a citywide wireless Internet project, although some smaller communities already have such networks, said Dianah Neff, a city spokeswoman and head of the wireless project.
The expansion offers Web access to users of WiFi-enabled computers and devices within a radius of about a mile from the first so-called hot spot — downtown’s Love Park, where the project originated earlier this year.
“It will have a huge impact on the perception of Philadelphia as a 21st-century city and a progressive place,” Mayor John Street told a news conference.
A city-led task force is talking with business groups and schools to expand the wireless area elsewhere in the city. It aims to complete its plan by early December and invite bids from Internet service providers and equipment suppliers by February next year, Neff said.
If suppliers sign contracts by early 2005, the citywide network could be operating within a year, Neff said. The estimated initial cost of the project is $7 million to $10 million.
Mozilla’s superb Firefox browser has beaten Safari to the punch, as far as RSS: the new Live Bookmarks feature provides in-browser RSS, including automatic detection of RSS feeds, just like Safari will. There’s another feature that Safari won’t have: RSS bookmarks act like regular bookmarks, so you can drop an RSS feed right onto your bookmarks toolbar and instantly see headlines. Better yet, you can share your RSS feeds between multiple computers. (It may even replace Bloglines for me thanks to this feature!)
Bottom line: Firefox lacks Safari RSS’s elegant view options, but it’s more flexible for adding and sharing and is at least half a year ahead of Apple. If you aren’t reading RSS feeds yet, now’s your chance: try them with PowerPage or my own createdigitalmusic.