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Demonstrated at the National Retail Federation conference earlier this week, the Social Retailing technology uses a three-paneled "magic mirror" in-store that can send photos or videos of shoppers in outfit options to their MySpace page or to friend's emails and mobiles for instant opinions. Friends 'yes' or 'no' votes are then visible on the mirror itself. The interactive technology also allows customers to see what others have purchased, view similar options that are not in stock in the store, check out using MasterCard SecureCode and have their orders delivered to their home.
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Monday, December 18, 2006
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The magazine said naming a collectivity rather than an individual reflected the way the internet was shifting the balance of power within the media through blogs, videos and social networks.
Time cited websites such as YouTube, Facebook, MySpace and Wikipedia, which allow users to interact with the web by uploading and publishing their own comments, videos, pictures and links.
"It's about the many wresting power from the few and helping one another for nothing and how that will not only change the world, but also change the way the world changes," Time magazine's Lev Grossman writes.
Time praised the tool that made such broad collaboration possible - the web. "It's a tool for bringing together the small contributions of millions of people and making them matter," Mr Grossman said. Previous winners have often sparked controversy - including Adolf Hitler in 1938 and, in 1979, Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini."
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IOL technology tease us with the following story:
"Cape Town residents can expect improved service delivery and cheaper access to Internet and telephone services by 2010 because the city plans to spend a whopping R400-million on its own broadband network.
By so doing, it will avoid huge costs to monopoly telecommunications provider Telkom. It will also be able to earn money off its own network by offering these services to the private sector.
It could save as much as R40-million in the first year in telecommunications costs to Telkom and cellphone providers while earning more than R12-million in its first two years of operation by selling access to its network.
The city spends more than R100-million a year on telecommunications services - 70 percent of it for voice and data communications.
Chairman of the council's portfolio committee on corporate services Stuart Pringle says that at least R30-million is spent on internal calls alone.
The city council unanimously agreed last Thursday, December 7, that, despite the huge costs, it would be well worth the benefits to residents. The city would be able to read water meters remotely, determine when a street light is about to fail, make patient information accessible in any clinic and process service delivery requests on behalf of other departments.
The city would be able to connect more than 220 public facilities including libraries, clinics and administrative buildings. Its benefits for the 2010 soccer World Cup would also be extensive.
The city will enter an initial planning phase, expected to cost R18-million, next month."
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Sunday, December 17, 2006
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Tuesday, December 12, 2006
British artist Paul Curtis has pushed this new style into the public eye and brings up a great point regarding the seemingly universal distain for street art:
Cleaning without a permit? “Once you do this,” he says, “you make people confront whether or not they like people cleaning walls or if they really have a problem with personal expression.”
New York Times: Reverse Graffiti
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