Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Camera phones: Helpful or hurtful? (continued)

Camera mobile phone, the constant company, was also claimed as an anti-crime device. There were several moments Rodney King, with bystanders pulling out their cameras to record police activity Sketchy. A woman got hit by a flags from a New York subway, a photo which ended up on the cover of the New York Post the next day. There is also a mini-boom in sites to catch people who park like idiots, status too long, and mistreat your children. Think of it as a positive part of living in 1984.

More difficult question, who lurks outside the media glare, is how the camera cell phone is to change our private lives. The perceptive book Kodak and the Lens of nostalgia, Nancy Martha West writes how Kodak, with the introduction of the personal camera, taught Americans to conceive, both of their lives in terms of events remembered with love and to edit the unpleasant memories. In Victorian America, for example, arranging to take a photo of a dead relative was not uncommon part of the process of mourning. Under the reign of Kodak and advertising have become family history of happiness. Now that digital cameras have taken over, an old photo album is to give personal Flickr page, bringing with it a different set of assumptions of what this (photos a whole lot more, for beginners), and to - share it with.

Ubiquity of camera cell phone means that every moment in our lives is photographable. A consequence of this is a changed perception of the seriousness of our day to day routines. We are now more aware of ourselves as observers of "history". When a van catches fire in front of our house, we and our neighbors are now on the field recording. We e-mail that our friends, who testify to the enormity of the event, and then we all await the next sensation. This can be a positive momentum, but also fuels the increasingly destructive habit American oversharing. Snapshot speaks with one voice than I am alive and I saw that. Mobile phone camera or video image is a shout from the roof: Check this crazy that happened to me.

Photo sharing was also more aggressive in our statements that we feel unsafe, such as the presence of celebrities. Susan Sontag described the nature, essentially hostile to take pictures as a form of "soft" crime. At the age of mobile phones, the sensitivity of scalp-hunting is to achieve full of flowers. Suppose you are in Asbury Park and see Bruce Springsteen with his kids. Old impulse would be to ask Boss if you could take your picture with him. New impetus is a snap shot with a cell phone camera and sell it to a site like Scoopt. No wonder famous people do not want to stay with us.

So before taking the next racist comedian or cocaine-snorting supermodel, to put the video on Saddam in context. It is a strange echo of the Zapruder film, another piece of material that caught amateur death of a leader. Stark Differences are, of course. Kennedy Zapruder caught while standing in an open, sunlight-Dallas. Official videoed Saddam did so surreptitiously pointing the camera to the ground sometimes. But they both testify to the power of first-person witness, and how a digital copy of witnesses who can upend neat narratives and certainties. We see the best of things, we see the worst of things, we see everything.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Camera phones: Helpful or hurtful?

A decade ago, Philippe Kahn was walking around a hospital with a cell phone and a digital camera. Dadly's mission: to share pictures of his newborn girl. With assistance from Radio Shack, he linked the two devices together and e-mail photos with family and friends around the world. The next day, the twin birth of sorts for a camera cell phone camera and daughter Sophie.

Kahn regards his invention with paternal pride: "We built it to document the birth of my daughter. For us, it was always a good thing. So he was surprised recently when, with the Saddam-hanging video circling the world, compared with an interview with the inventor of the Kalashnikov. First there was Prince Harry's Nazi costume, then shaming of Kate Moss, and Michael Richards racist explosion, but for some, the hanging of Saddam Hussein marks the low point for the creation of Kahn. A camera on a phone only helped perverted, nosy, violent, and bored.

That's not quite right, but not exactly wrong, either. As Kahn told Wired in 2000: "With this type of device, go to see the best and the worst of things." The best would include photo caller ID, stresses amateur sports and fast citizen snaps taken on bombing London. However, despite the fun and dignity of occasional camera mobile phones, has launched a thousand jackasses. A representative example: sports Sean Salisbury was suspended by ESPN last month, reportedly for showing female co-workers cell phone photos of his equipment. "

When video technology was added to the phone (with little fanfare), the madness went to another level. Young English was designed like a game called "happy slapping" assault involving random strangers while recording all your colleagues. Happy slapping Craze spread throughout Europe last year, leading to OP-EDS outraged and calls to ban mobile phones from schools. While the phenomenon is marked by more than a touch of media hysteria, you can find the disturbing videos on YouTube. (French, of course, responded with "Streetkissing.") Were also news reports of graphic videos showing beatings and accidents, such as an unfortunate boy in Birmingham, United Kingdom, which he himself held in spike on his bicycle. Teenagers have employed cell phone cameras to old-fashioned humiliation also: Fight Parking is now captured on video and shared. To be an adult is to be grateful to have escaped digital Hazing school.

In glorious retrospect, it seems like a terrifically bad idea to give the world a spy camera that looks and functions as a cell phone. Peeping Toms quickly realized the potential of upskirt pics and souvenirs round room. Chicago tried to block mobile phones from gyms and a California legislator has proposed a law that requires cell phone to make a shutter snapping sound or flash a light when a picture is taken. We have trained ourselves to be cautious when a cell phone is pointed at us, but still creates problems inconspicuousness relative device. In Saudi Arabia, women have taken pictures of unveiled women at weddings and other e-mailing them matchmakers, a practice that has caused turmoil in a culture where any image can be due to loss of honor.

to be continue..

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

iPad will coming on April 3rd, Start from $499

After nearly a decade of rumors and speculation, Apple's finally unveiled the iPad.

It's a half-inch thick and weighs just 1.5 pounds, with a 9.7-inch capacitive touchscreen IPS LCD display, and it's running a custom 1GHz Apple "A4" chip developed by the P.A. Semi team, with a 10-hour battery life and a month of standby. It'll come in 16, 32, and 64GB sizes, and it's got the expected connectivity: very little. There's a 30-pin Dock connector, a speaker, a microphone, Bluetooth, 802.11n WiFi and optional 3G, as well as an accelerometer and a compass.

There's also a keyboard dock, which connects underneath in the portrait orientation, support for up to 1024x768 VGA out and 480p composite out through new dock adapter cables, and a camera attachment kit that lets you import photos from your camera over USB or directly through an SD reader. The device is managed by iTunes, just like the iPhone -- you sync everything over to your Mac. As expected, it can run iPhone apps -- either pixel-for-pixel in a window, or pixel-doubled fullscreen -- but developers can also target the new screen size using the updated iPhone OS SDK, which is available today.

The 3G version runs on AT&T and comes with new data plans: 250MB for $14.99 and an unlimited plan for $29.99 a month contract-free. Activations are handled on the iPad, so you can activate and cancel whenever you want. Every iPad is unlocked and comes with a GSM "micro-SIM," so you can use it abroad, but there aren't any international deals in place right now -- Steve says they'll be back "this summer" with news on that front.

It starts at $499 for 16GB, 32GB for $599, and $699 64GB. Adding 3G costs a $130 per model, so the most expensive model (64GB / 3G) is $829.

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

The dark side of digital ‘love’

It's is a part of the high tech: the heart is injured, unbent his mind, the mouse that is easily clicked to damage and destroy others, or wandering voice mail messages laced with menace or despair. It is the dark side of "love" in the digital age.

Tiger Woods has become such a man with voice mail to his mistress in a common national, audio intact: "Hey, it's, uh, Tiger. I need you to do me a huge favor. Um, can you please, uh, take your name from the phone. my wife went through my phone. And, uh, can you call ... "

Despite many optimistic stories of online games or romantic meetings via Facebook or e-mail, there are plenty of moral tales. They have high profile, TMZ-appeal the case Woods, but are devastating to victims, such as the cases, from just last month:

- In Wyoming, a woman former boyfriend is charged with claiming to be online, she and her rape by organizing a Craigslist ad said it was looking to play a fantasy "rape". A 26-year-old woman forced his way into the house, bound his hands and raped her at knifepoint, prosecutors say. Both ex-boyfriend and accused attacker faces life in prison if convicted.

- The 19-year-old Wisconsin, Anthony Stancl, was sentenced to 15 years in prison after being convicted of using Facebook to blackmail sex dozens of colleagues. Stancl presents as a girl on Facebook and tricked more than 30 male colleagues send him naked photos of themselves, then using the photos to blackmail.

- In New York, Paul Franco, is accused of coercion and harassment for allegedly hijacking facebook account of his former lover, changing settings on page to show them that they are homosexual and demanding cash from her before he would change the settings back. "He changed all my details and said that I was interested in women. I have a lot of requests for relationships with women - and it was an acceptance of them," Zamora said Jessica Anderson of the New York Post.

"It used to be when stalked someone physically had to follow, you physically had to leave nasty notes on their door, break their windows," says Robert Morgester, a deputy attorney general of California, which is specializing in technology crime and identity theft cases.

"Technology has eliminated what I call moral" speed bumps. "Before, when someone came up, or doing a horrible act, had to decide to go out that front door and do it," he says.

"But what technology has allowed to do is sit in the privacy of your home and wreak havoc."

In particular, "we see an increase in people claiming other people online for a variety of different reasons, and to harm them with personal attacks", such as the above cases. He describes it as "prosecution by proxy."

Among the cases he prosecuted was that of a clerk Fresno, California court whose ex-boyfriend online fake profiles created it, including information about where he lived and worked, and posted messages saying he wanted men Contact her for sex.