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|Posted on Mon, Apr. 18, 2005|
Seems tech life is our life anymore
News sources offer proof life is different now:
A restaurant in Chicago serves "sushi" made from edible paper prepared on a Canon i560 inkjet printer using specially made edible inks.
Students in the Brittan School District in Sutter County, Calif., no longer wear tiny transmitters that monitor their whereabouts. Too many parents complained.
For stars hounded by photographers, Hewlett-Packard has applied for a patent on a device that would blur images on digital cameras remotely. If you're Brad Pitt and a member of the paparazzi catches you with your mouth full, this gizmo would render the snapshot useless.
A San Diego company called Zardar Land bought 8,500 acres of barren West Texas land and is selling it on eBay in 10- and 20-acre plots.
California and SBC Communications are putting wireless Internet access points in 85 state parks so nature lovers can surf the Web from tents and picnic tables.
An Illinois company called Safety Dynamics is installing a network of gunshot detectors on telephone poles in Chicago.
Doctors in some states give real advice to patients via e-mail -- and get paid for it.
Doctors in Los Angeles and the Netherlands will insert into the whites of your eyes tiny platinum jewels that catch light and sparkle.
Hip New York City singles head to the Apple computer store in SoHo to hook up instead of bars.
In Hong Kong, men can hook up via mobile phone with a virtual girlfriend named Vivienne, who can converse on 35,000 topics and is fluent in seven languages.
Porn queen Jenna Jameson is selling downloadable recordings of suggestive sounds -- dubbed "moantones" -- that can be used as ring tones on mobile phones.
Selling ring tones could become a $500 million market in the United States this year.
Nearly 200,000 Americans can watch TV on their mobile phones, a number experts say will increase dramatically.
High school students in New York City are using cell phones to cheat on tests.
Three people won $2.5 million in two days at the roulette table at London's Ritz using a laser-equipped mobile phone and a microcomputer to predict where the ball might land.
A 32-year-old Brazilian software developer has created the world's first mobile phone virus.
Rumors of a virus that infected computers in Lexus cars and SUVs are "without foundation," according to Lexus and Toyota.
A 40-year-old English man who sent more than 30 bogus e-mails falsely telling people their vacationing relatives were confirmed dead in the Asian tsunami was sentenced to six months in jail.
A Stanford University survey in December found that the average e-mail user spends about 10 days a year fussing with spam.
"Spim" -- spam via instant messaging -- is expected to double this year to 4 billion messages. "Spit" -- spam via Internet telephony -- is also growing at an alarming rate.
German sociologist Marleen Brinks' surveyed 340 people who spent at least 30 hours a week on computers and found that 62 percent had sworn or yelled at their PCs.
John F. McBride, MCSE, MCP+I, is an applications analyst at the Observer: firstname.lastname@example.org; (704) 358-5513.