MIT students make Minority Report-style iPad control system

MIT students make Minority Report-style iPad control system Researchers at the MIT Media Lab have created a Minority Report-style glove and iPad input system for three-dimensional virtual object manipulation called T(ether). The system lets the team use motion tracking on gloves to create and alter virtual items with the iPads used as a point-of-view window to see what the users are manipulating. A demonstration video shows the system having multiple users simultaneously affecting the compter-generated world, both with and without the glove….

David Carr on Amazon and E-Book Pricing

David Carr on Amazon and E-Book Pricing

David Carr, writing for the NYT:

The Justice Department finally took aim at the monopolistic
monolith that threatened to dominate the book industry. So
imagine the shock when the bullet aimed at threats to
competition went whizzing by Amazon — which not long ago had a
90 percent stranglehold on e-books — and instead, struck five
of the six biggest publishers and Apple, a minor player in the
realm of books.

That’s the modern equivalent of taking on Standard Oil but
breaking up Ed’s Gas ’N’ Groceries on Route 19 instead.

He makes a good point regarding competition:

Remember that it was only after agency pricing went into effect
that Barnes & Noble was able to gain an impressive 27 percent of
the e-book market. Now Amazon has the Justice Department as an
ally to rebuild its monopoly and wipe out other players. If the
decision to charge the publishers was good for competition, why
had the stock price of Barnes & Noble dropped more than 10 percent
since Wednesday?

Adobe’s Latest Critical Security Update Pushes Scareware

Adobe’s Latest Critical Security Update Pushes Scareware

Ed Bott on the “PC system checker” promoted in Adobe’s latest Flash Player update:

This is pure, unadulterated scareware. It is designed to prey on unsophisticated computer users who have been told that they need to update their Flash Player and who are then subjected to this misleading advertising and technical mumbo-jumbo to scare them into paying for something they don’t need.

Adobe is trading on their own good brand for a quick buck. Just makes me sad.