Software in the iPhone tells Apple where you are now and where you have been. Best reaction so far:
“iPhone Secretly Tracking How Dull Your Life Is,” SatireWire
A District of Columbia box turtle (Terrapene carolina) known to authorities only as “Number 72,” led police to a marijuana field in the city’s Rock Creek Park, just south of the Maryland state line. The “Tattle-Tale Turtle,” outfitted with a GPS transmitter by a National Park Service researcher, “rolled over” on her 19-year-old associate, Isiah Johnson, of Chevy Chase, Maryland.
“Rolling over” is quite hazardous for turtles, due to the difficulty they face in flipping over and getting their legs back under them.
Apple’s Steve Jobs unveiled the long-awaited iPhone 3G this weekend at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco and, like others. NotionsCapital is disappointed. Certainly the device is cheaper and faster, and the complimentary white cotton gloves keep the touchscreen from smearing, but the new model still lacks features Real Guys want. Okay, it does have a GPS and a better camera, and the new cigar clipper is an elegant touch, but that’s about it.
The Ron Paul Blimp website now has a GPS readout in a Google map-satellite-hybrid format so you can track its stately progress as it wafts through the aether towards a luminescent Libertarian tomorrow.
The blimp is still back in Elizabeth City, NC. It apparently sleeps 5 meters off the ground, tethered to a pole, and might make a good weathervane, though a bit ostentatious for my taste.
Image by Mike Licht, still undecided. Carmen Sandiego is leaning towards Obama.
The 2008 Olympics® in Beijing are less than a year away, but many Americans will want to start preparing now for travel to the quadrennial contests and sightseeing in exotic China. Another reason to prepare for the journey in advance: the U.S. dollar is pretty much worthless paper.
I outlined some Olympics® side trips earlier, but I can’t send you on your way without a few travel tips:
If you travel by bus, try to avoid vehicles where other passengers are transporting fireworks.
Bottled water may be counterfeit. Check labels for the stamp of China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine. Of course that may be counterfeit, too.
Bring your own toothpaste.
Do not rely on your GPS when you drive in Shanghai, as many GPS maps are counterfeit. Counterfeit GPS maps are so prevalent that massive urban-renewal projects were undertaken just to make some neighborhoods and roads correspond to the counterfeits.