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The Spy Who Shoved Me


The New BondThe New BondI can’t shake this feeling that I’m being pushed into a holiday season full of movie-related cross-promotions that have been shoddily scraped together. Let’s see…Has Daniel Craig earned his role as Bond? Could Casino Royale draw first blood as the top grossing movie of the new holiday season? Will electronic sales of surveillance products increase for the holidays?

Heard all this already? Me too. Have you seen all the 007 related products they want to shove in your face? Me too. So let’s forget the marketing: I’m here to offer a helping hand so we can get through the comodification of our holy days together. read more »

The Trifecta: 3 Surveillance Innovations that Could Change America


If there’s one thing I’ve learned since starting to write for AmericanInventorSpot.com, it’s that there are so many gadgets and gizmos out there, that it’s a wonder I can get anything done away from my computer.

I find myself constantly searching, always looking and forever entranced. So, given my long and uninteresting obsession with these matters, I’ve decided to spare you a long and uninteresting article. Instead, let’s break-down the three brightest stars of the week past in the surveillance world, in what shall forever be known as The Trifecta. read more »

Bar Code Scanners Reinventing Shopping Again?


Last week I wrote about an ethos of surveillance we’ve been cultivating here in the United States. One so rampant that we’re now monitoring US/Mexican border crossings with state sponsored webcams. Even as citizens, we’re being screened at every place outside of our homes: banks, restaurants, bars, you name it.

This got me thinking. If businesses are monitoring us, is there any way that we can monitor them? If we’re being observed to make sure we’re not stealing from stores, is there a way we can monitor stores to make sure they’re not stealing from us?

I think there is, but I might need some help with this idea.
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Have We Gone Surveillance Crazy?


Big BrotherBig BrotherThere should be no mistaking that information is for sale these days, and security concerns have placed a premium on surveillance data - but have we gone too far?

From subway cameras, to keyboard strokes, to webcams monitoring your local street, we’ve gone surveillance crazy. Advancements in camera, video and webcam technology are moving at a blistering pace and the latest innovators have developed such a mastery of pattern recognition that now they can tell it was you who ordered that tiramisu at Mike’s Pastry’s last Friday. Wendy was your waitress. They saw you, and you didn’t tip.
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Go Hands Free or Die


Logitech HeadsetLogitech HeadsetI never thought I would be attached to a mobile headset.

I feel like I grew up in a generation that’s had a love/hate relationship with earphones. We loved them when the Walkman came out in the 80’s, but then we hated them when CD players hit the market. Who could workout and listen to their CD player without it skipping? Seriously…

The craze started back up when sanctimony was in vogue in the 90’s, where, if you worked in any call center, headsets for your landline were a status symbol. Now, sales of earphones and headsets are blazing past any other mobile item - we’ve got ear buds, Bluetooth, Jabra and earplugs smart enough to switch from music to a phone call with the touch of a button. read more »

Apple iPhone: Can It Be Real?


Another iPhone IdeaAnother iPhone Idea

Will Apple ever release its iPhone? If you’ve been looking at the web this month, there’s growing speculation that the next big step for CEO Steve Jobs is a launch of an iPod-like cell phone in January 2007 (see the collected pictures from various sites like Gizmodo for theories on what an Apple phone might look like).

But rumors about an iPhone have been around forever. So, are we ever going to see it in stores?

Color me skeptical.


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LG Migo - The Cellphone For Kids


LG Migo by VerizonLG Migo by VerizonThe little Migo by LG is the most recent addition to the Verizon Wireless family destined to top its depth chart. It’s the talented rookie with nothing but promise.

Let’s get to the best parts of this product right away. The phone is free with your wireless plan, your kids will always be a phone call away and you can have a text message alert sent to you when your child gets out of school or basketball practice. Can a parent ask for anything better in a phone? read more »

The Future of Camera Phones


Integrated 3.2 MP CameraSamsung a990

I hardly have anything nice to say when you meet me in person. It’s true. Nothing is harder for me then holding in criticism. Given this unfortunate condition, one cell phone manufacturer in particular should be happy about what I have to say here. read more »

Is Your Teenage Driver Speeding? Now You Can Tell


Want to know if your teenager is speeding?

Guest Blogger Jefferson Smith lives in Boston, Massachusetts and works as a political and marketing consultant. In between writing speeches and making democracy safe for all, he obsesses over the latest innovations in electronics and the internet. You can read his personal blog coming soon at www.thinkmatter.org.

Here's his article for readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

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Are you a worried parent with a teen driver? A new invention by a young man from Massachusetts can monitor the speed and location of a car and is being marketed to slow down fast-driving teenagers. We all know that speed and inexperience behind wheel don't mix, but will parents sic this Big Brother-device on their teens?


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The Smartest of the Smartphones


Treo SmartphoneTreo SmartphoneWant to know which cell phone you should get?

Guest Blogger Jefferson Smith lives in Boston, Massachusetts and works as a political and marketing consultant. In between writing speeches and making democracy safe for all, he obsesses over the latest innovations in electronics and the internet. You can read his personal blog coming soon at thinkmatter.org.

Here's his article for readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

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I'm the type to obsess over a purchase before I make it. In the case of my cell phone, my obsession recently paid off when I decided to upgrade to the Treo 700w Smartphone, by Palm. read more »

The End of the Wired World


Cable SpagettiCable Spagetti

Wondering what's next for the internet?

Guest Blogger Jefferson Smith lives in Boston, Massachusetts and works as a political and marketing consultant. In between writing speeches and making democracy safe for all, he obsesses over the latest innovations in electronics and the internet. You can read his personal blog coming soon at www.thinkmatter.org.

Here's his article for readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com

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We may see the end of residential cable and DSL providers within the next decade.


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