When mobile phones became more common and were increasingly used in restaurants, questions began to be asked about etiquette. To this day I know people who are offended when others have phone conversations while sitting at the dining table. People speaking on mobile phones regularly bump into poles, trip over paving stones or have accidents while driving _ mishaps all caused by lack of attention to their surroundings. With the advent of technology like Google Glass these situations will become even more prevalent. Testers for Google Glass have already reported entering places like bathrooms without immediately realising where they were. Given that these devices can record video, this scenario also raises a number of privacy issues. With legislation in many countries lagging well behind developments in technology, a number of such incidents will, no doubt, be reported online before any real changes are made to these gadgets. So, next time you see someone wearing an odd-looking pair of glasses and talking to himself, he may be providing a running commentary to accompany something he is recording _ or he could, equally well, just be talking to himself.
The Apple iWatch is coming. I wrote about this a while back. The Apple rumour-mill is an interesting thing. A rumour is started, usually by some overly optimistic type, and reporters jump on it and treat it as fact. Time passes and the rumours start up again, typically because a friend of a friend knows someone in China who got an order for a component that may be part of some projected new Apple product. In this case, Apple is supposed to be looking at the possibility of using 1.5-inch OLED screens, which are made in Taiwan. An older version of the rumour gave the screen size as 1.8, but that was probably too big for a watch. I'm sure more rumours will emerge soon, probably prefaced with descriptions like "killer app of the century".
Western Digital has announced details of its new 1.5TB three-platter notebook drive. It is no thicker than the two-platter model, so will be able to fit into a slim notebook. Those in need of more drive space may be happy to know that the 5K1500 will be shipped out in June.
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