Does the following from Neal Stephenson'sl, Cryptonomicon (1999) sound familiar?
"Before you leave home [...] you buy or rent a little gizmo from us. It's about the size of a paperback book and encases a thimble-sized video camera, a tiny screen, and a lot of memory chips. [...] Whenever you feel like communicating with the folks at home, you turn it on, aim the camera at yourself, and record a little video greeting card. [...] You plug the gizmo into a phone line and let it work its magic."
iPad in 2010
“A new study ranked four Missouri cities in the top 100 U.S. cities for cases of sexually transmitted diseases. The study conducted by Innerbody.com, used data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Census. The four Missouri cities are Columbia, Springfield, St. Louis and Kansas City.”
"Smartphone users in the US can try to help catch sex traffickers with *a app designed to identify hotel rooms where victims are held*. TraffickCam, asks users to upload photos of hotel rooms where they may be staying and compares those to photos by law enforcement that depict suspected sex trafficking. […] TraffickCam uses an algorithm that matches hotel rooms by comparing features such as carpeting, furniture and accessories." (Reuters)
App no longer exists. Cool idea.
And this from 2004:
“…the Internet has become our entire business environment, not just another medium for distribution … the franchise is not the newspaper, the broadcast station, or even the website. The franchise is the content itself. … Get ready for everything to be Googled, deep-linked, or Tivo-ized.”
— Tom Curley, President and CEO, The Associated Press, in keynote address to Online News Association Conference, Nov. 12, 2004
One minute video of a snowy creek in mid-Missouri.
The Kansas Audio-Reader Network is “a reading and information service for blind, visually impaired, and print disabled individuals in Kansas and western Missouri.”
I’m not a pro football fan but I love seeing fresh examples of obscene wealth. Apparently the Cleveland Browns fired their head coach but have to keep paying him. And they’ve been in this situation before. Many befores.
“Crain’s estimated that the Browns owed more than $55 million in dead salary to fired coaches from 1999 through 2012.”
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