Sep 30

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Your cell phone will help catch terrorists

No, not today. but if the Tech folks at Purdue University get what their asking, future cell phones will have radiation detectors built in. The issue in the past has been either the hardware is too expensive, bulky, or is prone to false alerts. Todays spectroscopic detectors have to be able to catch the differences between potassium-40 (bananas) real uranium/plutonium so everyone doesn’t get excited about fresh fruit.

The Purdue University group has developed a sensor small enough to fit into cell phones without making the phones excessively expensive. The sensor would call home to the right authorities with it’s alert, providing it’s location via triangulation to pinpoint the threat. Of course, more phones calling in will narrow the exact location of the possible dirty bomb.

Of course, even a dime cost increase per phone is enough that a manufacture wont just add the technology. So, at the current really cheap price of 100 dollars, we are a long ways from this being in your hands. The Purdue team is lobbying Congress.

Sep 21

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View your iPhone SMS and Notes from your desktop

OK… I promise I will get away from all posts being about iPhones. This one I came across that really solved a problem many of us where having. When updating from OS 1.1.4 to 2.0 we lost our notes that are only on the iPhone – backed up to the desktop via iTunes but not viewable other than on the SmartPhone.

Enter – MobileSync Browser
MobileSync Browser (MSB) allows you view the backup files iTunes creates from your iPhone. Everytime you synch your phone, iTunes keeps a local copy of the information contained in your iPhone’s SMS and Notes applications as well as your recent call history. MSB allows you to refer to these files and copy the information for archive or reference purposes.

Unlike a couple other options, you do not have to jailbreak the phone or even have it present/connected.

http://homepage.mac.com/vaughn/msync/