Mon Jan 11, 2010 11:48
MOST IRRITATING GADGETS
Car alarms have pipped egg timers and alarm clocks to be voted the most irritating piece of technology ever invented, says a poll. The screeching sirens were flowed by the egg timer which appears on computer screens when information is loading, and computers in general at the second and third positions in the poll of 5,000 people, reports The Telegraph, UK. The other irritating inventions include speed cameras, automated phone systems, novelty doorbells, uncomfortable headphones, printers, ball mouse and interactive television.
Mon Jan 11, 2010 11:49
TWEETS MEAN BIG BUSINESS
Twitter is hiring engineers and specialists who can help turn it into a money-maker. The internet start-up is building up a team focused on generating revenue with a new range of yet-to-be launched products, judging by job posting on the company’s website. Among the 26 job openings listed on Twitter’s site, four are specifically identified as being devoted to “monetization.” Striking licensing deals are key responsibilities for two other jobs. The move signals that making money is becoming a bigger priority at Twitter, as it seeks to evolve from being one of the Web’s fastest-growing social media firms into a self-sustaining online business.
Mon Jan 11, 2010 11:50
SMALL MARKET FOR E-READERS
Remember the Dell DJ MP3 player? Or Sony’s Clie digital assistant? It’s likely that dozens of the electronic readers debuting at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, US this week, may go the way of these defunct gadgets by new year. While some e-readers, such as Plastic Logic’s Que or the Hearst Corpbacked Skiff, may well find a niche to complete against Kindle, analysts say there’s simply not enough room in the nascent market for all the new entrants. “There are a lot of great-looking devices bring shown, but right now there are too many players chasing too small a market,” said Michael Gartenberg, an analyst at Interpret. “High prices, lack of content and single task functionality means most will fail over time.”