Lifecasting: Nokia, Taste, Robbers

The new Nokia Ovi vehicle is presented almost as if lifecasting is something Nokia’s invented. But in reality this is a simple Facebook front-end app, like one on any other smartphone. There are some geotagging extras, thanks to Ovi Maps and A-GPS tie-ins from the N97’s hardware, but frankly that’s nothing terribly amazing. Android phones, Palm’s Pre, and the iPhone do most of this already.
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If vintners can conduct wine tastings via Twitter, it stands to reason that restaurants could do much the same thing to promote their foods. Which is just where TasteCasting comes in, facilitating the use of social media for taste tests and other promotional events to help restaurateurs get tongues wagging about them throughout the socially networked world.
Users of social networking sites are giving away vital information about themselves and their whereabouts that is potentially being used by professional burglars to establish a list of targets, according to a new report from UK insurer Legal & General. “The Digital Criminal” report, which was prepared with assistance from reformed burglar Michael Fraser, found that nearly 38% of users of sites such as Facebook and Twitter have posted status updates detailing their holiday plans and one-third (33%) have posted status updates saying that they are away for the weekend.
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