Geode Plug-In Makes Firefox Location-Aware Using Geolocation

via Gizmodo by Sean Fallon on 10/8/08

Mozilla Labs has unveiled Geode—a plugin that will take advantage of the W3C Geolocation Spec in Firefox 3.1. The plan is to make the browser location-aware so that somewhere down the line, you could visit a site like Yelp on your laptop in a strange town and it will automatically find your location and offer nearby restaurant suggestions and directions. Mozilla also offered other possible examples like: RSS readers that adjust based on whether or not your are at work or at home, location-restricted logins and websites that deliver news based on your physical location.

Obviously, most of the sites on the web are not currently compatible with Geode, but it is easy to see how something like this could really change the way you surf the web on your laptop—much like the iPhone has with handsets. In the meantime, a preview version is available to Firefox 3 users starting today—so you can kick the tires on it a bit before it is fully integrated into 3.1.

[Mozilla Labs via Lifehacker]

Geode – install page

Tokyoflash Shinshoku Watch, another weird way to tell the time of day

via DVICE by Charlie White on 2/8/08

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Tokyoflash has done it again. Here’s Shinshoku, another watch that’s not easy to read but probably won’t stump that theoretical physicist we challenged with crazy watches once before.

Take a look at the animated pic here, and you can probably figure out how its configuration of 29 super-bright LEDs works. Hey, does this mean our readers are as smart as a theoretical physicist? Yes indeed, dear readers, I believe it to be so.

If this watch didn’t look so much like some kind of Klingon restraining device, we’d be ready to pick one up for its $139.50 price. Or maybe if you think of it resembling certain car engine parts, it would be more appealing to you. Either way, people will be asking you what the heck that thing is on your wrist.

Tokyoflash, via Book of Joe