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Hands off my data! 15 more default privacy settings you should change on your TV, cellphone plan, LinkedIn and more.

From LinkedIn and Yahoo to TVs and WiFi routers, these are default data privacy settings worth changing - The Washington Post

From LinkedIn and Yahoo to TVs and WiFi routers, these are default data privacy settings worth changing – The Washington Post privacy settings often aren’t very private. Our tech columnist is back with Round 2 of his clickable guide to improving your privacy on all sorts of devices and online services.

New robotic vacuum cleaner from LG

Gizmodo: Unlike the Roomba, the Roboking from LG Electronics can automatically figure out the best way to clean a room, and once its finished, return to its charging station. The next version of the Roboking looks even better: it should be able to connect to a home wireless network and be controllable remotely by a PC, cellphone, or PDA, so youll be able to have it clean the house while youre at work.

My Digital Hub

In my lustful quest for living out Apple’s Digital Hub, I’ve managed to build an entertainment center around my Titanium PowerBook. A 42″ plasma TV serves as a second monitor for DVD, cable TV, web surfing, Quicktime and iTunes visuals. Wireless pervades the house with both 802.11b and Bluetooth connectivity for the laptop, cellphone, and PDA – downstairs audio is also transmitted wirelessly to the upstairs sound system. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image. [Update]

Siggraph 2002 – The Year of the Cellphones

Siggraph 2002 in San Antonio, Texas will be remembered as the Siggraph where America discovered the cellphone. Apparently cellphones in America are not equipped with vibra or silent mode, as everyone seems to be all too eager to have their cellphone ring incessantly during the conference sessions and make public their phone conversations. “I have a cellphone.” “Call my cell!” “I’ll give you my cell number.” “I’m at the convention center.” Oh please! Welcome, America, to the 20th century!

TMI new RSI • SMS Poetry

The growing use of text messaging on mobile phones could result in an epidemic of repetitive strain injuries dubbed TMI — or Text Message Injury. More from’s “Sore Thumb? Talk More, Type Less.”

The winning poem on the UK’s The Guardian reads: “txtin iz messin, mi headn’me englis, try2rite essays, they all come out txtis. gran not plsed w/letters shes getn, swears i wrote better b4 comin2uni. &she’s african” Hetty Hughes won the first prize (£1,000) for this poem from Guardian’s text message poetry competition from almost 7,500 entries. Read the rest at The Guardian’s “The text-message poetry winners.”

SMS/Text messaging contest

The Guardian newspaper said Thursday it would offer a 1,000 pound ($1,440) prize to aspiring “tele-poets” who were bound by only one literary rule — no entry may exceed 160 characters, the maximum possible length of a single text message. From the Yahoo!News article, “2b or Not 2b — Prize 4 Txt Mssg Shakespeare.”

Visor Edge • Disposable cellphones update offers a sneak peek on a new Handspring Visor “Edge” PDA for release this spring (April/May). It’s thinner, sleeker, and reminds you a lot about Apple’s TiBook. The new device will have an all metal case, PalmOS 3.5, 8MB RAM, a lithium (ion or polymer are uncertain) battery, a detachable Springboard adaptor, and it will be the lightest & thinnest Visor yet. A reader notes that the Edge, like other Handsprings, does not come with PalmOS 4.0 nor is the OS upgradable. That instantly gives the Palm m500 the upper hand. Updated info from Go2Mac’s Visor Edge Details. • Dave Wilson of had his hands on a working prototype of the much-awaited paper cellphone in this article: New Origami Trick: Turn Paper Into a Functional Phone.