Sunday, 29 November 2009

Augmented Reality The MIT/TED Way...

More fun stuff from TED. It's quite long and the really amazing demonstrations start at just after the 6 minute mark.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Who Stole The Cookies?

Google (the guys that know more about me than just about anyone else) recently rolled out a single page view of my settings and user account information for the different Google services that I use (15 and counting ranging from Alerts to YouTube). Called Dashboard, the service is aimed at alleviating some of the privacy concerns that the enormous amounts of data that Google collects present. The dashboard also indicates publicly available data with a small icon representing people - I have to go into each individual application to do anything about those settings though.

From the Google Blog:
"In an effort to provide users with greater transparency and control over their own data, we've built the Google Dashboard. Designed to be simple and useful, the Dashboard summarizes data for each product that you use (when signed in to your account) and provides you direct links to control your personal settings."
This is certainly a step in the right direction in terms of providing users with more control over the data they share with Google. It's still some way from allowing users the fine tuning and control that a true user-directed privacy dashboard would provide - like transparency in terms of the cookies Google uses to target me for example...