European cellphone users finally start to use 3G, Flash Lite will appear on Canadian phones, Gen-Y is lost without their gadgets, St. Louis students can't escape the all-seeing eyes of school officials digicams, and the Chicago Sun-Times really, really likes USB flash drives
In Europe, cellphone users are finally ponying up the dough for 3G...and
using wasting the extra bandwidth to download "Big Brother" video clips?. Europe Picks Up 3G, As Phone Hopes Lift [Wall St. Journal] ...
Canada's Globe and Mail reports that Macromedia will soon be bringing their ubiquitous Flash technology to Canadian cellphones. Flash Lite (cell phones' girlish figures can't handle full-on flash) is already on phones in Europe, South Korea, and Japan. For now, Macromedia's deal only includes the phones of our north-of-the-border neighbors but seeing that Flash Lite's future seems destined for animated ringtones, primitive videogames, and garish advertisements, I think that's a good thing. Flash Lite Animation Turns On Cellphones [Globe and Mail] ... Generation Y ♥ iPods and cellphones, says the Detroit Free Press, just like Generation X, Z, and babies still in the womb. Kudos to the Michigan student who has managed to hold onto his iPod virginity, saying life with his portable CD player is just fine thank you very much. GENERATION Y SPENDING TRENDS: Gotta have it [Detroit Free Press] ... St. Louis public schools to would-be hooligans: we're watching you. Digital surveillance cameras, which don't look too much different that the ancient, domed spy cams you see at a department store, are now up and running in school cafeterias, hallways, stairwells, parking lots, and buses. There's no mention of a rebellious teen's favorite Shangri-la, the bathroom, so smoking in the boy's room is still theoretically possible. Who's watching your children? [St. Louis Post-Dispatch] ... Chicago Sun-Times columnist Andy Ihnatko says, somewhat awkwardly, flash drives will inherit the earth. The next big thing is also really small [Chicago Sun-Times]