Hype cycles

Google has launched its Nexus One handset, but the reaction wasn't all love and roses. 

Then their slightly controversial acquiescence to China's request for edited searches comes to an end in an apparent return to Google's nice, but slightly tarnished 'do no evil' maxim. They're to pull out of China now (probably). But some people are cynical about this move. Not me though.

At the Consumer Electronics Show all the hype is about touch screens, but I, like many, have been distinctly underwhelmed so far. Microsoft's Steve Balmer showed a nice looking device - but did very little with it...

But then we wait with bated breath for the iTablet, or whatever word Apple decide to put after 'i', if this mythical beast actually exists. We find out January 25 - perhaps.

Also the much vexed issue of power for our devices seems to have been solved by a student working here in the UK. Forget wireless power and microbial fuel cells. I quote:

'Bio battery is an ecologically friendly energy generating electricity from carbohydrates (currently sugar) and utilizes enzymes as the catalyst. By using bio battery as the power source of the phone, it only needs a pack of sugary drink and it generates water and oxygen while the battery dies out.'

In other words a Coke-driven phone - and unlike power outlets, you can get Coke the world over.

Less hypey - but maybe more useful - the Institute's very own Savvy Citizen program is warning that IT professionals tend to be very unhealthy. Unsurprising, but there is some good advice to be had....

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