The New York Times' ebullient tech columnist David Pogue handed out his awards for the best tech ideas of the year. Some of them I've covered already -- like Bing's pop-up previews, Droid and the Verizon MiFi wireless card -- and some of them are very cameras that I just don't care much about. But here are two very cool ideas that passed under my radar.
I don't have an iPhone, but if I did I'd buy this app pronto. When you're texting, iType2Go superimposes your words over a live camera view of where you're walking. So rather than looking like a half-klutz/half-jerk running into trees, cars, families with strollers and so on, you can see exactly where you're going as you text your friend. For Droid phones, a similar function is called the Text'n'Walk.
Pogue calls Readability -- a free button for your browser that renders any online article as an ad-free, novel-esque page -- "the single best tech idea of 2009." That was enough for me! So I downloaded the function by visiting the Readability site here, selecting my reading preferences (Novel-style text; Medium sized print; Wide margins) and dragging the Readability button to my bookmark Toolbar. Voila. Every article I read can now be rendered as a ad-free, clutter-free page of crystal clear text on a sepia background. I urge you to try it out.
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