3D Dashboards? Google laying off?

Uh oh. Up to 40 to lose jobs as Google scraps radio ads.

Google’s radio advertising business has become the newest project that didn’t pass muster in Google’s new financially rigorous era, and up to 40 employees will lose jobs as a result, the company said Thursday. However, the company isn’t completely withdrawing from the market, saying it’s begun exploring ads for streaming audio instead.

“While we’ve devoted substantial resources to developing these products and learned a lot along the way, we haven’t had the impact we hoped for. So we have decided to exit the broadcast radio business and focus our efforts in online streaming audio,” said Susan Wojcicki, Google’s vice president of product management, in a blog post Thursday. “We will phase out the existing Google Audio Ads and AdSense for Audio products and plan to sell the Google Radio Automation business, the software that automates broadcast radio programming.”


Disney World’s specialty is fantasy, but a new attraction that opened this weekend deals in real-life dreams.

The American Idol Experience, a near-exact replica of the theater the American Idol TV show uses, will give singers a chance to audition, perform and maybe even get a spot to try out for the real Idol.

If the singing is as polished as the set, it should be another Mickey triumph.

If the singing is bad, no Disney magic will be able to fix it.


Fraunhofer has developed a dash that displays your location and the surrounding area in 3D, in real time. The system uses cameras to keep track of the location of your eyes, so the depth imaging effect can be achieved without using those funny glasses. In addition to the GPS, the dashboard only displays the information that is most relevant to the driver at any time — fuel gauge, tire pressure, route information or the title of the song can be displayed, depending on user preferences. It’s only a prototype at this point.

I am sure it would make me car sick.


The 2011 Chevrolet Volt is all about energy efficiency, but that doesn’t mean boring. The new Energy Efficient Series sound system from Bose is 30 percent smaller, 40 percent lighter and uses 50 percent less energy than conventional Bose sound systems, company reps say.


Japanese cell phone maker KDDI has teamed up with Hitachi to one-up your iPhone as the iPhone can’t manage 3D content. The Hitachi WOOO H001 will show you 3D versions of your phone’s still images and video.

But that’s not all, the phone also will give you a 5 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, microSD slot, and a 1Seg TV tuner. No word on price, but the handset should hit the Asian market by spring.

Sounds like an infomercial, doesn’t it? Lol.