links for 2009-08-24

  • NextWindow is a designer and manufacturer of optical touch screens for integration into all-in-one computers, computer displays, and large format screens. NextWindow is the leader in Optical Touch technology, enabling OEMs, ODMs, and resellers to add touch screen capability to their products that is exceptionally accurate, clear, and economical. With offices in New Zealand, Taiwan, and the U.S., the company’s scope includes high-volume, cost-effective manufacturing for PCs as well as customized solutions for kiosks, digital signage, and interactive education. Founded in 2001, the company is privately funded.
    (tags: tech interface NZ)
  • Medical problems caused 62% of all personal bankruptcies filed in the U.S. in 2007, according to a study by Harvard researchers. And in a finding that surprised even the researchers, 78% of those filers had medical insurance at the start of their illness, including 60.3% who had private coverage, not Medicare or Medicaid. Medically related bankruptcies have been rising steadily for decades. In 1981, only 8% of families filing for bankruptcy cited a serious medical problem as the reason, while a 2001 study of bankruptcies in five states by the same researchers found that illness or medical bills contributed to 50% of all filings. This newest, nationwide study, conducted before the start of the current recession
  • Earlier this month, Apple rejected an application for the iPhone called Google Voice. The uproar set off a chain of events—Google's CEO Eric Schmidt resigning from Apple's board, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) investigating wireless open access and handset exclusivity—that may finally end the 135-year-old Alexander Graham Bell era. It's about time. With Google Voice, you have one Google phone number that callers use to reach you, and you pick up whichever phone—office, home or cellular—rings. You can screen calls, listen in before answering, record calls, read transcripts of your voicemails, and do free conference calls. Domestic calls and texting are free, and international calls to Europe are two cents a minute. In other words, a unified voice system, something a real phone company should have offered years ago.
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