Let’s say you’re blasting down the freeway on your Ducati, weaving through traffic as you pretend you’re a hybrid of James Dean and Ryan Gosling’s character in Drive – you know, your typical commute. Suddenly somebody calls you. At 120 mph, you realize that fishing your phone out of those skin-tight leather pants will probably spell your doom. Looks like you’ll just have to let it go to voicemail – unless of course you’ve got a pair of Beartek gloves.These high-tech hand warmers give you the ability to control your smartphone via Bluetooth commands that you perform with your fingers. Each glove is outfitted with six contact points that are activated whenever you touch them with your thumb, thereby eliminating the need for you to whip your phone out to answer/decline phone calls or control your music. To be fair, none of this stuff is very useful unless you’re also rocking a pair of Bluetooth headphones, but if you’re going to invest in some terminator-style tech like this, you might as well go all-out.Chances are good you’ve heard about these gloves before – the Kickstarter campaign that launched them got a fair amount of coverage on tech blogs last year. So why are we writing about them now? Because Blue Infusion Technologies has finally finished their first production run and is ready to ship the gloves to consumers this March. You can actually buy them now! Check out their site and you’ll find two different models of the glove, one for snowsports and another for motorsports. They’re both waterproof and extremely durable, but the Moto model features pre-curved fingers because it’s safe to assume you’ll be gripping either handlebars or a steering wheel while you use them.Check out Blue Infusion’s site to get your hands on (or in) a pair. The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes How to Build Your Own Home Gym for Under $350 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now
In his opening remarks to the press on the eve of the Tunis phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), to be held from 16 to 18 November, the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Yoshio Utsumi, announced that by this morning, 23,000 participants had registered with 12,000 arrivals recorded so far.About 173 countries are represented at the Summit and over 50 heads of State and Government are expected to attend.While the first phase – held in Geneva in 2003 – established the principles of the Information Society and outlined an action plan, the Tunis phase is the “Summit of Solutions,” Mr. Utsumi said. He hailed progress in the negotiations toward that end, especially the headway made this morning on Internet governance. Consensus seems to be emerging on forming a forum to discuss the future of the world-wide network. “This management should be more democratic and multilateral,” he said.Compromise had yet to be reached on how to implement the action plan, he said, but he was pleased to have achieved nearly 80 per cent of the goals. New ideas have been forthcoming from scientists, and in five years the outlook would be quite different. He was quite confident of connecting the world by 2015, including the 800,000 villages that remain disconnected from information and communication technologies. “In order to connect these villages we need about $1 billion,” Mr Utsumi said. “Every year about $100 billion is invested in the mobile telephone system, so only 1 per cent of this amount is needed to achieve the target.”Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who has arrived in Tunis, has been meeting on information issues with local officials, as well as Israel’s Foreign Minister and heads of UN agencies attending the Summit.Shashi Tharoor, UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, expressed concerns over what he called the “content divide” and freedom of expression, at a press conference on the World Electronic Media Forum (WEMF) taking place in parallel with the Summit.What passed for global media remained, in reality, the media of the developed West, where most of the world’s Internet hosts were, he said.“Access to the Internet is growing but is of little value if the bulk of the information that it reveals is in a language you don’t understand or if it fails to deal with life and death questions that affect your family or your society,” he said.On the issue of press freedom, Mr. Tharoor acknowledged that Internet, the “medium without a passport” posed challenges to all governments as they sought to find a legal environment that fostered freedom of expression without trampling on other legitimate rights.
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