In Japan, Cellphones Have Become Too Complex to Use

“Experimenting with different key combinations in search of new features is ‘good for killing time during a long commute…but it’s definitely not elegant.’

Japan has long been famous for its advanced cellphones with sci-fi features like location tracking, mobile credit card payment and live TV. These handsets have been the envy of consumers in the United States, where cell technology has trailed an estimated five years or more. But while many phones would do Captain Kirk proud, most of the features are hard to use or not used at all.” (Wired)

San Diego Meets the Blackwaters

“Just like Sesame Street, San Diego has doctors, teachers and police officers. But the city’s newest group of professionals has not been so readily embraceda: military contractors from Blackwater Worldwide.

Indeed, the reception has been so chilly that it fell to a federal judge this week to order the city’s mayor to welcome Blackwater’s new training facility in Otay Mesa, a section of the city near the border with Mexico. Or at least, to tolerate it.” (The Lede [New York Times])