Daily Dispatch: New questions on the wisdom of crowds; Mapquest redesign brings social features

    Consumer Reports News: June 29, 2010 03:08 PM

    Combing through hundreds of blog posts and news articles daily, Dirk Klingner, our technology-trend watcher, sifts through the noise to bring you the tech news most important to consumers. If you have a tip on a story you want to share, leave a comment below.

    Manipulation of the Crowd: How Trustworthy Are Online Ratings? (Scientific American)

    ...people tend not to review things they find merely satisfactory. They evangelize what they love and trash things they hate. These feelings lead to a lot of one- and five-star reviews of the same product.

    Google Introduces Better Word and PowerPoint Previews for Google Docs Mobile (ReadWriteWeb)

    ...Now, Android, iPhone and iPad users can see high-fidelity previews of their Word, PowerPoint and PDF documents right in their mobile browsers.

    No Stranger To Services, Best Buy Partners With Sprint To Offer Data Plans (paidContent.org)

    ...The service is called Best Buy Connect and will offer data plans starting at $30 a month for 250 megabytes and $60 a month for up to 5 gigabytes through a partnership with Sprint. The ambitions are pretty limited because they will only apply to laptops embedded with Qualcomm's Gobi chipset.

    Redesigning MapQuest – It's all about the Journey (mapquest blog)

    ...My Maps, another new feature, allows you to quickly personalize, save and share using a simplified login that leverages existing social services. So you can login using your account information from services like Facebook®, Twitter and Google®. The idea is simple: you can create a collection of your favorite places, journal your vacation or create an itinerary and then share it with family and friends.

    The ultimate portable desk (Alltop)

    ...The ultimate portable workspace features two chairs, a desk, light, electricity hookup, and storage. The whole unit sits on wheels for easy transport to suit the needs of go, go, go business folks.

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