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NC State Fair Preview Day 2009

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The day before the North Carolina State Fair opened in Raleigh the door was open to preview the midway for 2009. The rain and cold didn’t slow down workers putting the final touches on everything from rides to ensuring enough oil was on hand for frying pickles, candy bars, Oreos and even apple pie.

Even the State Fair and those who cover it are making use of mobile technologies for convenience and function. I hope you enjoy the show!

Swype at TechCrunch50

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Swype was one of the mobile related startups at TechCrunch50 that I found impressive and innovative.  Swype delivers single-tap, multi-tap, predictive and “swype” motions for both stylus and finger based input.

Swype isn’t a pure mobile play as an embedded solution it may be applied to any screen as a enhancement to text input.  The screen might be a mobile device virtual keyboard, but the screen might also be a TV display or visual radio or navigation device, or any device which has a display and can receive text input.

Congratulations to the TechCrunch50 winner: Yammer, but my personal pick for top startup was Swype.  Swype has an amazing team including CEO, Cliff Kushler the co-inventor of T-9 and co-founder Randy Marsden, developer of the virtual keyboard included in Windows.  The company has funding and with the explosion of touch screens including the iPhone and all it’s competitors the market is ready for Swype.

The short video below represents my anticipation that my choice would also be the choice of judges at TechCrunch50.  Apparently, my prediction skills need refinement.

Covering Polls and Obama HQ in North Carolina

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Tomorrow is the Democratic Primary in North Carolina. I plan to visit the Obama HQ in Wilmington in the morning along with a polling location or two, and then on to Raleigh Obama HQ and polls. Watch for live coverage here.

If you have questions you’d like addressed by campaign staff or voters leave a comment here. Or participate live by watching at and using the chat feature while I’m broadcasting.