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    I'm still thinking that one niche for camphones may be the equivalent of an airliner's "black box", keeping an audio/video record of everything done by the bearer for, say, 12 hours. My S710a can fit an admittedly blurry 42-second video record in about 5 megs of memory, so a 12-hour recording should fit in about 5 gigs - not technically implausible, given the Samsung SGH-i300 was announced in March with 3-gig hard drive.

    The potential for making amateur/semi-pro journalists out of all of us will depend on the camphone reaching at least VHS/CIF/broadcast resolution, I suspect. It's particularly intriguing to speculate on the impact of camphones with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connections, which might allow news outlets to bail on the heavy tech-laden news vehicles to transmit video to the base station. This might also blur the traditional boundary between print and broadcast news outlets, as there's no reason a newspaper with an Internet edition couldn't offer video.

    A broadcast-quality camphone could also finally realize the promise of truly local news outlets, as bloggers step up and add staff. If you publish online, how tough would it be to focus on an area as small as a block? And if anyone can be a journalist, how does this change the role of traditional reporters?

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