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"I guess they are starting to catch on... ;-)" Read more
by Jason Flowers on TN bans password shares for Netflix, sites

"This is really incredible technology to experience. If you haven't had a chance yet, take a test drive." Read more
by Jason Flowers on Microsoft Sets Guinness Sales Record with Kinect

"I remember discussing this as a general idea 7 or 8 years ago with Mark and Jeff... Are we there yet?" Read more
by Jason Flowers on Exotic nanodevice could let computers ditch slowpoke electrons and run thousands of times faster

"Can I get one that looks like Anakin Skywalker's?" Read more
by Jason Flowers on Human Trials Next for Darpa’s Mind-Controlled Artificial Arm

"Flying Car Gets FAA Approval http://news.discovery.com/tech/flying-car-gets-faa-approval.html The Federal Aviation Administration has just removed a major hurdle from the path of a vehicle that may well be the first commercially viable flying car. The agency has agreed to classify the Terrafugia Transition as a Light Sport Aircraft, even though the vehicle is 120 pounds too heavy to qualify for that class. " Read more
by Jason Flowers on The reality of flying cars

"All of this, a 256GB SSD, and a backlit keyboard... hard to resist!" Read more
by Jason Flowers on Alienware M11x gets overseas Core i3 / i5 / i7 and NVIDIA Optimus update, US version due tomorrow?

"Don't buy this hypothesis... They would very likely not have a lack for energy resources since they're traveling the stars. They solved that problem. Being that advanced, they'd also likely be able to synthesize any other resource at a molecular level. So I don't see resources as a motivation, unless humans are the resource (slaves). I could see them being nomads as he imagines, but not looking for resources. More likely just a habitual environment to live, in which case, the Hawking outcome might be the same." Read more
by Jeff Gentes on Don't talk to aliens, warns Stephen Hawking

"Cool, but creepy…" Read more
by Mark Hodson on New tech sees dead people

"Does this mean we should keep searching for Bigfoot? I mean, how can you not know there is a 6 foot lizard running around!" Read more
by Jason Flowers on Giant lizard discovered in the Philippines

"Cool, but I still want a flying car!" Read more
by Jason Flowers on It's 2010 - finally my jet pack is here!

"Interesting the technologies used considering that Microsoft is a big investor in Facebook." Read more
by Jeff Gentes on Technology Explained: How Does Facebook Work? The Nuts and Bolts

"iTunes is great, but pricey; Netflix is better, but only offers 12K streaming downloads (I know… ‘only’); Perhaps Wal-Mart’s entry into this space will both lower the prices & provide more streaming content." Read more
by Mark Hodson on Walmart Jumps Into Online Movie Rentals, Buys Vudu

"I’ve often found InfoWorld’s commentaries to be anti-Microsoft and often unfounded. " Read more
by Mark Hodson on Fake Windows Expert Unmasked

"They say Spring 2010.. should be good. :-)" Read more
by Jeff Gentes on New at Disney: It's a Data Center World After All

"I wonder when the Wizarding World will be opening??" Read more
by Jason Flowers on New at Disney: It's a Data Center World After All

"Bertie Bott's every scented flower!!!" Read more
by Mark Hodson on Custom-scented flowers may be on the way

"I agree. I notice that they do not dispute the actual findings (that it runs VERY hot), but instead complain about the inferences. Those inferences are nothing more than the viewer’s commonsense and reasoning kicking in..." Read more
by Anonymous on QLogic sues Emulex over video of chip frying egg

"Sounds like QLogic has weak case to me. It's conventional wisdom that excessive heat is bad for electronics. The industry spends billions on cooling. Making a case that reduced heat increases reliability is logical." Read more
by Jeff Gentes on QLogic sues Emulex over video of chip frying egg

"That's just wrong..." Read more
by Jeff Gentes on Microsoft Refused to Sell Xbox 360s to the Military for Training

"Cool, I want to play!" Read more
by Jeff Gentes on Keep your 20-sided dice, I have D&D on the Surface

     
 
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Posted by: Mark Hodson on 7/30/2010 | 0 Comments

The investment arms of the CIA and Google are both backing a company that monitors the web in real-time -- and says it uses that information to predict the future.

Exclusive: Google, CIA Invest in 'Future' of Web Monitoring

Posted by: Jeff Gentes on 7/30/2010 | 0 Comments

Type however sloppily you want. BlindType knows what you mean to say.

Typing on the iPhone is like squeezing sausages into a soda can – you can get it to work, but it’s not pretty. BlindType is changing that. The startup has created a new touchscreen keyboard program of the same name that changes size, orientation, and position to match your wandering fingers as they type. BlindType also features some of the most impressive typing correction software I’ve ever seen. The result is a practical touchscreen interface that knows what you meant to type, even if you make mistakes. Lots of them. In fact, you can type without looking at the screen at all! It’s amazing, and I got to see it in person when I visited with BlindType creators Kostas Eleftheriou and Panos Petropoulos in San Francisco. Check out their demonstration video below. It’s hard to believe that they developed this software in less than one year.  More >>>

Posted by: Jeff Gentes on 7/29/2010 | 0 Comments

Redefining the way we interact with computers is a pretty ambitious task as far as things go, but that's just what R. Clayton Miller is looking to do with his so-called 10/GUI project, and he may just be onto something. Miller begins with the notion that the traditional mouse-based interface lacks the "interaction bandwidth" afforded by multitouch interfaces, and that touch-enabled desktops (or laptops) are inherently problematic since they can't be used for prolonged periods of time -- even a flat surface will do a number on your neck if you use it all day. To solve that problem, Miller proposes separating the touch surface from the display and placing it below the keyboard in the form of a large, hybrid capacative / resistive touch panel.

That's just the beginning as Miller has also devised a whole new interface that makes use of all your fingers, and a new linear means of displaying windows that strikes a balance ease of use and the ability to manage numerous applications. Of course, there are some drawbacks -- you'd still likely pull out a mouse for Photoshop or a marathon Left 4 Dead session -- but we'd certainly be curious to see how this would play out in practice. Head on past the break for a full video overview.

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 7/28/2010 | 0 Comments

Ask the average techie which browser has the most vulnerabilities, and odds are their answer will be "Internet Explorer, of course." Indeed, Microsoft's browser has endured plenty of slings and arrows -- and not entirely without justification -- but some of those projectiles should deservedly be aimed at Apple, Mozilla, and Google: According to a recent report from security company Secunia [PDF], IE actually suffered fewer CVEs (common vulnerabilities and exposures) than Safari, Firefox, or Chrome over the past year.

Internet Explorer deemed least vulnerable browser

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 7/28/2010 | 0 Comments

RobotRunAmok writes "Home to 700 authors and estates, from Philip Roth to John Updike, Jorge Luis Borges, and Saul Bellow, the Wylie Agency shocked the publishing world yesterday when it announced the launch of Odyssey Editions. The new initiative is selling ebook editions of modern classics, including Lolita, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and Updike's Rabbit tetralogy, exclusively via Amazon.com's Kindle store, leaving conventional publishers out of the picture. The issue boils down to who holds digital rights in older titles published before the advent of ebooks, with publishers arguing that the ebook rights belong to them, and authors and agents responding that, if not specifically granted, the digital rights remain with the author. Publishers and authors are also at loggerheads over the royalty that should be paid for ebooks: authors believe they should be getting up to double the current standard rate of 25%, because ebooks are cheaper to produce than physical editions. (Amazon pays authors 70%.)"

Top Authors Make eBook Deal, Bypassing Publishers

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 7/28/2010 | 0 Comments

Microsoft to Enhance Research and Development Activities for ARM Products

Microsoft Licenses ARM Architecture, Gets "Closer" Access to ARM IP

Posted by: Jeff Gentes on 7/27/2010 | 0 Comments

Transfer a song to your phone. Seems pretty fast, right? Now imagine transferring the entire printed catalog of the Library of Congress in a minute and a half. Intel says they've got the technology to make it happen (eventually).

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Posted by: Jeff Gentes on 7/26/2010 | 0 Comments

Terminator2.morph Like something out of Terminator 2, researchers are developing techniques for warfare of the future to create materials that self-assemble or alter their shape, perform a function and then disassemble themselves. These capabilities offer the possibility for morphing aircraft and ground vehicles, uniforms that can alter themselves in any climate, and “soft” robots that flow like mercury through small openings to enter caves and bunker complexes. More >>>

Posted by: Jeff Gentes on 7/24/2010 | 0 Comments

 

Thanks to nifty lasers, Sharp has created the first 100GB Blu-ray disc. The new Blu-ray format, called VR-100BR1, uses a new triple-layer standard that allows storage space of up to 128GB on single-write discs and 100GB on re-writable discs.

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Posted by: Jeff Gentes on 7/24/2010 | 0 Comments

If Intel has its way, boring cash registers will be replaced with this machine of the future. It's more than just sexy glass, metal and touchscreen—its an Intel-powered experience that recognizes you and the way you shop.

The idea is to give the best features of online shopping (ease of checkout, recommendations, history) in a brick and mortar setting. And to look really cool doing it.  More »

Posted by: Jeff Gentes on 7/23/2010 | 0 Comments

What If You Could Move Objects With Your Mind? Well, That Time Has Come.

The Washington Post takes a look at an upcoming Star Wars-themed toy that uses new technology to allow the user to levitate an object...with their mind.

You slip the wireless headset on. It looks like something a telemarketer would wear, except the earpieces are actually sensors, and what looks like a microphone is a brain wave detector.  A few feet away is a ping-pong ball in a clear tube called the Force Trainer. The idea is to use your thoughts alone to lift the ball. Your brain's electrical activity is translated into a signal understood by a little computer that controls a fan that blows the ball up the tube. Levitates it. As if by magic. It's mind over matter.  More >>>

Posted by: Jeff Gentes on 7/23/2010 | 0 Comments

Perhaps it was only a matter of time. But wireless security researchers say they have uncovered a vulnerability in the WPA2 security protocol, which is the strongest form of Wi-Fi encryption and authentication currently standardized and available.

The vulnerability, named "Hole 196", lends itself to man-in-the-middle-style exploits, whereby an internal, authorized Wi-Fi user can decrypt, over the air, the private data of others, inject malicious traffic into the network and compromise other authorized devices using open source software. More >>>

Posted by: Jeff Gentes on 7/23/2010 | 0 Comments

The inPulse team indicates their BlackBerry peripheral, which acts as a remote display, is ready for assembly and nearing release. No specific launch date is mentioned, but be ready to get your Dick Tracy on soon.

The inPulse connects wirelessly to your phone by BlueTooth, alerting you instantly to incoming emails, SMS and calls. inPulse extends the functionality of your BlackBerry smartphone, so when you're in a pinch you can check your inPulse instead of fumbling around with your phone.

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Posted by: Jeff Gentes on 7/23/2010 | 0 Comments

That’s the alleged cost of a touch screen computer being proposed by the Indian government. They are now looking for a manufacturer for the device which has no hard drive but runs on a memory card much like a cell phone. Also, it’s solar powered. We’ve been down this road before with India, they’ve brought out a ten dollar netbook prototype that never got built. But if they can pull this off it would obviously be significant. It was developed at the Indian Institute of Technology and the Indian Institute of Science.

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Posted by: Jeff Gentes on 7/23/2010 | 0 Comments

Sony just revealed the new laser they're developing alongside Tohoku University. Regardless of the future of physical media, the specs are astounding to consider.

Such a laser could read a next generation media with 20x the capacity of Blu-ray, meaning you could fit up to 50 movies on a single disc. Many have already pointed out, that's enough storage to fit an entire season of a TV show. But heck, that's enough to fit many complete TV series if you think about it.  More »

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