My partner insisted that I not throw a mass of candles on his birthday cake this year (why, I'm not sure exactly; it might have had something to do with not wanting our guests to do advanced math), but it just didn't feel right to leave it without any illumination.
The concept of a home storage appliance is not exactly a sexy topic, but Netgear hopes its latest products will help change that.
On Thursday, the company is showing off a new line of pricey but powerful gear aimed at streaming content through the home and beyond.
The ReadyNAS Ultra line includes the standard features one might expect in networked storage--including redundancy and up to 12 terabytes of capacity--but also allows the media files stored on the device to be shared in a variety of ways.
For example, a partnership with TiVo means that the devices can be used to … Read more
The site, KinRIP.com, was built on top of the ForeverMissed.com platform, which allows people to create an online tribute to departed loved ones. Well, apparently a significant number of the bereaved were none too pleased to see a gadget memorialized in the same way as their departed loved ones.
ForeverMissed.com's Oleg Andelman said that he got more than 60 complaints after the Kin memorial site went up last week. … Read more
Microsoft on Wednesday began cutting a small number of jobs from its workforce, a source confirmed to CNET.
As previously reported, the layoffs are not expected to be the start of mass cuts, but are more similar to the types of reshuffling that the company does each year as it begins a new fiscal year. Microsoft started fiscal 2011 on July 1.
Microsoft has declined to comment on the cuts or say how many jobs are affected. However, a source told CNET that, even with the cuts, the company still expects to grow its ranks overall this year as it … Read more
Microsoft may eliminate some jobs as it begins a new fiscal year, however the company is not expected to undergo massive layoffs along the lines of what it did last year, when thousands of jobs were eliminated, according to a source.
The cuts currently being considered are along the lines of the company's historical pattern, in which it undergoes a yearly reshuffling that sometimes results in jobs being cut in some areas at the same time new positions are added in other areas, the source told CNET.
After shedding jobs last year, Microsoft added around 1,800 jobs in … Read more
Microsoft said on Tuesday that it is looking into reports of a new Windows flaw that could compromise the security of machines running older versions of the operating system.
In an advisory on its Web site, Secunia said that the vulnerability is due to a boundary error in a function included in Windows XP and Windows 2000 that, if exploited, could allow malicious code to be executed. The firm rated the vulnerability as "moderately critical."
"Microsoft is investigating new public claims of a possible vulnerability in Windows 2000 and Windows XP," group manager Jerry Bryant said … Read more
With the fail whale cropping up even more than usual, I think I have found a good backup for Twitter.
The folks at humorous paper products company Knock Knock have come up with an entirely analog variant of the microblogging service.
The company sells notepads billed as "Paper Tweets," where people can use pen and paper to jot down their witticisms of 140 characters or fewer. There are check boxes to indicate whether you are retweeting, replying, direct messaging, or just updating your status. And even a place to write in one of those silly hash tags. The … Read more
Ten years ago, the next big thing in tech was supposed to be the Internet appliance: a device that offered tech newbies a simpler and cheaper way to get onto the Internet.
Within the span of only a few months a host of such devices hit the market--products such as 3Com's Audrey, Netpliance's I-opener along with machines from Sony, Gateway, and Compaq. They were all aimed at trying to offer the Web without the cost and complexity of a full-fledged computer.
Around the same time, makers of other products like the Kerbango Internet radio saw an opportunity for products that tapped the power of the Internet for a single purpose. Some predicted that the industry was poised for rapid and dramatic growth.
Unfortunately, the products ended up being either too limited or far slower than a PC and nearly as costly, and the category disappeared as quickly as it had emerged.
Still, it was a nice idea. And, the funny thing is, now people are actually buying these things.
Devices like the iPad and the Kindle, along with game consoles and Net-connected televisions have shown that there is a market for both devices that are simpler than a PC as well as for products that connect to the Internet for a single purpose.
First of all, the devices arrived while most people still used dial-up to get on the Internet and few people had a home network. That meant that such devices needed to replace, rather than augment a Web-connected PC. Also, computers were coming down in price thanks to aggressive cost-cutting by Intel and rapidly falling component prices, while the economics of trying to start a new category meant that Net appliances couldn't be sold for less than several hundred dollars.
Today, meanwhile, the Internet flourishes, connectivity abounds, and the cost of building Wi-Fi into a device means that it is possible to sell Net-connected devices for well under $200.
Although born of a completely different heritage, one of the devices that best represents the completion of the Internet appliance vision is Apple's iPad. Press a button and the device is instantly on and with one more push of a finger one is on the Web in seconds.
The Kindle, meanwhile, shows how the Internet can be used, almost invisibly, for a single purpose, such as buying and reading books.
Other devices that one might not think of as Internet appliances nonetheless can also trace their lineage to those clunky devices of old.
Game consoles like the Wii, Xbox 360, and Sony PlayStation all can take advantage of the Internet to a greater or lesser degree to allow for things like Netflix and online gaming. Net-connected televisions using widgets from Yahoo or Google's upcoming Google TV are also borrowing some of the same notions that powered early devices, including WebTV. … Read more
Microsoft's Kin only survived a few weeks, but a tribute Web site has been set up to make sure that Redmond's phones are not soon forgotten.
The KinRIP.com site features pictures of the twin phones as well as places for people to leave their own testimonials and light a virtual candle to the social-media oriented phone that Microsoft discontinued earlier this week. And be sure to have the sound turned on to hear the incredibly sappy rendition of "Gone Too Soon."
"It was the Pontiac Aztec of cell phones," wrote Mark Cordova in … Read more