Panasonic took a leap into the in-dash navigation market this month with the release of its catchy-named Strada CN-NVD905U. The touch screen device uses a 30GB hard drive to store mapping data, and can be used to play a variety of digital audio formats as well as DVD video. Check out our slide show.
On Wednesday Michael Kanellos did a Crave blog about his electric scooter ride in Austin, Texas, and he showed us the still images. But now Crave has this exclusive, never-before-seen video.
Dell confirmed Friday that it will sell a tablet PC before the end of year.
Jeff Clarke, senior vice president and general manager of Dell's business product group, made the announcement in a short video posted to the company's Direct2Dell blog.
"I'm here to end much speculation in the industry about our plans in the tablet marketplace," says a casually attired Clarke, while holding the tablet. The device will be a Latitude tablet PC designed specifically for the education, health care and corporate markets, he said.
On the video, Clarke gives a brief demo and … Read more
As some of you may have noticed, I have somewhat of a history with ridiculous wearable gadgets. Who am I to let that legacy die? Enter the TubeSurround Sound Headphones, which are, to say the least, interesting-looking. You wear them halo-style around your head, then adjust the two tube-style earbuds into your ears. There is a point to this not-so-low-profile design: it serves to position six minispeakers in different spots around your head, thus creating a true surround-sound experience. The TubeSurround then uses a combination of bone conduction and traditional audio to create an immersive experience.
Naturally, I got to … Read more
The way the particles land on a given credit card's magnetic stripe are as unique as individual snowflakes or human fingerprints--or so says a Magtek, the company that developed, MagnePrint, which records the unique magnetic media signature for all credit and debit cards scanned through its readers. The first scan by a MagnePrint reader creates a template against which all subsequent scans are compared.
MagnePrint is designed to prevent "skimming." Online carders buy credit-card information from a black-market database, then copy that information onto a blank physical card using a machine that costs about $250. The skimmed … Read more
We finally got around to testing out CellFactor: Revolution for ourselves this week. To recap, CellFactor is a free downloadable game designed to show-off those fancy Ageia PhysX cards we're sure at least two or three of you may have purchased for your gaming PCs.
CellFactor is basically a straightforward fragfest, either with bots or with real players over a LAN. You can choose from three difference character types, but we spent all of our time with the Bishop character, whose psi-powers seemed best suited to trying out the advanced physics.
We definitely experienced some ooh and ahh moments … Read more
I'm hardly a Barbie girl, but there really is a Barbie world now--at least virtually.
Mattel, the company behind the iconic pencil-thin doll, says BarbieGirls.com is the first global virtual world designed specifically for girls, who can create their own flawless avatars by picking "from 2.64 quadrillion character combinations of fashions and accessories, as well as stylish faces, expressions and hairstyles."
Apple has been hit with a class action lawsuit filed by MacBook and MacBook Pro owners unhappy with the quality of the displays on those notebooks.
The suit, spotted by Engadget, accuses Apple of improperly playing up the capabilities of the displays for the MacBook Pros and MacBooks launched in the first part of last year. For example, it notes that Apple advertised the MacBooks as capable of displaying "millions of colors" when they can only do that using a technique called "dithering." Also, it points to complaints lodged by MacBook users on various Apple discussion … Read more
We have seen a succession of in-car touch screen navigation/ multimedia devices over the past few months. While the hard drive-based Pioneer AVIC Z-1 still sets the standard for these systems, a number of lesser-known manufacturers have been rolling out their own systems. Eclipse's AVN5510 is a good contender for an entry-level all-in-one system.
The AVN5510 might not have a hard drive for navigation data or media storage, but it does have some very attractive features. Check out our slide show for the details and some beauty shots.
Advancements in security are somehow giving me the creeps lately. I know I'm not supposed to feel that way. As a consumer, I'm supposed to feel safer, more secure, protected. I certainly don't want anyone stealing my credit card data or my identity.
But after looking over some of the latest advancements at the CardTechSecurTech Conference that took place in San Francisco this week, all I can think about is Big Brother. Fingerprint readers, facial recognition software and biometric passports make me want to crawl into bed and pull the covers over my head.
Maybe I've … Read more