For our latest CNET Car Tech test, I'm sitting in the back of a 2007 Jaguar Super V8, writing this blog from the comfort of executive class seating. My driver is Car Tech editor Kevin Massy, who is enjoying the power afforded by the supercharged 4.2-liter V-8. I have my laptop perched on the picnic table, which folds down from the back of the front seat. It's not the most stable setup, especially with Kevin hitting the throttle hard when the traffic lights turn green, but now we're on the freeway, and things have smoothed out … Read more
If you happen to be in New York today and are a fan of old video game memorabilia, then you'd better get down to Sotheby's pronto.
That's because the auction house is selling off a huge collection of vintage Atari marketing materials.
According to Gizmodo, there are "135 large file folders stuffed full of original sketches, early designs and proofs of games" like Dig Dug, Asteroids, Pong and others.
But apparently, the price is steep: somewhere in the $150,000 to $250,000 range.
If it were possible for a company to spoil its products rotten, Creative would be one of the guilty parties. We recently saw how it coddled its "Zen Wav" with a cushy dock, and now it's pampering the "Zen Stone Plus" with a portable speaker system.
Just look at the new "TravelSound"--it practically cocoons the MP3 player as it nestles safely in its perfectly sized dock, resting horizontally as if ready to take a nap. The speaker system will go on sale next month for $69, according to Fareastgizmos, though we're … Read more
HP announced three new printers today: two high-end single-function units, and a midrange all-in-one. All are part of HP's Photosmart lineup. The Photosmart D7260 and the D7460 are both single-function printers that offer a 3.5-inch touch screen LCD; 34ppm black and 33ppm color printing (in draft mode); six-color photo printing; built-in memory card readers; a front-mounted, PictBridge-enabled USB port; and built-in Ethernet for easy networking. Additionally, the D7460 includes built-in wireless networking, so your printer's not confined to your already-crammed networking closet. The D7260 costs $150, while the D7460 costs $180; both will be available in August. … Read more
Nvidia's going after a new market with a lineup of chips for the high-performance computing sector.
The Tesla chips can be plugged into a PCI Express slot to drop an additional 500 gigaflops (500 billion floating point operations per second) of performance into a scientific computing workstation. That's a lot of flops for scientists to use when modeling genomes or sizing up potential oil fields.
Nvidia also trotted out a Tesla workstation and server based on the technology. It's a bit of a departure for a company best known for its 3D graphics chips found in the … Read more
While I was perusing the Flickr camera finder during the last couple days, I was perplexed to note that a number of previously popular models had taken a hit.
The site tracks which cameras are most widely used to upload photos in the last 30 days, but the leading contenders nearly universally got whacked. For example, take a look at the digital SLRs that are leaders with Flickrs' high-upload enthusiasts--the Canon Rebel XT, Pentax K100D, Olympus E-Volt E-500, Nikon D50. They all plunged in terms of the number of photos taken during the last month.
I thought it might be … Read more
Astronauts on the moon may one day pour themselves a liquid telescope to gaze at distant galaxies.
Scientists have proposed using a liquid compound to craft a giant disc-shaped mirror that would be capable of reflecting objects that are undetectable by other telescopes, according to a paper published this week in the journal Nature. With much less expense than transporting a solid mirror, the liquid would be carried in a drum and poured over a disc-shaped mesh that unfurls robotically, according the paper. Surface tension on the mesh would prevent the liquid from dripping through its small holes, according to … Read more
Desktop speakers come and desktop speakers go, but good design lasts... well, if not forever, at least a mighty long time. Admire the smooth surfaces, enjoy the groovy mathematical curviness, appreciate the metallic sheen as you imagine yourself speeding through the galaxy on your own little cubicle-spaceship, with terrific audio. Ah! Space--the final frontier of hyperbole.
Listed today at one-third its original price of $99, this is a well-liked speaker set for folks who want good audio at a great price and with a very small desk-top footprint.
What: Harman JBL Creature II speaker system How much: $33.51 Shipping: … Read more
Since Apple has yet to reveal all the features of its upcoming iPhone, the satirists over at the Onion have taken it upon themselves to fill in the blanks.
Peruse their selections over here, but I did want to call out a few of my favorites to give you a taste.
When moved from hand to ear, makes Lightsaber sound effects. Has way, way more PRAM than the last thingy. Comes with an iPhone hat, so people know you own an iPhone during the brief periods you're not using it.
Apple and AT&T will … Read more
Eight days before the iPhone arrives, AT&T is planning for extra security and a flood of customers next Friday.
The company has hired 2,000 temporary workers to help keep things rolling on iPhone Day (previously known as June 29th), according to CNN. It doesn't sound like these folks will be pressed into explaining the intricacies of AT&T's monthly data plans or selling Bluetooth headsets, but instead they'll help make sure rabid iPhone fans don't bum-rush the doors in hopes of securing an iPhone.