The Sony PlayStation 3 is a game console first, but its Blu-ray playback also makes it one of the most popular home theater devices on the market. The only problem is that because the PS3 lacks an IR receptor, its difficult to integrate with home theaters centered around a IR-based universal remote, like a Harmony. For those who have become accustomed to controlling their gear using simple buttons that say "Watch TV" or "Watch a Blu-ray disc," it's a real pain that the PS3 requires using Sony's Blu-ray DVD remote or the game controller.… Read more
Perhaps no one has benefited as much from the downfall of the Treo than Apple.
On Thursday, ChangeWave released the results of an otherwise dismal survey predicting a tough time ahead for anyone who relies on corporate IT spending for their livelihood. But the news was good for those in the smartphone business not named Palm; smartphone shipments to U.S. corporations are expected to grow even as overall IT spending falls.
You might balk at the $130 price tag, but this time more actually means better. The Logitech Cordless Desktop Wave Pro combo puts two of our favorite products together in one package: the Logitech Cordless Desktop Wave Keyboard and the Logitech MX 1100 Cordless laser mouse.
Both products received very high marks from their respective editors, and the MX1100 mouse even managed to win an Editors' Choice award. This time around, we're sticking to our guns and rewarding this winning combo as well.
One of the most significant hardware changes in the bundle that we don't speak much … Read more
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--The fledgling ocean energy industry is awash in ideas for making electricity from moving water but it is still reaching for a toehold in the commercial world.
Ocean power--a resource often located near large population centers--could ultimately generate 25 percent of today's total electricity usage, said report co-author Travis Bradford, president of the Prometheus Institute for Sustainable Development.
In the next six years, electricity production from the ocean could swell from just 10 megawatts now to … Read more
A sampling of green-tech news with quick commentary.RWE NPower tests carbon capture in the U.K.--SmartPlanet.comCarbon storage next to coal plant plan moving ahead in the U.K. A report suggests this could be done at large scale by 2030. Hydrogen as automotive fuel--NYTimes.comAnother reality check on hydrogen transportation. Worth noting that during a panel at EmTech on green transportation Wednesday, the word "hydrogen" was never said. First U.S. carbon auction results to come out Monday--ReutersThe U.S dips its toes into carbon emissions trading with the Northeast RGGI regime. … Read more
Cell phones may or may not mess with our brains, but now our brains can mess with them.
NeuroSky, a San Jose, Calif.-based company that focuses on developing brain-controlled interfaces, recently created a prototype of a system that reads brain waves and uses them to control mobile phone applications. Basically, the brain dictates the action of the device without the help of the middleman: the fingers.
This is how it works: software algorithms deduce from your brain waves what you intend to do and pass on the appropriate commands to the cell phone. During the demo of the prototype, … Read more
Google sees the future of computing at sea.
The search giant has filed a patent for a "floating data center" that uses wave motion to power on-board computers and the ocean's water to cool them.
The patent was submitted in February last year but was spotted in the U.S. Patent & Trademark office's electronic filings and posted at Slashdot on Saturday.
The system Google engineers sketch out is a self-powered data center placed three to seven miles offshore, potentially operating off the grid. Standard shipping containers would house racks of computers that could be transported … Read more
When Samsung launched the P2 late last year, it was already a pretty cool device. It impressed me with a super slick interface (albeit touch screen), plentiful features (including stereo Bluetooth-streaming ability), and some of the sweetest sound to hit my ears in the history of MP3 players. Who knew then that the P2 was only three-quarters baked? Actually, it wasn't too tough to figure that out--the inclusion of a built-in mic with absolutely no usability was a dead giveaway.
Fast forward 10 months later, and Samsung finally has a complete P2 on its hands. The company issued update … Read more
"Size matters not," right? Audio-editor WavePad is a prime example of a small program that's got a lot of force.
Available for both Windows and Mac, the app furnishes plenty of tools for recording and editing sound. WavePad's interface is fairly well-organized, and the Command Bar feature provides quick access to the most frequently used functions. WavePad supports a variety of popular audio formats, including MP3, OGG, WAV, and WMA, and it includes a ripping function.
Once you open a file or begin recording via your sound card, you'll see a large rendering of the … Read more
Inventor Daniel Young says the pieces on his New Wave Chess & Checkers board are so immovable, the games can be played in a hurricane. We're assuming a checkmate won't be the first thing on your mind as the winds hit, but we nonetheless like the idea of a game board with that kind of holding power.
Young, a designer for Paradoxy Products, discovered that by cutting slits into the fluting of corrugated board he could harness the material's ability to hold and release inserted flat objects like chess or checkers pieces.
"Slitting transforms ordinary corrugated … Read more