99 years after the Ford Model T, the Tata Nano has been announced in India for 100,000 rupees, or about $2500. And you know what? It looks amazingly good. I was completely expecting a Yugo ugly box, but you could drop this 10 foot long car into an urban street in Europe (the most competitive subcompact market on the planet) and it would fit right in. It looks amazingly refined and interesting - heck, it looks better than budget models selling for many times the price from most mainstream manufacturers.
ISPs are talking about getting into the copyright-enforcement business. It's hard to see where this will end, once it gets going. Privacy advocates are not going to like it, nor should they.
But I wonder if the effort misses the point, anyway. The end goal is for copyright holders to get paid, right? So why not just levy a "tax" (or subscription, if you will) on all broadband users at $5.99/month (or whatever the price should be). Make it mandatory unless someone agrees to have their bandwidth filtered for copyrighted content (unless bought through iTunes … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--Scientists are trying to peer a bit further into the future than the typical five-day weather forecasts available today.
Forecasting weather is a notoriously tough challenge that combines physics modeling, data collection, and computer processing--and unlike many scientific problems, pretty much everyone on the planet cares how well it's done. But forecasts today peter out after a few days, leaving a cloud of uncertainty (forgive me) that only lifts when it comes to predicting seasonal weather phenomena such as El Nino.
Scientists are now getting a handle on intermediate-term forecasts by computer models of a particular type of … Read more
The Japanese electronic manufacturer's new LCD TVs are so thin and light that runway models can carry them around and even do a catwalk without breaking a sweat. That was the key message from Hitachi at its recent regional press event in Singapore. (More photos here.)
Available in black, red, white and blue, the UT series of LCD TVs was first unveiled three weeks ago in Japan and consists of two components: the monitor, which measures just 35mm thick (less than 1.4 inches), and a separate media station that houses the TV tuner, connectors, and S-iVDR slot. The … Read more
Granted, home theater and multichannel sound go together like peanut butter and jelly, but music, even now in the twenty first century is pretty much a stereo-only affair. Ergo, if you listen to more music than watch movies, ditch the hassles of the 5.1 channel, satellite/subwoofer model and get yourself a decent stereo receiver and a pair of really nice speakers.
Outlaw Audio's RR 2150 "Retro Receiver" sounds spectacular with music and better yet, it's a refreshingly simple to use alternative to all of the stupidly complicated seven-channel A/V receivers I've used.… Read more
CNET Asia blogger Rick Martin has posted pictures from various Chinese sites about two guys from Nanjing who built a life-sized Transformer robot.
The bot, which is almost 15 feet tall, took the builders three months to make with parts from a Citroen C2 car. This model doesn't really transform or move, but it's impressive nonetheless.
In an interview with a Chinese newspaper, the creators said they are planning to build an even larger Optimus Prime in the future. That'll be quite a sight--and one we can hardly wait for.
(Source: Crave Asia)
With the Frankfurt auto show disappearing in the rearview mirror and the Tokyo show fast approaching, you would think that we would have covered all the new car debuts for this season by the end of this month. Not so, according to the organizers of next month's Los Angeles Auto Show, who say that the event will play host to no fewer than 14 world debuts.
While a press release from the organizers this week stated that "most world debuts remain closely guarded until press days," we will be surprised if we get to the show not … Read more
If you read the headline and thought, "Well, it must be because enterprise software companies spend so much on R&D, and so charge a lot of money to recoup their heavy investments!" you would be wrong. Very wrong. If you thought, "It must be because they have consigned themselves to an inane sales model that requires high-priced sales and marketing to fool customers into buying their software," you'd be closer to the truth.
These were my thoughts as I read Jason Maynard's analysis of why Tibco's growth has stalled:
We are maintaining our Neutral rating on shares of Tibco given the sluggish revenue growth and the need to add extra sales capacity in order to grow the business. With the stock trading at 12x EV/CFO it isn't expensive but it is hard to make a case for multiple expansion when it will take at least 2-3 quarters to see any signs of contribution from the sales expansion....… Read more
We got word of a somewhat mysterious stereo by piano legend Steinway a few months ago, but little was known about it at the time. Now we hear that the system, made in partnership with Denmark-based Lyngdorf Audio, is about to debut in Singapore.
The so-called Model D is a half-ton behemoth that supposedly has the ability to "replicate the exact tone of one of Steinway's beloved Model D grand pianos," BornRich says. True to its roots, the receiver and speakers are finished in piano-black lacquer.
As mentioned earlier, only 100 of the systems will be manufactured … Read more