The People's Republic of Berkeley, Calif., will be the host city of the Bridging the Divide 2005: Technology, Innovation and Learning in Developing Economies conference April 21-23. A co-production of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Microsoft nemesis the University of California, the conference will cover "technology essentials for economic development," "healthcare technology in the developing world," and "technology for communications and commerce," among other less technological subjects.
The hard drive-based device will be the first in a new line to be called Life Drive. The $499 handheld is expected to be announced in mid-May and include Wi-Fi connectivity. The device will play back music but will not come with RealNetworks' player. Instead, it will use Pocket Tunes and will synch with Real's Rhapsody music service, according to … Read more
Not everyone wants to build a better machine.
While efficiency is the watchword for most manufacturers, the competitors in the National Rube Goldberg Machine Contest seek out ways to make their contraptions clumsy and clanky. Rube Goldberg, of course, was a cartoonist who made an art form out of drawing whimsical, overelaborate machines such as a "simplified" pencil sharpener.
This year's contest, which took place at Purdue University over the weekend, tasked the mechanically inclined entrants to build machines that could replace the batteries in a flashlight, taking at least 20 steps to do so. That proved … Read more
Japanese electronics conglomerate Kyocera announced Tuesday that it was ditching its Contax line of cameras, one of the oldest and most respected brands in photography.
Zeiss Ikon, the German company founded by lensmaker Carl Zeiss, began making Contax 35mm cameras in the 1930s, quickly establishing the brand as the main competition against high-end camera maker Leica.
Zeiss formed a partnership with Japanese camera maker Yashica in the 1970s to cut production costs. Kyocera acquired Yashica in 1996 and continued producing camera under the Contax name, but the brand never established much headway in digital imaging.
"Kyocera has decided to … Read more
Citing market demand for urban search and rescue (US&R) robots that can find victims at disaster sites, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have scheduled a public forum on rescue robot standards.
Dr. Penrose "Parney" Albright, the assistant secretary for homeland security for plans, programs, and budgets, will deliver the keynote address. The May 13 forum, to be held from 9-4 at the NIST campus in Gaithersburg, Md., will address testing, certification, and timelines for standards development. Ultimately those standards are intended to help the DHS advise … Read more
Apple CEO Steve Jobs, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, eBay CEO Meg Whitman and newly installed Sony boss Howard Stringer were among those on the "builders and titans" part of the list. Also making it as collective entries were "the Google guys" and "the BlackBerry guys."
The sleek device has its own unique design and a nifty screen, but there is one touch that appears an obvious play toward Apple. The white headphones make little sense with the black device, other than to emulate Apple's hipness.
The whole point of the white headphones is to let the world know that you have an iPod. By going with Apple's look, Sony is giving the iPod the appearance … Read more
The company's British affiliate said on its Web site on Friday that it is "pleased to confirm the launch of two new digital SLR cameras to be launched towards the end of April 2005."
The company said both are aimed at entry-level SLR consumers. One model will be the successor to the Nikon D70, while the other is "specifically designed for consumers looking to upgrade from a digital compact to the next … Read more
Remember "I'm just bill, I'm only a bill???" Hitachi has a Schoolhouse Rock-inspired Flash cartoon explaining the latest advances in boosting hard drives' memory capacity. With a Bit (not a Bill) working his little song-and-dance way through what's either a dance floor or a magnetic storage device.
The upshot, minus the disco? Hitachi thinks its new technology can make a 6 gigabyte hard drive store the equivalent of 30,000 songs instead of just 3,000. That's perpendicular, baby.
At this week's cable industry trade show, Moxi showed off a new set-top box that will run Moxi's software and be built by Samsung. Moxi also showed off a second, smaller box that can either serve as a basic set-top box or work in conjunction with a bigger box in another room to offer features such as digital video recording.
While the box resembles Apple's small new desktop, it is, … Read more