Some people don't realize that the iPad's side switch can be customized, allowing them to set the switch to either lock the screen rotation or mute their iPad. This simple guide will show you how to set the behavior of the switch, and where to find a shortcut to the secondary behavior.… Read more
Color matters in consumer electronics, or so we keep hearing. White iPod, black iPod. Black iPhone, white iPhone. Some people buy pink or purple laptops that have been discontinued, just because they're not available hues in this year's lineup. For some, color might even be more important than brand.
If you subscribe to this theory, then Dell's new swappable-lid Inspiron R laptops are a work of genius. All 2011 Dell Inspiron 14R and 15R laptops--which come with updated second-gen Core i-series CPUs--come with a staid back lid, but much like Nokia phones of the late '90s, a … Read more
This is an update of a deal from last year.
Gear-hound that you are, I'm guessing you want to connect a TiVo, Blu-ray player, game console, Roku box, and maybe some other video goodies to your TV.
Problem is, your TV doesn't have enough HDMI ports. Now what?
Check this: Meritline has a three-pack of 6-foot HDMI cables and a three-port HDMI switchbox for $9.99 shipped. That's after applying coupon code MLCK5EIY8PNL1 at checkout.
(Note: This code expires after 700 uses, and it's impossible to tell how many times it's been redeemed already. But … Read more
With a federal lighting efficiency mandate looming, lighting companies are developing LED bulbs designed to replace 100-watt incandescent lights.
Osram Sylvania today showed off a prototype of an LED bulb that gives off 1,500 lumens--as much light as a 100-watt incandescent--and consumes 14 watts. It also said that its 75-watt equivalent will be available in July.
Another company, Switch Lighting, today announced its own 100-watt equivalent which it said produces 1,700 lumens of white light and will be available in the fourth quarter, according to a representative. A version with a warmer light is due in mid to late 2012.
Osram Sylvania said its dimmable 100-watt equivalent will come in the A19 shape and have a color temperature of 2700, similar to an incandescent bulb. The color rendering index, a measure of light quality, will be over 80 and the bulb is rated to last 25,000 hours, or 25 times more than incandescent bulbs.
It has a shape meant to disperse light evenly to make it suitable for many uses, such as desk lamps or overhead lights. The company didn't announce pricing but its current general-purpose LED bulb, a 60-watt equivalent, costs about $40.
Switch Lighting, a venture capital-backed start-up based in San Jose, Calif., has an unusual design to ensure even light and long life. The small coin-size LED light sources are placed around the edge of the bulb, rather than at a single point. … Read more
The White House today sent Congress a proposed cybersecurity law designed to force companies to do more to fend off cyberattacks, a threat that has been reinforced by recent reports about vulnerabilities in systems used in power and water utilities.
This proposal seems designed to prod the legislative branch to enact by the end of the year some variety of cybersecurity legislation, which has been stalled by concerns about privacy, Internet "kill switches," and overreaching regulation. One proposal from Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.), for instance, would have explicitly given the government the power to "order the disconnection&… Read more
It's been just over a month since I got my iPad 2 on launch day. For the most part, I absolutely love it. More often than not, I find myself reaching for it at times when previously I'd open up my MacBook. It's totally filled a void in my tech life I had not known existed, and for that I am grateful.
However, unlike my MacBook Pro, the iPad is curiously missing what I think is a must-have piece of functionality. Why doesn't the iPad support multiple users? I asked a few colleagues around the office what they think are the reasons for such a gross omission and far too often I got responses like, "But the iPad is such a personal device," or "They just want every household to buy one for each person living there."
Regarding the first excuse I immediately call foul. Yes, the iPad is a personal device, but it's no more personal than my MacBook Pro--which has no issues with giving my wife or me that deliciously satisfying cube-rotation animation when logging in and out. When I think "personal device" I think of, say, a toothbrush. Since the iPad is not a toothbrush (yet), it should let my wife and me maintain separate identities or system states so we don't continuously need to log in and out of e-mail accounts, Facebook, Twitter, and the like 20 times a day. Sure, iOS was originally conceived for a phone, but the iPad is not a phone that I carry around in my pocket.… Read more
If you're anything like me, you misplace just about everything. The biggest culprits are the usuals--car keys, wallet, jacket, and so forth. I've wasted countless minutes running around looking for something I need before heading out of the house. People close to me have tried to establish a system to help break my forgetful folly, to no avail.
Switchhooks, another one of those "why didn't I think of that?" inventions, could help me break the cycle. It's a light switch plate and storage area created by Andy Lee, a design engineer who has worked with Ideo, Xerox PARC, and NASA.
The idea was sparked when Lee's sister misplaced her car keys. While recalling the story to her brother, she mentioned turning on the lights. That's when the light bulb turned on in Lee's head.
So he set off to create a light switch plate with a dual purpose, employing multiple hooks, magnets, or shelf attachments at the bottom to hold house keys, a purse, cape, or blaster rifle up to 5 pounds. … Read more
The latest member of Microsoft's Visual Studio family is one step closer to a final release.
Microsoft today is releasing the second beta of LightSwitch, a software tool aimed at developers who want to build business applications that run as both native and Web applications.
The new version, which becomes available MSDN subscribers today, and everyone else on Thursday, adds a handful of new features from the previous beta, all aimed at increasing what can be done with the software.
The first is support for publishing applications to directly to Windows Azure, Microsoft's cloud services platform. This is … Read more
Links from Monday's episode of Loaded:
Google confirms that it had to remove malicious apps from the Android Market
iBoobs comes to the Android Market two years after being kicked out of Apple's App Store
"The Today Show" relaunches its Web site with more emphasis on video and original Webcasts
A new study shows that technology is having a negative effect on American's sleep habits and overall health
CBS acquires Clicker and brings in the CEO to run CBS Interactive
Charlie Sheen owned the Internet over the weekend with his new Ustream show
Google apparently has used a kill switch to remove 21 malware-infected apps from both its Android Market and from people's Android devices.
Calling the Trojan the "mother of all Android malware," enthusiast site Android Police said yesterday the infected apps were discovered by a Reddit user. That Reddit user found that pirated versions of legitimate apps were infected by a Trojan called DroidDream, which uses a root exploit dubbed "rageagainstthecage" to compromise a device.
This piece of malware is especially virulent because it apparently cannot only capture user and product information from a device but … Read more