A pair of designer/artists in San Jose, Calif., are trying an experiment in community technology: If they can find a couple of households to volunteer their Wi-Fi networks, they'd like to set up yellow chairs within range for the public to use for free wireless Net access. The idea is modeled after projects in some parts of Europe where yellow bicycles are available for community use.
TechEBlog has come up with another list, this time of the "Top 10 Strangest Mini-Sized Devices." Our personal favorite: the diminutive "Space Cube"--which, in its 2-inch cubed frame, packs more processing power and memory than our 30-pound-plus first PC.
At first, we thought the idea might prove popular among supporters of the two companies, which could theoretically link arms and take on the empires of Microsoft and Sony. But many bloggers on both sides of equation--who could very well represent two of the most loyal constituencies on the planet--don't appear to think much of the idea.
A key reason cited among both Apple and Nintendo fans seems rooted in culture and independence. Each … Read more
One of the more popular homemade video subjects seems to be real-life videogames. And though nothing can compare with the virtuoso performance of Super Mario Bros. on stage, we still admire the hard work put into this clip of "Tekken with Actual Humans."
Hewlett-Packard plans to announce Wednesday that it will let out-of-warranty customers use its online support tools for free. The annoucement will have come along a few weeks after Dell expanded its online support options.
HP customers can enter into a chatroom with a support representative or e-mail questions through the company's Web site, although it won't be free for all customers until Wednesday. The chat services cover PCs, printers and other digital products sold by HP.
HP's free online tools aren't quite as extensive as Dell's, which allow technicians to remotely connect to PCs and … Read more
The PC market did a little better than expected in the first quarter, so IDC is raising its forecast for the full year just a tad, it announced Tuesday.
The researcher has been expecting overall PC growth to decline for the last couple of years as mature economies grow saturated with PCs. That was the case in Western Europe and the U.S., where shipment growth fell by a larger-than-expected amount. But emerging markets, especially Asia, continue to push the market with strong growth exceeding IDC's forecasts. Overall, first-quarter growth checked in at 12.6 percent, beating previous expectations … Read more
Sometimes, it's difficult to imagine online communication without emoticons and other graphic tags. Recognizing our growing dependence on them, Mikons.com provides a way to create and share "your own personal tags that symbolize your life."
It's hard to believe, but the hard drive will turn 50 this September 13.
It just seemed like yesterday that it took 50 24-inch diameter platters coated with iron oxide paint mounted on a rotating spindle to store 5MB. (That would be the RAMAC, the drive in the IBM System 305 Computer. Now you can do that with a pocket drive. Meanwhile, commercial desktop drives hold up to 750GB.
Drives have doubled in capacity roughly every two years, allowing the emergence of the PC, the music player, Google and Amazon.com.
And think of the financial rewards. If you … Read more
Video games have been the subject of much nostalgia lately, but Nintendo has taken the ultimate trip down memory lane. It has taken its titles to the brick-and-mortar world, according to PressTheButtons.com, in the form of a "Nintendo Collector's Edition of Monopoly."