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With the launch of Windows 7 only days away, it's not surprising that Apple would fire a last-minute shot across Microsoft's bow. While the timing may be suspicious, Mac fans are no doubt pleased to see an update to the most popular laptop in the Mac lineup, the $999 polycarbonate white MacBook.
South Korea's Hoya Robot is developing a mini firefighter helper bot that can enter burning buildings to conduct reconnaissance and check for people.
The Firefighters Assistant Robot can apparently operate for up to 30 minutes in fires, and can withstand temperatures up to 320 F. It can also survive falls of more than 6 feet. It's water-resistant, as seen in this experiment video.
It may look like a tank up close, but the bot can nearly fit in the palm of your hand and weighs only 3 pounds.
The remote-controlled rover can scoot into a blaze and transmit … Read more
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The players retail for less than $30, are made in China, and are full of shrapnel to flay flesh from bone. OK, that last bit was hyperbolic, but still, any Durabrand DVD player bought from Wal-Mart after 2006 can be returned … Read more
The father of an 11-year-old girl in the U.K. said Apple tried to keep him from speaking about his daughter's iPod after it exploded last month.
Speaking to The Times in the U.K., Ken Stanborough said after he dropped the iPod Touch, it began hissing and started to get hot. As a precaution, he threw the iPod outside and "within 30 seconds there was a pop, a big puff of smoke and it went 10 (feet) in the air," he said.
Apple agreed to give Stanborough a refund, but only if he signed a confidentiality … Read more
This video, shown in slow motion and taken with a Canon 5D Mark II, depicts a pendulum of fire, one of the featured installations at The Crucible's Fire Arts Festival last week in Oakland, Calif.
GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, Mont.--I'm kind of awestruck. For four years I've been doing CNET Road Trip projects, and every time I've hit a new thousand-mile milestone, I've stopped, photographed the odometer and the surroundings, and then blogged about the spot.
In almost every case, that new set of zeroes on the odometer has come at some nondescript location. There have been a couple cases where it happened near something incredible, but I'll be honest: I've cheated a little bit and, say, driven back and forth across a parking lot to have the milestone … Read more
Now in its ninth fiery year, the Fire Arts Festival is an innovative fundraiser for an industrial arts education nonprofit called The Crucible, a community that promotes creative expression and the reuse of materials.
The Crucible's Fire Arts Festival kicked off Wednesday in Oakland, Calif., and will continue through the Saturday. CNET News will be there to bring you a more in-depth look at the festival. But for now, here are a few photos from Monday evening's setup to whet your appetite.
MISSOULA, Mont.--If you're going to decide how to fight fire, then you'd better know as much as possible about how it works.
That's the idea behind FireLab, a U.S. Forest Service program at the Rocky Mountain Research Station here, where scientists spend their days studying, among other things, the dynamics and behavior of fire, as well as ways to better predictively model how fire might spread.
And while, as scientists, the folks here don't set policy, it is their job to give those whose jobs is to set policy the best data possible. The … Read more