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Anyone paying even the slightest attention to the evolution of Dell designs would know that the company has come a long way since the beige box days in the late 90s, but even for the newer, fresher, hipper Dell, this one's pretty radical. Just as the company decided to dump its Inspiron Mini 12 in favor of keeping just the Mini 10 around, it has decided to tag-team with what's likely the most popular network for kids on television today: Nickelodeon. In a cute, almost slimy joint announcement today, the two are trying to prove that "fun and education can mix" with the Dell Inspiron Mini Nickelodeon... Read more...
Borrowing from Microsoft's Surface concept, Canadian-based SMART Technologies has designed a multi-touch table designed specifically for the preschool to sixth grade primary educational sector. The SMART Table features a multi-touch-enabled, tabletop 27-inch screen, with an internal projection system and integrated PC. The idea behind the SMART Table is that it gets kids to collaborate with each other while solving problems and playing educational games with an interactive system. "The SMART Table provides a learner-centric experience for small groups that allows students to select or move objects,... Read more...
In the recent past, parents who wanted their children to grow up and make something of themselves would urge them to go to medical or law school. Forget all that. Start urging your children to become independent console game developers. Take Johnathan Blow, for instance. He wrote Braid, a puzzle-solving romp through what looks like hand-painted landscapes, for the Xbox 360. Distribution of games is not reserved just for big players anymore; Johnathon released his creation on Xbox Live Arcade. The result? In its first week, he estimates it's sold about 55,000 copies. Braid has now been out on Xbox... Read more...
Your Digital Video Recorder might not have found Sarah Conner yet, but it seems to be responsible for the disappearance of six million primetime TV viewers since last May. Some of the miserable ratings of this year's crop of primetime shows could be laid at the feet of the writer's strike, but that really can't explain the whole number. It's starting to dawn on the TV industry that there's no such thing as primetime anymore. ...the more significant shift can’t be blamed on the strike. In the past television season, there has been a sharp increase in time-shifting. Some of the six million are still... Read more...
Electronics are supposed to make our lives easier and more pleasant. Gibson guitars have certainly made our lives more pleasant, at least if the proper person is playing them. Gibson decided to make life easier for the guitar player, too, by offering a new line of instruments that tune themselves automatically. Purists say it's cheating, but at least that fellow playing "Stairway To Heaven" at the music store will be playing the wrong notes in tune now.As the strings are played, the Powertune processor compares their actual frequencies with the desired notes and sends instructions--tighten the... Read more...
YouTube today launched its "Don't You Forget About Me" channel, which features clips asking for help in finding missing children from around the world.  At the time of this writing, the channel has already been viewed over 12,000 times, despite just launching today. YouTube, which was bought by search-engine giant Google (GOOG) last year, began the channel in conjunction with the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children and the Find Madeleine Campaign, the organization devoted to finding Madeleine McCann, the English toddler who vanished from a hotel in Portugal earlier... Read more...
And your kid thought it was hard enough beating that gym boss on Pokemon Diamond.  Soon the machine will read their mind too and really start messing with 'em. "A convincing twin of Darth Vader stalks the beige cubicles of a Silicon Valley office, complete with ominous black mask, cape and light saber.  But this is no chintzy Halloween costume.  It's a prototype, years in the making, of a toy that incorporates brain wave-reading technology. Behind the mask is a sensor that touches the user's forehead and reads the brain's electrical signals, then sends them to a wireless receiver... Read more...
One of the more unexpected winners in the video game wars is the Guitar Hero franchise. Guitar Hero and Guitar Hero 2 have sold over 3 million copies. EA Games is currently working on taking the franchise to its logical next step and expanding it to four controllers, one each for guitar, bass, drums and vocals. They call it: Rock Band. The songs on the new game haven't been revealed yet. Current games include the Allman Brothers, Joan Jett, Kansas, Nirvana and Wolfmother. "We'll be covering a great breadth, from metal to classic rock to Southern... Read more...