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Say what you will about the inconvenience of security checks, but this year alone the TSA found thousands of loaded guns, a hand grenade, and an enchilada with an 8-inch knife inside the carry-on baggage of forgetful travelers. Many of the people who lost knives to these checks simply forget them, or didn’t consider them to be knives because the blade was part of a larger tool. To give travelers some piece of mind (and style), Leatherman created the Tread multi-tool. Meant to be worn like a bracelet, the Tread hides its tools inside its stainless steel links.  Each link has multiple tools,... Read more...
There's nothing quite like a little cross-platform love to get your morning started. Microsoft has long since supported rival platforms, with iOS and Mac coming immediately to mind. As Apple continues to grow, Microsoft realizes that it can't just shun its biggest threat. Instead, it's embracing diversity, this week announcing OneNote for Mac as well as iOS, and it's making the platform (which includes the Windows version) totally free. Not only is this a major step for Microsoft, but it's also a shot across the bow to items like Google Keep and Evernote. OneNote is a powerful tool, but if it's... Read more...
The benchmarking world is a highly fluid one, with comparisons changing by the month and cutting-edge innovations rendering once-reliable tests as archaic. The third-party world usually doesn't have much trouble keeping pace, but today, an interesting announcement shows that OEMs themselves are watching the numbers... perhaps even more than we'd envisioned. Broadcom, Huawei, OPPO, Samsung Electronics and Spreadtrum today announced the formation of MobileBench, a new industry consortium formed to provide more effective hardware and system-level performance assessment of mobile devices. The consortium... Read more...
Pocket-sized tripods were needed years ago. Fortunately companies like Joby have emerged and stepped up to the plate. The problem with a portable tripod, however, is that it's only a portable tripod. They really serve no other purpose, so you're lugging around yet another "unitasker" in your travel gear. So, how to change that? Attach a portable tripod to a multi-tool! No hardened traveler would ever leave home without a multi-tool, and Gerber's upcoming "Steady" is the one to get if you're also a gadget junkie. Aside from the typical tools found on these things, it also has a pop-out tripod... Read more...
Google has their hands in a lot of buckets these days. Chrome, Chrome OS, Android, Search, Buzz, Wave, and the list goes on and on. Not everything Google touches turns to gold, and one of those things may be Wave. This launched with loads of fanfare, and some said that it would revolutionize internal corporate communication as we knew it. But so far, even the beta has seemingly flickered out in terms of importance, and there's hardly anyone left riding the Wave, at least in public. But going public, as it were, can do a lot for a company or service. Around eight months after releasing a beta to... Read more...
Here's a confession: we have a soft spot in our hearts for Futuremark. We used their benchmarking tools religiously to test out new products, and overall, it all works great. Rightware was recently spun off from Futuremark, and today they're launching a much-needed new benchmarking service for mobile and embedded device browsing performance. Ever wanted to compare browsing performance between the iPhone, Nexus One, Wii, iPad and/or PS3? Now you can.The new tool is called BrowserMark, and it's available in two versions. The free version does enough for most consumers who are just curious, while... Read more...
Three New NVIDIA Tools Help Developers Quickly Debug and Speed Up Video Games PerfHUD 6, FX Composer 2.5, and Shader Debugger Help Simplify Game Development SANTA CLARA, CA—JULY 17, 2008—Today’s top video games use complex programming and rendering techniques that can take months to create and tune in order to get the image quality and silky-smooth frame rates that gamers demand. Thousands of developers worldwide including members of Blizzard Entertainment, Crytek, Epic Games, and Rockstar Games rely on NVIDIA development tools to create console and PC video games. Today, NVIDIA has expanded its... Read more...
It appears the everyone's new favorite borg-like monolith corporation is taking it on the chin once again for overly aggressive go-to-market strategies.  This time allegations have surfaced about how Google treats its technology partners, specifically with respect to IP infringement.  Apparently Chicago-based company LimitNone is claiming Google's partnership with them, as a third party developer brought on to enhance Google products, went awry when they decided to just steal the small software company's technology.  This technology was rolled into a Google Apps product that basically... Read more...
There's a big dust-up today over the latest Google Toolbar beta. However, it's not like the "feature" was a secret. More on this later.According to reports at DigitalPoint forums, the latest beta release of Google Toolbar hijacks 404 pages as shown in the image above.It’s not clear from the reports as to whether this occurs only when no customized 404 page is available on a specific site, or with every 404 page. I also can’t test the theory, least the only beta version of Google Toolbar I could find was for Internet Explorer.A little research by the writer would have shown this "feature" was unveiled... Read more...
In the wake of the recent allegations that Comcast, the second largest ISP in the U.S., has been stopping or slowing P2P traffic, a new tool has been released that will allow users to discover for themselves if their own ISP is taking similar measures. The tool was developed by Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization that aims to help users determine if they are the victims of data discrimination.“The new software compares lists of data packets sent and received by two different computers and looks for discrepancies between what one sent and the other actually... Read more...
Intel Upgrades Software Tools to Support Mac OS X Leopard SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 28, 2007 – Intel Corporation today announced an upgrade of its popular software tools suite for Mac OS X Leopard, the sixth major version of Apple's advanced operating system. The latest 10.1 version of the Intel C++ Compiler and Intel Fortran Compiler, as well as the Intel® Threading Building Blocks, Intel Math Kernel Libraries and Intel Performance Primitives, have been optimized for Apple's Leopard and Xcode 3.0 development environment launched last month. The combination of Intel's compilers, Leopard and Xcode... Read more...
Viacom filed suit against YouTube last year, alleging that YouTube wasn't taking sufficient measures to ensure that copyrighted material wasn't being freely distributed by the YouTube community.  YouTube seems to have taken complaints from Viacom and others seriously, and has developed an anti-piracy technology that requires copyright holders to submit source material to be compared to existing media found on YouTube.Viacom doesn't exactly seem thrilled with this new measure:Appearing at the Web 2.0 Summit Thursday, Viacom CEO Phillipe Dauman said Video Identification falls short of what is... Read more...
It seems that we are starting to see something new brewing in Yahoo’s cauldron after Jerry Yang, co-founder of Yahoo, replaced Terry Semel as the new CEO. Yahoo has just launched a new display advertising tool known as SmartAds today. The new platform allows marketers to modify ads according to the Internet surfer’s characteristics, such as online activities, location, age, and gender. The new product allows customized ads to be created in real time. "For instance, instead of just seeing a generic ad for a Toyota Prius, a woman in San Francisco who conducts research on hybrid cars on Yahoo Autos... Read more...
New Intel Tools Help Developers Create, Debug And Tune Applications For Windows Vista And Latest Multi-Core Processors SANTA CLARA, Calif., Apr. 16, 2007 – Intel Corporation today announced the availability of new versions of its Intel Thread Checker, Intel Thread Profiler, Intel VTune Performance Analyzer and Intel Threading Building Blocks. These software development products enable developers to create more reliable, scalable applications, and have now been enhanced for the latest multi-core processors – Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6800 and Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 – and... Read more...
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