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The Optimus Keyboard has been the source of a lot of attention and speculation, which is especially unusual for a keyboard.  Initially the four-digit asking price was the source of most of the press, but then came the rumors of the delays.  It seems that the latest rumors about yet another delay are false:“Optimus themselves have updated the situation, saying that standard shipments are still on track for February, but if you want a unit they will deliver it soon (but with only PC software, Mac software won't be ready until late January). Nothing's really changed, but they did explain that the slowness in development was caused by a Philips coprocessor that was so new that they had... Read more...
Amazon is preparing to offer an e-book reader and associated download service on Monday of next week. There's already been several unsuccessful attempts to bring the printed word to portable electronic devices, without the eye-tiring backlit pixels you're looking at right now, for instance.  Unlike other devices, Amazon's "Kindle" reader is concentrating on the method of delivery of the content, not as much on the unit itself. That's a relief, as it explains why the pictures of the prototype Kindle reader I saw looked as elegant as a fax machine in 1988.The Kindle is equipped with a Wi-Fi connection that taps into an Amazon e-book store, which users can access to purchase new electronic... Read more...
We've been living in a world where a spilled beverage too close to a laptop could result in disaster, but for some unknown reason those people at StarBucks continue to sell untold numbers of drinks to laptop users.  It looks like Intel engineers may have been putting in some time at the local StarBucks as well, because they've got an answer: A spill-proof keyboard for your laptop.“Traditionally, a laptop computer has its air inlets on the underside. Fans use the drawn-in air to cool the computer's inner working.However, at home, many owners work with their laptop on their lap, blocking the vents, causing the microprocessor to overheat and stressing the fan.”Intel's new approach involves... Read more...
We continue to bring you breaking coverage from IDF today with a look inside keynote talks from Gordon Moore and Pat Gelsinger. Snip:  “Pat next focused on Intel’s current and future I/O innovations.  He talked about the Tulapi SOC (System on a Chip) accelerator and then spoke of USB 3.0.  According to Pat, USB 3.0 will offer a 10X increase in performance over USB 2.0 and will use both copper and optical interconnects.  He also held up a couple of prototype USB 3.0 cables to show the room what they looked like.”   - Direct Link... Read more...
Midway through the first day at IDF, there was an interview held with Gordon Moore, the retired Chairman, CEO and co-founder of Intel Corporation, in which he spoke of the early years at the company and the many hurdles they faced in the beginning.         Gordon talked about the invention of the integrated circuit and how Intel’s faced fierce competition from Asian semiconductor manufactures that had him questioning the long-term viability of America’s semiconductor industry.  Through changes... Read more...
This year’s Intel Developer Forum began with a brief overview of the event given by Pat Gelsinger, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s Digital Enterprise Group.  Pat spoke briefly about this year being the 10th Anniversary of IDF and talked about the many speakers and partners that will contribute to the event.         After Mr. Gelsinger was done, he introduced Paul Otellini, Intel’s President.  Paul began with talk of "extremes" and how today’s cutting-edge technology will be tomorrow’s mainstream.  He spoke of advancements in WiMax and how advancements in manufacturing have enabled... Read more...
Today Comcast today responded to reports by the blog Torrentfreak, which we posted a few days ago.   In that article, it was reported that users were experiencing slowdowns and even dropped transfers, and that Comcast was the culprit. Over the past few days, these claims have been widely circulated throughout the Web. But when I spoke to Comcast spokesman Charlie Douglas earlier today, he flat-out denied that the company was filtering or "shaping" any traffic on its network. He said the company doesn't actively look at the applications or content that its customers download over the network. But Comcast does reserve the right to cut off service to customers who abuse the network by using... Read more...
Everybody seems to want to take a bite out of Apple these days. If it isn't a law suit over battery life it's apparently a law suit over the keyboard. This time it isn't a customer filing the law suit, but rather a patent-infringement case filed by SP Technologies. SP Technologies is claiming that Apple is infringing upon a patent that they filed, which covers: "a method of providing a user interface for receiving information from a user using a user immutable graphical keyboard linked to an input area." “Patent suits, of course, are a dime a dozen, and Apple's not exactly the first company to ever use a touch-screen style input method. But this one will probably require more effort... Read more...
Palm's latest offering, the Foleo, was much anticipated. They unveiled it yesterday, and now Palm's sale to another company is much anticipated. The Foleo is a laptop sized digital device for reading your e-mail, synching with your smart phone and --not much more. The main selling point is a large qwerty keyboard. Jeff Hawkins of Palm, in a fit of giddiness at odds with the capabilities of the product, offered: "This is the most exciting product I've worked on in a long time -- in fact, ever," Okay, then. But some analysts were skeptical, saying the company, which has been hard-pressed to follow up on the success of its Treo line of phones, seems to have struck out... Read more...
Spam, the other 4 letter swear word that starts with an S, might soon hit a bump in the road thanks to an initiative called DomainKeys Identification. "A key Internet standards body gave preliminary approval on Tuesday to a powerful technology designed to detect and block fake e-mail messages. It's called DomainKeys Identified Mail, and it promises to give Internet users the best chance so far of stanching the seemingly endless flow of fraudulent junk e-mail." While spammers and hackers alike have shown an uncanny ability to foil almost any obstacle(s) thrown in their way, DomainKeys ID might throw a wrench in their plans.  Here's how it works:1) Mail servers running the DomainKeys ID technology... Read more...
OK, it's actually a 'typewriter' not a true keyboard, but it's still a waffle iron too.  Who could really call him/her-self a true geek without a keyboard / typewriter waffle iron in their kitchen?  Today we get our  answer... "There's no need to spell out why this waffle iron rocks harder than most. Fleeing the cubicle for the kitchen, this iron lets you cook up a keyboard of tasty carbs every morning. Designed by Chris Dimino as part of a group exhibit for the School of Visual Arts, the typewriter iron represents the best of reinvention: an obsolete product, minimally modified, is given a completely new function." It's only a mater of time until some online outfit starts selling these like... Read more...
BigWop is going to love this one.  Have a hankering for things made "right" back in the good ol' days?  Get a load of the these classic keyboards and get your farty old geek on... Steampunk's Keyboard Mod "The Model M, for all its clicky, built for combat, rat-a-tat goodness, is not the keyboard for those who like to type at 4 AM while their partners sleep in the next room. But if that's not a problem, then it's absolutely the right choice for any touch typist who learned to type prior to the age of ubiquitous cell phones, perhaps on one of the venerable IBM Selectrics. The Model M is a real keyboard." Marco has a model M, just ask him.  The thing... Read more...
He's a story that gives new meaning to the term "monkeying around". Zoo Atlanta has been encouraging Sumatran Orangutans to interact with touch screens incorporated into a fake tree, in an effort to study their cognitive abilities. "Four-year-old Bernas isn't the computer wizard his mom is, but he's learning. Just the other day he used his lips and feet to play a game on the touch-screen monitor as his mom, Madu, swung from vines and climbed trees. The two Sumatran orangutans at Zoo Atlanta are playing computer games while researchers study the cognitive skills of the orange and brown primates. The best part? Zoo visitors get to watch their every move."Zoo officials hope the exhibit will raise... Read more...
A bipartisan bill to outlaw various spyware activities, that passed 395-1 when voted on in the House of Representatives in 2005, has been re-introduced by its co-sponsors Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). The bill would protect "Americans from Internet crime while not impinging on software development," Lofgren said in a statement. "Spyware has become a plague for computer users, and Congress must address the mounting negative impact that it is having on our economy. Americans should not be afraid to use the Internet." The legislation will punish "bad actors" while protecting legitimate online companies by not over-regulating, Goodlatte added in a statement. House members introduced... Read more...
While the Optimus Maximus keyboard has been in the public eye for a while now, what has been an unknown quantity is the price. It turns out the keyboard will go for a whopping $1490. "The Art.Lebedev Studio, the company responsible for the vaporous Optimus keyboard, unveiled press shots of the Optimus Maximus, the newly re-named $1,490 keyboard featuring OLED keys They keyboard sports 114 keys, some of which are actually 32x32 pixel OLED displays with customizable graphics. Who would have guessed a day would have come when people could ask themselves a question such as : "Should I get a new... Read more...
If you suffer from "Blackberry Thumb" from punching in text on the tiny keyboard supplied with many mobile devices, you're bound to love the I-Tech virtual laser keyboard. The device, priced at $180, is a black obelisk about the size of a lipstick tube that uses infrared and laser technology to project an outline of a full keyboard onto any surface. You type by "pressing" the keys, and the laser senses your actions. The keyboard can be made slightly larger or smaller depending on how the device is angled. It's also compatible with a long list of handhelds, PCs and Macintosh computers... Read more...
Phishing scams are all the rage these days. And as the scammers get more sophisticated, it's not just noobs who get their info and their money stolen. E*Bay's subsidiary PayPal is preparing to offer a key fob for its users to make stealing your info only half the battle. PayPal's use of key fobs represents what is called two-factor authentication, a login system in which an additional form of device-oriented verification is used in addition to a conventional password. Two-factor authentication is advantageous because it prevents a user's account from being stolen when one of the two authentication forms is compromised.... Read more...
It appears that the top-brass at Digg have banned one of their most prominent members, Stacy Doss AKA 3Monkeys, for no apparent reason.  We want to bring this story to your attention because Stacy Doss also happens to be one of our valued team members here at HotHardware. TH: Why do you suppose you've been given the snub this time - after 4 days of emails and no response? SD: I honestly couldn't begin to guess. There has been a lot of friction between the top users at digg and the average user at digg. I believe that the digg staff has a thorny issue with that friction. Trying to play the full democracy card, they can't play favorites. But I think that they are, deliberately... Read more...
This has to be one of the coolest innovations in keyboards that we've seen in a long time.  Let's face it, keyboards aren't exactly sexy but the Optimus OLED keyboard is looking pretty hot! "Every key of the Optimus keyboard is a stand-alone display showing exactly what it is controlling at this very moment. ...Optimus is good for any layouts - Cyrillic, Ancient Greek, Georgian, Arabic - and so on to infinity: notes, numerals, special symbols, HTML codes, mathematical functions. " Check out the Quake and Photoshop mappings. Too cool...... Read more...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cingular Wireless, the No. 1 U.S. wireless service, said on Monday it would sell a slim cell phone from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. with a computer-like keyboard and a music and video player aimed at attracting both business and consumer customers. The BlackJack, the latest device with both entertainment and business features such as e-mail, follows the footsteps of the "Q" phone from Motorola Inc. and the Pearl from Research In Motion Ltd., both launched earlier this year. Cingular, a venture of AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp., said the phone, which runs software from Microsoft Corp., would sell for $199 to customers who sign up for a two-year service plan.... Read more...
Disney has announced that it's going to develop its own games for the Nintendo's Wii console gaming platform. Why not just license their characters to other developers? There's money in them there pixels, and Disney wants to mine it all. Disney CEO Robert Iger said last September that the company can earn more by developing its own games rather than licensing characters and content to other developers. The company wants to make 80 percent of its games internally, and have 80 percent of these titles based on Disney movies, TV shows, or other content. The company has been buying out other game development studios, such as Avalanche... Read more...
Samsung is really tearing it up with new hardware. And they've figured out the one thing that matters with a portable computing device: The keyboards are too small. The Mobile Intelligent Terminal was unveiled at a Samsung-sponsored industry conference on Mobile WiMax, which is just coming into use and promises fast broadband connections over long distances. The device weighs about a pound and contains a fold-out keyboard, 5-inch screen and 30 gigabyte hard drive. It runs the full version of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows XP operating system and also supports the CDMA mobile phone communications standard, which is used in South Korea and other... Read more...
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