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If you’ve never explored the wonderful world of MAKE Magazine, you’re missing out. The site is brimming with incredibly fun and creative ideas for everything from oddball toys to serious DIY creations such as vehicles. The folks behind MAKE have now partnered with Google, as well as tinkerer royalty such as Adafruit’s Limor Fried, to produce thirty “Maker Camps” on Google+ from today until August 24th. In a post on Google’s official blog, MAKE Magazine publisher Dale Dougherty wrote, “Every Monday through Thursday morning, beginning Monday, July 16, a Maker Camp counselor will post how-to instructions for a new project on g.co/makercamp and Makezine.com/go/makercamp.... Read more...
Dell's been in the news lately for their decision to step back from smartphones -- perhaps, anyway -- but they're quietly acquiring some pretty valuable assets in the background. Now, the company has snapped up Make Technologies, expanding Dell's services capabilities and giving them another leg-up in the enterprise service market. Make is a provider of application modernization software and services that reduce the cost, risk and time required to re-engineer applications.  With the acquisition of Make Technologies, Clerity Solutions and existing Dell Services capabilities, Dell provides end-to-end solutions from hardware through application migration services. "The combination of Make Technologies... Read more...
Humans like to use energy. We also waste a ton of it, sometimes without realizing. The Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) released a study last week, one that looked into just how much energy our gaming consoles are using. The study (.PDF), titled, "Lowering the Cost of Play: Improving the Energy Efficiency of Video Game Consoles,"was done by NRDC with and Ecos Consulting.The study, which they say is the first ever comprehensive study on the energy use of video game consoles, estimates that American video game consoles alone use the equivalent of the amount of energy used by the city of San Diego annually: 16 billion kWh per year. The study did make the assumption that 1/2 of gamers that... Read more...
Mobile manufacturers launch star rating system comparing the energy consumption of chargers November 19, 2008 - Espoo, Finland - A group of mobile manufacturers has launched a common energy rating system for chargers, making it easier for consumers to compare and choose the one that saves the most energy. The star rating system developed and supported by LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung Electronics and Sony Ericsson is one of a series of measures being taken by the industry to reduce the environmental footprint of its products. Many consumers are unaware that chargers consume electricity when disconnected from the phone but left plugged into the wall socket. Around two thirds of the energy used... Read more...
It appears that the military brain trust over in Korea might have seen Iron Man or Star Wars: Clone Wars too many times. It's difficult to say exactly where the inspiration came from for their concept for a new battle-dress uniform (BDU), but it definitely looks like something right out of the realm of science fiction. The Korea Times reported on the concept design for a new BDU and related gear that Korea's Agency for Defense Development (ADD) will allegedly start developing next year.  "The agency has completed studies on the concept of the future combatant uniform and equipment... From next year, we plan to begin developing related technology and equipment after getting approval from... Read more...
You may recall the "Off the Air" Apple ad, which reminded consumers that if necessary, a Mac Genius at an Apple store could transfer their files from their PC to a Mac for them. After all, the ad said, "fear of switching is the foundation of customer loyalty for PCs." Well, now Belkin is adding fuel to the fire with a cable that purportedly eases the transfer of files and settings from XP or Vista to a Mac. Ironically, in 2006, Microsoft touted a cable from Belkin that helped move from XP to Vista, and even gave away the cables as part of its CES press kits. The new cable, the Belkin Switch-to-Mac Cable has an MSRP of $49.99 and reportedly: ... provides a simple way to transfer files, settings,... Read more...
It should be common sense that electronic devices can cause interference with other electronic devices (remember the old pacemaker / microwave problem?). After all, an earlier study about RFID tags interfering with medical devices has been released, and a new study released on Sunday shows that headphones might throw off pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) when placed within an inch of the medical devices. The presentation, titled Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) of Implanted Cardiac Devices by MP3 Player Headphones was shown at the American Heart Association's annual scientific sessions in New Orleans on Sunday. It took a look at the possible interaction between the... Read more...
Intel Capital Announces Three New Investments in China Including its First Chinese Cleantech InvestmentsUS$20 Million Investment in Trony Aims to Accelerate Renewable Energy Generation and Drive China's Sustainable Development BEIJING, Oct. 28, 2008 -- Intel Capital, Intel's global investment organization, announced today three new investments in China. This includes a new US$20 million investment in Trony Solar Holdings Co., Ltd., a leading Chinese thin-film solar energy and solution provider. Intel Capital also signed an agreement, subject to various closing conditions, to invest in NP Holdings Limited (NPH), a technology company focused on massive electricity storage systems. These are Intel... Read more...
The community has spoken, the judges have weighed in, and we have three deserving winners who will soon be made over with $5000 each in fabulous new technology courtesy of Intel and HotHardware.com!  We have to say that our three finalists are some of the most deserving, amazing and colorful people and small businesses that you'd ever want to meet.  Please join us in congratulating: “Steps off Broadway” ”MVFiberFarm” and ”Getnthruit” Marco and I will be will connecting with our winners, videotaping the process of setting up their new gadgets and gizmos and getting them dialed in with the new technology-enabled and connected era. We should be posting their videos here in November, so... Read more...
Just a reminder everyone, that the submission phase of the Tech Makeover campaign ended yesterday, and it's now time to vote for your favorite entries. The response has been absolutely awesome to this event, and the Tech Makeover website is loaded with some great makeover candidates. Some of the stories are touching and heartfelt, while others are fun and lively. To determine the winners, we need your help to sort everything out! Please point your browser to the Tech Makeover site and vote for your favorite candidates. Remember, we'll be visiting the lucky winners personally, and will be giving them a serious technology infusion! We're also going to be shooting some video of the whole process!... Read more...
Just a reminder everyone--tomorrow October 6, 2008 is the last day for entries into the Tech Makeover giveaway! Contest details are below!Is there someone in your life insisting that technology, like a fine wine, only improves with age? Are you carrying a cell phone the size of a brick or trying to surf the net on a computer that fills an entire room? Do your mom or dad print your e-mails and reply by phone? Is your best friend the only person you know who still listens to cassettes on a boom box or watches movies on Betamax?Do you need a tech makeover? Does someone you know need one?Intel invites you to submit your story or nominate someone you love for a chance to win a $5,000 tech makeover... Read more...
Is there someone in your life insisting that technology, like a fine wine, only improves with age? Are you carrying a cell phone the size of a brick or trying to surf the net on a computer that fills an entire room? Do your mom or dad print your e-mails and reply by phone? Is your best friend the only person you know who still listens to cassettes on a boom box or watches movies on Betamax?Do you need a tech makeover? Does someone you know need one?Intel invites you to submit your story or nominate someone you love for a chance to win a $5,000 tech makeover with setup and training from the crew here at HotHardware!To enter, register and upload photos or video of the tech travesty in your life.... Read more...
A recent U.K. study by AOL finds that most online users are concerned about their online privacy and about providing personal details to Websites. No surprise there. In fact, the study found that 84 percent of respondents said that "they would not give away income details online." What to make then of the fact that 89 percent of those same respondents actually provided the very same income details that they claimed they wouldn't give? Oops. Apparently the perception of users does not always match the reality of the situation. Another example of this perceptual disconnect is that the study also found that 34 percent of respondents expected to experience credit card fraud as a result of their activities,... Read more...
Not content to let Nintendo Wii owners have all the fun with motion-based, wireless game controllers, Asus has just announced its own Wii-like controllers for Windows PCs, called the Eee Stick. It seems that Asus is putting the "Eee" moniker on all of its new products lately, such as the Eee PC and the Eee Box. In fact, the Asus press release made it sound as though the controllers will only be available bundled with some models of the Eee PC and Eee Box, and not as a stand-alone product.Asus states that the Eee Stick "translates users' physical hand motions into corresponding movements onscreen." It will include "a collection of games developed or adapted specifically for use with it." As to... Read more...
Of course you'd love to know what that Google engineer makes. But the idea behind Glassdoor, a startup which launched in public beta on Wednesday at 12:01 AM EDT, is more than just that. In addition, the site wants you to review your company, and let people know just what you really think about your CEO, your workplace atmosphere, its politics - and your salary. Anonymously, and free, of course.Founded by veterans of Microsoft and Expedia (Rich Barton, the CEO of real estate site Zillow, is non-executive chairman) Glassdoor has a fairly simple goal: Make salary and workplace-quality information (the kind of stuff you'd love to have when you're interviewing for a new job) as public as possible.It's... Read more...
Back in 2006, Hewlett-Packard bought Voodoo, makers of exotic gaming rigs. That had people scratching their heads about what HP was going to make under their newly acquired nameplate. Apparently it wasn't just exotic gaming desktops they were after; it's the straightforward exotic lappie market they wanted as well. HP rolled out a bunch of new models today, but perhaps none so interesting as their ultra-mobile Voodoo Envy 133 notebook. It's thinner overall than a MacBook Air, and mighty powerful. Oh yes -- bring money. Measuring just over half an inch thin and weighing less than 3.4 pounds, the Voodoo Envy 133 is a showcase of ultra-mobility and thermal engineering in a tiny, sophisticated chassis.... Read more...
It's common received knowledge that there was a tech bubble in the late nineties, and then it burst. But what if that wasn't the end of it? What if it was really more like a tech balloon, and it had a pinhole leak? Instead of the pop we thought we heard, perhaps it's was a long slow hissing until we wake up today and realize: Ones and Zeros are not the future; let's make stuff! "The wheel has turned. What was up is down, and what was down is up," said San Francisco investment executive Frank Husic. "And it's all because an emerging world wants to eat, drive and live in houses — things we take for granted and have for well over a century."Dan Basse, president of AgResource, a Chicago agricultural-forecasting... Read more...
The fashionable soldier of tomorrow will rip off the flak jacket and store the camo for a trip to the mall. If the military magnates at Raytheon have their way, soldiers will be donning futuristic exoskeletons before heading into combat. Sweet! Described as a "wearable robot" on the Raytheon site, the exoskeleton looks extremely clunky...yet strangely super cool. After watching a video of an engineer ripping through a solid set of pull downs of a 200 lbs, we were wondering where we could score a pair of robotic arms for our next workout.Raytheon tied the release of their super suit to the big-screen release of blockbuster flick "Iron Man," but we're not sure of the bigger surprise -- a sober... Read more...
Intel, Samsung, and TSMC--big players in the fabrication of semiconductors--have announced that they will be collaborating in order to target an industry-wide transition to 450mm wafers starting in the year 2012. Most semiconductors today are manufactured on 300mm wafers--a transition that started in 2001--which was 10 years after the transition to 200mm wafers. Targeting 2012 as the next transition period keeps "in line with the historical pace of growth." The reasons for this planned transition were spelled out in a joint press release from the three companies:"Historically, manufacturing with larger wafers helps increase the ability to produce semiconductors at a lower cost. The total silicon... Read more...
We recently reported on the company Psystar who is selling machines with an option to load OS X 10.5, a.k.a. Leopard, and how threats of litigation from Apple was all but imminent.  That has now come to pass, and apparently Psystar is firing back:Speaking to InformationWeek, a Psystar employee identified only as Robert said his company sees Apple's end-user license agreement, which prohibits third-party installations of Mac OS X on non-Apple hardware, as a violation of antitrust laws.??"What if Microsoft said you could only install Windows on Dell computers?," he said.An interesting legal battle may be in the offing, but it could prove to be the impetus needed to convince Apple to open up their... Read more...
The distinctly different manufacturing expertise needed for success in the mechanical and the solid state storage markets means that few companies are prepared to play both sides of the fence.  As faster and cheaper SSDs loom, it isn’t surprising that major players are doing everything they can to stop or stall the march of progress long enough to give them time to catch up.Enter Seagate’s CEO Bill Watkins who made good on his promise to sue SSD manufacturers if it looked like they were going to become a threat.  Here’s what Bill had to say:"Unfortunately, others in our industry have taken shortcuts in the race to innovate, and in the process, we believe they are relying on intellectual property... Read more...
Apple has almost always had a reputation for not pushing new hardware on ‘old’ platforms, but to be fair, they’ve never really had the opportunity to update platforms quite as frequently as they have under their present partnership with Intel.   As a result, the company is starting to offer new hardware products such as the 8800GT video cards for older machines, such as the original Mac Pros.The 8800GT available on current models ships with a 64-bit EFI which isn’t compatible with the ‘older’ Mac Pros.  Here’s Apple’s marketing blurb for the 8800GT for the ‘old’ Mac Pro:For advanced graphics performance, choose the latest-generation NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT with 512MB of GDDR3 video memory.  With... Read more...
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