Items tagged with Stand

Square has taken the mobile payments world by storm in the U.S., and evidently there has been demand to help make Apple's iPad an actual cash register. As the conventional POS machine begins to see the end of the line, it's devices like the Square Stand that have a chance to take its place. The new device actually fully converts the iPad into a complete point of sale system. It's a piece of hardware designed for savvy B&M locations, and while it looks pretty slick, the asking price ($299) is certainly on the high side. Square Stand works with Square Register, the free point of sale application, and gives merchants access to real-time analytics and reporting.Square Stand features an integrated... Read more...
Docking stations aren't what they once were. While they used to be just about everywhere, oftentimes tied to chubby business laptops, the increased power and use of wireless technologies has made them a bit of a dud. But there's still room for more universal solutions, particularly with USB 3.0 out in the open. Kensington has launched two new USB 3.0 docks based around DisplayLink's USB graphics tech, which also includes support for Gigabit Ethernet and Audio. The Office Dock sd3500v provides the ultimate hot desk expansion and productivity solution with dual-head video support for HDMI and DVI/VGA displays, Gigabit Ethernet, up to 5.1 channel audio via HDMI, and USB3 and USB2 expansion ports,... Read more...
Apple's new 11" and 13" MacBook Air models are extremely thin. No question about that. But what if you want to use it as a desktop replacement? There probably aren't a great deal of computer users out there who would even consider such a thing, but if you are, Twelve South now has an option to consider. The BookArc is a new vertical stand for the MacBook Air, and it's just about as elegant as the MacBook Air itself. There's not a whole lot of explaining to do for this one. It's simply a metal, arched stand where you slide your MBA in upright, and then plug power, output and USB into it. There's a so-so cable management hole in the rear of it, but you'll probably still have cables in sight at... Read more...
An 11-year old by the name of Dino Zaharakis is making a lot of news this week, and we suspect it's just the start of what will end up being a nice design career. The kid has apparently (with the help of his faimly, we're guessing) designed a new dock that can be used to hold the iPhone, Kindle or almost any other portable/handheld gadget, and while it looks mostly like bent steel, it's a nice, simple design that's made here in the USA. The goal was to create an iPad stand that could be used without disconnecting a cable, could hold a device in both portrait and landscape modes, could hold a device in a way that video calling could be easily achieved and accommodate a number of alternative devices... Read more...
Well, what have we here? No, really -- what in the world is this? Japanese site Akihabara News.com has images of a completely intriguing new netbook accessory, a little something called the -- wait for it -- Netbook Stand. Designed by Century, this all-in-one device appears to be a netbook stand, cooling station and expansion dock, all in one convenient unit.Basically, this looks to add a DVD writer, an additional hard drive and a few more USB ports to your stripped down netbook, but we're a little confused as to how it actually connects. We're guessing the whole thing syncs up via USB 2.0, but that's sure shoving a lot of data through a relatively small pipe. At any rate, we sure love the idea... Read more...
Psystar, the maker of the so called “Open Computer” series, is now being actively investigated by various web communities.  One of which has dug up some fairly interesting information:"First, let's revisit what we already know.  Not only does the Miami Chamber of Commerce and BBB not know anything about any company named Psystar (confirmed by reader [Gizmodo] Travis through his contacts in the chamber), the actual physical address they listed on their website actually changed halfway through the day yesterday.  What's going on here?  Did they all of a sudden move from a home business into a new office space?  Nope."The new address is actually occupied by a completely different and seemingly unrelated... Read more...
TEAM FORTRESS 2, PORTAL, AND HALF-LIFE 2 EPISODE PACK STAND ALONE RETAIL RELEASEPC Games From The Orange Box Flying Solo Into Retail April 9 and 11March 13, 2008 - Valve, creators of Half-Life® 2 and Counter-Strike®, today announce the retail launch dates for the stand-alone, PC versions of Team Fortress® 2, PortalTM, and the Half-Life 2: Episode Pack are April 9th in North America and April 11th around the globe.Portal - the unique single player game that mixes puzzle, adventure and first-person action - is expected to retail for approximately $19.99.Portal has been named Game of the Year by over 30 publications worldwide and earned 40 more awards for special achievements in game... Read more...
HotHardware told you yesterday about Sony and Sharp teaming up to build a tenth generation LCD factory in Japan. But Sony already has ... had a partner to produce LCD screens: Korean electronic powerhouse Samsung. What happened to make Sony fall out of bed with Samsung and team up with Sharp? Is it really just a Japanese thing?Against a backdrop where Japanese and Korean enterprises have long beared [sic]grudges against each other, the head-on competition between Sony and Samsung in the TV market, and the Japanese government's repeated calls for consolidation between domestic firms, have prompted Sony to return to the "Japanese camp" by partnering with Sharp on 10G production. Many critics have... Read more...
Apple has been on the hotseat in Europe because of different pricing between the U.K. store and the rest of Europe.  Today, it announced changes, but it also gave U.K. music labels a warning.Apple today announced that within six months it will lower the prices it charges for music on its UK iTunes Store to match the already standardized pricing on iTunes across Europe in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and Spain. Apple currently must pay some record labels more to distribute their music in the UK than it pays them to distribute the same music elsewhere in Europe. Apple will reconsider... Read more...
Halloween's over, but HotHardware is still worried about vampires. Vampire devices, that is. Lots of electronic components draw power even when they're turned off, or in standby or sleep mode. Trying to help us save some wasted electricity,  Fujitsu Siemens have introduced monitors that consume no electricity when they are in standby mode.  How do they do it?  A relay cuts off the mains power whenever the video stream stops; capacitors store enough charge to flick the relay back when the signal returns. Solar panels provide enough power to maintain zero consumption mode for up to five days, after which you have to press a regular power button to bring the machine out of standby.The... Read more...
Wow, soon we won't even need to show up. Oh wait, we still have to show up so we can be searched, x-rayed, prodded, and take off our shoes.Major airlines have agreed on a standard that will allow travelers to check in using a bar code sent to their cell phones, the International Air Transport Association said Thursday.Passengers will register their cell-phone number when buying a ticket and receive a bar code by text message, the group representing most commercial carriers said.That's actually very cool, and we understand the IATA wants to completely phase out paper tickets, but what happens if you leave your phone at home?... Read more...
Google has begun challenging various governments (via the U.N.) to adopt a global standard for protecting users' private data.Peter Fleicher, Google's chief privacy officer, has set himself up with quite a serious challenge.  Laws in different countries are quite different, as is they degree to which they are enforced.  Even here in the United States laws vary from state to state, and even within each state. “Another problem facing companies such as Google is that many of the laws are extremely out of date when compared to how the Internet has progressed.  An Internet law created by lawmakers just 10 years ago cannot fairly be used today.”With technology changing faster than some government bodies... Read more...
It appears that the early 'leaked' images of the new iPod Nano might be the real deal, as the legal team from the Cupertino giant is launching law suits to have sites take down the image.This reaction is typical of Apple when an upcoming product has been leaked, as we all witnessed when Apple lashed out at ThinkSecret for revealing the existence of the Mac Mini & iPod Shuffle just prior to their official debut.  Apple doesn't (historically) sic their law team of mock-ups and wild news that isn't related to upcoming offerings, which would lead us to believe that this could very well be the genuine article.While the appearance might seem a tad odd at first, there are 2 points we'd like to make:... Read more...
The concept of using a small, quick-access NAND flash device to offset the latency of larger mechanical hard drives is nothing new.  In fact there are already numerous players in the storage market that are planning to ship hard drives integrate both technologies in one package.  There is a second concept that some companies have taken to that has the flash module connected to the southbridge.  The idea is that this enables users to upgrade the flash module completely independently of their hard drive(s).  Here's what ArsTechnica is reporting: "Currently, the interface between the southbridge's flash controller and the flash memory itself is standardized, but the interface between the OS and... Read more...
This Memorial Day weekend, if you're really looking  put the spread on for family and friends,  you might want to bring out the  heavy artillery -  The Infrared Gas Grill. Fire in the hole! "Infrared is really hot," said Leslie Wheeler, a spokeswoman for the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, an industry group in Arlington, Va. "They're great for searing and then either you turn it down or move over to another burner for cooking." The grills are still powered by propane and have traditional gas burners that heat mostly by convection — or hot air. But they also can cook foods with radiant heat generated by one or more infrared burners. (Infrared falls between visible light... Read more...
AMD Announces Development of DTX Open Standard to Help Enable Broad Adoption of Small Form Factor PCs SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Jan. 10, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced development of DTX, an open standard specification designed by AMD to enable the broad adoption of small form factor PCs. The DTX standard will be designed to empower OEMs, ODMs, and component vendors to deliver innovative solutions to market that are smaller, quieter, and desktop-friendly, while leveraging commonalities within the ecosystem that benefit both customers and end users. The DTX standard will take advantage of the existing ATX infrastructure and benefits, including cost efficiency, system options and backward-compatibility,... Read more...
Motorola, Inc., has received the 2006 IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Corporate Award in recognition of its "outstanding contributions to IEEE standards, which allow people to be mobile and connected across the globe." Motorola has been a leader in the creation of many IEEE standards. Most significantly, it has contributed substantially to the broad family of IEEE 802 wireless standards by participating in over 50 IEEE 802 working groups and task groups. For instance, it has held numerous leadership positions in working groups for IEEE 802.11 (local area networks), IEEE 802.15 (personal area networks), IEEE 802.16 (metropolitan area networks) and IEEE 802.22 (regional area networks)... Read more...
More and more people are picking up on the opportunity to get their education without sitting in a classroom. 3.2 million people, according to ars technica: According to a new report on the state of online learning in U.S. higher education, more students than ever before have been taking online courses. The full report, entitled "Making the Grade: Online Education in the United States 2006," estimates that nearly 3.2 million students took at least one online course during the fall 2005 term, an increase of nearly a million people from the previous year. Nearly three-quarters of those hopping online to learn are undergraduate students looking... Read more...
There has been a lot of news from nVidia lately; the latest is its support for HD DVD and Blu-Ray formats through the ForceWare(R) drivers and PureVideo HD technology. While nVidia is the first to offer HD DVD and Blu-ray GPU support, you can expect similar offerings from ATI and others in the near future. Movie lovers can now build a PC to enjoy a spectacular HD DVD or Blu-ray experience with the release of new NVIDIA ForceWare(R) drivers featuring NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology. PureVideo HD technology combines high-definition video decode acceleration and post-processing to deliver extraordinary picture clarity, smooth video, brilliant color,... Read more...
Yahoo News is reporting that Microsoft will get even more aggressive in their efforts to curtail piracy with Vista. As if product activation and the WGA program weren't bad enough, MS now plans to restrict access to a system if the company "believes" it's running a pirated version of Vista... "The world's largest software maker said Wednesday that people running a version of Windows Vista that it believes is pirated will initially be denied access to some of the most anticipated Vista features. That includes Windows Aero, an improved graphics technology. If a legitimate copy is not bought within 30 days, the system will curtail functionality much further by restricting users... Read more...
IBM, Intel Propose Innovative Extension To Popular PCI Express Computing Standard INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Sept. 27, 2006 - IBM and Intel Corporation, with support from dozens of other companies, have developed a proposal to enhance PCI Express* technology to address the performance requirements of new usage models, such as visualization and extensible markup language (XML). The proposal, codenamed "Geneseo," outlines enhancements that will enable faster connectivity between the processor -- the computer's brain -- and application accelerators, and improve the range of design options for hardware developers. Applications that will benefit include visualization, such as complex weather... Read more...
It's that time again. The ongoing "AMD vs. Intel" battle is gearing up, and as usual, there's no telling which way it will go. For some time now, AMD has been the processor of choice among enthusiasts, and that's unlikely to be challenged until Intel's 'Conroe' processor is up and about. "Age has mellowed my thirst for speed, and my upgrade schedule has slowed to a yearly pace, but that doesn't mean I'm settling for any less. To fit into this leisurely schedule I've had to focus a bit more on evolving technologies, and do my best to avoid the lemons and technological evolutionary branches which aren't going... Read more...
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