Posts by Category: general

general March 9, 2002 posted by

The folks at PaceBlade have announced the PaceBook. They claim that it’s the first notebook which can convert into a tablet PC, and here’s the photos to prove it. Personally I’m not convinced that anyone is going to want to cart around a dual type machine just for this limited chameleon type functionality, but then what do I know? [via Twomobile.com]


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general March 7, 2002 posted by

So the Gnutella network looks as though it is undergoing an exponential growth pattern, up from around 100,000 hosts a month or so back, to around 300,000 today. Of course most of this is due to the influx of Morpheus users from FastTrak, but it is interesting to note that the system seems to be coping with the strain. In other words you can still find and download stuff in reasonable time frames. It remains to be seen whether the…


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general March 7, 2002 posted by

Next month Sony will quietly start broadcasting – or should that be narrowcasting – games, movies and other programming across its PlaystationBB channel in Japan. Whilst this is geared towards Playstation 2 users, the company is also starting up a general PC service through its CyberGene.com subsidiary, which may also eventually supply content to 3G PDAs and cell phones. All of this softly softly activity strikes me as being a good practice ground for the eventual epic struggle over the…


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general March 7, 2002 posted by

Market research company Navian is predicting that over 31 million Bluetooth modules will be shipped in products in 2002. Nearly three quarters will go inside mobile phone handsets and headphones, with Ericsson being the main player in the market. We can expect that the remaining 25% or so will come from laptop products and small devices such as the Toshiba Bluetooth SD card which was released recently in the UK.


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general March 7, 2002 posted by

According to a recent Nikkei report, Ya-Qin Zhang the managing director of Microsoft Research in Asia is predicting that within 5 years the main computer input method will use voice and handwriting recognition technology. To that end his laboratory is currently working on a speech recognition/synthetic technology called Mulan, and a handwriting input technology called TrueInk, some of which is already incorporated into Windows XP. From the horses mouth?


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general March 7, 2002 posted by

This is quite definitely the funniest car review I have ever read. [via Metafilter] … and this is the target.


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general March 7, 2002 posted by

For all those ‘stars in their eyes’ types, who dream of getting a record contract and becoming a Star! This royalty calculator should help dispel a few myths about exactly how much money you won’t make.


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general March 6, 2002 posted by

Yesterday a big hitting consortium of Japanese manufacturers – including Canon, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Sanyo, Sharp and JVC – sat down together and agreed to set up the iVDR Consortium. This ‘Information Versatile Disk for Removable’ usage group – great name guys! – is tasked with laying out the specification for the next generation of ‘lightweight, compact, removable hard disk drives compatible with a wide range of applications from AV to PC devices’. The idea is to create a standard interface,…


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general March 6, 2002 posted by

Looks like the mobile phone wars are starting to heat up in earnest, with the announcement of the new Sony Ericsson P800 handset. This handset – which is due out nearer the end of the year – is a direct competitor to Nokia’s upcoming 7650 phone, with a few similarities and a few differences. The P800 will have 16MB of user available RAM compared to 2MB for the Nokia, will sport a slightly bigger colour screen than the Nokia (208×320…


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general March 5, 2002 posted by

Use a WYSIWYG HTML editor which adds stuff unnecessarily? Fancy cutting out all the rubbish to make the file smaller? Then check out the aptly named HTML Shrinker. It should do the job, although it might pay to keep a handy copy of the original files somewhere safe, if you know what I mean.


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general March 5, 2002 posted by

Two new Palm PDAs launched today, the Palm m515 and the Palm m130. The m515 features a 3 stage screen backlight, which improves the screen brightness considerably. At the top setting it can now hold its own with the iPaq (still not quite as bright but very close). In all other respects this is a similar box to the m505 it replaces. 16MB memory, some additional software and a slightly different case. It’s nice but not earth shattering and in…


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general March 2, 2002 posted by

A nice bit of opportunistic publicity for Myster – a new P2P network and client – now that Morpheus is having problems. A front page mention on Metafilter should give it the kind of exposure it needs. The main claim to fame? It is not centralised, apparently spreads the file sharing load and allows those who store lots of files on their hard disks to advertise to downloaders by beaming a jpeg image into the download progress box. We must…


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general March 2, 2002 posted by

And the reason why IBM research can be amongst the coolest in the world? This Glass engine for one. It’s a sort of online search engine for the music of Philip Glass, but the real importance of the technology lies in how it can be used in other areas, say for general searching for music or entertainment generally. [via Metafilter]


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general March 2, 2002 posted by

A short BBC News Real video clip of research being done in Philadelphia into the use of smell as a weapon. In this case they’re trying to use an overpowering stench to disperse crowds. ‘A cross between rotten food and what they delicately call human waste’. Coming to a riot near you soon, no doubt.


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general March 2, 2002 posted by

Twomobile.com reports that Olympus has launched a new digital photo print kiosk which can be used in public places to produce prints from customer’s digital media like Compact Flash, Smartmedia or Memory Stick cards. The kiosks can be standalone as in the picture, or counter top based and the dye sub printers will sit behind the counter. Optional extras include CD-RW drives to create photo CDs and scanners to allow customers to copy their prints. The TruePrint kiosk will be…


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