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The first washable computer mouse and the very clever mouse trap

June 29, 2007 Kurzweil’s Law (aka “the law of accelerating returns”) suggests that in an evolutionary process, positive feedback increases order exponentially, meaning that the speed and cost-effectiveness of a process increase exponentially over time, both for biology and technology. It’s a complex way of saying that we’re seeing unprecedented (20,000 years of change this century) and accelerating change, and in part explains the remarkable oversight that Belkin’s new washable mouse overcomes. With such rapid penetration of new technology, we’re bound to overlook some of the possibilities. For example, 13% of all people are left-handed, yet the first mouse designed just for left handed computer users was not created until 2006. The computer has invaded our world so quickly that 80% of Americans use a computer daily, all handling a mouse that until now, never gets cleaned.  Read More

IBM triples performance of World's Fastest Computer and breaks the 'Quadrillion' Barrier

June 26, 2007 The world of computing continually throws up feats that are difficult to comprehend. If the world’s fastest car or world’s tallest building were suddenly to be outperformed by a factor of three, we’d be incredulous, yet such quantum leaps have become routine in the world of computing. IBM’s new Blue Gene/P is the second generation of the world's most powerful supercomputer. It triples the performance of its predecessor, Blue Gene/L while remaining the most energy-efficient and space-saving computing package ever built. Blue Gene/P scales to operate continuously at speeds exceeding one petaflop (one-quadrillion operations per second) and can be configured to reach speeds in excess of three petaflops. The system is 100,000 times more powerful than a home PC and can process more operations in one second than a stack of laptop computers 1.5 miles high (don’t try this at home folks).  Read More

WiFi researchers in Venezuela

June 22, 2007 If you’re feeling frustrated because your Wi-Fi link wont work from the balcony this might not help. We learn via David Becker at Wired that a new world record WiFi transmission of 237 miles (382km) has been set in Venezuela by Ermanno Pietrosemoli and his team.  Read More

EDGE Universal Card Reader

June 21, 2007 EDGE Tech Corp has released an All-In-One Digital Card Reader that’s compatible with xD and SDHC formats along with other digital media including Multimedia, Memory Stick, CompactFlash, SD Memory Card, and Mini SD. The release bundles the Reader with the latest SDHC Card which is now available in larger capacities of 4GB and 8GB.  Read More

Files Anywhere offer advanced online storage

June 21, 2007 Why do we still store all our applications and data on our local PCs? It ties us to our machines, leaves our files vulnerable, and frankly it's such a last-millennium way to do things. Thankfully, since the advent of broadband, companies are starting to take real steps toward a world where accessing anything on your hard-drive will be as versatile as checking your webmail. Disk storage, applications, processing - everything could eventually be moved off your local PC, which would become merely a display terminal - and the model holds a lot of advantages. Gizmag takes a look at where we're at with the Web Application revolution.  Read More

Superconducting rings on a chip

June 15, 2007 The already breathtakingly rapid evolution of the computer is moving towards a completely new level with Researchers at Delft University of Technology successfully carrying out calculations using two quantum bits, the building blocks of a possible future quantum computer. A concept that has been investigated on a theoretical level since the early 70s, Quantum computers promise problem solving capabilities that far outstrip those of current transistor based machines. The Delft researchers have published an article about this important step towards a workable quantum computer in this week’s issue of Nature.  Read More

USB drive gets new form factor

June 11, 2007 Small, convenient, but often very easy to lose, USB drives have a knack for wedging themselves at the bottom of briefcases or sliding behind car seats. So why not make them the same shape as something we are very used to carrying safely - a credit card. That's the solution offered by this 2GB wallet-sized USB drive from CA, which has used the drive for the release of its latest security software packages. Once the CA software is installed, wallet-size flash cards can be used to transport music, photos and documents - a much better option for the consumer that being left with a useless CD.  Read More

Virtual Weather Map gives snapshot of Internet health

June 9, 2007 Imagine trying to explain the Internet to someone who had been in a cave for the last 30 years - it has no shape, no single clearly defined purpose and no beginning or end. In short, it's hard to visualize. Add "what's going on?" to the question and it becomes almost impossible to answer, hence Internet monitoring has become almost a science in its own right. One impressive attempt to visualize the Web has just been announced by Global service provider Akamai which has created an interactive "Virtual Weather Map" that for the first time provides the public with a picture of what it calls the "real-time well being of the Internet". The map provides a very interesting insight into why Web traffic may be slow or unstable and points out potential trouble spots by measuring a range of Internet conditions including attack traffic and traffic volume.  Read More

The 42 inch mobile computer

June 7, 2007 Presentations are leveraged interpersonal communication and we’re a great believer in having the most effective tools for the job when you have the attention of so many important people at the same time. We love stories about how expertise gained in one industry can be applied to another and the hook with this story is that JACO has been providing point-of-care wireless carts to hospitals worldwide for several decades. The company has now applied its engineering and manufacturing expertise to fill a market void for presentation systems aimed at education, hospitality and professional service firms. The top-of-the-range, 42-inch, height-adjustable Premier System has an integrated computer, high speed WiFi, wireless keyboard/mouse and a battery supply so it offers true mobility without ever requiring the system to be powered down. Moving a complete presentation system from where it is to where it is needed has never been easier. Indeed, it could also be the mobile desktop which you move around the office or home to suit your needs. It could also be adapted to become a mobile DJ system, a mobile home theater system a retail technology merchandising system ... big possibilities with this product.  Read More

New MacBook Pro models are finally here - Santa Rosa, LED-backlit displays

June 5, 2007 Apple have lifted the lid on the new Santa Rosa-based MacBook Pro models, with 2.2GHz or 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processors, NVIDIA 8600M GT graphics, and 2GB of DDR2 RAM as standard. Only the 15-inch models get the new LED-backlit displays, with the 17-inch model now having an optional display capable of a 1920x1200 resolution - now that's a lot of screen real estate for a mobile machine. Prices remain the same as the previous models.  Read More

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