Airbags for your Laptop

IBM has unveiled the new T41 line of notebooks, safe for use by crash-test-dummies. It integrates circuitry that can measure acceleration. If you drop your notebook, the new 'Active Protection System' (APS) will detect the impact and...
For us, sitting out on the cottage deck on a Sunday morning with a coffee and a newspaper has been the tradition for three generations. This weekend, we brought our son Jack, the fourth generation, up to the...

Sign of the Times

You know when you are in 2003 when... .. at the Japanese MTV Music Video awards, fans stick up their camera-phones to capture a shot of their idols.

HDMI Standard on the way

In the next year you'll be hearing about HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) which aims to cut down on the clutter of wires behind your television set. The cable standard transmits uncompressed digital audio and video between your DVD...
Scientists at Princeton University and Hewlett-Packard are working on a new type of memory that is small, dense and cheap. It is based on polyethylenedioxythiophene, or Pedot for short. By placing a layer of the organic compound...
In 2005, the U.S. enacted the Energy Policy Act which changed the date we "Spring Forward" from the first weekend of April to the first weekend of March effective this year. So one month ago, we shifted forward...
That game machine console packs some serious punch. The current generation of game machines are not only cheap, but powerful. Researchers at the University of Illinois have assembled 70 PlayStation 2 devices into a cluster at a...
In Canada, Rogers is the only wireless provider that will be offering the iPhone.  They are the only ones with a GPRS network capable of 3G, so the monopoly is technological, not just contractual.  When they released their pricing,...
RFID chips will soon be in everything you own. It is the new standard to replace the large and unwieldy UPC bar codes on products. For example, a box of cereal will have this tiny chip embedded...
A British company has found a way to turn a computer screen into speakers without interfering with the picture quality. NXT claims its system produces sound that is high quality, better than most computer speakers. The system places an...
Apple sent out invitations to a "Special Event" on Wednesday, September 5, regarding an iPod announcement. Is this the next gen iPod we've been waiting for?

Moore Marches On

Intel has achieved what few thought was possible, as it has produced a chip with an average feature size of 65 nanometres, about half the size of today's chips. This new process, which they hope to be in...

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