One of the most interesting things about category-defining devices is that they tend to polarize opinions based on one or several unique characteristics. Also, these standout features typically survive into the products’ sequels, which typically launch before anyone’s finished arguing about their worth.
On Friday we heard reports coming from New York advocacy group China Labor Watch that Foxconn workers in China were on strike . Reported reasons were varied, from Apple asking people to work on holidays to alleged enforcement of tighter quality control. Now, the company is denying all strike-related reports.
For those who tire of dragging a heavy piece of luggage through the airport, a new hands-free suitcase will do all the work for you. Hop is a suitcase that follows close behind the user, as he or she moves out of range. It’s named after bellhops, people who are hired — often by hotels — to carry guests’ luggage, according to Hop’s official website .
The USB is often described as ubiquitous, and with good reason. An acronym for Universal Serial Bus, the USB’s purpose is to connect peripherals to a computer. From techie to casual computist, seeing a product with the familiar USB connector leaves a person with a warm, fuzzy feeling. There may be faster connectors, but USB is convenient, reliable, durable, relatively inexpensive and more than adequate for most tasks in terms of data transfer, making it the most popular way to connect.
Apple has ordered more than 10 million units of a smaller version of the iPad for the fourth quarter — about double the amount Amazon has ordered for the Kindle Fire — according to a report. The Wall Street Journal cites unnamed Chinese suppliers for the report about the 7.85-inch tablets.
Organic catalysts are a breakthrough in the quest for inexpensive and efficient materials for environmentally friendly production of energy in fuel cells. A new study by physicists at Umeå University in Sweden, published in ACS Nano , provides better knowledge about key processes in producing these catalysts.
Dallas, TX — BearCom, a nationwide provider of wireless communications equipment and solutions, today issued a warning to users of two-way radios about the wide-ranging consequences of failing to comply with the narrowbanding mandate from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). BearCom pointed to the latest statistics showing that more than one third of FCC licensees — 36.
In modern telecommunications, light carries digital information over kilometers within seconds. Adapted optical materials con-trol the light signals. In the AFM journal, researchers from Ber-lin, Louvain, and from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology present a method to produce photonic crystals.
from the University of Oklahoma Move over money, a new currency is helping make the world go round. As increasing volumes of data become accessible, transferable and, therefore, actionable, information is the treasure companies want to amass. To protect this wealth, organizations use cryptography, or coded messages, to secure information from "technology robbers.
To believe that technologies once dreamed of in science fiction novels, television shows, and comic strips may one day be a reality, or that real-world technologies might make the fantastic devices of fiction obsolete, you'd need to be either an optimist…or a futurist in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)'s Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) .
If there's one advantage a print magazine still has over an online publication, it's the ability to offer all manner of crazy freebies glued to its pages. Maybelline samples , CDROMs packing the latest version of WinZip , or -- in tomorrow's edition of Entertainment Weekly -- something that actually looks pretty enticing.
Sierra Wireless introduced the next-generation AirVantage™ M2M Cloud , a faster, more cost-effective way to build, deploy, and manage large M2M applications. The AirVantage M2M Cloud provides secure two-way communication between connected devices and the enterprise, enabling innovation in products, services, and revenue streams.
When a big tech company like Google moves into the neighborhood, it’s often a death warrant for a small tech company. But not for RareWire , a Kansas City, Mo. developer of apps for mobile devices. When the search giant came to town a year ago, it was to build out the fiber-optic backbone for a massive Internet infrastructure–a.
Move over money, a new currency is helping make the world go round. As increasing volumes of data become accessible, transferable and, therefore, actionable, information is the treasure companies want to amass. To protect this wealth, organizations use cryptography, or coded messages, to secure information from "technology robbers.
When people put their minds to it, anything is possible. Even a new hand. Last year, a South African named Richard Van As lost four fingers in a woodworking accident. But that was just the start of his troubles. Surgery set him back $20,000--all the money he had--and that didn’t include actually replacing the fingers with prosthetics.