Ok - that post title might be a slight exaggeration because the object in question is technically running NetBSD not Linux, but still - some creative *NIX geeks at Technologic Systems have designed the first NetBSD powered toaster. The toaster; which is on display now in the NetBSD booth at LinuxWorld Expo in San Francisco; features a 4 line LCD, USB keyboard, 10/100 ethernet port and a RS232 serial port for the external console. Not only does the NetBSD toaster feature the ability to run embedded applications but it can actually toast bread while it’s at it. No longer will geeks be longing for a way to program and make toast at the same time with this truly Jetsons-like convergence device.
Logitech is just getting all up in our bidness today, pumping out new peripherals for the gaming set. The G7 is a laser mouse with 2000 dpi precision, and a wireless connection that is four times faster than other wireless mice at 500 reports-per-second over the bi-directional USB connection. It comes with two Li-Ion battery packs and a handy charger in the wireless tranceiver, LED Battery indicator, Polytetrafluoroethylene feet, and the ability to change the precision levels from 400dpi, 800dpi, or 2000dpi on the fly. Laser guided wireless mice don’t come cheap though, as the G7 will set you back $100. If that’s too rich for your blood, keep the cord and go with the G5 Gaming Mouse, where you’ll only spend $70.
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It’s the 90’s all over again, with macro-rific keys that are a throwback to when Gateway was still using the futuristic sounding “2000”. The G15 has an LCD screen that acts as a HUD that will most assuredly take your eyes off the action - it’s called a heads-UP display for a reason. Luckily, the LCD screen can be folded away so that it doesn’t distract you. Aside from that misstep, the keys are lit for gaming in the dark, 18 of the keys are programmable “G-Keys”, and there is an under-keyboard channel for routing the pesky cables that will come from having two built-in USB ports. Oh, it’s got media specific keys like every other keyboard on the market. Hey, at least it looks cool - and it better for $80 USD.
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Nintendo is looking to gather data on the types of internet connections people use by asking MyNintendo account members to download a small program that compiles network information off of the users PC and sends it back to Nintendo. In return, the small download becomes an Animal Crossing desktop clock once the information has been sent. The program retrieves and sends the following information:
- Your Modem and Router manufacturer and type
- The type of internet connection you have (DSL or Cable)
- How your PC connects to your router (if applicable)
- The model number of your router
- Time you start the connection
- Your IP Address
- Cookie information
- Total connecting time
- UPnP Information (Model name)
- UPnP Information (Model number)
- Connection origin code
- Destination server host name
- Destination server global IP Address
- Sending data CRC
If you’re a big Nintendo fan, this might be right up your alley, as the information will help Nintendo plan a good Wi-Fi service. However, as is the case with anything that gathers information and sends it to companies, download at your own risk.
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While official details on the next iteration of Palm Treos have been scant, the Chinese business newspaper Commercial Times is reporting today that a manufacturing deal has been reached with High Tech Computer to produce the new smartphones. The Taiwanese HTC will begin shipping the product in the first quarter of next year. The biggest draw for the rumor mill on the Treo 670 is its use of the Windows Mobile operating system, a first for any Palm device. Sales for the Treo 600 and Treo 650, both Palm OS-based smartphones, have been exceptional, setting the obvious standard for smartphone quality and commercial success. However, the growing strength and popularity of Windows Mobile may improve Treo’s market share even more.
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According to a recent survey by the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland and the International Telecommunication Union, over 80% of European cell phone users have received at least one SMS spam in the past year. In comparison, only around 10% of Americans have reported receiving SMS spam. Despite the fact that cell phone spamming continues to haunt South Korea and grow throughout Europe, and cell phone operating systems remain largely unequipped to deal with the spamming menace, American cell phone companies are denying that the problem will grow in North America any time soon, due mostly to the differences in how tightly American companies control their wireless networks. Still, for any would-be programmers looking for a million-dollar idea, anti-spam cell phone software may just be the untapped market of your dreams.
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Video Blogging, or Vlogging, is quietly gaining momentum in the weblog community. For those of you not in-the-know, Vlogging is basically taking the idea of podcasts to the next level. A video broadcast (yes, people also call them vodcasts) is placed into an RSS/Atom enclosure and syndicated around the web in the same way a regular blog works.
Apple has suspiciously added a form of video blogging support to its latest iTunes iteration. This is the first corporate endorsement of the fad/trend/media-revolution that I’ve seen so far. One of the biggest hurdles to the success of Vlogging has been the complexity and difficulty of taking video clips and getting them onto the web quickly. Traditional DV Cams require capturing, editing, encoding, and uploading before a finished video clip is online and ready for distribution. Webcams offer some relief but usually produce low quality video in tiny onscreen windows. The mobile aspect of blogging and photoblogging is another stymie for the video blog . In the U.S. today very few mobile devices offer decent video recording with the ability to upload or publish content to the web.
The issue of bandwidth is also a key to the success of the video blog. Traditional and photo blogs require very little bandwidth, as text and basic images are small in size. Video files are comparatively massive, especially when you consider syndicating these videos all over the web. The bandwidth costs associated with running a videoblog are potentially exponential compared to a text-only we.
Can video blogging displace TV news reporting? Will America be tuning in to bedroom versions of 60 Minutes on their PCs while televisions begin to collect dust? Could Google Video solve Vlogging’s bandwidth woes? Comment wars in 3,2,1…
Opera Software has recently announced a new version of its popular Internet browser which will allow web surfing from almost any cell phone, regardless of phone price or memory size. The company says that the Opera Mini browser will allow surfing for about 700 million lower cost phones that would otherwise be unable to access the web due to insufficient memory that wouldn’t previously allow for a browser. The Mini only requires that you have a small Java program on your phone, since the browser works by having a remote server pre-process the web page then send it to the phone, rather then the phone itself doing the processing. At the moment, Opera Mini is only available with software from Norwegian TV network TV-2, but we can expect to see a larger distribution in the future.
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Details leaked out today about the Canon 5D - an update to their 20D platform. The 5D will feature a 13 megapixel full frame sensor (35mm equivalent so EF mount lenses will not have a crop or magnification factor), 3 frame per second shooting speed, and a giant 2.5” LCD on the back. Like the rest of Canon’s pro series of cameras the 5D will feature a magnesium body, USB 2.0 and a DIGIC II processor for near instantaneous image processing with stunning detail and color. With a 13 megapixel sensor images taken in RAW format, the images will be able to be printed at poster size with very little post processing. While the 5D is not aimed at the average consumer (the 20D body with a cheap lens costs a minimum of $1200) any aspiring amateur or semi-pro looking for truly professional results will find the 5D an appealing choice. As a current owner of a 10D this is looking like an attractive upgrade for official Gear Live photo shoots.
BlackDog has started offering the open source development community a unique new server platform. Their USB powered dongle contains a 400mz PowerPC processor, 64MB of Ram, 256MB or 512MB of flash memory, and a biometric scanner for security. The BlackDog plugs into any standard Windows or Mac computer and upon connection takes over the hosts monitor, keyboard, mouse, and Internet connection acting as your very own ultra-portable desktop/server. While it’s clear that this is not a power users day to day tool, there is a lot of promise in a platform like this and it’s clear that similar technology will be very prevalent in the near future. With it’s two factor authentication this could provide a great secure way to port files around, and act as a recovery/repair tool for enterprises. What would you do if you could fit your desktop in your pocket?