Slashphone has posted one of the cooler RAZR concepts I’ve seen in a while. The designer is really onto something here. I’m suddenly almost wishing the Franklin would have a form factor like this. Make it a candy bar-style form in your pocket (much narrower than the current Franklin) that could be used to receive calls. To dial or use the Windows Mobile features, slide it out for a full keyboard. Are you listening Motorola?
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Matias, the makers of some excellent mechanical keyboards, has just announced a version of their OS X keyboard with a built-in USB hub on the top of the keyboard providing a slot for an iPod shuffle. It’s kind of a cheesy idea - but looks pretty slick. For anyone who frequently plugs in their shuffle, or a USB thumb drive, this keyboard could be quite useful.
Scientists have taken the concept of agent-based AI one step further and are creating a virtual world inhabited by agents capable of learning, changing, breeding and evolving. The virtual agents will need to learn to survive - make their own food, develop a form of communication, create a life for themselves - all on their own. The sistem will have a series of 1000 agents hosted on a server farm of about 50 computers and rendered for the real world using a modified version of the Counter Strike gaming engine. Hopefully the agents will develop a form of communication - to then be deciphered by human computer scientests and linguists - of their very own. A very interesting read and concept.
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This “dream” system could be yours for just under $400 USD. This home theater system comes equipped with some pretty nice features, including an FM and AM Tuner which is not found on most units. The design is very sleek, and silver is always a nice addition to any decor. All the satellite speakers, aside from the heavy subwoofer, weigh less than 3 pounds. The best part: they are all wireless.
Here are some basic specs given by Sony Style’s web site
- 750 watts total system power
- 5-disc slot loading DVD/SACD/CD changer
- S-Master™ full digital amplifier
- CD-R/RW1, Super Audio CD (Multi), MP3 and JPEG Playback
- Silver finish
What we don’t like? Home Theater systems that integrate the DVD player into the receiver.
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If you’re reading this, you most likely own an iPod. If not, hasn’t Apple convinced you yet? Have you not seen the TV spots? I digress…iPod Downloads has created a beta application which allows you to play Black Jack on your device. It’s not impressive yet, but at least you don’t have to play parachute while waiting in a long line. There are some updates happening this week which allow more games onto your iPod (about 100-150). Ironically enough, the app is Windows only.
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More and more people are buying digital cameras. Ask the average person, and they couldn’t tell you exactly why they selected their camera to begin with. Some people purchase a camera because it’s small, looks pretty, or is from a manufacturer they know is popular. That certainly isn’t the way we should be purchasing high tech equipment. We should be looking at features and pricing to see if our purchase will be worthwhile. However, with all the complex specs released by manufactures who the heck understands all of it? How can we determine if we are being ripped off? This guide written by Walter S. Mossberg should help you determine which one is right for you.
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Today marks the 10-year birthday of today’s digital audio standard - MPEG Audio Layer-3. 40 engineers from Fraunhofer IIS in Germany started work in 1992 to create a compressible format of digital audio. On July 14th, 1995, the .mp3 extension was born. Happy Birthday MP3 - we don’t know what life would be like with out you.
We all knew it was coming, and today is the day that Verizon Wireless launched the LG VX8100 which takes the place of the VX8000. The phone supports EV-DO and V-CAST, MiniSD, and BlueTooth. It has a 1.3 megapixel camera, 176x220 262,000 color TFT screen, and a media player. Look for this one to be priced at about $150 USD after rebate with a two year agreement.
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The 2005 Emmy Award Nominations were announced early Thursday morning by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences from the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in Hollywood, California. A total of 434 separate nominations covering 88 categories and areas were announced, with HBO taking an astounding 93 nominations, followed by CBS (59), NBC (54), and ABC (51). Desperate Housewives and Will & Grace topped the list with 15 nominations each, including Outstanding Comedy Series. Take a look at the nominees in the top categories, and a couple other categories that might be of interest.
I must get this keyboard, by any means necessary. Check it out - the keyboard uses OLED to display the keys, and thusly, they are all configurable. As you can see in the image, a few smart keys have been programmed to start specific applications. You can also change the layout display to match that of a first-person shooter for example. Just awesome. Check out more pictures of this marvel after the jump.
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