Author Archives: James DeRuvo


The Japan Tsunami … how you can help

The Japan Tsunami … how you can help

We're seeing some frightening and amazing images from the tremendous devastation that Japan has experienced this sad day. And it's only natural to see people suffering and wonder how we can help? Here's a quick list of things we can all do provide immediate relief:

First, users can text a donation the Red Cross. By texting "REDCROSS" to 90999, Canadian Readers can text REDCROSS to 30333. Users will be debited $10 to relief efforts in Japan. One thing to remember though, is that most donations won't be credited to the Red Cross until at least a month or three later after that charge has been paid by the cellphone user through bill payment. So while it will be of tremendous benefit a few months later when the headlines fall away, there's other more immediate options including going to the RedCross donation site and selecting Japan Relief, or another pressing disaster relief project. Users can choose to pay by credit cards or even Amazon's payment's option. Users are also encouraged to donate blood for relief efforts as the scope of the disaster is so vast that blood supplies will be drastically spread thin.

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Lines form for iPad2 in Texas

Lines form for iPad2 in Texas

It looks like the faithful are staking out their prime positions outside an Apple Store in Dallas. A picture showing a tent, set up on McKinney Avenue, just outside the Dallas Apple store is clear evidence that Apple's desire to have lines for the iPad 2 is working. Apple announced last week that there wouldn't be preorders for the new iPad and that the new tablet would be available in stores and online starting this Friday, March 11th, at 5pm. The McKinney avenue location is a temporary storefront while the Knox Street Apple store is undergoing a face lift. But can there really be a line of one?

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AMD Wireless TV takes on Intel WiDi [Video]

AMD Wireless TV takes on Intel WiDi [Video]

AMD is joining with software partner Vivu to go head to head against Intel's WiDi streaming video. The new solution, dubbed is AMD Wireless TV and will stream wirelessly from virtually any AMD Fusion powered PC to an HDTV with no additional hardware required. First shown as a demo at CES, AMD Wireless TV can stream 720p HD video and users can adjust video quality for any situation, be it a movie at home, or wanting to wirelessly project a presentation at a meeting.

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Majority of CIOs surveyed are buying tablets for employees

Majority of CIOs surveyed are buying tablets for employees

Morgan Stanley's latest report on corporate technology development reveals a very interesting statistic that shows the impact tablets are having on corporate America.  According to the suvey of 50 enterprise CIOs, 21 percent are already involved in widespread tablet purchases for employees and another 51 percent are expected to begin doing so within the next twelve months. That's a whopping 67% marketshare for tablets in corporate America.

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Another legal round for DISH and TIVO

Another legal round for DISH and TIVO

DISH Network has scored a victory in it's legal struggle against TIVO.  A judge has ruled that since the field is densely populated with DVRs competiting with TIVO, that DISH has a legal right to re-examine original decisions that now seem mute.  But does that really mean it's all over but the shouting?

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Will the Playstation Move go open source?

Will the Playstation Move go open source?

It's no secret that Sony's much heralded wireless controller, the Playstation Move, was destroyed in sales by the Microsoft Kinect, a sensor device which reads body language, rather than use controller inputs.  But Sony hopes to get it's mojo back by following Kinect into the PC world.  Only they may do it by going open source.

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Survey Says: Consumers want easier, not cooler gadgets

Survey Says: Consumers want easier, not cooler gadgets

According to a new survey, more than half of American and British consumers would rather have an easy to use gadget that works consistently, than a "cool," but complicated gadget.  The survey also says that while consumers will embrace innovation and pay extra for smarter devices that can automatically handle their daily needs, but they're becoming extremely frustrated with gadgets that freeze or crash on a regular basis.  Does this mean that new technologies are moving faster than the public can embrace them?  The survey seems to suggest so.

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Pandora looks beyond music in IPO

Pandora looks beyond music in IPO

Plagued by costly music rights fees, online radio service Pandora looked beyond music in their multi million dollar IPO filing this week.  The online service, based on the Music Genome Project, hopes to expand to sports and talk shows to diversify traffic and build a succesful long term business for ad sales.  In addition, Pandora is looking to expand into the rapidly growing smart car niche, as well as other online devices beyond iPhone and Android smartphones.

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The World’s Largest Multi-touch screen developed

The World’s Largest Multi-touch screen developed

Researchers at the University of Groningen, in the Netherlands, have developed the world's largest, curved multi-touch screen.  The screen, measuring 33 feet wide, incorporates 6 cameras and 16 infra red emitters to handle over 100 simultaneous touch points.  But here's the coolest part ... it was created with nothing but off the shelf technologies.

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Groupon pulls controversial ads

Groupon pulls controversial ads

Remember those strange, controversial Groupon Ads that got everyone upset because they poked fun at raising awareness for such causes as Free Tibet and Saving the Whales?  The idea had to sound good on paper.  Make a commercial talking about some great causes, raise awareness, while letting people know about your product at the same time.  Only, it didn't actually work out that way, so  Groupon has bowed to pressure from complaining special interest groups and pulled the Ads while offering an apology.

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USB Follow Focus makes a DSLR a serious filmmaking tool

USB Follow Focus makes a DSLR a serious filmmaking tool

When DSLRs started offering HD Video recording, independent and guerilla filmmakers finally were able to afford to get out of the camcorder ghetto while taking advantage of techniques that utilize depth of field.  But what they've really missed was the capability to accomplish a smooth "follow focus," which is the ability to focus from one part in the depth of field to another without causing camera movement.   That's where the Okii USB Follow  Focus Knob comes in handy.

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