Author Archives: Kevin Fubar


Onkyo Announces Six New Offerings

Onkyo Announces Six New Offerings

Onkyo just announced their new line of products including four home theater in a box kits (HTiB), a new mid-line receiver, and a 3D Blu-Ray player. None of them have any code names or anything, they all are listed only by their model numbers. Cool. The new HTiB's are the HHT-S6400, HT-S7400, HT-S8400, and HT-S9400THX. The receiver is the TX-NR709, and the 3D Blu-Ray player is the BD-SP309.

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Vatican says, “Hacking is A-OK”

Vatican says, “Hacking is A-OK”

Father Antonio Spadero wrote an article for the Civilta Cattolica that lauds the spirit of hacking. Hackers were vilified in the media during the 1990s. Because of that treatment the word hacker took on a different meaning as it spread into the common vernacular. This popular usage made hacker synonymous with computer criminal. Today, this is changing, and this article stands by the original, correct, and untarnished meaning of the word.

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The Atom Z670, Intel’s Answer To Tegra 2

The Atom Z670, Intel’s Answer To Tegra 2

This is big, Intel finally dropped a system on a chip on us. Today, they announced the official release of their new Atom Z670 CPU codenamed "Oak Trail." It's a 45nm chip with graphics and memory control on the same die. That lines up this chip to be a direct competitor to the ARM based chips we're seeing in virtually every other tablet. Intel has seemed to be a bit behind the game in the mobile market, but the "Oak Trail" might be their ticket to the show.

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Transformer Rooted

Transformer Rooted

@PaulOBrien managed to root his new Transformer in just day. The tablet/netbook hybrid was just released on an Amazon UK exclusive yesterday. Today, it's hacked, just one day after release. "all your Transformers are belong to us. :-P" he said along with the image post. Asus plans to release the tablet to a wider audience on May 1st. Make your time.

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Nissan Leaf EV, Bug Report

Nissan Leaf EV, Bug Report

Habitual first adopters are used to regular bugs in their new gadgets. The bleeding edge often has really weird problems that no designer can anticipate, especially with the intricate computer-controlled systems we use every day. The Nissan Leaf is a new EV that's having a strange problem, owners are going to start their car, and... nothing. Nissan's engineers and Leaf owners are working on troubleshooting the specific problem.

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Ultimate Tablet, m • pad Concept Design

Ultimate Tablet, m • pad Concept Design

German designer Volker Hübner developed this tablet he calls the m • pad to cater specifically to the needs of designers and developers. It combines the functionality of a 15.6" OLED display. It also includes full multi-touch functionality married with a pressure sensitive stylus. Looking at the pictures from Yanko also suggest that this tablet should have a wide range of USB, Ethernet, firewire and whatever else available for connection external keyboards or mice for a more traditional computing experience.

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Huawei Folded Leaf Phone, Concept Design

Huawei Folded Leaf Phone, Concept Design

Huawei looked to Sweden for inspiration on their new phone. They partnered up with the Claesson Koivisto Rune studio and produced this phone they call the Folded Leaf. It's a device that's meant to perform only the most basic cellular functions, the calling functions and SMS/MMS messaging. It strips out all of the high speed data functions that we smartphone jockeys are used to having and provides a handset that's meant to be comfortable for direct chatting without all of the extra bells and whistles.

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Minecraft Made a Cool $33 Million

Minecraft Made a Cool $33 Million

Minecraft was developed in 2009 by Markus “Notch” Persson, a Swedish programmer. It's a browser based 3D game with graphics on par with 1996, but that didn't stop it from becoming the underground hit throughout last year. It spread throughout the internet, garnering Persson's company around ten bucks a pop for each purchase. That's not much, but just today Minecraft's website reports 1837252 have purchased the game.

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3D Print Your Next House

3D Print Your Next House

3D Printing has been around for a while. Until recently it's been a technology that's relegated to the design process, where designers are able to make plastic prototypes much more quickly. Neri Oxman at MIT's Media Lab has a vision for 3D printing much bigger than the current reality. She sees the advancements in 3D printing being used to construct buildings. I've seen concept designs for all kinds of robotic building techniques, but not using the 3D printing concepts. This kind of technology is a ways out, as right now most 3D printers are using plastic. Though some are starting to use metal, and Neri wants to get them working for concrete.

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iPad 2s to Mainers in Kindergarten, Free

iPad 2s to Mainers in Kindergarten, Free

This fall, Kinder-gardeners in Auburn, Maine are going to all be getting Ipad 2's, for free. One of the teachers in the reading development labs started using her personal Ipad 2 with some of her most troubled students. They showed such remarkable progress so quickly that the school board decided to jump in and give it to all of the kids this next year.

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PXL 2000 by Fisher-Price, Retro Camcorder

PXL 2000 by Fisher-Price, Retro Camcorder

The PXL 2000 is a retro Lo-Fi home video camera dropped on the world in 1988. It records a whopping 100 vertical lines at 15 frames per second. Technically, not terribly impressive, but this limitation gives the videos taken by the camera an airy, ghostly quality that I haven't seen before. There are a significant number of Youtube videos displaying the camera's stuff. I threw a couple of them up. It's definitely worth checking out.

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Verizon iPad 2 Roaming Bug

Verizon iPad 2 Roaming Bug

Verizon's customers have been reporting a strange bug with their new IPad 2's. When they first bust out their new tablet everything seems hunky dory, but then once they set up their account their device seems to be locked into Data Roaming mode. Their iPad just doesn't recognize the Verizon towers properly. Even more irritating, the data service doesn't even work unless Data Roaming is turned on in the device. Fail.

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