Archive for April, 2007

Robot falcon keeps innocent buildings safe from dung

Robot falcon keeps innocent buildings safe from dung

Okay, so she might've committed the heinous crime of mistaking the city of Liverpool for a town, but I'll let Gear Live's Sheila Franklin off since she's writing about a place a mere gnats parp from where I was born.  The city has been named European Capital of Culture 2008, and is busy going through a riot of upgrading, remodelling and general fettling; one thing that obviously has no place there is the dung of the common pigeon.  And yet generous Liverpudlians are tempting down and fattening up the winged-rats with leftover food, leaving just one option - that's right, a robot peregrine falcon.

DirectX 10 on a Mac?

DirectX 10 on a Mac?

Those of you out there that aren't planning on running Vista any time soon may have some good news on the way. Developer Cody Brocious is determined to bring DirectX 10 to you.

The 'Alky Project' is trying to turn the unified shader code which is the backbone of DX10 and change it to raw machine language. What exactly does that mean? That means you don't need a fancy-pants Nvidia card or Windows Vista to enjoy the same great DX10 capabilities.

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T-Mobile UK sets sights on home broadband with HSDPA alternative

T-Mobile UK sets sights on home broadband with HSDPA alternative

The thought of replacing my home broadband with a cellular alternative has never really occurred to me, not least because even HSDPA speeds pale in comparison to what you can currently get with ADSL or cable.  Yet T-Mobile UK are hoping to muscle in on the competitive home market, apparently, with their USB modem boasting 1.8Mbps for a £29 monthly fee ($58)

Online-only Presidential Debate coming soon

Online-only Presidential Debate coming soon

The Internet is definitely not a fad, and won't be going away any time soon. People are starting to understand the potential that it has to offer. Now prepare for the next big leap in internet-only content: a Presidential Debate.

That's right, Yahoo, The Huffington Post and Slate are going to host two online-only Presidential Debates. The Democrats and Republicans will each have their own separate debate which will include any of the formally-announced candidates.

FON teams up with Time Warner Cable

FON teams up with Time Warner Cable

Since DSL came to my town about 5 years ago, I've been setting up Wi-Fi networks for friends, family and businesses. Even though it can be a pain sometimes, I think Wi-Fi has to be one of my favorite technologies of all time. It's nice to just get away from all of the wires and yet still be connected to the rest of the world.

Lexar ExpressCard Reviewed

Lexar ExpressCard Reviewed

When Lexar announced their ExpressCard SSD drive people got pretty excited. Not only would you be getting 4-16GB of flash memory that you could pop into your laptop, but in theory you should get fairly high performance as well.

Exoskeleton for rent

Exoskeleton for rent

A while back ago Cyberdyne showed off their latest Hybrid Assistive Limb exoskeleton HAL-5. It was designed with the idea of letting the elderly and disabled rediscover their lost strength.

DIY Xbox 360 HDD upgrade

DIY Xbox 360 HDD upgrade

Want to upgrade the hard drive on your Xbox 360, but don't feel like shelling out $179? Apparently you can get the same 120GB HDD on your 360 for a lot less.

Samsung to produce 4GB RAM sticks

Samsung to produce 4GB RAM sticks

With Vista being the most memory-hungry version of Windows to date, you can never have too much memory. Some of you may feel comfortable just running 4 or even 8 GB in your system. But what about those people wanting more? It looks like Samsung has got your fix.