Archive for Mar 31, 2010

Android voice-recognition used for Cellbot control [Video]

Android voice-recognition used for Cellbot control [Video]

The group of DIY robot builders over at Cellbots decided that Android's native voice recognition system was too good to be wasted on drunk-dialling your mother and searching for the latest sports scores, and so they added support for voice control to their 'bot platform.  Intended as a low-cost way to make a potentially autonomous robot, using an Android phone (in this case T-Mobile's G1) as the brain, with the addition of voice recognition you can now tell the Cellbots robot exactly what you want it to do.

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AT&T bulking up network in preparation for cage fight with Verizon

AT&T bulking up network in preparation for cage fight with Verizon

I have never held my tongue on the state of the AT&T network when it comes to using my iPhone. My area has an atrocious number of dropped calls and 3G is very patchy and slow when it is available. Many AT&T users have the same issues as I with the network.

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Silicon Power offers waterproof A70 external HDD

Silicon Power offers waterproof A70 external HDD

Data that you might have stored on your flash drive or external hard drive faces more threats than simply being lost. The drives are often subject to drops and water damage as we travel throughout the day. Silicon Power has unveiled a new rugged external HDD that promises to protect your data from abuse.

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Another geek shows off untethered Jailbreak for iPod and iPhone

Another geek shows off untethered Jailbreak for iPod and iPhone

There are lots of people out there who really want an iPhone but don’t want to be tied to the AT&T network for various reasons. For these users the only recourse is to get an iPhone and Jailbreak it to work on other carriers and to run non-approved software.

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Corsair crushes PC Mark Vantage record with Force SSD equipped rig

Corsair crushes PC Mark Vantage record with Force SSD equipped rig

Different kinds of geeks use different metrics to prove they are the baddest in the land. In car enthusiast circles the metrics compared include horsepower and quarter mile times. In the computer world geeks compare their prowess by touting how fast their rigs are in common benchmarks like 3DMark and PC Mark.

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Intel reveals Xeon 7500 processor series

Intel reveals Xeon 7500 processor series

Intel has unveiled a new Xeon processor series for mainstream servers and workstations that are based on the Nehalem chip design. With the introduction of the new Xeon 7500 processor line Intel has introduced new processors for laptops, desktops, and servers in the last 90 days bringing more power and energy efficiency to consumers around the world.

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Pics of new Gigabyte mini-ITX H55N-USB3 mainboard surface

Pics of new Gigabyte mini-ITX H55N-USB3 mainboard surface

The typical computer system that an enthusiast would use for gaming or general office work uses an ATX form factor mainboard. There are some cases where the ATX form factor is too big, like SFF computers and HTPC machines.

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Kyocera will acquire Sony TFT LCD design and manufacturing facility

Kyocera will acquire Sony TFT LCD design and manufacturing facility

TFT LCD screens are used in a wide range of products including computers and mobile phones. One of the ways that many large consumer electronics firms seek to control costs is by controlling the factory that builds the screens used in their products.

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Patriot unveils encrypted Bolt flash drive

Patriot unveils encrypted Bolt flash drive

Over the last few years, there have been several high-profile cases in America and Europe where flash drives with confidential data and computers with confidential information were lost. Some of the data was protected by encryption and some of it was not.

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Integra debuts 9-channel DTA-70.1 THX-Ultra2 home theater amplifier

Integra debuts 9-channel DTA-70.1 THX-Ultra2 home theater amplifier

Home theater enthusiasts will spend some big bucks on their hardware in an effort to get the best and most immersive sound possible. If you are a home theater fan that has been looking for an amplifier that supports new 9-channel sound Integra's new DTA-70.1 will do the trick.

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Flash 10.1 still ahead of HTML5 on desktop & mobile [Video]

Flash 10.1 still ahead of HTML5 on desktop & mobile [Video]

The comparative merits of Flash 10.1 and HTML5 are a hot topic right now, given the imminent arrival of the Flash-free iPad, and Adobe are doing their best to point out that their system isn't quite as passé as some analysts would have you believe.  Flash evangelist Michaël Chaize has been comparing Flash 10.1 performance on his Google Nexus One with HTML5, and the Adobe technology still comes out ahead.

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HTC Desire hits Vodafone April 8th

HTC Desire hits Vodafone April 8th

Keen on an HTC Desire and insisting on Vodafone UK as your network of choice?  The carrier has just told us that preorders for the Android 2.1 smartphone are being taken from today, with shipments expected on April 8th.  As we predicted, the Desire is available from free on select monthly contracts; £30 ($45) per month (for 23 months) gets you the Desire plus 900 minutes (if ordered online), unlimited SMS and a 500MB data allowance.

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