Archive for Nov 27, 2010

In Search of Solder and a Sense of Achievement

In Search of Solder and a Sense of Achievement

Should all geeks have soldering iron burns on their hands if they want the title? Probably not; after all, another hallmark of the ideal geek is an affinity with code, making software do amazing things. They come in all shapes and sizes, then, but there's a special, envious place in my heart for those to whom resister colors are meaningful rather than decorative. I look at the sometimes-useful, sometimes-bizarre, invariably brilliant projects documented on MAKE; I look at modders and DIY tinkerers like jkkmobile, slotting HSPA modems where manufacturers never intended them to sit, and I wish I could be trusted with a soldering iron and screwdriver set to do the same.

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MacBook Pro refresh with SSD, Light Peak & no DVD in April 2011?

MacBook Pro refresh with SSD, Light Peak & no DVD in April 2011?

With most of the excitement happening in Apple's iPad tablet, MacBook Air ultraportable and iPhone 4 smartphone segments, the poor MacBook Pro has been somewhat relegated. The latest rumors, however, suggest that's all likely to change in April 2011, with Three Guys and a Podcast tipping a significant refresh that will see the new MacBook Pro gain not only up to 512GB of SSD storage in a wholesale shift to solid-state memory, but the adoption of Intel's Light Peak technology.

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The Daily Slash: November 26 2010

The Daily Slash: November 26 2010

Hello all you shoppers and non-shoppers. Today, like all days surrounding a major US holiday, was a day of mixed news. Not mixed in the way of good and bad, but mixed in the way of one thing being basically nothing like the next! As I said this morning, the tablet wave is really gaining speed, quite a few of the posts today ending up being tablet or tablet related. We've got reviews of both the TV top box Logitech Revue and the Nokia C6-01 smartphone - all this and MORE on The Daily Slash!

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Concept Desktop Computer Prints and Scans from Inside Monitor

Concept Desktop Computer Prints and Scans from Inside Monitor

So you've got the need for some hard-copies of your papers to turn into your teachers for school, but you'd like to save space on the desk as well? Designer Byeong Min Choe has the answer you seek. This design is called "Document Extractor" and, looking like an iMac clone but with one giant difference, allows you to store a stack of paper in a tray behind it, and print, with the paper coming directly out the bottom. Not only that, the same place the paper comes out can also suck up, scanning single sheets of paper for you on the fly.

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Airless Metal Mesh Tires Awarded R&D 100 Award

Airless Metal Mesh Tires Awarded R&D 100 Award

These tires, constructed out of 800 interwoven load bearing springs, were awarded a 2010 R&D Award for their fabulous new airlessness. This award is also known as the Oscars of innovation, so it's big freaking honor to say the least. This tire was created by NASA and Goodyear, so you know it was going to be a big deal out the door, and was made for use on the moon. Moon tires of the past were still just rubber, rubber that didn't exactly hold up in heat, cold, and solar radiation. These new tires basically don't even care about any of that ol' crap.

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AirPlay Hack Now Enables All iDevice Apps to Send Video

AirPlay Hack Now Enables All iDevice Apps to Send Video

I'm sure you remember when Erica Sadun / Steven Troughton-Smith whipped up some code to allow AirPlay to work with more third-party players than just the standard player Apple allowed? Well now a developer by the name of Zone-MR's whipped up a new hack to allow you to transmit video through ALL apps including Safari. Does the quickness of this hack's discovery mean Apple will allow this sort of thing standard in the future? Below is a video including both the way for you to get this hack working for yourself as well as a video showing it working in the wild.

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BlackBerry Storm2 to get OS 5.0.0.1015 on Verizon

BlackBerry Storm2 to get OS 5.0.0.1015 on Verizon

For those of you working on a Storm2, an update is either for you imminent or upon you! Storm2 users are able now to download OS 5.0.0.1015, an update which includes several improvements including a faster boot up time, smoother transitions between wireless coverage area, and improved audio quality on voice calls and content-protected video. Additionally, there'll be improved video playback through your headset and with protected content media files. Several enhancements are included as well.

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Panasonic’s EVOLTA Robot Uses 12-AA Batteries to Travel 317 Miles [Video]

Panasonic’s EVOLTA Robot Uses 12-AA Batteries to Travel 317 Miles [Video]

Considering it is the day after Thanksgiving, how about a little publicity stunt from Panasonic to tide you over during your extended weekend? Even if batteries are one of the most commonly used items in the world, it seems Panasonic doesn't think they get enough attention. That's why they put together the EVOLTA robot, and decided to send the little robot on a 500-kilometer trek across Japan. Luckily enough for the EVOLTA, it made it, and actually did it ahead of schedule.

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iPad Heading to 3 in the UK in the Coming Months

iPad Heading to 3 in the UK in the Coming Months

Samsung's tablet device, the Galaxy Tab, is popping up pretty much everywhere that you could imagine to find a 7-inch tablet device, but there's still plenty of room, and desire, for Apple's 9.7-inch tablet contraption of their own. While rumors of the second generation iPad are already in full tilt, that's not stopping the UK carrier 3 from planning on launching the original iPad for their subscribers in the coming months.

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Land Crawler exTreme Uses 12 Legs to Carry 175 Pounds

Land Crawler exTreme Uses 12 Legs to Carry 175 Pounds

While the United States Army may get all the glory when it comes to load-bearing robots, it's pretty obvious that the designs are being built all around the globe. Whether it be for general purposes, or one in particular, these robots can usually be pretty small in their own right, but be able to carry quite a large amount given the right circumstances. The Land Crawler exTreme is one of those robots, which is reportedly being built to carry humans.

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4th Amendment Wear for your TSA Protesting Family

4th Amendment Wear for your TSA Protesting Family

So you plan on traveling for the holidays, yes? And you're feeling kind of political, and want to get a jab in at TSA and their new screening process, perhaps? Well then, designers Tim Geoghegan and Matthew Ryan have just the set of clothing your you! And not only you, your whole family, with t-shirts, underwear (men's and women's), and kids clothing. What does it consist of, you might ask? Why, the fourth amendment printed in metallic ink, of course! And you know what metallic ink does when you pass through a TSA scanner, right?

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Sony slash Google TV prices; NSZ-GT1 Blu-ray deck under $300

Sony slash Google TV prices; NSZ-GT1 Blu-ray deck under $300

Sony has slashed prices on its Google TV range as part of its Black Friday promotions, reducing its larger HDTVs by up to $200 and cutting a whopping 25-percent from its NSZ-GT1 Google TV Blu-ray player. That makes the Blu-ray deck the same $299.99 as Logitech is asking for their Revue, though you're also getting a more compact (if arguably confusing) remote control and Blu-ray playback.

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