Craig Pringle links to a recent addition to Toshiba's support pages, a price-guide for the various upgrades they'll be offering for users currently running Windows XP who'd like to move to Vista on its release. Depending on what current version you're running you'll either pay just shipping and handling or that plus a fee.
Don't forget that these prices are in Australian dollars, not US! There's a list of Vista-compatible notebooks and Tablet PCs on their site too, so you can buy now without the fear that your shiny new toy will be running an old-hat system early next year (subject to Microsoft shipping-slips!)
Google's Project Loon, bringing internet connectivity to out of the reach areas using balloons, sounded ridiculous at first. Turns out, according to Google Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai, that silly idea is actually floating pretty well. Speaking during his Mobile World Congress keynote in Barcelona today, Pichai revealed the latest stats for the floating web platforms, which can now stay up in the air for as long as six months.
You've been working with a dumb lock on your door for long enough - so suggests the folks bringing the smart lock called "Sesame" to the public. This lock unlocks your door via your smartphone, and it does it without requiring you to take apart the lock your door already has. Sesame fits over the lock your door already has. This smart lock also provides several different ways to open your door, including a special knock combination you create and tap out yourself.
The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project had a laudable goal, but unfortunately those plans materialized in very different, and sometimes disappointing, ways. But for all their failures, you have to give them props for never knowing when or how to give up. Now OLPC's Australian partner One Education is said to have a new XO device ready to be unveiled in a few weeks and it is probably more ambitious than ever. Not only will it be a tablet/laptop hybrid, it will also be a modular one.
Before this week, scientists believed that life as we know it began to appear around 2 billion years ago. In a study done over the past year, a group of scientists have discovered evidence that may extend that time period by a whole extra 1.2 billion years. Based on the oldest samples available - rocks 3.2 billion years old - lead author Eva Stüeken and her team have found what they believe to be enough evidence to suggest that life on Earth spans back to 3/4 the age of the planet itself.
Amiibo are dead, long live amiibo! Despite what rumors would have us believe, amiibo figurines are apparently selling well. At its investor briefing, Nintendo painted a rosy picture of its Skylanders-like toys, detailing where the figurines made the most money and which among the lot is actually the most popular. And if you thought it was your friendly, Italian plumber, better think again. Well, actually he is, but only in one very small part of the world and the amiibo market.
Netflix is a force to be reckoned with, and there's no sign of that slowing down. The video streaming service is making a massive push for original content, the likes of which it has largely found success with (so far), and at the same time it is also working to expand its audience. Netflix revealed in the recent past that it'll be arriving in Australia and New Zealand next month (though there's debate about how effective that will be), and likewise the service arrived in France last year. Now it has set focus on Japan.
Another day, another auto maker announcing a recall. Such has become a theme over the past several weeks, with 2014's rocky automotive landscape rolling over into the new year. The NHTSA has warned that 2015 could bring with it an uptick in automotive recalls, and thus far that warning has proven true. The recalls aren't being seen only in the US, of course, as evidenced by Suzuki -- which announced plans to pull from the US market in 2012 -- following in line with its own recall.